Elizabeth D. Mynatt is the GVU Center Director,
past HCC Ph.D. Program Faculty Coordinator, and an Associate Professor in the
College of Computing at the
Georgia Institute of Technology.
There, she directs the research program in
examining the human-computer interface implications of having
computation continuously present in many aspects of everyday life.
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. Dr. Mynatt is one of the principal researchers in the
Aware Home Research Initiative;
investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable
older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional
Dr. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of
ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Prior to her current
position, she worked for three years at Xerox PARC the birthplace of
ubiquitous computing alongside its inventor, Mark Weiser. Her
research explored how to augment everyday places and objects with
computational capabilities. She has chaired multiple conferences on
computer interface technologies and auditory displays, published
numerous articles, and is an active leader in her field.
Dr. Mynatt is a Sloan Research Fellow. Her research is
supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation including a
five-year NSF CAREER award. Other honorary awards include the 2001 College of Computing's
Junior Faculty Research award and the 2003 College of Computing's Dean's Award. Dr.
Mynatt received her Ph.D. in computer science at Georgia Tech under the guidance of Dr.
James Foley. Her dissertation work pioneered creating nonspeech auditory
interfaces from graphical interfaces to enable blind computer users to
work with modern computer applications. Her M.S and undergraduate
degrees in computer science were granted from Georgia Tech and North
Carolina State University respectively. A native of Knoxville,
Tennessee, Dr. Mynatt resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and
Dr. Mynatt's vita is available here.