ESE Research Themes

The creation and dissemination of scholarly research in both basic and applied arenas has placed the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the forefront of research and application in the areas of motion-capture, SWARM and Nanotechnologies, cyber-physical systems integration, Metananocircuits, robotics, urban transit, mobile solar power, prosthetic device enhancements and more.  Engineers from the department have and are working to relentlessly push the boundaries of current engineering disciplines for the application of existing problems and those of tomorrow.

Nanodevices and Nanosystems

Nanoscale physical devices involves applying the principles and methods of electromagnetics and solid state physics and electronics to the design, fabrication, characterization, and modeling of devices from macroscale to nanoscale dimensions. Faculty harness novel physical phenomena to realize unique behaviors that are exploited in devices and circuits. Research directions within physical devices span a broad range of topics from metamaterials, plasmonic optics, nanoscale photonics, fractal electrodynamics, and electromagnetics to macro- and nano-scale electronics, optoelectronics, polymer-carbons composites, super-capacitors, MEMS, and integrated systems at the nanoscale.

Affiliated faculty: Mark Allen, Lee Bassett, Ertugrul Cubukcu, Nader Engheta, Dwight Jaggard, Charlie Johnson, Cherie Kagan, Jorge Santiago-Aviles.

Information and Decision Systems

In our information rich society, this research theme focuses on the acquisition, representation and storing of information, such as data, audio, and video, and the manipulation of information for purposes of communication, networking, and decision making. The emergence of networks as pervasive elements of everyday life ranks among the most significant technological accomplishments of the last half century. Our society has been able to engineer networks that have transformed our world and touched upon the whole range of social and natural sciences. Yet our scientific understanding of fundamental phenomena that arise in our interconnected world remains limited. Our work includes the inception of better protocols for the Internet, the construction of more secure environments for the exchange of information, the coordination of multiple robots, and the development of formal design methodologies for wireless networks. Our group is also interested in interdisciplinary problems including the economics that govern the adoption of new technologies, the propagation and control of epidemics, and axiomatic constructions of trust propagation in social networks.

Affiliated faculty: Danielle Bassett, Christos Davatzikos, Robert Ghrist, Ali Jadbabaie, Saleem Kassam, Daniel Koditschek, Vijay Kumar, Daniel Lee, George Pappas, Victor Preciado, Alejandro Ribeiro, Megan Ryerson, Saswati Sarkar, Barry Silverman, Tony Smith, Ufuk Topcu, Santosh Venkatesh, Rakesh Vohra.