University of Hawaii

Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Overview

The Department is organized into three research tracks: computer engineering, electrophysics, and information systems. The research areas of these tracks include analog and mixed-signal circuits; biomedical engineering; computer architecture; communications; control systems; embedded systems; image processing; machine learning; microwave electronics; network security; optical networks; signal processing; renewable energy; solid-state devices; and VLSI circuit design. The Department has four IEEE Fellows, four faculty members that have won the NSF Career/NYI/ PYI Award, and several faculty that have commercialized research with startup companies.  Faculty members in the Department received numerous best paper awards (in journals and conference proceedings)  One faculty member won the University of Hawaii's Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research award and three faculty members won the University of Hawaii's Regent's Medal for Excellence in Teaching award.

Computer Engineering:  Research areas include optical networks, network security, image processing in 3D modeling, embedded systems, VLSI CAD, computer architecture, bioinformatics, telemedicine, computational intelligence, and parallel and distributed computing.    Faculty in this area collaborates with faculty in the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), with Hawaii local high-tech companies and with researchers in the Queen's Medical Center on NIH funded projects in image-based diagnostics.  This faculty has also built a general-purpose 240-processors super-computer that gives the UH community its own educational and experimental platform for reconfigurable computing in simulation, modeling, visualization and application development.

Electrophysics:   Research areas include MEMS devices and simulation tools, high-frequency electronic circuits, non-invasive sensing of biomedical signals, semiconductor devices and sensor innovation, antennas, and computational electromagnetics.   Present and past faculty in this area have been successful in establishing high-technology startup companies.  Faculty in the area play key roles in two College of Engineering research units, the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC).

Information Systems:  The department has a long tradition of top notch research in information transmission, storage, and processing.   The research produced the well known ALOHA network, the first wireless packet network, in the 1970s.  Research areas include wireless communications, information theory, channel coding, information security, magnetic recording, network optimization, control theory, game theory, source coding, machine learning, and ad hoc sensor networks.  Recently, researchers in this group combined with faculty in Information and Computer Science (ICS) and Mathematics to form the Coding, Communications, Networks, and Security (COCONETS) Lab.  This research is focused on collaborative and multidisciplinary research and education projects in the above stated areas.