Recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind in the country, the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) works with Georgia agribusiness, especially the poultry industry, to develop new technologies and adapt existing ones for specialized industrial needs. These innovations are designed to maximize productivity and efficiency, advance safety and health, and minimize environmental impact.
Researchers are developing the science and technology required to maximize crop production utilizing advanced autonomous systems to care for the crops during the entire growing season over hundreds or thousands of acres with advanced sensors for monitoring the health of the plants, the composition of the soil, and the overall growing environment.
The Energy and Sustainability group conducts systems-based applied research that addresses critical local, national, and international energy, water, and health challenges. Multidisciplinary teams work together to provide water resource and environmental assessments as well as water and energy infrastructure assessments, building evaluations for energy efficiency, and energy and economic modeling.
The Transportation Systems group works with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to develop innovative automation systems to make highway maintenance and monitoring more efficient and less costly. Researchers also work with state and federal agencies to monitor and reduce the environmental impact of vehicular emissions using remote sensing technology and specialized evaluation methodologies.