VIP Teams

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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 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 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 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...

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