CDAIT Affiliates

CDAIT engages in collaborative efforts with both applied and academic researchers spanning Georgia Tech colleges, centers, and labs and works to provide thought leadership and connection with IoT-focused business and industry partners.

The list below includes faculty and affiliates from Georgia Tech and beyond whose work and research is connected to the ever expanding reach and impact of IoT.

David Bridges

David Bridges

David Bridges is the Vice President of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EI2 is the largest, oldest, and most successful economic development organization at any university in the country. It is home to more than a dozen economic development programs which (1) build and scale startups, (2) grow existing small and medium-sized enterprises, including manufacturing firms, and (3) energize ecosystem builders (communities, governments, universities, and non-profits). These programs serve the State of Georgia and the broader Southeast, as well as the United States and countries around the world.

Since joining the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, Bridges has worked in various practice areas serving manufacturing firms, national labs, international governments, and innovation ecosystems. He has been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $20 million in grants and has authored, co-authored, or significantly contributed to over $40 million in winning proposals. Bridges has won over 100 proposals from U.S. federal agencies, plus universities, governments, and non-profits from around the world. He is a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker on innovation ecosystem building having lectured in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Prior to joining EI2, he was a general management consultant and a brand manager at three consumer package goods companies. Bridges has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Georgia State University.

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Vice President
Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²)
david.bridges@innovate.gatech.edu

 

Sonia Chernova

Sonia Chernova

Sonia Chernova is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. She directs the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning lab, where her research focuses on the development of intelligent and interactive autonomous systems. Chernova’s contributions span robotics and artificial intelligence, including semantic reasoning, adaptive autonomy, human-robot interaction, and explainable AI. She also leads the NSF AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Interaction for Networked Groups (AI-CARING), whose mission is to develop collaborative AI partners-in-care that help support independent life for older adults with declining cognitive abilities.

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Associate Professor; Director of NSF AI-CARING Institute
College of Computing
chernova@gatech.edu

 

Ed Coyle

Ed Coyle

Edward J. Coyle is the John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor of ECE at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. His interests include the modeling, analysis, design and deployment of: the Internet of People and Things (IoPT); cognitive wireless networks; and signal and information processing systems. In 1998, Dr. Coyle was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the theory of nonlinear signal processing and he received the 1986 Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is also the Founder of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, which integrates research and education by embedding large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary teams of undergraduates into the research efforts of faculty and their graduate students. Coyle’s VIP teams are developing a large-scale testbed for cognitive wireless systems in GT’s football stadium. Dr. Coyle was also a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. He is currently a member of an IEEE 1900.5 working group on cognitive wireless systems.

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Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
ejc@gatech.edu

 

Lizanne DeStefano

Lizanne DeSetfano

Dr. Lizanne DeStefano is a Professor of Psychology, and the Executive Director of the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, & Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Institute of Technology. She was recently appointed to the NSF STEM Education Advisory Panel and is an invited founding member of the College of Reviewers for the NSF’s Big Idea: Growing Convergence Research (GCR). Her research interests include the evaluation and sustainability of innovative STEM, as well as other, educational programs; multi-site initiatives; and programs serving special populations, such as students with disabilities or those at-risk for academic failure. She is engaged in efforts that improve the quality of teaching and the student experience, such as the Commission on Creating the Next in Education. Dr. DeStefano is a former special education teacher and a clinical and school psychologist. Dr. DeStefano’s work has been funded by numerous agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Education. She provides evaluation services for numerous STEM programs, including several multi-institutional centers/programs. Dr. DeStefano earned her B.S. in Physiological Psychology and Statistics, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Professor; Executive Director, CEISMC
Psychology; CEISMC
ldestefano6@gatech.edu

 

Barry Drake

Senior Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute
barry.drake@gtri.gatech.edu

 

Jon Duke, MD MS

Jon Duke

Dr. Jon Duke is Director of the Center for Health Analytics and Informatics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Principal Research Scientist in the Georgia Tech College of Computing. Dr. Duke has led over $24 million in funded research for government, industry, and foundation partners. His research focuses on advancing techniques for integrating, analyzing, and communicating complex health data with applications spanning public health, cost, quality, and clinical domains. Dr. Duke was a founding member of the OHDSI consortium, an open-source international health data analytics collaborative now in over 20 countries. Dr. Duke graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He completed fellowship training in Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute and holds a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Indiana University.

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Principal Research Scientist; Director, Health Analytics and Informatics
Georgia Tech Research Institute
College of Computing
jon.duke@gatech.edu

 

Gregory Durgin

Gregory Durgin

Prof. Gregory D. Durgin joined the faculty of Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Fall 2003 where he serves as a professor. He received the BSEE (96), MSEE (98), and PhD (00) degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 2001 he was awarded the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-doctoral Fellowship and spent one year as a visiting researcher with Morinaga Laboratory at Osaka University. He has received best paper awards for articles coauthored in the IEEE Transactions on Communications (1998 Stephen O. Rice prize), IEEE Microwave Magazine (2014), and IEEE RFID Conference (2016, 2018, 2019) as well as the 3rd place 2020 Nokia Bell Labs Prize for “Hyper-RFID: a Revolution for The Future of RFID.” Prof. Durgin authored Space-Time Wireless Channels (2002), the first textbook in the field of space-time channel modeling which has influenced multiple generations of commercial cellular technologies. Prof Durgin currently serves as President-Elect of the IEEE Council of RFID. He is a frequent consultant to industry, advising numerous multinational corporations on wireless technology.

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Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
durgin@gatech.edu

 

David Ediger

Senior Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
David.Ediger@gtri.gatech.edu

 

Faramarz Fekri

Faramarz Fekri

Dr. Fekri is one of the leading researchers in Statistical Signal Processing, information theory, graphical models, inductive logic reasoning and machine learning with applications to communications, biology, robotics and artificial intelligence. He is an IEEE Fellow and a faculty member of the Georgia Tech Center in Machine Learning. Dr. Fekri received the Faculty Research Innovation Award by Sony Inc,. Samsung GRO Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Southern Center for Electrical Engineering Education Young Faculty Development Award, and Outstanding Young faculty Award of the School of ECE. He serves on the Technical Program Committees of several IEEE/ACM conferences. He is currently an Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications. In the past, he served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and the Elsevier Journal on PHYCOM.

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Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Georgia Tech Research Institute Fellow
fekri@ece.gatech.edu

 

Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan Goldman is a Principal at Georgia Tech’s VentureLab and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Georgia Research Alliance, working with faculty and students to create disruptive startups from their research innovations. He has helped spin up several Georgia Tech-derived companies including: Nexidia, Nuventix, Verco Materials, LumoFlex, Suniva (where he served as its Director of Business Development), TCPoly, WEAV3D, EMCOOL, Trellis, Matmerize and Falcomm. During his tenure at VentureLab, he has assisted more than a dozen companies that have raised more than $300M in venture and grant funding.

He is also active in the NSF’s I-Corps program, having served as a mentor for 4 national teams, and has been on hundreds of Customer Discovery interviews.

Jonathan began his career as an engineer on NASA’s Space Shuttle & Space Station programs for Rockwell International. He received his B.S. Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an M.S. degree from the School of Materials Engineering at Georgia Tech.

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Principal
GT VentureLabs
jongoldman@gatech.edu

 

Jill Gostin

Principal Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute
jill.gostin@gtri.gatech.edu

 

Michael Hunter

Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
michael.hunter@ce.gatech.edu

 

Debra Lam

Senior Research Associate
Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
debra.lam@innovate.gatech.edu

 

Ling Liu

Ling Liu

Ling Liu is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. She directs the research programs in the Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab (DiSL), examining various aspects of big data powered intelligence systems, Internet computing systems, machine learning algorithms and analytics, including performance, availability, privacy, security and trust. Prof. Liu is an elected IEEE Fellow, a recipient of IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2012), and a recipient of the best paper award from numerous top venues, including IEEE ICDCS, WWW, ACM/IEEE CCGrid, IEEE Cloud, IEEE ICWS. Prof. Liu served on editorial board of over a dozen international journals and served as the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (2013-2016), and currently is the editor in chief of ACM Transactions on Internet Computing (since 2019). Prof. Liu is a frequent keynote speaker in top-tier venues in Big Data, AI and ML systems and applications, Cloud Computing, Services Computing, Privacy, Security and Trust. Her current research is primarily supported by USA National Science Foundation under CISE programs, IBM and CISCO.

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Professor
Computer Science
ling.liu@cc.gatech.edu

 

Margaret Loper

Regents Researcher
Georgia Tech Research Institute
margaret.loper@gtri.gatech.edu

 

Blair MacIntyre

Professor
College of Computing
blair@cc.gatech.edu

 

John McIntyre

John McIntyre

Dr. John R. McIntyre, is founding Director of the Georgia Tech CIBER, professor of management (Strategy Area) in the College of Management with a courtesy appointment in international relations in the Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He received his graduate education at Northeastern University, completing his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in September 1981, he was Research Associate for International Management at the Dean Rusk Center of the University of Georgia Law School. He has published in journals such as Technology and Society, Public Administration Quarterly, International Management Review, Defence Analysis, Studies in Comparative and International Development, The Journal of European Marketing, Politique Internationale, International Executive, International Trade Journal, among others.

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Professor; Executive Director, GT CIBER
Scheller College of Business
john.mcintyre@scheller.gatech.edu

 

Gary McMurray


Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
gary.mcmurray@gtri.gatech.edu

 

Umakishore Ramachandran

Umakishore Ramachandran

Professor Umakishore Ramachandran received his Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986, and has been on the faculty of Georgia Tech since then. His fields of interest include parallel and distributed systems, computer architecture, and operating systems. Currently, he is leading a project that deals with large-scale situation awareness using distributed camera networks and multi-modal sensing with applications to surveillance, connected vehicles, and transportation.

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Professor
Computer Science
rama@gatech.edu

 

Renata Rawlings-Goss

Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Data Science & Engineering
rrawlings.goss@gatech.edu

 

Christine Ries

Professor
Economics
christine.ries@econ.gatech.edu

 

Christopher Saldaña

Dr. Christopher Saldaña is the Ring Family Professor and is an Associate Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Saldaña's research group is focused on developing new digital technologies for advanced manufacturing applications. A major focus of this effort is on developing process qualification and process design tools for hybrid additive/subtractive manufacturing and digitally-enabled manufacturing. Dr. Saldaña's leverages a complement of additive manufacturing platforms (e.g., powder feed directed energy deposition, laser powder bed fusion, hybrid manufacturing, wire-arc deposition), conventional manufacturing equipment, surface/volumetric inspection technologies and material post-processing platforms at the Georgia Tech Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility. These platforms are instrumented with state-of-the-art industrial internet of things (IIOT) technologies, cloud-enabled storage and edge compute capabilities for supporting process monitoring and process qualification. Current efforts are focused on integration of IIOT technologies with machine learning methods to drive transformative advancements in the manufacturing sector.

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Professor
Mechanical Engineering
christopher.saldana@me.gatech.edu

 

Jeffrey Skolnick

Jeffrey Skolnick

Jeffrey Skolnick is a Regents’ Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Systems Biology in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Mary and Maisie Gibson Chair in Computational Systems Biology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Computational Systems Biology. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University. Among his awards are the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Distinguished Scientist Award, the Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the Biophysical Society, and the St. Louis Academy of Science. He has authored over 400 publications, has an h-index of 90, and has served on 16 editorial boards. Dr. Skolnick’s current research interests are in computational biology and bioinformatics. He has developed and applied approaches to proteomes for the prediction of protein structure and function, the prediction of small molecule ligand-protein interactions with applications to drug discovery and the prediction of off-target uses of existing drugs with applications to aging, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer metabolomics, and precision medicine. He has also done substantial research on the possible origins of the biochemistry of life.

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Regents Professor
Biological Sciences
jeffrey.skolnick@biology.gatech.edu

 

Cassidy Sugimoto

Cassidy Sugimoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto is Professor and Tom and Marie Patton School Chair in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research examines the formal and informal ways in which knowledge is produced, disseminated, consumed, and supported, with an emphasis on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sugimoto was a professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington from 2010-2021 and served as the Program Director for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program at the National Science Foundation from 2018-2020. She has received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014), a national service award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (2009), and a Bicentennial Award for service from Indiana University (2020). She holds a bachelor’s in Music Performance, a master’s in Library Science, and a doctoral degree in Information and Library Science all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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School Chair; Professor
Public Policy
sugimoto@gatech.edu

 

John Taylor

Associate Chair
Civil & Environmental Engineering
jet@gatech.edu

 

Kyriakos Vamvoudakis

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
kyriakos@gatech.edu

 

Eric Vogel

Eric Vogel

Eric M. Vogel is currently Hightower Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Executive Director of the Institute for Materials. Prior to joining GT in August 2011, he was Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) where he was also Associate Director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence and led UTD’s portion of the Southwest Academy for Nanoelectronics.

Prior to joining UTD in August of 2006, he was leader of the CMOS and Novel Devices Group and founded the Nanofab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received the Ph. D. degree in 1998 in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and the B. S. degree in 1994 in electrical engineering from Penn State University. Dr. Vogel’s research interests relate to materials and devices for future electronics. He has authored over 220 refereed publications and given over 100 invited presentations.

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Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
eric.vogel@mse.gatech.edu

 

Mitchell L. R. Walker

Mitchell L. R. Walker

Mitchell L. R. Walker is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies at Georgia Tech. His primary research interests include experimental and theoretical studies of advanced plasma propulsion concepts for spacecraft. Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2004. His research activities include Hall thrusters, gridded ion engines, diagnostics for plasma interrogation and thruster characterization, vacuum facility effects, helicon plasma sources, and plasma-material interactions. He has authored 130 journal articles and conference papers in the fields of electric propulsion and plasma physics.

Dr. Walker serves as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Deputy Director for Space Rockets and Advanced Propulsion and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. He is also a consultant to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Walker delivered expert witness testimony to the Space Subcommittee - House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. to help guide national investments in electric propulsion technology. Dr. Walker is a recipient of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, the AIAA Sustained Service Award, and the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award.

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Associate Chair; Professor
Aerospace Engineering
mitchell.walker@ae.gatech.edu

 

Mary Ann Weitnauer

Mary Ann Weitnauer

Mary Ann Weitnauer (Ingram) is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Georgia Tech, where she joined as an assistant professor in 1989. She was a visiting professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, from 2006 to 2008 and at Idaho National Labs in 2010. She held the Georgia Tech ADVANCE Professorship with the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2012. Her current area of focus is sensor-driven, marker-less interactive art. She co-instructs the Electronic ARTrium team, which is part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program. Her past research was in wireless communications. She was an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING from 2009 to 2012.

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Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
mary.ann.weitnauer@ece.gatech.edu

 

Perry Yang

Associate Professor
School of City & Regional Planning
perry.yang@design.gatech.edu

 

Woon-Hong Yeo

Dr. Yeo is a Woodruff Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Human-Centric Interfaces and Engineering (CHCIE) at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the areas of nano-microengineering, soft materials, molecular interactions, and biosystems, with an emphasis on nanomembrane bioelectronics and human-machine interfaces. Dr. Yeo received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Afterward, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Yeo has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including many in top-quality journals, including Nature Materials, Nature Machine Intelligence, Nature Communications, and Science Advances. In addition, Dr. Yeo is an IEEE Senior Member and a recipient of a number of awards, including the NIH Trailblazer Young Investigator Award, IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award, Imlay Innovation Award, Lucy G. Moses Lectureship Award, Sensors Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Innovative Project Award, and Outstanding Yonsei Scholar Award.

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Woodruff Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Director of CHCIE – Center for Human-Centric Interfaces and Engineering (CHCIE)
Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
whyeo@gatech.edu