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Research Areas

The ECE department nourishes a vibrant research environment motivated by our dedicated faculty and graduate students. Our research programs are funded by many government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Homeland Security, and numerous local and national industries.

Research activities at the ECE Department can be classified by research groups (concentrations) and by research centers. The department offers five research concentrations and is either the lead or partner of seven federally-funded research centers.

The ECE research concentrations are:

  1. Communications, Control & Signal Processing
  2. Computer Networks and Security
  3. Computer Systems and Software
  4. Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Algorithms
  5. Electromagnetics & Optics
  6. Microsystems & Devices
  7. Power Electronics, Systems & Controls
  8. Robotics

Biomedical Research and Collaborations

Northeastern ECE faculty are engaged in a range of biomedical projects in collaboration with fellow world-class researchers in the Boston-area medical community. These projects span all disciplinary areas and include MEMS/NEMS sensors for biological detection; applications of wireless technology in biomedical implants; biomedical imaging hardware and signal processing; brain-computer interface technologies; disease detection and tracking; and many more.