Research Breakthroughs

Boosting the Economy Through UH Engineering Technology
A coveted technology, while attractive to established defense companies like Rockwell in Thousand Oaks, California, and others around the country, made its home in Sugar Land, putting millions into the greater Houston economy.…
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Paper from CML outlines new treatment for Cushing's disease
Researchers from the Cullen College of Engineering are exploring ways to automate the administration of medicine for patients suffering from Cushing's syndrome, with a proposal establishing architecture for that recently…
Researchers from the Cullen College of Engineering, including doctoral student Hamid Fekri Azgomi, are exploring ways to automate the administration of medicine for patients suffering from Cushing's syndrome, with a proposal establishing architecture for that recently published in Frontiers in Neuroscience.
New Smartwatch Technology Uses Sweat on Skin to Infer Brain Stress
The old adage “never let them see you sweat” doesn’t apply in the electrical and computer engineering lab of Rose Faghih, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Houston Cullen College of…
Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is reporting the first steps toward monitoring brain responses using wearable devices.
UH Licenses Cutting Analysis Software to Optimize Drilling Operations
Drilling can be a challenging and expensive operation and the industry is always looking for ways to innovate and make the operation more efficient and safer. Two assistant professors in the University of Houston College of…
UH Licenses Cutting Analysis Software to Optimize Drilling Operations
Altered Microstructure Improves Organic-Based, Solid State Lithium EV Battery
Only 2 percent of vehicles are electrified to date, but that is projected to reach 30 percent by 2030. A key toward improving the commercialization of electric vehicles (EVs) is to heighten their gravimetric energy density –…
Yan Yao, Ph.D., is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.
New research method from Faghih, Amin allows more reliable brain information inference using electrodermal activity
A new paper from Rose Faghih, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Computational Medicine Laboratory, and her doctoral student Rafiul Amin describes how they have developed a…
A new paper from Rose Faghih, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Computational Medicine Laboratory, and her doctoral student Rafiul Amin describes how they have developed a novel inference engine to obtain brain information from raw electrodermal activity (EDA) recordings, eradicating previous challenges from earlier methods.
Stanko leads multi-department research into synthesis via SLRR reaction
Cullen College of Engineering professor Stanko R. Brankovic, Ph.D., of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is the corresponding author for a new, multi-department perspective paper on potential advancements in…
Diagram of Dr. Brankovic's work
Focusing on the Unhealthy Brain to Speed Drug Discovery
Though 40 million concussions are recorded annually, no effective treatment exists for them or for many other brain-related illnesses. In collaboration with Dragan Maric of the National Institutes of Health, Badri Roysam, Hugh…
Badri Roysam, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team are working with the NIH to develop open-source tools that will treat concussions and other brain injuries and diseases.
Tapping the Brain to Boost Stroke Rehabilitation
Clinical Trial Suggests Brain-Machine Interface Coupled with Robot Offers Increased Benefits for Stroke Survivors Stroke survivors who had ceased to benefit from conventional rehabilitation gained clinically significant arm…
A clinical trial found that stroke survivors gained clinically significant arm movement and control by using an external robotic device powered by the patients’ own brains.
A Safer, Less Expensive and Fast Charging Aqueous Battery
Lithium-ion batteries are critical for modern life, from powering our laptops and cell phones to those new holiday toys. But there is a safety risk – the batteries can catch fire. Zinc-based aqueous batteries avoid the fire…
Xiaonan Shan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, said the discovery offers promise for energy storage and other applications, including electric vehicles.
Discoveries Highlight New Possibilities for Magnesium Batteries
New cathode, electrolyte allow high-power battery previously considered impossible Magnesium batteries have long been considered a potentially safer and less expensive alternative to lithium-ion batteries, but previous versions…
Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America have reported a breakthrough in the development of magnesium batteries, allowing them to deliver a power density comparable to that of lithium-ion batteries.
New Technology Allows More Precise View of the Smallest Nanoparticles
Imaging Technology Offers Advantages for Diagnostics, Other Uses Current state-of-the-art techniques have clear limitations when it comes to imaging the smallest nanoparticles, making it difficult for researchers to study viruses…
Wei-Chuan Shih, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, is the corresponding author for a paper about a new optical imaging technology for nanoscale objects, relying upon unscattered light to detect nanoparticles as small as 25 nanometers in diameter.
UH, Houston Methodist using AI to identify breast cancer
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, received an R01 sub-award of $319,285 for his grant, “Convergent AI for Precise…
Dr. Hien Van Nguyen, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, has received a grant to use AI with breast cancer diagnoses.
A Roadmap to Better Multivalent Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are recognized for their high energy density in everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but as the need for grid-scale energy storage and other applications becomes more…
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Continuously Tracking Fear Response Could Improve Mental Health Treatment
Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Rose Faghih is not afraid of fear. If continuously monitored, she sees it as a tool to improve mental health treatment. So, she and doctoral student Dilranjan …
 Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Rose Faghih has developed a method to track the fear response from sweat and heart rate together .
Adapting Smartwatches to Improve Distance Learning and Health
Rose Faghih Wins NSF CAREER Award for MINDWATCH Proposal   As schools and universities around the globe pivot to online teaching, and millions of students stare at screens during their school day, it is hard to imagine a…
UH assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rose Faghih, is developing algorithms to enhance smartwatches to deliver information about emotional and cognitive states. For her project, Faghih won the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.
New $1M Hardware Project Would Boost 5G Networks
There are big advantages to 5G networks. In addition to faster speeds, 5G offers greater bandwidth and network capacity, paving the way for a future of driverless cars, connected devices and more high-definition connections for…
Harish Krishnamoorthy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, is creating a roadmap to boost the development of 5G networks.
UH Engineering State-Space Estimation Course Projects Presented At Two IEEE Conferences
Dilranjan Wickramasuriya and Hamid Fekri Azgomi, doctoral students of Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, made several presentations at two different IEEE (Institute…
Hamid Fekri Azgomi, an electrical engineering doctoral student the UH Cullen College of Engineering, presented at the 53rd IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers.
Houston Researchers Work to Create Swarms of Tiny Robots to Attack and Remove Blood Clots
In America pulmonary embolism (PE) causes between 200,000 and 300,000 deaths annually, according to information from the National Institutes of Health. PE is the third highest occurring cardiovascular disease after acute…
UH professor Aaron Becker (red shirt) and Julien Leclerc (next to him, gray UH shirt), a UH Cullen College research associate visit with Houston-area teachers and an undergraduate REU participant in the Robotic Swarm Control Laboratory.
Cullen College Researchers A Big Part of EMBC 2019
Featured UH Research Marries Health Care and Engineering   Rose Faghih, assistant professor, and several other UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty and students were an integral part of the 2019 IEEE Engineering in Medicine…
UH Cullen College Professor Rose Faghih with her students at the 2019 EMBC in Germany.

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