IPaT Thursday Think Tank Spring Schedule

IPaT Thursday Think Tank Spring Schedule

Alyson Powell
January 24, 2018
IPaT has kicked off another semester of the IPaT Thursday Think Tank. 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 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:

January 25
Innovative Approaches to Combating Diabetes

We will meet with experts from the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) to discuss the basics of diabetes prevention and management. Our goal is to bootstrap, motivate and inform projects in mobile health and health informatics. Come with your ideas and come ready to learn why it is so important for our research community to tackle key problems in diabetes prevention and management.

Mohammed K. Ali, MBChB, MSc, MBA, Associate Director, Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research; Emory Global Diabetes Research Center
Mary Beth Weber, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Global Health and faculty member in Nutrition and Health Sciences Program, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Elizabeth Mynatt, PhD, MS., Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology; Distinguished Professor, College of Computing; Georgia Institute of Technology

February 1
Research Communication Through Art: Sharing the Stories of Everyday Georgians

Through photographic portraits, and written and audio narratives, IPaT, in partnership with the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts, the Georgia Tech Library, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will share the stories of everyday Georgians, their challenges, and the impact of our research in addressing those challenges. We’ll then showcase these portraits and stories during a public exhibition in Fall 2018, and the project will be featured online with support from IMLS. At this week’s IPaT Thursday Think Tank we’ll brainstorm ideas for profiles and stories, and meet some of the people participating in the project.

Alyson Powell, Marketing Communications Manager, Institute for People and Technology
Alison Valk, Instructional Co-Coordinator, Multimedia Librarian, Georgia Tech Library

February 8
Georgia Smart Communities Challenge
Are you interested in smart communities development? On Thursday, February 8, the Georgia Tech’s Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation initiative team will share information about the upcoming Georgia Smart Communities Challenge. The challenge aims to foster public sector awareness and adoption of advanced technologies and data by supporting local governments across Georgia as they plan for and implement these technologies in their communities. A local Georgia government must lead each team and include a Georgia Tech research component around smart mobility and building resilience. Join us to learn more about the challenge and share your interests and ideas.

Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
Andrew Hardin, Research Engineer II, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Kristi Kirkland, Research Associate II, Institute for People and Technology

The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is supported by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association, Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Centers of Innovation, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Technology Association of Georgia, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Power

February 15
Elevating Art and Technology

BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible.

WATCH: BANDALOOP performance in Boston

Please join BANDALOOP founder, Amelia Rudolph, and the Director of the Arts at Georgia Tech, Madison Cario, for a discussion on how to engage citizens in our public spaces through art and technology in preparation for BANDALOOP’s upcoming vertical dance performance in Atlanta.

We are especially excited to invite conversations and collaborations centering on public content collection and curation, as well as the integration of novel and advanced technologies for this event.

Amelia Rudolph, Founder/Artistic Director, BANDALOOP
Madison Cario, Director of the Office of the Arts, Georgia Tech
Laura Levy, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center

March 1
Sports Technology Innovation
IPaT and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association (GTAA) will host this week’s Think Tank on innovation in sports technology. GTAA personnel will join us to discuss some of the challenges faced by athletes, trainers, coaches, managers, and everyday sports aficionados. Georgia Tech students are invited to brainstorm ideas and find out how to turn those ideas into submissions for this semester’s Convergence Innovation Competition.

Doug Allvine, Assistant Athletics Director for Innovation, Georgia Tech Athletic Association
Siva Jayaraman, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Institute for People and Technology

March 8
Approaches in Health IT to Address Healthcare Disparities
The burden of negative health outcomes is, unfortunately, differential in the United States (US) and other countries, a phenomenon known as health disparities. Health disparities are differences the incidence and prevalence of disease, as well as disease-related morbidity, mortality and survival rates in one group when compared to the general population. Health disparities may emerge on the basis of socially stratifying factors such as socioeconomic status, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and place of residence. Critically, although there have been significant, coordinated governmental investments of resources to eliminate health disparities over the past 25 years in the US and elsewhere, there remain substantial and troubling inequities.

Sociotechnical interventions involving health information technologies hold promise for reducing disparities and improving the health of marginalized populations – but this potential is yet to be fully realized. At the same time, researchers must take care when developing any sociotechnical intervention in the health domain, since such interventions can generate unintended consequences that exacerbate disparities.

In this IPaT Thursday Think Tank, we will bring together researchers from Georgia Tech, Emory, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Columbia Medical School to briefly present insights from recent projects that aim to combine new approaches in health IT to address healthcare disparities. Following we will have a lively discussion of what our research community should do going forward.

Tabia Akintobi, Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Lena Mamykina, Associate Professor, Columbia University Medical School
Beth Mynatt, Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech

March 15
Future Technology for Sports

Join researchers from the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC), who this fall, in collaboration with other units across campus will begin offering a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) course entitled Future Technology for Sports. The hope is to explore the human technology frontier as it relates to technologies for sports, spanning the continuum from the athlete to the fan. Potential projects could include:

·      wearable technologies to empower athletes via advanced sensing and multi-modal real-time feedback via smart textiles;

·      using immersive technology, such as augmented and virtual reality, to improve the fan experience in live sports venues and at home; and

·      employing computer vision, machine learning, and novel information presentation techniques to expand interest and participation in e-sports

Don't miss what promises to be both an imaginative and informative ideation Think Tank to help the team prepare for students in the fall.

Maribeth Gandy Coleman, Director, Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC)
Clint Zeagler, Research Scientist, Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC)

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