Research Groups and Centers

Computer Systems

  • Advanced Real-Time Computing Laboratory [KD Kang]
  • The Advanced Real-Time Computing Laboratory investigates a wide range of real-time computing issues that are becoming increasingly important in the computing environment involving audio and video streams, deeply embedded wireless sensors and real-time databases. The laboratory has exciting new projects developing the theory and practice of real-time stream data services in mobile and Internet applications, efficient data services in wireless sensor networks and security/privacy protocols in both wireless sensor networks and real-time systems.
  • Computer Systems Research Group [Kanad Ghose]
  • The Computer Systems Research Group is engaged in experimental systems research in the areas of networking, network processors, real-time network security, real-time embedded systems, operating systems and large-scale visualization. The research involves the design and implementation of actual prototype systems that work as opposed to investigations that just use simulations and models. Networking protocols and real-time file systems developed by this group are being commercialized.
  • VLSI Computer Aided Design Research Group [Patrick Madden]
  • The VLSI CAD group focuses on the physical design of high performance integrated circuits. The group is best known for the development of the fractional cut-based feng shui mixed-size placement tool and the associated legalization and detailed placement methods. Other innovations from the group include non-Manhattan routing architectures, fast topology based interconnect analysis methods and an effective approach to voltage island design.

Operating Systems, Networking, and Distributed Systems

  • Grid Computing Research Laboratory (GCRL) [Ken Chiu, Madhu Govindaraju and Mike Lewis]
  • The GCRL contributes to research in several different areas of grid computing. Faculty and student group members are undertaking projects to build interoperable grid-based component frameworks including XCAT-C++ and LegionCCA; explore, characterize and improve Web Services and XML performance and functionality; investigate dynamic grid object and service evolution and deployment; and build large-scale, distributed systems to Grid-enable instruments and sensor networks.
  • Networking and Parallel Processing Lab [Nael Abu-Ghazaleh]
  • This research lab explores a wide range of issues related to building computer systems. In particular, projects in mobile and ad hoc networks, parallel discrete event simulation and high performance computer architecture.
  • Operating Systems and Networks Lab (OSNET) [Kartik Gopalan]
  • The OSNET lab's research is focused on building and evaluating real-world high-performance systems software. Projects span various aspects of operating systems, distributed systems and wireless as well as wired networks. Current research projects include distributed cluster resource virtualization, modeling channel characteristics for wireless mesh and ad hoc networks and multi-resource scheduling for real-time systems.

Information Systems

  • Data Mining Research Laboratory [Lei Yu]
  • The Data Mining Research Laboratory focuses on scalable data analysis techniques for mining large and complex data from emerging real-world domains with application in bioinformatics and computer security. Recent research topics include high-dimensional data preprocessing, streaming data mining, gene expression analysis, genetic regulatory networks, protein structure prediction and glioma migration study.
  • Database and Information Retrieval Laboratory [Weiyi Meng]
  • The mission of this laboratory is to conduct world-class research in the general area of database and information retrieval systems. In recent years, this lab's research has been focused mainly on Web-based search technology. In particular, conducting research on scalable metasearching technology for providing unified access to the many information sources on the Web.

Graphics, Image Processing and Vision

  • Graphics and Image Computing (GAIC) Laboratory [Lijun Yin]
    The GAIC laboratory features research projects in areas of computer graphics, computer vision and image processing. Recent topics include face analysis, motion tracking, modeling and animation, biometrics computing, view-dependent rendering, 3D range data analysis and medical imaging. The GAIC is also interested in areas of human affects computing and expression analysis.
  • Multimedia Research Laboratory [Mark Zhang]
    The Multimedia Research Laboratory conducts research projects across a broad range of areas including computer vision and image understanding, multimedia and data mining, and knowledge discovery. The laboratory's research has been substantially recognized in both intellectual merits and broader impacts.


  • Security and Verification Research Lab (SVRL) [Ping Yang]
  • SVRL conducts cutting edge research in the areas of information security and software reliability. Recent projects in SVRL have focused on verification of mobile processes and security protocols, algorithms and tools for analyzing trust management policies, mechanisms for ensuring information security in scientific workflows, and virtual machine and network security.
  • Secure Systems and Software (S3) Group [Abu-Ghazaleh, Ghose, Gopalan, Kang, Ponomarev, Yang]
    The S3 Group conducts research in information and computer systems security, with focus on developing applied technologies for secure and trustworthy real-world systems. Members of our group have ongoing research projects in the areas of operating system and virtual machine security, wireless and data center network security, security policies and policy analysis, remote authentication of code execution, secure chip architecture, provenance security, and privacy.

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Last Updated: 4/16/15