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Research

Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department nourishes a vibrant research environment motivated by our dedicated faculty and graduate students. Our research programs are funded by many government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Homeland Security, and numerous local and national industries.

Research activities at the ECE Department can be classified by research areas and by research centers and institutes. The department offers eight research areas of focus and is either the lead or partner of nine research centers and institutes.

Faculty also conduct research in their labs. View faculty profiles to learn about their research, including work being conducted in their laboratories. Also, view our Scholarship Reports and college-wide Research Initiatives.


Quick Facts

$32M

external research awards (2019)

58

tenured/tenure-track faculty

21

affiliated faculty

10

research centers and institutes (leading or affiliated with)


Research Strengths

Our research strengths encompass the full gamut of cutting-edge ECE technologies: embedded systems and internet-of-things, robotics and cyber-human systems, networking (mobile/wireless as well as the Internet of the future), big data analytics and machine learning. Northeastern’s historic strengths in ECE include communications and digital signal processing, power and control systems, power electronics, RF/microwave magnetic materials, device technologies, and computer engineering.

Biomedical Research and Collaborations

Northeastern ECE faculty are engaged in a range of biomedical projects in collaboration with fellow world-class researchers in the Boston-area medical community. These projects span all disciplinary areas and include MEMS/NEMS sensors for biological detection; applications of wireless technology in biomedical implants; biomedical imaging hardware and signal processing; brain-computer interface technologies; disease detection and tracking; and many more.

Recent News

$100k Konica Minolta Gift award for Raymond Fu

ECE Professor Yun “Raymond” Fu’s received $100k Gift from Konica Minolta for his research on generic video understanding.

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Finding Deep Neural Network Vulnerabilities

ECE Assistant Professor Xue “Shelley” Lin designed a t-shirt to prevent a deep neural network from detecting it, which will allow them to improve the security of the systems.

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ECE Wins Best Paper Award at WiNTECH

Computer PhD student Lorenzo Bertizzolo, along with co-authors PhD student Leonardo Bonati, ECE Research Assistant Professor Emrecan Demirors, and Professor Tommaso Melodia won the Best Paper Award at the 13th ACM Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (WiNTECH) in Los Cabos, Mexico.

ECE Team Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE DySPAN 2019

ECE PostDoc Andrey Gritsenko, Computer PhDs Zifeng Wang, Tong Jian, Professor Jennifer Dy, Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, and Assistant Professor Stratis Ioannidis received the best paper award at the IEEE DySPAN 2019 conference for their paper on “Finding a ‘New’ Needle in the Haystack: Unseen Radio Detection in Large Populations Using Deep Learning“.