Research Labs

As a result of ECE’s diverse real-world applications, the department’s faculty and grad students make up the largest portion of contributors to engineering research centers at the college, offering new and innovative avenues for researchers to explore their areas of interest.

Advanced Nanofabrication and Devices Laboratory

Novel approaches to electronic and optoelectronic materials and device assembly. Addresses challenges in solar power generation, sensing, high gain materials and nanoscale lasers with particular interests in bio-assisted assembly, photoelectrochemical processes and optical cavity design.

Bio-Inspired Science and Nanotechnology Lab

Development of green and sustainable batteries and supercapacitors to power portable electronics and electric vehicles as well as 2D-materials and graphene films for future electronic and spintronic devices.

Center for Ubiquitous Communication by Light (UC-LIGHT)

Enable wireless communications by embedding signals into the light emitted by next-generation LEDs in systems for illumination, traffic control, advertising and other purposes.

Cooperative Vehicle Networks (COVEN) Laboratory

Focuses on theory and applications in distributed coordination and control of multiple autonomous vehicles with research objectives including cooperative control algorithm design, networked cyber-physical systems, autonomous vehicles, distributed sensor networks and object-oriented multiple ground robot and UAV experiments.

Error-Control (EC) Lab

Improve quality of data transmission and storage with EC Codes

Laboratory for Integrated Circuits and Systems (LICS)

Conduct advanced research on integrated circuits and contribute, to the most extent, to the advancement of micro-nano-electronics.

Laboratory of Signals, Systems and Networks

Conduct fundamental and applied research in signal processing with application to wireless communications and sensing systems with a focus of transferring findings into commercial applications and, in turn, identifying new problems to continue the cycle of research.

Laboratory for Terascale and Terahertz Electronics (LATTE)

Primary emphasis is on modeling materials and heterolayers of materials at the atomic scale as shown at left and extracting properties and parameters relevant to device performance.

Mixed-Signal Nanometer VLSI Research Lab

Works on cutting edge mixed-signal/analog/RF circuit design methodology, develops design tools for current and future nanometer System-on-a-Chip VLSI and addresses SoC design challenges to enable a quantum leap to a new generation of mixed-signal SoC systems.

Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL)

Theoretical and experimental investigation of the properties of inorganic/organic/hybrid nanostructures and development of novel electronic/optical/thermoelectric devices and circuits based on these nanostructures.

Quantum Structures Laboratory

Explores Silicon-based and Zinc Oxide-based thin films, nanowires and quantum dots and their nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices.

Transportation Systems Research Group (TSR)

Focuses on system-level issues of multi-modal transportation including predicting air quality and energy impacts of various transportation activity as well as telematics research.

Video Computing Group

Studies problems in video analysis with applications in national and homeland security, commercial multimedia and computational biology with a focus to harness various methods in systems theory, signal processing, machine learning, mathematics and statistics to the analysis of images and videos to gain an understanding of their content.

Visualization and Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Undertakes research in computer vision, pattern recognition, image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, multimedia databases, robotics, man/machine interfaces, computer graphics and visualization.

Wireless Information Technology Lab (WITLab)

Cutting-edge research in wireless information technologies such as wireless communications and networks, wireless sensing and imaging.

Control, Identification and Estimation Laboratory


Information Processing Lab (IPL)

Focused on signal processing, communication and information and intelligent systems.

Smart Grid Research Lab

The research focus in this lab is on developing new methodologies, algorithms, and technologies to facilitate electric grid modernization with advanced sensing, control, and communications capabilities.

Centerputer Architecture Lab (SoCAL)

Balandin Group’s expertise and research interests cover a broad range from solid-state physics theory to experimental investigation of advanced materials and fabrication of nano-devices with applications in electronics and energy conversion.

Smart Grid Innovation Laboratory Lab

Smart Grid Technologies

Real-Time Embedded and Networked systems (RTEN) Lab

Research in the RTEN Lab aims to develop robust, predictable, and reliable real-time embedded and cyber-physical systems. Our research area spans multiple layers of the computing stack, including operating systems, virtualization, multi-core architectures, GPGPUs, and networking. We design, implement, and evaluate new systems mechanisms and analytical methods to serve diverse applications in uncertain environments.

Computational Sensing and Information Processing Lab

Computational Sensing

Information Theory Lab

Communication theory, signal processing

SMIC-UCR-PKU Joint Center for ESD Protection Design

 The JointESD Center is a world-class research center focusing on developing advanced ESD protection solutions for integrated circuits and systems at nano nodes.

Nonlinear Computing Lab (NCL)

 The Nonlinear Computing Lab (NCL) aims to bring novel perspectives and breakthroughs to the research community. Projects at NCL include software-based approaches to reduce data center water footprint, market mechanisms to coordinate power management in multi-tenant data centers, and securing multi-tenant data centers against well-timed power attacks

Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, & Navigation (ASPIN) Laboratory

Develops theory and technologies for future autonomous systems deployed in unknown or minimally known environments, emphasizing issues of resilient and accurate navigation in GPS-challenged environments and multi-objective autonomous strategies.

Autonomous Robots and Control Systems (ARCS) Lab

We focus on Robotics, Control, Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Dynamical Systems.