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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Research

The faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science conduct research in various areas, including computer systems and architecture, computer networking, wireless communication, control theory, energy-intelligent mobile computing, communication for smart electric grids, pervasive wireless networks, energy management in renewable energy based sensor networks, data intensive sensor networks, distance learning, electromagnetics, optics, power systems, power quality, and databases.

Research in the area of information security and privacy is geared towards identifying and overcoming system security and user privacy threats in modern wireless cyber-physical systems (e.g., wireless medical devices, Advanced Metering Infrastructure or Smart Meters and wearable computing devices). Research in this area has also recently started to investigate security/privacy issues in modern social-technical systems such as online social networking and crowd sourcing (including participatory sensing) applications. (Jadliwala)

Computer Architecture and Parallel Programming Laboratory (CAPPLab) leads research in current and future state-of-the-art computer systems and architecture, high-performance computing, and related fields. Particular attention is given to the following areas: multicore/manycore architecture, parallel programming, and embedded systems. GPU/CUDA technology will be used for general purpose high performance cloud computing. (Asaduzzaman)

Research in computer networking involves comparison of networks that use voice over IP
and Voice over Frame-Relay. The impact of fragmentation and interleaving is also explored.
Challenges associated with Voice over IP over wireless methods are also being investigated. (Research)

Research in investigating fairness aspects in wireless networks particularly focuses towards the prevention and avoidance of MAC layer misbehaviors.

Research in the area of digital communications systems includes smart antenna, the third
generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) code division multiple access (CDMA) wireless
communications systems, US-Army future frequency-hopping (FH) spread spectrum
communication systems and cooperative communication systems. (Kwon and Ding)

Research in the area of control theory includes design of robust controllers for complex
systems. Singular perturbation methods are used to develop reduced-order controllers for
continuous-time and discrete-time models, as well as unified models based on the delta
operator. Mixed norm techniques are used to develop robust controllers for large-scale
decentralized systems. Research is also being conducted in adaptive flight control systems, robust PID control, time delay systems, fractional order control, control of energy systems, and sensor networks. (Watkins and Sawan)

Research in the area of energy-intelligent mobile computing focuses at aspects of how to improve operating lifetime of portable devices from a networking perspective, and considering the larger picture of sustainable mobile computing. (Namboodiri

Research in the area of communication for smart electric grids focuses at building a communication infrastructure at the distribution level of a smart electric grid that can improve reliability and enable better management and control of electric meters in residential units. (Namboodiri)

Research in the area of pervasive wireless networks focuses at developing MAC and routing protocols for various wireless technologies like Wi-Fi, Wireless Sensor Networks, and RFID for various applications like home automation, healthcare, vehicular networking, to name a few. (Namboodiri)

Research in the area of energy management in renewable energy based sensor networks focuses on the design of energy-efficient and adaptive algorithms for sensor activation under spatio-temporal correlations in the event phenomena. 

The present work in electromagnetics consists of experimental research into the electromagnetic (lightning) protection integrity of systems in aging aircraft. (Skinner)

Research in the area of optics includes optical and quantum computing architectures and fiber optic communications. In optical computing, theoretical and experimental research is being conducted to realize optical neural computing architectures. In quantum computing, theoretical work is being performed in realizing computing techniques in very small or quantum systems. In fiber optics, research is being conducted to exploit the nonlinear properties of the optical fiber in order to increase date rates. (Skinner and Kumar)

Research in the area of electric power quality includes power quality troubleshooting, power system design to better serve loads, disturbance and susceptibility testing of loads, and load design to decrease disturbances and susceptibility. Power quality research is performed through the WSU Power Quality Lab, which provides field and laboratory equipment, computer analysis, and simulation capabilities. (Jewell)

Research in the area of power systems includes development of the Jacobian Matrix for Power System flow Analysis, Dynamic and Voltage Collapse Stability in Power Systems, and modeling and simulation of static shunt reactive power compensators for quasi-steady-state
studies. (Jewell)

Research in the area of databases focuses on XML databases, including XPath query minimization and query evaluation. (Ramanan)

Research in the area of software engineering includes software maintenance and evolution, empirical software engineering, mining software repositories, program comprehension, source code analysis, and software visualization. (Kagdi)