Duke ECE Magazine

AI In Health | 2019-2020

From the Chair

Dear colleagues and friends,

As Duke’s focus on AI solutions for health care grows stronger, Duke ECE is busier than ever. We’re leveraging our expertise in developing machine learning algorithms into projects in human health, like autonomous brain function monitoring, automatic diagnosis of disease, and apps that help screen for autism. In this issue of Duke ECE magazine we also explore how our faculty members are keeping ethics at the forefront of their research, talk about a new aviation security project, and introduce you to some of ECE’s most successful entrepreneurs and newest faculty members.

We hope this magazine both inspires and informs you.


Krishnendu ChakrabartyKrishnendu Chakrabarty
Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering

Boylah Mainsah and Leslie Collins

AI in Health

Machine learning algorithms in ECE were initially deployed in search of landmines. Over the past two decades, they’ve evolved to generate stunning insights into human health

Cynthia Rudin

Ethical Algorithms

How do we balance the potentially transformative benefits of new technology against the risks?

Joel Greenberg and Michael Gehm

Safe Travels

Duke ECE is driving a new $5.83 million airport security project

David Smith in lab

Startup Stories

Eighteen spinoffs—and counting!—have grown from Duke ECE’s pioneering research in quantum computing, metamaterials, advanced sensing, robotics, and more

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Expanding Our Reach

Bigger and bolder than ever, Duke ECE is growing into the community and the world

The Shift to Cognition

Tomorrow’s computers, today