Research Centers and Labs

Atlanta Global Studies Center


Co-Directors: Anna Stenport (GT Modern Languages) and Anthony Lemieux (GSU)

Jointly directed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) is a National Resource Center and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program funded by a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The interdisciplinary center focuses on research and instruction geared to college students who are underrepresented in international and advanced language studies — including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students; community college students; and minority, first-generation and low-income students — to serve national needs in educating these college students for careers in business, education, security and defense, and public and governmental sectors.

Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP)


Executive Director: Brad Fain

CACP focuses on key issues that influence the development, implementation and adoption of cutting-edge, advanced communications technologies. Work includes assessment of policy issues and production of regulatory filings, identification of future options for innovation, and articulation of a clearer vision of the technology landscape.

Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT)


The Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) fosters the development of interdisciplinary Internet of Things (IoT) research and education that bridges industry partners with Georgia Tech researchers and faculty as well as other collaborators who share similar interests.

CDAIT is a global, nonprofit, partner-funded center of excellence in IoT that stimulates creativity, productivity gains and revenue generation while addressing critical societal issues such as inclusivity, privacy, trust, ethics, regulation and policy.

Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies

Center for Ethics and Technology (CET)


Director: Michael Hoffman; Associate Directors: Robert Kirkman, Jason Borenstein,

CET fosters a culture of critical inquiry and deliberation about ethical issues that arise in relation to technological systems. A special focus of the center is helping Georgia Tech and others acquire tools for recognizing, analyzing, and responding to ethical issues.

Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS)


Co-Directors: Vicki Birchfield, Alasdair Young

CETS promotes research, education, and outreach programs on the European Union and transatlantic relations. The center works to foster knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the transatlantic partnership by utilizing Georgia Tech's commitment to promoting interdisciplinary programs

Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)


Co-Directors: Seymour Goodman, Adam N. Stulberg

CISTP provides a collegial venue for scholars, policy analysts, scientists, technical experts, practitioners, and community leaders to explore innovative approaches to issues situated at the nexus of science, technology, and international affairs.

Center for Media Studies


Director: Ian Bogost 

The Center for Media Studies includes both digital and computational media and extends beyond the computer to cover media in the most general sense.

Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS)


Director: Patrick McCarthy

A member of the Industry Studies Association and founded by scholars affiliated with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industries Studies Program, CPBIS furthers understanding of business, management, organizational, and social issues of importance to the paper industry.

China Research Center


Director: Hanchao Lu

Founded in 2001, the China Research Center promotes understanding of greater China based on in-depth research and experience. Center associates are experts on greater China’s history, contemporary politics, economy, business environment, language, culture, and media and are committed to building bridges between the Southeast United States and China, Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong. The group publishes the journal China Currents.

Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory (CEPL)


Director: Marilyn Brown, Deputy Director: Daniel Matisoff

The Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory (CEPL) helps prepare students for careers addressing sustainable energy challenges. CEPL conducts research on clean energy employment; financing, information and regulatory policies to promote energy-efficiency investments; renewable energy policies and trends in the U.S. South; smart grid policies; and demand response programs. It is involved in studies of climate mitigation.

Communication Center (CommLab)


Director: Karen Head

Students from all disciplines at Georgia Tech work with tutors with expertise in core areas of communication. From tutors, students learn both conventional and innovative techniques of communication and diverse strategies for effectively conveying ideas.

Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC)


Leadership: Jacqueline Royster, Janet Murray, Nassim Parvin, Brad Rittenhouse

Funded by a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) leverages the College's strengths in digital humanities education and scholarship. It equips Georgia Tech students with the technologically advanced tools and methodologies to participate in innovation-based team learning experiences encompassing research, civic engagement, and other projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate student mentors.

Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center (ETHICx)


Directors: Kaye Husbands Fealing and Ayanna Howard

This new Center — pronounced “ethics” — will advance ethics-in-technology-centered research, education, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with communities, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry. The Center will conduct research in ethics and emerging technologies, frame ethical questions, solutions in ethics and technology, and social justice and equity. Interdisciplinary and community-based research also will be emphasized. Educational initiatives will include investigating and designing curricula for ethics training that can be woven throughout students’ educational journeys and for employees at affiliated companies.


Health Economics Analysis Lab (HEAL)


Director: Danny Hughes

A $3.3 million research partnership between Georgia Institute of Technology and the American College of Radiology’s Neiman Institute, the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL) within Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts applies big data analytics and artificial intelligence to large-scale medical claims databases — with a focus on medical imaging — to better understand how evolving health care delivery and payment models affect patients and providers.

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By the year 2030, 20% of all U.S. residents will be over the age of 65. Our mission is to understand the needs and desires of this growing population and to assist innovative companies in meeting their goals by providing a direct connection to laboratory and in-home testing resources. Since 2011, HomeLab has been providing innovators with an independent testing facility capable of evaluating the safety, efficacy, effectiveness, usability, and accessibility of products that promote independent living. Our methods allow us to go beyond what is available through typical in-lab testing by placing products in the homes of actual users. By evaluating products in their appropriate context over an extended period, true performance characteristics emerge.


Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (ISTC-Social)


Principal Investigator: Carl DiSalvo

ISTC-Social conducts foundational research into the relationship between information technology and society. Centered at UCI, it brings together interdisciplinary researchers from leading U.S. universities including experts in social media, digital culture, user interfaces, cultural computing, and participatory design.

Internet Governance Project


Director: Milton Mueller

The Internet Governance Project (IGP) is a leading source of analysis of global Internet policy and Internet resource management that is widely read by governments, industry, and civil society organizations. IGP both researches and analyzes global Internet policy issues and puts its expertise into practical action in the fields of global governance, Internet policy, and information and communication technology, and participates directly in Internet governance institutions.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Co-Lab


The Innovation Co-Lab is a strategic partnership among Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), the University of Manchester (UNIMAN), and Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). Directed by faculty in the Ivan Allen College School of Public Policy, the Co-Lab engages researchers in mutually agreed research projects, exchange, training, and other related activities in the domain of science, technology, and innovation management and policy.

Technology Policy Assessment Center (TPAC)


Directors: Jan Youtie, Diana Hicks, Alan Porter, Philip Shapira

TPAC is a policy research team developing ways to shape innovation for global development through future-oriented analysis of technological change centering on equity, equality, and basic needs.

The James and Mary Wesley Center for New Media Education and Research


Wesley Chair of New Media: Jay Bolter

Established to promote the application and development of new media technologies in the areas of education, design, digital art, and culture, the Wesley Center encourages work in film, television, expression of art and literary forms — all of which are now in a cultural dialogue with new digital media.