Faculty members and students at the department of Electrical Engineering work together to conduct research across many areas in the field of electrical engineering as well as related fields such as computer science and engineering. These research areas can be divided into three groups.

Communications, Signal Processing and Networking

This group focuses on design and development of advanced communication techniques to provide efficient and robust information transmission over wired and wireless networks.

This group has an extensive collaborative research program with the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Working in concert with academia and industry partners, the group is dedicated to research on:

  • information and communication theory
  • source and channel coding
  • encryption
  • wireless communication and networking

Both undergraduate and graduate levels courses are offered by the faculty members in this group.

  • Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory

    Focuses on design and development of advanced communication techniques to provide efficient and robust information transmission over wired and wireless networks.

    Research topics include:

    • Coding and information theory
    • Aerial communication and networks
    • Drone system design and applications, especially in emergency response
    • Wireless sensor networks
    Faculty: Shengli Fu
  • Embedded Sensing & Processing Systems (ESPS) Laboratory

    The research work conducted in the ESPS Lab is in the areas of statistical signal processing, real-time embedded systems, and wireless sensor networks with applications in wireless localization and tracking, environmental monitoring, smart home, smart buildings, and Internet of Things. The overarching goal of our research is to solve real-life system-level challenges through theoretical research in statistical signal processing, networking protocol design and analysis, and practical system developments with hardware and software implementations.

    Faculty: Xinrong Li
  • Information Theory and Applications Laboratory

    Focuses on the application of information theory to communications, networking, privacy, security and storage.

    Current research interests include:

    • Private Information Retrieval
    • Index Coding
    • Optimality of Treating Interference as Noise
    • Topological Intereference Management
    • Interference Alignment
    Faculty: Hua Sun

Systems and Control

This group investigates state of the art research problems in robotics, power systems, and cooperative decentralized systems.

Faculty and students work on autonomous systems including wireless sensor networks, robotic systems, airborne networks, and networks of unattended air vehicles.

Research applications include disaster recovery, search-and-rescue operations conducted by teams of people, surveillance of ground-based targets by fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles and exploration of planetary surfaces by swarms of robots.

  • Autonomous Systems Laboratory
    • Focuses on information assurance, decision making, and video communications aspects in autonomous systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).
    • This laboratory consists of infrastructure and simulation tools necessary to develop protocols for autonomous systems and analyze their performance.
    • Includes several indoor and outdoor robots to develop and test decentralized decision making and task scheduling algorithms, and a wireless video sensor network platform suitable for simulating applications such as video surveillance.
  • Cyber-Physical Energy System Laboratory

    Focuses on control and optimization for networked cyber-physical systems with applications to power systems.

    Current research topics include:

    • Efficient distributed control and optimization algorithms for networked systems under cyber communication and physical constraints
    • Accelerated distributed optimization algorithms for distributed energy resource (DER) coordination
    • hearing prosthetics
    • Distributed energy management for microgrids
    Faculty: Tao Yang
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering Laboratory

    This laboratory integrates environmental modeling, real-time monitoring, and renewable power systems for applications to sustainability.

    • Food-energy-water nexus
    • Sustainable brackish water desalination systems
    • Land-use change, landscape dynamics, and forest ecology
    • Coupled human-natural systems
    • Watershed and reservoir management
    • Wireless sensor networks and environmental observatories
    • Global climate change
  • Networked Intelligent Control Systems Laboratory

    Focuses on intelligent control, computational intelligence and their applications in cyber-physical systems and robotics

    Research topics include:

    • New Intelligent Control Architecture Design.
    • Development of Networked Control Systems/Cyber-Physical Systems
    • Multi-agent Learning-based Development
    • Autonomous Mobile Robots Learning Process
    • Deep Learning for End-to-End Intelligent Design

RF and Circuit Design

Faculty and students of this group are working on a wide variety of fundamental and applied problems in circuits and systems as well as their applications in communications, networking, geolocation, and vision processing.

This group offers many courses in RF/microwave/millimeter-wave circuit and antenna design at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Designed circuit components will be implemented either on the board-level or on the chip-level.

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory

    Supports high-quality research activities related to:

    • Analog
    • Digital
    • Mixed signal
    • VLSI/SoC (System-on-a-chip) design
    • Test
    • Test verification

    Provides state-of-the-art software tools such as:

    • Cadence
    • Xilinx
    • LabVIEW
    • MATLAB
    • MultiSim
    • Advanced Design Systems
    • Mentor Graphics
  • Integrated Biomedical Circuits and Systems Laboratory (iBioCASL)

    Supports teaching, research and development of RF and microwave systems, and antenna designs.

    Research includes designing, fabricating, and testing new RF/microwave/millimeter-wave circuits both in the board-level and chip-level, as well as antenna design.

    Program features facilities for simulations, prototyping, and measurement of RF/microwave components and systems.

    Faculty: Ifana Mahbub

Research for Students

Facilities and Equipment Use

UNT's Electrical Engineering labs offer a wide variety of research opportunities and experiences for all of our students.

Institutional labs can be used by any student, with or without faculty supervision, for any projects. As the name suggests, these often double as classrooms.

Research labs are under the direct supervision of a faculty member and usually dedicated to a single research area. They often contain specialized equipment appropriate for study of the research area.

Finding your Research Niche

Both graduate and undergraduate students can work with the three faculty research groups mentioned at the beginning of this page.

Faculty research areas give students the chance to work closely with professors and other students in a variety of projects centered around important engineering subjects.

If you're interested in participating in research in the Electrical Engineering department, it's as easy as knocking on a faculty member's door and asking what opportunities are available.