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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.

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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

Tiwari Receives DSN-2021 Rising Star in Dependability

ECE Assistant Professor Devesh Tiwari was selected to receive the DSN-2021 Rising Star in Dependability for outstanding contributions and potential for creative ideas and innovative research in the field of dependable and resilient computer systems and networks.

Abur Receives DOE Solar Energy Technology Office 2020 Award

ECE Professor Ali Abur was awarded a $750K DOE grant from the Solar Energy Technologies Office for “Graph-Learning-Assisted State and Event Tracking for Solar-Penetrated Power Grids with Heterogeneous Data Sources.”

Semiconductor Chip Shortages Hopefully Spur Innovation

ECE Professor Matteo Rinaldi hopes that the shortage of semiconductor chips might spur innovation and re-imagining of the global supply chain and of the chips themselves. Here’s why the semiconductor chip shortage may end up being a good thing Main photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University A shortage of the semiconductor chips that serve as the […]

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Fu Receives Funding Towards Image and Video Analysis

ECE/Khoury Professor Yun Raymond Fu received a $50K Adobe Faculty Research Award, a $60K NEC Faculty Research Gift, and a $40K Picsart AI Research (PAIR) Faculty Research Gift that will be used towards his research on image and video processing and analysis.