Research

Faculty and their students are conducting research in three core electrical and computer engineering areas: devices and materials, electromechanical systems, and embedded systems.

Research

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Research Laboratories

UA’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducts research projects worth several million dollars annually. Faculty and their students are conducting research in three core electrical and computer engineering areas:

DEVICES AND MATERIALS

This research area is focused on fundamental and applied research on materials and devices. Active research includes magnetic materials for electromagnetic devices in electric machines; synthesis of nanomaterials for electronic and photonic nanodevices; oxide materials for MEMS piezoelectric and multiferroic sensors/actuators. A group of ECE faculty work on a broad spectrum of solid-state devices, including solar cells, sensors, and terahertz (THz) biomedical imaging.

ELECTROMAGNETICS

Electromagnetics involves solving Maxwell’s four equations and is the underpinning of the electromagnetic device and system design. Maxwell’s equations describe the law of electricity and magnetism. Electromagnetics applies the four equations to electromagnetic device performance analysis. Microwave communications, radio propagation in antennas, microwave millimeter engineering, remote sensing, and object imaging are based on electromagnetics’ dynamic field.

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

This research area is focused on computing systems in all aspects and applications. Active research by the UA ECE faculty includes robotics, intelligent sensors, computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, wearable sensors, security and privacy in computing systems, intelligent wireless communications and networks, big data, tele-healthcare, systems-on-chip, virtual reality, IoT devices, biosensors, implantable devices, and autonomous driving, flying, and underwater vehicles. The research area also covers embedded system hardware (microcontrollers and FPGAs), digital signal/image processing, real-time systems, and biomedical applications of computing devices.

ELECTROMECHANICAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS

This research area focuses on the design, development, and control of electrical systems and combined electrical and mechanical systems. On the electrical system side, research activities include Electric Power and Energy Systems and Power Electronics with modern applications covering renewable energy systems, microgrids, vehicle grid integration, smart grid, energy internet, etc. Within the sub-discipline of power electronics, several faculty are involved in design and optimization of high-performance converters utilizing emerging wide-bandgap semiconductor technology including Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices. Management and mitigation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) in high-frequency SiC and GaN converter systems is also an active area of research within the department. On the integrated electrical and mechanical system side, research activities include Electric Machines, Energy Conversion, and Motion Control Systems with modern applications covering electric vehicles, wind energy conversion, smart homes and buildings, process automation, robotics, etc.

Lab Professor Core Area/Lab Type Researching
3S Lab: Sensors, Signals, and Security Dr. Fei Hu Embedded Systems Research
A2SL: Advanced Antenna and Sensor Laboratory Dr. Seongheon Nathan Jeong Remote Sensing Center
ACES: Advanced Controls and Energy Systems Laboratory Dr. Andrew Lemmon Electromechanical Systems Research
Advanced Radar Research Lab Dr. Shunqiao Sun Remote Sensing Center
Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory Dr. Stephen J. Yan Remote Sensing Center
Biomedical Image Analysis, Computer Vision, Machine Learning Dr. Yu Gan Embedded Systems Research
Biosensing Systems Lab Dr. Todd Freeborn Embedded Systems Research
CI4R: Laboratory of Computational Intelligence for Radar Dr. Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz Embedded Systems Research
CLAWS: Computer Laboratory of Ambient and Wearable Systems Dr. Edward Sazonov Embedded Systems Research
DART: Digital and Embedded Research Technologies Dr. Ryan A. Taylor Embedded Systems Research
EMDL: Electronic Materials and Devices Lab Dr. Sushma Kotru Devices and Materials Research
ERSYL: Embedded and Robotic Systems Laboratory Dr. Kenneth G. Ricks Embedded Systems Research
FIELD: Flexible Integration Laboratory of Distributed Energy Systems Dr. John Kisachikoglu Electromechanical Systems Research
MMDL: Magnetic Materials and Device Laboratory Dr. Yang-Ki Hong Devices and Materials Research
NOEL: Nano Opto-Electronics Lab Dr. Patrick Kung Devices and Materials Research
Organo-Nano-Energy Lab (ONE Lab) Dr. Dawen Li Devices and Materials Research
Remote Sensing Center Dr. Siva Prasad Gogineni Remote Sensing Center
RESYL: Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory Dr. Shuhui Li Electromechanical Systems Research
The Energy and Power Electronic Systems and Devices Laboratory Dr. Jaber Abu-Qahouq Electromechanical Systems Research
THZPML: THz Photonics and Metamaterials Laboratory Dr. Seongsin (Margaret) Kim Devices and Materials Research
ΜNET: Laboratory of Mobile Underwater Networks Dr. Aijun Song Embedded Systems Research

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