Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research Laboratory (CIPHER)

CIPHER develops technologies that secure, defend, and respond to threats within our country’s information, distribution, and network systems. The lab provides solutions to cybersecurity problems for both government and industry. CIPHER engineers and scientists develop and apply technologies in computing, network architectures, signal and protocol analysis, network forensics, custom algorithms for cyber defense and attribution, malware analysis, insider threat detection and mitigation, hardware and software reverse engineering, and advanced analytics.

CIPHER is skilled in reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, and forensics analysis of embedded systems, focusing on development and demonstration of RF and network-based techniques to gain unauthorized access to and/or exploit information networks. The lab specializes in wireless and embedded devices such as radios, modems, routers, and embedded controllers comprising military and Industrial Control System (ICS) networks.

Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL)

Core research emphasis of the EOSL includes sensor information processing and visualization; optimization, modeling, and simulation of self-protection systems; and topographic and bathymetric LiDAR. Key research areas include electronic warfare modeling and analysis, atmospheric program modeling, infrared countermeasures, sensor intelligence and visualization, electro-optical systems, remote imaging, personnel detection, and augmented and virtual reality for situational awareness.

Tiny electric heaters are shown with vapor cells holding rubidium atoms. The heaters control the amount of rubidium in its gas phase. Atomic magnetometers work by detecting how the energy levels of atoms are modified by an external magnetic field applied to them. (Branden Camp, GTRI)

Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS)

ELSYS ensures that deployed systems stay operable, intuitive, and relevant in fulfilling the warfighter’s mission by keeping mission-critical systems technologically suitable, supportable, and affordable over their lifecycle. ELSYS covers electronic warfare analysis and technology to solve complex survivability problems in real-world applications and human systems integration that provides rapid prototyping and fielding of systems for various applications including human sensor suites.

Avionics systems integration includes data fusion of multi-spectral electronic warfare systems, standards development and piloting, and defensive suite integration. Software and hardware tools test and train for both tactical and national data links. An unmanned systems and robotics area provides technology development in underwater unmanned systems, micro vehicle research, and vehicle autonomy.

John Trostel, director of GTRI’s Severe Storms Research Center (SSRC), and Madeline Frank, a research meteorologist at the SSRC, examine equipment built by GTRI for the North Georgia Lightning Mapping Array, a network of 12 sensors located around the metropolitan Atlanta area to detect lightning that may indicate storm intensification. (Branden Camp, GTRI)

The growth, synthesis, and characterization of optical/electronic materials, nanomaterials, and semiconductor materials also are core areas. Technology areas include thin film materials deposition, device fabrication, and testing; nanoparticle, nanocomposite, and nanostructure development; and RF, microwave, and other electronic circuit design, assembly, packaging, and testing.

Information and Communications Laboratory

Research at this lab solves complex problems in areas of computer science, information technology, communications, and networking. Technologies include ground electronic warfare (EW)/communications systems, emergency response, software defined radio development, smart city and Internet of Things development, and software modernization.

The future of communications is addressed through mobile/network convergence, communications/network vulnerability and protection, integrated sensor networks, machine-to-machine (M2M)/Internet of Things, and secure networks.

Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory

SEAL develops prototype radio/microwave frequency sensor systems with emphasis on radar systems engineering, electronics intelligence, communications intelligence, measurement and signal intelligence, electromagnetic effects, radar system modeling and simulation, sensor fusion, and antenna technology.

Technology areas include avionics integration, ground and airborne moving target indication, synthetic aperture radar, medical applications of sensor technology, sensor development for missile defense, space-based surveillance and detection, UAV payloads, and transportation applications.

Technology Transfer

GTRI’s science and engineering expertise turns ideas into workable solutions. These ideas, often co-developed with Georgia Tech academic partners, turn into applications that provide a significant technological advantage over other approaches.

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