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ECE Highlights and Research

Electronic Circuits and Systems

This program involves the study and design of microwave, radio frequency (RF), analog, mixed-signal (combined analog and digital), and digital electronic circuits and systems. Emphasis is on the development, analysis, and implementation of integrated circuits for applications such as wireless and wireline communication systems, microwave and millimeterwave communication and radar systems, and interfaces between computers and sensors. A large effort on RF MEMS (micro-electro-mechnical-systems) emphasizes RF tunable filters and reconfigurable antennas, ultra-fast and very high reliability RF MEMS devices.

Electronic Devices and Materials

Focus on the fundamental physics and device applications of advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices, MEMS, as well as on the science and engineering of new materials and device structures at the micro-, nano-, and atomic scales. The program also explores broader applications in revolutionizing electronics, optoelectronics, and medicines.


Programs encompass interdisciplinary activities in optical science and engineering, optical materials and device technology, optical communications, computer engineering, and photonic systems.

Communication Theory and Systems

Emphasis ranges from abstract theory and performance analysis to system design and implementation. A broad range of issues in communication systems is studied:

Computer Engineering

Program encompasses study of systems both from a hardware and software perspective. It promotes the knowledge and skills in the areas of hardware and software that the modern-day computer engineer requires in order to make optimum system tradeoffs in design. This approach also enables engineers to consider all paths towards the resolution of outstanding research issues. One focus is embedded system design, which has grown into far more than the study of pure microprocessors. Due to advances in technology and miniaturization, exciting new devices incorporate wireless communications and myriads of embedded sensors together with processing and storage capabilities. Areas of interest include:

Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control

This highly interdisciplinary field focuses on the application of advanced mathematical, statistical, and information-theoretic computer science and algorithmic methods to the problem of analysis and modeling of complex non-deterministic and uncertain human-interactive systems and environments. Opportunities exist for cross-disciplinary interactions with other departments and research units at UC San Diego. Areas of interest include:

Nanoscale Devices and Systems

Program ranges from fundamental science at the atomic to nanometer scale to the integration of nanoscale structures into systems for electronic, photonic, and biological applications. Areas of interest include:

Signal and Image Processing


Program encompasses issues related to the modeling of signals, starting from the relevant physics, developing and evaluating algorithms for extracting information from the signal, and implementing these algorithms in both software and hardware. Theoretical areas include:

ECE News Briefs

La Jolla, Calif., Oct. 26, 2015 – Each year, the Jacobs School of Engineering asks departments to determine their best undergraduate teachers to be acknowledged with Best Teacher Awards. ECE also awards Best Teacher for graduate. This year the awards, including a $1,500 gift, were granted to Professor Shadi Dayeh for undergraduate teaching and Professor Vikash Gilja for graduate teaching.

San Diego, Calif., September 8, 2015 -- Patrick Mercier is the first professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego to receive a Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

La Jolla, Calif., July 23, 2015 – ECE grad students Ashok Kodigala and Igor Federov have each been selected to be recipients of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship. The ARCS Fellowship is awarded annually to outstanding Ph.D. students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and are enrolled in the Ph.D. program of select STEM-focused fields.

La Jolla, Calif., July 19, 2015 – Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty members Gabriel Rebeiz, Drew Hall, Patrick Mercier a

La Jolla, Calif., July 19, 2015 — The ECE Department joins in congratulating Yu Hwa Lo

La Jolla, Calif., May 14, 2015 –  Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Boubacar Kante has been selected

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