Cranos Williams

Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Analytics Platform Director, NC Plant Sciences Initiative


 Engineering Building II (EB2) 2066
 Campus Box 7911


Research Interests: I am currently the director of the EnBiSys Research Laboratory. The EnBiSys Lab is a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research laboratory, focused on the development of targeted computational and analytical solutions for modeling and controlling biological systems. The solutions we develop are used to build and strengthen the transition from large-scale high-throughput –omics data to highly connected kinetic models in the post-genomic era; models that can be used to attain the depth, understanding, and comprehension needed to manipulate and control biological systems for a defined purpose.

Specific interests in this field include:

- Nonlinear Systems Analysis

- System Identification

- Uncertainty Analysis

- Optimal Experimental Design

- Biological Signal and Data Processing

Patents: S. Chen, L. Ray, N. Cahill, M. Goodgame, and C. Williams, “Method of Image Registration using Mutual Information,” U.S. Patent 7,263,243, Aug. 28, 2007.


  • Ph.D. 2008
    Electrical Engineering
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Master's 2002
    Electrical Engineering
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor's 2001
    Electrical Engineering
    NC A&T State University, Greensboro

Research Focus

  • Bioelectronics Engineering
  • Communications and Signal Processing

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 - Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, Induction into Research Leadership Academy
  • 2019 - Selected for National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  • 2019 - Alcoa Foundation Research Achievement Award
  • 2013 - ECE William F. Lane Teaching Award
  • 2009-2010 - Faculty Research and Professional Development Award
  • 2003-2008 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Recent News

Cranos Williams Named Goodnight Distinguished Professor

Posted on March 23, 2022 | Filed Under: Faculty

NC State faculty member Cranos Williams was recently named a Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Agricultural Analytics by the College of Engineering and CALS.

Introducing NC State’s Newest Outstanding Researchers

Posted on March 16, 2021 | Filed Under: Awards

Congratulations to Cranos Williams, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Research Award for his interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Cranos Williams, professor of electrical and computer engineering Becky Kirkland
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

Recent Media Mentions

Computational tool offers new insight into key biological processes

March 10, 2014

NC State researchers have developed a computational tool designed to guide future research on biochemical pathways that govern a host of biological processes. Cranos Williams, electrical and computer engineering, featured.


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