Strategic Initiatives

The innovations of tomorrow stem from staying well-informed about emerging trends in research. From artificial intelligence to pediatric technology, at Georgia Tech we create the most exciting areas of tomorrow’s research through our collaborations today. Here’s what we’re working on now – you can also explore the complete list of our research areas.

Artificial Intelligence

Georgia Tech is advancing artificial intelligence through discovery, interdisciplinary research, and education for a sustainable future. Our AI@GT initiative is creating new AI knowledge, deploying innovative AI applications, and teaching a new generation of students and professionals.

Quantum Information Systems

Georgia Tech is pursuing advances in quantum information systems hardware and software. This includes new classes of ion traps for computing and sensing, error correction approaches relying on qubit diversity, specialized quantum testbeds for studying new technologies, and quantum techniques for materials and chemical development.


Hypersonics Technology

Vehicles that fly at hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 and beyond – create significant technology challenges. Georgia Tech supports hypersonics research in hybrid advanced propulsion systems, aerodynamic theory and experimental verification, novel control systems, and advanced communications technologies.


Advanced Manufacturing

Georgia Tech's research on advanced manufacturing ranges from nanoscale additive manufacturing to advanced logistics and new materials development. Our strengths include security technology for additive processes, development of scalable nanoscale fabrication, advanced composite repair and verification, and more.


Pediatric Technology

Georgia Tech researchers partner with clinicians to develop innovative technology that saves children’s lives. We’ve created 3D-printed tracheal splints that help babies breathe, a drug delivery technique designed to protect kids from RSV, and an app that screens kids for anemia without blood draws.

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Internet of Things

The internet of things will soon make up more than half of the world’s connected devices. Georgia Tech researchers are exploring the effects of a connected world — from thwarting hackers to developing next-generation wireless and cellular networks that support new devices. 

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More than a dozen labs associated with the School of Aerospace Engineering bring together graduate students, research engineers, and specialized equipment related to specific research areas. Many aerospace faculty are also involved in Institute-level collaborative centers, working groups, and labs.


The Arts

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts explores conventional humanities and social science research through a technological lens. Nearly 300 faculty members have proven expertise across 30 major research areas and multiple individual research domains.


Public Policy

The School of Public Policy aims to be a global leader in foundational knowledge, policies, and governance of the scientific, engineering, and innovation ecosystem. Major research areas include science and technology policy, energy, climate, and environmental policy, and more.



Faculty and Ph.D. students from the Scheller College of Business collaborate with industry to carry out leading-edge business analytics, international business, and sustainable business research. Industry-academia partnerships foster thought leadership and innovation to move these fields forward.


Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing

Georgia Tech is building a campus community, and one with our external partners, that catalyzes, cultivates, and deploys interdisciplinary research and education in bioengineering and biosciences in support of our economy and society.



Georgia Tech is creating new cybersecurity solutions to strengthen national defense, ensure economic continuity, and protect individual freedom. Through our research, we can forecast, overcome, and confront emerging cyber threats. Research areas include AI and security, data mining and analytics, mobile and wireless communications, and more.



The College of Design innovates at the intersection of design, research, and technology. Their six research centers focus on topics including city and regional development, the healthcare environment, accessibility, and new ways to create music.



Electrification uses electricity to power services that previously used other energy sources, like fossil fuels. It’s a method of decarbonizing energy use in transportation, manufacturing, and other sectors. Georgia Tech researchers are advancing electrification by making the battery technology used in this process safer, more cost-effective, and longer-lasting.



Georgia Tech researchers are creating energy technologies and systems that deliver secure, affordable, and reliable energy now and into the future. Energy innovation spans all six colleges, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to solving the most pressing energy problems.



Georgia Tech researchers are investigating the origins of life, from changes in living organisms to the transformation of molecules billions of years ago that allowed life to emerge. Determining the origins of life is an important scientific question that significantly impacts a broad range of scientific fields.


Humanities and Social Sciences

Research in this area focuses on the dynamics of modern globalization—examining societies and nations as they experience rapid scientific discovery and profound technological change. Research topics include the history of technology/engineering and society, global cities and urban society, agriculture, health, and the environment, and modern global history/science, technology, and nationalism.



Many consider hydrogen to be a promising clean energy carrier and storage option for renewable energy such as solar and wind. Georgia Tech researchers are exploring innovative ways to produce, use, transport, and store hydrogen.

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Materials research at Georgia Tech is the foundation of many new technologies that improve our lives, including advances in polymers and macromolecules, nanostructures and materials for engineered devices, materials and interfaces for catalysis and separations, and more.



Georgia Tech is integrating academics, research, and industry to create a more sustainable future. Our Smart Energy Campus Program uses Georgia Tech as a living laboratory where researchers collect and analyze data from campus-wide energy utility systems. And the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory—Georgia Tech’s first LEED Platinum building—allows experts to team up to solve technological challenges in clean energy.