The Food Processing Technology Division (FPTD) is a division of the Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).
With a mission to enhance the productivity of Georgia’s agribusiness and the competitiveness of Georgia’s food processing industry, FPTD conducts significant research on food quality and safety while minimizing environmental impacts by applying computer vision, robotics, plant ergonomics, biosensors, and flexible computing and information systems technologies. FPTD also conducts air quality and transportation research, worker safety, environmental systems, bioprocessing and biofuels, energy and fuel cell battery research, and biomedical technology systems.
FPTD researchers are focused on Advanced Imaging and Sensor Technologies, Robotics and Automation Systems, Environmental Systems, Energy and Fuel Cell Research , and Worker and Product Safety Research.
Since 1973, FPTD's Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) has provided innovative engineering research and development for the poultry industry in particular and the food-processing industry at large. The program's researchers have studied the challenges facing this important industrial sector in Georgia, developing a number of technologies for improving processing efficiency and effectiveness.
Though oriented toward the food industry, FPTD's work is applicable across many industries.