Research Areas

The University of Washington is active in most research areas of electrical engineering. Our main strengths are listed below.

Communications and Networking

Professors Payman Arabshahi, Sreeram Kannan, Hui Liu, Radha Poovendran, James Ritcey, Sumit Roy, and Baosen Zhang.

Communications, networking, and related signal processing technologies have revolutionized computing. Our specialties include the implementation of wireless devices and systems, optical communications, multi-user and multi-channel signal processing, routing and access control, modulation, network security, and coding for error correction.

Communications and Networking research labs
Communications and Networking research projects

Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing

Professors Vikram Jandhyala, Yasuo Kuga, Alex Mamishev, John Sahr, and Leung Tsang.

Our group advances the theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques of efficient electromagnetic methods, remote sensing of the earth, atmosphere, ionosphere, and ocean, high-speed devices and circuits modeling, waves in random media and rough surfaces, and material characterizations, antenna and RF circuit design, and advanced algorithms for radar signal processing.

Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing research labs
Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing research projects

Integrated Systems, Circuits and VLSI

Professors Scott Hauck, Brian Otis, Shwetak Patel, Matt Reynolds, Chris Rudell, Visvesh Sathe, Richard Shi, Joshua Smith, and Mani Soma.

Integrated circuits have evolved into whole systems on chips. In descending order of complexity, future systems-on-chip will comprise high-speed and low-power digital gates, analog interface and signal processing circuits, radio frequency transceivers, and MEMS sensors and actuators.

Integrated Systems, Circuits and VLSI research labs
Integrated Systems, Circuits and VLSI research projects

Nanotechnology, MEMS and Photonics

Professors Marty Afromowitz, Karl Böhringer, Bruce Darling, Scott Dunham, Kai-Mei Fu, Lih Lin, Alex Mamishev, and Denise Wilson.

This group focuses on applied nanotechnology, which includes microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics and nanoelectronics, and micro-optical switching devices for telecommunication applications; portable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical bio, chemical sensing systems . This area has already revolutionized the way we live-as the basis for the integrated circuits and computer industry, and will continue to exert its impact.

Nanotechnology, MEMS and Photonics research labs
Nanotechnology, MEMS and Photonics research projects

Power and Energy

Professors Daniel Kirschen, Richard Christie, Miguel Ortega-Vazquez, and Baosen Zhang.
Professor Emeritus Mohamed El-Sharkawi

This group covers the nationally critical technologies of power systems, power electronics and electric drives. Our research projects are highly inter-disciplinary, involving power, signal processing, communications, control, economics, computer science and engineering, and engineering education.

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Power and Energy research labs
Power and Energy research projects

Speech, Image, and Video Processing

Professors Les Atlas, Jeff Bilmes, Maryam Fazel, Sreeram Kannan, Katrin Kirchhoff, Jenq-Neng Hwang, Mari Ostendorf, Shwetak Patel, Eve Riskin, Linda Shapiro, and Ming-Ting Sun.

Signal processing touches a large variety of engineering problems, from communications to human-computer interaction to medical signal information processing. Our main application areas include speech, image, and video processing, with theoretical foundations in graphical models, time-frequency analysis, models of symbolic time series, pattern recognition, and data compression.

Speech, Image, and Video Processing research labs
Speech, Image, and Video Processing research projects

Systems, Controls, and Robotics

Professors Karl Böhringer, Linda Bushnell, Howard Chizeck, Lawrence Crum, Daniel Dailey, Maryam Fazel, Blake Hannaford, Eric Klavins, Alex Mamishev, Georg Seelig, and Baosen Zhang.

Our group explores both experimental and theoretical issues in control, design and optimization for biologically-based robotics, haptics, autonomous mobile robotics, surgical robot technology, control engineering for rehabilitation, closed-loop drug delivery, control of jump parameter systems, intelligent transportation systems, and genome automation.

Systems, Controls, and Robotics research labs
Systems, Controls, and Robotics research projects

Updates or corrections to this page should be sent to the Associate Chair for Research,Jenq-Neng Hwang.

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