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Departmental Research

Biomedical Engineering

Our research activities are diverse, ranging from medical imaging and image analysis to molecular and cellular engineering.

In medical imaging we encompass ultrasound sonoelastography, MR image analysis for computer aided diagnostics, and optical imaging for cancer characterization.

In molecular, cell and tissue engineering, we focus on biomaterial scaffolds for tissue generation, especially in musculoskeletal applications, cell-cell and cell-molecular interactions in inflammation, nano-structured materials for bioseparations and bioeffects of ultrasound in wound healing and tissue patterning.

In neuroengineering we are primarily focused on cell to systems level investigations of the auditory system, but also engage in systems level research on the oculo-vestibular system.

In biomechanics we are engaged in computational models of musculoskeletal tissues in relation to obesity and gait, cellular mechanics, and the mechanics of adhesion.

Click here for a list of biomedical engineering faculty members and descriptions of their research interests.

Chemical Engineering

The research activities of our department span the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, and alternative energy.

Currently, in biotechnology, we are focused on 3D human lymph node engineering, 3D bone marrow tissue cultures, and nanofiber-based tissue engineering.

In nanotechnology, we are exploring nano-electrochemistry, specifically solid-solid charge transfer in nanoparticles, as well as projects aimed at improving the efficiency of nanostructured organic donor-acceptor interfaces for organic photovoltaics and the relationship of physiochemical properties with the fate and effects of nanoparticles.

In advanced materials, we are engaged in polymer microcapsule development for laser fusion targets, vapor deposition polymerization of structured polymers, and the development of novel gene-delivery platforms for algal cells.

In alternative energy, we are focused on the development of hybrid solar cells with organic and inorganic components, proton conducting ceramics and proton exchange membranes for use in fuel cells, and creation of new organic solar cells, including tandem structures with enhanced light collection, charge generation, and device lifetime.

Click here for a list of chemical engineering faculty members and descriptions of their research interests.

Computer Science

Our research is focused in four areas - systems, theory, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction.

Systems research spans a range of topics, including program analysis and compiler technology, cluster-based server technology, routine support systems, and parallel and distributed systems mobile computing.

Theory research focuses on algorithms and computational complexity and their application in fields such as computational social choice theory, cryptography and security, and Markov chains/counting.

Artificial intelligence research includes work on knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, statistical natural language processing, AI-based assistive technology, and bioinformatics.

In human-computer interaction, we are engaged in human computation research, information systems, human-backed access technology, and ability-based interfaces.

Click here for a list of computer science faculty members and descriptions of their research interests.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is engaged in various research initiatives in the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Communications
  • Computer engineering
  • Digital audio and music
  • Energy
  • Image processing
  • Integrated circuits
  • Medical imaging
  • Microfluids
  • Nanotechnology
  • Quantum optoelectronics
  • Sensors
  • Spintronics
  • Wireless networks

Click here for a list of electrical and computer engineering faculty members and descriptions of their research interests.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering faculty members have strong research ties with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, and with various departments within the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Specific topics include:

  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Solar magneto hydrodynamics
  • Material fracture and fatigue
  • Blood cell deformation
  • Glass grinding and polishing
  • Laser fusion
  • High energy density physics
  • Plasticity of amorphous materials
  • Bubble dynamics
  • The mechanics of the human heart
  • Mechanics of ancient structures

Click here for a list of mechanical engineering faculty members and descriptions of their research interests.

The Institute of Optics

Research in the Institute of Optics spans a large variety of areas of optics, from the fundamental areas to more applied engineering areas.

Research in fundamental optical physics includes:

  • Quantum optics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Ultrafast optics and high field sciences
  • Physical optics

The middle ground of the fundamental-to-applied spectrum includes the research topics of:

  • Biomedicaloptics
  • Fibers and optical communications
  • Nano-optics
  • Optical materials
  • Optoelectronics and lasers

The more applied research in optics includes:

  • Imagescience and systems
  • Optical fabrication and testing
  • Optical engineering and design

Regardless of their research areas, all PhD students at the Institute take courses that cover the full range of topics from optical physics to optical engineering.

Click here for a list of faculty members at the Institute of Optics and descriptions of their research interests.

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