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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

$48M

external research awards (2021)

68

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

Creating a More Comfortable Fitness Tracker

ECE Associate Professor Canek Fuentes-Hernandez is creating a thin, flexible fitness tracker that doesn’t consume a lot of power.

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Checking to Determine if a Mask is Counterfeit

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir explains how to help determine if N95 and KN95 masks are counterfeit by checking for certain codes and expiration dates.

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Fu Receives Acorn Innovation Fund Award

ECE/Khoury Professor Yun Raymond Fu received an Acorn Innovation Fund Award for his project “Pathfind: AI Driven Remote Motion Tracking by Light-Weight Deep Learning.”

Kaeli Selected as ACM Fellow

ECE Professor David Kaeli was selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow for his contributions to computer architecture and compilers.