Research Groups

WPI Computer Science research is nurtured by its research groups. Each group holds regular meetings to discuss current research topics and results. Several research groups operate their own laboratories with gifts, grants, or contracts from outside agencies. A mailing list is operated for each group. The list name is indicated by the letters after the name of each group (e.g., AIRG). CS Department publications can be requested by sending email to   

Applied Logic and Security Group (ALAS)

Profs. Dougherty, Fisler, Guttman, ShueVenkatasubramanianWills  
The ALAS group explores various problems related to security and applied logic, including research on privacy, network security, software engineering, software verification, security, and programming languages. Learn more…  

Artificial Intelligence Research Group (AIRG)

Profs. Baker, Beck, Berenson, Chernova, Brown, Gennert, HeffernanRichRuiz  
AIRG members share interests in the theory and applications of knowledge-based systems. Current research includes intelligent tutoring systems, intelligent design, machine learning, multi-agent systems, intelligent interfaces, and data mining. Learn more... 

Congestion Control (CC)

Profs. ClaypoolKinicki  
The CC research group investigates research issues in Internet congestion control. It is a discussion-oriented group, where related papers are chosen each week and discussed. Learn more… 

Database Systems Research Group (DSRG)

Profs. RundensteinerEltabakh  
This group focuses on research issues and project work related to very large database and information systems in support of advanced applications including business, engineering, and sciences. Currently on-going projects include intelligent event analytics, scalable data stream processing systems, map-reduce technologies, biological databases, stream mining and discovery, large-scale visual information exploration, medical process tracking, and distributed heterogeneous information sources, to just name a few. We thrive to build software systems to evaluate the feasibility of our innovations and to evaluate their usefulness by applying them to real problems. Learn more… 

Human Interaction in Virtual Environments (HIVE)

Prof. Lindeman  
This group is concerned with the study of vibrotactile feedback for use in Human-Computer Interaction. We are using a holistic approach: providing feedback to multiple senses in concert to improve the use of the high bandwidth of which humans are capable during real interactions. Virtual environment research is one of the areas that we see as having great promise as a technological framework for supporting simulation (e.g., surgical, military), collaboration, communication, and visualization. Learn more… 

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

Profs. Berenson, Chernova, Rich & Sidner
If human-like robots are ever going to move freely among us, we will need to understand how to program them to collaborate with us smoothly and naturally. Our research spans robotics, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics and human-computer interaction. Learn more… 

Image Science Research Group (ISRG)

Profs. Agu, Claypool, GennertLindeman & Ward  
The ISRG conducts interdisciplinary research into the theory and application of graphics, visualization, image processing and computer vision techniques. The group's current projects include data and information visualization, visual data mining, stereo vision, medical image processing, tomography, modeling of natural phenomena, and appearance modeling. Learn more… 

(Also see: Center for Research in Exploratory Data and Information Analysis)

Knowledge Discovery and Data mining (KDDRG)

Prof. Ruiz   
KDDRG conducts research in data mining, machine learning, and knowledge discovery in databases. Current research projects include applications of data mining to e-commerce, sequence mining, analysis of genomic data, and web mining. Learn more…

(Also see: Center for Research in Exploratory Data and Information Analysis)

Mobile Graphics Research Group (MGRG)

Profs. AguLindeman  
MGRG is investigating architectures and techniques that enable high-end servers to assist heterogeneous mobile hosts in rendering large geometric models. Wireless networked graphics applications are becoming more pervasive on mobile devices. Computer graphics applications are computationally intensive and resource hungry, while mobile devices have limited resources, low bandwidths and high error rates. Learn more… 

Performance Evaluation of Distributed Systems (PEDS)

Profs. Agu, Finkel, ClaypoolKinicki, ShueVenkatasubramanianWills  
PEDS is interested in the design and analysis of distributed systems, with a special focus on the performance of distributed operating systems. Learn more… 

Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL)

Prof. Chernova   
The Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning research group focuses on the development of interactive robotic and software systems. Our work aims to provide everyday people with the ability to customize the functionality of autonomous devices. Our research spans the fields of robot learning, adjustable autonomy, crowdsourcing, multi-robot teaming and human-robot interaction. Learn more… 

Software Engineering Research Group (SERG)

Profs. HeinemanFislerRundensteiner   
The Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) meets to discuss issues related to the discipline of Software Engineering. SERG has several goals: to provide a forum for discussion of the research of group members; to attract graduate students and prospective MQPs in Software Engineering; and to generate new areas of software engineering research. Learn more… 

THeory Umbrella Group (THUG)

Profs. Dougherty, FislerGuttmanSelkow   
THUG is a group dedicated to the discussion of theory. The group meets each week for the Theory Seminar, which features talks on all aspects of theoretical computer science. Students and faculty in all areas of computer science are welcome to participate. Learn more… 

Tutor Research Group (TRG)

Profs. Baker, BeckHeffernan  
TRG researches intelligent tutoring systems and tutoring strategies. Learn more… 

Please note: Several Research Groups are currently not active. Their coordinators should be contacted for further information.

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