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Electrical Engineering Research Areas

Hardware/Software Systems

Summary

Work in this area is built upon principles and techniques involved in the design and analysis of systems implemented using hardware and software. This includes computer networks; the architecture and design of computer subsystems including processors, memory systems, input/output, and interconnect; programming systems and compilers; and large software systems including systems handling massive amounts of data, graphics and imaging systems, and distributed web services.

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Information Systems and Science

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Research in IS focuses on the development and application of mathematical models, techniques, and algorithms for information processing, broadly construed. In addition to work on the core disciplines of information theory and coding, control and optimization, signal processing, and learning and inference, IS research spans several application areas, including biomedical imaging, wireless communications and networks, multimedia communications, Internet, energy systems, transportation systems, and financial systems. Much of this research is interdisciplinary and involves faculty and students from other departments across the university. 

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Physical Technology and Science

Summary

Complex electronic systems are ubiquitous (e.g., planes, cars, communication networks, cellphones). At present, there is a pressing need to improve by orders of magnitude the performance and efficiency of existing electronic systems which are the backbones of the information society. At the same time, we are seeing expanding needs in emerging areas such as distributed power networks, electric cars, biomedical devices and systems, and sensor networks.

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