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2004 Annual Report

Head Letter

Chair Letter

Campus Tansformation

Beyond Imaging

Photonic Biomedicine

Cell Behavior

No-Kill Sensors

Laser Scanning

Hokie Suit

Software Design

ECE Research Update

Research News

Cognitive Radio

Network Game Theory

Hardware Middleware


High-Temp Sensor

Cell phone detector

Optical Cryptography

Shoot-Through Failures



R&D 100 Award

Electronic Noses

Distributed Generation


$1000 Elevator

Embedded Systems

Defect Tolerance

Efficiency Tools

Pervasive Networks

Video Networks

Networked Testbeds

Real-Time Solutions

2002/2003 Ph.D.s

2003 Patents



Special Report:
ECEs and Biomedicine

April 2004

53-page Printer-Friendly version (8.5 MB)

In This Issue:

From the
Department Head

From the Chair of the Advisory Board


Engineering a campus transformation
ECE alumnus Harold Martin (Ph.D. ’80) has been selected to receive Virginia Tech’s 2004 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award. Martin is chancellor of Winston-Salem State University (UNC) and is credited with guiding WSSU through a remarkable transformation.

Developing no-kill sensors for live cell monitoring
As researchers in many fields seek to understand cellular function, there is a growing need for nondestructive, real-time measurement of chemicals in living cells. Kathleen Meehan's team is pursuing several methods of using light for live cell monitoring...

Beyond equipment and imaging: ECE expertise is critical to biomedical research
ECEs will make a tremendous contribution in advances against devastating diseases, according to ECE’s Yue (Joseph) Wang. Wang leads a $5.5 million research effort to improve the outcome for breast cancer patients and is developing projects exploring factors that influence diseases such as diabetes.

One scan pass: three optical images
Undergraduate researchers in the Optical Image Processing (OIP) Laboratory have developed a multi-output laser scanning system that will be used in research on holographic microscopy, optical cryptography and optical image recognition of 3-D objects...

Photonic early warning systems for cancer, biothreats
The Center for Photonics Technology (CPT) is using light in an effort to diagnose early-stage cancer and is developing optical biosensors that can detect traces of the bacteria and viruses that cause diseases such as tularemia, anthrax, and plague.

When style and comfort are not enough: computer engineers developing clothes that monitor health
Mark Jones and Tom Martin are developing clothes that can monitor chronic illness through body temperature, blood pressure, heart rates, breathing and even the way we walk. They dream of garments that can trigger paralyzed limbs to move and that can smooth the motions Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis...

What does a host cell do when a virus comes calling?
ECE Professor Amy Bell is applying signal and image processing techniques to microscope images in an effort to understand how viral and host cells interact. The research goal is to develop a procedure that may be used to rapidly identify viruses...

Software design courses boost corporate operations
A series of ECE graduate-level software engineering courses has become a model for joint university/industry ongoing education. Object-Oriented Software Development I and 2 (ECE 5575 and ECE 5576) are taught ...

Research Update

Computer Engineering

VLSI & Design Automation
Research Overview



Research Overview


Computer Systems
Research Overview


Software & Machine Intelligence
Research Overview

Research Overview


Research Overview


Research Overview


Power Engineering
Research Overview

Real-time control of distributed generation

Systems & Controls
Research Overview


Ph.D. Degrees Awarded 2003/2004

2003 Patent Awards

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