Research Breakthroughs

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand
A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts. The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old…
Magnesium-ion Batteries in the Fast Lane
Yan Yao, assistant professor in the Cullen College’s electrical and computer engineering department, is developing alternatives to popular lithium-ion batteries, which are used to power much of the modern world. Now, a recent…
Novel Neural Probe Helps to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain
In April of 2013, President Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, an ambitious “grand challenge” aimed at vastly increasing our understanding of the…
Baby See, Baby Do? UH Research Targets Youngest Subjects
In research aimed at determining how babies and toddlers begin to understand the actions of others, a University of Houston research team is studying brain activity triggered by playtime interactions. The study involves children…
Research Aims for Better Understanding of Microvascular Diseases
New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures offer the promise of better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases.…
Researchers Improve Power Grid Reliability During Hurricanes With NSF Award
Two professors with the UH Cullen College of Engineering were awarded nearly $250,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the resilience and reliability of the U.S. electricity grid in response to hurricanes and…
Professor Developing New Technologies for Detecting Subsea Oil Spills With DOI Award
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has awarded electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Wei-Chuan Shih with nearly $900,000 over two years to investigate new…
Wei-Chuan Shih
ECE Professor and Ph.D. Student Publish Article in Nanotechnology
When a material known as graphene was first produced inside of a lab in 2004, the science and technology community buzzed with predictions that it would become the “next big thing” for the semiconductor industry. Graphene is…
Double slit experiment. I1 and I2 are intensity profiles when only slit 1 or slit 2 is open, respectively. I12 is the intensity profile when both slits are open. I1+2 is the sum of I1 and I2, it is the intensity profile when there is no interference between two beams. Note that at the center of the screen when x = 0, I1(0) = I2(0) = Io, I12(0) = 4Io, but I1+2(0) = 2Io.
Accomplished Ph.D. Student Defends Dissertation on Raman Spectroscopy
Doctoral degrees are awarded every semester in the Cullen College of Engineering, but few to students as accomplished as Ji Qi. Qi recently defended her doctoral thesis for her electrical engineering Ph.D. and will graduate this…
Ji Qi and Wei-Chuan Shih
ECE Ph.D. Student Expands Research to Cover Cross-Eyed Monkeys
If you think computer engineering, Rhesus monkeys and optometry have nothing in common, think again: they have Mehmet Agaoglu. Agaoglu is a Ph.D. student in the electrical and computer engineering department at the UH Cullen…
Agaoglu with his award-winning poster from the ARVO conference.
Zhu Han Leads Electric Power Analytics Consortium
CenterPoint Energy and Direct Energy have joined the University of Houston to form the Electric Power Analytics Consortium with hopes of enhancing current models used to predict the number of electric outages due to storms and…
Zhu Han
Diagnosing Diseases With Smart Phones
Smart phones are capable of giving us directions when we’re lost, sending photos and videos to our friends in mere seconds, and even helping us find the best burger joint in a three-mile radius. But thanks to UH Cullen College of…
 A close-up of nanoholes blocked by these particles.
ECE Chairman, Faculty, and NASA Collaborators Publish CubeSat Article in “ECE Source” Newsletter
In the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, small satellite research has taken flight in recent years, providing both students and faculty within the Cullen College…
 NASA.
Water Splitting Nanoparticles Featured In Nature Nanotechnology
Sunlight and water are plentiful and cheap, especially when compared to resources like petroleum. That’s why a recent finding by Jiming Bao, his group and collaborators is so important. Bao is an assistant professor of electrical…
Bao at work in his lab.
Engineering Freshman Makes Major Strides in Tech World
Rakshak Talwar may be a mere freshman by University of Houston standards, but he’s already well on his way to becoming a giant in the technology world. Talwar, an electrical and computer engineering major in the Cullen College of…
Rakshak Talwar, electrical and computer engineering major at the Cullen College of Engineering, and his Programmable Capacitors
DOR Blog Highlights ECE Chair's Research
A new blog post from the University of Houston Division of Research highlights the work of Dr. Badri Roysam, professor and chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the Cullen College.  The article focuses…
Molecular Sensing Research Featured on Journal Cover
Research from the Cullen College of Engineering that promises to drastically improve molecular sensing technology was featured on the cover of a recent issue of the scientific journal Nanoscale. The work was conducted by…
ECE Professor Gives Plenary Presentation at 2013 URSI Electromagnetic Theory Symposium
Dr. David Jackson, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Cullen College, recently gave a plenary presentation on the advances in leaky-wave antennas at the 2013 International Union of Radio Science (URSI)…
Dr. David Jackson's novel leaky-wave antenna design being tested in the anechoic chamber at Sandia National Laboratories.
“Dynamic Coil” Should Boost Brain Research
Efforts to learn how and when particular areas of the brain work and work together should get a huge boost thanks to a new device under development at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. Ben Jansen a…
The “dynamic coil” being developed by Cullen College researchers was featured on the Cover of IEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.
ECE Launches Small Satellite Research Program
Thanks to seed funding provided by the Cullen College of Engineering, electrical and computer engineering faculty members Ji Chen and David Jackson have launched a research program to develop antennas for small satellites. Small…

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