Three tenure awards and promotions for faculty in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing (IC) were announced this week. These appointments will become effective Aug. 15, 2019 after Board of Regents approval.
Devi Parikh received tenure and was elevated to the position of associate professor. Parikh joined IC in 2016 and also currently works as a research scientist at Facebook AI Research (FAIR). She earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Her research focus is in artificial intelligence (AI) at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision, and she has been recently recognized as one of the top women in AI in publications like Vogue and Forbes.
Dhruv Batra, who joined IC in 2016, received tenure and an elevation to associate professor. His machine learning and computer vision research has been featured in the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and other media outlets. Batra earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 2010 and is also a FAIR research scientist.
Karen Liu, who already has tenure, was promoted to the position of full professor. Liu received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2005. Her research focus is in computer graphics and robotics, including physics-based animation, character animation, optimal control, reinforcement learning, and computational biomechanics. Along with her students, she founded the physics simulator DART, which won the Grand Prize of Open Source Software World Challenge in 2016. Additional research has been featured in places like NBC News, among others.
“Each of these faculty members has done tremendous work in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing,” IC Chair Ayanna Howard said. “They are recognized not only for their incredible research but also for their teaching and leadership service in the community. This is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work hard work and accomplishments.”