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University of California, Irvine - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering faculty have special interest and expertise in four research thrust areas: Biophotonics, Biomedical Nanoscale systems, Biomedical Computational Technologies and Tissue Engineering.

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department's strength in bioprocessing and biotechnology has evolved to include complementary research activities in: biotechnology and biosystems engineering; tissue engineering; bio-transport phenomena; biomolecular, biomaterial, and interfacial engineering; smart and multifunctional materials; electronic and optical materials; fuel cell and energy system materials; nanostructured materials.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research within the Department is focused in three thrust areas: structural and geotechnical engineering, including aspects of soil mechanics, structural dynamics, health monitoring and damage inspection, advanced structural materials, earthquake engineering, and reliability and risk assessment; transportation systems engineering, including traffic operations and management, advanced information technology applications, travel behavior, and transportation systems analysis; and water resources and environmental engineering, including hydrology, water resources engineering, contamination management, and pollution control technologies.

Computer Science

The field of computer science encompasses the principles of computing that underlie modern technology. Research topics span low-level architecture and systems, middle-level infrastructure like programming languages, databases, and networks, and high-level topics such as artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and network security. Inter-disciplinary areas such as bioinformatics study the use of computational techniques that give rise to new understanding in other disciplines. Research methodology includes formal mathematical analysis, simulation and evaluation of algorithms on test data as well as the implementation and testing of real systems.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research in the department is focused on electrical engineering, computer networks and distributed computing, computer systems and software, computer graphics and visualization.


Research in Informatics covers all areas of the design, use, applications and implications of information and communication technology. The researchers use mathematical techniques to analyze the behavior of software systems, software development techniques to create new tools for the creation of novel software systems, experimental laboratory techniques to assess their effectiveness, and sociological observation techniques to look at their development and use in real-world settings.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty in the Department have special interest and expertise in four thrust areas: continuum mechanics; power, propulsion, and environment; micro/nanomechanics; and systems and design.

School of Information and Computer Sciences

Research in the School of Information and Computer Sciences covers the areas listed for the three departments of the School: Computer Science, Informatics and Statistics.


Department of Statistics performs research in development of statistical methodology and statistical theory, and prepares students to be active participants in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology

Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology (ABRC) studies and promotes diverse access to and participation in computer science, engineering, digital media and related information technology fields.

Advanced Power and Energy Program

The Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) consists of four organizational elements: the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), involved in the advancement of fuel cell technology, the UCI Combustion Laboratory (UCICL), involved in the advancement of continuous combustion technology, the Distributed Technologies Testing Facility, a major APEP resource for accomplishing beta-testing of distributed energy technologies from a few watts to several mega-watts with combined heat and power, and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Combustion, Energy, and the Environment, whose main goals involve the advancement of the evolution of energy and environmental control technologies, emphasizing communication and the exchange of technologies and tools available to address the energy challenges in the world with immediate focus on these germane to the region. The Consortium is comprised of key energy researchers from California, Taiwan, Japan, China and Korea.

Beckman Laser Institute

The Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) is a 37,000 square foot multi-disciplinary center for research, teaching, clinical medicine, and technology transfer. The BLI is a division in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine and an important unit in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering. Its mission is to serve as the world's leading interdisciplinary center for Biomedical Optics by developing new, enabling biophotonic technologies, applying biophotonic technologies to important problems in biology and medicine, training students, fellows, and physicians in Biomedical Optics research and providing patients with access to advanced therapeutic and diagnostic clinical procedures using biophotonic medical devices.

California Institute of Telecommunciations and Information Technology

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)was formed to ensure that California maintains a leadership position in the technology marketplace and extend the reach of the Internet throughout the physical world. Calit2 is a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, and teams faculty with research professionals, students and industrial partners on interdisciplinary research projects. Calit2 represents a new mechanism to drive innovation by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of the best minds both on and beyond UC Campuses to address large-scale societal issues.

Center for Advanced Monitoring and Damage Inspection

The center's focus is on the development and application of advanced sensors and instruments for integrated monitoring, non-destructive damage inspection, and integrity evaluation of protective armors. The technology under research and development includes distributed fiber optic sensors, thermo imaging systems, ultrasonic sensors, microwave imaging systems, and digital X-ray systems.

In addition to sensors and instruments, the center will develop methods, software, and tools, such as those based on artificial intelligence and probabilistic approaches, for signal analysis, image processing, and data fusion for rapid and reliable damage inspection to ensure the integrity of protective armors and the safety of soldiers.

Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds

The Center promotes and expands campuswide research activities that draw upon UCI’s strengths spanning the social and technological aspects of games and virtual worlds. Collaborators include faculty members from computer science, arts, humanities, social science and education.

Center for Embedded Computer Systems

The Center's vision is to conduct leading-edge interdisciplinary research in embedded systems, emphasizing automotive, communications and medical applications and to promote technology and knowledge transfer for the benefit of the individual and society. The center is currently affiliated with The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science.

Center for Emergency Response Technologies

The Center works to radically transform the ability of responding organizations to gather, manage, use, and disseminate information within emergency response networks and to the general public. By using more robust information systems, response can focus on activities that have the highest potential to save lives and property.

Center for Engineering Science in Design

The School of Engineering Center for Engineering Science in Design develops leadership by promoting experiences that effectively integrate engineering fundamentals and research into major design project execution. It supports and seeks to enhance interactions of all kinds that demonstrate the use of engineering science in the development and performance validation of design decisions.

Center for Hydrometerology and Remote Sensing

The Center was developed to improve hydrologic prediction through development and refinement of hydrologic models and use of advanced observations, particularly from remote sensing sources. It brings together faculty and researchers from the departments of civil and environmental engineering and earth system science. The majority of the research activities are funded by NASA, NOAA, and NSF.

Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems

The research activities focus in the fields of machine learning and intelligent systems addresses the fundamental problem of developing computer algorithms that can harness the vast amounts of digital data available in the 21st century and then use this data in an intelligent way to solve a variety of real-world problems. Examples of research activities in the Center range across areas as different as web search engines, statistical text mining, information retrieval, image and video data analysis, sensor networks, ocean and atmospheric sciences, systems biology, and medical diagnosis, chemical informatics.

Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing

The Center has ongoing interests in initiating and promulgating research topics relevant to the new technology fields it encompasses: wireless communications, computer communication networks, design of high-speed analog, RF and mixed-signal integrated circuits, noise and signal integrity in high-speed VLSI circuits, communication and information theory, image and audio coding, optical communications, design automation of electronic circuits and systems, and parallel and distributed computing systems.

Computational Vision Lab

The Computational Vision Lab focuses on understanding the information processing capabilities of biological visual systems and on developing computational systems for processing visual media.

Institute for Genomics and BioInformatics

The Institute for Genomics and BioInformatics fosters innovative basic and applied research in genomics and bioinformatics. The Center's seven program areas illustrate its commitment to a growing number of multi-and interdisciplinary scientific areas; Biomedical Engineering, Evolutionary Genomics, Functional Genomics, Human Genomics, Structural Genomics and Synthetic Biology, Chemical Biology and Systems Biology.

Institute for Software Research

The Institute for Software Research fosters innovative basic and applied research in software and information technologies by working with established companies, start-ups, government agencies, and standards bodies to develop and transition the technologies to widespread and practical application.

Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies is a University of California organized research unit with branches at Irvine, Davis, and Berkeley and was established to foster research, education, and training in the field of transportation. Research covers a broad spectrum of transportation issues focused on intelligent transportation systems, particularly advanced transportation management systems; analysis and simulation of urban traffic networks; transportation systems operations and control; artificial intelligence/expert systems in transportation; travel demand forecasting and analysis of complex travel behavior; transportation/land use interactions, particularly those which encourage alternative modes of travel; planning and evaluation of advanced public transit systems; transportation pricing and regulation; energy and environmental issues, particularly demand for alternative fuels; effect of land-use on transportation demand; growth of automobile use in the U.S. and Western Europe.

Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility

A world class facility dedicated to the research and development of technology for integrated micro and nanosystems through research, education and outreach. The mission of the facility is to develop and promote engineered nanoscale systems through strong cross-disciplinary collaboration among researchers in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences, communication technology, biomedical engineering, and similar fields. Engineered nanoscale systems consist of mechanical, photonic, biological, electrical, fluidic, and chemical subsystems. The vision of the Facility is to provide the key technologies required to engineer the microworld.

Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics

The Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics designs, tests and implements advances in the fluorescence technology of hardware, software, and biomedical applications. It is a national research resource center supported by the National Center for Research Resources division of the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, Irvine.

Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction

LUCI addresses the entire range of research problems that arise from the ubiquitous computing vision: the design of novel devices, the structure of software systems, techniques for designing and building systems, patterns of interaction, and the cultural implications of ubiquitous computing.


The mission of the LifeChips Program is to promote and enable research and education in efforts that combine life science and technology at the micro and nano-scales. It intends to promote the dissemination of LifeChips work into the public sector to increase public understanding and create economic opportunity. There are three major components of the LifeChips Center: Education, Research and Outreach to the community and to industry. The center was initiated by the award of a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT) award.

Materials Characterization Center (MC2)

The Nanomaterials Characterization and Fabrication Facility is a university- wide user facility that includes advanced microscopy, polymer materials and characterization, and micro- and nano-fabrication offering state-of-the-art instrumentation for BioMEMS and the analysis of material structure, composition, defects, surface and phase transition.

Mico/Nano Fluidics Fundamental Focus Center

The Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus Center is focused on the advancement of fluidic surface and interface analyses/chemistries, MF design and modeling methods, the development of economical and modular components, and the establishment f standard fabrication and packaging processes. Progress made in these areas will lead to new bioanalytical microsystems for drug discovery/delivery, and in-situ health monitoring. Comprised of 17 leading micro/nanofluidcs professors at 10 different universities nationwide, the Center includes leading researchers from biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry. The Center is funded by the participating industry members along with a funding match from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Center is an outgrowth of the activity within the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility.

National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC)

The goal of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) is to facilitate and accelerate the development and deployment of fuel cell technology and fuel cell systems; promote strategic alliances to address the market challenges associated with the installation and integration of fuel cell systems; and to educate and develop resources for the various stakeholders in the fuel cell community.

Secure Computing and Networking Center

The SCONCE Center focuses on research for protecting information and computing infrastructure with an emphasis in areas like applied cryptography, network security and information assurance.

The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

The mission of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology is to create and foster an environment for innovative basic and translational cardiovascular research and training.

UCI Combustion Laboratory (UCICL)

The mission of the UCI Combustion Laboratory is to promote and support the development and adoption of advanced combustion power and energy systems by providing technological leadership with a vigorous program of research and beta testing, coupled with education and technology transfer to and from the market place.

Urban Water Research Center

The Urban Water Research Center brings together faculty from social ecology, engineering and physical sciences to advance understanding of the urban water environment and to help promote health, improve efficient use of water resources, and protect the environment; includes research contributed by civil and environmental engineering, earth system sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental health, science, and policy, environmental toxicology, and planning, policy, and design.