Equity in Computing

Charles Isbell, Georgia Tech and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Charles Isbell, Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Georgia Tech

Dr. Charles Isbell received his bachelor's in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He earned his SM and PhD at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab and eventually joined AT&T Labs/Research. In 2002, he returned to Georgia Tech, where he is now Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Computing. The unifying theme of Charles' research interests has been using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with humans. His work has been featured in the popular press, congressional testimony, and in several technical collections. Charles has also pursued reform in computing education. He was a chief architect of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula. Charles was also an architect for Georgia Tech’s first-of-its-kind MOOC-supported MS in Computer Science. Both efforts have received international attention and been presented in the academic and popular press. In all his roles, he has continued to focus on issues of broadening participation in computing. He is the founding Executive Director for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. He is a AAAI Fellow and a Fellow of the ACM. Appropriately, his citation for ACM Fellow reads “for contributions to interactive machine learning; and for contributions to increasing access and diversity in computing”.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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