About ICL

Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL)

ICL conducts research that solves complex problems in areas of computer science, information technology, communications, networking, and socio-technical systems. Research for public and private clients supports national security; emergency response; integration of health care systems; interoperability and security of interconnected systems; education and learning; technology strategy, planning, and decision support; development of public policy; and commercial product realization.

Three strategic themes are found in ICL’s research:

The Future of Communications
  • Mobile/network convergence; interoperability; communications intelligence; communications/network vulnerability and protection; test beds.
  • Spectrum operations and adaptive control; integrated sensor networks; Machine-to-Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT); efficient communications; secure networks.
The Future of Information
  • Information exchange standards, architectures and governance; open source tools; identity and privilege management; useable security; information dominance.
  • Knowledge management strategies; massive data sets; predictive analysis; intelligent decision making.
Creating the Right Experience
  • Visualization; immersive environments; social media; augmented reality; collaboration; geospatial systems.
  • Computational linguistics; personalization; complex and human systems modeling and simulation; policy analysis; technology strategy.

ICL is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized programs:

FalconViewTM, one of GTRI's signature research programs, is an internationally recognized mapping system that displays various types of maps and geographically referenced overlays, and is an integral part of the Portable Flight Planning Software.  FalconViewTM is now open source.

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is recognized by both Department of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a national standard for information exchange, and is currently being integrated with the Department of Defense Command and Control community. NIEM is the information exchange standard that forms the technical foundation of the Suspicious Activity Reporting System and the National Incident Reporting System used by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and emergency responders across the nation. ICL is also host to the National Information Exchange Federation (NIEF), linking law enforcement agencies across the country through Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM).

The Laboratory is a prominent part of Georgia Tech’s new Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), an interdisciplinary research consortium with a focus on health, education, humanitarian logistics, and the evolution of digital media.

GIS@GTRI provides access to the vast geospatial expertise at GTRI, including research and development of geospatial hardware and software, geographic data modeling, and geocomputation.