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The Future of Making
The Future of Making

Innovative technologies and precision processes are leading U.S. manufacturers into new — even lifesaving — arenas.

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  • Exhibit A:
    photo - time lapse image of robot in motion


    Robotic walking on unstable granular surfaces such as sand is still a challenging problem because the deformable terrain complicates robot dynamics. Researchers in the Complex Rheology and Biomechanics Lab in the Georgia Tech School of Physics are developing a stability model to guide robotic motion on such surfaces with the goal of allowing stable planar bipedal walking. Photo by Rob Felt.

  • Exhibit A:
    photo - time lapse image of robot in motion


    To support construction automation, Georgia Tech researchers have developed the Ground Robot for Mapping Infrastructure (GRoMI), which uses a hybrid thermal laser scanning system. GRoMI is a project of the Robotics and Intelligent Construction Automation Laboratory in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Photo by Rob Felt.

Front Office

A Manufacturing Renaissance

Advanced technologies produce therapeutic cells, 3-D heart valves.

Highway to the Survival Zone

For plants and animals fleeing rising temperatures, varying precipitation patterns, and other effects of climate change, the eastern United States will need improved “climate connectivity” to give them a better shot at survival.

Finding What Doesn’t Belong

By detecting semantic inconsistencies in content, researchers have developed a new technique for identifying promotional infections of websites operated by government and educational organizations. Such attacks use code embedded in highly ranked sites to drive traffic to sketchy websites selling items like fake drugs, counterfeit handbags, and plagiarized term papers.

Coming Unglued

Researchers have developed a method to recycle nearly 100 percent of the materials in certain types of thermoset carbon fiber composite material

The Visual Suspects

Alex Godwin is a Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s Information Interfaces lab, led by John Stasko, a professor in the School of Interactive Computing. Godwin’s research in visualization and visual analytics focuses on ways to help people understand and investigate information that is important and useful to their lives.

A Honey of an Idea

A study of how honey bees forage for food has led to development of an algorithm that major web-hosting companies are using to streamline internet services. The project also has attracted a national award for the Georgia Tech team that conducted the research.

Molecular Sieve Cuts Energy Use

A research team from Georgia Tech and ExxonMobil has demonstrated a new carbon-based molecular sieve membrane that could dramatically reduce the energy required to separate a class of hydrocarbon molecules known as alkyl aromatics.

Signal Achievement

Photonics, the technology that helps drive today’s telecommunications systems, offers major advances in the area of signal transmission. Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are adapting optical techniques from the telecom arena to enhance U.S. electronic warfare capabilities.

Cyber Threats and Trends

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Emerging Cyber Threats, Trends, and Technologies report highlights concerns about global manipulation of information, health care fraud, data encryption, and other issues likely to affect society in the year ahead. 

New Tool to Cool

Baratunde Cola would like to put sand into your computer. Not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer to inexpensively provide improved cooling for increasingly power-hungry electronic devices.

Military Modeling Tools

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is using collaborative modeling tools and trade study approaches to tackle military design challenges. 

See the Unseen

Software created by Georgia Tech researchers proved crucial during a recent project to devise an imaging system that could someday allow historians to read fragile antique books without turning the pages.

On Closer Examination

A nanoparticle commonly used in food, cosmetics, sunscreen, and other products can have subtle effects on the activity of genes expressing enzymes that address oxidative stress inside at least two types of living cells.

Nano Bottlebrushes

Materials scientists have developed a new strategy for crafting one-dimensional nanorods from a wide range of precursor materials.

El Niño Turns Up the Heat on Marine Ecosystems

The northeast Pacific’s largest marine heatwave on record was at least partially caused by El Niño climate patterns. And unusually warm water events in that ocean could potentially become more frequent with rising levels of greenhouse gases.

Liquid Solid

Someday, a hard drive could hold more bytes of information than there are stars in the observable universe.

Cruise Control

For vessels operating at sea, avoiding collisions is a basic operational requirement, so collision avoidance is part of operator training. When those vessels become highly autonomous, collision avoidance must be incorporated into complex autonomy algorithms and thoroughly tested before the vessels enter the water.

Fabric Uses Sun and Wind to Power Devices

Fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for years. Now researchers have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.

Ideas in the Making

Georgia’s manufacturing sector remains a profitable part of the state’s economy, with more companies incorporating strategies such as smart manufacturing to remain competitive. But while the industry is integrating more innovative practices, it is not as focused on cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Survey suggests.

Missing Red Giant

New computer simulations provide a conclusive test for a hypothesis explaining why the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be filled with young stars but has very few old ones.

Flying HIgh

To support its research on airborne multisensor technologies, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has acquired two TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicles. The UAVs have been flown and tested with a four-channel multimode radar that can be operated in both monostatic and bistatic configurations.


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