Research News

April 27, 2016

Demystifying Big Data

Originally published in DukEngineer, the student-written magazine of the Pratt School of Engineering How much information does one need to answer a question reliably? The mathematical tools used to understand the tradeoffs between data and uncertainty can be found in the fields of engineering, [...]

April 18, 2016

Pfister Co-Authors Top Computer Science Theory Paper

Henry Pfister, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the Information Initiative at Duke, and his coauthors have received a best paper award from the Symposium on the Theory of Computing 2016.

April 14, 2016

Coding and Computers Help Spot Methane, Explosives

A modern twist on an old technology could soon help detect rogue methane leaks, hidden explosives and much more. A Duke University team is using software to dramatically improve the performance of chemical-sniffing mass spectrometers. Conventional mass spectrometers separate compounds by giving [...]

March 17, 2016

Chakrabarty Named Hans Fischer Senior Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich

Krishnendu Chakrabarty, the William H. Younger Professor of Engineering in Duke University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the Hans Fischer Senior Research Fellow at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The three-year fellowship includes up to $180,000 and [...]

March 16, 2016

New Collaborative Seed Grant Program Gives Eight Awards

A new program aimed at fostering interactions between researchers in the School of Medicine and the campus has awarded its first round of seed grants to eight project teams. "The overarching goal of this program is to encourage collaborations around quantitative basic and clinical research [...]

February 24, 2016

Mikkelsen Named 2016 Cottrell Scholar

Maiken H. Mikkelsen, the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and assistant professor of physics at Duke University, has been named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar in physics. The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by [...]

February 11, 2016

Building the World’s First Quantum Computer

In a building full of advanced photonics research, the laboratory of Jungsang Kim just might have the most complicated optical setups. After all, not many engineering challenges involve controlling the frequency of a laser to within a millionth of a percent. But building the world’s first quantum [...]

February 10, 2016

The Genetic Codes That Create Optical Computers

Researchers at Duke University can use photons instead of electrons to store data, drastically increasing the storage capacity of the optical analog of Blu-Ray discs. So what are your top 5,000 movies? “That’s the kind of ridiculous thing we can do, but I don’t know how we’re going to use it,” said [...]

January 21, 2016

Four Pratt Faculty Among "Most Highly Cited"

Four Pratt-affiliated faculty members made the cut for Thomson Reuter's "Highly Cited Researchers 2015." They are David Smith and Ingrid Daubechies of the electrical and computer engineering department and Heather Stapleton and Mark Wiesner of the civil and environmental engineering department.

January 06, 2016

Grant Targets Quantum Computing’s Error Control Challenge

A team of researchers led by Duke University and the University of Maryland have been tapped by the nation’s own “Q Branch” to take quantum computing efforts to the next level using one of the field’s leading technologies—ion traps. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) [...]

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