The University of Washington is active in most research areas of electrical engineering. Our main strengths are listed below.
Communications and Networking
Communications, networking, and related signal processing technologies have revolutionized computing. Our specialties include the implementation of wireless devices and systems, optical communications, multi-user and multi-channel signal processing, routing and access control, modulation, network security, and coding for error correction.
Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing
Our group advances the theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques of efficient electromagnetic methods, remote sensing of the earth, atmosphere, ionosphere, and ocean, high-speed devices and circuits modeling, waves in random media and rough surfaces, and material characterizations, antenna and RF circuit design, and advanced algorithms for radar signal processing.
Integrated Systems, Circuits and VLSI
Integrated circuits have evolved into whole systems on chips. In descending order of complexity, future systems-on-chip will comprise high-speed and low-power digital gates, analog interface and signal processing circuits, radio frequency transceivers, and MEMS sensors and actuators.
Nanotechnology, MEMS and Photonics
This group focuses on applied nanotechnology, which includes microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics and nanoelectronics, and micro-optical switching devices for telecommunication applications; portable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical bio, chemical sensing systems . This area has already revolutionized the way we live-as the basis for the integrated circuits and computer industry, and will continue to exert its impact.
Power and Energy
This group covers the nationally critical technologies of power systems, power electronics and electric drives. Our research projects are highly inter-disciplinary, involving power, sensors, signal processing, communications, control, economics, computer science and engineering, and engineering education.
Speech, Image, and Video Processing
Signal processing touches a large variety of engineering problems, from communications to human-computer interaction to medical signal information processing. Our main application areas include speech, image, and video processing, with theoretical foundations in graphical models, time-frequency analysis, models of symbolic time series, pattern recognition, and data compression.
Systems, Controls, and Robotics
Our group explores both experimental and theoretical issues in control, design and optimization for biologically-based robotics, haptics, autonomous mobile robotics, surgical robot technology, control engineering for rehabilitation, closed-loop drug delivery, control of jump parameter systems, intelligent transportation systems, and genome automation.
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