Georgia Tech Names New Executive Vice President for Research

The Georgia Institute of Technology has named Chaouki T. Abdallah, currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Mexico, to be its new executive vice president for research (EVPR). The EVPR directs Georgia Tech’s $824 million research program and is part of the Institute’s four-member executive leadership team.

Brewing a Better Cup of Coffee

The four materials science and engineering majors gathered one August morning for their senior design class. It was 8am and they all sipped coffee.

Tyler Quill joked that his dentist would kill him for drinking coffee, knowing how the beverage’s acidity contributes to tooth and enamel erosion.

“Then we started talking about why that happens and how great it would be if we could find a way to fix the problem,” said Quill, who is from Grayson, Ga.

Drones, Driverless Cars and Difficult Decisions

Robots are here. They’ve entered our daily lives and can be found in our homes, hospitals and our streets. 

These robot and human interactions raise a series of questions that the general public and lawmakers must face. 

“When robots start truly engaging with us, what does that really mean?” asked Magnus Egerstedt, the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “And what does it mean for us to interact with them?”

Magnus Egerstedt Named School Chair for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Magnus Egerstedt has been appointed as the new Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective August 1. Egerstedt is currently the executive director for Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. He also holds the Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems and Controls in ECE, along with courtesy appointments in the School of Interactive Computing, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.  

Robots Taking Over Music, With Humans by Their Side

This Friday marks the start of the fifth annual Atlanta Science Festival, kicking off with Rise Up, Robots, a variety show featuring an assortment of robotic performers.

One of those performers will be Shimon, a marimba-playing robot that uses machine learning to develop new and inventive compositions. Shimon was created by Gil Weinberg, professor and founding director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology.

Four Georgia Tech Faculty Named IEEE Fellows

Four Georgia Tech faculty members were named IEEE Fellows, effective January 1, 2018. They are Jaydev Desai, a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME); Saibal Mukhopadhyay and Justin Romberg, both professors in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); and Kevin James “Jim” Sangston, a senior research engineer in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).

RoboJackets Achieve Highest IGVC Finish in Team History

This summer, Georgia Tech’s competitive robotics organization, RoboJackets, participated in the 27th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The focus of the competition was to design and build an autonomous robot capable of completing an outdoor obstacle course.

RoboJackets has competed in IGVC since 2003, but this year they had the best performance in team history, winning the Dr. William G. Agnew Award for first place in the design competition and the Paul Lescoe Award for third place overall.

Ph.D. Student Seeks to Help Children through Robotics

De’Aira Bryant wants to change the lives of the people who most deserve it. A doctoral student in computer science and intelligent systems at Georgia Tech, her main focus has been exploring the potential for interactive communication between children and robots. Bryant believes that significant improvements in emotion recognition must be made in order for robots to perform successfully in a variety of environments, especially with children.

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