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The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is one of Southern California’s major research institutions. Our department has eleven different research areas that collectively contain over SEVENTY research centers and labs. In this section you can learn more about the areas we work in, read about the transformative research being done, and find faculty members and labs associated with each area.

Research Areas


Faculty by Research Area


Research Centers and Labs


Best Paper Awards


  • “Automatic speaker age and gender recognition using acoustic and prosodic level information fusion”
    • By Shrikanth Narayanan, Ming Li, and Kyu J. Han
    • International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Best Paper Award
  • “Ultrawideband synthesis for high range resolution software defined radar”
    • By Sam Prager and Mahta Moghaddam
    • IEEE Radar Conference, 1st Place Student Paper Prize
  • “Understanding convolutional neural networks with a mathematical model,” the Journal of Visual Communications and Image Representation”
    • By C.C. Jay Kuo
    • The 2018 Best Paper Award for the Journal of Visual Communications and Image
  • “Semantic image segmentation using encoder-decoder architecture assisted by global and local attention models (EDA-GLAM)”
    • By Hao Xu, Siyang Li and C.-C. Jay Kuo
    • Best Student Paper Award in the Conference on Autonomous Vehicles and Machines of IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging, Burlingame, California, USA
  • Nanosecond electric pulses cause mitochondrial membrane permeabilization in Jurkat cells”
    • By Tina Batista Napotnik, YuHsuan Wu, Martin A. Gundersen, Damijan Miklavčič, and P. Thomas Vernier
    • The 2012-2016 most Influential Bioelectromagnetics (BEM) Paper award
  • “Automatic off-resonance correction with piecewise linear autofocus”
    • By TB Smith, KS Nayak
    • ISMRM Merit Awards: Summa Cum Laude 
    • Proc. ISMRM 20th Scientific Sessions, Melbourne, May 2012, p218
  • Noise Can Speed Convergence in Markov Chains
    • By Brandon Franzke and Bart Kosko
    • Best Paper Award
    • Physical Review E, vol. 84, 041112-1 – 041112-14, 10 October 2011.
  • “Accelerated Liver Fat Quantitation Using Parallel Imaging and Compressed Sensing”
    • By SD SharmaHH HuKS Nayak
    • ISMRM Merit Awards: Summa Cum Laude
    • Proc. ISMRM 20th Scientific Sessions, Melbourne, May 2012, p400.
  • “Towards Dynamic 3D MRI of Speech”
    • By Y ZhuYC Kim, MI Proctor, SS Narayanan, KS Nayak
    • ISMRM Merit Awards: Magna Cum Laude
    • Proc. ISMRM 20th Scientific Sessions, Melbourne, May 2012, p294.
  • “Measurement of upper airway compliance using dynamic MRI”
    • By YC Kim, X Wang, W Tran, MCK Khoo, KS Nayak
    • ISMRM Merit Awards: Magna Cum Laude
    • Proc. ISMRM 20th Scientific Sessions, Melbourne, May 2012, p3688.
  • “Channel Identification: Secret Sharing Using Reciprocity in Ultrawideband Channels”
    • By Robert Wilson, R. A. Scholtz, and David Tse
    • 2012 Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society
    • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Volume: 2, No. 3, September 2007.
  • Intelligibility classification of pathological speech using fusion of multiple high level descriptors
  • “Kinetic Parameter Estimation in Dynamic PET with a Sparsity-Regularized Mixture Model.”
    • By Y. Lin, J. P. Haldar, Q. Li, R. M. Leahy
    • 1st Place Student Paper Award
    • Proc. IEEE Medical Imaging Conference, Anaheim, 2012.