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Graduate Research in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering research at UCSB is multi-disciplinary and involves faculty from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and other departments. Although students choose a home department from which to receive their degree, CE research often crosses departmental boundaries.

We are often asked about research that is being done in the field of computer engineering at UCSB. Areas of research include but are not limited to the following areas: bioinspired computing; circuit and system design; computer architecture; electronic design automation and testing; emerging technologies for computing; energy-efficient computing; nanotechnology; networking; operating systems and distributed systems; and software and languages.

Additionally, many faculty are also involved in research at many on and off-campus centers and institutions such as the on-campus California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) and the Institute of Energy Efficiency (IEE).

See Research Overview and Areas of Research for additional helpful information about our center, news, faculty spotlights, and faculty member's research interests and groups/labs.

Grad Profile: Aaron Bluestone, Ph.D. in CE

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Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
Research Interests: Optoelectronic Feedback Loops, System Architecture Design, Frequency Synthesizers
Awards & Honors Received:ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 2012-13 and 2014-15
UCSB Student Organizations: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

Tell us about your research: My research aims to develop a laser output where the wavelength can be tuned over a wide range, and the stability / accuracy are related to a microwave reference oscillator. The goal is to make this Optical Frequency Synthesizer based entirely on integrated circuits (IC) – photonic and electronic – in a small size, weight and power (SWaP) footprint. I am specifically working to define the electronics architecture and design the ICs necessary to achieve a broadband, high-precision tunable laser output.

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