From the Dean's Desk - Feb. 12, 2021

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

I’m sending a special dispatch today to share with you the members of the search committee for the new chair of the School of Interactive Computing. As I noted earlier this week, Professor Rich Vuduc of CSE has graciously agreed to chair the committee. The other members are:

  • Frank Dellaert, SIC professor
  • Greg Turk, SIC professor
  • Andrea Grimes Parker, SIC associate professor
  • Thomas Ploetz, SIC associate professor
  • Diyi Yang, SIC associate professor
  • Carrie Bruce, SIC research faculty
  • Jason Freeman, Ivan Allen College
  • Justin Romberg, College of Engineering 
  • Ashtria Jordan, SIC staff
  • Matt Ryan, AVP of Central Development\
  • Charmion Richards, Office of HR support
  • Kyla Hanson, Office of the Dean support

We will also invite a graduate student to participate as we move forward. Look for more information from this committee as the search goes forward over the next several months. Please join me in thanking the committee for their service in choosing a future leader.

Speaking of leadership, four members of the GT Computing community have been named to Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list, which recognizes up-and-coming creators, scientists and entrepreneurs. Faculty member Diyi Yang was recognized for her work combining social sciences and linguistics with machine learning in order to address social problems.

Three of our alumni were recognized as well. Renji Bijoy (MS CS ’16) is the founder of Immersed, a start-up that creates virtual-reality workspaces for remote teams. Anhong Guo (MS HCI ’14) is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan who runs the university’s Human-AI lab. And Jarvis Johnson (BS CS ’14) was recognized for his work on YouTube, where he has 1.4 million followers for his commentary on entertainment, consumer tech and the internet.

Please join me in congratulating Diyi, and any of those young alumni you may know. They are making their mark on the world, and doing us proud in the process.

And that’s that. Thank you for indulging me and please have a good weekend: take some time off from your hard work to just relax for an hour or two. I’ll chat with you next week.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

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