|James T. Rowan Jr.
Everyday Computing Lab & GVU Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280
Ph.D. candidate. Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing, Atlanta, Georgia. (graduation expected August, 2005).
Thesis: Digital Family Portraits, Support for Aging in Place. Interdisciplinary HCI course of study. Took a minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Human-Machine Systems.
Masters Certificate in Cognitive Science. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2001. Jointly awarded by the College of Computing, the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences, the Ivan Allen College and the College of Architecture.
M.S. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, August, 1978.
Thesis: Microprocessor Controlled SCUBA Dive Decompression Meter.
Major: Industrial Engineering, Minor: Electrical Engineering.
B.I.E. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, December, 1974.
Industrial Engineering with computer specialization.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
 Instructor, CS4750, Human-Computer Interface Design and Evaluation (two sections, 70 students). This is the core course to HCI. Concepts of human factors, interface design, research methodology and evaluation techniques are covered. Students work in design groups on real world projects, propose a research strategy for the design and through a process of data collection, two open-to-the-public poster sessions and design iteration arrive at a final design for which they propose a final research strategy. Cross-listed with PSYC4750.
 Supervised Julie Hoffman, an HCI MS Industrial Design student for 2 semesters in her Master’s Design project, a grandparent/grandchild communication device, called Dude’s Magic Box.
 Supervised Dan Frazier, a Senior HCI student for 2 semesters in the design of software for a grandparent/grandchild communication device called Dude’s Magic Box.
 Supervised Webb McDonald, a Senior HCI student for two semesters in the design of interaction techniques, animated characters and animated behaviors a grandparent/grandchild communication device called Dude’s Magic Box.
 Supervised Nimish Gautam, a Senior CS student for one semester in the design of interaction techniques for a grandparent/grandchild communication device called LapDesk.
 Supervised Rob Teixeira, a Senior CS student for one semester in the interaction design and production of code for a device to support the collection of ethnographic field notes.
 Teaching Assistant to Mark Guzdial, cs2390, Object-Oriented Programming, Modeling and Design.
Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia.
Teaching at a small liberal arts college requires that you cover a wide range of topics. At Piedmont I covered Intro to Computing to all incoming Freshmen, Object Oriented Programming using Java 1 &2, directed Senior Projects as well as teaching Intro to Algebra.
[1994-1996] Assistant Professor, Department chair (acting), Computer Science, School of Business.
[1992-1994] Assistant Professor, Computer Science, School of Business.
[1990-1992] Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, School of Business.
[1978-1984] At Southern Bell headquarters in Atlanta I provided technical support for AT&T data communication equipment. I was then hired as one of the first 100 employees in the newly deregulated AT&T and moved to New York City. There I was the technical support person in a two person sales team for AT&T’s early venture into packet switching called NET1000. Among my clients were Merrill Lynch and The Wall Street Journal.
[1977-1978] Programmer Analyst designed and implemented the Doctor-In-Hospital availability system. Lee County Memorial Hospital, Opelika, Alabama.
[1976-1977] Graduate Research Assistant charged with the design and implementation of a pharmacy student tracking system. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
[1974-1976] Programmer Analyst responsible for the design and implementation of a computer-based ocean freight calculation system. Tennessee Eastman Corporation, Kingsport, Tennessee.
[Summer 1973] Programmer Analyst Intern working with Ph.D. mathematicians developing computer-based software that would recognize and then count peach trees captured on film from orbit by the Landsat satellite. Computer Science Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama.
Demonstration of Digital Family Portrait to Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Governor of Idaho and Chairman of the National Governors Association and Sonny Perdue, Governor of Georgia, both serving on the National Task Force, A Lifetime of Health and Dignity, Atlanta, Georgia, November, 7, 2003.
Demonstration of Digital Family Portrait, Center for Aging Services Technology, Technology Demonstration, Capital Hill, Washington D.C., March 2003.
Presentation of Dude’s Magic Box, Alan Kay’s Apple Hill Learning Lab, 2002 and 2003.
Demonstration of Digital Family Portrait ,ACM1: Beyond Cyberspace Conference. “As We May Live”, AwareHome Research Exhibit, 2001.
Jim Rowan, Elizabeth D. Mynatt. “Digital Family Portrait Field Trial: Support for Aging in Place”. Proceedings of the 2005 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2005). April 2005.
Jim Rowan, Elizabeth D. Mynatt. “A Field Trial of Digital Family Portraits: Peace of Mind for Adult Children and their Aging Parents” invited paper, UAHCI 2005: 3rd International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. (In press) July 2005.
Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Jim Rowan, Quan Tran, Gregory Abowd, Wendy Rogers and Itiro Siio. “ Designing Home Appliances for Older Adults”. In Cognitive Studies, a Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society, Vol. 10, No. 3, September 2003.
Jim Rowan, “Dude’s Magic Box, Supporting social Communication Between Grandparents and Their Distant Grandchildren”. Presentation made to Alan Kay at the annual Apple Hill Learning Lab, 2003.
Itiro Siio, Jim Rowan, Noyuri Mima and Elizabeth Mynatt. "Digital Décor: Augmented Everyday Things". Submitted to UBICOMP 2002.
Itiro Siio, Jim Rowan and Elizabeth Mynatt. "Peek-A-Drawer: Communication by Furniture". Interactive poster, The 2002 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2002).
Elizabeth Mynatt and Jim Rowan. "New Technologies for Families". Workshop position paper, The 2002 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2002).
Jim Rowan and Elizabeth Mynatt. "Technological Support for Successful Aging in Place". Human-Computer Interaction Consortium
(HCIC 2002 ). Snow Mountain Ranch, CO. 2 February 2002.
Mynatt, E.D., Rowan, J., Craighill, S. and Jacobs, A., "Digital Family Portraits: Providing Peace of Mind for Extended Family Members," Proceedings of the 2001 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2001). April, 2001. 333-34
Elizabeth D. Mynatt and Jim Rowan. "Cross-Generational Communication via Digital Picture Frames". Home Informatics and Telematics: Information, Technology and Society, IFIP TC9 WG9.3 International Conference on Home Oriented Informatics and Telematics (HOIT 2000), June 28-30, 2000, Wolverhampton, UK.
Jennifer Mankoff, Jim Rowan, Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Mark McJunkin and Scott Hudson. "Ten Inch Pixels: Ambient Art for Remote Awareness". Submitted as short paper to Proceedings of the 2000 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2000).
Jason B. Ellis, Sandra Kogan and Jim Rowan. “Senior CHI – the CHI 99 development consortium”, ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, Volume 31, Issue 4, October, 1999.
ABC News Good Morning America, “Joining the Jetsons,” by Science Editor Michael Guillen, May 11, 2000
ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings “Enveloped in Technology,” March 11, 2001
Learning Channel, “Cabin Fever,” March 12, 2001
NBC Today Show with Katie Couric, Forever Young Series- "Help for Independent Living", 3/19/2002.
ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, “Enveloped in Technology”, covering ACM01, 3/11/2001.
Wall Street Journal,”Inside the Home of the Future: Houses that make your coffee, lock your doors and even measure your health are closer than you think,” by Kelly Greene, February 23, 2004.
Business Week, “Computing That Only Looks Like Child’s Play,” by Faith Arner, November 3, 2003.
New York Times - Circuits Section, “A ‘Smart’ Home, to Avoid the Nursing Home,” by Anne Eisenberg, April 5, 2001
Scientific American, "As we may live", by W. Wayt Gibbs, 11/20/2000
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Tech Section, "A digital home sweet home", by Ernest Holsendolph, 5/10/2000
Research Horizons, The Research Magazine of Georgia Institute of Technology, "Sensing the Subtleties of Everyday Life", by Jane Sanders, Winter 2000
NPR Morning Edition, “Computerized Homes - Techno-houses being designed to allow elderly continued living at home,” by Joshua Levs, August 15, 2001
'Smart House' Keeps Tabs on Far-off Family
written by Maria Godoy, TechTV News, Friday, June 01, 2001,
“New Research Aimed at Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer”, SeniorJournal.com, April 28, 2000, http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Features/12-19-1AwareHome2.htm
“Aging in Place with Technology: Study Reveals Older Adults will Sacrifice Some Privacy to Remain in their Homes Longer”, by T.J. Becker, Georgia Tech Research News, 5/6/04, http://www.gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/privacy.htm
“Older Adults will Accept Monitoring Technology to Live in their Homes Longer” ,Global Action on Aging,
“Helping Cooks Unsalt Their Game” by Mark Baard, Wired News, http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,55109,00.html
“Home sweet Aware Home” , by Kimberly Rieck, Technique,
“No Place Like Home”, by Jane M. Sanders, Research Horizons,
“Looking in on the Folks”, Prism Online, American Society for Engineering Education, 2001, http://www.prism-magazine.org/mar01/briefings2.cfm
“Monitoring Our Elderly”, Design News , June 28, 2004, http://www.designnews.com/article/CA426247.html
“The Role of Technology for an Aging Population”, Submitted to the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, by Gregory Abowd, May 20, 2003, http://aging.senate.gov/_files/hr101ga.pdf
“Independence, Except From Gadgets”, by Jean Lawrence, WashingtonPost.com, Tuesday, December 18, 2001.
“Tech innovations help parents remain home”, Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins ,May 17, 2004, http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0504/nextstep051704.asp
“Loving look”, Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition by Ian Sample, 28 February 2001 http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn473
“Grow old with grace high-tech inventions” , Beacon Journal, by Katherine Spitz, Beacon Journal medical writer , Sun, Nov. 09, 2003, http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/health/7219850.htm?1c
Elizabeth D. Mynatt, ECL, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-02280.
Gregory Abowd, GVU Center, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280.
Mark Guzdial, GVU Center, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280.
Wendy Rogers, Human Factors and Aging Lab, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 30332-0280.
Aaron Bobick, GVU Center, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0280.