Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE faculty are affiliated with several state-funded, federally funded, and nationally recognized centers, providing opportunities for research and training.  The department also has ties to nearby industry, employing electrical and computer engineering professionals as visiting and adjunct faculty and arranging for students to gain practical research experience through work in industrial labs. We encourage students to seek practical training as part of their graduate education.

Research Labs and Groups

Electronic Circuits & Energy Systems

Energy, Data Analytics & Optimization Lab (eDAOL)

Principal Investigator: Yu Zhang

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Energy Sustainability Policy and Natural Resources (ESPN)

Principal Investigator: Yihsu Chen

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Nonoelectronic Integrated Systems Lab (NISL)

Principal Investigator: Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang

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Pedrotti Research Group

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Pedrotti

Our current research interests are in the area of CMOS Mixed Signal integrated circuit and microsystem design particularly those systems involving optics and optoelectronics. Read More>>

Signals, Image Processing, & Communications

Broadband Communications Research Group

Principal Investigator: Hamid Sadjadpour

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Energy, Data Analytics & Optimization Lab (eDAOL)

Principal Investigator: Yu Zhang

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SaraLab - Optical Microscopy & Bioelctronics

Principal Investigator: Sara Abrahamsson

New discovery in Biology and Medicine is strongly driven by new possibilities to visualize the processes of life. To see new things, the SaraLab lab invents and custom builds new types of optical elements and imaging systems. Read More>>

Photonics & Electronic Devices

Applied Optics Group

Principal Investigator: Holger Schmidt

The main research theme in our group is single particle optics. We develop new, highly sensitive methods to study single particles with optical methods. We use these and other established techniques to gain new understanding of these particles and light-matter interactions in general. Due to the versatility of optical methods, we can investigate different types of particles. Read More>>

 

Nonostructured Energy Conversion Techonolgy & Research (NECTAR) Group

Principal Investigator: Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi

The Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR) at the University of California, Santa Cruz conducts basic and applied research in exploring exotic physical properties emerging from materials tailored at the length scale ranging from 10-9 m to 10-3 m. Our target applications include harvesting, converting, storing, generating, and transmitting energy as well as cutting energy consumption by implementing new knowledge at material, device, and sub-system levels potentially offering resources required to drive just about every aspect of the rapidly emerging global economy. Read More>>

 

Rolandi Group in Bioelectronics

Principal Investigator: Marco Rolandi

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SaraLab - Optical Microscopy & Bioelctronics

Principal Investigator: Sara Abrahamsson

New discovery in Biology and Medicine is strongly driven by new possibilities to visualize the processes of life. To see new things, the SaraLab lab invents and custom builds new types of optical elements and imaging systems. Read More>>

UCSC Nanoengineering Group

Principal Investigator: A. Ali Yanik

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Robotics, Control, & Cyber-Physical Systems

The Autonomous Systems (ASL) Lab

Principal Investigator: Gabriel Elkaim

The ASL specializes in guidance, navigation, and control, path-planning, computer vision, and sensor fusion within the scope of autonomous systems. We aim to reduce the cost of autonomous systems through open-source development of both complete autonomous systems as well as their required onboard sensors. Read More>>

 

Teodorescu Lab

Principal Investigator: Mircea Teodorescu

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Energy, Data Analytics & Optimization Lab (eDAOL)

Principal Investigator: Yu Zhang

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Hybrid Systems Lab (HSL)

Principal Investigator: Ricardo Sanfelice

The Hybrid Systems Laboratory (HSL) at the Department of Computer Engineering, University of California at Santa Cruz, focuses on the analysis of hybrid dynamical systems and the design of hybrid feedback control algorithms. The research approach is mainly theoretical with numerical validation via simulations (though experimental validations of findings at an on-site testbed are performed at times). Particular emphasis is given to dynamical systems with nonlinear hybrid dynamics, cyber-physical systems, and feedback systems with decision-making strategies emerging in the areas of robotics, aerospace, power systems, and biology. Read More>>

 

Robotics & Control Lab

Principal Investigator: Dejan Milutinovic

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