Thad Starner   

Professor | Contextual Computing Group | College of Computing | Georgia Institute of Technology
Interfaces for Augmenting
Face-to-Face Conversation >>
  • Mobile Text Entry
  • Dual-Purpose Speech
  • Augmenting Conversation between
    the Deaf and Hearing Communities


  • Gesture Recognition &
    Activity Discovery >>
  • Sign Language
  • Activity
  • Gesture


  • Previous Work >>
  • Face & Handwriting Recognition
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
  • Power & Heat
  • Agents & Ubiquitous Computing
  • Miscellaneous


  • Curriculum Vitae

    The most accurate way to see what I'm doing is to look at my recent publications on [Google Scholar] or [my academic CV], last updated July, 2016.

    For grant proposals, I have a [2 page biosketch in NSF format] updated November 2015.

    Biography

    Non-technical version: 145 words, 849 characters

    Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer and has been wearing a computer with a head-up display as part of his daily life since 1993. He is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google's Glass. Thad is a founder of the annual ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, now in its 20th year, and has produced over 450 papers and presentations on his work. He is an inventor on over 90 United States utility patents awarded or in process. For over two decades, Starner's work has appeared in national and international public forums, including CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, ABC's Nightline, PBS's News Hour, CNN, the BBC, National Geographic, The New York Times, New Scientist, and The Wall Street Journal. Thad is always looking for a good game of table tennis.

    Technical version: 192 words, 1233 characters

    Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer. He is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google Glass. In 1990, Starner coined the term "augmented reality" to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned for the future, and he has been wearing a computer with a head-up display as part of his daily life since 1993, perhaps the longest such experience known. Besides Glass, his projects include a wireless glove that teaches how to play piano melodies without active attention by the wearer; a game for deaf children using computer vision-based sign language recognition that helps them acquire language skills; creating wearable computers to enable two-way communication experiments with wild dolphins; making wearable computers for working dogs to facilitate communication with their handlers; recovering phrase-level sign language from brain signals; and recognizing English speech without vocalization. Thad is a founder of the annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, now in its 20th year, and has produced over 450 papers and presentations on his work. He is an inventor on over 90 United States patents awarded or in process.


    "Time makes more converts than reason" - Thomas Paine