Research Centers and Labs

Our faculty and students are collaborators in many research centers on the Georgia Tech campus, including:


Atlanta Census Research Data Center provides the research community in Atlanta, and around the Southeast, with the opportunity to access confidential Census microdata.

Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by the principles of sustainability.

Center For Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (formerly CGIS) is an interdisciplinary research center focused on applications, education, and cutting-edge innovative solutions for diverse real-world problems. CSPAV serves as a leader and catalyst for the advancement of GIS technology for academic institutions, private industry, and the public sector.

Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development is an applied research center that studies solutions for communities that foster quality growth and development through extensive public outreach efforts. Its work is in five program areas: air quality & the natural environment, community design & architecture, healthy places, land development & regional governance, and transportation & infrastructure.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative  works to improve public health by linking public health surveillance with community design decisions; improving community design decisions through tools such as Health Impact Assessments; educating decision makers on the health impact of community design; building partnerships with community design decision makers and their influencers; conducting research to identify the links between health and community design; and translating research into best practices.

National  Center for Transportation Productivity and Management is one of 10 national Tier One University Transportation Centers (UTC) designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). The purpose of the UTC is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through research, education and technology transfer as well as provide a critical transportation knowledge base outside the US DOT and address vital workforce needs for the next generation of transportation leaders.

Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary program supporting theory building and practice in collaborative problem-solving in the face of complexity and change.

Enterprise Innovation Institute seeks to help communities participate in the ongoing economic revolution through research and assessments, coaching, facilitation, and implementation assistance. Expertise includes organizational development to strategic planning and economic development program design; business recruitment, expansion, and retention, and industrial development and economic diversification; entrepreneur and workforce development and the provision of human services; public policy development to land use planning and environmental stewardship; marketing research to messaging formation; and the utilization of technologies and fostering emerging technology industries.

Georgia Transportation Institute and University Transportation Center is committed to providing high-quality leadership on research, education and technology transfer to address issues related to transportation system productivity (including both passenger travel and freight of all modes), economic growth, and finance. The goals of UTC/GTI include: educate a new generation of students in the art of multidisciplinary thinking and problem solution and can collaborate effectively in teams to tackle problems with systems dimensions; provide continuing education opportunities to keep practitioners at the cutting edge of systems methodologies and technologies with transportation applications; and provide technology transfer resources to disseminate knowledge.

Georgia State University Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth advances interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban growth and management issues.  The Center achieves its mission by managing the Urban Fellows Program, summer legal and policy study, foreign enrichment courses, and study space.  Additionally, the Center organizes and sponsors symposia and speakers on urban and growth management issues.

Eco Urban Lab takes cities in China and the U.S. as “urban laboratory” for nurturing novel design methods and new technologies for ecological urban systems. It focuses on design, simulation and performance assessment of flow energy, renewable, and resilient urban systems.

Office of Policy Analysis and Research focuses on science and technology policy, with a mission to stimulate dialogue between technologists and policymakers in order to shape public policy regarding science and technology through active engagement with Georgia's policymaking constituencies.

Strategic Energy Institute was established to serve as a conduit for integrating, facilitating, and enabling Institute-wide programs in energy research and development. Engaging the best and brightest from industry, government, and academia, SEI will create innovative solutions to current and future energy challenges. SEI develops technologies, policies, and educational programs that have the potential for offering high-impact solutions to pressing near-term energy issues. SEI engages in fundamental energy-related research that will have a long-term, transformative effect on our nation's energy future.

Urban Climate Lab is a group of researchers exploring the connections between climate change and the built environment. They highlight the range of land-use mechanisms that change cities from within and from the outside, drive ongoing warming trends, and impact human and environmental health. The UCL integrates expertise in the realms of environmental science, urban design, and public health to develop strategies to manage and counteract climate change at the urban scale.