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Areas of Research

ECE faculty and graduate students are engaged in cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas. Building on our already diverse faculty and student population, the research program is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration with engagement from other departments and colleges on campus, universities throughout the world, and business leaders in various fields of industry. Details on the major research thrusts in the department are provided below.

Communications, Signal Processing, and Networking

  • Investigation and development of communication and signal processing theories
  • Algorithms and systems for wireless and network communications
  • Video and multimedia technologies

Computer Engineering

  • Design and implementation of hardware and software systems
  • Computer architecture, VLSI design, real-time and embedded systems
  • Networked systems from small scales (e.g., Internet of Things) to large scales (e.g., data centers)

Control and Robotics

  • Theories and methods of modeling, identification and design of highly complex control systems
  • Planning and analysis of motion, navigation and control of autonomous vehicles and robotic systems

Intelligent Systems

  • Theoretical foundations and applications of computer vision, machine learning, and pattern recognition
  • Cyber-physical and autonomous Systems
  • Intelligent transportation systems, multimedia technologies, and image/video bioinformatics

Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Devices

  • Theoretical, computational and experimental investigation of nanostructures
  • Development of new bio- and opto-electronic materials, devices and circuits
  • MEMS and photonics

Power Systems and Smart Grid

  • Development and demonstration of smart grid applications
  • Power system analysis and optimization
  • Electricity market design
  • Renewable energy integration
  • Power system security