Dramatic advances in robotics technology have quickly enabled new applications and integration in fields as diverse as defense, manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare. In addition, experts predict that within the decade, personal robots could become commonplace in the home, able to work alongside humans on a daily basis.
Through its top-ranked engineering and computing programs, robotics research at Georgia Tech is revolutionizing the way humans collaborate with robots and charting the course for how autonomous systems can enhance society, the economy, and culture. Through interdisciplinary research across technological and sector-specific fields, nearly sixty robotics faculty members and research staff drive innovation and new discoveries across the robotics spectrum—from large-scale automation and autonomous vehicles to personalized robotic learning and engagement.
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Georgia Tech has established relationships with key industrial partners to examine and develop opportunities for integrating automated systems into critical workflow processes. Through these efforts, Georgia Tech is advancing the adoption of robotic technology in the workplace and addressing issues of critical national and international importance. Major areas of focus include improved care for the aging, enhanced defense and military systems, and productivity in manufacturing and other economic sectors.
Georgia Tech is a leader in the development of autonomous vehicles for defense and homeland security applications in the air, on land, and in the sea. Researchers are developing specialized techniques for testing and evaluating unmanned vehicles, which are playing an increasingly important role in meeting Department of Defense needs. Georgia Tech researchers have also pioneered techniques that allow autonomous robots to work together in defense and rescue missions.
Robotics research at Georgia Tech attracts more than $35 million in sponsored research each year. Core research areas include mechanisms, control, perception, artificial intelligence, human interaction, and application technologies. Georgia Tech continues to advance personal and everyday robotics through its research into the ways robots can learn from and interact with humans, and by exploring issues surrounding their governance and ethical use.
Robotics and autonomous systems are poised to become key growth drivers for US and international economies. Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary approach and strength in automation and personal robotics positions it as a research leader in this rapidly emerging field.