Research Focus Areas and Facilities

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department has several areas of faculty interest and research focus and associated facilities.

  • Analog/Digital Microelectronics Group

The Analog and Mixed Signal Microelectronics Research Laboratory at WPI is directed by Professor John McNeill.

Research at the Cryptography Lab is directed by Professor Berk Sunar, with associate faculty Thomas Eisenbarth, and Andrew Clark.

Health & Medical Engineering

  • Collective Intelligence and Bionic Robotics (CIBR) Lab

CIBR Lab is a joint lab between ECE faculty, Professor Jie Fu and ME faculty, Professor Zhi Li, under the Robotics Engineering Program. Our research focus is to bring a joint force between control theory, machine learning and robotics to achieve two major objectives: First, we aim to develop algorithms to achieve provably safe, adaptive and robust performance in autonomous systems in the presence of unknown, uncertain and dynamical environments. Second, we aim to build the algorithmic foundation for bionic robotics that facilitates a seamless collaboration between humans and robots, with applications to advanced manufacturing, health, and medical robotics.

Professor Edward Clancy is the faculty lead in this lab.

SPIN Lab research is conducted by Professor Rick Brown.

  • RF-Electronics and Medical Imaging/Analyses Laboratory

Professor Reinhold Ludwig is the faculty lead for ongoing work in this lab.

RF, Microwave & Numerical Methods

  • RF-Electronics and Medical Imaging/Analyses Laboratory

Professor Reinhold Ludwig directs this lab to improve medical imaging.

  • Antenna Laboratory

Professor Sergey Makarov leads work in the antenna laboratory. Major research topics include antenna interaction with human body, BAN, CAD human models for RF and antenna simulations, and MRI RF coil simulations.

Wireless Communications, Networking, Geopositioning

Professor Rick Brown conducts cellular communications research in this lab.

Professor David Cyganski and Professor James Duckworth lead research exploring multimedia communications.

Professor Bill Michalson leads research investigating radio navigation.  

Professor Kaveh Pahlavan is faculty lead for the ongoing research into wireless networks and communication.

Associate Professor Alexander Wyglinski leads research in this lab.

  • Secure Cyber-Physical Systems Lab

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are comprised of tightly integrated cyber (sensing, communication, computation) and physical (actuation) components in applications including transportation, medicine, energy, and housing. The goal of our lab, directed by Professor Andrew Clark, is to develop foundations for CPS with provable guarantees on safety, performance, and security, in the presence of dynamic environments, random faults and failures, and malicious attacks.

Power and Renewable Energy Systems

  • Renewable Energy Innovations Laboratory

Renewable Energy Innovation Laboratory, directed by Professor Yousef Mahmoud, emphasizes all aspects of innovations in renewable energy systems for the conversion, delivery, and its use in electrical form. Our aim is to contribute in expanding the utilization of renewable energy resources in the world by addressing technical challenges impeding their utilization, including reducing their cost, and improving their overall efficiency, operation, control, integration and reliability. Our objective is also to commercialize and transfer our developed technologies to market. Professor Alexander Emanuel also focuses on researches preventing chaos in deregulated energy environments and design of efficient power electronics circuits.

A Better Way to Detect Breast Cancer

Professor Reinhold Ludwig's work with magnetic coils is leading the way to MRI images that are faster—and therefore cheaper—to produce in diagnosing breast and prostate cancers.

Keeping Track in Fire, Smoke, and Battle

A multidisciplinary team of WPI faculty and student researchers, working closely with the Worcester Fire Department and other agencies, is developing a sophisticated system designed to locate and track the movement and health of emergency workers inside burning buildings. Professor Cyganski and Professor Duckworth discuss how to aid first responders through the Precision Personnel Locator Project.

Professor Kaveh Pahlavan Discusses His Wireless Information Network Research

Research in Professor Pahlavan’s Center for Wireless Information Network Studies investigates how wireless propagation and geolocation pose unique challenges in an indoor environment.

Vehicular Wireless Spectrum Measurement System

Reliable wireless communications are a vital component of everyday operations such as financial transactions, public safety operations, educational activities, national defense, automotive, and social interactions. These all require some form of wireless communications to enable information exchange.