Director of Health Space Futures- Healthcare Environment of the Future
Co-Director of Keio-NUS CUTE Center - Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiment
BiosketchEllen is a professor in the School of Industrial Design and the School of Interactive Computing, in the College of Architecture, and the College of Computing, at Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining Georgia Tech, Ellen was on the faculty in the computational design program at Carnegie Mellon University, where she co-directed the Computational Design Laboratory CoDe Lab (Sep 04-Dec 05), and an affiliate faculty at the Human Computer Interaction Institute - HCII and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems - ICES at Carnegie Mellon University. Before CMU, she was a faculty at University of Washington (99-04) where she co-directed the Design Machine Group - DMG, served as faculty director for the MS program in Design Computing and taught for the Honors Program. Prior to UW, Ellen worked at University of Colorado at Boulder (94-99) as a researcher and instructor for the Sundance Lab for Computing in Design and Planning. She joined Georgia Tech's faculty in January 2006. From April 2013 - August 2016 she was on leave from Georgia Tech to serve as the CUTE Center Co-Director (NUS side), she has returned to Georgia Tech in August 2016.
BackgroundEllen received a Bachelor degree of architecture (Honors) from National Cheng-Kung University - NCKU in Taiwan, with a minor in Urban Planning, a Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design - GSD, and a Ph.D. in design computing from Georgia Tech, with a minor in cognitive science & computer science. She has worked on the development of computer aided design tools to support freehand drawing as an interface to knowledge based tools. She is interested in design cognition and the methods and processes in which people engage in design. She has conducted empirical studies of design drawing and constructed computer software to integrate knowledge based applications with freehand drawing. She has also worked in the areas of computer based visual analysis tools, collaboration and annotation, physical computing and tangible media, creative toys, happy healthy home and healthcare environment of the future.
ActivitiesEllen's papers have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences on computer-aided design in architecture, design studies, creativity, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, design computing and cognition, knowledge-based systems, computer & graphics, automation in construction and civil engineering. She has taught design methods and theory, readings in computational design and human computer interaction, design of computational design systems, computer animation, multi-media authoring, digital design media, graphics programming, modeling and rendering with computers, and introduction to computing in architecture.
She is a member of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) and the AIA (American Institute of Architects).
She has served on grant review panels for the NSF
(National Science Foundation) IIS,
CreativeIT, CyberLearning, DMII, Science of Learning Center, CCLI, HER, ALT, HCC,
NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering
Research Council of Canada),
FWF (Austrian Science Fund),
GNSF (Georgia National Science Foundation),
MOE (Ministry of Education, Singapore), &
NRF (National Research Foundation, Singapore).
CommitteesEllen has served on various organizing committees (ACM TEI '11 Paper co-chair, Eurographics SBIM 2010 program co-chair, CHI 2010 Senior Friendly Technology workshop co-chair, C&C 2009 treasurer, DCC 2008 local co-chair, DCC 2006 Tangible Interaction for Design workshop co-chair, Ubicomp 2003 site chair) and technical committees (AAAI Symposium, Eurographics SBIM, DCC, IEEE DigiTel, INTERACT, ACADIA, CAAD Futures).
She is on the editorial board for international journal of AIEDAM -Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, Cambridge University Press, and AUSMT -International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology, and served on the board for IJAC - International Journal of Architectural Computing, Multi-Science, and the executive board of Space.City.
She has reviewed for CHI,
INTERACT, IDC, C&C, IEA/AIE, IADIS/IHCI,
IEEE TableTops, Diagrams, DigiTel, ICMI/Multi-Modal Interactions, IDETC/CIE,
SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, ITCon, Journal of Computers and Graphics,
ACM Transactions of Computer Human Interaction TOCHI,
Journal of Engineering Design (JED), Journal of Engineering Education (JEE),
Research in Engineering Design (RED),
International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (IJHCI),
and International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS).
Ellen is currently the Chair of Design Community for ACM CHI 2013 and past chair for CHI 2012, Conference co-chair for ACM SBIM 2011 co-located with SIGGRAPH, and on the Steering Committee for ACM TEI - Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction conference series.