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University at Buffalo, SUNY - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a longstanding specialty at UB. Our department builds upon this long tradition of excellence and cooperation across the university to bring an interdisciplinary approach to advancing basic science and enabling us to better understand, diagnose, and treat diseases. Our faculty have active research programs within the department and in collaboration with colleagues in other departments at the University at Buffalo, as well as with many external collaborators.
The four cutting-edge themes of our department are: Molecular-cellular, Cell, and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Sensors, Instrumentation and Diagnostics, Computational Engineering and Modeling, and Medical Imaging and Analysis

Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering pursues integrative research and offers graduate training at the frontiers of chemical engineering in these main areas: nanoscale science and engineering, computational science and engineering biochemical, and biomedical engineering. These activities are supported by state-of-the-art shared research facilities across the university, with a significant portion located directly in CBE's home, Furnas Hall. The department is currently embarking on a process of space expansion and rehabilitation that will provide a 30% increase in laboratory and office space to comfortably house growing research programs.

Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

Faculty members and students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering are actively engaged in research in the areas of bridge engineering, computational mechanics, environmental and water resources engineering, geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, structural and earthquake engineering, and transportation systems engineering. Research in bridge engineering drives the use of new construction methods, components and materials. Research in computational engineering mechanics involves the application of the fundamental principles of solid and fluid mechanics to a variety of emerging engineering problems, using state-of-the-science numerical algorithms and high-performance computing technology. Research in environmental engineering seeks to better understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the health of our environment and to pursue innovative solutions for its protection. Research in geotechnical engineering addresses a range of topics, including computational geomechanics, deep foundations, ground improvement, seismic response of soils, liquefaction, and retrofit of foundations, dams, slopes, and retaining walls. The goal of research in earthquake engineering is to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure system and research in transportation systems engineering focuses on improving the efficiency, safety, sustainability, and resiliency of surface transportation systems.

Computer Science and Engineering

Faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) perform research in basic theory, software and hardware, and are recipients of numerous national and international awards. They serve on the editorial boards of over 30 prestigious journals, and including Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). CSE faculty have founded and presently direct major centers devoted to biomedical computing, biometric systems, cognitive science, document analysis and recognition, information assurance, and high performance computing. Other major areas of research include optical and wireless networks, computer security, databases, algorithms, theory, and software and hardware systems.

Electrical Engineering

Faculty, students and researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering are actively engaged in research in the areas of Signals, Communications and Networking; Solid State Electronics; Optics and Photonics; and Energy Systems. The Signals, Communications and Networking group carries out research that encompasses fundamental aspects of signal acquisition, signal representation and processing, digital signal waveform design, single and multi-user wireless transceiver-to-transceiver communications, and wireless multi-hop networked communications. Faculty in the solid-state electronics area undertake research into cutting-edge electronic devices and circuits, with broad application to state-of-the-art technologies such as high-performance, high-speed, computer and communication networks, "smart" medical devices, and alternative energy sources. Research in Optics and Photonics relies on a synergy of fundamental physics, materials science, numerical modeling, and device applications with diverse applications such as ultra-high resolution imaging, photovoltaics, sensing, quantum cryptography and secure communications. The Energy Systems Area focuses on various aspects of the generation, storage, transmission, and distribution of electric power. The program integrates energy systems research with research in energy control, efficiency improvement, demand side management, power quality and economics, renewable resources and integration, and smart grid communications.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) Department offers concentrations in operations research, production systems and human factors. However, the multidisciplinary nature of the research problems that our faculty and students work on quite often requires collaborations across individuals from multiple areas as well as collaborators across campus. Furthermore, the role of ISE beyond traditional “industrial” or “manufacturing” engineering applications has expanded considerably over the past two decades into areas such as healthcare, homeland security, and transportation. While ISE faculty engage in research in a wide variety of activities, strong areas of application, and collaboration include security and defense, health and medical systems, transportation and logistics, and advanced manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing design

Materials Design and Innovation

The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) is a new department formed by collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It is a forward-leaning, interdisciplinary initiative that will address regional and national demand for new materials that accelerate research and education in advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are involved in a wide range of research activities in the fluid and thermal sciences, system dynamics, design, optimization, manufacturing, materials engineering, and mechanics. Faculty interests include computer and mathematical modeling as well as laboratory and experimental efforts in both basic and applied research. There are especially active programs in computational fluid dynamics, dynamics and controls, biofluids, systems design, and computational mechanics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Cognitive Science

CCS was established to promote the development of research networks and of new research activities in cognitive science, both locally and across institutions, to develop an academic curriculum in cognitive science, and to develop an international reputation as a major research center in cognitive science.

Center for Computational Research

CCR is one of the leading academic supercomputing sites in the US. CCR was established to enable computationally-intensive research (e.g., high-performance computing and visualization) at UB by providing state-of-the-art computing resources and support to faculty sponsored research projects, foster industrial partnerships by providing industry with access to center resources, including CPU cycles, visualization hardware and software, application software, and technical consulting.

Center for Engineering Design and Applied Simulation

CEDAS, the Center for Engineering Design and Applied Simulation (formerly NYSCEDII) emphasizes the use of visualization, interactive environments, cyberinfrastructure, and advanced design theory & methodology to address complex analysis and design problems, and promote innovation in product design and manufacturing. Critical to our efforts is multi-disciplinary collaboration with industrial and academic partners, a perspective for systems-thinking, and a realization that well informed decision-making is fundamental to the design of complex systems.

Center for Excellence in Home, Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments

The Center for Excellence in Home Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments (Home-BASE) performs transformative research and educational activities dedicated to home health and wellness in three areas: Environments for Health and Well-Being, Integrated Assistive Technologies, and Home Health Informatics. Home-BASE is a joint initiative between the Schools of Engineering, Nursing, Architecture and Planning, and Public Health & Health Professions.

Center for Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education

The Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Assurance, Research and Education (CEISARE) offers graduate education and coordinated research in computer security and information assurance. Research topics include the broad areas of e-commerce, security, networks and secure voting. Current projects address critical issues such as the development of cyber-attack recognition systems, protecting documents from insider threats, real-time intrusion detection, unintended information retrieval, and the security of corporate intranets.

Center for Multisource Information Fusion

CMIF was established for the following purposes: to serve as one focal point for the conduct of research and development in this broadly applicable area of information science; to both transfer and communicate this technology to industry, government, and academia by cultivating multi-use applications, shared research and development, and development and presentation of directed educational and training programs; to provide for advancement in the understanding and knowledge of the underlying science and technology of this emerging/maturing field of study by providing coordinated access to and participation of an information fusion team dedicated to the conduct of research and development; to serve as an incubation center for small business, professorial and individual entrepreneurial activities.

Center for Unified Biometrics

CUBS is focused on advancing the fundamental science of biometrics and providing key enabling technologies to build engineered systems. For the very first time anywhere, UB researchers are taking a unified view of biometric technologies by integrating software algorithms for accurate identification of various biometrics and data analysis (informatics) with hardware acquisition devices.

Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition

The Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR) is concerned with the science of recognition, analysis and interpretation of digital documents. Such documents may be optically scanned from paper or be created digitally. They may contain text that is handwritten or machine-printed, and contain multimodal information such as drawings, photographs and speech. CEDAR's research spans the entire spectrum of computational theory, algorithms, software/hardware design, and system maintenance.

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Computational Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDSE) is an interdisciplinary educational and research program developed to train scientists and engineers in the use of big data and computation. The interdisciplinary PhD program offers three core areas: applied mathematics and numerical methods, data sciences, and high performance and data intensive computing. Research topics encompass cyber and data sciences and complexity science.


CUBRC was established as an independent, not-for -profit research organization to bring together scientists and engineers from the region with UB faculty and graduate students. CUBRC pursues an array of programs including advanced turbines, computational fluid dynamics, human injury research, information processing, chemical and radiative processes, and hypersonic flight.

CUBRC (Inhouse)

CUBRC was established as an independent, not-for -profit research organization to bring together scientists and engineers from the region with UB faculty and graduate students. CUBRC pursues an array of programs including advanced turbines, computational fluid dynamics, human injury research, information processing, chemical and radiative processes, and hypersonic flight.

Great Lakes Program

GLP was established in 1985 to support efforts designed to protect and preserve the Great Lakes Ecosystem. The program initially served as an educational clearinghouse and facilitator for policy-making studies on Great Lakes issues. Many of these issues are directly related to science and technology. GLP has since evolved and expanded its activities to include scientifically and technically oriented research, in addition to supporting public educational policy-oriented efforts.

Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics

ILPB was established to conduct research and development of new photonic materials and technologies; to provide education and industrial training for developing a skilled workforce; and, to aggressively market a world-class facility for consulting and testing at UB and affiliated partnerships. The Institute's activities will include fundamental R&D, prototype fabrication, scale-up strategies and cost optimization.

Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics

The Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (ISTL) unites engineering and management faculty groups in transportation and logistics to address the growing new field of transportation, logistics and supply-chain management. The Institute offers research programs, an interdisciplinary master’s degree, a graduate certificate, and a mechanisms for collaboration.

Institute of Bridge Engineering

The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) is educating new and mid-career individuals in emerging aspects of bridge engineering and conducting research that can advance the state-of-the-practice in the design and retrofit of bridges. IBE aims to: develop technologies for low-impact (rapid construction and environmentally sensitive) bridges that are resistant to hazards, disseminate educational material useful to engineers and DOTs, increase the availability of a specialized master’s degree to distance learners, and deploy reliable decision-support systems.

MCEER: Earthquake Engineering to Extreme Events

MCEER is a national center of excellence dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research, education and outreach initiatives. Comprising a consortium of researchers and industry partners from numerous disciplines and institutions throughout the United States, MCEER’s mission has expanded from its original focus on earthquake engineering to one which addresses the technical and socio-economic impacts of a variety of hazards, both natural and man-made, on critical infrastructure, facilities, and society.

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

NCGIA was founded by NSF for research in geographic information and its related technologies. UB is one of just three sites in the US. NCGIA-Buffalo manages the Buffalo portion of the national center, supports a range of other research grants and programs, and coordinates GI Science activities on campus.

New York State Center for Excellence in Materials Informatics

The Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) leverages UB’s cutting edge materials science, big data analytics and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive critical R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth. CMI’s scientists and engineers take successful research programs to the next level by working directly with industry partners to solve R&D problems, discover new materials and processing methods, create high-technology jobs, and drive the region’s and state’s economies.

RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water)

RENEW is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are connected. Formed in 2014, RENEW unites researchers and builds upon the strengths of faculty from six UB schools and colleges. The goal is to create transformative change through research, education and community engagement activities.

Research Institute for Logistics and Security in Transportation

The mission of RILST is to integrate logistics, operations research and game theory to better prepare for, mitigate, and manage both natural and man-made hazards in transportation systems.

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence

SPIR is a joint effort of the SUNY engineering schools to provide advanced engineering and technology assistance to the NY State industries, particularly the manufacturing sector. The UB department of Electrical Engineering, as one of the participants in this program, has established a set of sub-programs to offer this technology assistance, at five different levels (Casual Technology Consulting, Industrial Internship Courses, Industrial Assistantships, Sponsored R&D projects with matching funds, and Sponsored R&D projects without matching funds), through direct interaction between the firms and its faculty/students.

The Center for Industrial Effectiveness

TCIE mines the vast resources of UB to help Western NY companies better compete and prosper in today's economy through training grants, administration, engineering services, and research and development.