Gregory D. Abowd (pronounced AY-bowd) is a Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech . His research interests lie in the intersection between Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. Specifically, Dr.Abowd is interested in ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications that impact our everyday lives. In the College of Computing, he is involved in research with faculty from the GVU Center and the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute.
Dr. Abowd directs the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group in the College of Computing and GVU Center. This effort started with the Future Computing Environments research group in 1995, and has since matured into a collection of research groups, including Dr. Abowd's own group. The FCE Group now consists of a federation of many faculty in the College of Computing. One of the major research efforts that Dr. Abowd initated is the Aware Home Research Initiative, now directed by Beth Mynatt, together with many faculty in the College of Computing, School of Psychology, and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Mathematics and Physics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory. From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.