College of Design Research Forum: Introducing New Voices in Design Research

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Join us this month for the final College of Design Research Forum of the 2018-19 academic year.

The forums are an opportunity for us to share our design- and technology-focused research. This academic year we have several new faculty members producing compelling work. We have invited some of them to introduce their research to the larger college.

The faculty participating in the forum represent architecture, industrial design, and music.

Let's meet them:

Leila Aflatoony is an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design. Her research and teaching approach lie in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) design and user experience (UX). She employs design approaches, methods, and emerging technologies (e.g. 3D printing, AR, VR) to address critical challenges in various areas of application such as healthcare and education.

She will talk on the practical application of personal-scale manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printers in the context of assistive technology (AT), which has been defined as any device or system that allows an individual to perform a task they would otherwise be unable to do. People with disabilities often need to assemble, modify, and repurpose a variety of devices and technologies from different organizations to meet their needs.  The goal of this research is to uncover how to implement digital fabrication technologies for sustainable use in clinical settings so that occupational therapy (OT) professionals, AT professionals, and end-users can collaborate on designing 3D models, which are customized to user’s specifications and needs.

Lisa Marks is an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design. She teaches studio courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her current research focuses on methods of combining endangered and traditional handcraft with algorithmic modeling in order to produce new modes of production. She has a Master of Industrial Design from Parsons School of Design and worked in New York for clients including Google, Nike, and Swarovski.

She was recently chosen as one of six finalists for the prestigious Lexus Design Award 2019. The international design competition recognizes up-and-coming creators around the world aspiring to “Design for a Better Tomorrow.” Marks' inventive design, Algorithmic Lace, is a post-mastectomy custom-crafted bra designed to avoid common bra discomforts after surgery.

Hyun Joo Oh is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Industrial Design and the School of Interactive Computing. Working at the intersection of human-computer interaction and design, she studies and builds creative technologies (tools, kits, and methods) that integrate computing and everyday materials. Based on a broad spectrum of design and computing technologies, she investigates fundamental questions on how people see and think and make – how those are closely linked and shape each other.

Her work has been published and exhibited at ACM SIGCHI conferences and maker community. She completed her Ph.D. in Technology, Media, and Society at the Craft Tech Lab & ATLAS Institute at University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds master’s degrees in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and Media Interaction Design from Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

Grace Leslie is an assistant professor in the School of Music and a researcher in the Center for Music Technology. At Georgia Tech, Leslie leads the Brain Music Lab, a community gathered around a unique facility combining EEG and other physiological measurement techniques with new technologies.

Previously, she was a fellow at the Neukom Institute for Interdisciplinary Computation at Dartmouth, where she performed research in the Neurology Group at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked with the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where she developed musical brain- and body-interface systems to invite expression and experience of emotion. She received her BA and MA in music from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Music & Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.

Tarek Rakha is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and faculty at the High Performance Building Lab. He is an architect, building scientist, and educator. His research aims to influence architecture, urban design, and planning practices through three areas of expertise: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings; and building envelope diagnostics using drones. As an academic in the United States and a registered architect in Egypt, Rakha seeks to combine multifaceted research approaches to issues of sustainability in design. He leads efforts in the acquisition and implementation of scholarly collaborations with government, industry, and academic partners.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Rakha taught at Syracuse University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in building technology at MIT, where he was part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling and simulation platform.



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  • Created By:Malrey Head
  • Created:02/28/2019
  • Modified By:Tia Jewell
  • Modified:03/19/2019


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