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Computer engineering research

Computing systems have expanded far beyond desktop machines or mainframes, and today are embedded in nearly everything including smartphones, appliances and medical devices. They now involve not only computation, but multi-modal sensing, signal processing, communications and control—enabling novel applications in domains ranging from homeland security, human-computer interaction, green computing and pervasive healthcare. Moreover, functions that were previously considered to be strictly software or strictly hardware can no longer be distinguished in that way. This is allowing the next generation of adaptive and intelligent computing systems to address emerging complex societal, health, security and sustainability problems.

Computer engineering is concerned with ways that the science of computation is applied to building devices, components and systems that perform the computation. It considers the design, analysis and optimization of systems that span nearly 10 orders of magnitude in scale—from components that are billionths of a meter in size to systems that occupy hundreds of square meters such as data centers.

The future

Students with a graduate degree in computer engineering can reap the financial benefits of the growing job market in that field, as forecasts by the U.S. Labor Department forecasts that the demand for computer engineers will remain strong. Students with a Ph.D. in computer engineering have additional options for high-paying jobs, including academic positions, government and industrial research centers and senior engineering positions in industry.

 

Computer engineering faculty research interests

Applied and robust optimization

Ronald Askin

Ronald Askin
Professor
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests
Logistics, manufacturing systems analysis, production planning and scheduling, operations research, applied statistics

Autonomous agents

Chitta Baral

Chitta Baral
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Graduate Program Chair, Computer Science

Research Interests
Knowledge representation, temporal logics, logic programming, dynamic systems, text extraction, question answering, natural language semantics, bioinformatics

Automated planning

Violet Syrotiuk

Violet Syrotiuk
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Cross-layer design and optimization in changing network conditions, modeling and monitoring, medium access control protocols, multi-hop wireless networks including MANETs, WSNs, WMNs, and cognitive radio networks

Brain machine interface

Jennie Si

Jennie Si
Professor

Research Interests
Learning and approximate dynamic programming, estimation and filtering of stochastic processes, neural networks, neurophysiological basis for learning and cognitive processing, cortical neural information processing

Chip generators

John Brunhaver

John Brunhaver
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
VLSI design, computer architecture, procedural hardware generation, computer vision accelerators, computer graphics hardware

Computer graphics

John Brunhaver

John Brunhaver
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
VLSI design, computer architecture, procedural hardware generation, computer vision accelerators, computer graphics hardware

Cyber and network security

Gail-Joon Ahn

Gail-Joon Ahn
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Vulnerability and risk management, authentication and access control, security architecture for distributed systems, identity management, policy analysis and enforcement, formal models for computer security, and cyber crime analysis

Partha Dasgupta

Partha Dasgupta
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Computer security, operating systems, distributed and parallel systems

Dijiang Huang

Dijiang Huang
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Network security, privacy prevention techniques, key management, secure ad hoc network routing, trust management for VANETs

Guoliang Xue

Guoliang Xue
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Survivability and security in smart grid, privacy and security in mobile social networks, economic approaches to network applications

Stephen Yau

Stephen Yau
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Trust management and security, software engineering, distributed systems, service based systems, ubiquitous/pervasive computing

Yanchao Zhang

Yanchao Zhang
Professor

Research Interests
Network and distributed system security, wireless networking, mobile computing

Cyberphysical systems

Georgios Fainekos

Georgios Fainekos
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Cyber-physical systems: hybrid dynamical systems, real-time and embedded systems, formal methods with applications to automation & control: system testing and verification, formal languages and logic, motion planning in robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

Sandeep Gupta

Sandeep Gupta
Professor, School Director
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile and ubiquitous/pervasive computing, embedded sensor networks for biomedical applications, parallel and distributed computing

Database systems

Kasim Candan

Kasim Candan
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Database systems, storage/querying/retrieval of multimedia and web data, heterogeneous information integration and retrieval, assistive technologies for information and data access, data clouds, ambient media systems

Yu Cao

Yu Cao
Professor

Research Interests
Physical modeling of nanoscale technologies, design solutions for variability and reliability, and neural-inspired hardware and algorithms for learning

Digital signal processing

Andreas Spanias

Andreas Spanias
Professor, Director, SenSIP Center

Research Interests
Digital signal processing (DSP), speech and audio coding, adaptive filters, real-time processing of sensor data, DSP for arts and media applications

 

Embedded systems, ubiquitous computing

Robert LiKamWa

Robert LiKamWa
Assistant Professor
Joint appointment with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Research Interests
Mobile operating systems; mobile computer architecture; low-power mobile systems; computational imaging systems; computer vision systems; augmented reality systems; virtual reality systems; holographic computing

Sethuraman Panchanathan

Sethuraman Panchanathan
Professor, ASU Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Human-centered multimedia computing, ubiquitous computing environments for enhancing qualify of life for individuals with Disabilities, and haptic user interfaces.

Fengbo Ren

Fengbo Ren
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Hardware acceleration, embedded, reconfigurable, and parallel computing solutions for data analytics and information processing, energy-efficient computing, data-driven compressive sensing, hardware-friendly machine learning

Learning, data mining

George Runger

George Runger
Professor
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests
Statistical learning, process control, data mining for massive, multivariate data sets

Jennie Si

Jennie Si
Professor

Research Interests
Learning and approximate dynamic programming, estimation and filtering of stochastic processes, neural networks, neurophysiological basis for learning and cognitive processing, cortical neural information processing

Low power electronics

Chaitali Chakrabarti

Chaitali Chakrabarti
Professor

Research Interests
VLSI architectures for media processing and wireless communications, algorithm-architecture co-design of signal processing systems including medical imaging, low-power embedded systems, reliable memory system design

Lawrence Clark

Lawrence Clark
Professor Emeritus

Research Interests
Circuits and architectures for low power and high performance VLSI for harsh environments, CAD for VLSI

Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez
Professor

Research Interests
Control of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, approximation theory, sampled data and multi-rate control, embedded systems, rapid prototyping, modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME), integrated real-time health monitoring, modeling, … read more

Microelectrical systems

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips
Professor, Director, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Research Interests
Applications and integration of microsystems including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics, microactuators, neural recording and neural stimulation; applications of systems and control including adaptive control, control of microsystems, prosthetics, feedback control over nondeterministic networks

Multicore architecture

John Brunhaver

John Brunhaver
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
VLSI design, computer architecture, procedural hardware generation, computer vision accelerators, computer graphics hardware

Umit Ogras

Umit Ogras
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Digital VLSI design, embedded systems, multiprocessor systems-on-chip (MPSoC), multicore architectures, electronic design automation

Aviral Shrivastava

Aviral Shrivastava
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Compilers and micro architectures for embedded systems, including techniques for power, performance reliability, temperature and code size improvement

Multimedia, signal and image processing

Lina Karam

Lina Karam
Professor, Graduate Program Chair of Computer Engineering

Research Interests
Image and video processing, compression, and transmission, computer vision, visual quality assessment, human visual perception, multidimensional signal processing, digital filtering, source coding, and bio-medical imaging.

Baoxin Li

Baoxin Li
Professor, Program Chair 
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Computer vision and pattern recognition, image/video processing, statistical methods in visual computing, machine learning

Andreas Spanias

Andreas Spanias
Professor, Director, SenSIP Center

Research Interests
Digital signal processing (DSP), speech and audio coding, adaptive filters, real-time processing of sensor data, DSP for arts and media applications

 

Nanoscale modeling

Yu Cao

Yu Cao
Professor

Research Interests
Physical modeling of nanoscale technologies, design solutions for variability and reliability, and neural-inspired hardware and algorithms for learning

Network optimization, QoS routing

Martin Reisslein

Martin Reisslein
Professor and Graduate Program Chair, Computer Engineering

Research Interests
Metro and access fiber/wireless networks, multimedia streaming, multimedia traffic characteristics, software defined networking, engineering education

Andrea Richa

Andrea Richa
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Self-organizing particle systems, programmable matter, bio-inspired algorithms, distributed computing and algorithms, theory of wireless communication, graph, randomized, and approximation algorithms, self-stabilizing overlay networks, combinatorial optimization, distributed resource allocation

Arunabha Sen

Arunabha Sen
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Resource optimization in optical, wireless and sensor networks, video transmission over mobile ad-hoc networks, network processors, system/network on chip design, combinatorial optimization, algorithm design and analysis

Guoliang Xue

Guoliang Xue
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Survivability and security in smart grid, privacy and security in mobile social networks, economic approaches to network applications

Network reliability

Nonlinear dynamic systems

Jennie Si

Jennie Si
Professor

Research Interests
Learning and approximate dynamic programming, estimation and filtering of stochastic processes, neural networks, neurophysiological basis for learning and cognitive processing, cortical neural information processing

Operating systems

Partha Dasgupta

Partha Dasgupta
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Computer security, operating systems, distributed and parallel systems

Robert LiKamWa

Robert LiKamWa
Assistant Professor
Joint appointment with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Research Interests
Mobile operating systems; mobile computer architecture; low-power mobile systems; computational imaging systems; computer vision systems; augmented reality systems; virtual reality systems; holographic computing

Real-time control

Pitu Mirchandani

Pitu Mirchandani
Professor, The Avnet Chair in Supply Chain Networks
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests
Optimization, decision-making under uncertainty, real-time control and logistics, application interests in urban service systems, transportation, and homeland security

Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez
Professor

Research Interests
Control of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, approximation theory, sampled data and multi-rate control, embedded systems, rapid prototyping, modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME), integrated real-time health monitoring, modeling, … read more

Real-time systems

Yann-Hang Lee

Yann-Hang Lee
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Real-time computing, internet of things (IoT), embedded system and software, fault-tolerant computing, distributed computing, service-oriented computing, performance evaluation

Scheduling theory

John Fowler

John Fowler
Motorola Professor of International Business

Research Interests
Discrete event simulation, deterministic scheduling, multi-criteria decision making

Arunabha Sen

Arunabha Sen
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Resource optimization in optical, wireless and sensor networks, video transmission over mobile ad-hoc networks, network processors, system/network on chip design, combinatorial optimization, algorithm design and analysis

Semiconductor devices

Dragica Vasileska

Dragica Vasileska
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductor device physics, semiconductor transport, 1-D to 3-D device modeling, quantum field theory and its application to real nanoscale device structures, heating effects in nano-scale devices, current collapse in GaN HEMTs, optoelectronics including modeling of solar cells and photodetectors

Software engineering

Stochastic modeling

Esma Gel

Esma Gel
Associate Professor
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests
Applied probability, stochastic processes, queuing theory, stochastic modeling and control of manufacturing systems

Jing Li

Jing Li
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
Graduate Program Chair, Industrial Engineering

Research Interests
Statistical learning, data mining, biomedical and health informatics, quality and reliability engineering

Junshan Zhang

Junshan Zhang
Ira. A Fulton Chair Professor

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile social networks, privacy and security, information theory, optimization and control in cyber-physical systems and smart grid

System optimization

Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez
Professor

Research Interests
Control of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, approximation theory, sampled data and multi-rate control, embedded systems, rapid prototyping, modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME), integrated real-time health monitoring, modeling, … read more

Konstantinos Tsakalis

Konstantinos Tsakalis
Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair, Electrical Engineering

Research Interests
Applications of control, optimization and system identification theory to semiconductor manufacturing, chemical process control and prediction and control of epileptic seizures

VLSI architecture & circuit design

John Brunhaver

John Brunhaver
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
VLSI design, computer architecture, procedural hardware generation, computer vision accelerators, computer graphics hardware

Chaitali Chakrabarti

Chaitali Chakrabarti
Professor

Research Interests
VLSI architectures for media processing and wireless communications, algorithm-architecture co-design of signal processing systems including medical imaging, low-power embedded systems, reliable memory system design

Umit Ogras

Umit Ogras
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Digital VLSI design, embedded systems, multiprocessor systems-on-chip (MPSoC), multicore architectures, electronic design automation

Fengbo Ren

Fengbo Ren
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
Hardware acceleration, embedded, reconfigurable, and parallel computing solutions for data analytics and information processing, energy-efficient computing, data-driven compressive sensing, hardware-friendly machine learning

Sarma Vrudhula

Sarma Vrudhula
Professor/Director of Center for Embedded Systems
Computer Science and Engineering

Research Interests
CAD for VLSI circuits, logic synthesis and verification, low-power design, power, energy and thermal management in processors performance, power and yield optimization of VLSI circuits, novel logic structures and applications to biology

Wireless mobile and ad-hoc networks

Martin Reisslein

Martin Reisslein
Professor and Graduate Program Chair, Computer Engineering

Research Interests
Metro and access fiber/wireless networks, multimedia streaming, multimedia traffic characteristics, software defined networking, engineering education

Junshan Zhang

Junshan Zhang
Ira. A Fulton Chair Professor

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile social networks, privacy and security, information theory, optimization and control in cyber-physical systems and smart grid