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Thomas Ploetz

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  • Assoc. Professor of Computing
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
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Research interests

ubiquitous / pervasive computingactivity recognitionstatistical pattern recognitionmachine learningassistive technologieshealth informaticscomputational behavior analysis

About

I am an Associate Professor of Computing with specific focus on "Computational Behaviour Analysis". I am building computational (that is statistical) models that describe and shall help assessing human behaviour. The basis for this is the analysis of behavioural data that are captured in a pretty opportunistic way utilising a variety of sensing modalities, most notably pervasive / ubiquitous sensors (e.g., accelerometers, RFID, environmental sensors), cameras, or microphones. The modelling itself is agnostic in terms of the actual choice of sensing modalities as long as the relevant information for behaviour analysis is captured. Behaviour data are sequential by definition. Consequently, related modelling techniques are focussed on sequential models (for example of Markovian type). I am especially interested in quantitative assessments of human behaviour, which is of value for, e.g., skill assessment. My day-to-day work can probably best be summarised as applied machine learning for activity recognition. The central theme of my research is to develop techniques and systems that actually have an impact on people's life. Therefore, my research is almost always connected to some practical application (in contrast to purely theoretical work) and I am keen on deploying systems I develop in the "wild", i.e., in real-world settings. The most prominent domain for this kind of work is health where I am working on computational assessments of behavioural phenotypes of, for example, Parkinson's, Dementia, or Autism.

Co-authors (88)

Publications (122)

Designing future ubiquitous homes with OUI Interiors: Possibilities and challenges

  • Nabil S
  • Kirk D
  • Ploetz T
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (2017)
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Fingorbits: Interaction with wearables using synchronized thumb movements

  • Zhang C
  • Wang X
  • Waghmare A
Proceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC (2017)
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Interioractive : Smart Materials in the Hands of Designers and Architects for Designing Interactive Interiors

  • Nabil S
  • Kirk D
  • Plötz T
Proc. ACM Conf on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) (2017)
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Prototyping Ubiquitous Imaging Surfaces

  • Montague K
  • Jackson D
  • Brühwiler T
Proc. ACM Conf on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) (2017)
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Prototyping Ubiquitous Imaging Surfaces

  • Montague K
  • Jackson D
  • Brühwiler T
Proc. ACM Conf on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) (2017)
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Professional experience

Assoc. Professor of Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology

February 2017 - Present

Reader

Newcastle University - University of Newcastle

August 2016 - January 2017(5 months)

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle University - University of Newcastle

February 2014 - July 2016(2 years)

Lecturer

Newcastle University - University of Newcastle

February 2012 - February 2014(2 years)

visiting researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

February 2011 - February 2012(a year)

Research Associate

School of Computing Science, Newcastle University

November 2009 - February 2011(a year)

Senior Researcher

Robotics Research Institute, TU Dortmund University

May 2006 - January 2011(5 years)

consultant, software developer

Thomas Ploetz EDV

June 1996 - December 2008(13 years)

Postdoc

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

June 2005 - April 2006(10 months)

Researcher

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

October 2001 - June 2005(4 years)

software developer

atg test systems GmbH

January 1994 - September 1998(5 years)

Education history

PhD (Dr.-Ing.)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

October 2001 - June 2005(4 years)

Dipl.-Inform.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

September 1998 - September 2001(3 years)