Bent on solving real-world problems, the Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT, pronounced: "Sea-Date") fosters interdisciplinary research and education in Internet of Things (IoT)-related domains and bridges sponsors with Georgia Tech researchers and faculty as well as with industry members with similar interests. Central to its value proposition is the belief that only a holistic approach, i.e., mindful of the complexity of the entire IoT value chain and the intricate relationships between the various links, can generate superior results. CDAIT’s broad overarching goal is to expand and promote IoT’s huge potential and transformational capabilities.
"The expression 'Internet of Things' (IoT), for which there is no lack of definitional efforts, is a catchphrase that has been adopted around the world to describe something inherently disruptive, i.e., the immersion of almost anything and everything (previously 'out of scope') into the communications space thanks to the timely convergence of scientific, technological, and societal advances and trends. Through embedded intelligence, the Internet of Things will transform the dimensions of the economy and society on a scale not experienced before. Nothing will be forever fixed. Inert will become active; delayed, instantaneous; offline, online; and static, dynamic. The Internet of Things, which has two intertwined and yet different elements, i.e., the 'Industrial IoT' and the 'Consumer IoT', will give rise to what could rightfully be called a 'pulsating world' (i.e., sending and receiving data). Since the potentially connectable things are extremely diverse and their number is very large, incommensurately bigger than the number of people, the resulting challenges, both technological and human, are broad and significant.
In order to address those challenges, we have created a Center exclusively focused on the development and application of IoT technologies, which can link this ebullient and promising market with the wide range of IoT-related expertise already present within Georgia Tech's colleges and Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs), including the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Georgia Tech's applied research arm. With access to a community of world-renowned faculty and researchers and exceptionally talented students, CDAIT can uniquely support projects that span the whole IoT value chain. As a global, nonprofit, partner-funded center of excellence in IoT, CDAIT aims at boosting creativity, productivity gains and revenue generation while exploring head-on surrounding societal issues such as ethics, privacy, trust, regulation and policy. The interaction between CDAIT and its sponsors is characterized by a strong emphasis on practical applications with tangible proof points and ROI."
“Working in close collaboration with sponsors and partners is essential to CDAIT’s mission. We strive to create an open inter-organizational workspace where CDAIT is used as an efficient sounding board and a source of innovation for the development of successful IoT programs, products and services, cementing in the process a true 'partner intimacy'. Through our various Working Groups, we explore critical IoT dimensions, both technological and non-technological, in order to provide our members a clear and actionable understanding of what the Internet of Things entails. While we aim to advance related scientific and technical knowledge, we remain focused on helping to solve the business issues and challenges of an emerging space whose contours are not yet well-defined.”
“CDAIT’s technological support manifests itself through a wide variety of ways, e.g., original IoT research conducted at CDAIT and other GT units associated with the center; workshops on specific IoT topics; sharing of pre-published information on related GT work; development of relevant education and training programs; and discussions on scientific and technical IoT-related issues. Given the diversity and fast-paced expansion of the IoT arena, research avenues are bound to change over time and across markets. As a result, CDAIT’s work focus may evolve throughout the value chain, from the data capture all the way through to the information extraction. Critical research themes are expected to be around the IoT core building blocks, i.e., activities that hold everything together such as component integration (architecture design, modeling, simulation, emulation, testing and Cyber-Physical Systems optimization); quality of service (resilience and power sourcing); confidence and interoperability (security, privacy, trust, ethics, identity protection, safety, standards & protocols) and the crucial connection between technology requirements and business models.”
“Effective communications both within and outside CDAIT are critical. Keeping members updated on and possibly involved in IoT-related activities in Atlanta and across the State is an important component of CDAIT’s communications strategy. As CDAIT becomes an integral element of its sponsors’ marketing communications strategy, we anticipate members will include their role in CDAIT as a way to increase their visibility and position their organization in the IoT space. This is especially true here in Atlanta where the vibrant tech community is fast becoming the city’s hallmark.”
"CDAIT relies on financial sponsorship from industry and looks for sponsors whose objectives are tightly aligned with the center’s. Like any other research center at Georgia Tech, CDAIT is a vehicle for focusing on technologies such as those enabling the Internet of Things, which are crucial to the advancement of society and leading to interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a critical means by which Georgia Tech fulfills its mission to serve industry through relevant research, innovation, continuing education, and education of students to become leaders in technology-driven companies.
Comments, feedback and suggestions from sponsors are key to an effective functioning of the Center. Depending on the membership level, CDAIT’s sponsors may participate in four avenues of collaboration such as core projects, customized projects & services, ongoing access to programs & services, and IoT awareness activities. Only Charter Sponsors, who have the highest level of involvement with CDAIT, are invited to have one representative on the Board. The Executive Advisory Board advises CDAIT on its strategic direction, research, and project activities."