Communications and control

The Communications Group is an interdisciplinary team of experts whose aim is to advance the fundamental theory and practice of massive data information mining, learning, privacy, statistical analysis, storage, and transmission. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of interfaces between components of the data processing pipeline and on the practical applications governing the studies, including combinatorial auctions, genomics and systems biology, human-machine systems, network optimization, recommender protocols, reliable system control and design, and social sciences. The group prides itself on being at the forefront of developments in anomaly detection theory, analysis of algorithms, coding theory, compressive sensing, distributed and fault tolerant computing, game theory, information theory, high-dimensional statistics, machine learning, mechanism design, optimal transportation theory, and wireless communications.

The mission of the Decision and Control Laboratory is to create intelligence and autonomy in systems. In the early years, research focused on complex, dynamic systems such as airplanes and rockets. A main theme was robust control of the systems based on limited information. In many of today's applications exist an abundance of information, because of advances in sensor and network technologies. The challenge these days is to make the best use of information to create intelligent systems that can perform effectively under diverse circumstances, and can adapt to maintain reliability even in a highly uncertain, complex, and dynamic environment. We seek tools to obtain control solutions for complex, dynamic behaviors, even for grossly complex systems such as the Internet and other cyberphysical systems, genetic networks, swarms of robots, or economic markets. The creation of these tools requires application of both new and old mathematics.

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Related courses

Number Title Prerequisites
ECE 361 Digital Communications Credit in ECE 210
Credit in ECE 313 or STAT 410
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ECE 459 Communications, I Credit in ECE 313 or STAT 410 Website
ECE 463 Digital Communications Laboratory Credit in ECE 459 Website
ECE 486 Control Systems Credit in ECE 210 Website
ECE 490 Introduction to Optimization Credit in ECE 190
Credit in MATH 415
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ECE 515 Control System Theory & Design Credit in ECE 486 Website
ECE 517 Nonlinear & Adaptive Control Credit in ECE 515 Website
ECE 528 Analysis of Nonlinear Systems Credit in ECE 515
Credit in MATH 285
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ECE 553 Optimum Control Systems Credit in ECE 313 or STAT 410
Credit in ECE 515
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ECE 554 Dynamic System Reliability Credit in ECE 313
Credit in ECE 515
ECE 555 Control of Stochastic Systems Credit in ECE 515
Credit in ECE 534
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ECE 556 Coding Theory Credit in MATH 417 Website
ECE 559 Topics in Communications
ECE 559 BD Coding and Cryptography
ECE 559 BH Distributed Network Algorithms Credit in ECE 534 or MATH 466
Credit in CS 473
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ECE 559 PV Wireless Communications Credit in ECE 534
Credit in ECE 461
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ECE 559 RB Topics in Communications
ECE 559 RS Modeling and Control of High-Speed Networks
ECE 561 Detection and Estimation Theory Credit in ECE 534 Website
ECE 562 Advanced Digital Communications Website
ECE 563 Information Theory Credit in ECE 534 or MATH 464 or MATH 564 Website
ECE 580 Optimization by Vector Space Methods Credit in MATH 415 or MATH 482
Credit in MATH 447
ECE 586 Topics in Decision and Control Website
ECE 586 CH Topics in Decision and Control: Coding Approaches to Reliable System Design Credit in ECE 413 or ECE 462
ECE 586 YM Topics in Decision and Control: Estimation and Segmentation of Hybrid Models