Biography - Gregory D. Abowd, D.Phil.

Gregory D. Abowd, D.Phil.

Distinguished Professor, School of Interactive Computing
W. George Professor and Director, Health Systems Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Phone: (404) 894-7512

Gregory D. Abowd's research involves the integration of advanced information technologies into everyday environments to support the activities of people in those spaces. As the father of two boys with autism, he has worked over the past decade to apply these new technologies to address challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and research relating to autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Abowd is a member of the School of Interactive Computing and the GVU Center, and is the W. George Professor and Director of the Health Systems Institute, a joint Georgia Tech/Emory University research institute investigating the impact of technologies on healthcare delivery. 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, looking at the use of advanced technologies to support domestic life. He is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and the 2009 recipient of the ACM Lawler Humanitarian Award. He is Chief Research Officer of Behavior Imaging Solutions (formerly Caring Technologies), which has commercialized some of his earlier work in video capture to support behavioral health.

Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Mathematics 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. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1994.

Selected publications:

Ping Wang, Gregory D. Abowd and James M. Rehg., "Quasi-Periodic Event Analysis for Social Game Retrieval," In Proceedings of the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2009), Kyoto, Japan, September 29-October 4, 2009.

Julie A. Kientz, Rosa Arriaga and Gregory D. Abowd, "Baby Steps: Supporting Better Record-Keeping and Decision-Making for Parents of Young Children," In Proceeding of the Twenty-Seventh Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009), Boston, MA, April 04 - 9, 2009, ACM, New York, NY, pp. 1713-1722, ACM, 2009.

Hayes, G. R., Gardere, L. M., Abowd, G. D., and Truong, K. N., "Carelog: a selective archiving tool for behavior management in schools," in Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (Czerwinski, M., Lund, A. M., and Tan, D. S., eds.), pp. 685–694, ACM, 2008.

Kientz, J., Hayes, G., Westeyn, T., Starner, T., and Abowd, G., "Pervasive computing and autism: Assisting caregivers of children with special needs,"Special Issue on Pervasive Computing, vol. Jan-Mar, 2007.

Kientz, J. A., Boring, S., Abowd, G. D., and Hayes, G. R., "Abaris: Evaluating automated capture applied to structured autism interventions.," in Ubicomp (Beigl, M., Intille, S. S., Rekimoto, J., and Tokuda, H., eds.), vol. 3660 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 323–339, Springer, 2005.