Research Areas

Many of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s research projects are housed under our two esteemed research centers: the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT) and NYU WIRELESS.

Current research activities in the department are organized into five major areas. Please visit the homepage of the faculty members to see more detailed descriptions of research labs and individual projects in each area.

Communications, Networking, and Signal Processing

Core Faculty: H. Jonathan Chao, Elza Erkip, Yong Liu, I-Tai Lu, Shivendra Panwar, Unnikrishna Pillai, Sundeep Rangan, Theodore S. Rappaport, Peter Voltz, Ivan W. Selesnick, Yao Wang, Zhong-Ping Jiang, Quanyan Zhu

Systems, Control and Robotics (SCG)

Core Faculty: Zhong-Ping Jiang, Farshad Khorrami, Quanyan Zhu

Energy Systems and Power Electronics


Core Faculty: Zivan Zabar, Farshad Khorrami, Zhong-Ping Jiang, Francisco de Leon, Dariusz Czarkowski, Quanyan Zhu

Electromagnetics and Analog/RF/Biomedical Circuits

Core Faculty: H. Jonathan Chao, Jonathan Viventi, Theodore S. Rappaport, I-Tai Lu, Spencer Szu-ping Kuo, Francisco de Leon, Nirod K. Das

Computer Engineering and VLSI

Core Faculty: H. Jonathan Chao, Jonathan Viventi, Ramesh Karri


Director: Shivendra Panwar

The Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT) promotes industry-university collaborative research and development. Our mission, guided by the mission of our funding agency, is to create economic impact through research, technology transfer, and faculty entrepreneurship. The CATT is sponsored by the New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Located at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (School of Engineering), long-recognized as one of the best engineering schools in the country, the center draws on the expertise of over 50 researchers. Our team consists of leaders in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. In addition to the School of Engineering faculty, the center also draws on the expertise of key researchers at Columbia University and New York University.

The Laboratory for Agile and Resilient Complex Systems (LARX)

Director: Quanyan Zhu

Research activities at LARX focuses on the development of fundamental principles and tools for designing secure, resilient and sustainable dynamical systems and networks, with applications to communication networks, cyber-physical systems and modern critical infrastructures.


Director: Theodore S. Rappaport

The world's first academic research center combining Wireless, Computing, and Medical Applications

NYU and the School of Engineering launched NYU WIRELESS in 2012, and the center has grown rapidly. Today, the center involves over 15 faculty members and 100 graduate students from the School of Engineering, Courant Institute, and the NYU School of Medicine. The center is interdisciplinary and has a strong core funding base from large interdisciplinary federal research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). NYU WIRELESS also has strong support from an active group of corporate sponsors who leverage the federal support of the center. Using an Industrial Affiliates model, the center enjoys a very strong and active series of engagements with a group of major corporations who participate with the center through the NYU WIRELESS Industrial Affiliates program. Our Industrial Affiliate sponsors are deeply involved with the research activities in the center, and in the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students for co-op and full time employment. The students and faculty members of NYU WIRELESS work in state-of-the art laboratories and offices, and are making pioneering contributions in the fields of wireless communications, devices, and networking, distributed computing and data centers, database construction and data mining, and patient care for the hospital of the future. For more information about NYU WIRELESS, please visit

Systems and Control Group (SCG)


The mission of the systems and control group is to model and design intelligent and autonomous systems. Initially developed in the context of electric circuits, recent applications have focused on complex, dynamic and networked systems, such as unmanned vehicles and power system networks. The field of systems and control provides essential enabling and supporting technologies for different applications in electrical engineering ranging from defense and manufacturing to telecommunications and bioengineering. NYU School of Engineering has a long history of research in the area. Members of the group seek control tools and solutions for increasingly complex systems such as cyber-physical systems, neural systems, swarms of robots, or economic markets.