Our research reflects the diverse interests—from medicine to defense to environmental protection, to name a few—of our faculty and students. Our research activities are closely coupled with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Applied Physics Laboratory, which enables collaborations capable of addressing global challenges.

Though the research conducted in our department covers a wide range of applications, the underlying question of every project is the same: How can we help? Whether devising a suite of smart tools to reduce human error in surgery, developing mind-controlled prosthetics, creating less intrusive human action-recognition systems, or improving alternative energy technologies, our researchers are committed to improving our quality of life, as well as our understanding of science and engineering.

Our strengths in traditional research areas enable us to develop solutions for, and adapt to changes in, the areas of Cyber-Bio-Physical Systems, Human Language, Nano-Bio Photonics, and Image and Signal Processing. Within these areas, we address issues related to whole body sensing, smart buildings and infrastructures, and beyond-CMOS and cognitive computing. Our Research Staff does an excellent job of working with our tenured and tenure-track faculty in pursuing our lofty research goals.

If you are interested in learning more about our research, please look at our Laboratories and Centers.

Among our research activities...

Leading innovations in sustainable energy

Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Susanna Thon, Enrique Mallada, and James West are members of the new Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI), a university-wide research and educational initiative focused on creating clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. Learn More

Unlocking Schizophrenia's Secrets

Sayan Ghosal, an electrical engineering doctoral student, combines genetic and imaging data to develop a better model of the mental illness. Learn More

Defect-free Solar Cells

Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Susanna Thon created a new measurement tool for defining and classifying defects in solar cells, allowing researchers to target and eventually fix specific types of defects. Learn More