VIP Teams

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

  • 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.
  • 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 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...

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