2015-16 Research and Engagement Grants Announced

August 26, 2015
Each year, GVU and IPaT partner together to fund research initiatives committed to building on our success in interdisciplinary research and innovation in the human experience of computing. This year, recipients were announced on August 6th.

Grant recipients gave brief overviews of their projects at the first GVU Brown Bag Seminar of the academic year.

The winners of this year’s competition are:

Applying Design Studio Pedagogy in STEM Learning with Novel Presentation and Sensing Technologies

Betsy DiSalvo, Mark Guzdial, Blair MacIntyre
(Supported by GVU and IPaT)

This project takes the open collaboration teaching methods of design studios and uses them in STEM learning, with the goal of creating more motivation to learn.

Reimagining Humanities Visualization: A Research-Through-Design Workshop for Civic and Cultural Data

Rahul Basole, Polo Chau, Carl DiSalvo, Alex Endert, Jim Foley, Nassim JafariNaimi, Lauren Klein, Yanni Loukissas, John Stasko, Jimeng Sun
(Supported by GVU and IPaT)

Georgia Tech researchers are studying how they can use visualization techniques to explore “messy” humanistic data such as civic and cultural data. They plan to host a workshop in March 2016 for leading humanities scholars and information visualization researchers to explore the meanings of civic and cultural “data,” and to prototype new methods for their visual display. The goal is to imagine new forms and platforms capable of portraying the humanistic dimensions of civic and cultural data, and to establish Georgia Tech as a leading center of interdisciplinary visualization research.

Promoting Cognitive Systems Research at Georgia Tech

Ashok Goel, Elizabeth Whitaker
(Supported by IPaT and GTRI)

Goel and Whitaker are working to foster internal collaboration and enhance external visibility in cognitive systems research. They plan to host seminars, monthly meetings, and workshops with the goal of creating an interdisciplinary center for cognitive systems.

Real-Time Control to Replace Schedules on the Atlanta Streetcar

Kari Watkins, Russ Clark
(Supported by GVU, IPaT, and the Center for Urban Innovation)

Researchers will equip the new Atlanta streetcar with GPS in order to predict more accurate arrival times. Currently, it’s difficult to predict arrival times due to factors like traffic congestion and operation failures.

Thank you to GTRI and the Center for Urban Innovation for supporting two of this year's projects.