Research

A unifying theme of Duke's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by significant funded research programs that actively engage Duke faculty from across Pratt, the applied sciences and medicine. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke ECE is well aligned with the increasing international trend toward a breakdown of traditional disciplinary boundaries; such an interdisciplinary focus has also been widely encouraged by industry and government. Our department has four primary research areas.

Signal and Information Processing

A particular strength is in the area of signal and information processing (SIP), embodied by successful collaborations between ECE, statistics and applied mathematics. Duke has long been a leader in SIP research with defense applications, and there has also been a significant expansion into biomedical applications, in collaboration with the Duke University Medical Center.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering plays a critical role in enhancing the computing power of modern systems, impacting all areas of engineering, science and commerce. Duke ECE has played a leading role in developing new classes of computing architectures and systems, particularly with a highly successful core of young faculty. The computer engineering group in ECE has led development of significantly enhanced collaboration between ECE and computer science at Duke.

Information Physics

Duke ECE is also the home of international leaders in information physics research, embodied in pathbreaking programs in metamaterials, quantum devices, and optical systems. This interdisciplinary research involves the design, fabrication and testing of revolutionary new devices, based on novel physical concepts, with a foundation in rigorous computational modeling in electromagnetics and quantum mechanics.

Microelectronics, Photonics, and Nanotechnology

The fourth research area, microelectronics, photonics and nanotechnology (MPN), is highly vertically integrated, ranging from innovative materials, devices, and interconnects, through chip scale integrated systems. MPN research includes revolutionary microfluidic systems, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, integrated optics, sensors, integrated multifunctional systems, energy conversion devices, and quantum sensors. The MPN research is highly interdisciplinary, and focused on design, fabrication through Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) cleanroom and characterization facility, and device and system test.

May 28, 2015
In the past 15 years, metamaterials has brought breakthroughs like invisibility cloaks, acoustic cloaks, miniaturized flat antennas, and you-don’t-have-to-stop-anymore airport security screenings. Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London recently visited co-founder of the field David R. Smith at...
May 26, 2015
Duke Forward features a video each week on "Ideas That Move the World Forward" highlighting innovative work from Duke faculty members. This week, the series included a video from Guillermo Sapiro, the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who talks about a new...
April 02, 2015
Miroslav Pajic, an expert in cyber-physical systems, which merge physical processes with information systems, will join Duke University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in July 2015. With a history of making the electronics embedded in the world around...
March 23, 2015
In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama today, Duke and more than 120 other U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.
March 18, 2015
On March 8, 2015, more than 450 visitors learned about light-based technologies at the 2015 Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) Open House. The event featured many PhD students and faculty from Duke, and Nobel laureate John Hall, who was one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 FIP Symposium...
February 18, 2015
The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded a team from Duke University a major grant to develop a next-generation methane detector to sniff out natural gas leaks across America.