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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Building with flowers  200 Union Street SE,
  4-174 Keller Hall
  Minneapolis, MN 55455-0170
  Phone: 612-625-3300

Welcome from Department Head David J. Lilja
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed
to educating the
 future work force and to conducting research with
collaborators from industry and government.


Faculty and Other Job Openings



Alumnus Ted Brekken (Ph.D. '05) received OSU College of
Engineering Teaching Award

Ted Brekken larger  Prof. Ted Brekken (Ph.D. ’05) received the Oregon
  State University, College of Engineering (COE)
  Loyd Carter Award. This award is voted on by all
  COE students. This past year, Brekken “flipped”
  all his classes using the Power engineering
  curriculum and materials created by Prof. Ned
  Mohan. (Prof. Ned Mohan, former advisor)


Ph.D. Candidate Tingting Xu wins IEM Best Student Poster Award

Tinting Xu

  Ph.D. candidate Tingting Xu won the First Prize
  in 2014 IEM Student Poster Contest in the
  Neuroengineering Category. Her poster is
  titled "Classification of Borderline Personality
  Disorder based on Spectral Power of Resting-
  State fMRI".

  She is advised by Prof. Keshab Parhi and
  Mentored by Dr. Kathryn Cullen of Psychiatry


Profs. Keshab Parhi and Chris Kim receive NSF/SRC STARSS
research grant as part of $4 million, 10 University push
to secure computer semiconductor circuitry, architecture
and systems

Keshab Parhi 2013

Prof. Keshab Parhi

Chris Kim 2013

 Prof. Chris Kim























  The National Science Foundation (NSF) and
  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)
  announced nine research awards to 10
  universities totaling nearly $4 million under a
  joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy,
  Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and
  Systems (STARSS). Among them is the
  University of Minnesota with its “Design of
  secure and anti-counterfeit integrated circuits.”
  U of MN researchers Keshab Parhi (Principal
  Investigator) and Chris Kim (Co-Principal
  Investigator) will develop hierarchical
  approaches for authentication and
  obfuscation of chips.

  In their abstract, Parhi and Kim write:
  "Hardware security, whether for attack or
  defense, differs from software, network, and
  data security in that attackers may find ways to
  physically tamper with devices without leaving 
  a trace, and mislead the user to believe that
  the hardware is authentic and trustworthy.
  Furthermore, the advent of new attack modes,
  illegal recycling, and hard-to-detect Trojans
  make hardware protection an increasingly
  challenging task. Design of secure hardware
  integrated circuits requires novel approaches
  for authentication that are ideally based on
  multiple layers of protection. This project
  develops a novel framework for embedding
  heterogeneity and hierarchy in security and
  obfuscation at multiple layers into the design
  of integrated circuits.

  "The project uses a combination of server-
  based global authentication combined with
  local authentication of components from
  third-party vendors reduces communication
  with the server, thus reducing the communication
  overhead as well as error in authentication.
  The investigators explore new approaches to
  increasing robustness of SRAM based 
  physical unclonable functions (PUFs) by
  intentional voltage stress, and the tradeoffs in
  hierarchies of authentication. The project
  investigates techniques for obfuscation based
  on modifications of finite state machine (FSM)
  state transition graphs, and obfuscation metrics
  that are developed and validated using data
  collected from test chips."
"Protecting our processors"


"Photon shuttling," the ability to mechanically transport
photons demonstrated in Prof. Mo Li's Lab

Nanoscale light seesaws - 120

Mo Li 2013

 Huan Li













  Discovery is another step toward faster
  and more energy efficient optical devices
  for computation and communication

  University of Minnesota electrical
  engineering researchers have developed
  a unique nanoscale device that for the
  first time demonstrates mechanical
  transportation of light. The discovery could
  have major implications for creating faster
  and more efficient optical devices for
  computation and communication.

  The research paper by University of
  Minnesota electrical and computer
  engineering assistant professor Mo Li 
  (left center) and his graduate student
  Huan Li
(bottom left) has been
  published online and will appear in
  the October issue of Nature

  Researchers developed a novel 
  nanoscale device that can capture,
  measure and transport fundamental
  particles of light, called photons. The
  tiny device is just .7 micrometers by 50
  micrometer (about .00007 by .005
  centimeters) and works almost like a
  seesaw. On each side of the “seesaw
  benches,” researchers etched an array
  of holes, called photonic crystal cavities.
  These cavities capture photons that
  streamed from a nearby source.
  For more

  Prof. Vladimir Cherkassky to give talk at Medtronic Sumposium

Vladimir Cherkassky 2013

  Prof. Vladimir Cherkassky has been invited
  to speak at Medtronic-sponsored “Big Data
  & Advanced Analytics Symposium,” Sept. 23
  & 24 in Minneapolis. His title is “Reliable
  Prediction of Epileptic Seizures from EEG

Profs. Mo Li and Steve Koester team up to win
Air Force Basic Research Initiative Grant

Mo Li 2013

Steve Koester 2013

  Prof. Mo Li (top left) and Prof. Steve Koester
  (bottom left) team up with researchers from
  other institutes to win a $3 million grant
  from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research,
  as a part of the agency's highly competitive
  Basic Research Initiative program.

  Their team is led by University of Wash-
  ington and includes Stanford University,
  Yale University and Carnegie Mellon

  The title of the team's proposal is "2D
  Heterostructures for Integrated Nano-
  Optoelectronics". The period of the project 
  is three years.


ECE Ph.D. Candidate Mustafijur Rahman received Best in
Session Award at Techcon 2014

Mustafijur Rahman


  ECE graduate student Mustafijur Rahman
  received the Best in Session Award at
  Techcon 2014 in Analog/RF Circuit Design
  for his paper "An Ultra Low Power Multiband
  WBAN Transmitter Using a Novel ILO Based
  Modulator" authored by Mustafijur and his
  advisor Prof. Ramesh Harjani. Techcon
  2014 is conducted by Semiconductor
  Research Corporation (SRC) and was
  held on September 8 and 9 at Austin, Texas.


ECE Prof. Nokos Sidiopoulos received second NSF/BIG DATA
research award; also gave two plenaries at international

Nikos Sidiropoulos 2013





  ECE Prof. Nikos Sidiropoulos, along with
  Prof. George Karypis (Computer Science
  and Engineering) have received a $1.2
  million grant for research about learning
  and education data analytics. This is the
  second NSF BIG DATA award the team
  has received. The project title is “Learning
  Data Analytics: Providing Actionable
  Insights to Increase College Student

  In addition, Prof. Sidiropoulos provided
  plenaries at EUSIPCO, Sep. 2, 2014,
  Lisbon, Portugal (“Tensor Decomposition
  Theory and Algorithms in the Era of Big
   Data'') and at ISWCS, Aug. 28, Barcelona,
   Spain (“Frugal Sensing and Estimation
   over Wireless Networks'')


News Archives

CSE SHOP: Now Offering 3-D Printing
The CSE Shop designs, fabricates, welds, and repairs prototypes
and scientific research equipment. The shop also provides 3D printing
services, Customers can visit the shop or send drawings for estimates

THE CSE SHOP has two locations: Tate Lab, Physics Room 30 and
Mechanical Engineering , Room 2-134.

More information about the CSE Shop equipment, 3D printer, hourly rates,
and exmaples of shop work cab be found at the CSE SHOP Web Site

University of Minnesota CSE Machine Shop, Physics
116 Church Street SE, Room 30,
Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Jon Kilgore - Managing Research Engineer - kilgo001 at - (612) 624-4328
Ron Bystrom -Shop Foreman - email bystrom002 at, - (612) 624-7048
Fax (612) 624-4578

University of Minnesota CSE Shop, ME
111Church St SE, Room 2-134 ME
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Mike Jensen - Managing Research Engineer - mjjensen at - (612)-625-2062
Bob Jones - Shop Foreman- jones018 at - (612) 625-0549




2014 Fall ECE Colloquium Schedule 

Past Colloquium presenters  

College of Science and Engineering
                  Fall 2014

Math & Science Family Fun Fair  
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Coffman Memorial Union
Community Events of Note

Cyber Security Summit 2014
Oct. 21-22
Minneapolis, MN

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