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Electrical & Computer Engineering Research

Areas of Focus

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducts research across an array of focused areas that encompass the field of electrical and computer engineering. Our faculty members represent a richness of talent, curiosity, and vision. Students are active participants in exciting discovery and innovation.

Communications and Networking

Wireless communications, information theory, sensor networks, green networks, next generation internet architectures, dynamic spectrum access, cooperative approaches, cognitive radio, resource management, information theory, information security, physical layer security, network coding, underwater communications.

Affiliated Faculty: Aggelos BletsasYingying Chen, Sasan Haghani, Narayan Mandayam, Jorge Ortiz, Athina Petropulu, Dario Pompili, Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Anand D. Sarwate, Ivan Seskar, Emina Soljanin, Wade Trappe, Chung-Tse Michael Wu, Bo Yuan

 Wireless Signals Amid Networked Environments

Signals and Information Processing

Signal processing, multimedia, speech and image processing, MIMO radar, compressive sensing, visual computing, cyberphysical systems, control theory, data visualization, machine learning, distributed computing.

Affiliated FacultyWaheed U. Bajwa, Aggelos BletsasSasam Haghani, Shirin JalaliLaleh Najafizadeh, Athina Petropulu, Dario Pompili, Salim El Rouayheb, Anand D. Sarwate, Emina Soljanin, Predrag Spasojevic, Bo Yuan

Streaming data abstraction.

Machine Learning

The Machine Learning area focuses on the development of intelligent algorithms and agents that enable computers to perform specific tasks without using explicit instructions, relying instead on patterns and knowledge extracted from data. It allows systems to learn and improve from experience automatically, facilitating applications ranging from predictive analytics and natural language processing to image recognition and beyond. ECE faculty members in this area focus on the theory, algorithm, system, hardware, security and applications of machine learning.

Affiliated Faculty: Waheed U. Bajwa, Aggelos BletsasYingying Chen, Kristin DanaShirin JalaliDemetrios LambropoulosHang LiuLaleh NajafizadehJorge OrtizAthina PetropuluDario PompiliAnand D. SarwateIvan SeskarBo YuanZhao Zhang 

Machine learning AI Artificial intelligence technology concept. Robot hand pressing button on screen 3d render.


Cybersecurity targets the emerging threats in modern computing infrastructures, electronic devices, and user applications. ECE faculty in this area focus on addressing various confidentiality and integrity issues across multiple levels of computer system stack, such as AI security, information security, mobile system security, hardware security, usable security, and data privacy.

Affiliated Faculty: Yingying ChenDemetrios LambropoulosSalim El RouayhebAnand D. SarwateEmina SoljaninSheng WeiBo Yuan

Cloud Computing Metaverse Digital Information Data Center Technology. Computer Information Storage. Cybersecurity

High-Performance Computing

The High-Performance Computing area focuses on developing massively parallel algorithms and advanced systems with heterogeneous architectures to perform complex computations at high speed, far beyond what standard computers can achieve. ECE faculty in this area focus on workflow management and scheduling, artificial intelligence, climate modeling, quantum physics, and data mining.

Affiliated Faculty: Shantenu JhaHang LiuDov KrugerEmina SoljaninMatteo TurilliZhao Zhang

Close-up of Intricate quantum computer mechanism with golden light highlights.

BioElectrical Engineering 

ECE research in Bio-Electrical Engineering combines principles of electrical engineering with biomedical sciences to understand the human body and its impact on environment in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, disease diagnostics, and climate change. ECE faculty in this area specializes in biosensor development, bio micro/nano technology, bio-computation, neural engineering, biomedical imaging and bioinstrumentation. 

Affiliated Faculty: Sasan Haghani, Umer Hassan, Mehdi Javanmard, Laleh NajafizadehDario PompiliChung-Tse Michael Wu

Advanced robotic hand with illuminated cybernetic particles, showcasing artificial intelligence and robotics.

Software Engineering

Software Engineering research addresses the design, development, and testing of software applications. ECE faculty in this area focus on middleware for scientific computing, collaborative systems, distributed and web programming, and algorithm design and optimization.

Affiliated Faculty: Shantenu JhaDov KrugerDemetrios LambropoulosIvan MarsicIvan SeskarDeborah SilverMaria Striki

Software development, IT operations, Concept with dev ops icon on computer screen and project manager, coder or sysadmin typing on keyboard, high software quality

Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems

Silicon Wafer with microchips used in electronics for the fabrication of integrated circuits.


The Robotics area is a multidisciplinary field that integrates computer science, engineering, and technology to design, construct, deploy, operate, and apply robots, aiming to replicate human actions or assist in tasks across various environments. ECE faculty in this area specializes in the development of AI algorithms, control systems, and sensory feedback mechanisms to enable robots to perceive their environment, make decisions, and perform complex tasks autonomously or semi-autonomously.

Affiliated Faculty: Daniel Burbano LombanoKristin DanaJorge OrtizDario PompiliBo Yuan

Female professor working with robotics alongside her students.

Systems and Control

The Systems and Controls area focuses on designing, analyzing, and optimizing dynamic systems to achieve desired behaviors, spanning a wide range of subjects from control theory to complex systems like cyber-physical systems, robot swarms, and the Internet. Faculty members in this area also investigate integrating data-driven tools to develop intelligent systems capable of autonomous decision-making and adapting seamlessly to dynamic and uncertain environments.

Affiliated Faculty: Daniel Burbano Lombano, Zoran Gajic, John J. McGarvey, Guosong Yang

Engineer hand using tablet, heavy automation robot arm machine

Computer Vision and Multimedia

Computer Vision and Multimedia research generates, interprets, and delivers images and videos to enable human-centric system applications. ECE faculty in this area focus on computer vision, robotics, multimedia systems, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

Affiliated Faculty: Kristin DanaYao LiuIvan MarsicSheng WeiBo YuanYuqian Zhang

Eye close-up computer vision

Internet-of-Things and Smart Health

Internet-of-Things and Smart Health brings together network-connected werable devices with sensing and computing capabilities to enable healthcare applications. ECE faculty in this area focus on mobile computing and sensing, Internet-of-Things, smart healthcare, biosensing, and cyber physical systems.

Affiliated Faculty: Yingying Chen, Sasan Haghani, Umer Hassan, Mehdi JavanmardDov Kruger, Laleh NajafizadehDario Pompili

Internt of Things theme with abstract high speed technology POV motion blur