About IPaT

About the Institute for People and Technology

Innovation in media, information, and computing technologies has the potential to transform complex, human-driven enterprises such as healthcare, education, entertainment, business, civic, urban and humanitarian systems. However, influencing these people-intensive systems (aka socio-technical systems) also requires basic and applied research in design, psychology, architecture, policy, and business, and the wherewithal to integrate these insights into transformative approaches, services and tools.

Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) was created in 2011 to embrace these opportunities and needs, to create a networked research ecosystem of Georgia Tech faculty and industry partners, and to amplify their combined thought leadership and on-the-ground results to create positive economic and societal impact in these critical systems that define much of everyday life: how people communicate, learn, heal, make decisions and take care of their communities.

To maximize the impact of Georgia Tech research we use a "3T" approach:


Outline of research approach



3T research approach

Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

Shaping the future of human-centered systems, environments and technologies to promote fulfilling, healthy and productive lives.

Our Mission

Catalyze interdisciplinary research between faculty, students, and industry.
Provide the continuity and capacity to address societal challenges.
Advocate for socio-technical change that improves the human condition.
Educate human-centered engineers, scientists, designers, business leaders, and policy makers.


Our Core Values

As an institution, we have identified a set of core values that underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission.

One GT: We will operate collaboratively by sharing knowledge and resources, all for the greater good of Georgia Tech.
Trusted Partner: We will be transparent, meet deadlines, and work together to enhance and grow valuable relationships on and off campus.
Innovation: We will support a culture of creativity, thought leadership and boundary-pushing ideas, and be unafraid of failure.
Diversity: We will recognize, respect, and embrace our individual differences while exploring how these differences positively impact IPaT as a whole.