Research Labs and Facilities

The following research centers and facilities are housed in or affiliated with the ECE Department at the University of Utah.


Lab Name Research Topics and Description Website
Communications, Image Processing, and Signal Processing
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Group Adaptive filters, signal processing for communications, nonlinear signal processing, biomedical signal processing, and audio signal processing. DSP Lab website
MIMO/CDMA Detection MIMO/CDMA detection strategies, filter bank-based multicarrier modulation, filter bank multitone for cognitive radio, and wireless CDMA ad-hoc networks. Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny’s lab website
Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute The SCI Institute is an international research leader in the areas of scientific computing, visualization, and image analysis. We focus on solving important problems in biomedicine, science, and engineering using computation. SCI Institute website
Sensing and Processing Across Networks (SPAN) The SPAN lab is developing inventions for wireless networks which improve their security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabilities. Research applies statistical signal processing, networking, and radio propagation techniques. SPAN website
Computer Engineering and VLSI System Design
Asynchronous Circuit Design Lab Modeling and analysis of biological networks and system-level timing analysis and verification. Myers Research Group
Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) The CHPC provides large-scale computer systems, networking, and the expertise to optimize the use of these high-end technologies. CHPC Website
Digital VLSI Systems Automated synthesis and optimization, validation and verification of digital VLSI systems. Priyank Kalla’s Research Group
VLSI Group VLSI, asynchronous circuit design and architecture, timing analysis, and formal verification. Ken Stevens’ Research Group
Control Systems and Power Engineering
Power Engineering and Automation Research Lab (PEARL) Developing a low-cost high-efficiency battery management system for vehicular applications. Modeling, identification and control, with an emphasis on adaptive control. Applications to aerospace and electromechanical systems. PEARL Research Group
Micro- and Nano-Device Fabrication, Semiconductors, and MEMS
Advanced Metrology and Micro-Device Applications (AMANDA) Non-volatile memory devices, microfluidics, microwave technologies for nanometrology, MEMS and NEMS, molecular electronics, and novel electronic materials (carbon nanotubes, and nano-particles) and devices. AMANDA Lab
Lab for Optical Nanotechnologies (LONS) Extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. Menon Group
The University of Utah MRSEC The University of Utah MRSEC fosters interdisciplinary research on new materials in two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) entitled “Plasmonic Metamaterials from the Terahertz to the Ultraviolet” and “Organic Spintronics.” The University of Utah MRSEC
Microsystems Lab Leading the way towards next generation microsensors, micro-actuators, materials and fabrication technologies. Our core focus lies on harsh environment MEMS (i.e. operation of MEMS at high temperatures and in aggressive gas and fluid media), which constitute 90% of future MEMS applications (e.g. in the automotive and biomedical sector). Microsystems Lab
Nanofab The Nanofab Labs include research manufacturing for faculty, micro and nano fabrication for local engineering industry, and teaching labs and equipment for students. The Lab covers a huge breadth of individual and interdisciplinary research areas in engineering, medicine, and computing. Nanofab Online
Semiconductors and Photovoltaic Materials Lab Research in thin film solar cells and photovoltaic applications. Scarpulla Research Group
Wireless Microsystems Lab Develops sensors, actuators, interface and telemetry circuits, micro-power generation, and microsystem packaging technologies for wireless sensing, biomedical implant, RF communication, and industrial applications. Wireless Microsystems
Microwaves, Electromagnetics, and Antenna Design
Anechoic Chamber The Anechoic chamber is a laboratory room shielded from electromagnetic signals. Reflections from inside the chamber are greatly minimized or virtually not present. Outside RF signals are also blocked from entering the room. Anechoic Chamber
Microwaves and Electromagnetics Labs Facilities in these laboratories include the network analysis laboratory, the indoor antenna range and dielectric properties measurement facilities. Microwave Lab
Intermittent Electrical Fault Detection
Antenna Design
Sea Ice
Optics and Optoelectronics
Lab for Optical Nanotechnologies (LONS) Extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. Menon Group
Photonics Research Labs Our research focuses on the application and integration of biophotonics, micro/nanophotonics, microfluidics, and nonlinear optics. Photonics Group