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

In the late 1990s, Larry Carin and Leslie Collins—both just beginning their tenures in Duke’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering—began teaching computers how to spot buried landmines.

Cynthia Rudin

Ethical Algorithms

Nearly forty thousand people lost their lives in car crashes last year in the U.S. alone. We can only presume that many of those fatalities were owed to our uniquely human frailties: distracted driving, driving under the influence, or plain inexperience.

Joel Greenberg and Michael Gehm

Safe Travels

Tactical sporks. Million-volt tasers disguised as lipsticks. Suitcases packed with fireworks. 

David Smith in lab

Startup Stories

A Super Position