The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has more than 20 research groups and labs.              The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has more than 20 research groups and labs.

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AquaLab - Research in Distributed Computing

The AquaLab conducts research on large-scale distributed systems and networking. Its approach is mainly experimental, focusing on the design, deployment, and evaluation of systems that people use. This lab is headed by Fabián Bustamante.

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Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory

The Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory strives to advance human ability through robotics autonomy by easing the burden of controlling assistive machines. This lab is headed by Brenna Argall.

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Atomic and Photonic Technology Laboratory

The work of the Atomic and Photonic Technology Laboratory includes projects ranging from quantum teleportation to holographic correlation. This lab is headed by Selim Shahriar.

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Bio-Inspired Sensors and Optoelectronics Laboratory

This lab has a general goal of producing novel photonics and optoelectronic devices inspired by nature. Current research is focused on infrared detectors and vision systems, nano-scale lasers, visible to terahertz plasmonics, and novel nano-processing. This lab is headed by Hooman Mohseni.

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Campanoni lab

Research focuses on code compilation challenges for both energy efficiency and performance on commodity processors. These challenges are addressed by co-designing compilers, the computer architecture of the platform they target, and programming languages. This lab is headed by Simone Campanoni.

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Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling

Northwestern's Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling is dedicated to the creative use of technology to deepen learning. This center is headed by Uri Wilensky.

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Communications and Networking Laboratory

The Communications and Networking Laboratory is the home to faculty, students, and postdocs studying communication and networking. This lab is headed by Randy Berry, Dongning Guo, Abraham Haddad, Michael Honig, Chung-Chieh Lee.

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Computational Vision Group

The research interests of the Computational Vision Group include computer vision, visual motion tracking, capturing, and recognition, statistical learning and pattern recognition, and vision-based interaction, among other areas. This group is headed by Ying Wu.

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Delta Lab

The Delta Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio at Northwestern University. Its driving mission is to improve the way we design, work, learn, play, and fundamentally change the way we interact. This lab is headed by Haoqi Zhang.

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Economics Group

The Economics Group studies the interplay between the algorithmic, economic, and social aspects of the Internet and related systems, and develops ways to facilitate users' interactions in these systems. This group is headed by Jason D. Hartline.

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Electron Transport Lab

This lab is headed by Matthew Grayson. Please contact him for more information.

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Engineering Markets Initiative

Engineering Markets explores how we can combine techniques from computer science, information theory, and economics to understand systems and design them to better help society use them. This group is a collaboration between McCormick and Kellogg faculty members.

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IDEAS - Design Automation of Intelligent Systems

Research interests include model-based design and software synthesis of cyber-physical systems, CPS security, embedded and real-time systems, energy-efficient buildings and infrastructures, and system-on-chip design. This lab is headed by Qi Zhu.

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Image and Video Processing Laboratory

The objective of the Image and Video Processing Laboratory is to generate cutting-edge research results in the fields of multimedia signal processing, multimedia communications, and computer vision. This lab is headed by Aggelos K. Katsaggelos.

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Intelligent Information Laboratory

This lab’s mission is to make information access relevant to the specific moment and task at hand. It constructs systems that connect users with information, services, people, and community on the basis of the context of their in-the-moment activity. This lab is headed by Larry Birnbaum and Kristian Hammond.

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Interactive Audio Lab

The Interactive Audio Lab applies machine learning, signal processing, natural language processing, and database search techniques to make new auditory tools and interfaces. This lab is headed by Bryan Pardo.

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Metamaterials and Nanophotonic Devices Lab

The research program in the Metamaterials and Nanophotonic Devices Lab is mainly focused on the broad area of nanophotonics, an emerging field strategically positioned at the intersection of electrical engineering, applied physics, materials science and nanoscience. This lab is headed by Koray Aydin.

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Northwestern Lab for Internet and Security Technology

The Northwestern Lab for Internet and Security Technology works to improve the reliability, agility, and security of the current Internet, including wireless networks. This lab is headed by Yan Chen.

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Northwestern Networks Group

The Northwestern Networks Group conducts research on computer networking. This lab is headed by Aleksandar Kuzmanovic.

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NuCAD Research Laboratory

The objective of the NuCAD Research Laboratory is to improve design productivity by applying formal methods to silicon complexity problems, such as inductive/capacitive couplings and process variability. This lab is headed by Hai Zhou.

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Parallel Architecture Group at Northwestern

The overreaching research umbrella at the Parallel Architecture Lab at Northwestern is energy-efficient computing. This lab is headed by Nikos Hardavellas.

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Physical Electronics Research Laboratory

The PERLab, led by Prof. Pedram Khalili, develops the computing systems of the future, starting from the fundamentals. We create nano-scale devices and materials, and study how to use them in electronic systems with unprecedented performance and energy efficiency.Much of our work involves devices that use both the spin and charge of electrons, also referred to as spintronics. Examples are magnetic memory and logic, magnetic tunnel junctions, voltage control of magnetism, spin-orbit torques, spin waves, and microwave magnetic devices.

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Prescience Lab

The Prescience Lab conducts a range of experimental computer systems research, with a current focus on virtualization, empathic systems, and parallel and distributed systems. This lab is headed by Peter Dinda.

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Qualitative Reasoning Group

The research of this group includes efforts to both create new kinds of cognitive systems and model human cognition. It has strong collaborations with other cognitive scientists in a number of fields at various institutions. This group is headed by Kenneth D. Forbus and Tom Hinrichs.

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Swarm Robotics Lab

Research interests interestes include advancing the control and design of multi-robot systems, enabling their use instead of traditional single robots and to solve problems for which traditional robots are not suitable. Using these multi-robot systems can offer more parallelism, adaptability, and fault tolerance when compared to a traditional single robot. I am also interested in investigating how new technologies will allow for more capable multi-robot systems, and how these technologies impact the design of multi-robot algorithms, especially as these systems begin to number in the hundreds, thousands, or even millions of robots. . This lab is headed by Michael Rubenstein.

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Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab

TIDAL Lab is a team of designers, artists, learning scientists, and computer scientists at Northwestern University. Its research creates and studies innovative technology-based learning experiences. This lab is headed by Michael Horn.

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VLSI Research Lab

The VLSI Research Lab at NU focuses on the areas of energy efficient computing in digital and mixed signal IC design. We are dedicating our effort to push the existing technology with “non-conventional” approaches. Some of the examples of approaches we take includes: a “cross-layer” design approach where we cross conventional design boundary and leverage broader knowledge of different fields, exploiting new computing method such as mixed-signal / analog computing to achieve ultra-low energy consumption, and leverage emerging meuromorphic technique for biomedical system, ultra-low power system. This lab is headed by Jie Gu.

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