Research Centers

ECE is a leader or primary participant in many different research centers. Many of the centers listed below are interdisciplinary in nature, covering topics such as electronics, energy delivery, communications systems, machine learning, and engineering education delivery. These centers offer many opportunities for corporate partnerships and for enhancing educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that each center is responsible for the maintenance of its own site.

A large number of ECE faculty members also participate in interdisciplinary research institutes that focus on areas such as robotics, national security, data engineering and science, and bioengineering and bioscience. To learn more about the IRIs, visit the core research areas page, located on the Research at Georgia Tech website.

ECE Research Centers


Arbutus Center 

The Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education supports the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, leads the VIP Consortium of 35+ universities, and is developing strategies for the systemic reform of higher education in all disciplines.

      Edward J. Coyle, Director

      Julie Sonnenberg-Klein, Assistant Director


The Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) is a joint Georgia State University/Georgia Tech brain imaging center which includes a cutting-edge 3 Tesla MRI scanner, a mock scanner, equipment for concurrent or out of scanner EEG and physiologic data, and tools for performing cognitive tests and clinical assessments. CABI also leverages advanced neuroinformatics and cloud-based analytics tools for automated and large scale analytics.

      Vince Calhoun, Director


The Center for Space and Technology Research organizes, integrates, and facilitates Georgia Tech's wide range of space science and technology research activities, and is led by Thomas Orlando of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. ECE faculty members who are part of the C-STAR Faculty Council are listed below.

      Morris B. CohenJohn D. CresslerAyanna Howard, and Paul G. Steffes


Center for Compound Semiconductors is a focal point for research and educational collaborations in the Georgia Tech community related to compound semiconductors, including conventional and nanotechnology materials and devices.

      Russell D. Dupuis, Director


Center for Distributed Energy has been established with financial support from the Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Tech to do advanced research and to develop technologies and holistic solutions that can transform electricity delivery and utilization. The Center is also uniquely focused on accelerating and de-risking technologies so that they can see faster adoption and higher impact.

      Deepak Divan, Director


Center for Energy & Geo Processing creates innovative research practices and entrepreneurship-based education in the area of digital signal processing, machine learning, and analytics with applications to subsurface imaging and energy problems. The center is a partnership between Georgia Tech and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia.

      Ghassan AlRegib and Ali Ahmad Al-Shaikhi, Directors


The Center for Cyber Operations Enquiry and Unconventional Sensing (COEUS) seeks to bring together faculty from different disciplines yet a common interest in computer security problems that are critical to our national security. The center has often been the place where leaders from the industry, government, and academia come together to address the security of emerging technologies critical to our nation. Currently, the center is comprised by a diverse set of faculty, researchers, students, and staff, who are all involved in research around the areas of attack attribution, cyber operations, wireless/mobile security, privacy, intrusion detection, systems security, applied cryptography, machine learning, and data mining.

      Manos Antonakakis and Angelos Keromytis, Co-Directors


Center for Signal and Information Processing conducts research and education in signal and information processing with applications in machine learning, telecommunications, human-machine communications, medical technology, sensor networks, radar, sonar, and geophysics.

      Ghassan AlRegib, Director


Georgia Electronic Design Center fosters growth in the broadband telecommunications industry and aims to establish Georgia as a world leader in the design of broadband communication systems, devices, and chips.

      Stephen Ralph, Director

     John D. Cressler, Associate Director


The Center for Machine Learning at Georgia Tech is an interdisciplinary research center that is both a home for thought leaders and a training ground for the next generation of the field's pioneers. Machine learning aims to produce machines that can learn from their experiences and make predictions based on those experiences and other data they have analyzed.

      Justin K. Romberg, Senior Director (ECE)

      Irfan Essa, Director (CoC)

      Devan Desai (Scheller College of Business), George Lan (ISyE), Mark Davenport (ECE), Mark  Riedl (Interactive Computing), Polo Chau (CSE), Yao Xie (ISyE), Zsolt Kira (GTRI), Associate Directors


Georgia Tech’s Center for Machine Learning for Seismic (ML4Seismic) Industry Partners Program is designed to foster research partnerships aimed to drive innovations in artificial intelligence-assisted seismic imaging, interpretation, analysis, and monitoring in the cloud.

      Ghassan AlRegib and Felix Herrmann, Co-Directors


National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center is a membership-based center providing innovative analytical, engineering, research, and testing services for the electric energy delivery industry.

     Rick Hartlein, Interim Director


3D Systems Packaging Research Center is the largest university-based research and education center focusing on next generation, system-level packaging and heterogeneous integration of electronics. The Center was initially sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF-ERC) and is now a self-sufficient center.

      Madhavan Swaminathan, Director


The Tri-institutional Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science is focused on developing, applying and sharing advanced analytic approaches and neuroinformatics tools that leverage advanced brain imaging and omics data, with a goal of translating these approaches into biomarkers that can help address relevant areas of brain health and disease. This center is an effort among Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and Emory University.

      Vince Calhoun, Director

TESSAL Center 

Teaching Enhancement via Small-Scale Affordable Labs (TESSAL) Center develops portable, affordable lab experiments into lecture-based courses throughout the ECE curriculum. Areas covered include signals and systems, sensors, control systems, power systems, and computer engineering. 

      Kevin Ferri, Program Director

      James Steinberg and Allen Robinson, Co-Directors


University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education is a U.S. Department of Energy-supported center engaged in research and development in advanced photovoltaic materials and devices aimed at accelerating the development of cost-effective photovoltaics.

      Ajeet Rohatgi, Director