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What is the Systems Realization Laboratory?

The Systems Realization Laboratory was founded by four faculty (Farrokh Mistree, Janet Allen, Bert Bras and David Rosen) who all came to Georgia Tech in 1992. Chris Paredis joined us in 2002. We have a very strong research program, but being at an educational institution, we assert that our primary mission is to provide an opportunity for students to learn how to rise to their full potential. That is why we view and want students as colleagues - colleagues who have a dream and a passion to make a difference and want to be the thought leaders of tomorrow.

Our Vision

Strategic design is a comprehensive approach for safeguarding the economic viability of a company. It necessitates the design of products and processes that efficiently and effectively accommodate changing markets and technological innovations. Accordingly, our vision involves identifying, developing and understanding principles, tools, and technologies to establish and preserve strategic, sustainable development - for products, processes, industries and careers. Our core activities include:

  • conceiving and verifying foundational theories for the realization of engineered products, processes, systems, and services;
  • promoting scholarship in the form of discovery, analysis, synthesis and education;
  • developing technologies that enable companies to conceive and produce customized products that service various market segments;
  • promoting technology transfer; and
  • fostering growth of intellectual capital among all stakeholders, including industrial partners, faculty, and students.

Our Research Thrusts

Our projects are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end - an end that allows our student colleagues to learn how to rise to their full potential. We have worked on many different projects, but our current research thrusts are related to strategic design in the following engineering domains:

  • Information Modeling and Simulations for Collaborative Distributed Design
  • Design of Next Generation Product Realization Technologies for Multifunctional Materials
  • Design for Sustainable Development
  • Information Economics and Uncertainty Management in Engineering Design Decisions

For more details see our research, contact individual professors, or see these overview presentations.

Specific projects include applications of virtual reality, haptic force-feedback, materials design, decision-based design, additive fabrication, modeling and simulation, distributed, collaborative design, internet-based environmental assessments. However, we have many more exciting projects and you can find much more information by visiting our web pages.

Our Achievements

We have been very successful - both individually and as a team. To give you some ideas, below are some measures of our achievements:

  • Students graduated:
    • Doctoral: 16
    • Masters: 54
  • Publications:
    • Journals: 91
    • Refereed Conference Proceedings: 112
    • Conference Proceedings: 105
    • Book/Book Chapters: 20

Research funding

The SRL have received over $15 million in research funding.  Due to our success, we have many state-of-the-art resources available in our laboratories, ranging from high-fidelity simulation software to Virtual Reality equipment to rapid prototyping and manufacturing equipment.

Our Expectations

Our expectations are high. We work as a team and we place a high premium on collaboration between all members of our laboratory. We expect every student colleague to have published a paper within the first year of joining our laboratory. We work with our students (our students do not work for us). We like to see our students complete their MS thesis within one and a half to two years and their doctoral dissertation after obtaining their MS degrees in three to five years.

About our Logo

We view design and engineering as the continuous interaction between the human and the computer. We represent this synergy with a wrench which requires both the human and computer in order to operate. When the wrench needs adjustment, the computer moves toward and away from the human, signifying human-centered design. The wrench sits atop the world, signifying our focus on the global market place.


For current member home pages and a list of alumni, please see people.

Other activities

In addition to academics, the members of the SRL come together for a variety of service and recreatational activities, such as Habitat for Humanity, intramural sports, and intra-lab football.

Contact info

For more information, please contact us.

Directions to the SRL

For maps, driving, and transit information, see directions.

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