Research Groups and Centers

Computer 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.
  • Real-Time Systems Laboratory [KD Kang]
  • The Real-Time Systems Laboratory investigates key real-time computing issues, such as real-time data management, cyber physical systems, and Internet of Things, which are becoming increasingly important in everyday life. More specifically, effective scheduling, resource management, energy efficiency, wireless sensing and control, IoT applications, and security/privacy issues are investigated.
  • 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

  • Cloud and Big Data Research [Ken Chiu, Madhu Govindaraju and Mike Lewis]
  • The group's focus is on several different areas of research in software infrastructure for Cloud Computing and Big Data technologies. Faculty and student group members are undertaking projects to adapt Apache Software Foundation technologies for use in science gateways, and optimize Big Data technologies for various real-world use case scenarios.
  • 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.


  • Secure Systems and Software (S3) Group [Ghose, Gopalan, Kang, Ponomarev, Yan, Yang and Yin]
    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: 10/23/15