<![CDATA[Space Lace: Net Fishing in Low Earth Orbit]]> 34590 Lisa Marks is launching the ancient craft of fishing villages into space vehicle design. Her work adapting traditional textile handcraft to modern problems created a unique opportunity for collaboration cleaning up space debris.

According to NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office (OPDO), this debris jeopardizes future space projects. Large objects like rocket bodies and non-functional satellites are the source of fragmentation debris.

The OPDO website says removal of even five of the highest-risk objects per year could stabilize the low Earth orbit debris environment.

A research team with members from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, and the Space Systems Design Laboratory has developed a concept using a net to capture and de-orbit large debris.

A mutual connection at Tech's GVU recommended that the team speak to Lisa Marks, assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design, based on her work combining traditional textile with new materials and methods.

Putting Textiles in Space Requires Creative Expertise

“There’s a lot of different projects on space debris happening all around the world,” Marks said, “and there’ve been a few concept papers talking about using a net.”

“But all the drawings of the net are basic concepts, just a square with a few hatches through it. No one has figured out what that net might be.”

Marks researches ways to combine traditional textile handcraft with algorithmic modeling. “I specialize in analyzing the shape of every stitch and how we can use that stitch differently. Can we create new patterns through coding, or make it larger and out of wood?”

“It allows me to think really creatively about how we can use different textiles.”

This innovative, exploratory approach is a natural fit to create a net for a job no has ever done. “There's a lot of technical considerations with this,” Marks said. 

“It must pack incredibly small, weigh very little, and still be strong enough to capture and drag a rocket fuselage. There are considerations just for a material to exist in space. It needs to have low UV reactivity, low off gassing.”

“We need to understand every single little aspect of each of these techniques in order to do this.”

Static Nets Catch Fish; Slippery Nets Catch Rockets

Marks is working with Teflon, using the same knots used for fishing nets, but the non-traditional material means the nets work differently than fishing nets, she said. “These knots are made to be static, because you don’t want fish to get through the nets. But because Teflon is so slippery, the knots move around.”

“I think it will help the net’s strength, because the net will deform around irregular shapes before it breaks. What makes it unsuitable for fishing and annoying to work with becomes a huge benefit for what we need it to do.”

Some traditional handcraft techniques are dying out, and Marks sees projects like this as a reason preserving these techniques is important. “We don’t know what problems we’re going to have to solve in the future, and these crafts can be used in really surprising ways.”

“I would not have thought, ‘Netted filet lace, that’s how we’re going to solve a space problem!’ But if we lose this type of lace, we can’t solve space problems with it.”

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Diagram showing concept of active space debris removal. The system is launched from earth and maneuvers to intercept a spent rocket fuselage. It then separates into four components with a net stretched between them. The net wraps around the fuselage, capturing it, and the entire system deorbits safely.

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<![CDATA[Innovation and Design at Georgia Tech]]> 34944 Georgia Tech has a long history of success and acknowledgement when it comes to engineering, but how has this shifted over time to make Georgia Tech’s students more multidisciplinary in nature?

The answer is that it’s a work in progress but the institute has made strides in approaching education and problem-solving in a more collaborative approach among its six colleges. We find it largely true that two minds are better than one; but how about two minds in completely different industries collaborating? The results can only be better, more inclusive, and exponentially innovative.

A big influence in collaboration on Georgia Tech’s campus has stemmed from the Innovation and Design Collaborative, also known as Design Bloc. Spearheaded by Industrial Design Professor, Wayne Li, Design Bloc started as an initiative in 2014, with the clear purpose to bridge campus by teaching design thinking to all different disciplines on campus.

The idea was born out of a multiyear grant from alumni, Jim Oliver, who felt that campus was missing the collaboration and potential synergy of designers and engineers working together. With funding and Li’s expertise, Design Bloc brings Georgia Tech’s faculty, students, and their disciplines together, with design thinking in mind, to work on real world problems. “Designers and engineers who work together and are appreciative of each other’s skillsets make a better impact in the world.” says Li.

Over the years, efforts to combine disciplines in lectures has proven successful as the institute has gone from one cross-college multidisciplinary class to twenty. Giving faculty and students opportunities to work together to teach in novel and interesting ways with design thinking as the co-pilot.

“For many years, single discipline classes were the norm, but now we have popular collaborations that the students really enjoy” says Li. From courses that combine Computer Science and Industrial Design, Architecture and Biology, or International Affairs and Computer Science, campus has become more collaborative to innovative in new ways. “Every college is represented in the shift toward collaborative thinking and the most recent class is the VIP Design Bloc class.”

Design Bloc’s VIP class, hosted through the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at Georgia Tech, empowers students from all majors to work on design problems they find in the community. Thanks to the VIP platform, that allows undergrad students to earn academic credits while working on research and interacting within multidisciplinary teams, Design Bloc’s VIP class serves as a technical elective for many students and is representative of campus majors. “We have a good mix” says Li.

Li’s goal on campus has been and continues to be an effort to bridge and breakdown barriers to spark interest in design work, together.

Design is Influence

Georgia Tech’s Design Bloc VIP Team teach on campus and in the community that design is influence, and we can be better through it. Good design is about enhancing an experience and that is just what the class has done this semester in partnering with the High Museum and Infinity Mirrors exhibit to further design thinking principles among Atlanta’s youth.

“Design allows technology to become more useful, more socially cognizant, and more empathetic.” said Li. That is the basis of the curriculum at the School of Industrial Design, and Li believes that this is true across all technologies and disciplines.

Through teaching design thinking, others not exposed to design can give their art purpose and disciplines like engineering expression. “There are artists that are highly technical and engineers that are creatively inclined. I don’t see this as completely exclusive things, I see them as taking disparate ideas and combining them.”

Design principles can make for better creators of technology, because through these principles we can inherently care about who technology is created for.

Infinity Mirrors: Mirrors Socially Cognizant Design among Atlanta’s Youth

Atlanta’s winter season hot-ticket item, Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama, sparked a wave of art and design appreciation in the city. With sold-out crowds around the U.S., Infinity Mirrors portrays Kusama’s signature work and famous immersive rooms. Seeking the experience, even infrequent High Museum guests wanted in on the creatively designed, seemingly endless and mesmeric adventure.

With the intent to flare the same interest on Atlanta’s youth and community through a design thinking innovation space, High Museum’s Hub reached out to one of the city’s most prominent proponents of design thinking, Georgia Tech Industrial Design professor Wayne Li. “Design thinking is using designer’s mindsets in order to create social impact”, expressed Li, similar to the same impacts an artist like Kusama hopes to evoke through her art. Li gladly saw the benefit of partnering up with the High to positively impact the community and it’s youth to foster a space for students to learn and be excited about design and contemporary art.

With years of experience in teaching design thinking, Wayne Li and a group of his Design Bloc VIP students at Georgia Tech were tasked with doing what they do best, user-centered-design. Their approach? “Learning by doing” says Li. In Li’s mind, to lay a foundation and case of the Hub’s potential to be a successful design thinking space for the community, him and his team needed to work on a project directly with the future users, Atlanta’s youth. “When you try a project in its actual space and environment, you will be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t”. Working hand in hand with a group of close to 30 high school students from The Galloway School and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Li and his team’s plan was to teach design by example.

In teaching design thinking to students, Li’s team and high school students studied the Kusama exhibit. “We walked the exhibit and contemplated design - What are her visual interest? What are her inspirations? What gives the visual texture? What makes this exhibit experiential? How do you create an experience though layered texture that expands your vision, and makes you see a horizon that’s not there? – to show that design thinking is very much about understanding your surroundings and drawing inspiration from it”, says Li.

With design principles in their toolbelt, students were asked to gather inspiration from Kusama to create their own version of the experience for the closing night of the exhibit. “We asked students to think like designers. To approach problems by understanding, defining, and empathizing with it; to research, express creativity and solutions; then test and rinse, lather, repeat.” At the end of the day, their project needed to reflect the goal for the High’s design thinking space – a space that adapts to how people work and does not dictate how people need to work.

The Exhibit

Through much ideation, “we constantly raised design-thinking principles to the high school students to make sure we were being intentional with our ideas.” said first-year Industrial Design and Design Bloc VIP student, Margaret Lu. The student’s Kusama inspired exhibit ideas translated into a concept influenced by a Japanese garden. One that gave a similar feel to Kusama’s work but was different too, “we wanted our exhibit to be interactive and enhance the overall Infinity Mirrors experience” explained Lu.

Through need finding, an integral component of design thinking, the students researched the space and museum guest to figure out what they were missing out of the experience and hence, how they would attempt to enhance it. Their findings offered insight “We wanted to create an exhibit that’s purpose was to be interacted with” because that is some of what Yayoi’s exhibit experience was missing, not because Kusama’s exhibit lacked visual stimulation, but because in its nature, as a museum exhibit, it could not be touched or interacted with. Students saw this as an opportunity to enhance the experience. “With our project, the more you interact with the exhibit, the more dynamic the experience.” explained Alex Flohr, Industrial Design graduate student and staff member with Design Bloc.

The project rendered into an interactive exhibit called “Enchanted Lily Pads”, featuring hand-crafted wood-sculptures of lily pads with colorful LED lights. The interactivity was generated through programmed motion sensors that lit the lily pads with hand movement, causing a ripple effect that excited young museum guests. “We also built a bridge leading to the lily pads, inviting users into the space”.

“Everything was hand-drawn and digitally fabricated. We brought 2-D to 3-D. We wanted to pay homage to Kusama’s work through the lens of making, crafting and interactivity” said Flohr. “It was really fun to see people come in and start playing with our exhibit. Kids would come play and when things lit up, they would get really excited.”

Socially Cognizant Design

Design thinking is first and foremost user-centered. Students introduced to this way of approaching problems are more accommodating of others. “We did take into account the different groups of people that would be coming through to see the exhibit” says Flohr. “I was really happy to see the high school students emphasize that they wanted the bridge to be wheelchair accessible and accommodating to everyone.”

With design principles and collaboration spaces as available tools, youth are invited to explore and innovate, and with socially cognizant design, creation can be empathetic.

“If at the end of the day, the students come out with a great learning experience, to me it’s more about using design to help make a social impact. That is part of what makes this so exciting” says Li.

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2019-03-18T00:00:00-04:00 2019-03-18T00:00:00-04:00 2019-03-18 00:00:00 Alejandra Nash - School of Industrial Design

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<![CDATA[Welcome to the School of Industrial Design]]> 27814 Welcome to the School of Industrial Design. We were recently ranked by Design Intelligence as the number two grad program and the number seven undergrad program in the nation! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1GLKUDN

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<![CDATA[Mild Cognitive Impairment Empowerment Program Call for Pre-Proposals]]> 32550 The number of individuals affected by Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is increasing every year, with an estimated 15 percent to 20 percent of those over the age of 65 at risk of developing it. These individuals have increased problems with memory, problem-solving or spatial ability.

The vision of the Mild Cognitive Impairment Empowerment Program (MCIEP) is to revolutionize the experience of people affected by MCI by creating a comprehensive approach that can be replicated nationally and internationally.

 With the aim of speeding up development, testing and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for MCI, the Innovation Accelerator (IA) core is offering seed grants to support research in the following areas: therapeutic programming, technology, and the built environment. 

The funded projects should result in innovative solutions, strategies or methodologies developed through a culture of collaboration among students, researchers, clinicians, and people with MCI in less than 12 months’ time.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, $150,000 in seed grants will be available each year for the next three years. Proposals can range from semester to year-long research projects and smaller proposals can target funds to convene valuable discussions, gather data, develop methods and metrics or to prototype new designs and technologies.

See the related file to the right for more information on the pre-proposal call and how to apply.

All pre-proposals will be evaluated by a review committee comprised of representatives from all cores of the MCIEP and individuals affected by MCI. Feedback from the committee will be given to all pre-proposals. Those selected for full proposals will be contacted by the end of the day on September 10. 

For additional information or questions regarding the seed grant process email kimberly.seaton@design.gatech.edu 

Looking forward to reading your pre-proposals,

Jennifer DuBose,
MCIEP's Innovation Accelerator Director 


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2019-08-05T00:00:00-04:00 2019-08-05T00:00:00-04:00 2019-08-05 00:00:00 For More Information Contact:
Kimberly Bass Seaton
SimTigrate Design Lab

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<![CDATA[SimTigrate’s Research Benefitting 2 Atlanta Hospitals to Appear in Special Clinical Disease Supplement]]> 32550 The SimTigrate Design Lab has developed a valuable expertise – and provided real-world use in Atlanta -- in the design of biocontainment units such as those designed to treat patients with Ebola. The results of the lab's research is included in a special supplement from the CDC’s Prevention Epicenters Program.

On October 1, the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program released the print version: Personal Protective Equipment for Preventing Contact Transmission of Pathogens: Innovations from the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, a supplement to Clinical Infectious Diseases. The digital version was released in September.

The publication includes 14 in-depth studies, including three co-authored by SimTigrate researchers. It provides insights from recent work to improve routine use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Ebola-specific PPE, and prevent contact transmission of pathogens to better protect patients and healthcare professionals (HCPs). 

Key findings from the supplement include:

SimTigrate’s Research Spans Years

Under the leadership of  Professor Craig Zimring, SimTigrate has been engaged in research and investigation on the design of biocontainment units for several years from both the perspective of the healthcare worker safety and the patient experience. The team interviewed all 4 patients who were treated for Ebola at Emory in 2014 to understand their experience as patients.

SimTigrate as part of Georgia Tech and the College of Design, together with Emory University and Georgia State University, was involved in the (PEACH) research program that was funded by the CDC - Prevention Epicenter of Emory and Atlanta Consortium Hospitals (PEACH) research program.

Jennifer DuBose, associate director of SimTigrate Design Lab, expressed pleasure at seeing the results of the Lab’s work in practice.

“It is really gratifying to see the work that we have done move from theory to practice. With the publication of our research it is possible that many hospitals will benefit, but it is particularly satisfying to know that we have improved the design of two hospitals in our backyard,” she said.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the hospitals the lab is working with, helping them evaluate and refine the design of their doffing space in the 6 biocontainment rooms that will go into their new bed tower.

The new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, at the corner of I-285 and North Druid Hills Road, includes two patient towers. The completion of the hospital support building is planned for early 2020, while the hospital at North Druid Hills will begin serving patients in 2025.

Ph.D. Student Leading Children's Healthcare Research

Zorana Matić, a Ph.D. student who is leading the current research effort, said Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Special Care Unit (CHOA SCU) will be used for the treatment of pediatric patients with lethal, contagious diseases.

This unit will be set up to treat children with highly infectious diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), smallpox, tularemia, plague, viral hemorrhagic fevers (such as Ebola), and drug-resistant illnesses.

DuBose is the PI (Principal Investigator) on the Children’s Healthcare project. The team also includes two graduate students, Benton Humphreys, a master’s student in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Alexandra Nguyen, also a masters student in HCI (Psychology & Human Factors).

Student involvement is a central element of SimTigrate’s approach to research; the primary author of one of the papers in the supplement was Maria Wong Sala who graduated from Georgia Tech a master’s in Human Computer Interaction this past spring.

Matić described the past work that SimTigrate did on biocontainment units, which led to them being sought out for involvement with CHOA.

“SimTigrate researchers evaluated the four Ebola treatment facilities in Georgia, and built a high-fidelity mock-up of a biocontainment unit (BCU), in which we tested different design solutions. We analyzed the interactions between healthcare workers (HCWs) and the built environment in the four different settings and identified instances where the built environment failed to support safe HCW’s behavior while doffing,” she said.

Building on the knowledge gained through these specific projects and the lab’s body of evidence-based design research, they are helping CHOA create at a world-class design for the 6 new biocontainment rooms where the environment will support safe doffing of PPE for the healthcare workers.

SimTigrate attended and observed CHOA simulations at a full-size hospital mock-up, evaluated the proposed designs, analyzed alternatives, and proposed specific solutions for designing a facility and care process that would deliver an exceptional experience for patients, their families, and the healthcare team, Matić said.

The redesigned doffing space aims to improve the safety of the staff and reduce risk of self- and cross-contamination and occupational injury. It also is expected to reduce the physical effort and cognitive load of healthcare workers, she said.

Emory University Hospital Midtown to Get Biocontainment Room

The other major medical facility getting help from SimTigrate is Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM).

SimTigrate Design Lab is involved in evaluating the proposed designs, analyzing alternatives, and proposing specific solutions for designing the EUHM Mother-Baby Infectious Disease Suite.

DuBose said they are helping the facility optimize the unit design to increase the safety of the healthcare personnel who provide patient care and to improve the patient’s experience.

The hospital currently does not have mother-baby biocontainment rooms, but DuBose said the biocontainment unit will be the first mother-baby Infectious Disease Suite, that they are aware of, anywhere.

It will retrofit existing space to establish the mother-baby Infectious Disease Suite with unidirectional flow, a dedicated donning area, an anteroom for monitoring and observation, and a dedicated doffing area outside the treatment room.

The treatment room will have full-size windows, enabling unobstructed monitoring of the patient. Adjacent to the treatment room is the exam room that will be used for accommodating PUI (Person Under Investigation) and/or newborn.

DuBose said the mother-baby Infectious Disease Suite will be used to assess pregnant women with suspected seriously communicable diseases and deliver the babies.

Besides donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment in highly infectious environments, SimTigrate also looked at the thoroughness of hand hygiene while donning and doffing.

You can read more about SimTigrate’s research in the supplement.

Pages S214-S220: Common Behaviors and Faults when Doffing Personal Protective Equipment for Patients with Serious Communicable Diseases

Pages S221-S223: Variability in Duration and Thoroughness of Hand Hygiene in Biocontainment units

Pages S241-S247: Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units to Reduce Risk During Doffing of High-Level Personal Protective Equipment

]]> Malrey Head 1 1570129862 2019-10-03 19:11:02 1570211430 2019-10-04 17:50:30 0 0 news The SimTigrate Design Lab’s research into the use of personal protective equipment and the design of biocontainment units and is being applied in two Atlanta medical facilities.


2019-10-03T00:00:00-04:00 2019-10-03T00:00:00-04:00 2019-10-03 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist
College of Design

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<![CDATA[Where New Developments in Interactive Technologies Might Take Us]]> 32550 “When the World Talks Back ...”

Many of us have experienced that. And not in a spooky sci-fi way, but in a 21st-century technology way.

Over the past 10 to 15 years the evolution of smart, sensor-based products and systems has reshaped the way we interact with each other and the world around us.

This evolution will be discussed in a College of Design Research Forum on Thursday, September 27. The title of that form is, "When the World Talks Back … Connecting People and Things."

Sensor technology enables us to tap all kinds technologies and allows us to connect to things we have not been able to connect to before, in ways not previously possible, explained Jim Budd, chair and professor in the School of Industrial Design.

With sensors of the late 1900s and early 2000s, interactive products could take an action and respond to it.

Later, researchers realized they could attach micro-processors to sensors to collect data and could share that data, Budd said.

For years, sensors have turned on lights and opened doors for us. But now we have begun to realize even more possibilities, he said.

For example, a sensor on a door or building can let the us know who comes into the building and know when they leave, and then could share that knowledge. If that building knows who you are, it could even greet you!

Researchers realized we could incorporate these technologies into our homes. Now we wire our homes with technologies that can inform us of the weather outside to lighting levels.

Your house, connected to your smartphone, could tell you when someone comes to your home. Then you could communicate with the house, let it know what to tell that person, maybe even have a dialogue.

Some of these things are already happening. Budd said we have only scratched the tip of the iceberg. We are about 20 years into this use of interactive technology.

One of the biggest technological changes over the past 10-15 years, he said, has been the cell phone. Initially it was a device designed for talking.

Now, we use cell phones to gather information, communicate, hail rides, pay for food, and more. And if we ask a question, it can answer!

Interactive Technology in the College of Design

As a community, we recognize that things that we were once only able to dream about can actually happen, he said.

Budd, who is organizing the forum, said the discussion will compare a snapshot from the past with new initiatives today that connect us with the products around us, the buildings we inhabit, and the cars we drive, along with speculation of where we might be headed tomorrow.

He will lead off with a history of where we came from and others talk about their work.

This forum is also a reflection of collaboration across disciplines in the College. Participants cross two school and a research center: School of Architecture, School of Industrial Design, and the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization.

Joining Budd at the forum will be Noah Posner, a research scientist in the IMAGINE Lab in the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization; Stuart Romm, a professor of practice in the School of Architecture; and Wei Wang, an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design.

Posner said his current work focuses “on creating interactive experiences that leverage physical interaction. Past work includes creating an interactive sandbox for visualizing gorilla location data in Rwanda and data collection devices for capturing street view style panoramas. He also is designing physical interfaces for spatial VR experiences, and involved in teaching physical prototyping to MS-HCI students. For the research forum, he will talk about how we prototype connections. He also will discuss methods of prototyping, how technology gets integrated into product prototypes, different hardware prototyping platforms, and how this translates into a course.

Romm said as a topic, “When the World Talks Back… Connecting People and Things,” is one “that increasingly challenges designers to explore how new environments will intersect the physical + digital worlds.” He will talk about an ongoing case study on how the interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, industrial designers, and experience designers are innovating spaces that integrate the physical and virtual realms. One example is the use of interactive technologies in the transformation of Georgia Tech’s historic main library into a 21st Century Research Library for the digital age. 

Wang said we can anticipate that autonomous vehicles will have an impact on accelerating the transformation of automotive products into a transportation service. From the key criteria of human-computer interaction, Wang said he will talk about how to connect people and things in future autonomous driving through interactive technologies. He will also share some examples from experimental student project to sponsored research projects.

About the Research Forums

The College of Design Research Forums allow the College community and our friends across the campus to experience the design- and technology-focused research at Georgia Tech. From music technology to product design; from assistive technology to healthcare; from architecture to city planning, we explore the many ways technology can solve critical problems for the way we live.

The next research forum is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, in the Caddell Flex Space.

The title is, "Community Redevelopment in the Global South." This forum will explore ongoing projects designed to enhance the well-being of residents in the Global South in the face of its rapid growth and redevelopment.

Michael Elliott, an associate professor in the School of City and Regional Planning, will lead that discussion.

The forums take place from 11a-12p. All forums going forward will be in the Caddell Flex Space.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1537548216 2018-09-21 16:43:36 1559821685 2019-06-06 11:48:05 0 0 news Sensor technologies allow us to connect to things we have not been able to connect to before. Come hear about how far the last 20 have brought us and where we might be headed in the next 20 years.

2018-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2018-09-21T00:00:00-04:00 2018-09-21 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist
College of Design

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<![CDATA[SimTigrate Researchers and Alumni Are Designing the Future of Healthcare]]> 32550 Several Georgia Tech alumni will bring their expertise to a symposium put on by the SimTigrate Design Lab.

The symposium will feature leading researchers and designers – alumni trained at the SimTigrate Design Lab in the College of Design, as well as current researchers and students – and will look at the ways design and the design process can transform healthcare.

The symposium, titled Designing the Future of Healthcare: Linking Problem, Evidence, and Transformation, will feature a keynote from SimTigrate Director and School of Architecture Professor Craig Zimring.

He expects the symposium “will identify emerging problems facing healthcare. In the late 20th century we realized the harms we do to patients inadvertently through errors and infections. That, combined with the opportunities to build tens of billions of dollars in healthcare facilities, led to evidence showing that design can address problems in safety and errors. The field of evidence-based design has helped improve the experience of millions of patients worldwide by supporting safer, quieter, light-filled, better organized facilities.”

The symposium also will show how healthcare design research and innovative design of primary and in-patient care can help healthcare organizations address their biggest pressures, which include cost and reimbursement, patient and staff safety, patient experience, and chronic disease.

The result will be a view of emerging themes in healthcare design and research and a map of how researchers and designers can be full partners in transformation, Zimring said.

Looking Toward the Future

He said healthcare systems are also facing the problem of the coming tsunami of chronic diseases, as care providers deal with things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression.

Zimring said the issue now is to identify the problems that are addressable through physical design and technology. Let’s look at evidence and research that our alumni and lab have done that shows that design can address problems of safety, efficiencies, staff processes, and more, he said.

Looking ahead, Zimring said that for the future of healthcare we must create a system which is more efficient, and which keeps people well rather than just curing them when they are sick.

The way forward, he said, is to bring together built environment technology and improvements in process and access in some integrated way, making the built environment part of the fundamental tool kit in providing health care.

Alumni Bring Their Expertise

Alumni in academia and industry will join current SimTigrate students and researchers. Many continue to do research at their universities, lead research centers of their own, and work with researchers in industry.

One of the returning alumni is Joshua Crews (M.Arch 2011), a senior architect and healthcare team leader at Nelson, an architecture firm with an office in Atlanta.

He is expected to talk about the role of research in the design process, and show how researchers and industry work together.

He and his firm are working with Georgia Tech and Emory University to create a facility to support a living laboratory for those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. With little existing evidence to draw from, his work will rely on research to inform design decisions, program activities, and more. He will give some insight into the process.

Crews also presents and continues to do research with Jennifer DuBose, SimTigrate associate director.

DuBose and SimTigrate researchers have built a Lighting User Experience or L(ux) Lab with funding from the Pacific Northwest National Lab and fully tunable white lights donated by Signify.

New developments in lighting technology and discoveries about how light impacts the human brain have led to many opportunities to enhance the experience in healthcare environments. Building on literature reviews with the help of SimTigrate alumni and current students, the lab has designed a series of lighting experiments to evaluate the performance, acceptability and impact on behavior of different lighting conditions with a range of spectral properties and intensities.

The findings from the completed experiments on the acceptability of lighting for nursing tasks will be shared.

The presentation also will include a first look at the plans for testing the use of lighting to enhance cognitive performance in the collaboration between Emory and Georgia Tech in the Mild Cognitive Impairment Empowerment Center in Executive Park in Northeast Atlanta.

Zimring notes that one advantage of working with industry is it gives them the chance to implement their work quickly into the real world.

In bringing back former students, Zimring said one idea was to highlight the achievements of Georgia Tech in the area of healthcare design research and of the many former students around the country.

SimTigrate has helped nurture some of the most effective people in the field and they in turn are training students and engaging the world. “We are celebrating our impact,” he said.

Returning alumni and their current places of employment are:

Current researchers and students are:

This symposium is supported by a grant from the College of Design’s Associate Dean for Research, Nancey Green Leigh.

Register here for the symposium.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1555442298 2019-04-16 19:18:18 1555615711 2019-04-18 19:28:31 0 0 news Featuring the expertise of several distinguished alumni in the field of healthcare design, this symposium looks at the ways design and the design process can transform healthcare.

2019-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 2019-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 2019-04-16 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist

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<![CDATA[Saving Hand Crafts through Algorithms]]> 28797 Lisa Marks, assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design, and her Algorithmic Lace project won the Grand Prix at the Lexus Design Award Event at Design Week in Milan, Italy, April 8.

Marks’ inventive design is a post-mastectomy, custom-crafted bra designed to avoid common bra discomforts after surgery.

The competition received more than 1,500 entries from up-and-coming creators around the world aspiring to “Design for a Better Tomorrow.” With a better tomorrow in mind, Marks’ design gives women an optimistic start in their new beginning.

Marks was among six semi-finalists for the prestigious competition and the only semi-finalist from North America.

Marks’ achievement stems from a career and research focus in methods of integration between endangered traditional handcraft with algorithmic modeling, with the aim of creating new modes of production. As a professor at Georgia Tech, Marks furthers her impact through her research lab focused on digital modeling combined with handcraft.

In a world where certain types of crafts are favored over others in design, Lisa Marks sees a need and an opportunity to blend industrial design and forms of traditional craft, not only for craft revitalization but for better, more inclusive design.

The Back-Story

During Marks’ time as an Industrial Design student, she was involved in a material exploration project. From this project was born her initial point of focus when she decided on knit material as her point of exploration. Through the project, Marks created her first knitting tool.

Over time, Marks began to approach the idea of knitting in different materials and participated in a project based around the bamboo trade in Thailand, in collaboration with the Thai government.

In a country rich in craft communities, how could a thriving bamboo trade help minimize its increasing wealth gap?

It has been years since Marks’ visit but she fondly remembers her travels to Thailand. Based on her observation, she felt that craft revitalization could help empower communities on the less fortunate side of the wealth gap.

“It was really striking to see the wealth gap. 40% of their population only has 2% of the wealth, and if they were to continue to lose handcraft the wealth gap would have little room to improve,” Marks said.

As a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design, Marks advocates for empathetic design that humanizes innovative technologies to solve global problems. “Grad students are currently looking for creative ways to combine craft and industrial design to revitalize,” Marks said, showing the implications of her coursework in shaping proactive and solution-oriented design.

In her time in Thailand, Marks worked with craft communities to approach the problem with the wealth gap, a dilemma not unique to Thailand, and began to see the need for exportable modern design among craft communities. Marks ended up creating a series of objects that used parametric modeling to knit semi-rigid material with knit bamboo.

“This led me to a larger interest in craft revitalization and different ways of thinking to incorporate craft and design,” she said. This approach directly impacted her decision to focus her thesis on a similar opportunity to revitalize the craft of Croatian bobbin lace.

Marks’ approach is socially responsible and fills a growing need.

This is a form of design practice that not only thinks of the end-user, but also empowers the original designers, she said, the ones that are passing down centuries of historically driven design. “As designers, we can contribute. We can design objects using these techniques.”

As a professor at Georgia Tech, Marks teaches that design not only needs to express creativity, but also explore solutions around the world.

The original computers and binary code were inspired by the weaving process. Advancement and craft have always been integrated and there is importance in understanding the history of where things come from. “Let’s not forget the importance of craft in our modern world,” Marks said.

With advancement and craft in mind, Marks developed the idea of a post-mastectomy bra. One that could be custom-crafted for each woman to avoid common bra discomforts after surgery. Her unique research track helped identify Marks as a valuable faculty addition for the Industrial Design program, and in her short time at Tech, Marks has continued her exploration into handcraft and algorithmic modeling to further develop her designs.

School of Industrial Design chair, Jim Budd, notes, “Lisa’s combined focus on the integration of craft and parametric modeling that leverages the latest advances in digital technology to produce new historically inspired woven materials is an ideal fit for our fast growing Industrial Design program here at Georgia Tech.”

Marks has been very pleased with the support she has received. “My specialization has been valued and is encouraged at an R1 like Georgia Tech. Algorithmic Lace is now part of a design award!”

While our society is currently obsessed with plastic, automation, and apps, Marks said, “the obsession with 'one' has also yielded to conversations about craft."

"Not everything is a smooth shiny object. When you go home and look around at your belongings, most of them are not that.” To Marks, it is evident people have begun to recognize that some crafts are dying out.

Craft objects carry history and comfort that we want in our environment. “I think we have to fight to keep craft alive and part of that is incorporating craft into the built environment, which is what designers do,” she said.

Weaving Design and Empathy

For years, Marks conducted 3-D modeling projects to analyze the base mathematics behind a stitch of a particular fabric and using that to create design. The idea of algorithmic patterning is using mathematic inputs to “model, in this case, each stitch on a micro level and mathematically modeling proportions, shapes and such,” Marks said.

“I think understanding the math honors the history of how these patterns use to be integrated and their influence in inspiring others.”

The advancement of craft through the Algorithmic Lace project has a unique thought process for Marks.

“As industrial designers, we can create objects by thinking of what we can do with our hands, but we can’t do with machines. We can make lace with machines, very easily, we do it all the time – but, as yet, machines cannot make three-dimensional lace,” she said.  This thought process applied to the idea of a post-mastectomy bra, and how craft can be revitalized from what a machine cannot do to enhance user experience.

Given that women with a mastectomy have very sensitive skin, “About 40 percent of women with a post-mastectomy choose to not have reconstructive surgery," Marks said.

"Many wear mastectomy bras and external prosthetics that are very heavy and create discomfort. Since seams, underwires, and traditional bras can be uncomfortable, with the Algorithmic Lace bra, you can create a three-dimensional bra that fits the body and honors whatever form the body is."

The way that the Algorithmic Lace is patterned creates an optical illusion of fullness, so when looking at a mirror there is a sense of symmetry where there isn’t, giving women an optimistic start in their new beginning.

The process of creating a custom bra requires the woman to have a 3-D body scan. The scan captures everything from size to depths and a program then takes a basic pattern on lace and morphs it onto the body. The base math can then be edited through the points and lines to make it more or less dense, and fully customized for the woman’s comfort.

There are many design choices that the woman can make. This freedom to decide empowers women. As Marks explained, “For instance, some women want it to look more symmetrical, some women may want more dense lace to follow the scar to have the bra express her shape. The pattern is up to women and their design choices.”

With about six months of aggregated work into the Algorithmic Lace design, Marks now advances to develop working prototypes with mentorship by highly respected world-class design leaders – and represents Georgia Tech and the United States on a high level. The prototypes will debut on April 8, 2019, during the Milan Design Week, where the Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award 2019 will be announced.

Given the decline of different hand-craft skills, and the way that different communities depend on hand-craft, Marks said she believes it is worth thinking about how we can design in ways that are really efficient, modern, and exportable to create jobs in these communities. Marks would like to see the project move forward, even if not manufactured, as a speculative project. One that brings attention to craft revitalization through design. The possibilities of good design are endless.

]]> Lance Wallace 1 1554824471 2019-04-09 15:41:11 1554840538 2019-04-09 20:08:58 0 0 news Marks integrates craft and parametric modeling leveraging the latest advances in digital technology to produce new historically inspired woven materials.

2019-04-09T00:00:00-04:00 2019-04-09T00:00:00-04:00 2019-04-09 00:00:00 alejandra.nash@design.gatech.edu

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<![CDATA[Today's Automated Cities Raise Ethics and Privacy Issues]]> 32550 We’ve already seen driverless car experiments, drones surveying highways and disaster sites, e-commerce automated lockers, and digital doorbells monitoring homes. Urban automation’s potential to create disruptive technologies that change cities’ future development is evident, and there is much more to come.

While urban automation delivers city dwellers numerous benefits, its various forms raise issues of access, privacy, safety, trust, and discrimination. Many issues still need to be addressed in its design and deployment, said Nancey Green Leigh, the associate dean for research at the College of Design.

The panelists of the first College of Design Research Forum of 2019 will explore ethical principles and values from a range of perspectives that include, autonomous vehicles, building AI and sensors, urban supply chain, and disability services.

The forum will take place Thursday, January 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Caddell Flex Space.

We talked with Leigh ahead of the forum to learn more about the complexity of urban automation.

To start, what are we referring to when we say “urban automation”? Can you give a couple of examples?

There is no one definition of urban automation. Loosely it refers to hardware and software developments that substitute for previous mechanical and human-operated physical or decision-making systems to regulate and service urban functions. These developments are largely enabled by advances in information and communication technologies.

Some present examples include, drones, robots, and sensors. Others will evolve in the future.

How does the topic of urban automation fit in with research at the College of Design?

In planning, it can potentially be used to create smart cities, with optimized functions such as transportation, energy and water use, improving the economy and the environment.

In architecture, urban automation is used to make intelligent buildings that are more energy efficient, and meet human needs of comfort, for example in office environments.

In building construction, it is used in the process of putting up buildings and creating infrastructure. We use drones to survey the physical condition of buildings and roads, and  to access damage of natural disasters and develop more effective responses.

In industrial design, much of that focuses on products we use every day in urban environments, ties into the development of autonomous vehicles, and in the more novel application of wearable technologies,

In music, urban automation can capture and analyze the sounds of a city, helping to track noise pollution, monitor traffic patterns, or generate new musical compositions.

How does your research into the economics of the robotics industry play into this research?

I focus on local economic development planning and how technology drives change that affects the opportunities for work, standards of living, and the strength of local industries that support local economies.

One key point is that the majority of economic activity in our jobs is located in metropolitan areas. We are very much a metropolitan nation, rather than the traditional view of urban and rural nation. So the use of robotics in firms has the potential to make them more competitive and productive. It also has the potential to eliminate jobs, which would affect people’s ability to live in cities and have a high quality of life and standard of living. It also has the potential to change existing work and create new jobs.

My work is focused on understanding this. I’m primarily focused on the manufacturing sector, because that is where robotics are most in use at this point.

What is the most pressing concern that urban automation raises?

The most pressing concern is the reason we are having this forum: ethics and values. We know in many ways that urban automation has the potential to significantly transform the world that we live in. We also know our metro areas have longstanding, yet to be resolved, issues of justice for different communities and demographic groups.

There is a lot of controversy over artificial intelligence, which is a key component of urban automation, and to what extent does it augment, or substitute for, the capacity to make decisions by humans.

All of this has major societal implications. Rather than create the technology without considering these potential impacts, the focus here is on: How do we make choices about the urban automation we use? What is our framework for developing these technologies, to be more conscious of the impact of that?

Relative to that are issues of, "Is it going to be accessible for all? How do we build in safety factors?," because we would hope that “do no harm” is a key criteria for deployment of urban automation.

Will it give us the privacy that we expect to have? Privacy is a highly valued aspect of modern life.

It’s also important to make sure that no one is left out of the benefits that can occur with the best of urban automation has to offer.

How do we address these privacy and ethical concerns?

We don’t yet have all the answers or solutions that we need. That is why it is important to have the discussion that we are planning for in our forum. We need to get these concerns to the forefront of the development of technology.

One pressing concern is informing people about how their data will be used. Much of urban automation is about data collection. That data is used to develop software and hardware, forms of automation, as well as products.

We have some ways to opt out, but it is all primitive and legally driven responses. We need more work on that.

How do we ensure a world that is inclusive and benefits all?

The hope is that urban automation will allow us to optimize the functions of smart cities such as transportation, energy, water use, improve the economy and the environment, and improve access to education and training.

The goal is to improve the functions offered in urban areas and the ability of people to participate in society and the economy.

Urban automation should help the people who create and manage cities achieve goals of “smart cities that are just cities.”

Also on the Panel
Joining Leigh on the panel will be Jason Borenstein, associate director of the Center for Ethics and Technology at the School of Public Policy; Carolyn Phillips, of the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (formerly AMAC Research Center); and Dennis Shelden, director of the Digital Building Lab and a professor in the School of Architecture. Leigh is also a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning.

Borenstein will focus on the ethics of autonomous vehicles and other computing technologies. While they hold much promise, he suggests that ethical issues emerging from their design and deployment must be addressed in a consistent and ongoing manner. Ethical issues that autonomous vehicles raise include the privacy of those who ride in them, vulnerability to hacking, and how they may interact with pedestrians or other entities in the surrounding environment.  

Phillips notes that we are at a defining moment as we gather at the crossroads of urban automation, ethics, and individuals with disabilities. The ethical implications when considering individuals with disabilities quickly move beyond beneficence, justice, and autonomy to specific concerns of privacy, safety, and informed choice. As we create disruptive, transformational technologies, it is critical that we pause to ensure we have employed an ethical framework throughout each phase of development and deployment so we can design for true inclusion. 

Shelden will talk about urban automation from the perspective of the built environment -- buildings, infrastructure and cities  – which is increasingly becoming “smart,” as physical spaces and devices in these spaces are connected to simulations and data platforms on the cloud. This presents opportunities for improved understanding of the behaviors of built environments and the interactions of occupants in these environments. At the same time, important questions of information, individuality, and culture are becoming more pressing. Questions of data privacy and ownership, security, and identity that are becoming critical questions for individuals and for societies will become pressing in the design and operation of the built environment.

About the Research Forums

The College of Design Research Forums allow the College community and our friends across the campus to experience the design- and technology-focused research at Georgia Tech. From music technology to product design; from assistive technology to healthcare; from architecture to city planning, we explore the many ways technology can solve critical problems for the way we live.

This forum will be January 24, 2019, 11 a.m. - Noon, in the Caddell Flex Space.

The final research forum of the 2018-19 academic year is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, in the Caddell Flex Space.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1547579933 2019-01-15 19:18:53 1549481908 2019-02-06 19:38:28 0 0 news While urban automation delivers many benefits, its various forms raise issues of access, privacy, safety, trust, and discrimination. These issues raise ethical questions that should be addressed in its design and deployment.

2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00 2019-01-15T00:00:00-05:00 2019-01-15 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist
College of Design

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<![CDATA[Industrial Design’s Lisa Marks Among Finalists for Design Award]]> 32550 Lisa Marks, an assistant professor in the School of Industrial Design, is among six finalists for the prestigious Lexus Design Award 2019.

The international design competition received more than 1,500 entries from 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. With a better tomorrow in mind, Marks' design gives women an optimistic start in their new beginning.

Marks' achievement stems from a career and research focus on methods of integration between endangered and traditional handcraft with algorithmic modeling.

As the only American to place as a finalist, Marks now advances to develop working prototypes with mentorship by highly respected world-class design leaders.

She will represent Georgia Tech and the United States on a high level. The prototypes will debut on April 8 during the Milan Design Week, where the Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award 2019 will be announced.

To learn more about the Lexus Design Awards and finalists, click here.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1549050250 2019-02-01 19:44:10 1549480672 2019-02-06 19:17:52 0 0 news Lisa Marks will represent Georgia Tech and the United States the prestigious Lexus Design Award 2019.

2019-02-01T00:00:00-05:00 2019-02-01T00:00:00-05:00 2019-02-01 00:00:00 Alejandra Nash
Marketing and Events Coordinator
School of Industrial Design

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<![CDATA[College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council Starts Diversity Conversation]]> 34569 Georgia Tech’s mission states, “We will be leaders in improving the human condition in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe.” The College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council, re-established in September 2016, seeks to extend the Institute’s mission by fostering and enabling open dialogue within the College. The Council remains committed to our fundamental goal to broaden and raise awareness on key themes related to diversity and inclusion at Georgia Tech.

On September 26, 2018, the Diversity and Inclusion Council welcomed Peggy McIntosh, Senior Research Associate of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and founder of the National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), to campus to help facilitate a conversation about diversity and inclusion between faculty, students, and staff at Georgia Tech. Kaye Husbands Fealing, Professor and Chair of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and member of the Executive Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017-2020), and Robert Kirkman, Associate Professor for the School of Public Policy, were invited to join in the discussion and share their personal experiences with diversity and inclusion. Following the panel discussion, the Council shared additional questions submitted by the audience with McIntosh, Husbands Fealing, and Kirkman for their input.

Question: What practical methods can be employed to restructure our education system to expand inclusion, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields?

Husbands Fealing: One item I would offer here is to have policies and governance on how to conduct searches for faculty, staff and students, where the search or recruiting committees reflect our diverse society (not just the representation we see on campus).

Question: When you are faced with a tricky situation, what would be a good technique to address it while simultaneously bringing awareness to diversity and inclusion?

McIntosh: I sometimes speak autobiographically and say, "When I am faced with this kind of situation, I automatically go to questions about diversity and inclusion in my own head, and whether they bear on the situation." I also sometimes say, "I have a divided mind here -- feeling both x and y." I try not to sound like the expert, but rather to talk about my process of thinking through how tricky situations are placed within contexts that carry power dynamics and bear on equity.

Husbands Fealing: In my experience, I first think about what the final outcome needs to be before I respond to the situation.  In my experience, I find it expedient to respond with facts and poise.  It is important in my view to have my best self-present.  What will be remembered is not the first affront, but what I do in response.

Question: How do you address people that try to ignore their own power in addressing diversity?

McIntosh: I am not sure what is meant by the phrase "try to ignore." When I am with people who have power through privilege, but don't seem to realize it, I just keep saying again and again that privilege brings power with it and that people who have privilege have far more power than most of them have recognized. I keep raising the question of how people will use their power, their unearned power, to weaken systems of unearned power. I think most white people have been trained to think of themselves as not having much power that they can use towards social change. But indeed we white people have considerable power just through being white, even if we grew up with class disadvantage. 

Husbands Fealing: It is important for everyone to understand that (a) diversity is often a benefit to all over time, and (b) if we create opportunities for growth, then diversity is not a zero-sum game. So, getting individuals to understand that the pie can be bigger even if various groups get larger wedges is key.  Of course, fairness is paramount, but what is perceived to be fair is subjective.

Question: Since you are speaking to a roomful of designers – have you noticed any particular physical design features that support or hinder inclusion?

Husbands Fealing: Yes!  Often I am on a stage where there is no ramp to get to the podium or dais. That is a clear signal to someone with a physical disability that they are not welcomed.

McIntosh: I have noticed that in schools, that is school buildings, the design of the front hall makes a big difference. If there are many tables to sit at and many chairs, that can make it feel like a cafe or a conversation nook. This makes students mingle more freely with people who do not look like them. In fact, I have come to say to school faculty groups that I believe they must reengineer and reshape the school entrance hall to prevent depression! In addition, I strongly recommend that small classes be configured as a circles with everyone facing each other, rather than having some look at the backs of heads of others, in rows. The mode called Serial Testimony is a structure for discussion which matches the circle. People can write to me (mmcintosh@wellesley.edu) to request my description of Serial Testimony. My assistant Rachel Nagin adds, "Buildings tell stories about who we are and what we value. Many recently built school buildings are designed much like prisons and built with cheap materials, which tells us quite lot about what we think of our students, especially our public school students. So as you analyze and design spaces, think about what's being valued."

Question: Can you talk about the importance of transparency in hiring and admissions and how that affects diversity and inclusion? Also how can we have increased diversity among faculty and professionals?

Husbands Fealing: This is a really complex question that requires several paragraphs to respond adequately.  So, in a nutshell, recognition that diversity, inclusion, and equity are important in concept and practice is paramount.  Leadership should be all-in, not just making comments in the open but not following through with actions—policies are guidelines to actions.  Often I hear, “Well, we just cannot find anyone…they don’t exist.” That is just not the case, though in some fields there is a low percentage of women or minorities. Networks can be used to find individuals to interview or to work on projects. The one caveat I should mention here—many of us get over worked and need to say “no” sometimes when asked to take on tasks. Junior faculty should be protected from placement on such committees. Yet, there is work to be done.

McIntosh: To increase diversity among faculty and professionals, they must be willing to redesign job descriptions, putting them on a broader base than before. This means rethinking everything that the institution is about. They must make sure that any candidate pool includes people from marginalized groups. Search committees must do the extra work needed and cast their nets wide to get beyond the usual habits of search committees, which include "looking for the best man for the job." 

Question: How can we improve diversity without tokenizing people?

McIntosh: In two universities where I have worked, the decision was made to hire two people of color at least, rather than one, for a previously all-white department, and two or more women for a previously all-male department. This helped to work against the appearance and feelings of tokenism. 

Husbands Fealing: Exactly…this is really important and, again, would take a few paragraphs to give examples of how this could work.  Perhaps the best answer to this question is found in the literature.  Someone should do a brief literature search to give readers of the article ability to explore this topic in more detail.  Attached, please find a report on this topic that a colleague and I prepared for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fulfilment of a grant from NSF. We also published a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist in May 2018: http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/absb/62/5.

Let’s keep this conversation going! We need to hear from you on other ways we can broaden and raise awareness on key themes related to diversity and inclusion at Georgia Tech. Send your questions to Carmen Wagster, carmen.wagster@design.gatech.edu, and we will continue this discussion to help us all pursue a more diverse and inclusive community here at Georgia Tech.

The College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council members include Julie Kim, Associate Chair for the School of Architecture; Catherine Ross, Harry West Professor for the School of City and Regional Planning and Director for the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development; Jerry Ulrich, Associate Professor for the School of Music; Xinyi Song, Assistant Professor for the School of Building Construction; Michelle Rinehart, ex-officio Council member and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach for the College of Design; Astha Bhavsar, undergraduate student, School of Architecture; and Chirag Venkatesan, graduate student, School of Building Construction.

]]> cwagster3 1 1541786325 2018-11-09 17:58:45 1543521977 2018-11-29 20:06:17 0 0 news The College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council seeks to foster open dialogue within the College. This fall, the Council invited a panel to share their experiences and start a conversation. The panel also answered questions submitted later.

2018-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2018-11-09T00:00:00-05:00 2018-11-09 00:00:00 Carmen Wagster
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Georgia Institute of Technology | School of Architecture
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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech and Emory University Partner on Mild Cognitive Impairment Program]]> 32550 By Alyson Powell and Malrey Head

Georgia Institute of Technology is joining Emory University’s Brain Health Center in launching an innovative research and therapy program for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises, Inc. are supporting the new MCI Empowerment Program with a $23.7 million gift.

MCI is a distinct, early decline in cognition, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans over age 64. This age group is expected double to 88.5 million by the year 2050 and is the fastest growing population in the Atlanta metropolitan area, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures.

Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), SimTigrate Design Lab in the College of Design, and other programs and labs across campus have received more than $7 million to test and refine new technologies and innovations in built environments that promote long-term health and independence.

A first-of-its-kind facility in Executive Park will house the MCI Empowerment Program and will provide innovative lighting, sound, outdoor spaces, and other best practices in architecture and design to support therapeutic programming in the space, including classes, assessments, counseling, lectures, and technology use and training. The space will be a therapeutic living lab, and continuously improved to meet changing needs as the program evolves.

Georgia Tech will provide three key strengths that complement Emory’s therapeutic expertise:

Elizabeth Mynatt, executive director of the Institute for People and Technology and distinguished professor in the College of Computing will direct the technology core. This core will be responsible for technologies such as sensors, wearables, and platforms that will collect data, conduct analytics, and make sense of that data to provide feedback to fellows and care partners.

“Innovations in design, sensing, and analytics will allow us to create novel mobile and home technologies to empower individuals with MCI and their caregivers and to understand the daily experience of MCI,” Mynatt said.

The built environment core, led by Craig Zimring, director of the SimTigrate Design Lab and a professor in the School of Architecture, will research how innovative design can improve cognition, mood, and functioning for people with MCI and will test and disseminate these findings. The built environment core will lead the design of the empowerment center in Executive Park and will develop solutions for therapeutic spaces and for home settings.

“It is exciting to help develop and collaborate in a meaningful way on brain health, which is an important priority for the Atlanta region, and for Georgia Tech and Emory,” said Zimring, a founder and developer of the field of evidence-based design of healthcare environments.

Jennifer DuBose, associate director of SimTigrate and principal research associate in the College of Design, will lead the innovation accelerator, working across the three cores and engaging people with MCI, students, researchers, and industry to learn best practices and create, test, and implement tailored solutions.

The focus of the innovation accelerator is to expedite MCI research and break down barriers to innovation and collaboration by providing resources and expertise and connecting with other resources in the Atlanta community. Annual seed grants will promote innovation in brain health. Collaborators in the innovator accelerator will capitalize on current MCI research to improve the lives of people with MCI.

For DuBose, her work has special significance. She has a family history of Alzheimer’s and said it’s important to direct a program that will engage with people with MCI as co-designers.

“Innovation in healthcare often takes too long to go from the bench to the bedside. We have the opportunity to break down some of the barriers that exist between research and therapy and between departments and institutions. This is an opportunity to more quickly make a difference in people’s lives,” DuBose said. “Time is a luxury people with MCI don’t have. MCI will rapidly impact our society and we need to address as quickly as we can.”

She continued, “We also want to honor and respect what people with MCI have to offer and they will be as fully engaged in the innovation as they want to be.”

Learn more about Emory Health Sciences and the James. M. Cox Foundation at their websites.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1542297846 2018-11-15 16:04:06 1542388637 2018-11-16 17:17:17 0 0 news SimTigrate Design Lab, the Institute for People and Technology, and other programs and labs across campus will join in the innovative research and therapy program for people with the brain condition.

2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2018-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2018-11-15 00:00:00 For More Information Contact:
Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist
College of Design

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<![CDATA[SimTigrate Awarded Grant to Facilitate Research on Cognitive Impairment]]> 32550 The SimTigrate Design Lab has been awarded a 2018-19 Engagement Grant in the amount of $5,000 from the GVU Center and IPaT.

Researchers from the SimTigrate Design Lab and IPaT have been working with Emory Brain Health to develop an “Empowerment Program” for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition of deteriorated mental capacity that lies somewhere between the effects of normal aging and dementia.

To facilitate the research, they will use this seed money to encourage involvement of other academic units, students, and researchers, expand the range of disciplines, extend discussion and partnerships to external stakeholders and industry, and strategize applications for additional funding.

One goal is to grow the potential impact of Georgia Tech’s involvement in the MCI Empowerment Program.

They plan to use existing campus networks to expand awareness of the opportunities to engage with the MCIEP Innovation Accelerator and recruit additional expertise to the team through several campus wide meetings.

The grant will be used to cover materials and supplies, participant compensation, event supplies, and travel by two key faculty members to Washington, D.C., to speak with the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health about potential future funding.

The GVU/IPaT grants are designed to build new collaborations and strategic plans for new research areas and programs. The goal of this program is to engage researchers in thinking and working across disciplines, as a means to generate the novel research questions and approaches required to address grand challenges.

Key academic and research faculty are Craig Zimring, director, SimTigrate Design Lab; Jennifer DuBose, associate director, SimTigrate Design Lab; Gabrielle Campiglia, research associate, SimTigrate Design Lab; Brian Jones, director, Aware Home, IMTC; Brad Fain, director, Home Lab; and Herb Velasquez, professor of practice, School of Industrial Design.


]]> Malrey Head 1 1538751914 2018-10-05 15:05:14 1540576219 2018-10-26 17:50:19 0 0 news The researchers have been working with Emory Brain Health to develop an “Empowerment Program” for people with mild cognitive impairment.

2018-10-05T00:00:00-04:00 2018-10-05T00:00:00-04:00 2018-10-05 00:00:00 For More Information Contact:
Gabrielle C. Campiglia
SimTigrate Design Lab

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<![CDATA[Jennifer DuBose Is 1st at College of Design Promoted to Highest Research Rank]]> 32550 Jennifer DuBose has been promoted to principal research associate, the first person in the College of Design to be promoted to this rank, the highest in the faculty research track at Georgia Tech.

DuBose is the associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab and was previously a senior research associate.

Describing DuBose, Craig Zimring, director of the SimTigrate Design Lab, said, “Jennifer is unique in her drive to make the world better using research, and in her commitment to building systems and partnerships to do that. She’s great.”

As noted in her promotion packet, DuBose “has consistently demonstrated a high level of scholarly achievement and technical, managerial, and entrepreneurial productivity. She has established a program of healthcare design research that seeks to bring academic evidence to the practice of design in order to improve healthcare outcomes.”

DuBose said, “The promotion process takes a lot of effort, but it feels good to look back over the sum of my work at Georgia Tech and have my accomplishments recognized by my peers.”

The promotion process begins at the unit level. The candidate must assemble and submit a CV, a package of their work, and three external letters of recommendation. The package is subject to peer review and the unit director adds a recommendation. The package then moves up through several committees until it reaches the president, who makes the final decision.

As the associate director of SimTigrate, DuBose is responsible for the operations of the Lab as well as project development and research. SimTigrate is an interdisciplinary Lab that is at the forefront of design research, and is working to create a better built environment, particularly in healthcare.

At SimTigrate, DuBose has created a research team comprised of faculty and students, from undergraduate to doctoral levels, to conduct high-impact research. She has stitched together funding from multiple sources to build a research program in evidence-based design. At the same time, she often manages several projects at once.

Nancey Green Leigh, the associate dean for research in the College, said DuBose’s “years of experience and contributions to advancing the field of healthcare design are nationally recognized and have been validated through external peer review.” She has 11 refereed publications

DuBose “has been the PI or co-PI on more than $4.5 million in research projects, mentoring over 40 students involved in center research. She has also made significant service contributions to the College, including mentoring other research scientists,” Leigh said. She called DuBose’s promotion well-deserved.

Among DuBose’s recent research is her work on the areas of light and sleep for inpatient settings and the space layout and teamwork in outpatient clinics.

The Lab’s light and sleep research began with an exploration of the impact that disruptions in hospital environments have on patient sleep and the resulting harm. Her work has explored the range of disruptions and her publications have presented strategies to improve sleep for patients. She has also contributed to the study of light’s impact on daily biological rhythms and how it works in healthcare environments.

Several projects examining space layout and teamwork under DuBose’s leadership have led the way in understanding how design can support the growing trend in collaborative teams in outpatient clinics. Through field research, analysis of occupant behavior and workspace layout, and a review of the literature, her team has developed recommendations for successful implementation of shared team rooms that support collaboration and communication.

Reflecting on her work, DuBose said, “I feel fortunate to have been able to collaborate on research projects with academic faculty and many different students over the years. It is really nice to have such a close connection with the academic mission of the College.”

At the College of Design, which she joined in 2007, DuBose took a lead in forming and growing the SimTigrate Design Lab, which works with Emory Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Positive Impact Health Centers, Mercy Care, the Pacific Northwest National Lab, and many other partners to use the built environment to improve health and healthcare.

She has a career of more than 18 years at Georgia Tech, including five years at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).

Long committed to improving the lives of people through direct action and by environmentalism, DuBose in the 1990s served in the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, worked for the Georgia Tech’s Center for Sustainable Technology getting sustainability incorporated into the curriculum, and worked for Interface, Inc. – a carpet company -- where she established their carbon accounting program and the first corporate carbon neutral product.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University and an MS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. She joined the College of Design (then the College of Architecture) in 2007 after working in the Sustainable Facilities and Infrastructure group at GTRI.

On a personal level, DuBose also does her part to improve the world with her small organic garden in Intown Atlanta, where she grows cotton, peanuts, and vegetables.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1530280105 2018-06-29 13:48:25 1531424449 2018-07-12 19:40:49 0 0 news Jennifer DuBose, associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab, has been promoted to principal research associate, the highest rank in the faculty research track at Georgia Tech.

2018-06-29T00:00:00-04:00 2018-06-29T00:00:00-04:00 2018-06-29 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist

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<![CDATA[School Announces 1st CREATE-X Industrial Design Award Winner and More]]> 32550 Launchpad Plus was a night to celebrate the end of another successful school year in the School of Industrial Design.

As part of that celebration several students were recognized for their achievements. Among those awards was the new CREATE-X Industrial Design award, created to encourage more ID students to participate in the CREATE-X initiative.

CREATE-X has many components, but this award ensures students a place in their summer Startup Launch program. It comes with $20,000 for students to spend on their project, along with mentoring, legal advice, and more.

The first winner of this new award is Team Undertone: Kristin Andreassen and Leyla Larsson. Their winning product is a wearable that detects cervical cancer at a precancerous stage.

Other industrial design winners headed to the CREATE-X summer Startup Launch are:
Team Jennys: Laura Sierra Otalvaro

Her product is underwear that helps women manage their menstrual cramps through portable/re-chargeable heating pads.

Team Mod+Duo: Sarah Hamer and Maggie Parsons

They designed sporty business casual wear so that women can go from work to working out in one step, in order to save on time and money.

Also new this year were the Industry Awards. Representatives from the Atlanta design community reviewed student works and selected designs from each of the class years -- first year, sophomore, etc. through graduate -- to bestow awards in three categories, gold, silver, and bronze.

The “Best in Show” award went to second-year student Francis Lin for a lighting design called “The Creature.”

Judges were Elayne DeLeo of the Atlanta Design Festival, Tim Effler from Kids II, Larry Lee of Plastech, Russel Kroll of Formation Design, and Jeff Smith of Autodesk.

Here are the other award winners

Orange Sparkle Ball | Make 10 Awards

This award is sponsored by Orange Sparkle Ball and Prototype Prime with Steve Chininis’s Make 10 class. Winners receive cash prizes and 3 months free use of Prototype Prime. This year’s jury awarded these prizes:

1st Place and $500 to Tiffany Hsu for her RX Slim Pillbox

2nd Place and $250 to Calvin Zhou for his Earbud Case

3rd Place and $150 to Shana Farkas for her Big Book of Games

College of Design ADVANCE Woman of Excellence Undergraduate Award

The College of Design ADVANCE  Women of Excellence awards are presented to women in the College who have distinguished themselves through professional leadership, mentoring, academic excellence and sustained service on behalf of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the College of Design.

This year’s winner: Lucy Kates who received a certificate and $500.

Richard John Livingstone Martin Humanitarian Design Award

The is award honors the memory of Dick Martin, a professor of Industrial Design, and founder of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology now known as CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access. It supports excellence in humanitarian design for undergraduates in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech.

This year’s winners are:
1st Place: Allie Haydon; she receives $1,000

Her project is Makes Sense

2nd Place: Abby Tan, Belinda Zhang, and Valerie Koh; they will split $600

Their project is Brain Health: 100 Day MCI Starter Kit

3rd Place: Victoria Chiang, Jinah Huh, Tayler Carter; they will split $450

They are the designers of DOSE

Honorable Mention: Laura Sierra Otalvaro

For her Project: Jennys

]]> Malrey Head 1 1525451009 2018-05-04 16:23:29 1526995482 2018-05-22 13:24:42 0 0 news The first winning team of the new CREATE-X Industrial Design award was announced at Launchpad Plus, the school's end-of-semester show.

2018-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 2018-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 2018-05-04 00:00:00 Malrey Head
Digital Communications Specialist

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<![CDATA[GVU Center Celebrates 25 Years of Imagining and Inventing the Future]]> 32550 The GVU Center recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, recognizing the people and the work they do, and setting new goals for advancing the human condition through technological innovation. 

The GVU Center was founded to advance key research for computer interfaces and how they related to graphics, visualization, and usability (GVU).

Several College of Design units partner with GVU, including the School of Industrial Design, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), the Center for Music Technology. And the Light Orchard, created by the School of ID's Interactive Product Design Lab, was featured prominently in some of GVU's coverage.

GVU focuses on 23 core research areas as well as other domains that are being advanced by computing. The Center brings together teams from across Georgia Tech that are able to envision and prototype technology innovations that help to improve communities and conditions for human development.

Computing technology is at the center of everyday living in many parts of the world, a fact that has fundamentally changed our relationship with technology and one that GVU has embraced.

Read more about the center and its celebration.


]]> Malrey Head 1 1511206909 2017-11-20 19:41:49 1511361237 2017-11-22 14:33:57 0 0 news The GVU Center recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, recognizing the people and they work they do. The Center was founded to advance research for computer interfaces and how they related to graphics, visualization, and usability (GVU).



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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech's Racing Roots, Part 2: The Need for Speed]]> 27948 In the decades following World War II, as cars became an American obsession and racing grew ever more popular, countless Tech students, alumni, and faculty continued to gravitate to all things automotive.

Drivers, builders, designers, engineers, executives, and even academics with ties to Georgia Tech made their mark on the worlds of stock car and drag racing.

Read the Full Story:
Georgia Tech's Racing Roots, Part 2: The Need for Speed
]]> Jennifer Tomasino 1 1508510821 2017-10-20 14:47:01 1508511325 2017-10-20 14:55:25 0 0 news 2017-10-20T00:00:00-04:00 2017-10-20T00:00:00-04:00 2017-10-20 00:00:00 Doug Goodwin

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<![CDATA[ID Students Use 3D Ear Scan Technology to Create ‘Ear Art’]]> 32550 In the Spring of 2017, some students at the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech were challenged to create wearable ear art that also made a social statement.

It was part of a class assignment from Professor Roger Ball, who is also director of the Body Scan Lab. He devised a project that investigates the creative potential for using newly developed 3D ear scan technology, and pushes the boundaries of hearables design.

Their work was recently featured in Core77.com, an online design magazine, and Arts Thread, a British online design magazine..

As Ball said in the article, "I am bored by the current design approach of cramming as many sensors as possible into the ear cavity and calling that a design."

He continued, "When you take this sensor-driven approach, the designer's main challenge becomes creating the least ugly object possible. We flipped the process by starting with the user and hoping our investigations will inspire creativity in materials and sensor technology."

Along with the creative ear piece, students researched art movements rich in social commentary for inspiration in developing their own artist statements.

The ear art and the commentary initially were exhibited in Stubbins Gallery, at the College of Design.

See the full Core77 posting and Arts Thread posting, each with more images.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1505741999 2017-09-18 13:39:59 1508434819 2017-10-19 17:40:19 0 0 news Industrial Design students take hearables design to a new level by creating ‘Ear Art’ using 3D ear scan technology.

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<![CDATA[College of Design Researchers Highlighted for Smart Cities Work]]> 32550 Georgia Tech is ramping up its smart cities initiative that brings together units from across the campus, and includes several College of Design research faculty. Their work is highlighted in the current issue of Research Horizons.

Jon Sanford, director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and a professor in the School of Industrial Design, was among Georgia Tech researchers quoted in the article, Smart Cities. It examines Georgia Tech’s research on ways to make cities more functional and more desirable places to live and work.

Sanford’s area of expertise is universal design and design for aging. He and his colleagures at CATEA and the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) are developing an app, known as ALIGN, that helps people navigate urban streets and sidewalks.

“Aging may not seem like part of the smart city mix, but it should be,” says Sanford in the article. “Community mobility is crucial for older adults to successfully age in place.”

Sanford joined several other College of Design research faculty – Dennis Shelden, Matthew Swarts, Brian Stone, and Noah Posner – highlighted for their expert research and data that inform Georgia Tech’s smart cities initiative.

The 3D rendering at the top of the story was produced by the IMAGINE Lab, which is a part of CGIS, a research center in the College of Design.

See the image and read the full article in Research Horizons.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1502130492 2017-08-07 18:28:12 1502805991 2017-08-15 14:06:31 0 0 news Several College of Design research faculty and their work are highlighted in a Research Horizons article looking at Georgia Tech's smart cities initiative.

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<![CDATA[ID Prof and Student Find They Are Kindred Spirits]]> 32550 Wayne Li, a professor in the School of Industrial Design, and Chris Bartlett, a master's student in the School, share a love of automotive mechanics and are both trained artists.

So it is no surprise that when Li was looking for someone to help build an automotive lab Bartlett jumped at the chance. “I literally chased him down, introduced myself and passed off my resume to him and he hired me,” Bartlett says in an article in the Georgia Tech Alumni magazine.

The pair are featured in the latest issue of the magazine. They are among six student-teacher pairs – Dynamic Duos -- illustrating how outstanding teachers and pupils can inspire each other.

Bartlett in the article says the experience “showcases Li’s skills as a professor and Tech’s emphasis on collaboration.”

Li and Bartlett have built the GM Human-Machine Interaction Lab sponsored by General Motors that envisions cars of the future, including autonomous ones. Their research is underway in the lab at the College of Design.

Li said, the lab “allows us to work with students here at Tech to envision how the cars of the future, including autonomous ones, will be designed.”

Read the full article in the magazine.



]]> Malrey Head 1 1502132266 2017-08-07 18:57:46 1502297760 2017-08-09 16:56:00 0 0 news Industrial Design Professor Wayne Li and his grad student Chris Bartlett are featured in the latest issue of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association magazine.

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<![CDATA[Honors Roll In for ID Students and Alumni]]> 32550 School of Industrial Design students and alumni this past spring have been the recipients of several honors, national and international.

Core77.com, the online design magazine, recognized two projects from students and alumni.

Allison Miller and Hua Wen received Student Notable in the Open Design category for their 3D Printed Centrifuge for International Health Labs. Allison graduated in May with a Master’s in Industrial Design and Wen expects to graduate in December with a Master’s in Industrial Design.

The students were asked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) to improve the design of a manual centrifuge, often used in international health labs where frequent power outages make using electric centrifuges difficult. The centrifuges are used to analyze bodily fluids, such as blood. The project was part of their Spring 2016 ID6201 class with Wendell Wilson, a Professor of Practice in the School.

The device pulls together a salad spinner and a 3D printed base. The project has been presented to the CDC and they are awaiting word on whether the CDC will implement their design.

Core 77 also recognized an alumni project, Spark Your Design Creativity book, which received a Notable in the Design Education Initiative category.

Spark is an “activity book by Atlanta design nonprofit Spark Corps. The book is a tool that introduces kids to design thinking while helping them to build fundamental social skills.”

Industrial Design alumni involved in the project were Grace Cha, Allison Miller, Ashley Touchton, and Yisha Zhou.

According to Miller, “The catalyst for the book came after we recognized that design could be used as a tool to teach vital social skills to kids. Design is all about building empathy with people, working as a team, and problem solving. We wanted to create the book as a way to add to this conversation. We think design has the ability to help empower kids to solve really big problems with a methodology designers use every day.”

As Miller and Wen await word from the CDC, they have learned they will have the opportunity to exhibit their centrifuge in the Global Grad Show. They were invited to participate in the show, which is part of Dubai Design Week held in November in Dubai.

The Global Grad Show website calls the event “an exhibition of student works from the world’s leading design schools.”

The exhibition highlights design that is idea driven, showing prototypes that can be developed. It provides a platform for people to think about design that is responding to needs or identifying needs, and then providing tools to explore those new territories, according to a video on the website featuring Brendan McGetrick, curator of the Global Grad Show.

“Since launching in 2015, the show has grown to become the world’s largest student gathering. For its third edition, the exhibition is set to involve 75 universities from 50 countries,” the website states.

One student and a professor are invited; Wen and Wilson expect to attend.

Spark also received a 2017 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA). The book was a Top Winner in the Student Designs category.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) sponsors the award, which is judged by design experts from around the world. The contest this year drew entries from 54 countries.

IDSA announced the Top Winners and Bronze Winners on its website. Winners of the Gold and Silver awards will be announced at their conference at a ceremony Aug. 19 in a program open to the public at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga.


]]> Malrey Head 1 1500575677 2017-07-20 18:34:37 1500990163 2017-07-25 13:42:43 0 0 news Two projects by industrial design students and alumni have received national and international recognition.

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<![CDATA[Nancey Green Leigh: We Are 'Shaping a Robotic Future at Georgia Tech' ]]> 32550 For National Robotics Week, we asked Nancey Green Leigh to talk about robotics and what's happening here at the College of Design and Georgia Tech.

Leigh is the associate dean for research in the College and last fall secured a grant from the National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative to study the U.S. robotics industry and its economic impacts. She also is a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning.

She gave us her thoughts on robotics research and the industry.

1. Why should anyone research the robotics industry?

Robots are being developed and “employed” across the economy, on farms, in factories, warehouses, hotels and hospitals, to name just a few types of businesses using them. They will fundamentally transform daily life and work. Researchers are essential to making that transformation happen from a creative and technical perspective. They also have a key role to play in ensuring that robotics diffusion is not simply imposed upon society in a way the causes winners and losers, but, rather, leads to robotics’ full potential for enhancing all human experience and safeguarding the physical world.

2. How will robots affect city and regional planning?

City and regional planning includes a number of specializations that focus on the world in which we live, such as economic development, environment, housing, land use, and transportation. Robotics diffusion will affect all of these areas, but, currently, the most attention is being given to how autonomous vehicles (a kind of robot) will alter our transportation infrastructure, as well as greatly reduce the number of driver jobs.

3. Your peers are inventing and improving robots: What does Georgia Tech need to do to shape a future with robots?

We are already shaping a robotic future at Georgia Tech, but there is much to be done. Within the College of Design, in a great example of how robots can contribute to the arts and empowering those with disabilities, music Professor Gil Weinberg has developed a marimba-playing robotic musician that uses machine learning for jazz improvisation, as well as a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities. Associate Professor Russell Gentry offers a great example for architecture; he is using a Kuka robot for teaching robotic fabrication and for researching humans – robot collaboration in a fabrication setting.

4. What else should the Design academic community research about robots? 

We have a major research focus on assistive technologies involving several schools and research centers of the College of Design and robots will be an increasing part of such technologies. How robots navigate existing street, sidewalk and building infrastructure, and how their presence might influence future design of such infrastructure is another rich research area. And how the deployment of robots in multiple economic sectors affects current and future jobs will be a critical economic development question tying in with many aspects of the Design academic community.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1492191963 2017-04-14 17:46:03 1492607514 2017-04-19 13:11:54 0 0 news Associate Dean for Research Nancey Green Leigh answered a few questions about the future of robotics at the College of Design and Georgia Tech.

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<![CDATA[AMAC Helping Georgia Make State's Websites Accessible]]> 32550 AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center is working with the state of Georgia to make the state’s websites accessible. John Rempel, a quality control and training specialist at AMAC, audited the websites for the state.

He was recently featured in an article on Atlanta’s wabe.org talking about what it means to make a website accessible to those with disabilities. One way is through the use of alternative tags on photos. For those persons with visual impairment using screen readers, the device reads the alternative tag, or description of photos, to the user.

AMAC is the perfect research center to assist the state. The research and service center at Georgia Tech’s College of Design, provides practical solutions for challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. The center offers services to help organizations bring their websites into compliance with accessibility laws.

The center also provides accessibility services to individuals, educational organizations, nonprofits as well as government and corporate entities. Learn more about the AMAC research center at amacresearch.gatech.edu. Many of AMAC’s research-driven services are provided through amacusg.org.

Read the WABE article here.


]]> Malrey Head 1 1489006617 2017-03-08 20:56:57 1490295360 2017-03-23 18:56:00 0 0 news AMAC Accessibility is working with the state of Georgia to make the state’s websites accessible.

2017-03-08T00:00:00-05:00 2017-03-08T00:00:00-05:00 2017-03-08 00:00:00 Malrey Head

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<![CDATA[DBL Hacks MARTA Ridership in Smart City Initiative]]> 34462 Georgia Tech Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) students and faculty burned the midnight oil during a MARTA Hackathon organized by the City of Atlanta and MARTA. The 24-hour event held in February challenged 36 teams from the Atlanta tech community with increasing MARTA ridership using new data assets and web application program interfaces (API).

“The MARTA Hackathon series is a yearlong initiative between MARTA, Sandbox ATL, Code for Atlanta, and HackGT with the goal of connecting MARTA with the Atlanta tech community to help new ways of thinking and problem solving to emerge,” said Scott Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Sandbox Communities.

“MARTA and the City of Atlanta realize they can find better solutions and breakthroughs by working with a community of experts who happen to be MARTA riders and City of Atlanta citizens,” he said.

The DBL fielded a team of four master’s, Ph.D., and Coding Boot Camp students, and a faculty member as part of its Smart City research initiatives. Over the past six months, the DBL has been working closely with the City of Atlanta and the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) to develop synergy and programs that connect Georgia Tech with the city, Smart City ambitions, and available data services.

The team focused on tying 3D visualization environments to real-time streaming data from MARTA’s online web APIs. They developed a virtual environment where users could track bus locations in real time and created a digital 3D heat map that allows users to visualize the intensity of people entering and exiting MARTA transportation.

Team member Jieun Rim is a student at the Georgia Tech Coding Boot Camp currently on her way to becoming a full-stack developer. She explained, “As a regular MARTA rider, I use mobile apps like MARTA and marta.io all the time to get the information I need to use MARTA comfortably. Developing new ways (or improving old ones) to connect users to their requested information (like train schedules or knowing if there is an accident) can help us live our daily lives in a smart and predictable environment.”

The Hackathon’s 24-hour sprint meant the DBL team had to come prepared, work efficiently, and communicate with each other.

“The timing was very challenging. We had to complete the project that included understanding MARTA's data structure for over 9,000 buses in the Atlanta area, and applying the right algorithms to it to capture live bus schedule updates and traffic conditions impacting their schedules,” said Esterling Accime, a full-stack web development student at the Coding Boot Camp. “This type of work could take as long as a month for a similar team to do what we did in a day.”

The DBL team completed a prototype of their system during the Hackathon and they plan to continue improving its performance.

“Teams got really far with their ideas, identifying some major pain points for the people using the MARTA system and around the City of Atlanta, and proposed novel solutions for it,” said Diego Osorio, who is seeking a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction, focused on tangible interactions.

Highlights for the team included learning new skills and networking with Atlanta innovators.

 “It surprised me that so many volunteer programmers were willing to share their ideas, codes and experience with other people. The Hackathon is a successful platform for enthusiastic programmers to co-work,” said team member Tzu-Chieh Kurt Hong, a Ph.D. candidate in architecture focusing on design computation.

Five judges representing the MARTA board and executive team, Cisco, and Atlanta met with participants in a science fair-style showcase to determine the top teams.

Kari Watkins, a judge and an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech, said she "was amazed at the quality of the top applications. In only 24 hours, teams created working prototypes to add rideshare into MARTA, build easy to implement kiosks, and do direct advertising on MARTA.”

Debra Lam, managing director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech, said, “When it comes to Hackathons, open data empowers people. MARTA is thinking about the future of transportation, and how the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech can influence it.”

The Hackathon was one of the first visible public initiatives exposing this partnership to the broader Atlanta community.

Deputy CIO for the city, Kirk Talbott, said the city "offers a ‘real-world’ laboratory where research can be applied and scaled to solve urban challenges at a level not easily replicable in a university setting.”

Dennis Shelden, a Hackathon team member and director of the DBL, said, “This is a great example of how the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech work together to create new ways of tackling emerging opportunities using data to improve the lives of the community.”

]]> afortson6 1 1490205944 2017-03-22 18:05:44 1490291573 2017-03-23 17:52:53 0 0 news DBL students and faculty participated in a MARTA Hackathon in which 36 teams from the Atlanta tech community were challenged with increasing MARTA ridership.

2017-03-22T00:00:00-04:00 2017-03-22T00:00:00-04:00 2017-03-22 00:00:00 Amy Fortson

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<![CDATA[2 ID Students Design 'Disaster Casket']]> 32550 Two Industrial Design students are looking to help families affected by natural disasters as well as recovery personnel with their “Disaster Casket.”

Master’s students Riley Keen and Kara Kenna submitted their design to the online Industrial Design magazine, Core77.com, and it was chosen to be featured in early February.

“Our casket provides an affordable, sustainable, and dignified solution for victims of natural disasters,” they wrote in their submission.

The plywood and cardboard structure is “An Affordable Flat-Pack Burial Solution for Deaths Caused by Natural Disaster." It allows disaster relief personnel to recover victims with safety and sanitation in mind.

“The large flat backboard can be used to retrieve bodies and as a work surface for autopsies,” the students wrote. Once medical professionals are finished, the backboard is closed inside the two other portions and is ready for burial, they wrote.

The casket idea resulted from a disaster relief studio design project. When the project was  presented in class, Riley said it got the attention of a representative of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes who attended the presentation.

According to Riley, the product is ready for production and the association is helping them pass their idea around to potential partners. If they don't have any luck there, they are looking at other national organizations, he said.

Core77 states on its website that it serves a global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. The editors choose the best reader-submitted design projects to share.

Read the article.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1487171536 2017-02-15 15:12:16 1487349322 2017-02-17 16:35:22 0 0 news 2 Industrial Design students create casket to be used in natural disasters.

2017-02-15T00:00:00-05:00 2017-02-15T00:00:00-05:00 2017-02-15 00:00:00 Malrey Head

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<![CDATA[Two Design Students Share Their Stories for International Education Week]]> 32550 Two College of Design students are featured in a project this month for International Education Week, a national celebration of the benefits of international exchange.

Tammy VuPham, a first-year student in the School of Industrial Design, and her former roommate at the International House shared their story of rooming together for a year.

Zorana Matic, a Ph.D. student in the School of Architecture and graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design Lab , talked with Georgia Tech first lady Val Peterson about deciding to come to Georgia Tech and the United States.

In early September Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education partnered with StoryCorps Atlanta and WREK to record interviews between members of the Tech community. Interviewees included undergraduate and graduate students, professors, administrators, spouses of students, and the first lady of Georgia Tech.

Their stories highlight some of the amazing global experiences and diversity of our community. Listen to them all here.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1479740106 2016-11-21 14:55:06 1479749024 2016-11-21 17:23:44 0 0 news Two College of Design students are featured in a project through the Office of International Education with StoryCorps Atlanta.

2016-11-21T00:00:00-05:00 2016-11-21T00:00:00-05:00 2016-11-21 00:00:00 Malrey Head

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<![CDATA[TechSAge Honored at Atlanta Magazine's 2016 Groundbreaker Awards Ceremony]]> 33099 The Research Engineering Rehabilitation Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) was among finalists recognized at Atlanta Magazine’s 5th Annual Groundbreaker Awards Ceremony.

As a finalist for the award, TechSAge was highlighted for its innovations in making environments more accessible to aging populations, and in creating a more user-friendly world—no matter what our abilities or age.

Other honorees included the Clarkston Community Center Senior Refugee Program, Amy’s Place, and award winner Dr. Monica Parker, who was recognized for her community outreach through Emory’s centers on Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Brain Health.

Held at the Atlanta History Center, the Groundbreaker Awards program was launched in 2012 with the goal of honoring the people and projects that make Atlanta a better place to live. The 12 honorees were recognized for meeting the challenges posed by aging head-on, with ingenuity, purpose, and compassion.

]]> Lucy Bennett 1 1478117560 2016-11-02 20:12:40 1479743816 2016-11-21 15:56:56 0 0 news As a finalist for the award, TechSAge was highlighted for its innovations in making environments more accessible to aging populations, and in creating a more user-friendly world—no matter what our abilities or age.

2016-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2016-11-02T00:00:00-04:00 2016-11-02 00:00:00 Lucy Bennett

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<![CDATA[AMAC and CATEA Research Centers Celebrate Milestones]]> 32550 Decades of accessibility research culminates in major milestones this week for two research centers in the College of Design. And you’re invited to the celebration!

AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center this year marks 10 years of providing products and services to those with disabilities.

Also this year, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) moved from its location in a church on 10th Street to join AMAC in the same building on Means Street.

Being in the same building led the two Centers this year to create the Centers for Inclusive Design Innovation, which has already received funding for a project.

The Centers want to mark these milestones at an open house Thursday at their offices at 512 Means St., from 4-7 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour their space, see demonstrations, such as AMAC’s braille machines used for tactile printing, and their student disability accommodation software.

CATEA will show various posters and demonstrations from current and past research projects. That includes the posters submitted to the TechSAge Design Competition for the GatePal app featured on the College of Design, and the TechSAge ALIGN app, which was mentioned in Atlanta Magazine and nominated for a Groundbreaker Award.

Transforming Accessibility in the College of Design

Although the approaches of the two Centers are different, they both use technology to assist people with disabilities and those aging with limitations.

Focused on helping students with disabilities, AMAC first offered services in 2006 at the University of Georgia. The Center moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. Center Director Christopher Lee, along with Noel Gregg and other colleagues at UGA, were the inspiration behind AMAC. Gregg worked with AMAC for a few years and has since retired.

Today AMAC has more than 50 staff members who serve 800 member institutions and hundreds more who use their services on an as-needed basis. Not bad for a Center that started with 14 members serving 100 universities.

During the past 10 years, AMAC faced challenges, “including reducing the high cost of accommodations … and integrating a business model that would leverage existing business partners,” Lee said in a statement.

AMAC overcame these challenges and Lee transformed the Center into “an international research and development organization focused on inclusive design in corporate offices, government organizations and nonprofit environments,” he said.

One of AMAC’s biggest grants is the First in The World Grant from the U.S. Department of Education which funds the research of the Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI). The multi-million-dollar grant will help the center study the graduation gap between students with disabilities and their peers without.

CATEA started as the Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) in 1980, and became the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access in 1999.

CATEA’s focus today is on resources to help employers make accommodations decisions, promote accessible STEM education, and resources to promote health and wellness among seniors while also serving their accessibility needs.

In the past dozen years, CATEA had three national Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers funded by the federal government’s National Institute on Independent Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

These are the largest ($4.5-$4.75 million over 5 years) and most prestigious awards made by NIDILRR, and funded CATEA projects: “Workplace Accommodations” (2003-2013), “Wheeled Mobility” (2004-2016), and currently “TechSAge” (2013-2018). Current funding also includes a $2.5 million, 5-year study to demonstrate that universal design is a more effective strategy than ADA-required workplace accommodations to engage workers with disabilities.

According to CATEA Director Jon Sanford, by dollar amount, AMAC and CATEA account for about 70 percent of the outside funding in the College, with CATEA as the second largest research center in the College of Design.

Building Georgia Tech’s Accessibility Legacy

The move to create the Centers for Inclusive Design Innovation (CIDI), gives AMAC and CATEA, the two largest centers in the College, the opportunity to collaborate on a larger level, Sanford said.

“CATEA has expertise in research, particularly related to technology and the environment. AMAC has expertise in training and service provision, particularly related to information technology and assistive technology. These complementary programs can strengthen each other,” he noted.

“For example, the new Assistive Software Knowledgebase project was actually awarded to CIDI, and will use the expertise of both CATEA and AMAC.

“CIDI provides an umbrella to show one face to the outside world without losing the identities and name recognition of either center,” Sanford said.

]]> Malrey Head 1 1476203710 2016-10-11 16:35:10 1476812507 2016-10-18 17:41:47 0 0 news 2016-10-11T00:00:00-04:00 2016-10-11T00:00:00-04:00 2016-10-11 00:00:00 582403 582403 image <![CDATA[AMAC and CATEA Research Centers Celebrate Milestones]]> image/jpeg 1476212645 2016-10-11 19:04:05 1476812892 2016-10-18 17:48:12
<![CDATA[Introducing the Centers for Inclusive Design Innovation (CIDI)]]> 30501 AMAC and CATEA, the College of Design’s largest research centers, have joined to create the Centers for Inclusive Design Innovation (CIDI).

CIDI combines AMAC and CATEA’s accessibility efforts and research interests to create an integrative level of collaboration. The two centers are focused on creating accessible environments so a collaboration between the two was always inevitable.

AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center is the largest research center in Georgia Tech’s College of Design. AMAC focuses on studying and providing accessible solutions around the world through service and research. These research-driven services take a universal design approach to creating accessible environments.

The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) is the College of Design’s oldest and second largest research center. CATEA’s work on creating assistive technology has impacted the design of classrooms, workplaces, and many more common environments to help many persons with disabilities as well as those without.

CATEA Director Jon Sanford says, "CIDI is the logical outgrowth of CATEA and AMAC being co-located. While both Centers have an interest in using technology to assist people with disabilities, we have different strengths and approaches. CATEA has expertise in research, particularly related to technology and the environment. AMAC has expertise in training and service provision, particularly related to information technology and assistive technology. These complementary programs can strengthen each other with co-location under one roof."

]]> Will Greer 1 1476205199 2016-10-11 16:59:59 1476298325 2016-10-12 18:52:05 0 0 news 2016-10-11T00:00:00-04:00 2016-10-11T00:00:00-04:00 2016-10-11 00:00:00 582412 582412 image <![CDATA[CIDI Lab]]> image/jpeg 1476218105 2016-10-11 20:35:05 1476218105 2016-10-11 20:35:05
<![CDATA[How a Toilet Changed Our Alumna’s Life.]]> 27957 Jasmine Burton has amassed a large number of frequent flyer miles since being a part of the 2014 InVenture Prize-winning team. Her new, jetset lifestyle is all thanks to the safichoo toilet – she travels the world promoting the team’s design that addresses WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) related diseases in developing countries.  

The toilet inspired her start-up company, Wish for WASH, LLC. Through Wish for WASH, Burton “seeks to bring innovation to sanitation,” by developing toilet systems that solve specific problems related to cultural contexts, sustainability, distribution and funding. 

In the summer of 2014, she and her team participated in a multi-agency pilot to assess toilet designs in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.  In 2016, they plan to launch a beta pilot in Lusaka, Zambia which is where Jasmine is currently living as a Global Health Corps fellow.

Together with her entrepreneurial interest in sanitation projects, her overarching motivation as a designer is to make a lasting, humanitarian impact on improving the world.  

“In a world suffering from extreme poverty, malnutrition, violence, and inequity,” Jasmine said, “we need more doers, creators, and makers working in this space in tandem with the policy makers, international development officers, and business professionals to create holistic and interdisciplinary solution to more effectively make sustainable changes.” 

Read more about her journey in a recent article in the Huffington Post.

She is currently raising money for the Zambia project through her Wish for WASH (W4W) campaign on INDIEGOGO.

]]> Ieva Mikolaviciute 1 1447618062 2015-11-15 20:07:42 1475896798 2016-10-08 03:19:58 0 0 news 2015-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2015-11-15T00:00:00-05:00 2015-11-15 00:00:00 469871 469871 image <![CDATA[Jasmine Burton - Inventure]]> image/jpeg 1449257160 2015-12-04 19:26:00 1475895218 2016-10-08 02:53:38 <![CDATA[Huffington Post feature]]> <![CDATA[Indiegogo campaign]]>
<![CDATA[Industrial Design Brainstorms a Cleaner Georgia Tech]]> 27957 The School of Industrial Design teamed up with the Atlanta Chapter of Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and the design team from Kimberly-Clark to tackle some of Georgia Tech’s grimiest locations.

As hosts of the Atlanta Design Outreach program, this super-group of designers coached 60 high school students over the course of a 2-day design charrette.

Kimberly-Clark (maker of Kleenex, Kotex, Cottonelle, Huggies) challenged the students to tackle germ laden “hot spots” within the context of school life and to come up with solutions to address the hygiene crisis within public spaces. 

Teams set off to observe areas on the Georgia Tech campus such as hallways, cafeterias, classrooms, and bathrooms to identify key "Hot Spots" - primary touch points where germs are encountered every day. Armed with a first-hand perspective of the problem and the impact poor cleanliness can have on people, teams blasted through brainstorming, designing, and finally fabricating a prototype to demonstrate their final design solution.  

Final concepts ranged from germ-fighting backpacks with built-in UV lights, cleaning 'bots' that quietly sanitized as they scooted up and down stair railing, mobile phone cases with built-in disinfectant wipes, and self-sanitizing door handles that rotate automatically between each use.

This is the 5th year of the co-sponsorship by the SoID and IDSA in involving high school students within the ADO program (Atlanta Design Outreach).  To date, over 250 high school students have participated in the program.  

See Core77, for a more in-depth article about the event; and, there is a video which captures the enthusiasm of the students.

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<![CDATA[Vote for School of Industrial Design]]> 27803 Patrons, friends and industry partners:

Thanks to your support we can proudly say that we’ve moved up – again -- in DesignIntelligence’s rankings. Our MID (Master of Industrial Design) Program rose from #3 to #2 in the nation, and our undergraduate BSID Program claimed the #7 spot. This is the first time our undergraduate program has been ranked in the top ten, thank you for making that happen!

School of Industrial Design Annual Update:

Much has happened over the past year as we continue to strengthen and grow our Design Programs.

We now have over 230 students in the School – 160 undergraduates in our BSID Program + 50 graduate students in our MID Program + 20 students in our MS-HCI-ID Program (Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction with a Specialization in Industrial Design).

Our new ID minor has also grown to more than 100 students participating from 7 other undergraduate programs across campus.

Exceptional student performance:


Three new full-time ID faculty

Dr. Roger Ball, formerly the Endowed Professor of Asian Ergonomics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, has joined the School of Industrial Design as Associate Chair and will oversee our rapidly growing MID Program.

We also welcome the addition of Dr. Katherine Fu and Dr. Cassandra Telenko - two new joint appointments with the School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Fu’s work focuses on design methods and creativity while Dr. Telenko adds new strength in sustainable design.

Major advancement in research and design capabilities

Earlier this spring we held a very successful Symposium on Design & Wearable Technologies to showcase the design research and development evolving from our Interactive Product Design Lab: http://ipdl.gatech.edu.

We are currently constructing a new HMI (Human-Machine Interaction) Transportation Lab to conduct design research and development on issues related to driver distraction, in-car automation and in-car entertainment.

We're also building a new 3D Ergonomics Design Lab to leverage 3D scanning technologies to enhance the design, fit and function and performance of clothing, equipment and wearable technologies.

This year we plan to add two new faculty positions to help build our new research and curriculum initiatives.

2016 DesignIntelligence School Rankings Survey:

With your support, our goal is to continue to strengthen and raise the visibility and recognition of our School, our Design programs and the capabilities of our graduating students.

For the seventeenth consecutive year, DesignIntelligence is conducting their annual surveys of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools. If you are a person in your firm who hires architects, interior designers, landscape architects or industrial designers, you are invited to share your experiences and perspectives to strengthen design education.

These annual rankings are today’s leading resource to rank architecture and design programs on the basis of their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice. You can access more information about the methodology and results of last year’s research at the DesignIntelligence website: www.di.net.

These short questionnaires will require approximately ten minutes of your time. Please plan to finish the survey in one sitting; you will not be able to return to the survey at a later time. The responding party must be in a leadership position qualified to hire employees. If you are not qualified to complete this questionnaire on your firm’s behalf, we ask that you forward it on to a more appropriate person. Individual responses will be kept confidential but a listing of the responding firms will be published.

Once again we are asking for your support. This year’s deadline is August 21. Please go to this link and complete the survey as soon as possible:

The results of these studies will be published in the 17th annual edition of DesignIntelligence’s America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, to be released in November 2015.

As a special thanks to you for your contribution, DesignIntelligence will send you a PDF executive summary of the report in November.

Please take the time to complete the DesignIntelligence Survey and thank you for your continued support.

You can find more current information on our program on our new website at: http://www.id.gatech.edu or you are welcome to contact me directly by email at jim.budd@coa.gatech.edu


Jim Budd
Professor & Chair
School of Industrial Design
Georgia Tech


]]> Ann Hoevel 1 1438963904 2015-08-07 16:11:44 1475896759 2016-10-08 03:19:19 0 0 news 2015-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 2015-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 2015-08-07 00:00:00
<![CDATA[Industrial Design students show work at Solid Wearable Tech Showcase]]> 27814 Industrial design students studying in the School of Industrial Design's Interactive Products Lab have their work on display at the Solid Wearable Tech Showcase in San Francisco.
The lab has a focus on soft-goods wearable technology that is embedded in clothing and accessories. The projects monitor the moving body in different ways, and provide visual, audible, and haptic feedback in response.

The projects being displayed at the showcase include:
Ballet Hero

Ballet Hero is a full-body dance instruction garment, intended to help new dancers better understand the motions the instructor is making, and move in sync with them. The project uses lit bands on the arms and legs of the garment to break the dancer's moves down into the flashing keyframes, and are used to signal the student when they are out of sync.


Designed in collaboration with gloATL, an experimental dance company based out of Atlanta, the skirt has a network of sensors and LEDs sewn into the lining. As the dancer moves, the skirt compresses and pulses the lights in response -- enhancing the dance performance and drawing attention to subtle movements.

NASA Shirt
Sponsored by NASA, and exhibited at the 2013 Johnson Space Center Wearable Technology Symposium, this shirt is designed to address the challenges of moving in space. The garment uses a series of bend and stretch sensors to detect movement along the arm, with the intent of using the data to predict overuse and help prevent injury.

glo Hoodie
Another collaboration with gloATL, this hoodie is designed to augment the dancer's performance, and to give them a palette of 50 LEDs to play with on the surface of their clothing. The garment has an accelerometer and RFID tags embedded in it, with a reader on the wrist that senses the tags and plays back animations the pair with the choreography.

Haptic Mirror Therapy Gloves
The gloves are designed to enhance the efficacy of mirror therapy -- a therapeutic technique used to treat arms and hands weakened by the effects of a stroke. This is done by allowing the user to stimulate the fingertips of their affected hand by tapping the fingers of their unaffected hand, and playing back that stimulation with layers of haptic, audible, and visual feedback. More information can be found at http://portfolio.jameshallam.com/Haptic-Mirror-Therapy-Glove

]]> Lisa Herrmann 1 1400745979 2014-05-22 08:06:19 1475896589 2016-10-08 03:16:29 0 0 news 2014-05-22T00:00:00-04:00 2014-05-22T00:00:00-04:00 2014-05-22 00:00:00 Lisa Herrmann

Director of Communications

College of Architecture


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<![CDATA[IDSA and the School of ID Launch a High School Outreach Program]]> 27207 Raising awareness of the discipline of Industrial Design among high school students is a big challenge. Most high school students don't know about the importance of industrial design and have few opportunities to be exposed to the field.  Yet those  who eventually join the discipline become loyal advocates. In order to bring knowledge of industrial design to younger students, the IDSA Atlanta Chapter recently engaged in the design of a new, innovative model for outreach to high schools.

Now in its third consecutive year, the outreach effort brings together IDSA Atlanta, The Home Depot, the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design, the Coca-Cola Company and Design Within Reach for a week-long charrette event.

The program was launched September 18th, with students from Grady and Frederick Douglass high schools and their parents. Design professionals, college students and high school students were brought together to conduct a real-life experience project. This year, Home Depot's sponsorship enabled the design and prototyping a LED lighting device. Fifteen teams consisting of one professional, two academic students and three or four  high school students will have 2 1/2 weeks to design, develop and deliver a prototype lighting device along with a do-it-yourself manual.  The manual will be an important feature, as the designs will be advertised in the do-it-yourself Home Depot site for the general public to replicate. In addition, results from the program will be exhibited at the Design Within Reach Atlanta store on October 5th at 7pm and at the Home Depot Atlanta Showroom during the month of October.

According to School of Industrial Design Prof. Claudia Rebola, such community outreach is an essential part of the Institute's service mission to the state of Georgia, and helps steer design-minded students toward admission to Georgia Tech. 

]]> Claudia Rebola 1 1348231042 2012-09-21 12:37:22 1475896370 2016-10-08 03:12:50 0 0 news IDSA Atlanta, The Home Depot, The Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design, The Coca-Cola Company, Design Within Reach, Grady High School and Frederick Douglass High School partnered for a 2 1/2 week charrette event to educate high school students about Industrial Design. 

2012-09-18T00:00:00-04:00 2012-09-18T00:00:00-04:00 2012-09-18 00:00:00 Claudia B. Rebola

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<![CDATA[Industrial Design Instructor Wins 3D Animation Competition]]> 27213 School of Industrial Design instructor Tim Purdy was awarded one of three top prizes in a 3D rendering competition organized by Luxion and GrabCAD. His animation of an intricate 9-Cylinder Radial Engine rendering  by Jan Elg illustrates how the model functions and assembles. 

See full competition details and winning animation. 

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Design Students Document Milan Design Week]]> 27213 A group of Industrial Design class of 2009 alumni calling themselves “Roji” recently returned from Milan Design Week 2009 with a feature-length documentary in which the freshly graduated students seek starting points for design careers in a cracked economy.

The project was “born out of the realization that we can take our futures into our own hands as entrepreneurial, self-reliant young Americans,” said Roji member Travis Eckmark. “This film is a research project on how to 'make it.'”

In the piece, the students interview well-known designers Ingo Mauer and David Trubridge, and young, up-and-coming designers like 5.5.

The Roji project will make an appearance Friday, May 15, at Design Is Human, the opening exhibition of Modern Atlanta. [tickets at http://modern-atlanta.org/buy_tickets/] In addition, the trailer will precede screenings of the Koolhaas film HouseLife on May 16 at The High Museum Hill Auditorium.

Get to know Roji through updates and bios at http://www.rojigroup.com/.

Connecting science, technology and the arts, the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech champions advancements in the designed and built environment. The extraordinary legacy of its one-hundred year history is evident around the globe - from the invention of the atrium hotel by John C. Portman (1950) to the design for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York by Michael Arad (1999). The College houses seven interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Music Technology, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, the Center for Geographic Information Systems, the Construction Resources Center, the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, the Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education and the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development.


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<![CDATA[A Bike You Can 'Print' at Home?]]> 32550 At the School of Industrial Design, we've never met a designer who didn't love having a 3-D printer. But what about printing your own bike frame, one strong enough to actually ride, on a real trail.

That is what industrial design instructor Kevin Shankwiler and his students are proposing. At the School of Industrial Design, the design part is real, not theory.

“When we’re done, our ultimate goal is take the bike to the Silver Comet Trail and see how far we can ride it,” he told the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. The trail runs from west Cobb into Alabama.

Shankwiler, a Georgia Tech alumnus, and his students have been working on the project for about a year. The project started last year with his undergrads, and has continued with his graduate students.

It has taken special materials and lots of patience, since they are printing on a desktop printer. “Sometimes it takes as much as 12 hours to print one small component.” he said.

Read the article.

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<![CDATA[Joyce Medina on the Power of Design]]> 32550 For the past 18 years, Joyce Medina has been talking about design. And presumably people are listening. Each year she teaches approximately 1,200 students in her Art History and History of Industrial Design classes at the College of Design. They are humanities electives that many choose to take.

She notes that years after graduating, students will often email her and say they saw a building she showed in class. They remembered.

Joyce, who teaches in the School of Industrial Design, is modest about her impact on the students. She takes no credit for influencing generations of students, but says “that the course materials are. I can tell that they are thinking differently based on their exposure to the material,” she said in an interview.

She recently talked with the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine about design and its importance.

She defines design as “Art, design, any invented object is a way for humans to communicate about being human. So a painting is an artist saying something about being human. Or, a car design is a car designer coming up with a solution to some human interface problem.”

Asked why she thinks it is important for students to understand the history of design, she said, “The idea of studying the history of design is to collect together as a platform what’s been done in the past and then use that platform to stand on the shoulders of all those designers who came before you to push forward.”

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