Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Groups

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.

Communications

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, C Otero, H Mu

Information Processing

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, V. Kepuska, S. Kozaitis

Physical Electronics

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