Director, Digital Transformation of Things, Center for Advanced Communications Policy
Principal Research Engineer, GTRI Information and Cyber Sciences Directorate
Jeff Evans is director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the deputy director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). His research interests are broadband and mobile wireless networks, particularly for educational outreach and efficient delivery to underserved areas. For IPaT, Evans connects the research efforts across campus to enhance applied research development and international collaborations. He is also the director of the Foundations for the Future (F3) program, an ongoing outreach program in its 15th year that develops efficient network access and advances applications usage in classrooms.
Evans’ research has focused primarily on modes of communications in emerging technologies, particularly wireless systems, and he is involved as a project director for several advanced network and multimedia communications programs. One of his main research foci involves ensuring applications’ performance as they migrate across different networks for legacy systems and emerging, high-bandwidth access technologies.
His early work developed into the Network Applications Integration Lab (NAIL) research testbed, which led to his working with campus and other labs across GTRI. After running some of ICL’s research programs in both the DoD and commercial spaces, he was asked to help launch up the first multi-disciplinary unit, the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech in order to integrate theoretical research, basic research and to conduct applied science about the emerging technologies that directly impact people: health care, education, humanitarian systems and media. He has helped build numerous international and industry partnerships, as well as multidisciplinary “living lab” test beds.
Evans helped co-found GTRI’s Foundations for the Future (F3) program, which helps to bring Georgia Tech’s expertise into the state’s K-12 classrooms. ICL also has nationally recognized initiatives that includes the FalconView™ Program, the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) information exchange standards; communications research and antenna networks, both for troops and for evaluating IED countermeasures; emergency management technologies; and are developing a comprehensive approach to the Internet of Things.