Research Centers

Currently, there are 12 University approved centers and institutes within Purdue ECE. At the Purdue level, there are 137. Each center is developed to fill a particular need.

  • Discovery Park centers extend campus infrastructure to the entire University allowing multidisciplinary groups to come together on campus and respond to grand challenges and opportunities.
  • Large project centers or institutes, generally funded by an outside agency, are organized around a specific objective and have a natural lifespan.
  • Grassroots centers or institutes vary in size and are formed from faculty initiatives; they are frequently funded by the departments.

Centers and institutes are valued and encouraged at Purdue. They create a venue for faculty to come together to solve a common goal. Additional opportunities for joint projects and funding are created as investigators interact.


Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC)

Director: Ali Shakouri

A Discovery Park center that provides scientific equipment, specialized laboratories, a nanofabrication cleanroom, offices, technical staff, and administrative support for nanotechnology research.


Center for Brain Inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence (C-BRIC)

Director: Kaushik Roy

C-BRIC's mission is to deliver key advances in cognitive computing, with the goal of enabling a new generation of autonomous intelligent systems such as self-flying drones and interactive personal robots. C-BRIC will co-develop the next generation neuro-inspired algorithms and theory, neuromorphic computing fabrics and distributed intelligence.


Center for Electronic Defense Systems (CEDS)

Director: Dimitrios Peroulis

The center focuses on applied electromagnetics. This focus has taken the group's research in 3 distinct directions: advanced packaging, integrated sensors, and wireless sensors and radar. The centers objective is to develop a comprehensive approach to RF engineering that will span from electromagnetics to circuits to wave form synthesis to digital processing.


Center for Implantable Devices (CID)

Director: Pedro Irazoqui

Mission of the center is to maximize the clinical impact of the centers work by closely working with clinicians and industrial partners to guide research activities.


Center for PRedictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED)

Director: Gerhard Kilmeck

The mission of the center is to develop unique software and computational modeling capabilities that will revolutionize the design of products, devices and systems.


Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems, and Processes (CRISP)

Director: Saurabh Bagchi

CRISP provides scientific methods to analyze the failure modes of a variety of critical infrastructures and provides engineering tools to systematically incorporate resilience. The Center will develop techniques that apply broadly across multiple domains to complement existing domain-specific techniques. Initial focus areas will be resilient and adaptive cyberinfrastructure, resilient cyber-physical systems, and the scientific foundations of resilient socio-technical systems.


NSF Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NSF NCN)

Director: Gerhard Kilmeck

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative by designing, constructing, deploying, and operating a national cyber-resource for nanotechnology theory, modeling, and simulation. Its mission is embodied in nanoHUB.org.


Open Agricultural Technology and Systems Center (OATS)

Director: James Krogmeier

OATS will capitalize on the catalyzing effect of open source technologies to enhance agricultural innovation and education in areas such as sensing, control, logistics, and data management


Purdue Center for Programming Principles and Software Systems (PurPL)

Co-Director: Milind Kulkarni

Supported by large government grants from various agencies and an industry consortium including Facebook, Microsoft, and AI chip startup SambaNova Systems, the PurPL center will work with its partners in industry and academia to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face. The founding group of affiliated faculty includes 10 experts in PL, covering all areas from theory to systems, as well as eight experts in domains spanning AI, machine learning, security, cryptography, as well as computational science and engineering, with a proven track record of successful collaboration and tech transfer.


Purdue Center for Topological Materials (PCTM)

Director: Michael Manfra

The center will focus on emergent phenomena brought about by unusual topology in condensed matter systems. The mission is to foster internal collaboration focused on elucidating the role of topology in condensed matter systems, to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of the latest developments in condensed matter physics and provide a crucial link to the larger research community outside of Purdue, and to leverage existing strengths at Purdue to compete nationally for large-scale funding opportunities


Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute (PQSEI)

Director: Yong P. Chen

PQSEI will help grow and support quantum information science (QIS) research across campus to make Purdue a leading Hub in QIS and maximally competitive to attract major QIS funding, with a cross disciplinary approach.


Purdue Visualizations and Analytics Center (PURVAC)

Director: David S. Ebert

PURVAC performs fundamental and applied research in visual representations of complex, time-varying, heterogeneous data to enable visual analysis, decision making, and rapid action, addressing key research needs for homeland security, emergency management and response, healthcare management and monitoring, mobile analytics, and scientific discovery.