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  • Using artificial intelligence (AI)-based approaches (especially manifold learning) for understanding the delicate rules of nature and utilizing them for forming innovative software- and hardware-based tools for addressing the major challenges in a wide range of disciplines.

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  • This project, a collaboration between Mark Leibert (LMC) and Betty Whitaker (GTRI), brings together histories and concepts of visual culture and image making with explorations of technology and artificial intelligence. We are an artist and AI researcher exploring approaches to applying machine learning to create artistic images. Our team is analyzing the application of machine learning to...


  • This is a bi-monthly seminar group that will be run like a Japanese “zemi,” or graduate seminar. Students will be asked to produce a research project or creative project on a topic related to East Asian media, broadly defined. This could be a translation of a Chinese short story, an analysis of Japanese films, a short documentary on social movements in Okinawa, etc. Transnational/comparative...


  • "Automaticity is central to the development of expertise, and practice is the means to automaticity. The key challenge for aspiring expert performers is to avoid the arrested development associated with automaticity (and mere practice) and to acquire cognitive skills to support their continued learning and improvement”. ~ Anders Ericsson, p 694

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  • Pandas, elephants, and other animals are raised or rehabilitated in zoo facilities, to prepare them for reintroduction into the wild. There is a need for better sensors and testing diagnostics for the strength, health, and athleticism of these animals. The goal of this VIP is to bring science and engineers to work on problems proposed by zoo reintroduction workers.


  • Create, fabricate, and flight test unmanned air vehicles intended for a special purpose or technology demonstration.


  • This project brings together students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to tell the story of Atlanta as a global city, and to increase access to global citizenship at Georgia Tech and nationally. We want to document and connect with the individuals and communities that are transforming Atlanta into a global metropolis, such as heritage and immigrant communities, foreign-born residents...


  • To develop 2-D to 2-D tunneling structures to enable for smaller, faster, more capable microelectronic devices applied to a broad range of applications such as energy, RF, and sensing.


  • To develop a system that will be able to drive like an expert human driver. In order to achieve this, we will initially monitor the driving styles of several drivers using a high-fidelity driving simulator. Based on the measurements, we will be able to classify drivers according to their skill using graphical inference models. We will then develop suitable models for drivers’ actions and...


  • For students to learn the theory and gain the skills necessary to fabricate next-generation batteries for EVs, spacecraft, and Smart Cities infrastructure.


  • Future wireless communication devices will need to dynamically learn their environment and opportunistically exploit spectrum. The goal of this project is to integrate machine learning algorithms into communication architectures to achieve the agility required for the task. The team will participate to the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) and test its solutions against other...


  • Aquabots will explore new research in maritime robotics including navigation of underwater and surface vehicles, mapping and exploration underwater, and other challenging maritime robotic technologies.

  • Enable the creation of augmented-reality applications and experiences using a wide range of delivery platforms and AR technologies. Current projects use Argon, an augmented reality software suite developed at Georgia Tech that is both a Javascript/HTML5 framework and a set of browsers and tools.

  • To develop a framework that fundamentally alters the development of algorithms. We desire to create an automated method that starts with the best human algorithms and then dispassionately develops hybrid algorithms that outperform existing methods. Next, we prove that these algorithms can also be studied by humans for inspiration in development of new algorithm and optimization methods.

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  • To develop an automotive LiDAR system in support of the emerging technical area of vehicle autonomy and increased safety.


  • GOALS: To collect and analyze big data about bee-flower interactions on the Georgia Tech campus and beyond to inform property owners and policy makers about how land use can support pollinator health.

  • Leverage advances in machine learning and data analytics to enable faster and more accurate calculations of chemical properties using quantum-mechanical techniques such as density functional theory (DFT).


  • Model crack propagation, crack networks, particle crushing, and healing in salt rock; predict soil and rock THCM behavior during heat and fluid injection and extraction; design new geomaterials to optimize the fuel cycle; and recommend strategies for resource and waste management.

  • To create autonomous microrobots that can traverse biological barriers within the body by mimicking microorganisms.

  • Goals: To build a suite of mobile applications for iOS and Android devices that will be used to administer and collect data from individuals who have suffered brain traumas with lingering effects (e.g., stroke leading to Aphasia, Alzheimer’s, etc.).

  • Green chemistry and engineering are creating a culture change for the future direction of industry. Flow chemistry will be an essential tool to sustainable and tailored chemical-based processes. This project will design, build, test, and evaluate prototypes of flow reactors for targeted chemical processes.


  • Due to ITAR and other access restrictions this project is limited to US citizens only.

  • The project will bring together students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to work on a framework for community achiving projects. Depending on interests and aptitudes, students will be asked to develop relationships with local communities, design archives that prioritize the wants and needs of these communities, design and implement technical solutions that help communities discover and...


  • GOALS: To examine the problem of concussion from a multidisciplinary view that includes neuroscience, clinical assessment, sports engineering, health informatics, and societal issues.

  • The objective of this program is to develop tools and methods for designing and securely using configurable computing in embedded systems.

  • This team focuses on the effects that data are having in shaping education, on how new, rich, educational data sources can be used to improve content, instruction, and learning. Specifically, we look to the vast array of data that can be collected around educational opportunities at Georgia Tech and how those data shape educational practice.

  • Currently, programs that support innovation and entrepreneurship are structured around the common wisdom of getting innovators to interview potential customers. We believe it is important to focus on teaching innovators how to think clearly about the difficulties that might in the way of work they would be doing in the field this way. That is, a clear distinction needs to be made between the...


  • Use design thinking and design behaviors in a team environment to:

    A: understand campus and community issues using an empathetic approach,

    B: engage with campus and external community members using a rapid prototyping methodology, and 

    C: implement change and design interventions that contribute to positive outcomes that create a novel world.


  • As the U.S. population ages, chronic diseases have become more prevalent. This has important implications for society in terms of healthcare costs and quality of life. One such chronic disease is diabetes, which is characterized by elevated levels of blood sugar.  Diabetes exhibits significant complexity by co-occurring with other chronic diseases and interacting with other phenomena....


  • To stimulate the development of advanced vehicle technologies that reduce the overall impact of transportation on the environment

  • To examine and assess the existence of cyber security found within IoT hardware devices. In order to achieve this, we will implement a multi-domain investigation through the use of hardware reverse engineering, software/firmware reverse engineering, and RF analysis along with static and dynamic testing through instrumentation. Finally, any identified holes in the devices' cyber security...

  • Goals: Use engineering design and development skills for solving social problems and meeting social needs.

  • The Everyday Georgia project brings together students from diverse disciplines to compile and share the personal stories of people from across the state who have a connection to Georgia Tech research. Through audio interviews, photographs, written narratives, and a podcast launching in 2019, the project shares Georgians’ challenges and accomplishments and their vital role in Creating the...


  • To discover how evolution acts on materials properties in microbial systems. Use experiments,  simulations, and analytical theory to elucidate how biological fitness and function emerge from physical principles.


  • The team is currently developing a drone that could be used to deliver goods on Georgia Tech campus and will be performing initial flight tests soon. The team is also collaborating with NASA Armstrong to support the Prandtl-M Mars Drone project; our primary support areas are controls and structural testing.


  • Explore the human technology frontier as it relates to technologies for sports, spanning the continuum from the athlete to the fan. Projects will include wearable technologies to empower athletes via advanced sensing and multi-modal real-time feedback via smart textiles, immersive technologies (e.g. augmented and virtual reality) to improve the fan experience in live sports venues and at...


  • At Georgia Tech, we live in an incubator for problem solving, scientific inquiry, and technological innovation, but the public at large is surprisingly ignorant about the STEM disciplines. We will build the Georgia Tech Mobile STEM Laboratory - a sustainable and continually growing infrastructure we’ll use to measurably impact this ignorance regionally and nationally. Ultimately, we’ll have a...

  • To design, build, defend, and race an open-wheel formula-style vehicle in the annual Formula SAE competition.

  • To design, build, defend, and race a high-performance off-road vehicle in the annual SAE BAJA competition.


  • ** Previous experience with this team is required **

  • Design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level.

  • Robotics has the potential to revolutionize inspection and harvesting tasks on commodity farms (corn, soybeans, and wheat) and high-value specialty farms (fruits and nuts). This is true from the standpoints of labor, economics, early disease detection, and crop assessment. Specialty farms stand to benefit the most because the tending and harvesting of their crops still require significant...

  • To work with the Numerical Relativity and LIGO groups at Georgia Tech in simulations and data analysis of sources of gravitational waves, such as the merger of black holes and/or neutron stars.


  • Develop, evaluate and deploy health analytics applications that can help doctors and patients to make better and healthy decisions.

  • To improve health outcomes, nutrition, and general living conditions in developing nations and resource-limited environments through a variety of key technologies. These solutions include: sensors for sanitation in challenging environments, improving access to healthcare through the development of low-cost technologies focusing primarily on child and maternal health, data analytics, and...


  • Creation and analysis of a repository of humor collected via crowdsourcing and social network integration.

  • To enhance spectrum utilization, enable improved use of smart devices (smartphones, tablets), and create intelligent mechanisms for debugging, monitoring, policing and enhancing all types of wireless communications through the use of software defined radio techniques.

  • To develop and implement new approaches with cognitive reasoning modules and advanced data and knowledge visualization to enhance the experience and usefulness of crowdsourced problem-solving.

  • Design, test, and use systems to enhance student learning in Tech courses by applying techniques that include video and data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human-computer interfaces.

  • Internet of things (IOT) has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry. Thus far, most IOT applications focus on improving monitoring and physiological sensing of healthcare and patient care; however, the next generation of healthcare technologies will focus on multiplexed points of care testing, diagnostics, and treatment. The goal of this course is to engage students to explore...

  • To build airborne observation platforms equipped with cameras and electromagnetic sensors, to observe lightning and other electrical activity in the atmosphere from high altitude (100,000 ft).

  • To discover physical principles of how animals move in complex, challenging environments. Use tools from physics, neuroscience, biomechanics, and robotics to extract mechanism of how animal and engineered systems move, especially with respect to stability, agility, and robustness.

  • NASA, Georgia Tech, and GTRI are developing energy technologies to support future missions to Mars. The VIP M.A.R.S. Team will research, develop, and test renewable energy systems in collaboration with scientists and engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Moon and Mars offer difficult challenges to NASA’s ambitious plan for exploration, including acquisition of reliable and...

  • On January 29, 2018, the ten million acre Patagonia National Park system was born. The goal of this VIP project is to develop and execute a Strategic Sustainability Plan for this new park in collaboration with the Chilean government, US philanthropic organizations, and Yellowstone National Park. Themes include water and energy, transportation, education and communication, waste management,...

  • To consolidate a bilingual and multimedia outlet about Latinx and Global Cultures. Students, professionals and faculty participate in the production, marketing and dissemination of bilingual multimedia pieces (videos, podcasts, interactive media, and social media narratives) about transnational arts and culture, as a way to reflect the multi-cultural reality of Atlanta as a global city.


  • To develop the data and decision science to improve mobility and accessibility in Atlanta.


  • Modern electronic devices are powerful but uninspiring; they are ubiquitous but ephemeral. We will design and fabricate devices for music production, gaming, and computing sparked by real-world designs from the past as well as fictional formulations of imagined futures. The black-and-white, utilitarian minimalism of modern laptops and cell phones that blight the aisles of Best Buy with boredom...

  • To develop robotic sensing platforms for environmental and other monitoring tasks such as oil spill surveys, environmental clean-ups, etc. To develop autonomy solutions for airborne, maritime, and other mobile sensing networks.

  • The EPIC (Exoskeleton and Prosthesis Intelligent Controls) Lab research areas include automation & mechatronics and bioengineering with a focus on the control of powered robotic prostheses and exoskeletons to assist human movement. We implement biological signal processing, intent recognition, and control systems based on EMG and mechanical sensors to improve human-machine capabilities....


  • Develop creative robots that can listen to, play, and improvise music.

  • Computing is changing - energy constraints and performance bottlenecks create new opportunities for unique and novel hardware designs. However, these new systems require new approaches for application development, management, and visualization. Our main goal for this project is to help interface new “post-Moore” hardware like neuromorphic field-programmable...


  • To produce novel, creative media about recent scientific discoveries and engineering innovations. These include but are not limited to: interactive museum-style exhibitions, online articles and videos, and festival exhibits. Specifically, the team will create one exhibit or demo per semester, and each team member will publish bi-weekly in the online science magazine Charged.

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  • To design digital hardware which is highly resistant to:
    (i) reverse engineering and
    (ii) attack by malicious hardware insertions (hardware Trojans).
     


  • To develop smart city infrastructure health condition monitoring, detection, and diagnosis with the use of emerging technologies (e.g. smart phones, 2D imaging, 3D laser, LiDAR, UAV, GPS/GIS, crowdsourcing, voice recognition, etc.) with artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, signal processing, multi-source/scale/frequency/resolution data fusion, and...


  • To study soft, biocompatible materials to design low-profile, unobtrusive wearable and implantable electronics for advancing human healthcare and wellness.

  • Development of an intelligent system to manage and maintain makerspaces.


  • Design and deploy smartphone apps/games, websites, wireless networks, and sensor networks to gather and deliver game and venue information to football fans in the stadium on gameday.

  • Energy has become one of the world's biggest engineering challenges. Current carbon-based energy supply faces conventional reserves depletion and climatic hurdles. The goal of this project is to address enhanced subsurface energy recovery and associated environmental mitigation from a geoengineering perspective. The team will study fundamental hydro-thermo-chemo-bio-mechanical properties of...

  • To develop human guided robotic technologies that enhance/facilitate the work at construction sites. The goal is to design semi-autonomous robots that construction workers could control to execute the initial construction phases of a building, such as digging (earth-forming) and foundation construction. By exploring and integrating technologies such as embedded computing for automation,...

  • This concept builds on a broader notion of psychological resilience or positive adaptation to adverse situations.