🌎 Georgia Tech Annual Research Report
Take a look into some of the discoveries and innovations happening across disciplines through a year of stories and studies capturing the collective efforts of researchers, faculty, students, and staff working to develop leaders and improve the human condition.
🦠 CMDI: Mighty Microbial Dynamics for a Healthier People and Planet
Tech’s Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection merges disciplines and recruits microbiologist superstars to take back the high ground from pathogens and emerging diseases — and to harness microbes for new medicines, cleaner environments, and climate solutions.
🤖 Joining NSF to Advance AI Research and Education
Georgia Tech received two National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes awards, totaling $40 million. The awards will support major efforts already underway at Tech, helping to create a more robust and inclusive future of AI, both on campus and beyond.
🚗 New 'Vibrant Pack Energy Harvesters' to Harness Big Bridge Vibrations
Traffic and wind regularly cause low frequency vibrations to ripple through bridges. This energy would normally travel away from its source before dissipating. Mathematics’ Rachel Kuske is helping capture and recycle this untapped energy source using physics principles.
🔬 Add One More Weapon to Cholera’s Deadly Arsenal
A team of interdisciplinary scientists led by Brian Hammer has found a unique tool in the arsenal of cholera bacterium: a toxin that impairs a cell’s overall membrane and looks like none described before.
🚀 Aiding Mars Missions and Finding Martian Lakes for Future Rovers, Crews
Thanks to a new NASA grant, Frances Rivera-Hernández will study an ancient lake bed in Antarctica, with the hope of using samples and data to help determine future landing sites for Mars missions.
🌝 The Search for Lunar Ice
NASA has long studied ice on the Moon. Now, they want to determine where it is exactly and just how much, and a new spacecraft could provide definitive answers. Georgia Tech will work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to assemble, integrate, and test a small satellite known as Lunar Flashlight.
☔️ Predicting Rainfall in a Changing Climate
We're still working to understand how much rainfall amounts will change as our planet warms. Jie He has won a NSF CAREER grant to build a new method for determining how models can more accurately take into account climate change's impact on rainfall.
🧬 Transforming What We Know About DNA
Francesca Storici recently received two major foundation grants, both directed toward decrypting the hidden message of ribonucleotide incorporation in human nuclear DNA, which "may represent novel biomarkers for human diseases such as cancer and other degenerative disorders."
🦿 Multi-Legged Robots Team Up to Tackle Tough Terrain
Dan Goldman and Yasemin Özkan Aydin are developing low-cost legged robots capable of linking and unlinking to accomplish tasks — such as traveling across gaps, climbing stairs, and working together to carry objects over uneven terrains — with interdisciplinary work published in Science Robotics.
🎧 Chart Builder Gives Line Graphs, Scatterplots Their Own Audio Track
Released by Tech’s Sonification Lab and Highcharts Sonification Studio, a new browser-based builder helps users enter data into a spreadsheet to create traditional visual charts such as line graphs, scatterplots, and bar charts. At the same time, it creates non-speech audio tracks based on the data — a process known as sonification.
📚 ICYMI: Research Continues in Pandemic Year
In a fiscal and school year indelibly marked by Covid-19, College of Sciences faculty and researchers kept busy with projects and teaching, grant applications, and a number of significant funding wins.