Georgia Tech Research

Georgia Tech Remains in Top 20 in Higher Education Research Spending

For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Institute of Technology has garnered a spot among the 20 universities in the U.S. with the highest amount of research and development (R&D) spending. Georgia Tech’s R&D spending of $1.114 billion in fiscal year 2021 reflects a 6.2% increase from the 2020 figure for its entire research enterprise, which includes the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). 

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC)

Georgia Tech’s Aloha Telescope brings thrilling images to K-12 classrooms

Tom Crowley has turned his love of astronomy into consulting work with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Aloha Telescope outreach program. In addition to the live presentations, the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Direct to Discovery outreach program is creating a Zoom option so that multiple schools can participate at the same time.

Motherboard Vice

Scientists Are Investigating Gigantic Energy ‘Jets’ That Shoot Up to Space

Now, scientists led by Levi Boggs, a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, have described the strongest gigantic jet ever seen, which sprang up from cloudtop in Oklahoma and darted 50 miles above Earth’s surface, where it delivered the largest charge transfer to space on record. 

Breaking Defense

Angry Kitten electronic attack pod bares its claws during Air Force tests

The Air Force believes the electronic warfare system — which was built about a decade ago by Georgia Tech Research Institute to simulate enemy threats, but was so capable that the Air Force is considering turning into an operational pod that can be used to jam and electronically attack adversaries — could “dramatically shape” the future of electronic warfare, the service said in an Aug. 3 news release.

Air Force Research Lab

New Combat Pod System Wakes Up with Software Updates During Test

The operational assessment of the Angry Kitten Combat Pod electronic attack system in April demonstrated rapid reprogramming between flights. This combat pod, an updated version of the Georgia Tech Research Institute Angry Kitten pod, simulates enemy electronic attack signals during Air Force test and training missions.

Museum of Aviation unveils new cybersecurity exhibit

Researched and organized by four high school students out of Georgia alongside leadership from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the Cybersecurity in Aviation exhibit is now available for all museum visitors to view.

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

This Robot’s Gentle Grip Can Harvest Berries and Other Delicate Fruit

Harvesting a field full of fragile blackberries is no easy task. Biomedical engineering roboticist Yue Chen is working with collaborators at Georgia Tech and the University of Arkansas on an autonomous robotic solution to this backbreaking work.

Now Chen is adding more Georgia Tech collaborators to his team — Ye Zhao in mechanical engineering and Ai-Ping Hu in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) — to take the next steps with the gripper, including making it mobile and able to move autonomously through fields. They have new seed funding from GTRI and more.

Technology Org

Quantum, Classical Computing Combine to Tackle Tough Optimization Problems

A research team led by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) was recently selected for second-phase funding of a $9.2 million project aimed at demonstrating a hybrid computing system that will combine the advantages of classical computing with those of quantum computing to tackle some of the world’s most difficult optimization problems.