The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ranks among the best in the country. Our research programs are at the forefront of the technologies that have changed the world we live in. Our interdisciplinary approach to education and research allows faculty and student across the university and wider to collaborate on problems that have significant impact on the world around us.

We consider our work to be closely intertwined pieces of a puzzle: the pieces in the three layers below interact within and across layers. The layer of Theoretical and technological foundations serves as a bedrock for our work in Systems and technologies, where each puzzle piece represents a systems level, vertical line from the physical to the cyber, and Application domains, where each puzzle piece represents a domain where our fundamental and systems level work makes significant impact. 

research thrusts

Research thrust areas

While faculty and students are able to conduct limitless research, ECE has identified multiple research focus areas:

blue piece

 Application domains


  Healthcare & quality of life

  Mobile systems

  Smart infrastructure

green piece

 Systems & technologies

  Beyond CMOS 

  Compute/storage systems

  Cyber-physical systems

  Data/network science

  Secure systems

red piece

 Theoretical & technological foundations

  To innovate at the systems level and have
  impact in the real world, the discipline of
  electrical and computer engineering sits
  on strong technological and theoretical