The research in this discipline focuses on analog and mixed-signal design, computer architecture and embedded systems, hardware security and storage. Rice research in Computer Engineering touches on virtually every area that CE encompasses. Computer Engineering research at Rice is in analog and mixed-signal design, VLSI signal processing, computer architecture and embedded systems, biosensors and computer vision, and hardware security and storage systems. Current research in VLSI signal processing, focuses on algorithms for wireless communication systems and their efficient mapping to low-power architectures on DSPs, GPUs, ASICs, and ASIPs.
Analog and mixed-signal design research topics include self-healing circuits and large-scale radiating integrated circuits for medical imaging. Biosensors and mobile wireless healthcare are growing application areas in embedded systems research. Smartphones with imaging devices are leading to new areas in computer vision and sensing. Also in embedded systems, hardware security schemes are being based on physically unclonable functions. In the area of computer architecture, research interests include parallel computing for data science algorithms, large-scale storage systems, and resource scheduling for performance, power and QoS.
Computer Engineering Faculty:
Babakhani, Cavallaro, Kemere, Simar, Varman, Yang, Zhong