Georgia Institute of Technology VIP Program

North Ave NW
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 30332, United States
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Georgia Institute of Technology

North Ave NW
AtlantaFulton County, Georgia 30332
United States
Latitude: 33.775618
Longitude: -84.396285

The Institution


Georgia Institute of Technology is committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. With more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research, Georgia Tech consistently contributes vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business. Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Program


The VIP Program at Georgia Tech builds upon multidisciplinary and vertically integrated teams. The site has achieved high team longevity through the integration of VIP teams into instructors’ research, with teams making meaningful contributions to instructors’ research efforts. Program-level initiatives include retrospective analysis of peer evaluations to understand team dynamics, and to identify patterns across the program and areas for improvement; and development, documentation and dissemination of faculty professional development tools, workshops and resources. Georgia Tech spearheaded the establishment of the VIP Consortium, with the ultimate goal of transforming undergraduate education. As the lead organization, Georgia Tech seeks to continue expanding the consortium, to establish the organization as an independent body with active engagement between member institutions, and to cultivate a community of collaboration. As contributing members, Georgia Tech has developed the consortium webpage, is working to disseminate peer-evaluation tools, developing professional development tools, workshops and resources, and developing an online sharing portal for Consortium members.

Directors


Ed Coyle
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Randal Abler

Coordinators


Julie Sonnenberg-Klein

VIP Teams

  • 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.
  • The objective of this program is to research and develop a Smart City infrastructure for the Atlanta area, with a focus on configurable hardware as a computational platform. Configurable (or reconfigurable) computing combines high-performance hardware with the flexibility of software.  This project will explore the use of configurable hardware to assist in areas...

  • Due to ITAR and other access restrictions this project is limited to US citizens only. To develop nanostructured chip-scale power and energy storage devices for use in miniaturized sensing, communication and energy harvesting devices.
  • The skills taught in the humanities - communication, human-centered thinking, cultural analysis, sensemaking, aesthetics, and ethics - are crucial for success in business, science, public work, and design. How do we connect the humanities taught in the classroom to the humanities practiced out in the world?...
  • 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.
  • Academic resilience is defined as the ability to effectively deal with setback, stress and pressure in an academic setting. This concept builds on a broader notion of psychological resilience or positive adaptation to adverse situations. In highly competitive academic institutions like Georgia Tech, many if not all students experience stress, pressure and setbacks of various kinds. Some...
  • To 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 build demonstration experimental set ups, to develop graphical media and to archive simulations ready for use in soil mechanics undergraduate course and geomechanics graduate courses.
  • 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.).  The apps will be based on established protocols of clinical assessment including (but not limited to) the Western Aphasia Battery (WAB), Aphasia...
  • 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.
  • To research and design information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and the social sciences, in collaboration with government and community partners. These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainability, equity, and justice.
  • This project aims to design, build, and test a team of air, sea, and underwater robots that will autonomously collaborate to complete tasks in the water.  Currently, the team has designed and built several vehicles (small surface boat, underwater vehicle, and quadcopter), and more will be created as the project grows. One goal is to use these robots to collectively complete obstacle...

  • To examine the problem of concussion from a multidisciplinary view that includes neuroscience, clinical assessment, sports engineering, health informatics, and societal issues.
  • 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.
  • To design and build a solar powered vehicle to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, an endurance based track race, and the American Solar Challenge, a cross-country road race.
  • To challenge university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level, or AGL. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.
  • Robotics has the potential to revolutionize inspection and harvesting tasks on commodity farms, i.e. corn, soybeans, and high-value specialty farms, i.e. fruits, nuts.  This is true from the standpoints of: labor, economics, early disease detection, and crop assessment. Specialty farms stand to benefit the most because their crops presently require a lot of manual labor to tend and to ensure...
  • 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 10 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,...
  • 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...
  • To develop robotic boats as sensing platforms for environmental monitoring tasks such as oil spill survey and cleaning, and metal objects in the sediments. To develop autonomy solutions for maritime mobile sensing networks.
  • The EPIC (Exoskeleton and Prosthesis Intelligent Controls) Lab research areas include automation and 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. Our...
  • 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-gen batteries for EVs, spacecraft, and Smart Cities infrastructure.
  • This VIP has two broad goals. First, to explore curiosity-driven scientific questions. Second, to strive to make science, technology, and healthcare accessible to billions of people by inventing frugal tools and techniques. These goals are not mutually exclusive; pursuit of one often leads to insights for the other.
  • 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.
  • Develop a set of small, portable, and inexpensive experimental platforms and simple projects for teaching students fundamental engineering concepts and design principles.  These mini-systems would be used in classes as well as to enhance learning outside of the classroom, such as in the Invention Studio or with the IEEE Innovation Team. Typical courses supported include some from AE and ME such...
  • To develop, evaluate and deploy health applications that can help doctors take care of their patients and patients do their part.
  • 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 human...
  • Develop creative robots that can listen to, play and improvise music
  • To design digital hardware which is highly resistant to i. reverse engineering, and ii. attack by malicious hardware insertions, hardware Trojans.
  • To study soft, biocompatible materials to design low-profile, unobtrusive wearable and implantable electronics for advancing human healthcare and wellness.
  • 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...
  • The VIP Team will look at the challenging domain of Maritime Robotics. The oceans cover over 70% of our planet’s surface and constitute a critical element in our quality of life, including the climate and the resources and food that we obtain from the sea.  The goal of this team will be to address new research in maritime robotics including navigation of underwater and surface vehicles, mapping...
  • 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 web apps for online debates and collaborative problem solving. Work experience in an interdisciplinary team. Fun. Our VIP team does the main design work of the NSF project “Fostering self-correcting reasoning with reflection systems” (http://agora.gatech.edu/node/52). We design, test, and iteratively improve the Reflect! platform. What is Reflect!? A collaborative tool that...
  • To stimulate the development of advanced vehicle technologies that reduce the overall impact of transportation on the environment by designing, building, and refining an alternative fuel and connected/autonomous vehicle that reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria tailpipe emissions while maintaining consumer acceptability, utility, and safety.

  • 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, RF analysis, along with static and dynamic testing through instrumentation. Finally, any identified holes in the devices cyber security...
  • To build an Internet repository of humor, broadly interpreted. Items which are considered funny by various groups would be tracked via social networking integration. The resulting “big” data would be available for analytics, which, in particular, could include research that will help better understand, and perhaps even quantify humor. Possible crowd sourcing of jokes or computer generated humor.
  • To enhance spectrum utilization, enable improved use of smart devices, such as smartphones and 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 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, and multi-source/scale/frequency/resolution data fusion, and...
  • Create an Internet of People and Things within Bobby Dodd stadium to enhance the game-day experiences and safety of 55,000 Georgia Tech football fans. This IoPT is a distributed system that includes: sensor networks/systems for gathering and processing information from the game, fans, and the stadium itself; making this information available over 4/5G, WiFi and other wireless systems to fans...
  • 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. And then prove that these algorithms can also be studied by humans for inspiration in development of new algorithm and optimization methods....
  • To develop an automotive LiDAR system in support of the emerging technical area of vehicle autonomy and increased safety.
  • 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).
  • To create autonomous microrobots that can traverse biological barriers within the body by mimicking microorganisms.
  • To develop a campus-wide visualization, feedback and analytics platform to better understand and to systematically improve campus resource management.
  • Use engineering design and development skills for solving social problems and meeting social needs. A collection of ongoing projects are selected from corporate and non-profit organizations. All projects aim to improve the lives of the under-privileged domestic population or people at the bottom of pyramid in the developing world. ESI team members can also propose projects that help...
  • To create, design, and test build jetpacks, robotic landing systems, exoskeletons, and autonomous vehicles to support exploration of extreme environments on Earth, the Moon, and Mars, with multi-disciplinary professionals, DARPA, and NASA scientists and engineers.
  • 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, to immersive technologies (e.g. augmented and virtual reality ) to improve the fan experience in live sports venues and at...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Improve the transportation systems to, within, and from Georgia Tech.
  • Develop interactive systems that enhance learning by supporting digital dialogs between students and all resources available for a course. The project will use and develop concept mining tools to generate metadata across a diverse set of materials, such as course notes,  textbooks, archive of homework questions, databases of tests and solutions, laboratories, web resources, etc. The system will...
  • 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...

  • 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). We have already launched and retrieved a balloon with camera payload (see picture) in our first year. See pictures of the launch and one taken mid-flight, from above 100,000 ft you are above the sky and...
  • To write, design, and create works that will increase society’s love for science.
  • 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,...