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Laboratories

At present research in the Department is broadly organized into the following seven general areas. Please click on a topic name to get more information on laboratories in the department within that area.

Computer Engineering

Applied Networking Research Lab

Applied Networking Research Lab

Jaudelice de Oliveira

Applied Networking Research Lab (ANRL) projects focus on modeling and simulation as well as experimentation in wired, wireless and sensor networks. ANRL is the home of MuTANT, a Multi-Protocol Label Switched Traffic Engineering and Analysis Testbed composed of 10 high-end Cisco routers and several PC-routers, also used to study other protocols in data networks as well as automated network configuration and management. The lab also houses a sensor network testbed.

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Bioimage Laboratory

Bioimage Laboratory

Andrew Cohen

Research in the bioimage lab is focused on developing new computational techniques for analyzing and visualizing data from biological microscopy. Our work integrates algorithmic information theory with high throughput image processing and combines CPU and GPU approaches. Computer gaming hardware and software architectures are exploited to provide cost effective open source tools that optimally combine human knowledge and visual capabilities with computational sensing and analysis. Our work involves measuring developmental properties of stem cells, cancer cells and of sub-cellular organelles in 2-D and 3-D, with applications to cancer, developmental biology and regenerative medicine.

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Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory investigates problems in the mathematical modeling of communication networks, with specific focus on wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, and supporting guaranteed delivery service models on best effort and multipath routed networks. Typical methodologies employed in our research include mathematical modeling, computer simulation, and performance optimization, often with the end goal of obtaining meaningful insights into network design principles and fundamental performance tradeoffs.

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Drexel Power-Aware Computing Laboratory

Drexel Power-Aware Computing Laboratory

Mark Hempstead

The Power-Aware Computing Lab investigates methods to increase energy efficiency across the boundaries of circuits, architecture, and systems. Our recent accomplishments include the Sigil profiling tool, scalable modeling infrastructure for accelerator implementations, microarchitecture-aware VDD gating algorithms, an accelerator architecture for ultrasound imaging, evaluation of hardware reference counting, hardware and operating system support for power-agile computing, and memory systems for accelerator-based architectures.

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Drexel VLSI Laboratory

Drexel VLSI Laboratory

Baris Taskin

Drexel VLSI laboratory investigates problems in the design, analysis, optimization and manufacturing of high performance (low power, high throughput) integrated circuits in contemporary CMOS and emerging technologies. Suited with industrial design tools for integrated circuits, simulation tools and measurement beds, the VLSI group is involved with digital and mixed-signal circuit design to verify the functionality of the discovered novel circuit and physical design principles. Drexel VLSI laboratory develops design methodologies and automation tools in these areas, particularly in novel clocking techniques, featuring resonant clocking, and interconnects, featuring wireless interconnects.

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Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Kapil Dandekar

The Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL) contains an extensive suite of equipment for constructing, debugging, and testing prototype wireless communications systems. Major equipment within DWSL includes:

  • Three software defined radio network testbeds (HYDRA, USRP, and WARP) for rapidly prototyping radio, optical and ultrasonic communications systems
  • A TDK RF anechoic chamber and EMSCAN desktop antenna pattern measurement system
  • A materials printer and printed circuit board milling machine for fabricating conformal antennas
  • A wireless protocol conformance testing equipment from Aeroflex

The lab is also equipped with network analyzers, high speed signal generators, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers as well as several Zigbee development platforms for rapidly prototyping sensor networks.

DWSL personnel also collaborate to create wearable, fabric based transceivers through collaboration with the Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory in the Drexel ExCITe Center. The knitting equipment at Drexel includes sixteen SDS-ONE APEX3 workstations and four state-of-the-art knitting machines. The workstations accurately simulate fabric construction and provide researchers and designers the opportunity to program, create and simulate textile prototypes, import CAD specifications of final products, and produce made-to-measure or mass-produced pieces on Shima Seiki knitting machines. For testing smart textiles for biomedical, DWSL personnel also have collaborators in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) in the Drexel College of Medicine which provides access to medical mannequin simulators.

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Electronic Design Automation Facility

Electronic Design Automation Facility

Prawat Nagvajara Baris Taskin

Industrial-grade electronic design automation software suite and intergraded design environment for digital, analog and mixed-signal systems development. Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) development hardware. Most up-to-date FPGA/embedded system development hardware kits. Printed circuit board production facility.

See Drexel VLSI Laboratory.

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Testbed for Power/Performance Management of Enterprise Computing Systems

Testbed for Power/Performance Management of Enterprise Computing Systems

Nagarajan Kadasamy

This computing testbed is used to validate techniques and algorithms aimed at managing the performance and power consumption of enterprise computing systems. The testbed comprises a rack of Dell 2950 and Dell 1950 PowerEdge servers, as well as assorted desktop machines, networked via a gigabit switch. Virtualization of this cluster is enabled by VMWare's ESX Server running the Linux RedHat kernel. It also comprises of a rack of ten Apple Xserve machines networked via a gigabit switch. These servers run the OS X Leopard operating systems and have access to a RAID with TBs of total disk capacity.

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Control Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Data Fusion Laboratory

Data Fusion Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Data Fusion Laboratory investigates problems in multisensory detection and estimation, with applications in robotics, digital communications, radar, and target tracking. Among the projects in progress:

  • Computationally efficient parallel distributed detection architectures
  • Data fusion for robot navigation, modulation recognition and RF scene analysis in time-varying environments
  • Pattern recognition in biological data sequences and large arrays
  • hardware realizations of data fusion architectures for target detection and target tracking.

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Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory

Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory

Youngmoo Kim

The Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) is devoted to research in digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music. We employ digital signal processing and machine learning to pursue novel applications in music information retrieval, music production and processing technology, and new music interfaces. The MET-lab is also heavily involved in outreach programs for K-12 students and hosts the Summer Music Technology program, a one-week learning experience for high school students. Lab facilities include a sound isolation booth for audio and music recording, a digital audio workstation running ProTools, two large multi-touch display interfaces of our own design, and a small computing cluster for distributed processing.

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RE Touch Lab

RE Touch Lab

Yon Visell

The RE Touch Lab is investigating the perceptual and mechanical basis of active touch perception, or haptics, and the development of new technologies for stimulating the sense of touch, allowing people to touch, feel, and interact with digital content as seamlessly as we do with objects in the real world.  We study the scientific foundations of haptic perception and action, and the neuroscientific and biomechanical basis of touch, with a long-term goal of uncovering the fundamental perceptual and mechanical computations that enable haptic interaction. We also create new technologies for rendering artificial touch sensations that simulate those that are experienced when interacting with real objects, inspired by new findings on haptic perception.

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Cybersecurity

Data Fusion Laboratory

Data Fusion Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Data Fusion Laboratory investigates problems in multisensory detection and estimation, with applications in robotics, digital communications, radar, and target tracking. Among the projects in progress:

  • Computationally efficient parallel distributed detection architectures
  • Data fusion for robot navigation, modulation recognition and RF scene analysis in time-varying environments
  • Pattern recognition in biological data sequences and large arrays
  • hardware realizations of data fusion architectures for target detection and target tracking.

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Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory investigates problems in the mathematical modeling of communication networks, with specific focus on wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, and supporting guaranteed delivery service models on best effort and multipath routed networks. Typical methodologies employed in our research include mathematical modeling, computer simulation, and performance optimization, often with the end goal of obtaining meaningful insights into network design principles and fundamental performance tradeoffs.

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Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Kapil Dandekar

The Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL) contains an extensive suite of equipment for constructing, debugging, and testing prototype wireless communications systems. Major equipment within DWSL includes:

  • Three software defined radio network testbeds (HYDRA, USRP, and WARP) for rapidly prototyping radio, optical and ultrasonic communications systems
  • A TDK RF anechoic chamber and EMSCAN desktop antenna pattern measurement system
  • A materials printer and printed circuit board milling machine for fabricating conformal antennas
  • A wireless protocol conformance testing equipment from Aeroflex

The lab is also equipped with network analyzers, high speed signal generators, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers as well as several Zigbee development platforms for rapidly prototyping sensor networks.

DWSL personnel also collaborate to create wearable, fabric based transceivers through collaboration with the Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory in the Drexel ExCITe Center. The knitting equipment at Drexel includes sixteen SDS-ONE APEX3 workstations and four state-of-the-art knitting machines. The workstations accurately simulate fabric construction and provide researchers and designers the opportunity to program, create and simulate textile prototypes, import CAD specifications of final products, and produce made-to-measure or mass-produced pieces on Shima Seiki knitting machines. For testing smart textiles for biomedical, DWSL personnel also have collaborators in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) in the Drexel College of Medicine which provides access to medical mannequin simulators.

Learn More ExCITE Center Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory

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Electrophysics

Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Kapil Dandekar

The Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL) contains an extensive suite of equipment for constructing, debugging, and testing prototype wireless communications systems. Major equipment within DWSL includes:

  • Three software defined radio network testbeds (HYDRA, USRP, and WARP) for rapidly prototyping radio, optical and ultrasonic communications systems
  • A TDK RF anechoic chamber and EMSCAN desktop antenna pattern measurement system
  • A materials printer and printed circuit board milling machine for fabricating conformal antennas
  • A wireless protocol conformance testing equipment from Aeroflex

The lab is also equipped with network analyzers, high speed signal generators, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers as well as several Zigbee development platforms for rapidly prototyping sensor networks.

DWSL personnel also collaborate to create wearable, fabric based transceivers through collaboration with the Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory in the Drexel ExCITe Center. The knitting equipment at Drexel includes sixteen SDS-ONE APEX3 workstations and four state-of-the-art knitting machines. The workstations accurately simulate fabric construction and provide researchers and designers the opportunity to program, create and simulate textile prototypes, import CAD specifications of final products, and produce made-to-measure or mass-produced pieces on Shima Seiki knitting machines. For testing smart textiles for biomedical, DWSL personnel also have collaborators in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) in the Drexel College of Medicine which provides access to medical mannequin simulators.

Learn More ExCITE Center Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory

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Microwave-Photonics Device Laboratories

Microwave-Photonics Device Laboratories

Afshin Daryoush

The laboratory is equipped with test and measurement equipment for high-speed analog and digital electronics and fiber optic systems. The test equipment includes:

  • Network analyzers from Agilent (100kHz- 1.3 GHz and 45 Mhz-40 GHz), and Anritsu (45 MHz-6 GHz)
  • Spectrum analyzers from Tektronix, HP, and Agilent with measurement capability of DC to 40 GHz and up to 90 GHz using external mixers
  • Signal generators and communication channel modulators from HP, Rhode-Schwartz, Systron Donner, and Agilent
  • Microwave power meter and sensor heads, assortment of passive and active microwave components up to 40 GHz
  • Data pattern generator and BER tester up to 3Gb/s
  • Optical spectrum analyzer from Anritsu and power meters from HP
  • Single and multimode fiber optic based optical transmitter and receiver boards covering ITU channels at data rates up to 10Gb/s
  • Passive optical components such as isolator, filter, couplers, optical connectors and fusion splicer
  • LPKF milling machine for fabrication of printed circuit boards
  • Wire-bonding and Cascade probe stations
  • Intercontinental test fixtures for testing of MMIC circuits and solid-state transistors
  • State-of-the-art microwave and electromagnetic CAD packages such as Agilent ADS, ANSYS HFSS, and COMSOL multi-physics module.

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NanoPhotonics+ Lab

NanoPhotonics+ Lab

Adam Fontecchio

Our research is primarily in the area of nanophotonics with a focus on the nanoscale interaction of light with matter. Interests include:

  • Liquid crystal/polymer composites for gratings, lenses and HOEs
  • Liquid crystal interactions with surfaces and in confined nanospaces
  • Alternative energy generation through novel photon interactions
  • Ink-jet printed conducting materials for RF and photonic applications
  • Creation and development of smart textiles technologies including soft interconnects, sensors, and wireless implementations.

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Opto-Electro-Mechanical Laboratory

Opto-Electro-Mechanical Laboratory

Timothy Kurzweg

This lab concentrates on the system integration on optics, electronics, and mechanical components and systems, for applications in imaging, communication, and biomedical research. Research areas include:

  • Programmable Imaging with Optical Micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS), in which microscopic mirrors are used to image light into a single photodetector
  • Pre-Cancerous Detection using White Light Spectroscopy, which performs a cellular size analysis of nuclei in tissue
  • Free-space Optical Communication using Space Time Coding, which consists of diffused light for computer-to-computer communications, and also tiny lasers and detectors for chip-to-chip communication
  • Magnetic Particle Locomotion, which showed that particles could swim in a uniform field
  • Transparent Antennas using Polymer, which enables antennas to be printed through an ink-jet printer.

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Plasma and Magnetics Laboratory

Plasma and Magnetics Laboratory

Gary Friedman

Research is focused on applications of electrical and magnetic technologies to biology and medicine. This includes the subjects of non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma for medicine, magnetic manipulation of particles for drug delivery and bio-separation, development of miniature NMR sensors for cellular imaging and carbon nanotube cellular probes.

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Image and Signal Processing and Interpretation

Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Group

Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Research Group

John Walsh

The Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Research Group conducts research in the area of signal processing and information theory. Our main interests are belief/expectation propagation, turbo decoding and composite adaptive system theory. We are currently doing projects on the following topics:

  • Delay mitigating codes for network coded systems
  • Distributed estimation in sensor networks via expectation propagation
  • Turbo speaker identification, iv) Performance and convergence of expectation propagation
  • Investigating bounds for SINR performance of autocorrelation based channel shorteners.

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Data Fusion Laboratory

Data Fusion Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Data Fusion Laboratory investigates problems in multisensory detection and estimation, with applications in robotics, digital communications, radar, and target tracking. Among the projects in progress:

  • Computationally efficient parallel distributed detection architectures
  • Data fusion for robot navigation, modulation recognition and RF scene analysis in time-varying environments
  • Pattern recognition in biological data sequences and large arrays
  • hardware realizations of data fusion architectures for target detection and target tracking.

Learn More

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Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory

Kapil Dandekar

The Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL) contains an extensive suite of equipment for constructing, debugging, and testing prototype wireless communications systems. Major equipment within DWSL includes:

  • Three software defined radio network testbeds (HYDRA, USRP, and WARP) for rapidly prototyping radio, optical and ultrasonic communications systems
  • A TDK RF anechoic chamber and EMSCAN desktop antenna pattern measurement system
  • A materials printer and printed circuit board milling machine for fabricating conformal antennas
  • A wireless protocol conformance testing equipment from Aeroflex

The lab is also equipped with network analyzers, high speed signal generators, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers as well as several Zigbee development platforms for rapidly prototyping sensor networks.

DWSL personnel also collaborate to create wearable, fabric based transceivers through collaboration with the Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory in the Drexel ExCITe Center. The knitting equipment at Drexel includes sixteen SDS-ONE APEX3 workstations and four state-of-the-art knitting machines. The workstations accurately simulate fabric construction and provide researchers and designers the opportunity to program, create and simulate textile prototypes, import CAD specifications of final products, and produce made-to-measure or mass-produced pieces on Shima Seiki knitting machines. For testing smart textiles for biomedical, DWSL personnel also have collaborators in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) in the Drexel College of Medicine which provides access to medical mannequin simulators.

Learn More ExCITE Center Shima Seiki Haute Laboratory

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Ecological and Evolutionary Signal-processing and Informatics Laboratory

Ecological and Evolutionary Signal-processing and Informatics Laboratory

Gail Rosen

The Ecological and Evolutionary Signal-processing and Informatics Laboratory (EESI) seeks to solve problems in high-throughput genomics and engineer better solutions for biochemical applications. The lab's primary thrust is to enhance the use of high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies with pattern recognition and signal processing techniques. Applications include assessing the organism content of an environmental sample, recognizing/classifying potential and functional genes, inferring environmental factors and inter-species relationships, and inferring microbial evolutionary relationships from short-read DNA/RNA fragments. The lab also investigates higher-level biological systems such as modeling and controlling chemotaxis, the movement of cells.

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Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory

Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory

Youngmoo Kim

The Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) is devoted to research in digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music. We employ digital signal processing and machine learning to pursue novel applications in music information retrieval, music production and processing technology, and new music interfaces. The MET-lab is also heavily involved in outreach programs for K-12 students and hosts the Summer Music Technology program, a one-week learning experience for high school students. Lab facilities include a sound isolation booth for audio and music recording, a digital audio workstation running ProTools, two large multi-touch display interfaces of our own design, and a small computing cluster for distributed processing.

Learn More

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RE Touch Lab

RE Touch Lab

Yon Visell

The RE Touch Lab is investigating the perceptual and mechanical basis of active touch perception, or haptics, and the development of new technologies for stimulating the sense of touch, allowing people to touch, feel, and interact with digital content as seamlessly as we do with objects in the real world.  We study the scientific foundations of haptic perception and action, and the neuroscientific and biomechanical basis of touch, with a long-term goal of uncovering the fundamental perceptual and mechanical computations that enable haptic interaction. We also create new technologies for rendering artificial touch sensations that simulate those that are experienced when interacting with real objects, inspired by new findings on haptic perception.

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Power Engineering and Energy

Drexel University Nuclear Engineering Education Lab

Drexel University Nuclear Engineering Education Lab

Christopher Peters

The field of nuclear engineering encompasses a wide spectrum of occupations, including nuclear reactor design, medical imaging, homeland security, and oil exploration. The Drexel University Nuclear Engineering Education Laboratory (DUNEEL) provides fundamental hands on understanding for power plant design and radiation detection and analysis. Software based study for power plant design, as well as physical laboratory equipment for radiation detection, strengthen the underlying concepts used in nuclear engineering such that the student will comprehend and appreciate the basic concepts and terminology used in various nuclear engineering professions. Additionally, students use the laboratory to develop methods for delivering remote, live time radiation detection and analysis. The goal of DUNEEL is to prepare students for potential employment in the nuclear engineering arena.

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Electric Power Engineering Center

Electric Power Engineering Center

Chika Nwankpa Karen Miu Dagmar Niebur

This newly established facility makes possible state-of-the-art research in a wide variety of areas, ranging from detailed theoretical model study to experimental investigation in its high voltage laboratories. The mission is to advance and apply scientific and engineering knowledge associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, use, and conservation of electric power. In pursuing these goals, this center works with electric utilities, state and federal agencies, private industries, nonprofit organizations and other universities on a wide spectrum of projects. Research efforts, both theoretical and experimental, focus on the solution of those problems currently faced by the electric power industry. Advanced concepts for electric power generation are also under investigation to ensure that electric power needs will be met at the present and in the future.

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Power Electronics Research Laboratory

Power Electronics Research Laboratory

Chika Nwankpa

The Power Electronics Research Laboratory (PERL) is involved in circuit and design simulation, device modeling and simulation, and experimental testing and fabrication of power electronic circuits. The research and development activities include electrical terminations, power quality, solar photovoltaic systems, GTO modeling, protection and relay coordination, and solid-state circuit breakers. The analysis tools include EMPT, SPICE, and others, which have been modified to incorporate models of such controllable solid-state switches as SCRs, GTOs, and MOSFETs. These programs have a wide variety and range of modeling capabilities used to model electromagnetics and electromechanical transients ranging from microseconds to seconds in duration. The PERL is a fully equipped laboratory with 42 kVA AC and 70 kVA DC power sources and data acquisition systems, which have the ability to display and store data for detailed analysis. Some of the equipment available is a distribution and HV transformer and three phase rectifiers for power sources and digital oscilloscopes for data measuring and experimental analysis. Some of the recent studies performed by the PERL include static VAR compensators, power quality of motor controllers, solid-state circuit breakers, and power device modeling which have been supported by PECO, GE, Gould, and EPRI.

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Telecommunications and Networking

Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Group

Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Research Group

John Walsh

The Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Research Group conducts research in the area of signal processing and information theory. Our main interests are belief/expectation propagation, turbo decoding and composite adaptive system theory. We are currently doing projects on the following topics:

  • Delay mitigating codes for network coded systems
  • Distributed estimation in sensor networks via expectation propagation
  • Turbo speaker identification, iv) Performance and convergence of expectation propagation
  • Investigating bounds for SINR performance of autocorrelation based channel shorteners.

Learn More

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Applied Networking Research Lab

Applied Networking Research Lab

Jaudelice de Oliveira

Applied Networking Research Lab (ANRL) projects focus on modeling and simulation as well as experimentation in wired, wireless and sensor networks. ANRL is the home of MuTANT, a Multi-Protocol Label Switched Traffic Engineering and Analysis Testbed composed of 10 high-end Cisco routers and several PC-routers, also used to study other protocols in data networks as well as automated network configuration and management. The lab also houses a sensor network testbed.

Learn More

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Data Fusion Laboratory

Data Fusion Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Data Fusion Laboratory investigates problems in multisensory detection and estimation, with applications in robotics, digital communications, radar, and target tracking. Among the projects in progress:

  • Computationally efficient parallel distributed detection architectures
  • Data fusion for robot navigation, modulation recognition and RF scene analysis in time-varying environments
  • Pattern recognition in biological data sequences and large arrays
  • hardware realizations of data fusion architectures for target detection and target tracking.

Learn More

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Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory

Steven Weber

The Drexel Network Modeling Laboratory investigates problems in the mathematical modeling of communication networks, with specific focus on wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, and supporting guaranteed delivery service models on best effort and multipath routed networks. Typical methodologies employed in our research include mathematical modeling, computer simulation, and performance optimization, often with the end goal of obtaining meaningful insights into network design principles and fundamental performance tradeoffs.

Learn More

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