University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Research Area: Sensing Systems

Using the electromagnetic spectrum from microwaves to light, ECE researchers design and deploy systems for sensing a wide-range of phenomenon ranging from the biological to the extraterrestrial. The department’s Microwave Remote Sensing Lab is a national strength; CASA (Center for Adaptive Sensing of the Environment) is a thriving former NSF Engineering Research Center; and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences provides significant resources for sensing in the life sciences.

Research Laboratories

Antennas and Propagation Lab

The APLab is a research group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA)

The Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA) seeks to spawn developments of use in a wide range of applications and to transfer new technology developments to military and commercial marketplaces. CASCA provides a framework in which antenna technology and development can advance with direction, purpose and creativity. From the outset, CASCA has relied upon industrial collaborations to achieve its purposes. In addition to technology development and transfer, UMass is committed to increasing the number of engineers educated to work on antennas and related technologies.

Collaborative Adaptice Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

CASA is a multi-sector partnership among academia, industry, and government dedicated to engineering revolutionary weather-sensing networks. These innovative networks will save lives and property by detecting the region of the lower atmosphere currently below conventional radar range — mapping storms, winds, rain, temperature, humidity, and the flow of airborne hazards.

Integrated Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Here we build multi-functional molecule detection and cell imaging tools, aiming to offer new capabilities for important biomedical applications. With an affinity for diverse areas in nanodevices, bioelectronics, and synthetic biology, we enjoy the bandwidth our work spans over and the problem-oriented way of thinking.

Laboratory for Millimeter Wave Devices and Applications (LAMMDA)

Students who work in the Laboratory for Millimeter wave Devices and Applications work on devices, circuits, and structures that are meant to convert information to and from radiated energy. This includes not only antennas, but also high frequency front-end circuits for processing baseband signals to and from high frequencies where they can be radiated efficiently.  Applications include electronically steered phased arrays, ultra-wide band and reconfigurable transceivers.

Recent projects are clustered in the areas, Active Antenna Arrays and RF Integrated Circuits

Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL)

The Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) is a research laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  MIRSL was founded in 1981 by Professors Robert E. McIntosh and Calvin T. Swift.  Originally located in the basement of Marcus Hall, MIRSL relocated to the newly constructed Knowles Engineering Building in 1991.  MIRSL specializes in the conception, design, and implementation of advanced microwave and millimeter-wave systems for remote sensing of the geophysical environment.  Since its founding, MIRSL has graduated over 100 advanced degree students who now work in industry, academia, and government.

Photonics Lab
We are conducting experimental and theoretical research in the area of photonic devices and systems with current projects focusing on flat optics and photonic integrated circuits. In these projects, we develop miniaturized optical systems with planar form factors and low power consumption that can be mass-produced at low cost. Such systems have many applications in wearable and mobile electronics, health monitoring and medical diagnostics, biosensing, and as integral parts of industrial equipment
Radio Frequency Nanoelectronics Group

In the UMass Amherst Radio Frequency Nanoelectronics Group, students and scientists work with cutting-edge semiconductor technologies and investigate topics ranging from fundamental device physics to the design of complex integrated systems. The Amherst Radio Frequency Nanoelectronics Laboratory is directed by Professor Joseph Bardin.

Remote Hyperspectral Observers (RHO) group
The Remote Hyperspectral Observers (RHO) group carries out research on hyperspectral imaging and its data analysis. Our mission is to expedite information extraction process from hyperspectral images, which is applied in many application domains, such as space exploration, terrestrial mapping, environmental mapping, and painting.
Yao Research Group

We are an interdisciplinary group interested in synthesis and engineering micro/nanoscale materials to enable novel devices, sensors and their integration on rigid or soft frameworks for functional electronic or bioelectronic systems. One of the main strategies is to borrow from ‘biological integration’ for smart and efficient engineering.