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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Systems Engineering

Researchers in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are working to develop new knowledge in the areas of control, communications, and signal processing. These areas form a theoretical foundation with diverse applications in fields such as aerospace, robotics, power engineering, wireless communications, radar, sonar, sensor networks, and data storage systems.

  • Non-linear control focuses on the controllability and stability of systems with non-linear components and stability of systems with non-linear components. An example is airplane wing flaps, which have a linear response until they reach their maximum deployed angle, at which point their response saturates.
  • Control and design of large-scale dynamical networks focuses on identifying and solving control problems in modern networks so as to permit cooperation among network components. Applications include air traffic flow management, epidemiology, sleep regulation, sensor and vehicle networking, and electric power system analysis.
  • Underwater acoustic communications focuses on joint design of channel estimation, modulation, and error control coding to achieve fast data rates on the shallow water acoustic communication channel. Applications include underwater sensor networks and near shore surveillance.
  • Signal processing for two dimensional optical and magnetic recording focuses on design of combined channel equalization and error control coding schemes to enable the next generation of data storage devices to achieve much higher storage densities.

Research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, and the Washington Technology Center.

Information Research Lab


Ben Belzer
Research: Digital communications: equalization and coding for two-dimensional magnetic recording channels and multi-dimensional intersymbol interference channels, coding for networks on chip, wireless communication, turbo coded modulation, joint source/channel coding, image and video communication.

Thomas Fischer
Research: Digital communications, digital signal processing, and data compression.

Sandip Roy

Ali Saberi
Research: Nonlinear systems, adaptive systems, large-scale systems, nonlinear control, adaptive control, linear robust control, optimal control, adaptive filtering, fault detection and isolation, constrained control problems, filtering, inverse filtering.

Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar
Research: Statistical signal and image processing, machine learning, graphical modeling and inference, statistical estimation and detection, intersymbol interference, signal processing and coding for magnetic storage, data mining and knowledge discovery, distributed data mining, privacy sensitive data mining, analysis of multivariate gene-expression relationships.