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

Executive Director - Partnership for Inclusive Innovation; Managing Director - Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Debra Lam is the Founding Executive Director for Partnership for Inclusive Innovation and Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech. She 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 and sponsored and supported by a team of community organizations and industries. Mr. McCormick is a Senior Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute and holds an MBA, Master's, and Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Stephanie Broxton

Stephanie Broxton

Community Reserach Manager
Stephanie Broxton is the Community Research Manager within the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation. Within this role, she is responsible for advancing community research through meaningful engagement while utilizing the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge as a vehicle to improve the human condition. Prior to this, she served as Project Manager for two major Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce grants within the School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University. She has a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College, and an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in Health Education and Promotion from Georgia Southern University. A Georgia native, she is passionate about all aspects of public administration and is grateful to continue to serve communities across the state of Georgia.

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
Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy

Associate Chair, Global Engineering Leadership & Entrepreneurship; Professor
College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Smart Infrastructure and Community Development, Built Environmental and Community Asset Management, Engineering Leadership Education
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
Clio Andris

Clio Andris

Assistant Professor
College of Design
City and Regional Planning and Interactive Computing
Areas of Expertise:
Geographic Information Science, Social Networks, GeoVisualization
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
Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Managing Director, Supply Chain and Logistics Institute
College of Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Global Supply Chains, Logistics, Collaborative Research, Strategic Planning, Executive Education Programs
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