Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  • Jill Watson

    A teaching assistant named Jill Watson | Ashok Goel | TEDxSanFrancisco

    What is it?

    A graduate-level teaching assistant who can hold office hours 24/7/365—because she’s a literal teaching machine. Built on IBM’s Watson platform, Jill is the world’s first artificially intelligent TA, and “she” spends her days helping students in the online M.S. in Computer Science (OMS CS) program’s Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence (KBAI) course. Soon Jill will be able to answer about 40 percent of the 10,000 questions students ask each semester. And she doesn’t even need coffee breaks.

    Who’s it for?

    Anyone struggling at 4 a.m. with that pesky design project or last-minute questions about exam logistics. Here comes Jill to the rescue!

    What’s it cost?

    Jill Watson is available, free of charge, to help students enrolled in KBAI. And she’s happy to answer questions about tests, Turing or otherwise.

    From the workshop of:

    Professor Ashok Goel in the School of Interactive Computing

     

     

     

  • A Fancy New Computer for 21st Century HPC

    What is it?

    Well, we can’t exactly say yet, but trust us—it’ll be terrific. The problem is that Moore’s Law is nearing its end, and if we want to keep building better, stronger, faster computers to power the jetpacks and transporters and other technologies of the future, we need to move beyond the traditional silicon chip. That’s where the new Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH) comes in. CRNCH’s mission is to rebuild computers from the ground up—through such techniques as quantum or approximate or adiabatic computing—to maintain the exponential growth in computing speeds that we’ve enjoyed since the Beatles were still together.

    Who’s it for?

    Those computing and technological pioneers who’ve set their sights on the exascale and beyond. They’re gonna need a bigger boat.

    What’s it cost?

    When it comes to supercomputers, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

    From the workshop of:

    Professor & CRNCH Director Tom Conte of the schools of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering.

     

     

  • Results Replicated Badge

    What is it?

    In the Old West, a badge was a sign of authority. It’s the same today on the wild frontier of scientific research with a shiny new “Results Replicated” badge from ACM. Once you rustle up one of these prestigious badges for your paper–like Professor Srinivas Aluru and some of his deputies (AKA students) did at SC16–desperados, cowpokes, and your fellow researchers from the OK Corral to the Kansas City stockyards will know your work meets the basic tenets of the scientific method.

    Who is it for?

    Sheriffs, deputies, marshals, or anyone else abiding by the standards of scientific research.

    What is the cost?

    Four horses or two gold nuggets. Or simply a professionally run research study.

    From the Workshop of

    The Association of Computing Machinery

     

  • Mr. Georgia Tech, Andrew Perry

    What is it?

    “It” is a “who,” and would prefer not to be seen as an object, thank you very much. Unless, that is, he is the object of your affection. This dark-haired, bespectacled fourth-year from Peachtree City, Ga., just added Mr. Georgia Tech to his already robust list of on-campus accomplishments. He has served as the director of the Mental Health Student Coalition; volunteers as a Georgia Tech Ambassador; and is even one of the first faces new students see on campus in his capacity as a FASET leader. And he’s accomplished all of that in his spare time—away from Omicron Delta Kappa, the Student Advisory Board, his Delta Chi fraternity, his time in the GVU Center, and taking long walks on Binary Bridge. Eat your heart out, Jackets.

    Who’s it for?

    He’ll represent all former, current, and future Yellow Jackets in his capacity as Mr. Georgia Tech.

    What’s it cost?

    Depends who’s asking. Is this a job offer?

    From the workshop of:

    Andrew Perry, fourth-year B.S. Computer Science major

     

  • AUTORALLY

    GT AutoRally: Aggressive Driving with MPPI Control Overview

    What is it?

    Ever had to slam on the brakes to avoid slamming into that pothole that never seems to get fixed? Ever had to swerve left, then right, then left again to miss that cute, bushy-tailed squirrel that just can’t seem to decide in which direction it wants to escape? A Georgia Tech research team is working on AutoRally, a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits, and the approach could help make self-driving cars of the future safer under similar hazardous road conditions. AutoRally is a 1:5 scale rally car that can travel at blistering speeds while controlling turns and calculating for on-course obstacles.

    Who’s it for?

    Future travelers everywhere

    What’s it cost?

    The rally cars are expensive to make, but the long-term technology could be priceless.

    From the workshop of:

    Professor Jim Rehg from the School of Interactive Computing, Ph.D. candidate Brian Goldfain (Robotics, IC), Ph.D. candidate Paul Drews (Robotics, ECE), Ph.D. candidate Grady Williams (Robotics, IC), Ph.D. candidate Kamil Saigol (Robotics, ECE), Ph.D. candidate Nolan Wagener (Robotics, IC), M.S. student Matt Barulic (CS), M.S. student Marcus Pereira (AE)

  • 2017 Emerging Cyber Threats, Trends & Technologies Report

    What is it?

    A handy reference to the comments, observations, and research of Georgia Tech’s top cybersecurity professionals. This expert-driven review explores recent cybersecurity trends, developing research, and threat considerations for the year ahead. Among the findings: Did you know healthcare fraud is poised to take off in 2017? Or that it can be really hard to pin down those responsible for cyberattacks? But no surprise, Georgia Tech has some solutions! 

    Who’s it for?

    Diligent data defenders or the surging squadrons of students now interested in studying cybersecurity. Help is on the way!

    What does it cost?

    What’s the value of your data—and reputation?

    From the workshop of:

    Professors Wenke Lee, Mustaque Ahamad, Annie Antón, and Ellen Zegura, and Assistant Professor Taesoo Kim, of the schools of Computer Science and Interactive Computing

     

     

  • The Marvelous Marvel Universe

    What is it?

    The ultimate cheat sheet to the Marvel Comics Universe. This visualization takes 77 years of superhero history and scales the comic empire down to the 250 characters with the most appearances, showcasing a who’s who of good and bad guys, all in one interactive screen view. The encyclopedia's worth of information right at your fingertips will give you your own kind of superpowers over other fans as you uncover obscure connections between characters and find out who Tony Stark’s real friends are.

    Who’s it for?

    Casual and hardcore fans of mutants and Avengers; Marvel TV and movie lovers drooling over who might show up on the screen together; meme makers looking for a gold mine of material; cosplayers searching for that next breakout costume no one else has. 

    What’s it cost?

    Free (not including all of your geek-out time over the holidays).

    From the workshop of:

    M.S. CS alumna Sasha Azad, M.S. CS/HCI alumna Rachel Sheketoff, M.S. Human-Computer Interaction alumni Ruta Sardesai and Robin Fan, and Professor John Stasko of the School of Interactive Computing.

     

     

  • Refugee Resettlement Tool

    What is it?

    They say there is a perfect tool for every job. Until now, the only tools available to help refugees resettling in Atlanta were random internet searches, word of mouth, and lots of time driving from place to place. Now, thanks to a Georgia Tech fellowship program, finding suitable housing is easier than ever! The new tool offers one-stop-shop convenience by bringing together real estate listings, store locators, public school reports, international grocery stores, and faith centers.

    Who is it for?

    Nonprofit relocation specialists working with families and individuals from across the globe wanting to start new lives

    What is the cost?

    A few keystrokes.

    From the Workshop of:

    Data Science for Social Good Atlanta, with some help from Assistant Professor Bistra Dilkina in the School of Computational Science & Engineering

     

  • PrivacyGuard

    What is it?

    A big cyber-padlock for your cloud-based big data computations. PrivacyGuard is the comprehensive big data computation protection you desire. This three-layer privacy protocol secures valuable big data information by splitting the responsibility of verifying information into three areas–data entry, execution, and output–guarding private data from any unauthorized or unintended purposes.

    Who’s it for?

    The security-conscious big data scientist.

    What’s it cost?

    Shedding your fear of hackers is a happy price to pay.

    From the workshop of:

    Professors Ling Liu and Calton Pu of the School of Computer Science

     

     

  • ‘Intro to Computing’ MOOC

    What is it?

    A new, highly interactive online course that teaches introductory computing skills in Python using graphics as the programming platform. Set to debut on edX in February 2017, the new course is a collaboration between Georgia Tech and McGraw Hill Education, and it uses the latter’s adaptive “SmartBook” technology to create a personalized learning experience for each student. 

    Who’s it for?

    These days we recommend that just about everyone give it some consideration! Particularly we’d recommend for prospective computing students—especially those who aspire to attend Georgia Tech, which will consider awarding credit to those who successfully complete a certified version of the course on edX. 

    What’s it cost?

    Depends on what you want to get out of it. For those who simply want to learn, it’s free! Others can pay a fee to obtain an official edX certificate upon completion or to have their work considered for future credit, should they be admitted to Georgia Tech. 

    From the workshop of:

    Instructor David Joyner and McGraw Hill Education

     

  • Cuba Intercambio

    What is it?

    Supercharged internet access for those wanting to cruise along the information superhighway in Cuba. The perfect way to rev-up web searching for friends and family living in, what was until recently, “the second most isolated place in the world,” Cuba Intercambio is a human-powered project that provides Cubans with an email-based way to get internet search results on parts for vintage U.S. automobiles or just about anything else!

    Who is it for?

    The nearly 75 percent of Cubans with limited or no reliable internet access.

    What’s it cost?

    It’s hard to believe, but there is no charge for this invaluable gift of knowledge, information, and access!

    From the Workshop of:

    Ph.D. student Michaelanne DyeELC Lab, and TanDEm Lab

     

     

  • Machine Learning Protocols for Drones

    What is it?

    Does your unmanned autonomous vehicle lag behind its peers? Does your drone lack the stochastic algorithm it needs to achieve its full potential? With these machine-learning protocols, your drone will become smarter, more energy efficient, and more self-sufficient than ever before!

    Who’s it for?

    People who are looking to give their UAVs the edge they need.

    What’s it cost?

    With drones set to start delivering packages, pizzas, and even people from place to place, these algorithms will actually save a lot of time and headache.

    From the workshop of:

    Assistant Professor Hadi Esmaeilzadeh of the School of Computer Science

     

     

  • Biodiversity Corridors

    What is it?

    When your workshop is the great outdoors, you need some serious power tools to get things done. That’s why this new optimization tool is a must-have this holiday season. This incredible new tool uses mixed-integer programming to power through myriad options for creating optimal connected habitats for multiple species at one time! The results help to sustain genetic diversity while ensuring economic and ecological harmony.

    Who's it for?

    Grizzly bears, wolverines, and other furry creatures yearning to roam far and wide to meet that “special someone” and let nature takes its course.

    What's the cost?

    Not nearly as high as the cost of a drop in biodiversity.

    From the Workshop of:

    U.S. Forest Service, NSF, and Asst. Professor Bistra Dilkina in the School of Computational Science and Engineering

     

  • Encyclopedia of Life

    What is it?

    This is your chance to solve America’s ecological dilemmas with the help of Watson. Not Dr. Watson, Sherlock. IBM’s Watson. Team up with the know-it-all, Georgia Tech, and the Smithsonian’s Encyclopedia to Life to create and test your own models about the environment. If there’s an oxymoronic massive shrimp death in the Pacific, use the trio of tools to find out what might be happening, why it matters, and what will happen if it continues. The world’s a big place. You need big data.

    Who’s it for?

    Sleuths. Friends of the earth.

    What’s it cost?

    A few of your tax pennies. The National Science Foundation is funding it for $1 million.   

    From the workshop of:

    Professor Ashok Goel of the School of Interactive Computing

  • Happy Holidays from the College of Computing!

    See You In 2017!

    Happy Holidays from GT Computing! Here’s wishing you & yours a safe and festive holiday season!