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.

  • Research Laboratories
    • Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory
    • Embedded Sensing & Processing Systems Laboratory
    • Information Theory and Applications Laboratory

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.

  • Research Laboratories
    • Autonomous Systems Laboratory
    • Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Laboratory
    • Networked Intelligent Control Systems Laboratory

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.

  • Research Laboratories
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory
    • Integrated Biomedical Circuits and Systems Laboratory (iBioCASL)

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.