The GVU Center Presents:

2012 Foley Scholars





The 2012-2013 Foley Scholars, Andrew Miller and Jill Fantauzzacoffin (center), were honored at an Oct. 24 dinner during the GVU Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration. They were presented with a $5,000 scholarship and recognized for their distinguished research contributions in human-centered computing and digital media, respectively. (Pictured left to right: GVU Center Director Keith Edwards, Andrew Miller, Jill Fantauzzacoffin, and GVU founder Dr. Jim Foley.)


Jill Fantauzzacoffin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media and Communication, and Andrew Miller is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Centered Computing program in the School of Interactive Computing. Congratulations to this year’s Foley Scholars and to the finalists for this prestigious honor.


The winners and finalists were selected by an advisory board comprised of GVU alumni, current faculty, and industry partners.



The Foley Scholars Endowment supports two scholarships annually for graduate students engaged in research that shows personal vision, brilliance and potential impact on human centered computing. Through the generous support of alumni, faculty and friends of GVU, the endowment - named in honor of GVU founder Dr. Jim Foley - has awarded eight $5,000 graduate fellowships since 2007. This year celebrates the Foley Scholars’ 5th anniversary.


Jill Fantauzzacoffin: Integrating Art and Engineering for Innovation and Education

Jill Fantauzzacoffin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Digital Media program, advised by Jay Bolter. Jill's artwork installations incorporate high technology and interactivity, and often produce novel interactive technologies. Her current artwork-in-progress has spun off a series of haptic (touch-based) technologies which have led to a patent application filing through Georgia Tech and a Georgia Research Alliance commercialization grant. These flexible, high-resolution haptic technologies hold promise in the cell-phone and videogame controller industries as well as in therapeutic textiles addressing SIDS and PTSD. Jill has also initiated and carried out NSF research comparing the creative practices of artists and engineers. She incorporated the study results into an NSF-funded, experimental, project-based course in integrated art and engineering for undergraduate students at Georgia Tech which she taught last Spring. The course focused on training students to work along the spectrum of art and engineering and thus build the ability to live creative lives in the creative innovation economy. From 2005 - 2006 Jill was a visiting research fellow at the Institut für Elektronik at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. In 2010, Jill was awarded top graduate student instructor university-wide by CETL. She was a Presidential Scholar in Digital Media, as well as co-founded and co-chairs the Digital Media community at CHI. Jill is currently working as a graduate research assistant in the Office of the Provost on special projects in engineering education.


Hyungsin Kim: Computer-Assisted Screening Tool for Dementia

Hyungsin Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Centered Computing program advised by Dr. Ellen Yi-Luen Do. She is interested in how we can leverage the potentials of computing technologies to address important social issues such as health and well-being, learning, and computer accessibility. For her dissertation work, she is investigating how technologies can advance our understanding of detecting and monitoring cognitive impairment due to dementia by developing the ClockMe System, a computerized sketch-based screening tool. She received a B.A. in Educational Technology from Ewha Women’s University, and an M.A. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.


Jenay Beer: Robot Design for Older Adults Enables Independence

Jenay Beer is a 6th-year Ph.D. student in Engineering Psychology at Georgia Tech. She is a member of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory, co-directed by Wendy A. Rogers and Arthur D. Fisk. Her research intersects the fields of Human Robot Interaction (HRI) and Psychology. Specifically, she studies home-based robots designed to assist older adults to maintain their independence and age in place. She has studied a variety of robotic systems and topics such as emotion expression of agents, user acceptance of robots, and the role of robot autonomy in HRI. Jenay received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton, Ohio and an M.S. in Engineering Psychology from Georgia Tech.


Andrew Miller: Social Tools for Everyday Adolescent Health

Andrew is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing program, advised by Professor Elizabeth Mynatt. His research explores how social computing technologies can affect everyday health behaviors, with a focus on understanding the interplay between people's social sense of self and their identities as healthy and active individuals. For his dissertation work, he is working with middle school students to design and deploy StepStream, a pedometer-based social fitness website. Through his research, Andrew hopes to gain insight into the ways computing technologies can mediate and influence behavior change with respect to everyday health and wellness. Andrew holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Occidental College, An MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, and worked as a User Experience Designer for two years.


For more information go to:

Foley Scholars Endowment

Foley Scholar Andrew Miller: Personal Health System Uses Social Interaction, Gaming to Integrate into Adolescents’ Lives