EE Research at Stanford: The Big Picture

AI, machine learning, optimization

AI, machine learning, optimization

Optimal design and engineering systems operation methodology is applied to things like integrated circuits, vehicles and autopilots, energy systems (storage, generation, distribution, and smart devices), ...

Computational Sensing, Imaging, and Display: AR/VR, image systems engineering, sensor fusion, computer vision, and machine perception

Computational Sensing, Imaging, and Display

This area combines advanced computational and algorithmic solutions with next-generation hardware and systems to unlock new paradigms in sensing, imaging, and displays.

biology and health research

Biology and Health

Discovering and creating fundamentally new devices and systems for critical diagnostics (sensors, imaging), therapeutic (lasers, pacemakers, and neural interfaces), and analytical (high-throughput sequencing, healthcare IT) technologies. ...

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Information, Learning, Communication and Coding

Moving information efficiently and reliably across time and/or space supports the modern world and its sustainable future. This area advances fundamental understanding of the communicated information's structure, partitioning …

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Computer architecture, including energy efficiency, reliability, security

Exponential growth in performance and storage capacity has been the key enabler for information technology for decades. Yet, current shifts have motivated new system architectures and vertical co-design of hardware, system software, and applications. …

Energy, environment, and sustainability

Energy, environment, and sustainability

Motivated at the macro level by the rapid rise in demand for electricity and related threats to the environment, and on the micro level by the number of mobile devices and sensors whose performance and lifetimes are …

Environmental sensors, embedded systems, remote sensing

Environmental sensors, embedded systems, remote sensing

Drawing on broad disciplines and approaches that advance the state-of-the-art in geoscience remote sensing instrumentation, plus technologies that advance knowledge for the betterment of society and …

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Integrated Circuits and Systems

This area is concerned with the application-driven design of electronic circuits and systems, spanning a wide spectrum from low frequencies to mm-wave and THz. These systems are designed with a variety of fabrics and technologies, ranging from silicon subsystems and modules, CMOS and BiCMOS chips, emerging nano and MEMS devices, as well as discrete electronics.

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Nanotechnology, nanofabrication, materials, advanced packaging and manufacturing technologies

Design methodology, validation and test, approximate computing, and robust circuits and systems; Mixed-signal integrated circuit design ...



Physics, materials, devices, and systems are investigated using light and electromagnetism. Applications including sensing, imaging, communications, computing, energy, biology, medicine, security, and information processing. ...

Quantum science and engineering research area

Quantum science and engineering

Quantum mechanical entanglement is the main resource for implementation of all quantum technologies (quantum computers, simulators, sensors, and networks). Our goal is to study and scale entanglement in a variety of physical systems …

robotics research


Develop broadly intelligent behavior through learning and interaction. Exploring the intersection of machine learning and robotic control, including visual perception and manipulation skills, deep reinforcement learning of general skills …

Signal processing and control

Signal processing and control

Securing useful information while reducing unwanted noise can be achieved using mathematical methods and computation. Optimal design and engineering systems’ operation methodologies enable the understanding, design, and control of systems …

Software systems, security, distributed systems and networks

Software systems, security, distributed systems and networks

Efficient storage, compression, and transmission of information, applies to a wide range of domains, such as communications, genomics, neuroscience, societal networks and urban systems, and statistics. …

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