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Full name: 
James D Foley
Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
; Stephen Fleming Chair in Telecommunications; GRA Eminent Scholar
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Jim Foley grew up in Pennsylvania and earned his BSEE from Lehigh University in 1964. Following this, he entered graduate school at Michigan, earning the MSEE in 1965, and his Ph.D. in 1969.

He was most recently CEO of Yamacraw, Georgia's economic development initiative. Previously, he was CEO and Chairman of Mitsubishi Electric Information Technology Center America, where he was responsible for Mitsubishi's corporate R&D in North America. Earlier, he was Director of MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory. From 1991 to 1996 he was founding director of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center in the College of Computing. Under his leadership, the Center was ranked #1 by US News and World Report.

Dr. Foley previously served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina and then the George Washington University, where he became Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science before coming to Georgia Tech.

Research interests: 
  • Computer graphics
  • Information visualization
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Management of R&D
  • Fellow of IEEE and ACM
  • Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, presented by ACM Special Interest Group for Graphics
  • CHI Academy (inaugural inductee), by ACM Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction
  • Chairman, Computer Research Association
  • Editor-in-chief, ACM Transactions on Graphics (1991 - 1995)

J. Brazzle, A.B. Frazier, I. Papautsky, H. Swerdlow: "A Low Temperature, IC Compatible Process for Fabricating Surface Micromachined Metallic Microchannels," IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 7, pp. 267-273, 1998.

Foley, J., Getting There: The Top Ten Problems Left (invited paper), IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Special Issue on the future of computer graphics, 20(1), January 2000, pp. 66-68.

Foley, J., Technology Transfer from University to Industry, Communications of the ACM, 39(9), September 1996, pp. 30-31.

Mukherjea, S., J.Foley and S. Hudson, Visualizing Complex Hypermedia Networks through Multiple Hierarchical Views, Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI '95, May 1995, Denver, Colorado, pp. 331-337.

J. Foley, A. van Dam, S. Feiner, J. Hughes, Interactive Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1174 pp., 1990, 1993, 1995. Earlier version (with A. van Dam), 1982. Translations in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese.

Foley, J., Interfaces for Advanced Computing, Scientific American, Special Issue on Advanced Computing, 257 (4), October 1987, pp. 126-135.

Foley, J. and V. Wallace, The Art of Natural Graphic Man-Machine Conversation (Invited Paper), Proceedings of the IEEE 62(4) (Special Issue on Computer Graphics), April 1974, pp. 462-470. Reprinted in Seminal Graphics: Pioneering Efforts that Shaped the Field, ACM, New York, 1998, pp. 417-426.

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