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For Neural Research, Wireless Chip Shines Light on the Brain

Posted on November 19, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

Researchers including NC State ECE’s Yaoyao Jia have developed a wireless chip that can stimulate the brain with light and electricity.

Cranos Williams named Platform Director for Data-Driven Plant Sciences

Posted on November 19, 2020 | Filed Under: Faculty

Cranos Williams, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the director of the Data-Driven Plant Sciences platform for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative

2020 Promoted and Tenured Faculty

Posted on November 12, 2020 | Filed Under: Faculty

Congratulations to five outstanding ECE faculty members who were promoted to Professor or granted tenure this year.

Managing data flow to boost cyber-physical system performance

Posted on November 11, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

Optimizing data flow allows ECE researchers to dramatically improve the performance of cyber-physical systems, from autonomous vehicles to smart power grids.

Aysu and Ozturk Recipients of ECE Faculty Awards

Posted on October 20, 2020 | Filed Under: Awards

ECE is proud to announce that Aydin Aysu and Mehmet Ozturk are the 2020 recipients of the Departmental Faculty Awards — the Bennet Faculty Fellow Award and the William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award.

NC State Named An ‘Energy Elite’ University

Posted on September 30, 2020 | Filed Under: Programs

NC State, thanks to contributions from strong programs like the NSF FREEDM Center, has been named among the top-ten “Energy Elite” colleges and universities by the American Energy Society (AES).

Inside ABB and NC State’s Decadeslong Partnership

Posted on September 22, 2020 | Filed Under: Power

ABB was the first corporate partner to move onto Centennial Campus. Now, 30 years later, the company is still working with the FREEDM Center to improve the reliability and environmental impact of electric power

New Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Posted on September 17, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

AI researchers from NC State ECE—including Tianfu Wu—have improved the performance of deep neural networks by combining feature normalization and feature attention into a single module.

Research Advances Learning Capability of Drone Swarms

Posted on August 31, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

Researchers, including Aranya Chakrabortty, have developed a reinforcement learning approach that will allow swarms of unmanned vehicles to accomplish various missions while minimizing performance uncertainty.

Neural Interface System for Somatosensory Feedback

Posted on August 12, 2020 | Filed Under: Life and Research

NC State’s Yaoyao Jia has been chosen to lead one of the new collaborative NSF programs, with a million-dollar grant aimed at improving our understanding of somatosensory feedback with the help of a cat.

New wireless, implantable chip from NC State could help fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

“Our goal was to create a research tool that can be used to help us better understand the behavior of different regions of the brain, particularly in response to various forms of neural stimulation,” says Yaoyao Jia, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “This tool will help us answer fundamental questions that could then pave the way for advances in addressing neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.”

Posted on November 19, 2020

Cyborg cockroaches designed to complete tasks inside your HOME can carry objects across the room, transform into a display and draw objects on paper

In November 2014, researchers at North Carolina State University fitted cockroaches with electrical backpacks complete with tiny microphones capable of detecting faint sounds. The idea is that cyborg cockroaches, or ‘biobots’, could enter crumpled buildings hit by earthquakes, for example, and help emergency workers find survivors. ‘In a collapsed building, sound is the best way to find survivors,’ said Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University.

Posted on November 5, 2020

Astronaut, NC State grad Christina Koch named to Time 100 Most Influential List

Astronaut Christina Koch, who graduated from NC State, was named to the Time 100 Most Influential People list.

Posted on October 13, 2020

A Simple Neural Network Upgrade Boosts AI Performance

A two-in-one software module could improve many applications built on top of popular deep learning architectures

Posted on September 30, 2020

The 100 Most Influential People of 2020: Christina Koch

In October 2019, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station and replaced a controller regulating the batteries that store the station’s solar power. But the two astronauts accomplished much more than fixing the space station. They completed the first all-female spacewalk, shifting who we see as strong, brave, competent, and who’s on the team pushing the boundaries of exploration.

Posted on September 22, 2020

Army advances learning capabilities of drone swarms

Army-sponsored researchers, including NC State ECE’s Aranya Chakrabortty developed a reinforcement learning approach that will allow swarms of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles to optimally accomplish various missions while minimizing performance uncertainty.

Posted on August 10, 2020

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