CATEA is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to enhancing the lives of people with all levels of ability and functional limitations through the development and application of assistive and universally designed technologies. Rather than focusing on disability, seeing people as "disabled," we believe that the limitations of current technologies and the design of the built environment account for the difference between any individual’s potential and his or her ability to perform activities and participate in society. We seek to minimize those limitations.
To do so, CATEA brings together the diverse talents of many different types of engineers, scientists, clinicians, and other professionals, drawing them from the College of Architecture, the broader Georgia Tech community, and a wide range of other organizations such as Duke University, Georgia State, University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, the Shepherd Center, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, Emory University, and the University of Georgia.
CATEA’s work is organized under four laboratories: the Rehabilitation Engineering And Applied Research Laboratory (REAR Lab), the Accessible Workplace Laboratory, the Enabling Environments Laboratory (EE lab), and the Accessible Education and Information Laboratory.
CATEA staff also teach courses in the College of Architecture’s Industrial Design and Architecture programs, as well as in Prosthetics and Orthotics. They are affiliated with the Health Systems Institute in the College of Engineering; Awarehome Research Initiative in the College of Computing; and ROSS (Responsive Objects, Surfaces and Spaces), a collaboration between Literature Communiciation and Culture and the Industrial Design Program.
CATEA staff serve as advisors on dissertation and thesis projects; and provide research opportunities for students through graduate research assistantships.