Centers, Institutes & Facilities

Research centers, institutes and facilities with ECE department and faculty affiliations


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American Institute for Manufacturing of Photonics (AIM)

UCSB is home of the west coast hub of AIM Photonics, a US federal manufacturing initiative in partnership with lead institution SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The goal of AIM Photonics is to create a national photonic integrated circuit manufacturing infrastructure.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Deputy Chief Executive Officer - John Bowers and Government and Industry Outreach Executive - Rod Alferness, Blumenthal, Buckwalter, Coldren, Dagli, Gossard, Klamkin, Palmstrom, Rodwell, Saleh, Schow, Theogarajan, Xie

California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)

The CNSI is an integrated research facility with locations at UCSB and UCLA and center for nanoscale research in biotechnology tools and diagnostics, materials for energy production and storage, and information technology.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: K. Banerjee, Blumenthal, Bowers, Brewer, Coldren, Denbaars, Kroemer, Gossard, Mishra, Palmstrøm, Petroff, Schuller, Strukov, Theogarajan, Xie, York

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB)

Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center and unique research alliance led by UCSB in collaboration with MIT, CalTech, and other partners. Research in the areas of biologically inspired technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, control and dynamical systems, photonic and electronic materials, cellular structural materials, biotechnology tools, and cognitive neuroscience.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Byl, Hespanha, Madhow

Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE)

IEE is dedicated to developing technologies that support an efficient and sustainable energy future. Areas of research are lighting, energy production and storage, buildings and design, energy efficient computing, electronics and photonics, and sustainability.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - John Bowers, Dir. UC TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project - D. Auston, K. Banerjee, Blumenthal, Brewer, Coldren, Denbaars, Gossard, Hespanha, Madhow, Marek-Sadowska, Mishra, Palmstrom, Petroff, Rodwell, Saleh, Schow, Schuller, Strukov, Theogarajan


Nanotech: UCSB Nanofabrication Facility

Nanotech supports nanofabrication research by providing tools and training for academic institutions, industries, and government agencies. The facility features 12,700 square feet of clean room space to do research using state-of-the-art equipment and offers a wide-range of capabilities.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - Mark Rodwell


Center for Bio-Image Informatics

An interdisciplinary research effort between Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, Multimedia and Engineering. The overarching goal of the center is the advancement of human knowledge of the complex biological processes that occur at both cellular and sub-cellular levels.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - B.S. Manjunath, Liebling, Rose

Center for Control Dynamical System, and Computation (CCDC)

Brings together faculty, students, and visitors affiliated with various departments across the UC Santa Barbara campus. The Center facilitates cooperation in control engineering, dynamical systems, and computation and their various interdisciplinary applications.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - Andrew Teel, Alizadeh, Byl, Chandrasekaran, Hespanha, Kokotovic, Madhow, Manjunath, Marden, Mostofi

Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing

The center's goal is to leverage key strengths in CS, EE, ME, and environment sciences at UCSB to face the millennium's energy challenges. Designing tomorrow's computing systems requires an effort to drive energy-efficient technologies in computing, electronics, and building systems.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Banerjee, Brewer, Hespanha, Marek-Sadowska

Optoelectronics Technology Center (OTC)

Facilitates fundamental advances in photonics and optoelectronics. The general goals are to advance the state-of-the-art in chip-to-chip optical interconnects, optical fiber communications, and photonic integrated circuits as well as to encourage collaboration between academia and the U.S. industry.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - Larry Coldren, Klamkin, Schow

Solid-State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC)

The focus is on new semiconductor based technologies for energy efficient lighting and displays, power electronics, and solar energy conversion. Its objective is to provide a forum for its members to work in collaboration and across disciplines to address challenging problems in research.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Co-Director - Steven DenBaars, Bowers, Coldren, Kroemer, Mishra

Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC)

TOEC’s goal is to be a multidisciplinary center of excellence for technologies to enable the future generations of optical Ethernet transport, switching and communications. It aims to lead the way in establishing a new roadmap for multi-Terabit-per-second Optical Ethernet and create new energy efficient photonic integrated technologies.

Affiliated ECE Faculty: Director - Daniel Blumenthal, Bowers, Coldren, Dagli, Rodwell