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The Spring 2018 edition of PoultryTech is available online in PDF format.


The FY 2017 ATRP Annual Report is available online in PDF format.


Piezoelectric Tiles Light the Way for Kennedy Space Center Visitors — GTRI Nesroom - 12.12.2017
New technology that could be used in self-powered smart cities of the future will soon be demonstrated at the NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Ilan Stern, a senior research scientist with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and colleagues, are collaborating on a $2 million project supported by NASA contractor Delaware North Corporation to build a 40,000-square-foot lighted outdoor footpath demonstrating applications of piezoelectricity for renewable energy.


Fowl Language: AI Decodes the Nuances of Chicken “Speech” — How machine learning can translate chicken chatter and improve farming — Scientific America - 12.11.2017
People have been living with chickens for at least 6,000 years, and the global domesticated chicken population now exceeds 19 billion. But despite our lengthy shared history, few people have given serious consideration to the potential meaning of chicken vocalizations. Over the past five years, engineers and poultry scientists at The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology have been collaborating to help farmers like Mitchell make better use of the information latent in chicken chatter.


Kennedy Space Center Takes a Step Toward the Future With Human-powered Energy
Attractions Magazine - 05.19.2017
Science is making new leaps at Kennedy Space Center, as human-powered energy harvesting is going through trials, thanks to technology created and developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute. A prototype section of Piezoelectric, or PZ, enabled walkway tiles has been installed at the front entrance of the visitor complex at the Space Center in order to be tested out by guests. The PZ tiles generate electricity through the human-powered energy harvesting when they are walked upon, and will eventually be installed throughout the visitor complex.


Piezoelectric Photo Station” Lands at Hartsfield-Jackson
Travelers making their way through the atrium and selected concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be able to take a picture in a photo station powered by human motion. The technical mechanism, called piezoelectricity (PZ), couples mechanical stress or vibrations to electrical energy.


Researchers Look To Nanoparticles For Wastewater Treatment Solutions
Georgia Farm Monitor
For many producers, especially those in the poultry industry, treating wastewater is a long and expensive process. Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking at some high-tech options to help the situation, as the Monitor’s Damon Jones explains.


Robots Start to Grasp Food Processing
MIT Technology Review
Advances in robotics make it possible to automate tasks such as processing poultry and vegetables.


Squawk Talk: Researchers Try to Decipher Chicken Speech
Wall Street Journal
Wayne Daley, a Georgia Institute of Technology research engineer, is pecking away at a serious question for the poultry industry: how to digitally detect the cluck of an unhappy chicken.


Advanced Imaging Systems Injecting More Automation into Meat Processing
Food Processing Magazine
Processors and equipment manufacturers are shining a light on efficiencies and improvements in meat and poultry production, including ATRP principal research engineer Wayne Daley.


Future Of Agricultural Technology In Development At Georgia Tech
Georgia Farm Monitor
Farmers would love the ability to test crops for diseases right in the field, or remotely care for their chickens. The technology to allow that is actually being developed right now at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and could be available in the not-to-distant future.


Food production tough to automate

Business Insurance Magazine


Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns goes inside the 'Wall of Wind' - The day Burns visited the Wall of Wind, a team from Georgia Tech was there conducting a week-long experiment, backed by the U.S. Energy Department.


GTRI Researchers Help Local Equipment Manufacturer Develop Novel Poultry Yield Detection Management System


Intelligent Cutting 2.0: Rebuilding the Poultry Deboning Robot


Infrared photos reveal Yellowstone's dark side - Using high-res heat vision, a scientist and a photographer are shedding new light on Yellowstone.


Robots Can Perform Surgery, But Can They Debone a Chicken?

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Fourth Dimension Farming: It’s Coming

Lynne Hayes, Growing America


FPTD's Division Chief, Gary McMurray, testifies at Senate Ag Committee Hearing


Over the few years, precision ag technology has advanced at lightening speed, and farmers have begun to reap (no pun intended) the benefits of it, from the ability to gather data to drone use to the ability to create 2-D maps and even 3-D reconstructions of their fields, forests, orchards and groves.

Now, just when growers were becoming accustomed to thinking in three dimensions comes the exciting news that 4-D mapping capability for ag is just over the horizon. 4-D research is being conducted right now in the Southeast at three Georgia institutions along with field testing, all to see just how far technology can take us in gaining a greater understanding of crop performance.

What kind of key information can 4-D provide exactly? Jing Dong, a Ph.D. student involved in 4-D studies at the Georgia Tech Research Institute explained it this way in a recent interview: “4-D is 3-D plus time.”

Read the whole story here.


GTRI's Food Processing Technology Division Chief, Gary McMurray, Provides Expert Testimony Before Congressional Committee

June 15, 2017


FPTD's Division Chief, Gary McMurray, testifies at Senate Ag Committee Hearing


Gary McMurray testified before a Congressional committee on June 15, offering expert testimony on the importance of agricultural funding, research and innovation. McMurray leads the Food Processing Technology Division at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He also develops advanced robotic systems for the food, transportation and biomedical industries.

McMurray stressed the critical role agricultural research plays in meeting future food production demands. While great strides have been made, he said more work must be done.

He highlighted some of the work Georgia Tech is doing in conjunction with the University of Georgia to monitor crop health using autonomous systems.

Read McMurray’s complete testimony here.


GTRI's Senior Research Engineer Ai-Ping Hu and GT Assistant Professor Jonathan Rogers have developed Tarzan, a swinging robot arm that could change the field of agriculture.

Read the story, A Swinging Robot Named Tarzan is the Future of Farming, here.