2020 Research News

Georgia Tech Researcher Gokul Pathikonda works on the Open-AirVentGT, a low-cost, portable emergency ventilator that uses electronic sensors and computer control to manage key clinical parameters. (Credit: Ben Wright, Georgia Tech)

During a stroll, a woman’s breathing becomes a slight bit shallower, and a monitor in her clothing alerts her to get a telemedicine check-up. A new study details how a sensor chip smaller than a ladybug records multiple lung and heart signals along with body movements and could enable such a future socially distanced health monitor. The core…

<p>Coping with COVID</p>

What-if questions can torment a doctor making coronavirus retest decisions: What if a patient’s initial negative test was a false negative, and he or she needs a second test? What if they don’t need it, and a retest would use up a scarce test kit and treatments that other patients need? Such challenges led Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta to…

<p>Helping teleworkers stay safe.</p>

A nationwide chorus is urging the wearing of homemade face masks in public to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. One voice is that of is physicist Walt de Heer who here explains some of the logic behind wearing the protective covering, starting with old-fashioned wisdom. “Your mother told you to cover your mouth when you cough, and this…

<p>A simple, low-cost ventilator based on the resuscitation bags carried in ambulances – and widely available in hospitals – has been designed by an international team of university researchers.  (Credit: Steven Norris, Georgia Tech)</p>

A simple, low-cost ventilator based on the resuscitation bags carried in ambulances – and widely available in hospitals – has been designed by an international team of university researchers. The device, which is powered by a 12-volt motor, could help meet peak medical demands in the industrialized world and serve resource-constrained countries…

<p>Cognitive Empowerment Program participants Lyn Reagan and Steve Baltz with (left) CEP researcher Matt Doiron. (Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech)</p>

Stepping off of the elevator on the first floor at 6 Executive Park in Atlanta, the first thing you notice about the space is its serenity. It’s light-filled, with lots of plants, a flowing water feature, and a neutral color palette – shades of soft blue, grey, beige, and sage green. It’s relaxed and welcoming, and that’s by design.  The center,…

Cognitive Empowerment Program participants Lyn Reagan and Steve Baltz with (left) CEP researcher Matt Doiron. (Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech)

Stepping off of the elevator on the first floor at 6 Executive Park in Atlanta, the first thing you notice about the space is its serenity. It’s light-filled, with lots of plants, a flowing water feature, and a neutral color palette – shades of soft blue, grey, beige, and sage green. It’s relaxed and welcoming, and that’s by design.  The center,…

<p>Helping teleworkers stay safe.</p>

COVID-19 has caught Pinar Keskinocak well prepared. For years, she has studied how societies manage pandemics, and how outbreaks overtax the health care system and wrack supply chains to worsen pandemics. Here she shares her insights. Empty classrooms and supermarket shelves marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Keskinocak expects…

<p>To help meet the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, Georgia Tech has designed and is producing face shields. Shown is a laser cutting machine used to create frames for the shields.</p>

It’s a race against time that some participants liken to Apollo 13, the stricken NASA spacecraft for which engineers improvised an air purification system from available parts to get three astronauts back from the moon. In this case, however, the race is to improvise ventilators, face shields, respirators, surgical gowns, disinfectant wipes, and…

<p>Coping with COVID</p>

In January 2014, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Udacity and AT&T teamed up to launch the first Master of Science in Computer Science degree from an accredited university that students could earn exclusively through the "massive online" format. This collaboration—informally dubbed "OMS CS"—brings together leaders in education, MOOCs and…

<p>Helping teleworkers stay safe.</p>

The email is from someone you think is a co-worker in another department at your company, who like you, has suddenly found herself teleworking from home without the usual group of colleagues to help review things. She’s asking your advice on a document attached to the email. Being the helpful person that you are, you should just open up that file…