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.
external research awards (2019)
research centers and institutes (leading or affiliated with)
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.
ECE Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava received a $315K sub-contract on an $800K Phase-I and Phase-II Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) grant with escAerospace to develop ultra-low power timing circuit to enable navigation in total GPS denial.
Amirabadi Research Receives 2020 Second Place Prize Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
ECE alum Khalegh Mozaffari, PhD’19, and Associate Professor Mahshid Amirabadi received second place for the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Society Transactions Prize Paper Award for their paper on “A Reduced-Switch-Count Family of Soft-Switched High-Frequency Inductive AC-Link Converters.”
ECE Associate Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Professor Stefano Basagni, Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, Associate Professor Josep Jornet, and William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia were awarded a $3M award to create “An Open, Programmable Platform to Conquer the 5G and 6G Wireless Spectrum.”
University Distinguished Professor Dagmar Sternad, biology/ECE, in collaboration with David Paydarfar at the University of Texas at Austin Medical School, was awarded a $1M NSF grant for “Movement as a Vital Sign in Preterm Infants.”