Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS)

The Electronic Systems Laboratory delivers innovative research, prototypes, and education which have positive and lasting impacts on our sponsors.

The Electronic Systems Laboratory delivers innovative research, prototypes, and education which have positive and lasting impacts on our sponsors. We strive to maintain our technical and operational preeminence in order to honor the trust of our sponsors and employees.

In keeping with GTRI’s goal to keep our US armed forces the most technically dominant fighting force on Earth, ELSYS develops and executes innovative ways to ensure that deployed systems stay operable, intuitive, and relevant in fulfilling the warfighter’s mission. We keep mission-critical systems technologically suitable, supportable, and affordable over their life cycle.

ELSYS also conducts systems engineering research programs that provide methodologies, tools, education, and leadership to support acquisition and life-cycle sustainment problems. We do this in order to help our armed forces develop the best, most informed decisions on requirements and capabilities. Our researchers develop and execute innovative ways to ensure that systems balance both capability and affordability.

ELSYS core focus areas include:

Electronic Warfare Life Cycle Engineering

ELSYS provides electronic warfare analysis, technology development, test and evaluation, support equipment, software, and integration to solve complex survivability problems in real world applications. The laboratory builds and employs the latest models to investigate key DoD EW concepts and systems. The laboratory provides operational embedded software and designs hardware modifications for multiple production systems fielded on military aircraft.

Human Systems Integration

ELSYS provides a broad Human Systems Integration program encompassing the following sub-disciplines: human factors engineering, occupational health, safety, manpower, personnel, training, survivability, and habitability. The laboratory provides rapid prototyping and fielding of systems for various application, including most recently a human sensor suite.

Applied Systems Engineering

ELSYS systems engineering programs provide methodologies, tools, education, and leadership to support concept development, acquisition, and life-cycle sustainment decisions. The laboratory works in the early acquisition phase to help decision makers optimize the design trade-space for a spectrum of DoD systems.

Avionics Systems Integration

ELSYS provides avionics systems integration to include data fusion of multi-spectral electronic warfare systems, standards development and piloting, and defensive suite integration. The laboratory develops software and hardware tools to test and train for both tactical and national data links.

Unmanned Systems and Robotics

As part of an integrated robotics program at GTRI, ELSYS provides technology development in underwater unmanned systems, micro vehicles research, and vehicle autonomy.

Professional Education and Training

ELSYS engineers and scientists support Georgia Tech Professional Education Programs in Systems Engineering, Problem Solving, Modeling and Simulation, Human Systems Integration, and Electronic Warfare.

Professional Program Management

ELSYS employs industry standard management processes derived from standards set by the Professional Management Institute and Software Engineering Institute, and is governed by an ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System.

ELSYS applied research spans a broad spectrum of problem areas including:

  • Airborne, ground, and surface electronic warfare engineering
  • Digital wide bandwidth receiver technology
  • Photonics technology applications
  • Networked/distributed threat simulations
  • Electronic warfare battle management tools and techniques
  • Collaborative methods and tools for decision support
  • Developmental and operational testing
  • Cyber warfare and electronic warfare convergence
  • Behavior modeling and computational social systems
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) testing of EW and Avionics systems