Fall 2018 IPaT Thursday Think Tank Schedule

Fall 2018 IPaT Thursday Think Tank Schedule

Alyson Powell Key
August 21, 2018
IPaT will kick off another semester of the IPaT Thursday Think Tank on September 13. The Think Tank is a weekly gathering of the IPaT community to brainstorm about research and stay informed about the work that everyone is doing. It's an informal gathering where the moderator kicks off the weekly topic but everyone is encouraged to join the discussion.

Networking begins at 3:30 pm and the discussion starts at 3:45 pm at IPaT, Centergy Building, Suite 600, 75 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Here's a look at this semester's topics and schedule:

September 13
Atlanta Map Room

(*Note: This week's Think Tank discussion will take place in TSRB Room 333)

The Atlanta Map Room is a public space for creating interpretive maps of the city, from a combination of contemporary data, historical documents, and personal experiences. These maps are large-scale physical artifacts, collaboratively-made, and meant for exhibition. The Atlanta Map Room builds upon the recent success of the St. Louis Map Room, a project lead by artist Jer Thorp in conjunction with the Center of Creative Arts.

Our team is collaborating with Thorp to develop a unique iteration of the project in Atlanta, meant to explore invisible tensions in the city, between its rapid development as a commercial hub and its long history as a center for civil rights and culture in the Southeast. The overarching goal of the Atlanta Map Room is to investigate what it means to visualize civic dialog around data. How can the seemingly mundane details of property tax assessments, building permits, and community surveys become the source materials for acts of collaborative creative expression?

Yanni Loukissas, Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

September 20
The Reality of Poverty in a STEM Environment

Given our advances in science and technology, it’s easy to believe that poverty will soon be a thing of the past. Yet we have seen that while we can overcome poverty with the help of science and technology, we can also be seduced into overlooking the reality of poverty in our scientifically and technologically advanced age. At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank we will discuss hidden poverty that’s right here on campus and explore ways to address that poverty, including Georgia Tech's Students' Temporary Assistance and Resources (STaR) program, which facilitates collaboration between organizations offering student support for food, finances, clothing, housing, and connections.

Steven Fazenbaker, STaR Coordinator, Georgia Tech Division of Student Life

September 27
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week; please join us instead for the opening of the Everyday Georgia exhibit) 

Everyday Georgia: Exhibit Opening and Reception
Join us on Thursday, September 27 at IPaT as we showcase the portraits and stories of Georgians from different walks of life and regions of the state during the opening of this special exhibit. The Everyday Georgia project explores the lives of those touched by Georgia Tech’s research and technology initiatives. Through the coupling of photographs and audio interviews, the project shares the personal stories of more than a dozen Georgians – their challenges and accomplishments, and their vital role in Creating the Next at Georgia Tech.

October 4
Smart Cities, Smart Homes and Smart Lives: What If We Optimized Them for Wellbeing?
As we enter an era of connected devices, objects, systems, and infrastructure, combined with machine learning to make sense of the data, the possibilities to radically change our everyday experiences are tantalizing. Historically, when we’ve harnessed the power of new technologies, we’ve optimized (implicitly) for values like convenience, independence and private over public space. What values will we bring to this new era? What if we were to optimize for human well-being?

Steve Downs, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 11
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week; please plan to attend the GVU Center Research Showcase on October 10)

October 18
Smarter Platforms for Smarter Health

At this week’s IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we’ll share advice and best practices for building Smart and Connected Health applications and experiences. Participants are invited to “unpack” their recent development projects and to share ideas for how to efficiently build robust and powerful mobile and environmental systems. Topics include cools sensors, platforms for data wrangling and analytics, systems for logging usage, and techniques for keeping everything secure, usable and useful. Come share and gather ideas to inform your next Smart Health project.

Beth Mynatt, Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology
Jeremy Johnson, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center
Jon Duke, Director of Health Informatics, School of Computational Science & Engineering

October 25
Building Capacity for Sustainable, Interdisciplinary, Smart Campus Research

At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll explore our aspirations and share previous experiences with using the campus as a living lab. We invite anyone interested in or with a history of doing research and/or service delivery that involves Georgia Tech or the Georgia Tech community as the platform, venue, or audience. This includes those who work on campus and operate services where students and researchers could contribute to analysis or solutions.

We hope you will join and share, whether you have a success story, a tragic failure, observations, or questions. The ultimate goal of our work is the development of resources for both service operators and researchers to help smooth the process of using the campus as a living lab.

Matt Sanders, Co-Director, Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center
Russ Clark, Co-Director, Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center

November 1
Creating Georgia Tech’s Center for Computing and Society

What should a center do? What should a center make? What should a center be? At this week’s IPaT Thursday Think Tank we’ll work together on answers to these and other questions related to the structure, activities, and content focus of Georgia Tech’s new Center for Computing and Society. Come prepared for a playful participatory design experience.

Ellen Zegura, Professor, School of Computer Science
Carl DiSalvo, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Michael Best, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, School of International Affairs

November 8
Connecting Georgia Tech with the Future of Esports

(*Note: This week's Think Tank discussion will take place in TSRB Room 333)

Electronic sports, known as esports, have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity over the past several decades enabled by technological advances in network connectivity, game engines, and online streaming platforms. Over 300 million fans have streamed almost 300 million hours on the Twitch platform alone, and the global viewership is expected to top 380 million by the end of 2018. However, even with the rapid acceptance and legitimation of esports in popular culture, there are still many fundamental gaps in our understanding for how to support the user experience around it.

At this week's IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we'll discuss how esports have much to gain through human-computer interaction (HCI) research in supporting viewers. Barriers for capturing and supporting new and diverse audiences are significant, and it is necessary that this research be driven and founded through industry partnerships to be successful.

Laura Levy, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center
Todd Harris, Cofounder and COO, HiRez Studios

November 15
(There will not be a Think Tank discussion this week. We will instead host the invitation-only Convergence Innovation Competition demo and judging event on November 14)

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