Research Directory
Areas
Engineering Faculty  Research Area  
Abbe, Emmanuel 
Information theory, coding theory, statistical signal processing, inference and discrete probability. Particular interests in: computationally efficient methods to process information in applications such as communication networks, data acquisition and data privacy 



Adriaenssens, Sigrid 
Bridges: new structural (mobile) typologies; prestressed tension structures: splines and membranes; shells: textile reinforced shells, adaptable formwork, shape optimization; historic structures: restoration and upgrading methodologies; durability: lifecycle design of new infrastructure; efficiency: formfinding techniques, structural optimization 



Aksay, Ilhan 
Ceramics and glasses; colloidal dispersions; nanoscience and nanotechnology 



Appel, Andrew 
Computer security; information technology policy; election technology; programming languages; compilers; programming language semantics; program analysis; program verification; machinechecked proofs 



Arnold, Craig 
Laser processing and transport in materials with particular emphasis on shaping lasermaterial interactions 



Arora, Sanjeev 
Theoretical computer science; computational complexity; uses of randomness in computation; probabilistically checkable proofs (PCPs); computing approximate solutions to NPhard problems; geometric embeddings of metric spaces 



August, David 
Computer architecture; languages, compilers, and runtime systems; parallelism; programmability, performance, efficiency, reliability, and security. 



Benziger, Jay 
Fuel cell engineering; chemical reactor design, stability, and dynamics; heterogeneous catalysis 



Bhatt, Ravindra 
Theoretical condensed matter (solidstate) physics; physics of electronic materials 



Blei, David 
Probabilistic graphical models and approximate posterior inference; topic models; information retrieval; text processing; nonparametric Bayesian statistics 



BouZeid, Elie 
Environmental flows and turbulence, energy models for cities and buildings, boundarylayer meteorology, surfaceatmosphere interactions; hydrometeorology; largeeddy simulation; sensor networks 



Brangwynne, Clifford 
Patterning in Developing Embryos; Physical Properties and Function of RNA/Protein Bodies; Architecture and Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton 



Brown, Garry 
Turbulent flows; turbulent flow control using electromagnetic tiles, compressible flow transition, fluid mechanics of a radiatively driven hypersonic windtunnel 



Brynildsen, Mark 
Hostpathogen Interactions; Bacterial Persistence; Biofilms 



Carmona, Rene 
Mathematical analysis of energy and emission markets; gas and electricity trading; design of capandtrade schemes; models and computational methods for the equity and credit markets 



Carter, Emily 
Alternative energy; energy efficiency; security; solar cells/ photovoltaics; solar fuels/photocatalysis; lightweight alloys for fuelefficient vehicles and armor; fusion reactor materials; solid oxide fuel cells; biofuel combustion; protective coatings for metals; quantum mechanics simulation tools 



Caylor, Kelly 
Ecohydrology; savanna ecology; surface hydrology; landscape ecology; ecological modeling 



Celia, Michael 
Carbon mitigation; ecohydrology; subsurface hydrology; ecohydrology, numerical modeling, contaminant transport simulation; multiphase flow physics 



Charikar, Moses 
Theoretical computer science; design and analysis of algorithms; algorithms for NPhard problems; metric embeddings and algorithmic techniques for massive data sets 



Chazelle, Bernard 
Graphics and computational geometry; computer science theory 



Cheridito, Patrick 
Financial management and risk analysis; probability theory; finance; risk measurement; risk management 



Chiang, Mung 
The architectures and algorithms for broadband access networks; nonlinear optimization of communication systems 



Chou, Stephen 
Nanotechnology and nanoscale electronics; optoelectronic; magnetic devices, such as nanoimprint, selfassembly, reactive ion etching, single electron transistors, subwavelength optical elements, patterning of nanoscale organic light emitters and transistors, growth of semiconductors and polymers on nanopatterned substrates, quantized magnetic disks, and giant magnetoresistance 



Choueiri, Edgar 
Highpower rocket system for the robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars; physics and application of plasma thrusters 



Cinlar, Erhan 
Applied and computational mathematics; queuing theory; stochastic analysis 



Clark, Douglas 
Uniprocessor architecture and organization; architecturallyfocused performance measurement and analysis; clocking and timing issues in digital systems 



Cuff, Paul 
Information theory; encryption (theoretical limits); logoptimal portfolio theory; statistical physics 



d'Aspremont, Alexandre 
Financial econometrics; financial management and risk analysis; optimal design; security pricing; convex optimization; mathematical finance; interest rate derivatives; model calibration; riskmanagement methods 



Dayanik, Savas 
Stochastic optimization, stochastic models and queuing theory; applied probability, stochastic processes and modeling, stochastic control, applications in finance and operations research 



Debenedetti, Pablo 
Protein storage and preservation; bioavailability of therapeutic compounds; selfcleaning surfaces; carbon capture and storage; ice formation in the atmosphere; liquidstate theory; theory of the glass transition; theory of nucleation; protein thermodynamics; molecular simulation 



Dobkin, David 
Creating images of mathematical objects and animations of geometric algorithms 



Dryer, Frederick 
Petroleum and nonpetroleumderived fuels for ground and air transportation and power generation in a carbonconstrained world. Combustion performance and pollutant emissions abatement. Reaction chemistry and models. Gaseous and liquid fuel safety on earth and in space environments. 



Fan, Jianqing 
Statistics; biostatistics and bioinformatics; quantitative finance; machine learning; risk modeling and analysis; portfolio management; asset pricing; time series analysis, longitudinal data analysis; survival analysis 



Felten, Edward 
Computer security and privacy, and technology policy; electronic voting; security of laptop computers; issues related to anticopying technology and online copyright issues 



Finkelstein, Adam 
Computer graphics; abstract animation; depiction of 3D shape; interactive tools for artists, designers and architects; computer generated line drawings; nonphotorealistic rendering; scientific and information visualization 



Fleischer, Jason 
Nonlinear optics and photonics; soliton dynamics; statistical and condensedmatter physics 



Floudas, Christodoulos 
Process synthesis, design and operations; mixedinteger nonlinear optimization; global optimization; computational biology and chemistry; proteomics 



Freedman, Michael 
Peerassisted content distribution; federated virtual worlds; servicecentric network architectures; scalable storage systems; faulttolerant systems; distributed monitoring and debugging; privacypreserving protocols 



Funkhouser, Thomas 
3D shapebased retrieval and analysis; structural bioinformatics; Princeton shape benchmark; Princeton search engine for 3D models 



Garlock, Maria 
Structural engineering; earthquake engineering; innovative structural systems; large fires; thin shell concrete roof structures; sensor technology in civil infrastructure; tall building design 



Glaser, Alexander 
Nuclear energy; climate change; nuclear reactor technologies; neutronics calculations; nuclear fuel cycle analysis and modeling; nuclear arms control and disarmament verification; projects in partnership with the Program in Science and Global Security and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy of the Woodrow Wilson School. 



Glisic, Branko 
Structural health monitoring and structural analysis; SHM methods and strategies, fiber optic sensors and advanced sensory systems; smart structures and intelligent infrastructure; hazard mitigation and enhancement of safety; modelbased and modelfree data analysis 



Gmachl, Claire 
High performance quantum cascade lasers; innovative quantum cascade laser design; midinfrared photonics; midinfrared sensing applications in environment, health, and security; novel semiconductor devices; semiconductor metamaterials. 



Haataja, Mikko 
Theoretical and computational materials science; physics of materials; physical biology; microstructure formation 



Holmes, Philip 
Nonlinear dynamics and differential equations; mathematical modeling of solid, fluid, and biological systems; neuromechanics of legged locomotion and swimming; cognitive control and decision making 



Houck, Andrew 
Quantum computing; nonlinear and quantum optics; superconducting microwave electronics; decoherence in quantum systems; transport physics 



Jaffe, Peter 
Transport and transformation of pollutants in the environment; remediation of contaminated systems; numerical simulation of denitrification in soils as a function of rainfall and soil properties; climate change models; biogeochemically mediated dynamics of trace metals in sediments, wetland soils, and groundwater; biological reduction of uranium in groundwater; longterm stability of the reduced uranium phases; nitrogen processing in urban settings coupled to urban hydrology; effects of carbon dioxide sequestration in deep aquifers on shallow soils due to potential leaks 



Jha, Niraj 
Nanotechnology; computer security; digital system testing; computer architecture; computeraided design of integrated circuits; lowpower hardware/software design; embedded systems; fieldprogrammable gate arrays 



Ju, Yiguang 
Sustainable energy; propulsion; functional nanomaterials 



Kahn, Antoine 
Molecular and polymer semiconductors; electronic and chemical properties of interfaces; doping in organic thin films; organicbased devices 



Kasdin, Jeremy 
Space systems design; orbital mechanics; guidance and control of space vehicles; optimal estimation; stochastic process modeling 



Kernighan, Brian 
AMPL modeling language for mathematical optimization; scripting languages 



Kevrekidis, Yannis 
Complex/multiscale systems modeling and computation; process dynamics and spatiotemporal pattern formation; fuel cell engineering; nonlinear system identification and control 



Koel, Bruce 
Structure, Reactivity, and Catalysis of Bimetallic Pt Alloys; Characterizing Reactions of Iron Nanoparticles; Characterization of Novel PEM Fuel Cell Electrodes; Development of Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) as a Probe of LiquidSolid Interfaces 



Kornhauser, Alain 
Dynamic resource management; traveler information and decision support; automated vehicle control systems; traveler information systems; personal rapid transit 



Kostin, Morton 
Kinetic and nucleation theory 



Kulkarni, Sanjeev 
Statistical pattern recognition; nonparametric estimation; machine learning; image/video processing 



Kung, SunYuan 
VLSI signal processing; neural networks; digital signal, image, and video processing; multimedia information systems 



LaPaugh, Andrea 
Information dscovery for the web and digital libraries; computeraided design (CAD) of digital systems; algorithm foundations 



Law, Chung 
Combustion, with applications in propulsion, energy and environmental issues; chemical kinetics; fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; hightemperature gas dynamics 



Lee, Ruby 
Ubiquitous processor and platform architectures for media processing and secure information processing; computer architecture for highperformance, secure, and highly available servers 



Leonard, Naomi 
Control theory, involves designing and analyzing methods for influencing the behavior of complex, dynamical systems using feedback 



Li, Kai 
Computer architecture; operating systems; parallel systems; networking 



Link, A. James 
Protein engineering and expression; bioorganic chemistry; directed evolution; bacterial flow cytometry 



Littman, Michael 
Automatic controls; tunable laser design; biomimic robotics; the terrestrial planet finder; design and control of a high contrast coronagraph 



Liu, Bede 
Signal and image processing; video coding and analysis 



Loo, Lynn 
Organic and polymer electronics; selfassembled monolayers; soft lithography; block copolymers 



Lyon, Stephen 
Optical processes in semiconductors; ultrafast processes and nonequilibrium transport; semiconductor nanostructures; quantum computing 



Malik, Sharad 
Design automation for digital systems; design tools for embedded systems; hardwaresoftware integration; digital circuit theory; synthesis and verification of digital systems 



Martin, Pino 
Fundamental physical phenomena in transitional and turbulent flows; interaction between nonequilibrium chemical reactions and unsteady fluid motion 



Martinelli, Luigi 
Simulation of viscous flow past complex configurations with application to aircraft and ship design 



Martonosi, Margaret 
Computer architectures and the hardware/software interface, particularly powerefficient systems, hardwaresoftware interface issues, and most recently, powerefficient wireless networks. 



Massey, William 
Stochastic models and queuing theory; performance and pricing models for telecommunications systems; symptotic analysis and stochastic bounds for queueing networks; theories of queues with timevarying rates, stochastic networks 



McAlpine, Michael 
Portable energy harvesting; early disease detection; nanoscience and nanotechnology; flexible electronics; hybrid nanobio sensors; inorganic assembly on plastics; nanoscale materials design; bioassemblies 



Miles, Richard 
Hypersonics and advanced laser diagnostics; interaction of lasers, microwaves and electron beams with fluids for energy transfer and flow control 



Mittal, Prateek 
Secure and privacypreserving communication systems, including domains of privacyenhancing technologies, trustworthy social systems, and Internet/network security. Research draws on techniques from computer networks & distributed systems, large scale machine learning, complex networks/network science and applied cryptography. 



Mueller, Michael 
Highfidelity numerical modeling of turbulent combustion. Applications to improving efficiency and performance, minimizing emissions, and reducing cost in reciprogating engines, aircraft engines, and stationary gas turbines. 



Mulvey, John 
Financial management and risk analysis; largescale optimization models and algorithms; advanced portfolio models for longterm investors (pension plans, family trusts, university endowments) and multistrategy hedge funds 



Nelson, Celeste 
Mammalian tissue morphogenesis/morphodynamics; microfabrication/bioMEMS for tissue engineering; cell adhesion and mechanics 



Nosenchuck, Daniel 
Complex fluid flows; supercomputer architecture; rapid design and manufacture 



Pai, Vivek 
Network server design and performance; content distribution networks 



Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios 
Molecular simulation of fluids, materials and biological systems; Thermodynamic analysis of processes; Ionic liquids and their applications; Computational Material Science 



Peters, Catherine 
Environmental chemistry and environmental risk assessment; reactions kinetics; reaction rates for a variety of environmental systems; geochemical reactions important for storage of CO2 in deep saline aquifers; timescales operative for CO2 storage; contamination of water and soils with organic pollutants; nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 



Peterson, Larry 
Networking and operating systems; programming languages and systems 



Petta, Jason 
Semiconductor nanostructures, quantum control, quantum transport. 



Poor, Vincent 
Statistical signal processing; wireless networks; stochastic analysis 



Powell, Warren 
Dynamic resource management; approximate dynamic programming and optimal learning, with applications in energy, homeland security, health and complex resource allocation problems 



Prevost, JeanHerve 
Computational solid mechanics; wave propagation and transient effects in porous media; nonlinear constitutive theories; dynamic instabilities and localization of deformations in solids; thermoelasticity; electromagnetosolid interaction effects; finite element methods; geotechnical engineering; earthquake engineering; centrifuge soil testing; topology optimization; delayed fracture in MEMS; cracks propagation in microstructures 



Prucnal, Paul 
Photonic switching; fiberoptic networks; optical interconnects 



Prud'homme, Robert 
Flow in porous media; micro and nanofluidic phenomena; rheology; colloidal dispersions; polymer engineering 



Ramadge, Peter 
Video and image processing; adaptive systems; adaptive signal processing; adaptive control; discreteevent systems, optimization of queueing systems; video analysis, annotation and search 



Rand, Barry 
Understanding and leveraging the electronic and optical properties of thin film materials, particularly semiconductors, for use in emerging applications such as solar cells, light emitting devices, and transistors. Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of electrical engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry. 



Register, Richard 
Materials design: creation of new materials for specific function; polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering; nanoscience and nanotechnology, including "bottom up" nanopatterning technologies; block copolymers, polymer blends and composites, semicrystalline polymers, and ionomers 



Rexford, Jennifer 
Communication networks; network management; protocol design; internet measurement 



Rigollet, Philippe 
Nonparametric statistics; statistical learning theory; aggregation theory; stochastic optimization; dimension reduction; bandit problems 



Rodriguez, Alejandro 
Application and development of analytical and computational methods for studying emerging, fundamental, and practical problems at the intersection of quantum and classical nanophotonics. Control and design of thermal emitters and absorbers, modeling fluctuationinduced electromagnetic phenomena in complex nanostructures and design of lowpower, wavelengthscale nonlinear devices. 



RodriguezIturbe, Ignacio 
Ecohydrology; hydrogeomorphology and surface hydrology; modelling of interacting hydrologic, ecologic,and geomorphological dynamics; hydrologic controls of biodiversity in river basins and savannas; soil moisture dynamics in space and time; hydrologic and ecologic dynamics of wetlands 



Rowley, Clarence 
Fluid flows from a dynamical systems point of view; modeling and model reduction for bifurcation analysis and control; numerical methods, both for fluids simulations, and analysis of dynamical systems; applications of geometric methods in fluid mechanics 



Rudloff, Birgit 
Financial management and risk analysis; hedging in incomplete markets; convex and coherent risk measures; convex analysis; mathematical finance; riskmanagement 



Rusinkiewicz, Szymon 
Acquisition and analysis of the 3D shape and appearance of realworld objects; reassembling the Thera Frescoes; rendering with multilight image collections and images with normals; new techniques for range scanning; shape analysis, registration, and matching; shape depiction; measurement and representation of realistic surface appearance; Q Splat 



Russel, William 
Nanoscience and nanotechnology; colloidal dispersions: gelation, crystallization, rheology modifiers, architectural, paper, and tape coatings, film formation and cracking, fillers for polymer melts; thin polymer films: instabilities, micron and submicron patterning, effects of electric or stress fields, coarsening, cracking 



Schapire, Robert 
Theoretical and applied machine learning 



Scherer, George 
Durability of infrastructure; damage to materials by frost and salt; conservation of art and architecture; transport in porous materials; nucleation and growth kinetics; relaxation processes; solgel processing 



Scully, Marlan 
Laser science and quantum optics; use of quantum coherence to detect anthrax and poison gas at a distance; quantum coherence and correlation effects; quantum mechanics; quantum thermodynamics 



Sedgewick, Robert 
Finding efficient algorithms for fundamental practical problems; validating theoretical designs through practical implementations; fundamental properties of algorithms; comparing algorithms through careful implementation studies; relating algorithms, data structures, generating functions and analytic functions such that asymptotic results; investigating how visual representations provide an understanding of how algorithms gain efficiency 



Sengupta, Kaushik 
Integrated microsystems for next generation ultrafast wireless communication, sensing, imaging and lowcost smart biomedical devices for pointofcore applications. 



Shayegan, Mansour 
Semiconductor physics; electronic properties of lowdimensional semiconductor structures; growth of IIIV compounds by molecular beam epitaxy 



Shvartsman, Stanislav 
Quantitative analysis of pattern formation and morphogenesis in developing tissues; genetics, genomics, and computational studies of signaling pathways; reaction engineering and transport processes 



Singh, Jaswinder 
Boundary of applications and computer systems; interdisciplinary research in computer and application sciences; methods for information discovery, extraction, routing and dissemination; use of highperformance computing in biology/medicine and graphics/visualization 



Singh, Mona 
Computational biology and bioinformatics; computational science 



Sircar, Ronnie 
Security pricing; stochastic models of finance; numerical methods and approximations of solutions; modeling and statistics of volatility; stochastic differential equations and computational methods 



Smith, James 
Hydrology, hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods; development of technologies for measuring rainfall from weather radar; stochastic modeling of the spacetime structure of rainfall and microphysical studies of extreme rainfall from organized systems of thunderstorms; examined the heterogeneity of hydrologic response in urbanizing watersheds; the stability of the channelfloodplain system in urban drainage networks and the hydraulics of extreme floods in urban rivers 



Smits, Alexander 
Turbulence; fluid mechanics; behavior of turbulent boundary layers at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds; response of boundary layers to extra strain rates and other strong perturbations; Mach and Reynolds number effects on turbulence; shockwave/turbulent boundary layer interactions; flow control; TaylorCouette flows; fluidstructure interaction; sports ball aerodynamics and the development of new and improved measurement techniques 



Soboyejo, Winston 
Biomaterials and nanoparticles for disease detection and treatment; MEMS and BioMEMS; fatigue and fracture of materials; alternative energy systems; affordable infrastructure 



Socolow, Robert 
Global carbon management; the hydrogen economy; and fossilcarbon sequestration; efficient use of energy, renewable energy, nuclear energy; the nitrogen cycle. 



Steiglitz, Kenneth 
Simulation of largescale economic systems using agentbased models; internet auction mechanisms; alternative media for computing; solitonguided quantum computing 



Stengel, Robert 
Systems biology, including optimization of disease therapy and analysis of genetic data; robust, optimal, and adaptive control of physical systems; stochastic design methods; computational neural networks; aircraft flight dynamics 



Sturm, James 
Physics and technology of semiconductor devices for both microelectronics and largearea electronics; siliconbased heterostructures and threedimensional integration; organic semiconductors; flat panel and flexible displays 



Suckewer, Szymon 
Xray lasers; powerful picosecond and femtosecond lasers; laser interactions with matter, the application of lasers to gas and plasma diagnostics, spectroscopy, and atomic processes in plasmas and gases; ignition system for internal combustion engines to improve the engine performance and decrease its negative effects on the environment; application of lasers for research in biomaterials and medical devices 



Sundaresan, Sankaran 
Granular and multiphase flow; chemical reactor design, stability and dynamics; origin and hierarchy of mesoscale structures in twophase flows; coarsened equations of motion for twophase flows; contact stresses in granular assemblies; role of static electrification on gasparticle flows 



Tarjan, Robert 
Computer science theory; data structures; graph algorithms; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; computational geometry; parallel algorithms 



Troyanskaya, Olga 
Genomic data integration; microarray analysis; gene and protein function prediction; detection and analysis of chromosomal abnormalities; evaluation and validation of computational predictions; algorithms for integration of data from multiple data sources; visualization of biological data; machine learning methods in bioinformatics 



Tureci, Hakan 
Nonlinear/quantum optics in complex media; nanophotonics; condensed matter physics; semiconductor optics; strongly correlated quantum optical systems; quantum/wave chaos; numerical methods for simulating active and passive photonic structures 



Vanderbei, Robert 
Telescope design for searching for extrasolar planets; highcontrast imaging; diffractive optics; financial portfolio selection; convex optimization; multiobjective optimization; stochastic dominance; stability of Saturn's rings; astrophysics; stable solutions to the nbody problem 



Vanmarcke, Erik 
Stochastic systems; random fields and random media; risk assessment and management; earthquake and wind engineering; geologic hazards and probabilistic site characterization; structural reliability; random vibrations; optimum design based on reliability; modeling the density fluctuations in the early universe, relevant to origins of cosmic structure 



Verdu, Sergio 
Information theory; data compression; data transmission; signal processing for digital communications 



Verma, Naveen 
Analog and digital integrated circuits with an emphasis on developing system platforms for emerging applications, especially where considerable computation and instrumentation is required but energy is severely constrained. Important examples include implantable and wearable biomedical systems and remote sensing and processing network nodes. 



Wagner, Sigurd 
Devices, processes, and materials for largearea electronics, which is also called macroelectronics or giant electronics; flat panel displays, rigid, flexible or foldable electronics shaped to cover irregular surfaces, electronic skin and etextiles; environmental aspects of electrical engineering 



Walker, David 
Computer Security; programming languages and systems; processing ad hoc data sources; producing reliable software in the presence of transient faults 



Wentzlaff, David 
Computer architecture, operating systems, sustainable computing, data center computing, cloud computing, multicore systems, manycore systems, microprocessor design, lowlower computer design, energy efficient computing. 



Wood, Eric 
Hydroclimatology with an emphasis on land atmospheric interactions; terrestrial remote sensing; seasonal hydrologic climate forecasts, including landclimate teleconnections; terrestrial water and energy balances and fluxes over a range of spatial and temporal scales; remotesensing research focuses on estimating the hydrologic and energetic states of the terrestrial system; validating satellite retrievals on land surface states 



Wysocki, Gerard 
Laser spectroscopy; broadly tunable laser systems; external cavity quantum cascade lasers; spectroscopic systems for remote and/or insitu chemical sensing and spectroscopic tracegas sensor networks 



Yao, Nan 
Nanoscience and nanotechnology; utilizing advanced imaging, diffraction, spectroscopy and nanomanipulation techniques, in tandem with theoretical simulations, to study fundamentals of the structurecompositionprocessingproperty relations in complex materials such as nanostructured materials, biomaterials, carbon and metal oxide nanotubes, organic/inorganic interfaces, block copolymer thin films, catalysts, quasicrystals and functional nanomaterials 



Zaininger, Karl 
Evolving models for innovation process management; appropriateness/limitations of linear models; new, complex interactive models with systems integration, extensive networking, flexible customized response; managing the "fuzzy front end" 



Zondlo, Mark 
Climate; atmospheric sciences: sensors and remote sensing; cloud formation; the role of aerosol particles in atmospheric chemistry and air quality 