Georgia Tech Peers Into Future of Computing in Major Symposium, Oct. 22-23

Sunbird: A Symposium on the Future of Computing

Oct. 22-23, 2015

Klaus Advanced Computing Building

Georgia Tech College of Computing

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What is it?

As the capping event of the Georgia Tech College of Computing’s yearlong 25/50 Anniversary, Sunbird: A Symposium on the Future of Computing is intended to peer into the digital future. Pulling together thought leaders not just from computing but the broader world beyond, it represents a multi-day exploration of how computing will continue to help shape the world. Our goal is not just to have a conversation but to make a statement, and it is a fitting one for the College that pioneered the idea of teaching computer science with one eye on the vast and turbulent “real world” beyond the code and hardware.

We invite you to attend and help us connect computing to future society, via:

  • Business & economics. How will computing affect the way people work?
  • Wellbeing & autonomy. How will computing affect the way people live?
  • Arts & entertainment. How will computing affect the way people play?
  • Tomorrow’s computing leaders. We know computing will shape the world, but who will shape computing?

“It’s no secret that in today’s world, computing affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and in reality we have only just begun to discover how the powers of computation and connectivity can be leveraged to improve the human condition,” says Zvi Galil, John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing. “Our goal is not just to have a conversation but to make a statement— one that is fitting for a College that taught the world how to teach computer science and drives the next, new emerging realities around us.”

Full Agenda

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2:30pm

Zvi Galil
John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing, Georgia Tech College of Computing

Opening Remarks
Rafael Bras
Provost, Georgia Institute of Technology

Wellbeing & Autonomy

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2:45pm-4:15pm

Moderator: Beth Mynatt
Professor, School of Interactive Computing; Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology

Beth Mynatt is the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a College of Computing professor, and the director of the Everyday Computing Lab. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Themes in her research include supporting informal collaboration and awareness in office environments, enabling creative work and visual communication, and augmenting social processes for managing personal information.

Mynatt is also the vice chair of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. She a member of the SIGCHI Academy, a Sloan and Kavli research fellow, and serves on Microsoft Research's Technical Advisory Board. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction.

Mynatt graduated summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.


Phillip Alvelda
Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Phillip Alvelda is a program manager in DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, where he is developing programs to take the latest neural engineering science and technology out of the laboratory and seed the creation of new, mind-enabled industries. A scientist, engineer, serial entrepreneur and educator, Alvelda previously worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he developed sensors that have flown throughout the solar system, and has founded new infrastructure, telecommunications and media companies, including the DARPA-funded MicroDisplay; MobiTV; TaDa Innovations; and the nonprofit Westminster Institute for K-12 Science Education Reform.

Alvelda holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, has authored or contributed to more than 50 technical publications, and holds numerous patents and a Technical Emmy award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.


Emily Bazelon
Author & Journalist, The New York Times Magazine

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, a major new contribution to the national conversation on bullying. Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and a former senior editor at Slate. Her ground-breaking investigative journalism (and knack for storytelling), coupled with her extensive legal knowledge, makes her one of the leading authorities on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age.

Bazelon has spoken to audiences from the Aspen Ideas Festival to the Texas Bar Association to TEDxWomen. She is a frequent guest on The Colbert Report. She has also appeared on Today, PBS Newshour, Morning Joe, Fresh Air, and All Things Considered. Bazelon does live shows around the country as a member of the Slate Political Gabfest. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones.


David Harvey
Health Care Consultant & Entrepreneur

Until recently David Harvey was vice president of product strategy for athenahealth and served as athena’s general manager for its Atlanta office. Harvey is a successful entrepreneur and has co-launched several companies, the last being, for which he served as CEO and sold to athenahealth in 2008. Since that acquisition, Harvey has led a series of internal entrepreneurial efforts for athena. He and his team were responsible for the building and launch of the athenaCommunicator solution in March 2010. athenaCommunicator represents athena’s patient engagement solution and was recently ranked #1 by the KLAS rating service as the nation’s best patient portal. In 2012, Harvey and his team launched athenaCoordinator, athena’s fourth major product offering, enabling better care coordination and information exchange between U.S. health care professionals.

Harvey has more than 22 years of experience in telecommunications and web-based consumer messaging and data exchange solutions and has applied that experience in the healthcare industry for the last 14 years. David graduated from Auburn University in 1992 where he majored in communications and minored in marketing, journalism and public relations.


Business & Economics

Friday, Oct. 22, 9am-10:30am

Moderator: Beki Grinter
Professor, School of Interactive Computing

Beki Grinter is a professor and director of the Work2Play Lab in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing. Her research focuses on the relationship between human action—and interaction—and computing. This research lies at the intersection of several different research communities including computer supported cooperative work, human computer interaction, sociology, software engineering and ubiquitous computing. Grinter uses empirical methods to explore how we can support people interactions with systems and support each other through systems. Her research has influenced the design of better processes and products with the purpose of improving collaboration.

Grinter holds a Ph.D. in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she was a technical staff member in the software production research department at Bell Laboratories. She also was a member of distributed systems research staff at Xerox PARC.


Melissa Gregg
Principal Engineer, User Experience, Intel Corp.

Melissa Gregg is a principal engineer at Intel Corporation. She is the author of Work’s Intimacy (2011) and the forthcoming Counterproductive: A Brief History of Time Management. Her recent research tracks the rise of the personal enterprise—a world in which individuals take responsibility for their life’s work with the assistance of freely available technical infrastructure. “Ad hoc professionals” negotiate a changing landscape of work suppliers to sell their services and make a living outside of traditional employment relationships. This type of career poses a challenge to tech business models that differentiate between enterprise and consumer sales.

An Australian-born researcher, Gregg has an international profile in gender and cultural studies, work and organization studies and affect theory. Before joining Intel, she was a faculty member in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney (2009-13) and a research fellow at the Center for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland (2004-8).


Scott Marble
Professor & Chair, Georgia Tech School of Architecture

Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York and was recently appointed Professor and William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he was Director of Fabrication Research from 2004 – 2008 and Director of Integrated Design from 2009-2015. Marble is a frequent lecturer in the area of digital technologies and industry and recently completed the book Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design, Assembly, Industry published by Birkhauser.

His firm, Marble Fairbanks based in New York has received numerous local, national, and international design awards, and its work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including the Architectural Association in London, the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Marble received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.


Carl Newton

Carl Newton
Managing Director, Slalom Consulting

Carl Newton is a managing director for Slalom’s Atlanta office. Carl has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from developer to chief information officer. During that time, he’s also worked in more than 15 countries and lived in four. As an enterprise architect for Electronic Data Systems, Newton has worked on a number of global government and enterprise contracts, including helping the post-apartheid South African government form a strategy for delivering services online to underserved populations. Newton also spent 10 years as part of the leadership team for a post-IPO startup software company. During that time, he helped build the company to a global software and services enterprise with 2,500 employees and $300 million in annual revenue.

Newton joined Slalom’s Atlanta office in April of 2011. In this role, he works with top executives at companies including The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and AT&T to deliver transformational solutions and innovation.


Andy Ozment
Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Andy Ozment is the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, he oversees a budget of almost $930 million and leads a federal employee workforce charged with enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. Prior to joining DHS, he served President Obama’s senior director for cybersecurity and led a team that developed national policy and coordinated federal cybersecurity efforts in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity legislation, executive branch security, privacy and civil liberties, information sharing, and incident response.

Previously, Ozment served in cybersecurity roles with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Security Agency, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Merrill Lynch, and Nortel Networks. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech, an M.S. in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Cambridge.


Shaping the Computing Leaders of Tomorrow

Oct. 23, 10:45am-12:15pm

Moderator: Rich DeMillo
Charlotte B. & Roger C. Warren Chair of Computing, School of Computer Science; Director, Center for 21st Century Universities

Rich DeMillo is Charlotte B. & Roger C. Warren Chair of Computing in Georgia Tech’s School of Computer Science and also serves as director of the Center for 21st Century Universities. DeMillo, who in 1972 was one of Georgia Tech’s first Ph.D. graduates in information and computer science and served on its faculty in the 1980s, returned to the Institute in 2002 as the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing after a career as an executive in industry and government. He was chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard, where he had worldwide responsibility for technology and technology strategy.

DeMillo also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his (first) 20-year academic career, he held academic positions at Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Padua (Italy). The author of more than 100 articles, books, and patents, DeMillo’s research has spanned computer science and includes fundamental innovation in computer security, software engineering, and mathematics. His most recent book, Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable, was published in August 2015 by MIT Press.


James Kurose
Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Jim Kurose is the assistant director of NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $900 million, in its mission to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. He also serves as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology.

Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), where he has served as Distinguished Professor at the School of Computer Science since 2004. Kurose has been a visiting scientist at IBM Research, INRIA, Institut EURECOM, the University of Paris, the Laboratory for Information, Network and Communication Sciences, and Technicolor Research Labs. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).


Ed Lazowska
Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he also serves as director of the University of Washington eScience Institute. Lazowska's research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive discovery. He also has been active in public policy issues, ranging from STEM education to Federal strategies for research and innovation.

Lazowska is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves as a board member or technical advisor for a number of high-tech companies, venture firms, and technology-oriented civic organizations. A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, he serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


Avis Yates-Rivers
President & CEO, Technology Concepts Group International; member, National Center for Women & Information Technology Board of Directors

Avis Yates-Rivers is the president and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGi), an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. She has more than 35 years of management experience in the information technology industry and has been a successful tech entrepreneur for 30 years.

In addition to her diligence in business development, Yates-Rivers is a long-time advocate for the increased utilization of women and diverse suppliers (companies owned by women and people of color), and has served in many leadership positions in national organizations. She is also a staunch advocate for increasing girls’, women’s, and underrepresented minorities’ meaningful participation in Information Technology.  She is a director of the National Center for Women and Information Technology and, as a result of her work with NCWIT, was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change in STEM.


Buffet Luncheon


Noonan Courtyard, Klaus Advanced Computing Building


Arts & Entertainment

Oct. 23, 1:45pm-3:15pm

Moderator: Ian Bogost
Professor, School of Interactive Computing (College of Computing), School of Literature, Media, and Culture (Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts)

Ian Bogost is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and professor in the School of Interactive Computing, and he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. A contributing editor at The Atlantic, Bogost received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following a career in software and videogame development, he joined Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication in 2004.

Bogost's research addresses computation as an expressive and cultural practice, with a particular focus on videogames. Bogost is the author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism (MIT Press, 2006), Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames (MIT Press, 2007), How To Do Things With Videogames (Minnesota, 2011), Alien Phenomenology, or What it's Like To Be a Thing (Minnesota, 2012), and coauthor of several other books. He is a member of the editorial board of numerous journals, co-series editor of the Platform Studies book series at MIT Press, co-series editor of the Object Lessons series at The Atlantic and Bloomsbury, and an active participant in the commercial videogame industry.


Anouk Wipprecht
Wearable Technology Fashion Designer

Dutch fashiontech designer and engineer Anouk creates technological couture with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence. Projected as “host” systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them. She is keen on finding a next possible way that we can interface with the world around us by the garments we wear, and she explores 3D printing, interaction design and computer intelligence. Her recent works include collaborations with chip manufacturer Intel using wireless biosignals in combination with their Intel Edison module. 


Christopher Klaus
Founder & CEO, Kaneva

As founder and chief executive officer of Kaneva, Christopher W. Klaus is realizing his vision of delivering the first virtual entertainment world for the masses. At its helm driving vision and business strategy, Klaus has pioneered the extension of online social networking and media sharing into an immersive 3D world, providing an entirely new social entertainment experience for the masses. On, profiles, entertainment and communities are instantly “teleported” from the 2D Web into a modern-day 3D virtual world, where each resident has his or her own virtual home and 3D persona or avatar.

Prior to founding Kaneva, Klaus founded and served as the chief security advisor of Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS), a company he created in 1994 and sold to IBM in 2006. Appointed by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Klaus currently sits on the state’s Film, Video, and Music Advisory Commission. He is a game advisor to American Intercontinental University (AIU) and serves on multiple boards in the Atlanta area.


Frank Lantz
Director, NYU Game Center

Frank Lantz is a game designer who has worked in the field of game development for the past 20 years. In 2005 he co-founded Area/Code, which created cross-media, location-based, and social network games as well as the popular abstract puzzle game Drop7. Before starting Area/Code, Lantz was director of game design at Gamelab, lead game designer at Pop & Co, and creative director at R/GA Interactive. Lantz has taught game design for more than 12 years at New York University, the School of Visual Arts (New York), and the New School’s Parsons School of Design.

Lantz’ writings on games, technology and culture have appeared in a variety of publications. Over the past 10 years, he helped pioneer the genre of large-scale real-world games, working on projects such as the Big Urban Game, which turned the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul into the world’s largest boardgame; Sharkrunners, which allowed players to interact with living sharks in a persistent virtual world, PacManhattan, a life-size version of the arcade classic; and other experiments in pervasive and urban gaming.