Regents' and Distinguished Professor

School of Interactive Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology


Distinguished Lecture

Computing and Autism: How a real problem can drive research in a different field

4.00pm, Thursday 29th November 2012

Room 312-313, Margam Building (9.4 on the Campus Plan PDF)

The talk is followed by a reception


Since 2002, I have targeted much of my research to challenges relating to autism. While this started and is continually fuelled by a very personal motivation, I have been struck by how many interesting computing problems have surfaced in the context of trying to solve a real problem relating to autism. In this talk, I will give an overview of a variety of problem-driven challenges I and my collaborators have addressed and how in many cases the problem has opened up a rich computing problem to explore.

Speaker's biography:

Gregory Abowd is a Regents' and Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Abowd leads a research group interested in human-centered applications of mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies, with an emphasis on home and health.  He established the Aware Home Research Initiative at Georgia Tech in the late 1990's and has also researched applications of technology in the classroom.  He was a leader in establishing the importance of computing technology to address a variety of challenges linked to autism, and has published widely on this topic and assisted in the development of commercial solutions.   In 2008, he established the Atlanta Autism Consortium to create a stronger community of researchers, educators, clinicians and advocates linked to autism.  He is an elected member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and is an ACM Fellow. In 2009, he was awarded the ACM Eugene Lawler Humanitarian Award for his research efforts.