The Intelligent Sustainable Technology Division

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Welcome to the Intelligent Sustainable Technologies Division

At ISTD, we solve complex problems facing agricultural production and food systems management, energy and water sustainability, and the overall human condition. Our expert engineers and scientists work on interdisciplinary teams that leverage the latest technical advances to turn ideas into innovative solutions. Explore our core competencies.


ISTD’s Robotics Branch performs cutting-edge research to make robotic systems (articulated arms to mobile platforms) more agile, flexible, and adaptable to allow them to work in unstructured environments.

Systems Engineering

ISTD’s Systems Engineering Branch supports modeling and simulation for projects leading to prototyping efforts.

Machine Learning and Data Analytics

ISTD's Machine Learning and Data Analytics Branch extracts actionable insights from datasets and data streams using the latest computational methods and hardware acceleration to advance basic scientific inquiry, assist product engineering, and improve organizational processes.

Materials and Energy

ISTD’s Materials and Energy Branch develops new materials and engineers new approaches to improve energy conversion, storage, and efficiency.

Chemical and Biological Systems

ISTD’s Chemical and Biological Systems Branch performs cutting-edge research ranging from biomarker identification in complex biological systems to advanced sensor development for rapid and robust chemical and biological detection in the field.


Strengthening Georgia Through Innovative Technology

Agricultural Technology Research Program

The Agricultural Technology Research Program drives transformational innovation, developing new methods and systems specifically designed for poultry, agribusiness, and food manufacturing applications. These innovations are created to maximize productively and efficiency, advance safety and health, and minimize environmental impacts. Our goal is to transition technologies from concept to commercialization, as quickly and economically as possible.


Norfolk Southern Launches AI Train Inspection Technology

GTRI Looks to Use VOC Sensors to Prevent Aflatoxin Contamination in Peanut Plants

From Virtual Reality to Ice Slurries: How ATRP is Impacting Georgia, the Nation, and World

GTRI's Real-time Intelligent Fusion Service, Forklift Assist Program Could Enhance Warehouse Efficiency, Safety

This Robot’s Gentle Grip Can Harvest Berries and Other Delicate Fruit

Are Robots Taking Our Jobs? Some Say They Are Making Life Easier

GTRI Creates a Robotic Assistant for the Marines

ISTD recently designed ARTI, a four-wheeled robot designed to perform autonomous inventory management tasks at the Marines Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.

Peachy Robot: A Glimpse into the Peach Orchard of the Future

Cultivating peaches is a complex and manually-intensive process that has put a strain on many farms stretched for time and workers. To solve this problem, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.