Thad Starner   

Professor | Contextual Computing Group | College of Computing | Georgia Institute of Technology
Interfaces for Augmenting
Face-to-Face Conversation >>
  • Mobile Text Entry
  • Dual-Purpose Speech
  • Augmenting Conversation between
    the Deaf and Hearing Communities

  • Gesture Recognition &
    Activity Discovery >>
  • Sign Language
  • Activity
  • Gesture

  • Previous Work >>
  • Face & Handwriting Recognition
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
  • Power & Heat
  • Agents & Ubiquitous Computing
  • Miscellaneous

  • Curriculum Vitae

    The most accurate way to see what I'm doing is to look at my recent publications on [Google Scholar] or [my academic CV], last updated August, 2018.

    For grant proposals, I have a [2 page biosketch in NSF format] updated November 2015.


    Non-technical version:

    Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer. In 1990, Starner coined the term "augmented reality" to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned for the future, and he has been using a head worn display as part of his daily life since 1993. Thad is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google's Glass, which was named a "50 Most Influential Gadget of All Time" by Time Magazine. Thad has produced over 500 papers and presentations, and he is an inventor on over 80 awarded United States utility patents. Starner has presented his work at the World Economic Forum, UNESCO, the National Academy of Sciences, and Google I/O. Thad's research has been covered by CBS's 60 Minutes and 48 Hours; ABC's Nightline; PBS's News Hour; NPR's RadioLab, Invisibilia, KQED Forum, and Diane Reim Show; Fox News; CNN Headline News; the BBC; Scientific American; National Geographic; The New York Times; New Scientist; and The Wall Street Journal. He is always looking for a good game of table tennis.

    Technical version:

    Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer, having worn a computer with a head-up display in his daily life since 1993. Dr. Starner is a Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech and a Technical Lead on Google Glass. Besides Glass, Thad's projects include a wireless glove that teaches how to play piano melodies without active attention by the wearer; a glove that helps stroke patients recover tone, sensation, and dexterity in their hands; a game for deaf children using computer vision-based sign language recognition that helps them acquire language skills; underwater wearable computers for two-way communication experiments with wild dolphins; wearable computers for working dogs to facilitate communication with their handlers; brain computer interfaces that recover phrase-level sign language from the motor cortex; and systems for recognizing English speech without vocalization. Dr. Starner is a founder of the annual ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, now in its 22nd year. Thad has produced over 500 papers and presentations with over 300 co-authors and has over 80 issued United States utility patents. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2017 and was a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT Prize for inventorship and the White House's Champions of Change for his work on Deaf education.

    "Time makes more converts than reason" - Thomas Paine