Electrical & Computer Engineering

Areas of Research

The Faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conduct cutting-edge research in the following areas:

Micro-/Nano-electronics and Photonics

Gary M. Atkinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: Micro and nanofabrication, sensors and actuators, energy conversion devices. Device Test and Characterization Laboratory

Vitaliy Avrutin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: III-Nitride epitaxy, semiconductor optoelectronic devices. Microelectronic Materials and Device Laboratory

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor, Specialization Areas: Straintronics, coherent spin transport in nanowires for sensing and information processing, nanowire-based room-temperature infrared detectors. Quantum Device Laboratory

Michael J. Cabral, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: Engineering education, nanofabrication techniques, molecular electronics

Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: Nanophotonics and plasmonics, nonlinear and integrated optics, optical materials. KLab Photonics

Hadis Morkoç, Ph.D., Founders Professor, Specialization Areas: Group III-IV semiconductors, light emitting diodes, nitride semiconductor heterostructures. Microelectronic Materials and Device Laboratory

Ümit Özgür, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: Group III-nitride and zinc oxide optoelectronics, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, semiconductor heterostructures. Microelectronic Materials and Device Laboratory

Gregory E. Triplett, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Specialization Areas: optoelectronics/photonics, electronic materials, computational intelligence

Power, Energy, and Controls

Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., Associate professor, Specialization Areas: STEM education, medical image and signal processing, artificial neural networks

Ashok Iyer, Ph.D., Professor, Specialization Areas: GPS applications, neural networks, linear and nonlinear control theory

Yuichi Motai, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: sensory intelligence, medical imaging, computer vision. Sensory Intelligence Laboratory

Zhifang Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: Electrical power system modeling and optimization, renewable integration, demand management in smart grids

Signal Processing and Communications

Alen Docef, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: Medical image processing, signal processing architectures, document compression for archiving

Afroditi V. Filippas, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Specialization Areas: Microwave and RF modeling and simulation, signal processing, medical devices

Ruixin Niu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: Statistical signal processing, information fusion in sensor networks, wireless communications

Erdem Topsakal, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Specialization Areas: Microwave hyperthermia and ablation, wireless medical telemetry, computational electromagnetics

Computer Architecture and Cyber-Physical Systems

Tim Bakker, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: Digital system design for fault-tolerant and safety-critical systems, advanced collaborative algorithms for unmanned aircraft systems, cyber-physical systems security.

Carl Elks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: Embedded systems design and analysis, dependability analysis of safety critical systems, cyber-physical systems

Robert H. Klenke, Ph.D., Professor, Specialization Areas: Collaborative unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber-physical systems security, hardware/software codesign. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratory

R. Daniel Resler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Specialization Areas: Programming languages, compiler design, automatic generation of software

Weijun Xiao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Specialization Areas: GPU and heterogeneous computing, emerging memory and storage technologies, embedded systems

Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Professor, Specialization Areas: Real-time and embedded systems, computer architecture, parallel computing. Embedded Systems Lab (ESL)

Labs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducts research in three major areas of nanoelectronics and solid state materials; controls and communication; and computer engineering. The faculty and labs include: