High Tech with a Human Touch
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The electrical and computer engineering department conducts research primarily in the three areas listed below. The research has been funded by both government and industrial sources including, the National Science Foundation, several government agencies, Harris corporation, Northrup-Grumman Inc., Lockheed, Inc., and the State of Florida. The research facilities include more than 10,000 sq. ft. of laboratories. Although graduate student and faculty use these facilities principally for theoretical and experimental research and development, they are often available to undergraduate students for experimental investigations to supplement courses.
Research in the Communication is organized and coordinated through FIT's Wireless Center of Excellence (WiCE). Within WiCE the research focuses on areas related to wireless communication, wireless multimedia communications and wireless sensor systems. Students are involved in research projects evaluating propagation of radio waves, planning and optimization of voice and data services in cellular systems, various aspects associated with wireless sensor networks and topics addressing challenges in providing multimedia communication over wireless links. WiCE is very well connected with several industry partners that help in selection of relevant research topics and provide the center with state of the art design tools and CAD software. In recent years the center has been involved in the hurricane research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
I Kostanic, S. Bucaille
In collaboration with the Department of Engineering Systems, as well as part of the Center for Commercialization of Space, research is conducted to provide up-to-date methodologies, tools and processes to develop complex systems, and more particularly spacecraft missions and systems. The research focuses on the development and implementation of the SysML language within a Model Based Systems Engineering approach, as well as the elaboration of industrial compatible collaboration techniques. Project examples are the development of electrical systems interfaces for a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars Orbiter, and the definition of a full CubeSat and associated ground systems to monitor pole ice thickness evolution for the Harris Corporation.
S. Bucaille, D. Kirk, W. Arrasmith
Much of the research contributes to the solution of national problems in signal and image processing. These include automated object detection, pattern recognition, noise reduction, and speech processing. Techniques being used include neural networks, wavelets, higher-order statistics, and statistical pattern recognition. Methods have been developed for speech recognition, medical imagery, and object detection and classification.
G. Anagnostopoulos, F. Ham, V. Kepuska, S. Kozaitis
The research in this area primarily deals with photonics research and materials. Photonics research is performed in fiber-optic sensors and communications systems. Research includes unique fiber-optic devices and techniques using modal multiplexing allowing communications channels to operate with expanded bit rates and optical encryption and switching devices.
Fiber-optic sensors are developed for 2-D and 3-D structural health monitoring of strain and material failure, and environmental applications such as hydrogen detection, and for homeland security applications. Work is also being performed in materials research for hydrogen detection. Instrumentation includes a wide variety of equipment used for developing fiber-optic systems.
S. Earles, B. Grossman, S. Murshid