Mimicking the Brain: Georgia Tech Wins Contract for Neuromorphic Research on Next-Generation Threat Warning Binoculars

June 20, 2008 -- The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a contract to help develop “intelligent binoculars” that mimic the low-level image processing done by the human brain. Called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), the device is expected to be far more capable than portable visual threat-warning equipment currently used by the U.S. military.

Life Extension: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Receives $4 Million to Redesign Modules for Air Traffic Control Radios

June 16, 2008 -- The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has received a $4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to redesign critical modules used in thousands of air traffic control radios. The redesign should help keep the radios on the job until newer designs can replace them.

Fuel Efficiency: Rising Diesel Prices Create Renewed Interest in Fuel-Saving Technologies Developed for Heavy Trucks

June 11, 2008 -- Diesel fuel prices approaching $5 a gallon – and the resulting economic impact on products transported by truck – have created renewed interest in fuel-saving technologies developed during the past decade at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).

Missed Vaccinations: New Tool Creates Personalized Catch-Up Immunization Schedules for Missed Childhood Vaccinations

May 20, 2008 -- A new downloadable software tool will help pediatricians, parents and other health care professionals determine how to adjust complex childhood immunization schedules when one or more vaccine doses aren't received at the proper time.

Fast as a Femtosecond: New Technique Measures Ultrashort Laser Pulses at Focus

May 8, 2008 -- Lasers that emit ultrashort pulses of light are used for numerous applications, but the quality of the results is limited by distortions caused by lenses and other optical components that are part of the experimental instrumentation. Researchers have developed a system that tells researchers what types of aberrations are present, which allows them to create the desired pulse at the focus that's free of distortions.

Antenna Power: RFID Testbed Logs Many Tags and Rapidly Assesses New Antenna Designs

May 5, 2008 -- Researchers have designed a system capable of simultaneously measuring hundreds of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and rapidly testing new RFID tag prototypes. This testbed allows researchers to measure the signal strength of tags hidden behind other tags and to rapidly test unique antenna configurations and multiple antennas without actually constructing new tags for each experiment.

Shaken Up: Atomic Force Microscopy Shows Liquids Adjust Viscosity when Confined, Shaken

April 29, 2008 -- New research shows that when water is confined to a small space, it behaves like a gel. Then, when shaken, it becomes fluidic and exhibits the same structural and mechanical properties as water in a bottle. The study "“ the first to use an atomic force microscope to measure the viscosity of confined fluids "“ revealed that these liquids can respond and modify their viscosity based on environmental changes.

OLED Encapsulation: New Sealing Process Reduces Water Intrusion and Increases Device Lifetimes

April 23, 2008 -- Researchers have developed an improved organic light emitting diode (OLED) sealing process to reduce moisture intrusion and improve device lifetime. They are using advanced ion assisted deposition to deposit a high-density, pinhole-free thin silicon oxynitride (SiON) film on the OLED surface. The process can be completed at room temperature, which keeps the organic material intact.

Characterizing Materials: Fast AFM Probes Measure Multiple Properties of Biomolecules or Materials Simultaneously

April 16, 2008 -- Researchers have developed novel atomic force microscopy probes that can quickly and simultaneously measure biomolecule or material properties including adhesion, stiffness, elasticity and viscosity, in addition to the standard AFM topography scan.

Fate and Function: Molecule Delivery Method Improves Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation

April 9, 2008 -- New research shows that delivering molecules within aggregates of embryonic stem cells via biodegradable microspheres enhances the efficiency and purity of differentiation.