We provide an archive of GVU technical research documents as a public service to the academic community. Please note that some of the electronic versions may be missing figures which were cut and pasted into the hardcopy reports.

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  • A Strategy for Addressing Ambiguity in Regulatory Requirements 

    Massey, Aaron K.; Rutledge, Richard L.; Antón, Annie I.; Hemmings, Justin D.; Swire, Peter P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015)
    Ambiguities in legal texts can make the difference between regulatory compliance and non-compliance in software systems. Ambiguities are prevalent in laws and regulations. Policy analysts who write laws and regulations ...
  • Defining the Internet of Devices: Privacy and Security Implications 

    Rutledge, Richard L.; Massey, Aaron K.; Antón, Annie I.; Swire, Peter (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-06)
    What observers have called the Internet of Things (IoT) presents privacy and security challenges for contemporary society. The conceptual model of the IoT evolved rapidly from technologies used to track parts in industrial ...
  • Can I Wash It? : The Effect of Washing Conductive Materials Used in Making Textile Based Wearable Electronic Interfaces 

    Zeagler, Clint; Gilliland, Scott; Audy, Stephen; Starner, Thad (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013)
    In this paper we explore the wash -ability of conductive materials commonly use in creating traces and touch sensors in wearable electronic textile systems. We performed a wash test measuring change in resistivity ...
  • Visualization of Exception Handling Constructs to Support Program Understanding 

    Shah, Hina; Görg, Carsten; Harrold, Mary Jean (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This paper presents a new visualization technique for supporting the understanding of exception-handling constructs in Java programs. To understand the requirements for such a visualization, we surveyed a group of software ...
  • Assessing Health Games in Secondary Schools: An Investigation of the American Horsepower Challenge 2009-2010 

    Eiríksdóttir, Elsa; Xu, Yan; Miller, Andrew; Poole, Erika; Catrambone, Richard; Kestranek, Dan; Mynatt, Elizabeth D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-07)
    We present detailed findings from our study of a long-term multi-site physical activity pervasive game for US middle school children: The American Horsepower Challenge. In this technical report, we concentrate on the ...
  • Solution Based Problem Evolution and Problem Inception in Biologically Inspired Design 

    Helms, Michael E. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-08-08)
    Biologically inspired design is one of the most important movements in contemporary engineering design. The paradigm entails the use of biological systems as sources of ideas for the design of technological products. Thus, ...
  • Mediated Analogy: From Practice to Theory to Collaborative Technology 

    Vattam, Swaroop (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Biologically inspired design espouses the adaptation of functions and mechanisms in biological systems to solve engineering problems in innovative ways. Analogy occupies a central place in biologically inspired design ...
  • Thinking in Pictures as a Cognitive Account of Autism 

    Kunda, Maithilee; Goel, Ashok K. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    We analyze the hypothesis that some individuals on the autism spectrum may use visual mental representations and processes to perform certain tasks that typically developing individuals perform verbally. We present a ...
  • Local Exponential Maps: Towards Massively Distributed Multi-robot Mapping 

    Dellaert, Frank; Fathi, Alireza; Cunningham, Alex; Paluri, Balmanohar; Ni, Kai (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    We present a novel paradigm for massively distributed, large-scale multi-robot mapping. Our goal is to explore techniques that can support continuous mapping over an indefinite amount of time. We argue that to scale to ...
  • EasySLAM 

    Fathi, Alireza; Cunningham, Alex; Paluri, Balmanohar; Ni, Kai; Dellaert, Frank (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    EasySLAM is a robust, accurate, efficient and easy-to-use visual SLAM framework which uses the unique properties of planar landmarks to navigate robots in societal settings. Due to the use of landmarks which can be ...
  • Interactive Story Authoring for Knowledge‐Based Support for Investigative Analysis: A Second STAB at Making Sense of VAST Data 

    Goel, Ashok K.; Sinharoy, Avik; Adams, Summer; Dokania, Adity (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    The sensemaking task in investigative analysis generates stories that connect entities and events in an input stream of data. The Stab system represents crime stories as hierarchical scripts with goals and states. It ...
  • Acting Deceptively: Providing Robots with the Capacity for Deception 

    Wagner, Alan R.; Arkin, Ronald C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Deception is utilized by a variety of intelligent systems ranging from insects to human beings. It has been argued that the use of deception is an indicator of theory of mind (Cheney & Seyfarth, 2008) and of social ...
  • Using In-Home Power Lines to Extend the Range of Low-Power Wireless Devices 

    Stuntebeck, Erich P.; Robertson, Thomas; Abowd, Gregory D.; Patel, Shwetak N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This work demonstrates the feasibility of using existing in-home electrical wiring to extend the operational range of certain wireless devices. Specifically, a wireless keyboard operating at 27 MHz, which has an operational ...
  • Recognizing Sign Language from Brain Imaging 

    Mehta, Nishant A.; Starner, Thad; Jackson, Melody Moore; Babalola, Karolyn O.; James, George Andrew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    The problem of classifying complex motor activities from brain imaging is relatively new territory within the fields of neuroscience and brain-computer interfaces. We report positive sign language classification results ...
  • An Ethical Adaptor: Behavioral Modification Derived from Moral Emotions 

    Arkin, Ronald C.; Ulam, Patrick D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This paper presents the motivation, basis and a prototype implementation of an ethical adaptor capable of using a moral affective function, guilt, as a basis for altering a robot’s ongoing behavior. While the research ...
  • CENTRIST: A Visual Descriptor for Scene Categorization 

    Wu, Jianxin; Rehg, James M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-07-23)
    CENTRIST (CENsus TRansform hISTogram), a new visual descriptor for recognizing topological places or scene categories, is introduced in this paper. We show that place and scene recognition, especially for indoor environments, ...
  • Playing Detective: Using AI for Sensemaking in Investigative Analysis 

    Goel, Ashok K.; Adams, Summer; Cutshaw, Neil; Sugandh, Neha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    The sensemaking task in investigative analysis generates models that connect entities and events in an input stream of data. We describe two knowledge systems for aiding sensemaking in investigative analysis. The Spade ...
  • An Ethical Governor for Constraining Lethal Action in an Autonomous System 

    Arkin, Ronald C.; Ulam, Patrick D.; Duncan, Brittany (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    The design, prototype implementation, and demonstration of an ethical governor capable of restricting lethal action of an autonomous system in a manner consistent with the Laws of War and Rules of Engagement is presented.
  • Responsibility and Lethality for Unmanned Systems: Ethical Pre-mission Responsibility Advisement 

    Arkin, Ronald C.; Wagner, Alan R.; Duncan, Brittany (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This paper provides an overview, rationale, design, and prototype implementation of a responsibility advisor for use in autonomous systems capable of lethal target engagement. The ramifications surrounding the potential ...
  • The Use of Different Technologies During a Medical Interview: Effects on Perceived Quality of Care 

    Caldwell, Britt; DeBlasio, Julia M.; Jacko, Julie A.; Kintz, Erin; Lyons, Kent; Mauney, Lisa M.; Starner, Thad; Walker, Bruce N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007-10)
    This two-phase study examines a physician’s use of one of five different types of technology to note a patient’s symptoms during the medical interview. In this between-subjects design, 342 undergraduates viewed one of ...

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