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; signal storage, transmission, organization; signal processing (reconstruction, compression, enhancement, (de)coding); image analysis (vision and bio-microscopy); haptics, robotics, tactile sensors, signal and image acquisition (tactile), wearable computing, soft electronics; information theory
Computer Engineering - bioinspired computing; circuit and system design; computer architecture, electronic design automation & testing; emerging technologies for computing, energy-efficient computing; nanotechnology; networking; operating and distributed systems; software and 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; magnetic bearing systems; robotic networks; sensor networks; game theory; analysis/design social 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; nanotechnology spintronics; radio-frequency cmos integrated circuits; software-defined and cognitive radio; optoelectronic transceivers; silicon photonics; space optical communications; high-speed optical links; optoelectronic/electronic integration and co-design; photonic switching, devices and networks; integrated photonic and electronic packaging