The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCSB is known for its high-impact and interdisciplinary research. Many revolutionary innovations have been developed by ECE research and in the tradition of excellence, our faculty continue to pioneer new technical frontiers.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department:
Research in the ECE Department is carried out in four key areas with the focus on but not limited to:
Communications & Signal Processing - signal processing for communication; wireless communication networks; wireless sensor networks; signal and image acquisition (optical and acoustical); signal processing (reconstruction, compression, enhancement, (de)coding); image analysis (vision, bio-microscopy, speech recognition); signal storage, transmission, organization; image informatics; and vision
Computer Engineering - bioinspired computing; computer architecture; emerging technologies for computing; nanotechnology; circuits and system design; electronic design automation and testing; energy-efficient computing; fault-tolerant computing; networking and distributed systems; operating systems and middleware; and software and computer languages
Control Systems - robust modeling and identification; nonlinear and hybrid systems; robot locomotion and manipulation; numerical algorithms; cooperative control of autonomous agents; networked control systems; advanced sensing and actuation; systems biology; underactuated systems; and magnetic bearing systems
Electronics & Photonics - materials growth by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD); novel compound semiconductor heterostructures; epitaxy of quantum wires and dots; materials characterization; high-resolution fabrication techniques for semiconductor device structures; high speed photonic and electronic devices; semiconductor device physics; microwave, millimeter wave and THz electronics; high-power solid-state electronics; advanced photonic devices; nanophotonics; photonic integrated circuits; microwave photonics; electromagnetic theory and antennas; fiber-optic networks; and nanotechnology spintronics