Posted September 9, 2012 Atlanta, GA
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ayanna Howard has been named as the Motorola Foundation Professor, effective August 15. She is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Howard started working at Georgia Tech in 2005, where she serves as the director of Human-Automation Systems Lab in ECE and as the advisor of eight Ph.D. students and two M.S. thesis students. In addition, Dr. Howard serves as the chair of the Institute's multidisciplinary robotics Ph.D. program.
Her area of research is centered around the concept of humanized intelligence, the process of embedding human cognitive ability into the control path of autonomous systems. Dr. Howard's work has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications about projects ranging from scientific rover navigation in glacier environments to assistive robots for the home. Some new research directions include robotic applications for child therapy and rehabilitation, tele-presence for persons with visual impairments, haptic and wearable device interfaces, behavior modeling for diagnosis and intervention, and medical and health care mobile apps.
To date, Dr. Howard's work has been highlighted through a number of awards, articles, and televised interviews and programs, including USA Today, TIME Magazine, CNN, and American Public Television. Her recent awards include the 2008 Georgia Tech Faculty Woman of Distinction Award, the 2008 ECE Outreach Award, and the 2009 Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award, given by the National Society of Black Engineers.
About the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of eight schools and departments in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. All ECE undergraduate and graduate programs are in the top 10 of the most recent college rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and in the last academic year, 723 degrees were awarded.
Over 110 ECE faculty members are involved in 11 areas of research, education, and commercialization – bioengineering, computer systems and software, digital signal processing, electric power, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microsystems, optics and photonics, systems and controls, telecommunications, and VLSI systems and digital design.
About the Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Business, and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.