August 06, 2013

Entrepreneurs in ECE

Entrepreneurship success stories abound in Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Look at Advanced Liquid Logic: founded in 2004 by ECE graduate students Vamsee Pamula and Michael Pollack, the company was acquired in July 2013 by Illumina, Inc., which develops life science tools [...]

July 10, 2013

Data-based detective work

Precisely planting electrodes in the most delicate regions of a patient’s brain to still the tremors of Parkinson’s. Compressing images taken by rovers on Mars to speed them down to earth. Tracing the outer contours of the flu virus to find new footholds for vaccines. Changing the background in a [...]

July 10, 2013

Teaching machines to watch TV

Watching TV is one of the things that computers cannot do better than humans. They’re terrible at it, in fact. But Leslie Collins’ signal processing group in ECE is working to change that. The “big data” potential is vast: Turning a moving picture into data that could be analyzed statistically in [...]

July 10, 2013

Shaping data

It doesn’t tick, but biology keeps excellent time. Mathematician and computer science/ECE professor John Harer and his collaborators want to unwind the variety of biological clocks found in cells, looking closely at their timepieces to see how they work individually and how they work together. He’s [...]

July 10, 2013

Probability, not certainty

David Dunson is a statistician who helps neuroscientists and physicians to better diagnose illnesses. “Right now, if you combine data from different brain imaging modes—fMRI, structural MRI and other variants of the scan—there are billions of data points on that one patient. Making sense of all of [...]

July 10, 2013

The art of analysis

You wouldn’t think that art from the 14th century could be a subject for big data. But Duke professor of mathematics and of electrical and computer engineering Ingrid Daubechies has been collecting information about artworks, trying to understand the differences between originals and copies and how [...]

July 10, 2013

Geometries of data, from molecules to threat detection

We’re used to objects having a certain length, width and depth. They usually exist in time as well, giving them four dimensions. But to Mauro Maggioni, a professor of mathematics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Duke, four dimensions aren’t enough to understand how [...]

July 10, 2013

Big Data, Big Insights

We're at a moment in which we seem to have become better at collecting data than understanding it. Sensors, cameras, computers and smart phones capture and store an unending torrent of data about human activity via ubiquitous wireless signals, making nearly everything measurable and identifiable. [...]

June 18, 2013

Pratt Engineers Awarded Four Department of Defense Grants

From transparent conductors to acoustic cloaking in water to undersea sensing, scientists at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have been rewarded for their novel research by being involved in four of 15 large grants recently awarded by the federal government. These highly sought-after [...]

May 29, 2013

George Jordan: Turning a Passion for Technology into a Legal Career

Plenty of fine attorneys were English majors as undergraduates. But say you’re the CEO of a tech company whose key innovations are protected by crucial patents, patents now being legally challenged. Sure, you could hire one of those former English scholars to defend them. Or you maybe you’d rather [...]