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The George Washington University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil engineering research is aimed at controlling and improving the environment and the physical conditions of life; its application is found in projects ranging from building and transportation systems to earthquake hazard mitigation, as well as water supply and waste treatment. The Department places special research emphasis on transportation safety engineering, structural engineering and geomechanics, and environmental engineering.

Computer Science

The Department offers multidisciplinary computer science research opportunities both within the University and with partners in industry and government. Major areas of research within the department include biomedical computing, bioinformatics, distributed systems, networks, computer security, architecture and embedded computing, digital media, multimedia systems, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

The research specialties of the Department reside at the interface of computer hardware design and communications networking. Research programs are conducted in the study of hardware such as VLSI and MEMS design, embedded computer systems, magnetic memories, and smart antennas. Similar research is conducted in all aspects of third- and fourth-generation wireless mobile networks, communications satellite systems, optical and broadband networking, ad-hoc networking, multiple-access coding, and interference mitigation implementing advanced theory and computers. Another research group employs advanced signal analysis techniques to understand digital data, from recognition of voice pattern to analysis of remotely sensed images.

Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

The Department focuses on advancing the disciplines of engineering management and systems engineering, maintaining faculty involvement in government and industry, and transferring research results from academia to business and government. Research initiatives are under way in computer-aided engineering, crisis and emergency management, decision analysis, energy and environmental management, fundamental Bayesian statistical methodology and decision analysis, human-computer interaction, industrial competitiveness, knowledge-based systems, maritime and transportation systems, modeling and simulation, optimization modeling, organizational effectiveness, reliability and risk analysis, and strategic planning.

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The Department applies the principles of physical systems in motion to study a wide range of problems in areas of machine design, manufacturing, fluid mechanics, biomechanics, solid mechanics, thermal science, energy, and materials science. The Department also engages in research in several aspects of aerospace science, including aerodynamics, astrodynamics, aircraft design and control, and aeroacoustics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Biomimetics & Bioinspired Engineering

The Center conducts fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research to mimic nature's solutions to problems in materials, actuators, sensors, and control algorithms. The current emphasis is on biological locomotion, biorobotics, and bioinspired control.

Center for Intelligent Systems Research

The Center conducts fundamental and applied research to find solutions to transportation and other system problems through the use of artificial intelligence, expert systems, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, intelligent agents, and other adaptive and hybrid methods. A major focus of research is on safety in intelligent transportation systems.

Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute

The Institute's mission is to encourage, promote, facilitate, and execute interdisciplinary research in areas related to the nexus of society and the Internet.

Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Institute is composed of faculty from both the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. GWIBE is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education in biomedical engineering.

Institute for Computer Graphics

The Institute brings together researchers and educators from computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medicine, and art to encourage cooperation in the fields of visualization and human-computer interaction.

Institute for Crisis, Disaster, & Risk Management

The Institute conducts research to transform theory into practice to improve the disaster, emergency, and crisis management plans, actions, and decisions of government, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations.

Institute for Knowledge and Innovation

The Institute works to create an academic foundation for advancing the theories of knowledge, learning and innovation within organizations, and aims to quickly migrate theoretical constructs into practice that produce measurable improvements in organizational performance.

Institute for Magnetics Research

The Institute conducts fundamental research on processes in magnetic materials.

Institute for Massively Parallel Applications & Computing Technologies

The Institute investigates, develops, and evaluates new concepts, methods, infrastructure, and tools in reconfigurable high-performance computing and other types of high-performance computing.

Institute for Materials Science

The focus of the Institute is on research to determine the atomic structure of surfaces and very thin films.

Institute for MEMS and VSLI Technology

Institute researchers design new MicroElectro- Mechanical Systems devices and execute postfabrication analysis of their material properties, such as residual stresses, thermal expansion, conductivity, mechanical strength, fatigue, and fracture resistance.

Institute for Nanotechnology

Institute faculty perform research in four topic areas: nanostructured materials and their properties; applications and devices incorporating nanostructures; computational modeling and analysis of nanostructures; and nano manufacturing and metrology.

NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing

This NSF Center is comprised of 30 organizations from academic, industry and government sectors that share synergistic interests and goals in reconfigurable, adaptive computing.