Published: January 13, 2011
CLEMSON — Juan E. Gilbert, a professor and chairman of the Human-Centered Computing Division in Clemson University's School of Computing, has been named a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, the association bestows the honor on individuals for "distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."
It cited Gilbert for "communicating and interpreting technology to the public, innovations in the field of human-centered computing, and leadership in broadening participation in computing."
The honor comes on the heels of Gilbert's recognition by the Association for Computing Machinery, which named him a Distinguished Scientist in November.
The Association for Computing Machinery honor is made in recognition of "contributions to practical and theoretical aspects of computing that drive innovation and sustain economic competitiveness." It recognizes the top 10 percent of its worldwide membership of nearly 100,000 based on professional experience and significant achievements in computing.
At Clemson, Gilbert's division seeks to develop computer solutions to real-world problems and to understand how computer technologies affect society. Gilbert's research interests include such applications as voice texting and electronic voting.
His team is testing Voiceing, an application that allows drivers to speak, rather than type, text messages. Also in development is Prime III, a voting system touted as the world's most-accessible voting technology, which is being tested among the elderly and disabled.
The tradition of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows began in 1874. Members are nominated for the rank and then approved by the association council, its policymaking body.
Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.