2015 Gatlinburg Conference Theme: Bringing Big Data to I/DD

The term "big data" refers generally to the information generated by the everyday use of digital services, that are produced so frequently, in such diverse ways, and at scales so large that the data cannot be either stored or analyzed in traditional ways. Click here for more....

2015 Gatlinburg Conference Plenary Speakers:

Scott Zeiger


Dr. Matthew S. Goodwin is an assistant professor at Northeastern University with joint appointments in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and College of Computer & Information Science, where he is a founding and key faculty member of a new doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics and Director of the Computational Behavioral Science Laboratory (CBSL). He is also a visiting assistant professor and the former director of Clinical Research at the MIT Media Lab.

Goodwin serves on the Executive Board of the International Society for Autism Research, is chair of the Autism Speaks-Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative, and has adjunct associate research scientist appointments at Brown University. Goodwin has 20 years of research and clinical experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and developing and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment and intervention, including video and audio capture, telemetric physiological monitors, accelerometry sensors, and digital video/facial recognition systems.

Goodwin is co-PI and associate director of the first large-scale collaborative effort by computer and behavioral scientists addressing early diagnosis and interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders, a research project supported by a National Science Foundation Expeditions in Computing Award. He is also co-PI on a Boston-based Autism Center of Excellence exploring basic mechanisms and innovative interventions in minimally verbal children with autism, recently funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Previously Goodwin received a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Award for his research on autism spectrum disorders and its relationship to advanced technology. Goodwin received his B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and his MA and PhD, both in experimental psychology, from the University of Rhode Island. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Affective Computing in the Media Lab in 2010.

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Scott Zeiger


Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller (Ph.D., University of Texas, 1971) is Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis and an External Faculty Member of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria, an affiliate of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis.

Oller's research focuses on vocal development and acquisition of spoken language. In over 200 articles and books the work addresses infant vocalizations, early speech production, multilingualism, and evolution of language. His bilingualism research includes Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children (edited by D. K. Oller and R. E. Eilers), from Multilingual Matters (2002). His research in evolution and development of language includes The Emergence of the Speech Capacity (2000, Erlbaum), The Evolution of Communication Systems: A Comparative Approach (edited by D. K. Oller and U. Griebel, MIT Press, 2004) and in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication (edited by D. K. Oller and U. Griebel, MIT Press, 2008).

Oller’s research has been funded since the 1970s by the National Institutes of Health.

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Scott Zeiger


Dr. Scott L. Zeger is Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 1991. Dr. Zeger’s most recent responsibility is as the Vice Provost and Director of the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative (Hopkins inHealth), an initiative in which the Schools, Applied Physics Laboratory, and Health System are combining their assets in a unique collaboration to lead a sea-change in health research, education and practice to demonstrate how to make world-class, affordable health a 21st- century American reality. He served as the University’s Vice Provost for Research from 2007 to 2013, and acted as Interim Provost in 2009 and Chair of Biostatistics from 1996 to 2007.

Professor Zeger has been elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Statistical Association. He has served as expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in their civil suits against the tobacco industry and as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Merck Research Laboratory.

Professor Zeger is author or co-author of 3 books and more than 180 scientific articles and book chapters. Science Watch identified Dr. Zeger as one the top 10 most cited mathematical scientists

In 2006, 2002 and 1988, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Student Assembly awarded Dr. Zeger with the Golden Apple for excellence in teaching.

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