People

Smart cities research at Georgia Tech touches on everything from computing and engineering to the social sciences. We're bringing together faculty and staff from multiple disciplines across campus to make a greater impact on our communities.

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, and has a mandate to drive smart communities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus.
Kristi Kirkland

Kristi Kirkland

Research Associate II
Kristi Kirkland has been with Georgia Tech for more than 15 years, joining the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Initiative (SCI2) in 2017. In collaboration with SCI2 faculty, staff, and students, Kristi provides administrative program management support for all SCI2’s programs, activities, and events. Before joining SCI2, Kristi provided research support for the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech which conducted research on various issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with fundamental transformation in enterprises.
Kristi received a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University.
Greg McCormick

Greg McCormick

Director, Georgia Smart Communities Challenge
Greg McCormick is the Director of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a smart communities grant challenge for the state of Georgia, championed by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology and sponsored and supported by a team of community organizations and industries. Mr. McCormick is a Senior Research Engineer at GTRI and holds an MBA, Master's, and Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Fariba Hollister

Fariba Hollister

Program & Operations Manager Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Fariba Hollister is the program & operations manager for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 20 years of experience in Product Development, Software Engineering, Supplier Quality and Project Management in Transportation Industry working for Ford, Visteon, Alcoa and Fiat/Chrysler. Before joining Georgia Tech she worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Michigan as a project manager for the Powertrain Application Department where she applied her experience in software/system engineering, supplier quality and project management to manage Powertrain Calibration planning for multiple production vehicle programs. She worked cross-functionally with multiple teams from product development, regulatory affairs, and sales/marketing to successfully launch Dart, Fiat 500 X, Renegade, Abarth, and Hybrid Pacifica models. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University.
Alex Samoylov, Ph. D.

Alex Samoylov

Director of Autonomous & Connected Roads (ACR)
Dr. Alex Samoylov is a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Dr. Samoylov's research areas include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Modeling, and Transportation Safety and Emissions. He is currently researching improved modeling for transportation systems and traffic analysis.

Smart Cities Faculty Council

Gregory Abowd

Gregory Abowd

Regents’ Professor and J.Z. Liang Chair 
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Software Engineering
David Anderson

David Anderson

Professor
College of Engineering
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Audio and Psycho-Acoustics, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
Annie Anton

Annie Anton

Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Data Security, Privacy Policy
Ronald Arkin

Ronald Arkin

Associate Dean for Research/Space Planning
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Mobile Robots and Unmanned Vehicles, Multi-Agent Robotics, Machine Learning
Rosa Arriaga

Rosa Arriaga

Senior Research Scientist
College of Computing
Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Developmental Psychology, Chronic Care Management
Omar Issac Asensio

Omar Isaac Asensio

Assistant Professor
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy
Areas of Expertise:
Big Data And Public Policy, Energy And Environmental Economics, Energy Efficiency And Conservation, Environmental Policy And Management, Information Policies, Transportation And Mobility
Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Construction Engineering and Analytics, Sustainability, Economic Modeling, Alternative Contracting, P3
Turgay Ayer

Turgay Ayer

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Socially Responsible Operations, Practice-focused Research, Healthcare Analytics
Paul Baker

Paul Baker

Principal Research Scientist and Senior Director of Research
Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), School of Industrial Design
Areas of Expertise:
Information Technology, Public Policy
Tucker Balch

Tucker Balch

Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Multi Agent Social Behavior
Michael Balchanos

Michael Balchanos

Research Engineer II-Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory
College of Engineering
Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Dynamic Systems Modeling, Simulation Methods, SoS-level Integration Techniques
Dhruv Batra

Dhruv Batra

Associate Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence
Michael Best

Michael Best

Associate Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
ICTD, Computing and Society, Computing and International Affairs
Doug Blough

Doug Blough

Professor
College of Computing
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Telecommunications, Computer Systems and Software
Doug Bodner

Doug Bodner

Senior Research Engineer
College of Engineering
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Computational Analysis and Decision Support for Design, Operation and Transformation of Systems and Enterprises
Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost

Professor
College of Computing, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Areas of Expertise:
Games, History of Computing, Technology and Society
Byron Boots

Byron Boots

Assistant Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics
Mark Braunstein

Mark Braunstein

Professor of the Practice
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Health Informatics, Electronic Management of Patient Records, Health Information Exchange
Erica Briscoe

Erica Briscoe

Senior Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Areas of Expertise:
Computational Social Science, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology (Categorization, Learning, Visual Perception), Social Network Analysis, Social Network Media Analytics, Behavioral Modeling, Terrorism, Anomaly Detection
Marilyn A. Brown

Marilyn Brown

Regents' Professor
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy
Areas of Expertise:
Sustainable Energy Technologies
Carrie Bruce

Carrie Bruce

Research Scientist
College of Computing
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA)
Areas of Expertise:
Healthcare, Rehabilitation, HCI, Accessibility, Universal Design
Amy Bruckman

Amy Bruckman

Professor
College of Computing
School of Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Online Communities, Educational Technology, Social Computing
Lindsey Bullinger

Lindsey Bulliger

Assistant Professor
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy
Areas of Expertise:
Applied Microeconomics, Inequality and Poverty, Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
Christopher Burke

Christopher Burke

Director, Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
Gov't and Community Relations
Areas of Expertise:
Community Relations
Richard Catrambone

Richard Catrambone

Professor
College of Computing
School of Psychology
Areas of Expertise:
Instructional Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Technology, Multi-Media Learning Environments, Training, Problem Solving

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