ESE Research Groups and Faculty Labs
Ackoff Collaboratory for Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA) Laboratory
The ACASA Lab operates as a think tank in the vanguard of systems approaches, advancing and applying systems sciences and systems thinking and global knowledge and competency resources. One of the principal research thrusts, among others, at ACASA is on how to help distributed human-machine systems (e.g., facilities, organizations, or online communities) to continually adapt and evolve in the presence of complex, emergent environments. To that end we are interested in the interaction of systems at all levels -- particularly, the modeling and simulation of human behavior and social systems. The center houses the Laboratory for Informatics and Intelligent Systems Technology (LIIST).
Distributed Systems Laboratory (DSL)
The Distributed Systems Laboratory (DSL) combines elements from the CIS and ESE departments. The DSL is broadly focused on the issues of merging computation and communications. This includes networking, computers, distributed control, distributed systems, computer operating systems, gigabit networks, networked multimedia systems, and user interfaces. The DSL generally investigates issues with exploratory methods, such as experimental prototypes, in order to test and refine analytical results as well as to help direct attention to appropriate areas for theoretical work.
The Engheta Group, run by Nader Engheta, studies various topics related to Metamaterials, Plasmonics, Nano-optics, Optical Nanocircuits, Physics and Reverse-Engineering of Polarization Vision in Nature, Biologically-Inspired Polarization Imaging and Sensing, Electric tweezers, Miniaturized Antennas and Optical Nanoantennas, Microwave Imaging, RF-Acoustic Hybrid Technique for Behind-Obstacle Imaging.
General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory
The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is a truly interdisciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania. Many ESE faculty members have laboratories that are within the GRASP Lab. Founded in 1979, the lab has grown today to be one of the premier research centers focusing on fundamental research in robotics, vision, perception, control, automation and learning.
The Kagan Group, led by Cherie Kagan, explores the chemical and physical properties of molecular, supramolecular, and nanostructured materials and assemblies and their potential applications in electronic, optoelectronic, and sensing devices. Molecule-surface and molecule-molecule interactions drive molecular organization. The group exploits these chemical interactions to construct functional supramolecular and nanocrystal assemblies. Electrical measurements, optical spectroscopies, electrochemistry, and scanning probe and electron microscopes are used to probe the structure-function relationships of molecular assemblies and their interfaces with zero-, one-, and two-dimensional inorganic surfaces.
Kod*lab (within GRASP)
Dan Koditschek leads Kod*lab, a research group interested in the application of dynamical systems theory to the invention and construction of intelligent machines and systems, with a particular focus on biologically inspired robotics. Many lab members have worked in robotics with emphasis on dynamical dexterity and the management of kinetic energy in designing machines capable of performing useful work on their bodies and environments. Others have worked on more abstract problems of control and coordination with the object of developing new methods of design and analysis toward the construction of such machines.
mLAB: Real-Time Embedded Network Systems Lab
The mLAB, directed by Rahul Mangharam, explores real-time architectures and scheduling algorithms for communication and coordination of physical computing systems. These include embedded wireless control of industrial automation networks, medical sensor networks, vehicle-to-vehicle networks and social sensor networks. The work is at the intersection of real-time scheduling theory and building large-scale embedded networks.
Multimedia and Networking Lab
The Multimedia and Networking Lab, directed by Roch Guerin, is a pluri-disciplinary lab that cuts across layers, from the link layer to the application layer, with a focus on investigating problems and technologies associated with modern telecommunications systems. The Lab involves several faculty members and collaborators at both Penn and other institutions, including other universities and industrial research labs. Many doctoral students are carrying out their research within the lab, and a number of master's and undergraduate students also participate in several projects. The Lab's facilities are state-of-the-art and are continuously updated as new projects with new demands are initiated.
Walter & Marlene Korn Laboratory – Implementation of Computation Group
The Implementation of Computation Group, under the direction of André DeHon studies how we physically implement computations. Efforts span from algorithms and problem descriptions, through compute models, architectures, and runtime systems, and down to physical substrates, including work on design mapping between these levels. The group attempts to systematically understand the design space for programmable computing devices and the impact which both substrate costs and mapping technology have on that design space.