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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Opportunities for Research

The undergraduate and graduate computer science programs provide opportunities for students to join vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts in artificial intelligence, big data, computer animation and virtual environments, cyber-physical systems, distributed real-time and embedded middleware, human-systems integration, image processing,  intelligent learning environments, model-integrated computing, robotics, software engineering and trustworthy  computing. Students can explore a broad range of research areas in computer science, as well as interdisciplinary research opportunities in areas related to the School of Engineering's strategic directions in health care and medicine,  security, energy and natural resources and entertainment.

Graduate and undergraduate students in electrical engineering have the opportunity to participate in research that is propelling changes in science and engineering through rapid innovation in information  technology. Such research has the potential to impact virtually every human system, from health care to education,  transportation, defense and the environment. Significant research programs in electrical engineering focus on carbon,  diamond and silicon nanotechnology, hybrid and embedded systems, medical image processing, photonics, radiation  effects and reliability and robotics. Many faculty members are involved with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems  and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, which support leading-edge basic and applied research important to critical commercial and government systems. In addition, several faculty members are affiliated with the Vanderbilt  Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering.

Finally, the  undergraduate program in computer engineering combines the basic principles of electrical engineering and computer science and focuses on the organization, design and application of digital processing systems. Centered on digital technology and the principles and techniques of computer science, the design-based program enables engineers to  evaluate the impact of their decisions by applying these principles to the task at hand, whether they're working with  hardware, software or the interface between the two.

William RobinsonDirector of Undergraduate Studies
for Computer and Electrical Engineering

William Robinson
Phone: (615) 322-1507

Julie JohnsonDirector of Undergraduate Studies
for Computer Science

Julie Johnson
Phone: (615) 343-6320

Xenofon KoutsoukosDirector of Graduate Studies
for Computer Science

Xenofon Koutsoukos
Phone: (615) 322-8283

Robert ReedDirector of Graduate Studies
for Electrical Engineering

Robert Reed
Phone: (615) 343-2702