Research Projects

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering boasts an active and agile research community comprised of our nationally recognized staff, students, and collaborating colleagues. This cadre of scientists is bolstered by grants, both private and public, to further explore our field's unknown horizons.

Our department is filled with knowledgeable, astute individuals dedicated to uncovering new ideas and technology in the areas of Bioelectriconics, Communications, Computer Architecture, Nanoelectronics, and Power Systems. Our department encourages these efforts by providing a number of cutting-edge facilities and services to cultivate scientific progress.

Our research team is world recognized and funded by top names in both the public and private sectors. Government organization such as The National Science Foundation, The Army Research Office, and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as corporations such as Cisco Systems, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, and Red Hat have all allocated resources to further our research and development.

Our college has been awarded two Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) by the National Science Foundation. These ERCs are part of a nation-wide group of university level interdisciplinary centers that work in partnership with local industry to pursue strategic solutions to complex engineering problems. ERCs have the potential to revolutionize entire products, systems, methodologies, and industries. This support is a large reason why our college is ranked seventeenth in the nation in research expenditures and fourteenth in industry support, according to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2007.

Current Research Grants By Type


Research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering covers the gamut from basic to applied. Specific topics include not only those under our eight research areas, but themes such as novel ways to teach fundamental concepts, engineering as a life-long discipline, and the engineering education community.

The following list represents the projects active during the July 1st, 2014 through June 31st, 2015 fiscal year. Unfunded research is conducted continuously as the scientific curiosity of our faculty lead them to new areas of inquiry. Although we list only the principal investigators from each project, research is typically carried out through collaboration of the faculty, their students, and colleagues. This list of projects is updated daily. Links to compiled listings of previous years' projects are posted on this page's sidebar as they become available.

Sponsored by US Missile Defense Agency: 2 found

Fusion and Modeling Algorithums (FUMA)

Hamid Krim
03/23/15 - 03/22/18

This work addresses a problem of space debris detection, and target parameters estimation from both optical and radar data. It aims at:

- A network-based experimental design to make measurement of existing debris

- Exploiting two or more sensing modalities, and fusing information of at least Optical and Radar measurements potentially made at geographically distinct locations, and enhancing the data for analysis

- Developing a Bayesian inference framework to overcome the diversity of tracks and targets

- The optical data will be captured by a 60 cm telescope which is at disposal to CTU Prague team. The radar measurements will be obtained from a Czech amateur radio astronomy network. The optical and radar measurement will be synchronized, i.e. the same orbiting object will be seen simultaneously in both sensor modalities.

This project is sponsored by US Missile Defense Agency.

MUlti-MOdality Image REconstruction (MUMOIRE)

Hamid Krim
03/17/11 - 09/30/14

The Missile Defense Agency is pursuing collaborative applied technology development activities with selected organizations in the Czech Republic. The projects are unclassified. They are designed to demonstrate and enhance relationships by developing technologies that are of interest to MDA. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) funded phase 1 of a project that was conducted in partnership with the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. The U.S. University was our prime contractor. A substantial portion of the effort was conducted by CTU since we were interested in their unique image reconstruction techniques. In very broad terms, our interest in MDA is in combining the images from several sensors with angular diversity into a coherent picture. While we will eventually apply the algorithms that do this to the missile defense problem (discrimination, pattern matching, etc), we are developing an approach based on the more basic techniques that the Czechs have developed in relation to more simple problems. This SOW is for a follow-on effort that would take advantage of progress made in the first year and include the continuation of basic algorithm research and process development for stereoscopic image analysis. The prime contractor is a U.S. educational institute, whose goals and purpose are more aligned to the CTU. The task will incorporate multimodal EO/IR and SAR (if available) sensor data to enhance 3D reconstruction with a focused effort on reconstructing partially obscured images using a target?s or sensor?s motion.

This project is sponsored by US Missile Defense Agency.