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ECE Highlights and Research

Electronic Circuits and Systems

This program involves the study and design of microwave, radio frequency (RF), analog, mixed-signal (combined analog and digital), and digital electronic circuits and systems. Emphasis is on the development, analysis, and implementation of integrated circuits for applications such as wireless and wireline communication systems, microwave and millimeterwave communication and radar systems, and interfaces between computers and sensors. A large effort on RF MEMS (micro-electro-mechnical-systems) emphasizes RF tunable filters and reconfigurable antennas, ultra-fast and very high reliability RF MEMS devices.

Electronic Devices and Materials

Focus on the fundamental physics and device applications of advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices, MEMS, as well as on the science and engineering of new materials and device structures at the micro-, nano-, and atomic scales. The program also explores broader applications in revolutionizing electronics, optoelectronics, and medicines.


Programs encompass interdisciplinary activities in optical science and engineering, optical materials and device technology, optical communications, computer engineering, and photonic systems.

Communication Theory and Systems

Emphasis ranges from abstract theory and performance analysis to system design and implementation. A broad range of issues in communication systems is studied:

Computer Engineering

Program encompasses study of systems both from a hardware and software perspective. It promotes the knowledge and skills in the areas of hardware and software that the modern-day computer engineer requires in order to make optimum system tradeoffs in design. This approach also enables engineers to consider all paths towards the resolution of outstanding research issues. One focus is embedded system design, which has grown into far more than the study of pure microprocessors. Due to advances in technology and miniaturization, exciting new devices incorporate wireless communications and myriads of embedded sensors together with processing and storage capabilities. Areas of interest include:

Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control

This highly interdisciplinary field focuses on the application of advanced mathematical, statistical, and information-theoretic computer science and algorithmic methods to the problem of analysis and modeling of complex non-deterministic and uncertain human-interactive systems and environments. Opportunities exist for cross-disciplinary interactions with other departments and research units at UC San Diego. Areas of interest include:

Nanoscale Devices and Systems

Program ranges from fundamental science at the atomic to nanometer scale to the integration of nanoscale structures into systems for electronic, photonic, and biological applications. Areas of interest include:

Signal and Image Processing


Program encompasses issues related to the modeling of signals, starting from the relevant physics, developing and evaluating algorithms for extracting information from the signal, and implementing these algorithms in both software and hardware. Theoretical areas include:

ECE News Briefs

San Diego, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 — 130 experts from academia, government and industry met at the University of California, San Diego for the recent CWC 5G Forum on Next-Generation Wireless Systems.

San Diego, CA, December 15, 2014 – Boubacar Kanté, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and his postdoctoral researcher Thomas Lepetit have demonstrated a new and more efficient way to trap light, using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC).

La Jolla, Calif., Nov. 18, 2014 – On November 18, 2014, a new resource became available to students at Jacob’s School of Engineering.  The ECE Tutoring Center and IDEA’s Study Lab has celebrated its grand opening, and is now a fully functioning service for scholars of all levels – serving both undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, January 2015: Young-Han Kim, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of California, San Diego has been named an IEEE Fellow.

San Diego, Calif., Nov. 7, 2014 – The Radar for Pedestrian Safety, developed by Electrical Engineers at the Univ. of California, San Diego (in conjunction with Toyota Technical Center, Fujitsu-Ten, and the Michigan Technological Research Institute), was recognized by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 technologies introduced during the past year.

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