College of Computing Dean Candidate Charles Isbell

Charles Isbell

Professor and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Charles Isbell received his bachelor's in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and his PhD in Computer Science at MIT's AI Lab. In 2002, after four years at AT&T Labs/Research, he returned to Georgia Tech to join the faculty, where he is now a Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Computing.

Charles' research interests are varied, but the unifying theme of his recent work has been in using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with dozens or hundreds of other intelligent agents, some of whom may be human. His work has been featured in the popular press, congressional testimony, and in several technical collections.

Charles also pursues reform in computing education. He was one of the architects of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula, and an architect for OMSCS, Georgia Tech’s first-of-its-kind MOOC-supported MS in Computer Science. Both efforts have received international attention, and have been presented in the academic and popular press, and he has also presented congressional testimony on Georgia Tech's work in online education.

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 and a Fellow of the ACM. Appropriately, his citation for ACM Fellow reads “for contributions to interactive machine learning; and for contributions to increasing access and diversity in computing.”