Sara in the Theogarajan Lab
Photo: Matt Perko, UCSB,
Courtesy: Theogarajan Group

CE Areas of Research

  • Bioinspired Computing
  • Circuit and System Design
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Security
  • Electronic Design Automation and Testing
  • Emerging Technologies for Computing
  • Energy-efficient Computing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Operating and Distributed Systems and Software Engineering

CE research lies not only at the interface of computer science and electrical engineering, but increasingly ties computing together with biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering.

Our research is ideally positioned to help solve societal problems through the construction of practical systems incorporating both state-of-the-art and emerging technologies. We live in a time of opportunity and crisis. Rising carbon emissions and energy costs are a global problem. Aging populations increasingly strain healthcare resources. Computing technologies are at the heart of many potential solutions to these and other world problems. Emerging technologies in nanoscale and bio-compatible materials hold the promise to increase energy-efficiency and revolutionize healthcare. We also see opportunities in massive information gathering and large-scale computing resources to exploit that information in a variety of ways that include the use of machine learning and other tools of artificial intelligence.

We must also address increasing challenges to continued scaling of conventional silicon devices and to maintaining the dramatic performance growth trends that have brought us to the age of exascale computing.

CE Research Highlights

ECE Assistant Professor Zheng Zhang receives the 2021 IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award

ECE Profs. Luke Theogarajan & Kerem Camsari receive Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) awards that provide seed funding for projects that seek high-impact solutions for energy efficiency

Facebook has provided the Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) in UCSB’s COE with a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support research aimed at enhancing energy efficiency in data centers and in artificial intelligence (AI)

Featured News

News Briefs

Tzimpragos, Sherwood & Strukov article in CACM

CS PhD candidate George Tzimpragos, CS Prof. Timothy Sherwood, ECE Prof. Dmitri Strukov, et al., article "In-sensor Classification with Boosted Race Trees," featured in CACM Journal (Jun '21)

Prof. Kerem Camsari – Applied Magnetism

Prof. Kerem Camsari – Randomness for Probabilistic Computing

Camsari, an Ass't. Prof. of ECE, and colleagues conceive a device usually associated with stable information storage can be modified to be extremely sensitive to thermal noise, offering a source of randomness for probabilistic computing

Prof. Zheng Zhang receives IEE Seed Funding

Prof. Zheng Zhang receives IEE Seed Funding

ECE Ass't. Prof. Zhang's project that seeks to solve the grand challenges of energy efficiency – awarded seed funding from UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency 

Sherwood – Google AI Award for Research Inclusion

Prof. Tim Sherwood – Google AI Award for Research Inclusion

CS Prof. Sherwood and co-PI Black Studies Prof. Sharon Tettegah receive a 2020 award for their proposal