Academic Curricular Groups

Students pursue research within one of the following academic curricular groups, with mentorship from world-class faculty

Computer Engineering

The computer engineering group plays a critical role in innovating in the computing ecosystem, with research that spans from new computational devices to systems and software. Computer engineering research includes cyber-physical systems, dependability, networking, machine learning, mobile computing, novel computing devices, power-efficient computing and security. Many computer engineering research projects are inter-disciplinary, and there are many collaborations with the Department of Computer Science.

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Tyler K Bletsch

Tyler K Bletsch

Assistant Professor Of The Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Software security, robotics, project-oriented education, and datacenter efficiency

John A. Board

John A. Board

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: High performance scientific computing and simulation, novel computer architectures, cluster computing and parallel processing; ubiquitous computing.

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Error control codes for quantum computing, wireless communication and the internet of things, coding theory for computer architecture, signal processing, machine learning

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

John Cocke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Testing and design-for-testability of integrated circuits and systems (SOCs, 3D, manycore); microfluidic biochips and cyberphysical systems; resilient computing systems; hardware security; machine learning hardware and  neuromorphic computing systems

Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nonvolatile memory and storage systems, neuromorphic computing, and mobile applications.

Shaundra Daily

Shaundra Daily

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Design, implementation, and evaluation of technologies, curriculum and programs to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. 

Neil Gong

Neil Gong

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Security, privacy, and machine learning. 

Maria Gorlatova

Maria Gorlatova

Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging mobile pervasive systems and the Internet of Things. Our work crosses traditional discipline boundaries and requires thinking across multiple layers of system and protocol stacks. We are focusing on breaking the barriers for [...]

Andrew Douglas Hilton

Andrew Douglas Hilton

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computer architecture, specifically architectural support for security and energy-efficient performance

Xin Li

Xin Li

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Integrated circuits, signal processing and data analytics

Hai "Helen" Li

Hai "Helen" Li

Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Neuromorphic computing systems Machine learning acceleration and trustworthy AIEmerging memory technologies, circuit and architecture Low power circuits and systems

Genevieve Lipp

Genevieve Lipp

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Miroslav Pajic

Miroslav Pajic

Dickinson Family Associate Professor

Research Interests: Design and analysis of cyber-physical systems (CPS), in particular, embedded systems, distributed/networked control systems, CPS security, and high-confidence medical systems

Michael Reiter

Michael Reiter

Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering (beginning January 1, 2021)

Research Interests: computer and communications security, distributed computing

Cynthia D. Rudin

Cynthia D. Rudin

Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Machine learning, interpretability and transparency of predictive models, causal inference, energy, criminal justice, healthcare

Daniel J. Sorin

Daniel J. Sorin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computer architecture, designing microarchitectures so that they are easier to verify, improving computer system fault tolerance, developing memory systems for multicore processors, and designing special-purpose accelerators

Kishor S. Trivedi

Kishor S. Trivedi

Hudson Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Markov models, Fault trees, Stochastic Petri nets, Reliability Modeling, Availability Modeling, Performability modeling, Survivability modeling, Cyber Security, Software reliability, Software Fault Tolerance, Software Aging and Rejuvenation

Lisa Wills

Lisa Wills

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: I enjoy solving difficult problems surrounding computations with the goal to process large volumes of data efficiently. My research interests include computer architecture and microarchitecture, hardware-software co-designs, accelerators, and emerging application domains ― [...]

Rabih Younes

Rabih Younes

Assistant Professor Of The Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Wearable computing, activity recognition, context awareness, machine learning, engineering education, and Middle Eastern politics

Engineering Physics

Duke ECE is also the home of international leaders in information physics research, embodied in pathbreaking programs in metamaterials, quantum devices, and optical systems. This interdisciplinary research involves the design, fabrication and testing of revolutionary new devices, based on novel physical concepts, with a foundation in rigorous computational modeling in electromagnetics and quantum mechanics.

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David J. Brady

David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Professor Brady's research focuses on "smart cameras" which use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of visual information captured and to render this information useful. In 2012 his group built the world's first gigapixel camera, his work today focuses on making [...]

April S. Brown

April S. Brown

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum error correction, quantum control, quantum computer architecture, ion trap quantum computing, and the spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Error control codes for quantum computing, wireless communication and the internet of things, coding theory for computer architecture, signal processing, machine learning

Lawrence Carin

Lawrence Carin

James L. Meriam Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Applied statistics and machine learning

Leslie M. Collins

Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Physics-based machine learning algorithms for big data, including developing remediation strategies for the hearing impaired and sensor-based algorithms for the detection of hazardous buried objects

Steven A. Cummer

Steven A. Cummer

William H. Younger Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.

Michael E. Gehm

Michael E. Gehm

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Primarily computational and compressive sensing and measurement in all modalities (with special emphasis in Electromagnetic/Optical from RF to x-ray and all forms of Mass spectrometry), with side interests in optical physics, high-performance x-ray simulation, and rapid- [...]

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Electronic materials and the associated devices/instruments improved by these materials, especially electrode applications in miniature mass spectrometry, energy conversion and storage and liquid waste disinfection for developing regions. Electrochemical measurements and [...]

William T. Joines

William T. Joines

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Electromagnetic field and wave interactions with materials and structures

Nan Marie Jokerst

Nan Marie Jokerst

J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jungsang Kim

Jungsang Kim

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum Computing with Trapped Ions, Quantum Information Science, Novel Photonic Devices, Application of Quantum Computers

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Physics-based and statistical signal processing, sensor array processing, radar and sonar systems, pervasive distributed processing

Natalia Litchinitser

Natalia Litchinitser

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nanophotonics; Photonic Metamaterials; Nonlinear Optics; Fiber Optics; Photonic Crystal Fibers

Qing Huo Liu

Qing Huo Liu

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computational electromagnetics and acoustics; inverse problems, and their application in geophysics, nanophotonics, and biomedical imaging

Iman Marvian

Iman Marvian

Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum information and computation theory

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen

James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum nanophotonics, plasmonics, light-matter interactions in artificially structured nanoscale materials, hybrid molecular-scale materials and spin phenomena in the solid state

Christopher Monroe

Christopher Monroe

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics (beginning January 1, 2021)

Research Interests: quantum physics, applications in quantum information science

Loren W. Nolte

Loren W. Nolte

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Bayesian and physics-based approaches to signal detection, classification, estimation, tracking and decision and sensor fusion. Machine learning. Applications include ocean acoustics and medical imaging-based decision theory for cancer research.

Willie John Padilla

Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental investigation of electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, and their application to imaging and sensing at microwave, terahertz, and infrared frequencies

Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and [...]

David R. Smith

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theory, simulation and demonstration of novel electromagnetic metamaterials across the spectrum, from microwave through optical. Applications of metamaterials for antennas and imaging devices, with a focus on security imaging and satellite imaging. General studies on advanced [...]

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor

Research Interests: Thin-film deposition, MAPLE, hybrid perovskites, hybrid nanocomposites, organic thin films

Microelectronics, Photonics and Nanotechnology

The fourth research area, microelectronics, photonics and nanotechnology (MPN), is highly vertically integrated, ranging from innovative materials, devices, and interconnects, through chip scale integrated systems. MPN research includes revolutionary microfluidic systems, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, integrated optics, sensors, integrated multifunctional systems, energy conversion devices, and quantum sensors. The MPN research is highly interdisciplinary, and focused on design, fabrication through Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) cleanroom and characterization facility, and device and system test.

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David J. Brady

David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Professor Brady's research focuses on "smart cameras" which use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of visual information captured and to render this information useful. In 2012 his group built the world's first gigapixel camera, his work today focuses on making [...]

Martin A. Brooke

Martin A. Brooke

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Analog, RF, and optoelectronic circuits. Sensor interface circuits. Deployable sensor systems

April S. Brown

April S. Brown

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kenneth R Brown

Kenneth R Brown

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum error correction, quantum control, quantum computer architecture, ion trap quantum computing, and the spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

John Cocke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Testing and design-for-testability of integrated circuits and systems (SOCs, 3D, manycore); microfluidic biochips and cyberphysical systems; resilient computing systems; hardware security; machine learning hardware and  neuromorphic computing systems

Richard B. Fair

Richard B. Fair

Lord-Chandran Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip applications based on electrowetting technology

Aaron D. Franklin

Aaron D. Franklin

Addy Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nanomaterials in electronic devices, nanofabrication, printed electronics and internet of things (IoT), biosensing

Michael E. Gehm

Michael E. Gehm

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Primarily computational and compressive sensing and measurement in all modalities (with special emphasis in Electromagnetic/Optical from RF to x-ray and all forms of Mass spectrometry), with side interests in optical physics, high-performance x-ray simulation, and rapid- [...]

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Electronic materials and the associated devices/instruments improved by these materials, especially electrode applications in miniature mass spectrometry, energy conversion and storage and liquid waste disinfection for developing regions. Electrochemical measurements and [...]

William T. Joines

William T. Joines

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Electromagnetic field and wave interactions with materials and structures

Nan Marie Jokerst

Nan Marie Jokerst

J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jungsang Kim

Jungsang Kim

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum Computing with Trapped Ions, Quantum Information Science, Novel Photonic Devices, Application of Quantum Computers

Qing Huo Liu

Qing Huo Liu

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computational electromagnetics and acoustics; inverse problems, and their application in geophysics, nanophotonics, and biomedical imaging

Hisham Z. Massoud

Hisham Z. Massoud

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Ultrathin gate dielectrics for CMOS ULSI – the technology, physics, modeling, simulation, and characterization of ultrathin-oxide MOSFETs

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen

James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum nanophotonics, plasmonics, light-matter interactions in artificially structured nanoscale materials, hybrid molecular-scale materials and spin phenomena in the solid state

Willie John Padilla

Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental investigation of electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, and their application to imaging and sensing at microwave, terahertz, and infrared frequencies

David R. Smith

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theory, simulation and demonstration of novel electromagnetic metamaterials across the spectrum, from microwave through optical. Applications of metamaterials for antennas and imaging devices, with a focus on security imaging and satellite imaging. General studies on advanced [...]

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor

Research Interests: Thin-film deposition, MAPLE, hybrid perovskites, hybrid nanocomposites, organic thin films

Signal and Information Processing

A particular strength is in the area of signal and information processing (SIP), embodied by successful collaborations between ECE, statistics and applied mathematics. Duke has long been a leader in SIP research with defense applications, and there has also been a significant expansion into biomedical applications, in collaboration with the Duke University Medical Center.

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David J. Brady

David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Professor Brady's research focuses on "smart cameras" which use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of visual information captured and to render this information useful. In 2012 his group built the world's first gigapixel camera, his work today focuses on making [...]

Martin A. Brooke

Martin A. Brooke

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Analog, RF, and optoelectronic circuits. Sensor interface circuits. Deployable sensor systems

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Error control codes for quantum computing, wireless communication and the internet of things, coding theory for computer architecture, signal processing, machine learning

Lawrence Carin

Lawrence Carin

James L. Meriam Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Applied statistics and machine learning

Tingjun Chen

Tingjun Chen

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (beginning August 1, 2021)

Research Interests: wireless networks, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) computing

Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nonvolatile memory and storage systems, neuromorphic computing, and mobile applications.

Leslie M. Collins

Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Physics-based machine learning algorithms for big data, including developing remediation strategies for the hearing impaired and sensor-based algorithms for the detection of hazardous buried objects

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Ingrid Daubechies

Ingrid Daubechies

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Wavelet theory, signal processing, machine learning, computational geometry, time-frequency analysis

Michael E. Gehm

Michael E. Gehm

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Primarily computational and compressive sensing and measurement in all modalities (with special emphasis in Electromagnetic/Optical from RF to x-ray and all forms of Mass spectrometry), with side interests in optical physics, high-performance x-ray simulation, and rapid- [...]

Michael Richard Gustafson

Michael Richard Gustafson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computational methods for image analysis and information extraction, discrete event simulations, curriculum development and deployment

Lisa Gresham Huettel

Lisa Gresham Huettel

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Engineering education, pedagogy and curriculum development, applications of statistical signal processing

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Physics-based and statistical signal processing, sensor array processing, radar and sonar systems, pervasive distributed processing

Hai "Helen" Li

Hai "Helen" Li

Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Neuromorphic computing systems Machine learning acceleration and trustworthy AIEmerging memory technologies, circuit and architecture Low power circuits and systems

Loren W. Nolte

Loren W. Nolte

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Bayesian and physics-based approaches to signal detection, classification, estimation, tracking and decision and sensor fusion. Machine learning. Applications include ocean acoustics and medical imaging-based decision theory for cancer research.

Douglas Nowacek

Douglas Nowacek

Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Distinguished Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering

Research Interests: Link between acoustic and motor behavior in marine mammals, specifically, how they use sound in ecological processes. Development of tools for marine conservation research

Miroslav Pajic

Miroslav Pajic

Dickinson Family Associate Professor

Research Interests: Design and analysis of cyber-physical systems (CPS), in particular, embedded systems, distributed/networked control systems, CPS security, and high-confidence medical systems

Henry Pfister

Henry Pfister

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Information theory, communications, probabilistic graphical models, machine learning, and deep neural networks

Galen Reeves

Galen Reeves

Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Information theory, high-dimensional statistical inference, statistical signal processing, compressed sensing, machine learning

Cynthia D. Rudin

Cynthia D. Rudin

Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests: Machine learning, interpretability and transparency of predictive models, causal inference, energy, criminal justice, healthcare

Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and [...]

Stacy L. Tantum

Stacy L. Tantum

Bell-Rhodes Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Signal detection and estimation theory, statistical signal processing, pattern recognition and machine learning, remote sensing, matched-field processing, and ocean acoustics

Vahid Tarokh

Vahid Tarokh

Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Representation, modeling, inference and prediction from data