Abowd Receives ACM Humanitarian Award


March 30, 2010

Distinguished Professor Gregory Abowd of the School of Interactive Computing has been awarded the Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the organization announced March 30.

Abowd serves as interim director of the Health Systems Institute, a joint Georgia Tech/Emory University research institute investigating the impact of technologies on healthcare delivery. For the past decade, his research has focused on applying information technology to assist autistic children and their parents.

In its award announcement, ACM said Abowd was selected for the Lawler Award "for promoting a vision of health care and education that incorporates the use of advanced information technologies to address difficult challenges relating to the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral disorders, such as autism, as well as the assessment of behavioral change within complex social environments.

"Abowd’s work in autism," the announcement continued, "has resulted in the development and optimization of behavioral evaluation protocols for use by parents, caregivers, educators, and health care clinicians within naturalistic environments, and he has supported the commercialization of work in this area."

“I am very thankful to all of people who supported my nomination for the Lawler Award,” Abowd said. “This award recognizes the work of many people that I am very fortunate to call my friends and colleagues.”