Georgia Tech brings together researchers from different disciplines to address topics of strategic importance. Each interdisciplinary research group mobilizes faculty to address the needs of external stakeholders (federal, state, and local entities, corporations, foundations, and communities) by fostering an Institute-wide innovation ecosystem around a specific focus.

Interdisciplinary research at Tech strives to galvanize the research strengths of faculty and advance collaboration with National Labs and other colleges and universities, including minority-serving institutions, corporate partners, community organizations, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.

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Many of Georgia Tech’s faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research that tackles national and international challenges and questions related to climate change, clean energy, public health, biotechnology, the bioeconomy, artificial intelligence, quantum information science, advanced manufacturing, and semiconductors. These faculty along with students from Georgia Tech’s six colleges and 29 schools, tackle research problems through our 10 interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs), the Pediatric Technology Center, the Global Center for Medical Innovation, the Novelis Innovation Hub, and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Georgia Tech students and faculty, addressing questions in areas such as:

  • Human Health and Activity
  • Sustainability, Energy, and Climate
  • Manufacturing and Materials
  • Intelligent Machines, Data Science, and AI

Georgia Tech also supports the administration of interdisciplinary research through programming and fiscal management, prioritizing career development for research faculty and staff, and promoting and amplifying the impact of IRI-led research with proactive communications and representation in national thought leadership roles.

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Explore the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes


Human Health and Activity

Bioengineering and Bioscience

The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) tackles complex bio-research problems by bringing together engineers, scientists, and clinicians to turn discoveries into game-changing solutions.

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People and Technology

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) researchers support research, engage students, and collaborate with industry, government, and non-profit partners.

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Sustainability, Energy, and Climate

Sustainable Systems

The vision for the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) is to create knowledge and technologies that will improve environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

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The Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) serves as a conduit for integrating, facilitating, and enabling institute-wide energy research and development programs.

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Renewable Bioproducts

The Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) delivers innovation in converting biomass into value-added products, developing advanced chemical and bio-based refining technologies, and advancing excellence in manufacturing processes.

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Manufacturing and Materials


The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) brings together industry leaders, government partners, and top researchers to collaborate and find solutions for the most significant challenges facing U.S. industry today.

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Materials research at Georgia Tech is comprehensive, addressing the major technologies that can improve our lives in the next century and beyond.

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Electronics and Nanotechnology

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) facilitates innovation in micro/nano-enabled electronics and photonics by catalyzing and translating research, connecting researchers to industry, and preparing the workforce of the future.

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Intelligent Machines, Data Science, and AI


The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) serves as an umbrella under which robotics researchers, educators, and students from across campus come together to advance many diverse robotics activities.

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Data Engineering and Science

The Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS) pursues grand challenges in data science foundations and data-driven discovery in engineering and sciences through interdisciplinary multi-investigator endeavors.

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