Barry Drake

Areas of Expertise

Communication Systems
Defense / National Security


Mr. Drake is a senior research faculty member at GTRI in the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) and in the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), College of Computing at Georgia Tech. At GTRI/ICL Mr. Drake is in the Innovative Computing Division where he serves as Technical Lead for the Algorithms and Analytics Branch. His interests include adaptive algorithms, learning machines, numerical linear algebra, and applying these technologies to solve real-world problems. Mr. Drake has been awarded patents and published numerous papers in the areas of optical computers, adaptive algorithms for signal processing, and adaptive machine learning methods. More recently, he has been performing research in the areas of Raman spectroscopy and text analytics, such as topic modeling, using matrix low-rank approximation methods. He is a member of the Georgia Tech/GTRI DARPA funded XDATA research team. Mr. Drake also served as cofounder of three startup companies and held positions at large Fortune 500 companies. He began his career as a mathematician at a federal laboratory, the Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC), San Diego, CA. Mr. Drake holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Forest Biology, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics all from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and attended Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, on a graduate fellowship from NOSC.