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Defense against the dark side of tech

Virginia Tech researchers have amassed one of the largest datasets of AI-manipulated media in existence to explore methods of detecting and disarming weaponized media and toxic misinformation campaigns.

Bimal Viswanath joined the Computer Science faculty in 2018 and has been working with graduate students to detect and disrupt deepfake media. Photo by Peter Means.

Events and Programs

Research-focused events and programs across Virginia Tech's three campuses are intended to inform and support researchers' interests and enhance their portfolios.

Postdoctoral Associates

Virginia Tech is committed to supporting postdocs through fostering community, supporting professional development, and providing opportunities to advance scholarship.  

Foreign Influence Disclosure Guidance

In accordance with Presidential Memorandum on United States Government-Supported Research and National Security, government agencies have identified foreign interests and activities that require disclosure to federal agencies when participating in federally sponsored research.


~$600 million research expenditures in FY22
#54 in NSF HERD survey
Ranked Top 6% in Nation for Research Expenditures

Solving challenges emerging in a rapidly changing world >>>

The university has invested in major research initiatives, bringing together diverse expertise that transcends traditional discipline boundaries. In partnership with industry, government, and foundations, these focus areas address emerging challenges and opportunities that seek to improve the human condition and create a better world for all. 

These strategically focused areas are Virginia Tech Research Frontiers.

Kaveh Akbari Hamed Lab Robots.

The Artificial Intelligence Frontier

Harnessing artificial intelligence for intelligence augmentation

Building on expertise in artificial intelligence and data science, systems engineering, neuroscience, human factors, robotics, immersive visualization, and education, among others, to accelerate human-technology partnerships toward seamless augmentation, ethically and sustainably.

A researcher in a lab working with plants.

The Health Frontier

Leading one health to achieve whole health

Changing the focus on disease and symptoms to one of whole health, integrating intersections of animal, environment, and human health and building in communities and systems to empower multifaceted well-being.

A man flying a drone in a field.

The Security Frontier

Innovating for secure and resilient communities

Ensuring communities are prepared to face global threats, from climate change to cybersecurity to national defense through advances in preparation, defense, mitigation, and recovery.

A group of researchers having discussion at a whiteboard.

The Quantum Frontier

Advancing the quantum leap

Using an unparalleled transdisciplinary focus to accelerate the integration of quantum technologies across society, realizing unprecedented computing and communication capabilities and restructuring our social framework.


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The Research Monthly E-Newsletter provides access to information about upcoming research events, research development opportunities and training, recent discoveries, and latest news regarding research at Virginia Tech.


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