New Georgia Tech-Designed Interface May Redefine Robotic Control

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A senior business administrator with a wealth of experience in the technology sector, Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts with the Oracle Corporation. Before joining this Redwood Shores, California-based organization in 2006, he served as managing director of Global Crown Capital in San Francisco, California, and as director of consulting with the offices of the Oracle Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. Antoine Chaya laid the foundation for his successful career with a Ph.D. in IT management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Commonly known as Georgia Tech, the Georgia Institute of Technology has a longstanding reputation for innovative technological research and development. In April 2017, Georgia Tech researchers announced the creation of a new computer interface that may revolutionize the way technicians control robots.

Traditional robotic control interfaces consist of a complex series of rings and arrows that appear on a computer monitor. To move a robot or get it to perform a specific task, individuals must manually turn and/or adjust each of these rings and arrows by clicking on them with a mouse. Although robotics professionals have become quite adept at this traditional system, those without years of targeted expertise in the field have found it awkward and error-prone.

By contrast, the new Georgia Tech interface is far simpler and more efficient. It promises to save a great deal of time in training and operational processes. Eliminating the rings-and-arrows system entirely, the new interface allows users to simply point and click on a particular item. The robot then will automatically go into motion to interact with that item in a specific way.

Analyzing the Cost-Effectiveness of Corporate IT Investments

Antoine Chaya earned a PhD in information technology (IT) management from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT). During his studies, Antoine Chaya collaborated with GT professor Sabyasachi Mitra to publish a paper on analyzing the cost-effectiveness of corporate IT investments in 1996. Their study assessed the IT budgets of more than 400 large and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

The study showed that since the 1970s corporate IT investments had increased dramatically. However, it was difficult to quantify the benefits derived from these IT investments. In fact, some research showed a drop in productivity for information workers as companies ramped up their IT investments. Nonetheless, the 1996 GT study found that higher IT investments correlated to lower average production costs as well as total costs. In addition, the GT study determined that large companies typically spend more on IT as a percentage of revenues when compared to smaller firms.

IT continues to be a major area of investment for businesses of all sizes today. A recent survey of IT executives found that more than 40 percent of those surveyed expected their budgets to grow in 2015.