ECE Graduate Research Areas
Research in automatic control deals with the modeling of engineering systems, their analysis, and the design of control strategies. Besides fundamental research into these aspects, the faculty members in the area also investigate applications such as diesel engine control, hybrid vehicle control, neuro-fuzzy control, e-toys, power systems, communication systems, and robotics.
The BE area encompasses a wide range of research from nanotechnology for the detection of pathogens to a broad program in the physics, physiology, and computational issues that arise in diverse imaging problems ranging from functional magnetic resonance imaging for neuroscience to nanoscale electron-microscope imaging of virus particles.
Faculty and students in the communications and signal processing area carry out research in wireless mobile communications and networking, smart antennas, radar, speech, video and image processing and printing. Results of this research impact how we communicate with cellular phones, faxes, and the Internet and the data we send and receive for entertainment and business.
Computer Engineering area research covers a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer networks, compilers, distributed systems, micro-architecture and multiprocessor architecture, fault-tolerance, graphics, human computer interfaces, language processing, low power, operating systems, robotics, security, and visualization.
The Power and Energy Systems area encompasses a broad range of research projects involving the development, analysis, and control of advanced terrestrial and mobile energy sources and systems. This research is aimed at improving the reliability/security of the nation's integrated power grid, and the development of advanced propulsion, distribution, and energy conversion concepts for commercial and tactical vehicles such as ships, aircraft, terrestrial and amphibious vehicles, and spacecraft.
Students, faculty, and staff in the Fields and Optics (FO) area carry out advanced research in waveguide structures and mode couplers, microwave and millimeter wave circuits and antennas, optical imaging through highly-scattering media, ultra-fast optics and fiber communications, nano-photonics and optical sensing, and coherent and quantum optical interactions.
Research in the microelectronics and nanotechnology area includes topics from the fabrication of new electronic materials and devices to computational studies of electronic devices. Currently under construction, with completion expected in Summer of 2005, is the Birck Nanotechnology Center. This 71,000 square foot facility will support the research in the microelectronics and nanotechnology area and contains cleanrooms and laboratories for the fabrication of micro- and nano-scale devices, bio-chips, nano-electromechanical systems, and laboratories for precise physical and electrical measurements on nanoscale materials and devices.
Research is conducted in VLSI circuits and computer-aided design, building blocks for new circuit technologies, integrated circuit testing, computer-aided synthesis, and design of low-power circuits. Hardware prototypes and software tools are developed to assist and validate these tasks.