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 Community


  • 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 [my academic CV] (in PDF), last updated August 30, 2012.

    For grant proposals, I have a [1 page CV], [2 page CV], and [4 page CV] in PDF. There is even a [4-page NIH biosketch]

    I also have Word versions [thad-1page.doc], [thad-2page.doc], and [thad-4page-july2006.doc] which were created on Word2004 for Mac V11.1. Also, here is OpenOffice format for [thad-4page-july2006.odt].

    Non-Technical Biography

    Thad Starner is founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Computing. Before joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1999, Starner gained international recognition at the MIT Media Laboratory as one of the world's leading experts on wearable computers during his doctoral work ``Wearable Computing and Contextual Awareness.'' An advocate of continuous-access, everyday-use systems, Thad has worn his custom wearable computer in such a manner since 1993, arguably the longest such experience. Thad is a co-founder of the IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) and co-founder and first member of the MIT Wearable Computing Project. In 1999, Starner was named one of Technology Review's TR100 - 100 individuals under 35 who exemplify the spirit of innovation. Thad has been a keynote speaker or distinguished lecturer at a wide range of scientific, industrial, and academic events, including ACM's Conference for Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE), Princeton's Distinguished Lecture in Pervasive Computing, the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Fashion Institute of Technology's Faculty Convocation, Interaction, Nicograph, Second Congreso Internacional de Ingenieria Electronica, and Interaction Homme-Machine (IHM). His work has been discussed in national and international public forums, including CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, The New York Times, New Scientist, Nikkei Science, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, The London Independent, The Bangkok Post, PBS's Scientific American Frontiers, CNN, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal. Starner has also demonstrated his ideas to numerous industries, ranging from Merrill Lynch and NYSE to BT, IBM, and Motorola. Starner has authored over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and is always looking for a good game of table tennis.

    Technical Biography

    Thad Starner is an Assistant Professor in Georgia Tech's College of Computing, where he founded and directs the Contextual Computing Group. Thad holds four degrees from MIT, including his PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory in 1999. Starner was an Associate Scientist with BBN's Speech Systems Group in 1993 when he created one of the earliest high-accuracy on-line cursive handwriting recognition systems. Starner is one of the pioneers of wearable computing and has authored over 100 scientific publications and book chapters in mobile computing, human computer interaction (HCI), computer vision, augmented environments, and pattern recognition. Starner co-founded the IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) and is one of the founding members of the IEEE Technical Committee on the subject. His work includes a gloveless, real-time sign language recognizer; various intelligent agents in support of everyday memory; theoretical frameworks for power generation and heat dissipation for wearables; several augmented realities; and a computer-vision based interactive graphics workbench for which he received a "best paper" award at VR2000. Thad's current work researches the use of computational agents for everyday-use wearable computers.


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