Edgar Lobaton

Associate Professor



Dr. Lobaton received the B.S. degree in mathematics and the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Seattle University in 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Lobaton joined the department in 2011.

His research focuses on the development of pattern recognition, estimation theory, and statistical and topological-data-analysis tools applied to wearable health monitoring, robotics and computer vision. He was awarded the NSF CAREER Award in 2016. Prior to joining NCSU, he was awarded the 2009 Computer Innovation Fellows post-doctoral fellowship award and conducted research in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also engaged in research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in 2005 and 2009.


  • Ph.D. 2009
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor's 2004
    Seattle University
  • Bachelor's 2004
    Electrical Engineering
    Seattle University

Research Focus

  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Image Analysis and Computer Vision
  • Control, Robotics, and Mechatronics
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Control
  • Robotics

Highlighted Awards

Awards & Honors

  • 2009-2011 - Computer Innovation Fellows Postdoctoral Award
  • 2004-2008 - Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship

Recent News

Photo by McKayla Robinette
From the Lab to the Farm

Posted on December 30, 2022 | Filed Under: Research

The Benchbot research project is a collaborative effort between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State which is working to automate plant phenotyping.

Close-up image of part of a Forabot.
Fossil-Sorting Robots Will Help Researchers Study Oceans, Climate

Posted on December 12, 2022 | Filed Under: Research

New tech from Edgar Lobaton’s lab automates a tedious process that plays a key role in ocean and climate research.

A StressCam, a low-cost camera system to monitor crop stress, over a field of soybeans at the Sandhills Research Station.
A StressCam, a low-cost camera system to monitor crop stress, over a field of soybeans at the Sandhills Research Station.
Low-Cost Cameras Could Be Sensors to Remotely Monitor Crop Stress

Posted on June 10, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

Being able to identify crop problems early can make the difference between saving a crop and losing it, but high-tech solutions can be costly. An interdisciplinary team is leveraging existing technology for a solution.

Media Mentions

Train Activity Recognition Models Using Spectrograms and Computer Vision

September 5, 2022

Students created a set of activities to walk high school students through the entire computer vision pipeline by Jeremy Park and Sanjana Banerjee, who are Graduate Research Assistants and Ph.D. candidates at North Carolina State University, specializing in AI/Machine Learning.

What’s Creepy, Crawly And A Champion Of Neuroscience?

October 22, 2013

NC State professor is in the simulation phase of using swarms of up to 1,000 cockroaches to assist in search-and-rescue operations. Edgar Lobaton, electrical and computer engineering, featured.


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