Research at the FedEx Institute of Technology

The FedEx Institute of Technology is first and foremost an emerging technologies research institution. Working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty members from across campus and around the world, we are bringing the SMART future to Memphis and advancing the science of what's next. Included in our research focus areas are:

  • Intelligent systems & artificial intelligence
  • Unmanned & autonomous systems
  • Cybersecurity testing
  • Biologistics & smart biomaterials
  • Robotics and machine learning
  • Virtual reality and immersive environments
  • Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Mobile health and precision medicine
  • Big data analytics & design thinking
  • Smart cities &spaces
  • Quantum computing
  • Augmented analytics
  • AI-driven development
  • Digital twins
  • Empowered edge
  • Immersive technologies
  • Digital ethics and privacy

We are planting the seeds and feeding the innovation life-cycle that makes Memphis a world-class technology city.


Research Clusters


The faculty from Engineering, Marketing & Supply Chain, Biomedical Sciences and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) collaborates to develop joint research projects to deliver novel solutions.


Innovative partners and collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines provide proactive leadership of the region's response to constantly shifting cyber security challenges.

Data Science

Data Science Research Initiative at the University of Memphis and the local community provides a vibrant research environment and training future to build a Data Science community of practice that includes academia, government and industry in West Tennessee, the Mid-South and beyond.


The FedEx Institute is committed to the development of innovative research, corporate partnership, an community engagement in all aspects related to Drones, Robotics, and Navigation Enabled Systems (including autonomous vehicles).


The University of Memphis and the City of Memphis are partnering on a SMART City Initiative (as part of a larger national-level MetroLab Network program) to address the needs of Memphis citizens utilizing emerging technologies and arising innovations.

Additive Manufacturing 

This cluster focuses from advanced 3D printing technology to modern manufacturing and is among a new generation of advanced technologies enabling degrees of manufacturing precision, efficiency and flexibility never before possible.

Agriculture and Food Technologies

The world population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This raises critical supply issues, along with environmental concerns, and points to the need to engage in fundamental and applied research that will improve innovation and efficiency in food production while protecting our environment.


The Institute for Intelligent Systems is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and capabilities of intelligent systems, including psychological, biological, and artificial systems.


The MD2K Center brings together the top brains in Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Behavioral Science, and Statistics to help develop innovative tools to make it easier to gather, analyze and interpret health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.