Exciting advances in intelligent, interconnected technologies are influencing engineering research and design across a broad range of application areas.  Within Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI, we have organized our Smart and Connected world research into four sub-areas: CyberPhysical Systems, Robotics, Energy and Sustainability and Systems Engineering.  Details of our ongoing research in these areas are found below.

CyberPhysical Systems

Including applications in: autonomous vehicle navigation and communication, software-defined radio, wireless communications, digital signal processing, computer engineering, logic synthesis, radio frequency and microwave applications.


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Rick Brown


Digital Signal Processing, Estimation and Detection, Statistical Learning, Wireless Communications, Information Theory, Software-Defined Radio


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Rjduck Jim Duckworth Embedded Systems, Logic Synthesis, Indoor Localization  
hakim Hossein Hakim Digital Signal Processing, Machine Learning  

Xinming Huang

Embedded Computing Lab

Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Wireless Communications

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 Traffic Light Detection & Recognition 

Sjarvis Susan Jarvis Embedded Systems, Digital Signal Processing  
navabi Zain Navabi  Embedded Systems, Testing Methodologies   

Kaveh Pahlavan 

Center for Wireless Information Network Studies

Localization for IoT and Smart World  Localization Challenges

Alex Wyglinski 

Wireless Innovation Laboratory 

Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Signal Processing, Software Defined Radio, Wireless Communications, Networking

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Including applications in: autonomous sailboats, robotic control.

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Jie Fu

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Reactive Robotic Systems, Multi-robot Coordination, Optimal Control of Hybrid Systems and Design of Adaptive Semi-Autonomous Systems 

Bill Michalson Navigation and Tracking, High Performance Embedded Computer Systems   

Energy & Sustainability

Including applications in: renewable energy, power electronics, power systems and quality.

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Stephen Bitar Power Electronics  
Alex Emanuel Power Systems, Power Quality, High Voltage Devices, Distribution Systems Control 

Distribution Feeder Upgrade Deferral through use of Energy Storage Systems

Fred Looft Energy / Sustainability   

Yousef Mahmoud

Renewable Energy Innovation Lab

Solar / Wind / Renewable Energy, Power Electronics, Energy Conversion, Smart Cities, Sustainability Engineering, Power Systems

Renewable Energy & Power Systems

Maqsood Mughal Scalable Synthesis of Nanostructured Thin Film Materials, Photovoltaics 

Morphological and Compositional Analysis of Electrodeposited Indium Sulfide Films


John Orr

Power Systems, Sustainability Engineering, Smart Grids

WPI Wind Turbine Project 

Systems Engineering

Including applications in: systems thinking, modeling and simulation.

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Shamsnaz Bhada Digitized, Machine Readable Policies in Health Care, Single Source of Truth in Complex Systems, System Diagnostics, Analytics / Evolution, Human diversity in Engineering
Thomas Gannon Systems-of-Systems Modeling, High Reliability and Fault Tolerant Systems, High Performance Systems Architectures  


Using Systems Thinking to Solve Real-World Problems 

Hossein Hakim Data Analytics, Financial Engineering  
Fred Looft M.S. Degree Capstone Projects