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What is GCATT?

Sharpening our leadership in the converging disciplines that define the Information Ecosystem, by: architecting future networks, understanding signals and events,
defining frontiers in information science.

GCATT (Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology) is a program of the Georgia Research Alliance with the support of Georgia Tech's Office of the Executive Vice President of Research. Its mission is to be the state of Georgia’s leading provider of communications, computing and content processing research into broadband applications and technologies.

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Founded in 1991, GCATT has evolved through three distinct phases of growth. In 1990, then-Gov. Zell Miller, working in concert with Atlanta’s business leaders, developed GCATT’s mission as the state’s leading technology initiative for “Technology, Policy & Commercialization.” The GCATT building at 250 14th Street (now Georgia Tech Research Institute) sprung up near I-75 in Midtown. Under the leadership of former Bell Labs’ Multimedia Lab founder and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Wireless Systems, Nikil Jayant, GCATT’s roster of affiliated centers grew to include some 20 labs and research teams, among them: optical wireless convergence, software radio, MIMO antennas, electronic devices and systems, 3-Screen and 3D-TV, sensors and events, data-mining, TV-Gaming convergence, and telepathology and region-of-interest video coding. Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy, and the Advanced Technology Development Center’s VentureLab, grew from GCATT’s mission.

GCATT-Centergy One
In 2005, GCATT moved from 14th Street to the 5th floor of Centergy One in Technology Square and began its second phase of growth. Now a virtual supercenter of research into communications, computing and content processing, this period in GCATT's history is exemplified by the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute's industry-guided research in technologies and applications and its hybrid consortium-bilateral partnership model. A strategic window to other centers at Georgia Tech, this model caused induced funding within those various centers. It is a model that is expected to become more important to Georgia Tech's continued success.

GCATT-NextGen: Information Ecosystems
Through its loose federation of centers, whether co-located or virtual, GCATT continues its research and economic development mission by reflecting, supporting and complementing Georgia Tech’s strategic themes, among them: Optical-Wireless Convergence; Future Networks; Signals, Events and Spaces; Elastic Gateways for Healthcare; the national Gig.U initiative; and Broadband Policy & Neutrality. To the outside world, GCATT remains a thought-leader in Sustainable Networks Research, 3DTV, 5G module definition, broadband policy, and the continuing convergence of audio visual communications - broadband, computing and rich media.

Working closely with the Georgia Electronic Design Center and the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, GCATT in 2013 will grow the Center for Optical Wireless Convergence (COWA) and the Molecular-Nano Communications Center (MONACO). In continuing its industry-guided broadband research efforts, GCATT continually reformulates its research partnerships in the media and information areas, working closely with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Institute for People and Technology.

Economic development remains a central focus through our work with the Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Midtown Alliance, Georgia Technology Authority, and the Georgia Research Alliance.

Pulling all these efforts together under the umbrella of an institute for Information Ecosystems as a campus theme will differentiate Georgia Tech amongst other research universities around the nation, and the globe.

Specific sub-themes for the Information Ecosystems institute include elastic broadband and application-agile gateways for future networks; compressive sampling and situation-aware media triggered by signals and events; and, in the information sciences, biologically inspired nano-communications, social networking analytics, and quantifying a users' Quality of Experence.

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  • The Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), formerly GCATT's Office of Technology Policy, has been renamed to reflect its core competency in advanced communications technology and continued growth as a regional and state and national resource for timely advice on advanced and emerging communications and technology policy. CACP continues to operate as a neutral authority, monitoring and assessing related legislative and regulatory issues, identifying future technology, and promoting a clearer understanding of the ever changing technology landscape.  CACP also has a new academic home within the School of Public Policy of the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology, enabling synergistic collaborations in public policy, economics, technology, communications, and international affairs.  Please visit the CACP website to learn more about its varied policy activities. 



The GCATT partnership of industry, government and universities works together in a three-pronged strategy of Technology, Policy and Commercialization for high-tech economic development in Georgia

The Georgia Research Alliance six research universities include Georgia Tech, The University of Georgia, Georgia State University, The Medical College of Georgia, Clark Atlanta University, and Emory University.
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