Distinguished Lecture - Ubiquitous Care: Case studies in human-centered technology for health and education

Location: Torgersen 2150
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm
This talk is open to the general public.


Slides: PDF

Gregory D. Abowd
Georgia Tech

In this talk, I will present a variety of examples of research exploring the application of ubiquitous computing technology to concrete problems relating to chronic care management.  This work had its origins in the Aware Home Research Initiative at Georgia Tech and has moved into a joint Georgia Tech/Emory University research effort called the Health Systems Institute.  The initial motivation for domestic technology and health began with work on aging in place, using technology to maintain independence and quality of life for an aging population.  Personal circumstances experienced by Dr. Abowd revealed opportunities to expand the research agenda to address the challenges of developmental disabilities, both in homes and schools.  While the contributions to health and education are an important message of this talk, the underlying moral of this story is that computing research has a lot to offer these domains and can be realized without having to sacrifice the intellectual depth of the computing research agenda.

Gregory D. Abowd (pronounced AY-bowd) is the Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. His research interests lie in the intersection between Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. Specifically, Dr. Abowd is interested in ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications that impact our everyday lives. In the College of Computing, he is a member of the School of Interactive Computing and the GVU Center.

Dr. Abowd currently serves as the Interim Director of the Health Systems Institute, a joint Georgia Tech/Emory University research institute investigating the impact of technologies on healthcare delivery. This extends his own work over the past decade on information technologies and autism.

Dr. Abowd directs the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group in the College of Computing and GVU Center. This effort started with the Future Computing Environments research group in 1995, and has since matured into a collection of research groups, including Dr. Abowd's own group. One of the major research efforts that Dr. Abowd initated is the Aware Home Research Initiative, which he founded in 2000 and directed until 2008.

Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Mathematics and Physics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory. From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.