Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Areas of Research

The University of Tennessee's flagship campus in Knoxville boasts a vigorous research agenda engaging scholars and students with expertise in issues vital to local and global interests. UT Knoxville is the hub of a vibrant research community that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other University of Tennessee System campuses and institutes. EECS engineers and scientists are actively engaged in the following areas of research:

Strength AreaTenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Biological applications BerryBirdwellDayHollemanIslamLangstonMcFarlane, Peterson, VoseWu
Computer systems and architecture Beck, Dean, Jantz, Mockus, Peterson, Plank, Rose, Vander Zanden
High performance and scientific computing Berry, Dean, DongarraGregorHuangLangstonVose
Intelligent systems, data mining, and machine learning ArelBerryBirdwellGregorMacLennan, Mockus, ParkerQiVose
Microelectronics, microwave, and MEMS BlalockFathyGuHollemanIslamMcFarlaneWu
Networked and embedded systems BeckCaoDjouadi, W. Gao, H. LiParkerQiSun, Tian
Power systems, power electronics, and renewable energy Costinett, F. LiLiu, Pulgar-Painemal, K. Sun, TolbertTomsovicF. Wang
Signal processing, systems, and controls BirdwellDjouadiH. LiMaterassi
Visual computing and image processing AbidiArel, GregorHuangQi, Vander ZandenVose

 


Biological Applications

Acute Inflammation/Immunology, Bioelectronics, Bioinformatics, Bio-Medical Devices, Biotechnology and Bio-Sensor Design, Computational and Systems Biology, Dynamical Systems, Model Predictive Control, Transient Dynamics, Translational Medicine

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Laboratory for Information Technologies, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Michael Berry, Douglas Birdwell, Judy Day, Jeremy Holleman, Syed Islam, Michael Langston, Nicole McFarlane, Gregory Peterson, Michael Vose, Jayne Wu

Computer Systems and Architecture

Compilers, Distributed and Fault Tolerant Systems, Operating Systems, Power-Aware Computer Systems and Architectures, Program Development Tools, Storage

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Logistical Computing and Internetworking Laboratory (LoCI), Power-Aware Computer Systems Laboratory (PACS)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Micah Beck, Gregory Peterson, James Plank, Brad Vander Zanden
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: Xiaorui "Ray" Wang

High Performance and Scientific Computing

Distributed Computing, Mathematical Software and Software Repositories, Numerical Linear Algebra, Parallel Processing, Software Tools

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL), Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Michael Berry, Jack Dongarra, Jens Gregor, Jian Huang, Michael Langston, Michael Vose
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: Scott Klasky, Richard Mills

Intelligent Systems, Data Mining, and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Intelligence, Data Mining, Deep Machine Learning, Emergent Computation, Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks and Connectionism, Pattern Recognition, Robotics, Visual Analytics

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning; Emergent Computation Project; Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems (IRIS); Laboratory for Information Technologies; Machine Intelligence Lab & Networking Research Group

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Mongi Abidi, Itamar Arel, Michael Berry, Douglas Birdwell, Jens Gregor, Bruce MacLennan, Lynne Parker, Hairong Qi, Michael Vose
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: David Icove

Microelectronics, Microwave, and MEMS

Analog Circuits, Antennas and Microwave, Bio-Electronics, Embedded Systems, Integrated Circuits, MEMS, Microelectronics, Mixed-signal VLSI, Nano-Electronics, Sensors

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Analog VLSI and Devices Laboratory, Antennas and Microwave Systems, Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICAS)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Benjamin Blalock, Aly Fathy, Gong Gu, Jeremy Holleman, Syed Islam, Nicole McFarlane, Jayne Wu
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: Charles Britton, Ethan Farquhar

Networked and Embedded Systems

Cyber Security, Network Privacy and Security, Power Control in Wireless Networks, Real-Time Embedded Systems, Sensor Networks, Wireless Networks

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Advanced Imaging and Collaborative Information Processing (AICIP), Distributed Intelligence Laboratory, Power-Aware Computer Systems Laboratory (PACS), Software Quality Research Lab (SQRL)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Micah Beck, Qing "Charles" Cao, Seddik Djouadi, Husheng Li, Lynne Parker, Hairong Qi, Jinyuan "Stella" Sun
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: Benjamin Arazi, Stacy Prowell, Xiaorui "Ray" Wang

Power Systems, Power Electronics, and Renewable Energy

Distributed Energy Conversion and Control, Electric Machines, Electric Vehicles (EVs), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Packaging and High Temperature Power Electronics, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), Power Quality and Active Power Filters, Power Systems Engineering and Economics, Motor Drives, Smart Grid Technologies

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks; Center for Power Systems, Power Electronics, and Energy (Power Engineering Laboratory); Power Information Technology Laboratory

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Fangxing "Fran" Li, Yilu Liu, Leon Tolbert, Kevin Tomsovic, Fei "Fred" Wang
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: James Nutaro, Burak Ozpineci

 Signal Processing, Systems, and Controls

Automatic Control, Communications, Control Systems, Information Theory, Statistical Signal Processing, Stochastic Resonance

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Laboratory for Information Technologies

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Douglas Birdwell, Seddik Djouadi, Paul Crilly, Husheng Li, Michael Roberts

Visual Computing and Image Processing

3D Rendering, Computed Imaging, Computer Graphics, Display of Biomedical and Scientific Data, Graphical Programming Environments, Graphical User Interfaces, Interactive Simulation, Large Scale Distributed Visualization, Remote Visualization, Visualization

Affiliated Labs, Centers, Institutes

Advanced Imaging and Collaborative Information Processing (AICIP); Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems (IRIS); Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS); See Laboratory (Seelab)

Affiliated Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track: Mongi Abidi, Itamar Arel, Jens Gregor, Jian Huang, Hairong Qi, Michael Thomason, Brad Vander Zanden, Michael Vose
Adjunct, Research, and ORNL Joint Faculty: Andreas Koschan

 
 

Affiliated Labs, Centers, and Institutes

 

Advanced Imaging and Collaborative Information Processing (AICIP)Advanced Imaging and Collaborative Information Processing

AICIP's research interests include collaborative signal and information processing in sensor networks, automatic target recognition (acoustic and seismic signals, video, hyperspectral imaging), distributed data mining, image processing (image restoration, image correction, optimization problem, medical imaging) and content-based image retrieval.

 

Analog VLSI and Devices LaboratoryAnalog VLSI and Devices Laboratory

The research at the Analog & Mixed Signal VLSI and Devices Laboratory focuses on Analog & Mixed signal circuit designs in bulk CMOS and SOI technologies, Semiconductor devices for high frequency and high power applications and Bio-Microelectronics. In addition, the lab collaborates with Oak Ridge National Labs in the areas of Monolithic Sensors and Nano-technology.

 

Antennas and Microwave SystemsAntennas and Microwave Systems

The Antennas and Microwave Systems group's research interests encompass UWB systems for various applications including See-Thru-Walls and precise In-Door Localization; Reconfigurable Antennas, particularly their development, RF front ends for wireless applications; advancing state of the art steer-able DBS antennas for mobile platforms and phased arrays, as well as enhancing efficient power-combining techniques. The group's research capabilities include Electromagnetic Analysis, Antenna Modeling, and full experimental validation at both frequency and time domains. Furthermore, Antennas and Microwave System's activities include components development, sub-systems designs and integration, and product development.

 

Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (CISML)Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning

The Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning (CISML) focuses on designing computer-based systems that exhibit intelligent behavior, operate autonomously, and adapt to environmental changes. Examples of the diverse research activities in this area at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, include pattern recognition, robotics, artificial intelligence, biologically-inspired cognitive architectures, bioinformatics, and data mining, to name a few.

 

Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks

The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Led by the University of Tennessee, CURENT enjoys broad industry support from more than forty companies, including electric power utilities, manufacturers, consulting firms, and national laboratories, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory. CURENT seeks fundamental breakthroughs needed to achieve a resilient power transmission network on a continental scale. A broad interdisciplinary program will benefit graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college students with the goal to develop a new generation of energy leaders with diverse backgrounds and a global perspective.

 

Distributed Intelligence Laboratory (DILab)Distributed Intelligence Laboratory

The Distributed Intelligence Laboratory (DILab) was founded in August of 2002 by Prof. Lynne E. Parker and is engaged in research in cooperative robotics and distributed artificial intelligence. Our research is focused on the computational issues of distributed intelligent systems – particularly embodied intelligent systems that have a physical instantiation in the world, such as multi-robot teams, sensor networks, or software agents. We characterize distributed intelligent systems as multiple entities that integrate perception, reasoning, and action to perform cooperative tasks under circumstances that are insufficiently known in advance, and dynamically changing during task execution.

 

Emergent Computation Project (ECP)Emergent Computation Project

The Emergent Computation Project (ECP) investigates the processes by which large numbers of simple agents or computational units can self-organize to process information, to control complex systems, and to assemble complicated hierarchical structures. In addition to this basic research, we are applying emergent computation to the development of post-Moore's Law computing technologies, to neuromorphic computing, and to nanotechnology.

 

Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems (IRIS)Imaging, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems

Since 1970, the Imaging, Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (IRIS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been conducting research in the field of image processing. The laboratory's emphasis is currently on building 3D imaging systems.

 

Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL)Innovative Computing Laboratory

The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) aspires to be a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing. Our vision is to provide high performance tools to tackle science's most challenging problems and to play a major role in the development of standards for scientific computing in general. Successful research efforts of the past have provided the foundation for addressing the challenges of the future. Recognizing that enabling technologies serve as catalysts for computational innovation, ICL continues to adapt to the ever increasing computational demands of the scientific community through our vision of what the next generation of enabling technologies can accomplish. Current projects are broken down into our four main focus areas - numerical libraries, high performance distributed computing, performance evaluation and benchmarking, and asset management.

 

Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICASL)Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory

The research focus of the Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory at The University of Tennessee includes Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) CMOS mixed-signal systems, CMOS low-voltage analog IC design, development of novel devices for SOI technology (such as the G4-FET or MOS-JFET) and CMOS analog design techniques for extreme environment applications. Partnered with the Analog VLSI and Devices Laboratory, the ICASL team collaborates with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, particularly in the areas of Nanotechnology, BioMicroElectronics, and Smart Sensors.

 

Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)Joint Institute for Computational Sciences

The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory established the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) to advance scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering and to further knowledge of computational modeling and simulation by 1) taking full advantage of the terascale and beyond computers in the National Center for Computational Sciences housed at ORNL, and 2) educating a new generation of scientists and engineers well-versed in the application of computational modeling and simulation for solving for the most challenging scientific and engineering problems.

 

Laboratory for Information Technologies (LIT)Laboratory for Information Technologies

The Laboratory for Information Technologies (LIT) specializes in secure information systems, high performance and parallel databases, multivariate statistical data analysis and modeling, data mining, and link/pattern analysis and discovery. Primary applications and support are in the law enforcement and defense communities.

 

Logistical Computing and Internetworking Laboratory (LoCI)Logistical Computing and Internetworking Laboratory

The Logistical Computing and Internetworking Laboratory (LoCI) is devoted to information logistics in distributed computer systems and networks. Information logistics is the study of the flexible coscheduling of the fundamental physical resources that underpin computer systems: storage, computation, and data transmission.

 

Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL)Machine Intelligence Lab

The Machine Intelligence Lab (MIL) focuses on the development of practical machine learning technology that can be applied to a broad range of systems. In particular, reinforcement learning algorithms are investigated, with an emphasis on quantitative studies of performance and scalability.

 

Microelectronic SystemsMicroelectronic Systems

Microelectronic Systems deals with custom and semicustom integrated circuits as well as printed circuit boards and multi-chip modules can be designed using the extensive set of CAD software tools installed at the University of Tennessee. Several hundred projects have been completed during the past 15 years and have ranged in complexity from small custom analog and digital cells to mixed-signal and Discrete Cosine and Wavelet Transform ICs.

 

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

NIMBioS is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ongoing challenges of maintaining a safe food supply, avoiding economic disruptions caused by emerging infectious diseases, and evaluating methods to better manage the inevitable disease outbreaks that develop due to globalization, may best be investigated by integrating modeling and mathematics with the biological studies which are critical to the formulation of public policy to address these challenges. NIMBioS focuses the talents of researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and take an integrative approach to investigate these challenges to linked natural and human social systems.

 

Power-Aware Computer Systems Laboratory (PACS)Power-Aware Computer Systems Laboratory

Power has become one of the most important concerns for both embedded systems and enterprise data centers that host thousands of computer servers. The Power-Aware Computer Systems Laboratory (PACS) at the University of Tennessee is currently focusing on three research topics: power, thermal, and performance management for high-density servers, power-aware real-time embedded systems, and energy-efficient cyber-physical systems. Our research is supported by various funding agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Microsoft Research (MSR), and IBM Research.

 

Power Engineering LaboratoryPower Engineering Laboratory

The University of Tennessee Power Engineering Laboratory is known for its high quality research contributions in converters, control of drives, microprocessor control, and artificial intelligence-based control (expert systems, fuzzy logic, and neural networks) of power electronic systems.

 

Power Information Technology Laboratory (Power IT Laboratory)Power Information Technology Laboratory

The Power IT Laboratory prepares graduate and undergraduate students for leadership roles in information technology applications in the power engineering industry. Our program trains our graduates to excel in their technical fields as well as the ability to develop and implement effective computer and network strategies to face new challenges in the deregulated power industry.

 

See Laboratory (Seelab)See Laboratory

The See Laboratory (Seelab) is devoted to innovative research in visualization and computer graphics with direct impact on today's cutting edge medical and scientific research.

 

Software Quality Research Lab (SQRL)Software Quality Research Lab

The Software Quality Research Lab (SQRL) conducts research in innovative software development techniques. The laboratory's research focuses on integrating sound, mathematically rigorous principles into the software development process.

 


 

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