Panelists - OA week 2010

Evans Harrell

Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean College of Sciences, Georgia Tech (facilitator)

Evans Harrell is a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. He studied at Stanford and Princeton, where he wrote a dissertation with Barry Simon. Before coming to Georgia Tech from Johns Hopkins in the 1980s he had a series of postdocs and teaching positions in the US and Europe, and he has held several visiting positions in France since then. While at Georgia Tech he has received a Sloan Fellowship and an Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before his appointment as Associate Dean of Sciences in late 2005, he managed the graduate programs of the School of Mathematics.

Harrell works on the Schrödinger equation, which describes nonrelativistic matter on the atomic scale, and on similar differential equations. His research has focused primarily on semiclassical quantum mechanics and on the effects of geometry on the eigenvalues of differential equations. He has advised eight PhD dissertations and two MS theses, and has written numerous articles with at least thirty-five coauthors.

Joseph Beck

Partner in the Atlanta law office of Kilpatrick Stockton

Based on a survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies, Mr. Beck is one of only 29 attorneys in the entire country to be selected for the second year in a row by corporate counsel as providing "Outstanding Client Service." Although he has handled government contract, product liability and antitrust (civil and criminal) litigation in the course of his career, he currently focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly copyright and on consumer product, FDA and NHTSA recalls.

Mr. Beck has served as lead counsel in some of the most important copyright cases in the U.S. Several of his reported cases are now included in standard law school case books. As a result, Mr. Beck has been asked to discuss his cases at law schools including Harvard, Stanford, The University of Texas, Duke and other institutions and in countries ranging from Russia to India. In addition to litigation in courts throughout the country, Mr. Beck has served as mediator in a number of copyright infringement disputes involving works ranging from motion pictures to architecture, and was named a "Power Mediator" by The Hollywood Reporter.

TyAnna Herrington

JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Literature Communication and Culture, Georgia Tech


TyAnna K. Herrington, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in LCC and specializes in intellectual property law and in technical communication. Her books are in law: Intellectual Property on Campus: Students' Rights and Responsibilities; Controlling Voices: Intellectual Property, Humanistic Studies and the Internet; and A Legal Primer for Technical Communicators. Her articles treat issues in law as well as those in international communication and digital learning. Herrington's 1999 Fulbright allowed her to develop the Global Classroom Project, for which she was awarded the Outstanding Innovative Use of Technology Award and an IREX Starr Collaborative Grant. She has served as a senior Specialist on Fulbright's Senior Scholar Advisory Panel and on Fulbright's CIES Peer Review Committee. She serves on the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing's Executive Committee as its Information Officer, is an Executive Advisory Board Member for the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication's journal, Programmatic Perspectives, and is an Editorial Board member of Kairios online journal. She serves on the National Council of Teachers of English Intellectual Property Committee, and was a member of its National Standing Committee on Technical and Scientific Communication. She is also a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Intellectual Property Task Force and co-chaired its Intellectual Property Caucus from 1999-2001. Herrington served the state of Georgia as a member of the State Board of Regents Copyright Committee. She has delivered keynote, featured, and plenary addresses in international and national venues, including the NINCH Copyright Town Hall, Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. 

Steve Harvey

Nelson D. and Bennie H. Abell Chair of Computational Structural Biology and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, School of Biology, Georgia Tech

Trained in experimental, theoretical and computational biology, Dr. Harvey was a pioneer in the development and application of computer-based approaches to the investigation of structure-function in biological macromolecules, especially viruses, lipoproteins, and protein-nucleic acid complexes. He and J. Andrew McCammon co-authored “Dynamics of Proteins and Nucleic Acids”, the first monograph in the field; the book has been in print for 23 years. He was also co-editor, with Robert D. Wells, of the book “Unusual DNA Structures.” He has published over 150 scientific papers and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and NASA, for more than thirty years.

Dr. Harvey is past president of the Biophysical Society, an international professional society with more than 7000 members. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was the Becton-Dickenson Lecturer at Duke University. Before coming to Georgia Tech in 2003, he was on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, serving as Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry there in the early 1990’s.

Among his major accomplishments, Dr. Harvey designed and patented the first catalytic DNA molecule (in collaboration with Robert Cedergren), and he was co-developer of the standard model for high-density lipoprotein particles (with Jere Segrest); that design serves as the basis for protein-lipid nanodisks.


Aaron Bobick

Chair and Professor, School of Interactive Computing, of the College of Computing

Aaron Bobick is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He has B.Sc. degrees from MIT in Mathematics (1981) and Computer Science (1981) and a Ph.D. from MIT in Cognitive Science (1987). He is a pioneer in the area of action recognition by computer vision, having authored over 80 papers in this area alone. He joined the MIT Media Laboratory faculty in 1992 where he led the Media Lab DARPA Video Surveillance and Monitoring  project as well as the Dynamic Scene Analysis program.   In 1999 Prof. Bobick joined the College of Computing faculty at Georgia Tech where he became the Director of the GVU Center, an internationally known research center in computer vision, graphics, ubiquitous computing, and HCI.  As Director he greatly expanded the scope of GVU both in the direction of human expression – such as music technology or narrative – and in computers interacting with the outside world both through sensing and robotics.    The Computing faculty of that center eventually established School of Interactive Computing  and Prof. Bobick serves as the founding Chair.  Under his leadership the School has developed several novel computing degrees including BS in Computational Media (with LCC) as well as PhD programs in Robotics and in Human Centered Computing.  

Prof. Bobick's research spans a variety of aspects of computer vision.   Much of his earlier work focused action recognition, where the imagery is of a dynamic scene and the goal is to describe the action or behavior.  Examples include the basic recognition of human movements, natural gesture understanding, and the classification of football plays.   More recently Prof. Bobick’s research concerns understanding human activity from the perspective of an autonomous robot.   Prof. Bobick has served as a senior area chair for most international computer vision conferences and was Program Chair of IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.   He has also served on the advisory board or boards of directors of a variety of surveillance-focused computer vision and medical imaging technology companies.