Aerospace, Transportation and...

Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS)

We are a unique collection of amazing researchers supported by excellent technicians and support staff.  Our mission is to be the preeminent developer of innovative solutions and expertise to our US Government, State of Georgia, and Industry partners in five distinct core technical areas:

  • Threat radar and Weapons systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Technologies for the Food Processing Industry
  • Unmanned and autonomous systems
  • Behavioral Modeling and Computational Social Systems

ATAS Threat SystemsOur Systems Development Division, led by Vince Camp, has built GTRI's national reputation for its expertise in threat systems, advanced transmitter technology, and weapon systems simulations.  Within the division lies an unparalled capability to develop one-of-a-kind electro-mechanical systems from complete radar/weapon systems, including embedded computing and control, to full-scale prototype vehicles.

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Division offers extensive expertise in the development of intelligent systems, including industrial robotic systems, social robotics, and the development of collaborative autonomy algorithms that allow teams of autonomous systems to carry out a mission. Working with teams comprised of manned and unmanned systems, issues of trust and dynamic tasking are addressed by this research. This division, led by Don Davis, also maintains a sensor integration and flight test capability for unmanned aerial systems, and has led the way in collaborative autonomous systems for defense applications.

ATAS Wind TurbineOur Aerospace and Acoustics Technologies Division is internationally known for its Air Circulation Control technology used in wide range of applications from Short Take off and Landing (STOL) vehicles to Wind Turbine Blade efficiency research.  The division, headed by Dr. Krish Ahuja, also conducts leading edge research in aero-acoustics and aero-optics, which has resulted in solutions for military and civilian aircraftand High Energy Laser applications.

ATAS Food Processing TechnologyOur Food Processing Technology Division, led by Gary McMurray, conducts research on improving yield, food quality, and food safety while minimizing environmental impacts by applying image processing, robotics, biosensors, and environmental treatment technologies to the modern food processing facility. This division also conducts air quality research related to monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of vehicular emissions; develops cutting edge systems to automate roadside maintenance for the Georgia Department of Transportation; develops advanced autonomous systems for agricultural crop monitoring; and develops cost-effective solar energy technologies through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

ATAS Unmanned SystemsOur unique skillset is a foundation which has expanded our core capabilities into the areas such as unmanned and autonomous systems.We work programs in unmanned systems common control, collaborative autonomy,and payload integration, as well as demonstrations of capabilities such asinteroperability across unmanned air and ground vehicles.

Our Behavior Modeling and Computational Social Science programs focus on predictive analysis tools, computation, and quantifiable methods related to modeling human behavior and computational social science. Chief Scientist Dr. Erica Briscoe leads a multi-disciplinary team focused on leveraging data science and computational modeling toward understanding humans and technology.