Graduate Research for Computer Science and Engineering

Research plays an important role in graduate education in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State. Our faculty currently works on some of the most leading edge research areas.


Design and construction of algorithms and software systems for analysis of biological sequence data, including genomic DNA sequences, expressed DNA sequences, and protein sequences.

Computer Vision

Medical image analysis, human- computer interaction, video surveillance, texture/pattern analysis, and retrieval from large visual databases


Data management issues in pervasive computing environments, digital libraries, data integration and interoperation, citation analysis, and large scale image databases

Embedded and Hardware Systems

Low power and thermal-aware design techniques, co-synthesis and code compression for embedded systems, robust circuit and system design related to soft errors and process variation, 3D integrated circuit and microarchitecture design, parallel and distributed systems, the use of field programmable gate array's for a variety of applications including real-time event-driven simulation and real-time image recognition, migration problems from the redesign of legacy hardware and software, and analog-digital mixed-signal design

Enterprise Computing and IT Infrastructure Management

Information Technology infrastructures in large scale enterprises: self-deploying and configuring software for the environment and applications at hand, self-tuning systems for the best performance at any time, self-healing systems to anticipate failures ahead of their occurrence and reduce down-times, remote monitoring and diagnosis software for enhancing system health and security, power management and temperature aware data center design

Network and Security

Mobile networking, protocol design, performance analysis and simulation, wireless communication, networked applications, and large networking software systems, Internet security, policy, secure operating systems, and access controls, secure wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, high performance wireless networks, and secure telecommunication systems

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

High-performance scientific computing spanning algorithms, architectures, tools, and applications. Current projects include computational materials design applications, scalable algorithms and software for mesh refinement and sparse systems, and power-aware high-performance scientific computing

Theoretical Computer Science

Graph algorithms, approximation algorithms, sublinear-time algorithms, computational complexity, randomized algorithms, computational geometry, coding theory, computational molecular biology, cryptography, privacy, computational logic, type theory, and programming languages semantics. Their work has connections to diverse applications such distributed databases, property testing, biological computing, information theory, combinatorics, quantum mechanics, program verification, and compiler technology.

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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


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