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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 Annual Reports and college-wide Research Initiatives.


Quick Facts

$45M

external research awards (2023)

85

tenured/tenure-track 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

Leeser Delivers Keynote at FCCM 2024

ECE Professor Miriam Leeser gave a keynote speech on “Pets vs Cattle: Heterogeneous Systems in the 21st Century” at The 32nd IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines.

ECE Professors Honored Among Leading Women in Visual Tech and AI

ECE Professor Octavia Camps and Associate Professor Sarah Ostadabbas were recognized by LDV Capital as two of the 120+ Women Spearheading Advances in Visual Tech and AI. This acknowledgment highlights the contributions of women in fields such as machine vision, pattern recognition, and generative models, which are essential for digitalizing the real world.

Preparing Autonomous Vehicles for the Mainstream Market

ECE/Khoury Assistant Professor Michael Everett explains why current autonomous vehicle technology isn’t ready for the mainstream market. The autonomy kits used on these vehicles aren’t precise enough to meet safety standards, he says.

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Exploring Magnetoelectric Technology in IoT

ECE Distinguished Professor Nian Sun was invited to write the review “Magnetoelectric Microelectromechanical and Nanoelectromechanical Systems for the IoT” in the journal Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering.