CSP Research Activities
Activities & faculty include but are not limited to:
- Computer Vision, Graphics, and Computational Imaging
Methods to interpret images and map them to objects. Methods to digitally synthesize images on a computer — Faculty
- Control, Optimization and Game Theory
The theory of optimal design and operation of systems, including those with strategic interaction among multiple agents — Faculty
- Information Theory and Statistical Inference
The theory of processing, storage, and communication of data in noisy environments with a probabilistic point of view — Faculty
- Machine Learning and Data-Driven Methods
Methods to learn and predict from data — Faculty
- Networked and Cyber-Physical Systems
The theory of operating networked systems in which physical, cyber, and human components are intertwined, e.g., transportation networks — Faculty
- Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Systems that perform complicated tasks with a high degree of autonomy, e.g., robots, self-driving vehicles — Faculty
- Signal and Image Processing
The design of algorithms and hardware to manipulate and process signals, e.g., audio, images, video, or sensor data — Faculty
- Wireless Communication & RF Sensing
Theory and practice of sensing, communicating and inferring information via wireless communication systems and sensors — Faculty
CSP Research Overview
The field of Signal Processing is concerned with the design and implementation of algorithms for manipulating, forecasting or classifying signals containing information. Examples include classification of objects (e.g., faces) in an image, speech recognition and synthesis, video compression, medical diagnosis from biological signals such as the heartbeat in wearable devices, or learning a detailed map of the area surrounding an autonomous vehicle to allow safe navigation in unknown environments. Signal processing techniques are ubiquitous in engineering systems, including but not limited to communications devices (cell phones, WiFi), digital music/video players, televisions, GPS receivers, radar and sonar systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), and medical imaging and monitoring systems.
Communications is as essential to modern society as electricity, providing technologies for both high speed connectivity (cellular, WiFi, Internet) and efficient storage (hard drive, flash memory). The field of communications spans signal processing and error control coding for transceiver design, information theory to identify fundamental performance benchmarks, and the design of communication network protocols.
The communications and signal processing faculty at UCSB engage in cutting-edge research in communication theory and networking (with current focus on next generation wireless communication and sensor networks), novel machine learning and optimization techniques (spanning a range of fundamental questions and practical applications), image informatics and reconstruction (extracting and organizing information from images for biological research, diagnosis, surveillance, production monitoring). The emergence of a well-developed software infrastructure for machine learning and large-scale optimization, along with the availability of large amounts of data in a variety of fields, is feeding a number of exciting research initiatives. CSP faculty are leveraging these advances to attack problems that are difficult to solve with classical techniques, as well as bringing a CSP perspective to explore the fundamentals of robust, interpretable machine learning. In addition, research continues to be directed at advancing core knowledge in CSP in areas such as information theory, estimation theory, compression, and harmonic analysis. Much of the research in the CSP group involves interdisciplinary scientific and industrial collaborations, including technology transfer via startup companies. Close connections with industry are maintained through faculty interactions and student internships, leading to an understanding of emerging trends and bottlenecks in technology.
For more detailed descriptions of faculty research and activities, please follow the links to the various research centers, labs, and groups indicated on this page.
CSP UCSB Affiliations
- California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) – Visell
- Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) – Madhow
- Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) – Alizadeh, Madhow
- Center for Control Dynamical System, and Computation (CCDC) – Alizadeh, Madhow, Manjunath, Mostofi, Pedarsani
- Center for Bio-Image Informatics (CBI) – Manjunath (Director), Rose
- Center for Multimodal Big Data Science and Healthcare (Big Data Health) – Manjunath (Director), Madhow, Rose
- Center for Responsible Machine Learning (CRML) – Alizadeh, Madhow, Mostofi, Pedarsani, Sen