Welcome to the Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) department at the University of Rhode Island, a flagship research university located along the coast and a short drive from New York City and Boston.
Our department has three ABET-accredited undergraduate programs: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. In addition, we offer an accelerated five-year undergraduate/graduate program, as well as a unique International Engineering Program (IEP) that combines our undergraduate program with an international foreign language program (German, Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese). The graduate program offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in various research areas of Electrical Engineering.
Our faculty is at the forefront of changing modern society with their innovative ideas and concepts in such areas as advanced signal processing and networking technology, cyber-physical system and machine learning, smart grid and renewable energy technologies, robotics and multi-agent systems, embedded systems design and cyber security, computing and big data analytics, wearable biosensors, prosthetics and brain-computer interface.
Here is a small snapshot of achievements of our esteemed scholars:
- Four faculty members were named IEEE Fellows, for their extraordinary contributions to signal processing, computer architecture and storage, among others;
- Most of our recent junior faculty have won prestigious career awards, including five National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards and one Office of Navy Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award;
- Our faculty’s research has been included in the list of the “world’s 250 most highly cited researchers in engineering” and the classic Statistical Signal Processing textbooks (which have been translated into multiple languages and used worldwide in research and teaching);
- Many of our faculty serve on the editorial board of top journals in the field, including the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, associate editors of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, among others;
- The department is very successful for technology transformation and entrepreneurship, serving as an incubator for several successful high-tech start-up companies, including the recent ones in data storage (which has been acquired by computer hardware giant Western Digital), and innovative biomedical sensors design, among others;
Our undergraduate and graduate students are among the most talented and motivated anywhere, characterized by a firm engineering foundation, hands-on learning experiences, and rich opportunities in working on cutting-edge research problems. Here are just a few recent successful stories from our student body:
- Our computer engineering students won the national championship in intelligent car competition in 2014;
- Our unique ELECOMP Capstone Design Program provides every senior-level engineering student the opportunity with industry sponsors to design, build, program and test solutions to real-world problems.
- Job placements for our undergraduate and graduate students are truly exceptional, ranging from leading industry companies like Intel and Qualcomm, to tenure-track assistant professor positions in major research universities across the United States.
Our department holds a storied history that dates back to 1938. We are proud to be the home of many world-leading scientists and engineers, including the faculty members who pioneered the Fast Fourier Transform (e.g., Cooley–Tukey FFT algorithm), who designed the first hardware implementation of digital filters, who created one of the first NSF-funded Robotics Research Centers in the country in 1980, to name a few.
With the upcoming of the $125M new College of Engineering complex, we are in the most exciting era of the department and the college. We invite you to explore our website or visit our beautiful campus to learn more about our department. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact our faculty and staff should you have any questions.