April 24, 2019 - 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
4-201 Center for Science and Technology
In this talk, Juan E. Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida, will discuss his journey from undergrad into an endowed chair. He will also demonstrate some of his lab projects, including the world’s most accessible voting system, brain-drone racing, and more. Gilbert’s efforts to diversify computing have been acknowledged by leading organizations, including the White House. He will describe what he has done to change the face of computing research.
Gilbert leads the Human Experience Research Lab at the University of Florida. He has research projects in advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, brain-computer interfaces, artificial intelligence/machine learning and ethnocomputing (culturally relevant computing). He has published more than 180 articles, given more than 250 talks and obtained more than $27 million dollars in research funding.
Gilbert is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2012, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. Gilbert received the 2018 Computer Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award. He was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology. He was also named a 2015-2106 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Speech Technology Luminary by Speech Technology Magazine and a national role model by Minority Access Inc. Gilbert is also a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was named a Master of Innovation by Black Enterprise Magazine, a Modern-Day Technology Leader by the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference, the Pioneer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers and he received the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. In 2002, Gilbert was named one of the nation’s top African-American Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2013, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association at Auburn University named their Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of Gilbert. He testified before the Congress on the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act of 2008 for his innovative work in electronic voting. In 2006, Gilbert was honored with a mural painting in New York City by City Year New York, a non-profit organization that unites a diverse group of 17- to 24-year-old young people for a year of full-time, rigorous community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.
A Scholar’s Manifesto is presented by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the ECS Office of Inclusive Excellence with support from Syracuse University Trustee David G. Edelstein ’78.