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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

$42M

external research awards (2019)

63

tenured/tenure-track faculty

23

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

Robotic arm attached to Peter Whitney's arm.

Advancing Remote Robotic Technology

MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney has been working to design lightweight nimble robotic arms that could be capable of remote surgery or other situations where safety might be a factor. Nimble robotic arms that perform delicate surgery may be one step closer to reality Main photo: Robotics researchers at Northeastern are advancing a technology to […]

DiMarzio Selected as SPIE Senior Member

ECE Associate Professor Charles DiMarzio was selected by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) as a 2021 Senior Member.

Kaushik Chowdhury, Tommaso Melodia, and Francesco Restuccia

RFDataFactory: Categorized and Searchable Research Datasets

ECE Professor Kaushik Chowdhury (PI), William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor Tommaso Melodia (co-PI), and Assistant Professor Francesco Restuccia (co-PI) are leading a $1.8M NSF grant, in collaboration with Ashutosh Sabharwal from Rice University, for “RFDataFactory: Principled Dataset Generation, Sharing and Maintenance Tools for the Wireless Community.” RFDataFactory aims to make available categorized datasets suitable for research related to machine learning in 5G and beyond networks, and advance fundamental understanding and design tools for accessing, creating, sharing and storing wireless datasets.

Investigating the Dynamics of Biochemical Systems

ECE/BioE University Distinguished Professor Eduardo Sontag is the PI of a $305K NSF grant for designing “New techniques for analyzing the long-term behavior of intracellular networks”.