Research

ECE faculty and students are involved in cutting-edge research in a variety of areas such as bioengineering, cryptography and network security, medical imaging, nanotechnology, ocean acoustic tomography, and wireless communications.

ECE faculty at Mason have funding from several major agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other research is funded by local industry.

ECE professors have doctorates from top engineering programs, and many have received awards for research and teaching. Six senior faculty members are fellows of the IEEE and other professional societies. Five assistant professors have won prestigious career awards from NSF and ONR.

Graduates of the ECE PhD program have gone on to careers in academia, industry, and government-sponsored research labs.

Research Labs

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The Communications and Networking Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering (School of Engineering) is involved in research, education and scholarly activities in the broad area of communication networks and systems, with emphasis on theory, architecture, modeling, performance analysis, mutli-access, mobility, routing and switching, teletraffic and protocols. The current areas of research focus include routing and path computation in optical networks, optimal resource allocation in wireless networks, and high performance computer networks and applications.

Cryptographic Engineering is concerned with all aspects of implementing cryptographic algorithms in hardware and / or software. This ranges from high performance implementations to ultra-low power implementations of public key and secret key algorithms, fault tolerant implementations, attack resistant implementation and even implementations of attacks.

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The Digital Forensics and Data Analytics Research Group at George Mason University consists of students and faculty from multiple departments and disciplines with common research interests in digital forensics, data analytics, cyber security, and related topics. We meet every one-two weeks in the Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 3507, on the Fairfax, Virginia campus. We discuss current student and faculty research, recent advances in the fields, upcoming conferences, and publication activities.

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The Green Computing and Heterogeneous Architecture Lab (GOAL) is interested in the investigation of Green Computing, Heterogeneous Computing, and Architecture Design. The group is currently pursuing experimental research in the areas of low power design, thermal management, 3D architecture, benchmarking and application characterization.

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The Intelligence Fusion Lab is directed by Dr. Xiang Chen from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The lab's major research investigation is focused on mobile computing, wearable devices, and embedded systems. The research topics may involve deep learning application and acceleration, distributed mobile computing, machine learning security, mobile display, and graphics, as well as VR/AR technologies.

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The Network Architecture and Performance Lab (NAPL) is directed by Dr. Brian L. Mark of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We conduct research on the design, architecture, and performance of communication networks, encompassing wireline, wireless networks, and heterogeneous networks. We are interested in all aspects of network architecture from the physical layer to the application layer. The nature of the research may involve development of theoretical results, algorithm design, numerical computation, computer simulation, hardware and/or software development, or some combination of the above, depending on the particular research topic.

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Neural Engineering research group is associated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and with the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Our two main thrusts are the development of prosthetic devices (or parts of devices) to help people with disabilities, in particular with pathologies of the nervous system. The second area we work on is neuronal cell cultures and biosensors.

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The Ocean Acoustic Signal Processing (OASP) Research Group is affiliated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University. Professor Kathleen Wage and her graduate students work on multi-disciplinary problems that require a synthesis of array processing, acoustics, and oceanography. Their current projects focus on random matrix theory, sparse array design, deep water ambient noise, and mode propagation. The group's work is funded by the Office of Naval Research.

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Faculty: Robert J. Elder, Abbas K. Zaidi, Peter Pachowicz, Edward Huang
The System Architectures Laboratory, as part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of George Mason University, conducts basic and applied research in several areas: the modeling, design and evaluation of architectures for information systems; the design of adaptive decision making organizations; and the application of Bayesian nets to course-of-action selection. In all cases, the emphasis is on Command and Control applications.

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Our interdisciplinary research laboratory specializes in medical ultrasound and its applications. The research questions of interest involve understanding the interrelationships between soft tissue structure, mechanical properties, dynamics, and vascular physiology, their pathological alterations in different disease conditions of major public health significance, such as chronic pain. Towards this goal, our research group utilizes state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging methods and also develops new imaging methods and instruments to make novel measurements, and applies engineering principles to interpret and understand the underlying mechanisms. Our research has impact in several different fields: rehabilitation medicine, biomechanics, cardiovascular medicine and bioengineering.

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The C4I and Cyber Center at George Mason University is the nation’s first and only civilian university-based entity offering a comprehensive academic and research program in military applications of information technology and cyber policy. The center works in a broad spectrum of research interests, such as, sensing and fusion, C4 architectures, communications and signal processing, command support and intelligent systems, modeling and simulation, and information systems. In addition, the Center’s leading edge work in probabilistic ontologies, information fusion, C2-Simulation interoperation, probabilistic forecasting, applied cybersecurity and cyber policy have established the Center as a significant research contributor in the Intelligence Community. The Center provides a bridge between Mason faculty expertise and the needs of the Defense and Intelligence communities’ information technology users and research organizations. The Center conducts active outreach programs to government and industry, and is a leading contributor to NATO, AFCEA, STIDS and ICRRTS conferences.