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

Learn about new ECE Assistant Professor, Kerem Camsari and his Orchestrating Physics for Unconventional Systems (OPUS) Lab

Reza Mahmoodi, a 5-year PhD candidate in the lab of ECE Prof. Dmitri Strukov describes an approach, like the human brain has, to leverage noise (The UCSB Current)

Computer Science Professors Bultan (CE) and Giovanni Vigna take complementary approaches to data defense (COE Convergence Magazine)

Featured News

News Briefs

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Yuan Xie receives IEEE Computer Society's McCluskey Award

Xie receives the 2020 McCluskey Technical Achievement Award “for contributions to technology-driven computer architecture and to [developing] tools for their implementation and evaluation”

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Prof. Kaustav Banerjee named a Clarivate Analytics' "2019 Highly Cited Researcher"

Banerjee among 17 UC Santa Barbara scientists and social scientists to its 2019 list of highly cited researchers

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NSF invests in Prof. Rich Wolski's Cyberinfrastructure Inst.

Wolski to serve as a Co-PI for the project, overseeing research specifically focused on automated cloud and HPC infrastructure for data management

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Prof. Dmitri Strukov gets IEE funding to make AI & Machine Learning more efficient

Strukov plans to attack the challenge by advancing computer architecture and hardware using technology, designed similar to the human brain, for solving difficult optimization problems.

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Prof. Tevfik Bultan awarded $1.2 million NSF Grant

Prof. Tevfik Bultan and collaborators from CMU & UC, Berkeley receive research grant for "HUGS: Human-Guided Software Testing and Analysis for Scalable Bug Detection and Repair"

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Ass't. Prof. Zheng Zhang receives NSF Early CAREER Award

Through uncertainty-aware design automation, Zhang hopes to make semiconductor manufacturing more efficient and the products more consistent.