TED SELKER, PHD: School of ID Chair Candidate Presentation

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Summary Sentence: Selker is associate director of CyLab Mobility Research Center.

Full Summary: Selker is Associate Director of CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and visiting scholar at Stanford Computer Science.

Dr. Ted Selker is known for designing innovative products product prototypes and teaching innovative technology product design. As well as mentoring product design within his groups at CMU, MIT, and IBM he he is known for guiding, strategic emerging technology opportunities. His clients have included companies such as Colgate, Google, E-government, Herman Miller, Sanyang Motors, OLPC, IBM, ITRI, Mars, MasterCard, Nortel, Philips, Phil Morris and many startup companies.

Ted Selker is associate director Cylab Center for Mobiltity Research at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Ted spent ten years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he ran the Context Aware Computing group, and directed the Counter Intelligence/Design Intelligence: product design of the future project.
His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains, such as kitchens, cars, on phones and in email. Ted’s work takes the form of prototyping concept products supported by cognitive science research.
He has run projects at MIT to promote emerging technology opportunities for ALPS, British Telecom, Campbell’s soups, Cleanup kitchens, Chrysler, Ford, Giant, Hallmark, Kaiser Permanente, Lear, Lego, McDonalds, Merloni, Motorola, Ricoh, Saab, Steel case, Swatch, Panasonic, Pepsi, Post cereals, USPS for the voting industry and others.

Prior to joining the MIT faculty in November 1999, his work at IBM gained him the title of IBM Fellow where Ted directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research Lab. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Ted's research has contributed to products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers, his visualizations have been responsible for performance and usability improvements in products and his adaptive help system was the basis of products as well.
Ted’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.

Industrial Design has a long and distinguished history at Georgia Tech, offering ID courses since 1940. The College of Architecture offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design in which 127 students are presently enrolled. The Program began a Master in Industrial Design degree program in Fall 2003 in which 37 students are currently enrolled.

The Chair will be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who will head the School of Industrial Design and oversee the graduate program, as well as have other administrative, teaching, research, and outreach responsibilities. The successful candidate should have an advanced degree, academic experience and a demonstrated ability to lead. The Chair will have the opportunity to provide vision and leadership in furthering the linkages of Industrial Design to the new strategic directions of the College and the Institute.

The Chair will also have the opportunity in further expanding the multi-disciplinary relationships with sister programs in the College (Architecture, Building Construction, City and Regional Planning, Music, the Undergraduate and Graduate Divisions) and the College’s seven research centers, as well as with other units across campus, particularly the School of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Management, the College of Computing and its Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center, the Ivan College of Liberal Arts, and the Manufacturing Research Center, its Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute.

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