Dr. Charles Isbell received his bachelor’s in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and his MS and PhD at MIT’s AI Lab. Upon graduation, he worked at AT&T Labs/Research until 2002, when he returned to Georgia Tech to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor. He has served many roles since returning and is now The John P. Imlay Dean of the College of Computing.
Charles’s research interests are varied but the unifying theme of his work has been using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with humans. His work has been featured in the popular press, congressional testimony, and in several technical collections.
In parallel, Charles has also pursued reform in computing education. He was a chief architect of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula. Charles was also a chief architect for Georgia Tech’s first-of-its-kind MOOC-supported MS in Computer Science, now the largest MS in the country.
In all his roles, he has continued to focus on issues of broadening participation in computing, and is the founding Executive Director for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. He is an AAAI Fellow, a Fellow of the ACM, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.