Lifelong Health and Well-Being
From pediatrics to aging, IPaT's continuum of healthcare research is working to promote and enable vibrant and lifelong physical and mental health. Accomplished scholars and clinicians work together to transform healthcare delivery systems by creating novel and easily accessible health and wellness technologies. IPaT has led breakthroughs in health information technology, approaches for increasing patient engagement and treatment adherence, clinical process improvements, and new healthcare delivery knowledge.
Georgia Tech faculty at units including the School of Public Policy’s HomeLab, the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN), and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University — are playing crucial roles in the NIH’s -Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative to speed development, evaluation, and commercialization of new Covid-19 tests for use at home, in doctor’s offices, and in labs.
May Dongmei Wang, professor in the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, is part of a 60-person expert task force that explored how mobile health technologies could be used to address Covid-19 and future pandemics.
The goal of this Georgia Tech and GSU collaboration project is to use multimedia technology through a longitudinal, diary-based study to empower the LGBTQIA+ community to understand and document how LGBTQIA+ adults demonstrate resilience and coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Institute for People and Technology, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have provided funding for and access to multiple years of Medicaid data to support a deeper understanding of the challenges and patterns surrounding healthcare access.
Featured Centers, Labs, and Initiatives
The Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) at Georgia Institute of Technology is an interdisciplinary research endeavor interested in three main research areas: Health and Well-being, Digital Media and Entertainment, and Sustainability, investigating how new technologies can impact the lives of people at home.
CATEA, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to enhancing the lives of people with all levels of ability. Rather than focusing on disability, seeing people as "disabled," we believe that the limitations of current technologies and the design of the built environment account for an individual’s inability to perform activities and participate in society.
As an Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) at Georgia Tech, the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (CHHS) aims to transform health and humanitarian systems through education, outreach and innovative solutions.
The Child Study Lab studies early social, communication, and play behavior in children, including those who are experiencing problems in their development. The lab brings together computer science and psychology to build new tools to measure behavior, with the goal of improving early screening for autism and other developmental delays.
Emory University's Brain Health Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology have launched an innovative research and therapy program for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises, Inc. are supporting the new MCI Empowerment Program with a $23.7 million gift.
The Health Analytics group at Georgia Tech conducts research and mentors students in data science methodologies to improve decision-making in health care delivery and public health. Approaches are based on rigorous modeling, mathematical standards, and advanced computing techniques and anchored in real problems and questions in the health domain.
Georgia Tech’s HomeLab initiative provides the capability to conduct in-home research that supports the development of innovative technologies that promote health, wellness, and independence for older adults. HomeLab brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers and a community of older adults interested in participating in research.
The Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) is a research, design, and development center focusing on technology, education, culture, and health. IMTC's mission is to enable ambitious research around campus and amplify the impact of IPaT by supporting large interdisciplinary projects, performing engineering & project management at scale, participating with academic faculty as research collaborators, bolstering tech transfer, and providing sustainability to ongoing projects.
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation (NIDILRR) has awarded the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a 5-year, $4.6 million grant to conduct research and development projects that support successful aging-in-place for people with long-term disabilities. The grant represents the second phase of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge).
Expeditions in Computational Behavioral Science develops novel computational methods for measuring and analyzing the behavior of children and adults during face-to-face social interactions. Social behavior plays a key role in the acquisition of social and communicative skills during childhood.