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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

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Wang Receives Multiple Funding and Gift Awards from Industry

ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang received multiple funding and gift awards from industry, including DiDi USA, Kwai USA, Snap Inc., Perception Inc., and Tencent USA.

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$1M DARPA Grant for Intelligent Diagnosis for Machine and Human-Centric Adversaries

ECE Assistant Professor Xue “Shelley” Lin, in collaboration with Michigan State University Professors Xiaoming Liu and Sijia Liu, received $1M funding from DARPA for their project titled Intelligent Diagnosis for Machine and Human-Centric Adversaries.

Outstanding Paper Award at ISOCC 2020

Electrical Engineering PhD student Yixuan He and ECE Professor Yong-Bin Kim received an outstanding paper award from 2020 IEEE International Soc Design Conference for their paper “An Ultra Low Power Tunable Bump Circuit using Source-Degenerated Differential Transconductor.”

Kim Awarded South Korean Patent for Autonomous Impedance Calibration on Semiconductor Devices

ECE Professor Yong-Bin Kim was awarded a South Korean Patent for creating an “Impedance calibration device for semiconductor device.”