From nationally-supported research to hands-on instruction, the heart of student learning and discovery takes place in our laboratories.
APEL supports high-profile high-impact sponsored research and education activities in the area of power systems engineering with special emphasis on developing cyber-physical systems-based solutions and advanced energy management systems for the emerging Smart Grid and the next generation electricity infrastructure. Scholars associated with this lab possess expertise in the areas of grid integration of renewable energy systems, building energy management systems, electric transmission, distribution, and transportation systems, as well as finite-inertia systems such as microgrids.
Professor: Sid Suryanarayanan
Location: Engineering C03
This laboratory encompasses: (a) the deposition of ultrathin oxide, semiconductor and metal films which are used to engineer high damage threshold optical coatings and extreme ultraviolet optics; (b) processing of technologically important materials using chemically assisted ion beam etching; (c) development of optical tools to probe the multilayer structures.
Professor: Carmen Menoni
Location: Engineering Research Center B108/B312
This laboratory supports research activities in the simulation, analysis, design, and control of articulated motion generated by either biological or robotic systems. The emphasis is on the class of articulated systems that are kinematically redundant, and therefore capable of highly complex and dexterous motions. Current research activities include the development of failure tolerant robotic systems for use in hazardous or remote environments and the design of automated assembly and inspection systems for industrial applications.
Professor: V. Chandrasekar
Location: Engineering C209
Website: Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)
Formerly located in Chicago, Illinois (thus the name CHILL), this facility is operated by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Atmospheric Science.
Professor: Kevin L. Lear
Location: Engineering C13/C14/C15
Conducts research projects dealing with hardware, software, protocol and performance issues related to communication networks. Projects include P2P protocols, wireless sensor networks, detection of distributed patterns and anomalies on Internet, network measurements, network based attacks, distributed and adaptive defense against network based threats, performance modeling of networks, and testing and testable design. Director: Anura P. Jayasumana, (970) 491-7855
Current activities include basic and applied research in the areas of statistical signal/image processing for underwater target detection and classification, distributed acoustic sensor networks, multi-channel, multi-platform sensory systems and decision-making, autonomous systems, machine learning for pattern recognition, adaptive text and image retrieval systems, and data reduction.
Professor: George Collins
Location: Engineering Research Center B117
Research activities of the Electromagnetics Laboratory are in electromagnetics (EM), computational EM (CEM), antennas, scattering, metamaterials, atmospheric EM, bioEM, and EM education. Its principal focus is in higher order CEM techniques based on the method of moments, finite element method, domain decomposition method, and hybrid methods as applied to modeling of antennas, scatterers, and microwave and optical devices. Some current projects deal with design of next-generation traveling-wave magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems; characterization of snow and rain using optical devices, scattering methods, and radar; development of RF applicators for biomedical applications; etc. The lab includes an anechoic chamber with a completely computerized and motorized six-axis 10 MHz-50 GHz antenna and scattering test system, built by students.
Location: Engineering C105
The research conducted in the laboratory includes the design, modeling, control, optimization, simulation, and application of embedded systems, mobile computing, and high performance computing systems. Several ongoing projects are focusing specifically on resource allocation for heterogeneous parallel and distributed computing systems, energy-aware exascale computing, emerging post-CMOS interconnect technologies including silicon photonics and carbon nanotubes, fault resilient on-chip networks and memory architectures, energy-harvesting real-time embedded systems, CAD algorithms for multi-objective optimization of massively multi-core processing chips, hardware/software co-design and system-level modeling methodologies for systems-on-chip, and energy-aware smartphone enhancements. Research activities of this laboratory are supported by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, as well as industry, including grants from the Semiconductor Research Corporation.
This lab focuses on the implementation of imaging and interferometric tools at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
Location: Engineering C03
Location: Engineering C107
This laboratory's research focuses on the design and implementation of innovative microwave systems for remote sensing of the Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere to monitor hazardous weather and global climate change. Students and researchers in this laboratory perform field measurements to study the physical relationship between sensors and environmental properties in order to improve inversion techniques and retrieval algorithms. Currently, this laboratory is combining expertise in monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design and packaging with remote sensing experience to develop miniaturized, low mass and low power sensors that lend themselves to deployment aboard uninhabited airborne vehicles (UAVs) and small satellites. The first generation of these sensors is capable of operating in small networks to provide high spatial resolution 3-D humidity maps in all weather conditions. Research activities in this laboratory include systematic studies of microwave emission from breaking waves and foam on the ocean surface to increase the accuracy of satellite sensing of the ocean wind vector, temperature and salinity.
Location: Engineering C207
Professor: Liuqing Yang
Location: Engineering C09
Professor: Jorge J. Rocca
Location: Engineering Research Center B306
This laboratory is focused on the development, control, and use of ultrafast (duration of < 10-13 seconds) optical pulses. In general our group explores new ways to control and exploit new physical phenomenon to understand and control atomic and molecular systems and produce new capabili class="lists"ties in ultrafast optical sources. Currently, a major thrust of our work is to explore the creation of impulsive molecular coherences and use those coherences as an ultrafast optical modulator. We use these modulators to sculpt the spectral and temporal properties of ultrafast laser pulses - enabling new capabilities. Additionally, we are exploring new types of nonlinear optical phenomenon for ultrafast laser pulse conversion.
The research activities in the VLSI System Architecture Laboratory are mainly in the areas of design and testing of novel VLSI based systems and of VLSI design methodologies. The activities in the VLSI-based systems include real-time vision chip architecture, high-performance DSP architecture for FFT, DCT and wavelet transforms, architectures for DRAM/logic merged technology, and CMOS-based sensing and imaging chip architectures. The activities in the VLSI design methodologies include development test metrics for VHDL verification and techniques for manufacturing test simulation (MTSIM) and test strategy selection at early stage of the design cycle. The VLSI System architecture Laboratory cooperates closely with and is supported by our industrial partners which include Hewlett Packard, Symbios Logic, LSI Logic, and Samsung Electronics. Research activities are also supported by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute.
Professor: Tom (Wei) Chen