Research is an important mission of the department; it plays a crucial role in enriching the intellectual experience of students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Students work closely with faculty on frontier research projects. Research results have attracted funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and a variety of local and national industries.
Areas of specialization
Biomedical engineering: modeling and control of physiological systems; medical instrumentation and biosignal processing, pattern recognition and image processing (texture analysis, image classification, and segmentation) in medicine; assistive technology to aid persons with disabilities; cardiac anatomy, electrophysiology, and mechanics and resuscitation; neural engineering.
Circuits and devices: mixed signal integrated circuits, VLSI design and simulation, high-level synthesis and design tools, design automation and optimization, high-resolution data converters, low-power CMOS circuits, device physics and device modeling. The Cadence University Program is used to support this area.
Communication theory: statistical and computer communications; data compression and coding; modulation and demodulation; Monte Carlo simulation; local area networks, reliable and secure communication.
Computational intelligence and machine learning: adaptive dynamic programming, reinforcement learning, stochastic control, optimization, imbalanced learning, semi-supervised learning, spatial data mining, etc.
Computer architectures and digital systems: processor architectures, memory structures, I/O systems, reliable data storage systems, RAID/SAN/NAS storages, parallel and distributed systems, FPGA designs, VHDL/Verilog, VLSI designs and layouts, adaptive systems, control and data speculation.
Computer networks: computer network architectures and protocols, TCP/IP, local area networks (LAN), Internet applications, wired and wireless computer communication, network security, distributed computing systems.
Digital signal processing: detection and parameter estimation; prediction and filtering; spectrum analysis; array processing; digital filter synthesis; adaptive filtering, algorithm design.
Embedded systems and computer applications: embedded system designs, hardware/software designs in embedded applications for networking devices, automobiles, image processing, home appliances, and computer forensics.
Fault-tolerant computing: fault-tolerant computer systems, hardware/software testing, error control coding, data protection and data recovery technologies, reliability and availability modeling, system simulations for performance and reliability analysis of computer systems.
Materials and optics: electrical and optical properties of materials, laser-matter interaction, photocathodes; crystallographic techniques for submicron X-ray lithography; radiation damage in nonmetallic solids; mode characteristics in optical and infrared fiber waveguides; fiber optic sensors; fiber optical amplifiers; electro-optic modulators.
Systems theory: control and estimation theory, intelligent systems; multivariable systems; nonlinear systems, modeling of deterministic and stochastic systems; model order reduction; optimal smoothing, filtering and prediction; pattern recognition, classification, computer vision; computerized imaging systems and image analysis.