Elizabeth Mynatt likes to look at everyday things in new and different ways, whether it’s a new computer interface or a new way of thinking about healthcare. That’s why she named her lab the Everyday Computing Lab. It’s where she designs computer interfaces that are easy to use and that tap into the potential of people going about their everyday lives.
Named Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman Magazine in 2005, Mynatt has created new technologies that support the independence and quality of life of older adults “aging in place,” that help people manage diabetes and that increase creative collaboration in workplaces.
Mynatt is associate dean and professor in the College of Computing and director of the GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The GVU Center hosts over 60 faculty drawn from computer science, psychology, liberal arts, new media design, history of science and technology, engineering, architecture, management and music.
Mynatt is a member of the SIGCHI Academy, principal leaders in the field of HCI, whose efforts have shaped the discipline and industry, and have led the research and innovation in human-computer interaction. Mynatt is also a member of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges.
Mynatt earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.