Smart Systems and Cities

Creating the next generation of information technology.

Imagine a wireless wonderland where smart homes communicate digitally with a smart grid that distributes the right amount of power exactly when and where it’s needed. Or gridlock-free city streets where traffic lights are controlled by real-time data. 

We’re leveraging the power of the Internet of Things and advanced sensor technology to make homes, manufacturing plants, energy and transportation infrastructure, and even entire cities more efficient, more responsive and more resilient. 

Centers and institutes that conduct research in Smart Systems and Cities

Faculty who conduct research in Smart Systems and Cities

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M. Cenk Cavusoglu

Associate Department Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery Laboratory

Develops next-generation medical robotic systems for surgery and image-guided interventions

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Philip Feng

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Explores fundamental physics and new engineering of nanoscale solid-state structures and devices

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Robert Gao

Department Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cady Staley Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops multi-physics sensing and stochastic modeling methods for improving observability in dynamical systems

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YeongAe Heo

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Promotes the resilience of structural systems and communities against natural and man-made hazards

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Mingguo Hong

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops control and optimization strategies for modern electric power systems

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Mehmet Koyuturk

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops algorithms for transforming "big" biological data into systems biology knowledge

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Pan Li

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Investigates big data computing and analytics, security and privacy, and their applications in complex systems and networks

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Yue Li

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Designs and improves resilient buildings and infrastructure

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Wei Lin

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Creates modeling, estimations and advanced control techniques for smart grid and power systems

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Kenneth Loparo

Nord Professor of Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty Director, Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems

Develops real-time data analytics and control algorithms for industrial, energy and physiological systems

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Behnam Malakooti

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops models for asymmetric measure and decision making; industrial and manufacturing systems; and manufacturing operations, decisions and optimization

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Chris Papachristou

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Designs and develops hardware and software for embedded systems and IoT devices

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Mike Pollino

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Examines performance of structural systems and components subjected to loading and develops design approaches for resilience and sustainability

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Vikas Prakash

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Engineers lithium-metal batteries, designs carbon nanomaterial composites for aerospace applications, and develops characterization techniques form materials subjected to multi-axial thermo-mechanical extremes

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Soumya Ray

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Develops and analyzes algorithms for intelligent adaptive systems

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Daniel Saab

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Models and simulates digital systems, and verifies integrated circuit designs

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Bill Yu

Professor, Civil Engineering

Advances geosystems, infrastructure and geotechnical engineering with expertise in smart and multifunctional materials and multi-scale multiphysics processes

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Xiangwu Zeng

Department Chair, Civil Engineering
Frank H. Neff Professor
Professor, Civil Engineering

Develops geotechnical solutions for earthquake design, space exploration, wind turbines and vibration attenuation