"The Institute at Cal Poly is an ideal staging ground for technologies that have the chance to positively affect both policy and citizen life.”

-Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D., Founding Director

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GATO 365

Nov 26, 2019

GATO 365 brings low-cost and scaleable smart educational technologies to opportunity-zone communities by providing learning infrastructure for hundreds of students with a single device per classroom.


  • Dr. Immanuel Williams 
  • Steven Luu
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Panoptyk Engine

Sep 20, 2019

Project Panoptyk is a game engine designed to run Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games with information creation, sharing, and exchange as the central gameplay focus. This engine is a work in progress, intended to serve as a platform for simulating human/robot interaction, as well as automatic generation of game assets, quests, and real-estate. The project also aims to create an open platform allowing indie and research communities to experiment with MMO concepts. In pursuit of these goals, we identify and address a number of challenges that have traditionally made it difficult for independent designers or researchers to be competitive in creation of new MMO games.


  • Mitch Miller
  • Sean Mendonca
  • Nathan Philliber



Miller, Mitchell, et al. "Panoptyk: information driven MMO engine." Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. ACM, 2019.

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IATPP Looks Ahead

Sep 15, 2019

San Luis Obispo, California — Cal Poly’s Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy that has received over $10 million in funding for its Digital Democracy initiative is starting off the 2019 academic year with five active projects and initiatives.

The research institute is focused on emerging technologies that have the ability to impact the civic space and includes a portfolio of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining and more specialized focuses including deep-fake detection and records analysis.​​

The projects include AI for Reporters, Anti-Bot Operations, Panopytk Information Engine, IOT Data Privacy and Security, Gato 365 Learning Center. Research Director, Foaad Khosmood P.hD., who was a key manager in the Digital Democracy project is involved in a number of these active initiatives.

Founder and Advisor Sam Blakeslee commented on IATPP stated, “The Institute at Cal Poly is an ideal staging ground for technologies that have the chance to positively affect both policy and citizen life. The current projects are exciting and have potential to captivate.”


George Will Cal Poly Alumni and Intern Fellow

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IATPP discusses AI with California's LHC

Feb 14, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) was invited to the Spring session of the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. The LHC functions as a publicly funded think tank with non-partisan mission of conducting research and informing the rest of the California state government of important policy implications.

IATTP founder, Sam Blakeslee and Sr. Research Fellows Foaad Khosmood and Elise St. John traveled to San Francisco to take part in the discussion. Blakeslee and Khosmood, drawing on their experience with Digital Democracy urged the government to produce better quality machine-readable records that can be better analyzed by citizens and researchers alike.

The group also discussed implications of AI with respect to workforce education, privacy and ethics. Other invited guests included representatives from Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, and Governors office on Technology.

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