Gaming & Esports Applied Research (GEAR)

GEAR is a transdisciplinary team of computer scientists and engineers, health professionals, graphic designers, human-computer interaction scientists, and cognitive psychologists with the capacity to rapidly prototype, develop, evaluate, and deploy video games for a variety of research applications. We focus on the applications of games as tools for education, empowerment, rehabilitation, community engagement, health interventions, and entertainment. Additionally, our research on esports includes the development of novel tools to support a variety of esports stakeholders, creation of esports STEM curriculum for schools, and technologies to support esports player health and safety.


  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Game-based assessment
  • Cognitive training
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical professional training


  • STEM engagement
  • Civic engagement
  • Accessibility design
  • Older adult gaming
  • Player data logging and analytics



User Support Technologies
User Support Technologies

Research into the appropriate design and application of interactive technology tools that support and augment fan experiences, aid in team coaching and management, create new business strategies for the esports industry, and more.

STEM Engagement
STEM Engagement

Esports in schools provide fantastic opportunities in motivating students to develop STEM skills, including hardware engineering, software programming, video editing, web design, as well as communication and leadership abilities. We are working with schools to help develop best practices and curricula to meet the needs of educators.

Player Health and Support
Player Health and Support

Engaging with professionals in the medical and esports industries, we are creating tools to support the physical, emotional, and mental health of esports players, while also examining the sociological implications of esports in a young demographic.

Who We Support

Georgia Tech and our partners are seeking collaborators to work with us on gaming and esports applied research with impacts on user health and entertainment. For more information contact:

Laura Levy
Laura Levy, Research Director, Gaming & Esports Applied Research (GEAR)
Siva Jayaraman
Siva Jayaraman, Strategic Partnerships Director


Supporting Partners

Atlanta Reign

Hi-Rez Studios

Skillshot Media