About This Strategic Research Area
From the time researchers at Iowa State University invented the world’s first electronic digital computer, Iowa State has been a leader in computing technology. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) recognizes that the world’s computing and networking infrastructure, embodied in the Internet, has dramatically altered the technological, scientific, and sociological landscape. Our department aims to help this technology realize its full potential, particularly with respect to embedded devices.
To this end, the ECpE department’s research focuses on seamlessly integrating new capabilities into existing computing infrastructure, as well as advancing the state-of-the-art in this area.
Specifically, the department’s research efforts have a strong emphasis on:
- computer architecture
- dependable and real-time systems
- embedded systems
- high-performance computing
- high-speed networking
- software systems and engineering
The ECpE department’s cyber infrastructure research has applications in Internet security, privacy, security policy, systems biology, and electric power infrastructure.
- Arun Somani served as principal investigator for a proposal that brought a $1.8-million NSF grant for a high-performance computing (HPC) system. The equipment supports broad-based, interdisciplinary research.
- Suraj Kothari was awarded a $4.1-million DARPA grant to develop malware-detection software for Android-based devices
- Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE), established in 2006, was the first virtual cyber defense laboratory in the world
- Iowa State University has been a designated National Security Agency Center of Excellence in Information Assurance since 2000
- Cystorm (28.16 TF) and CyBlue (5.7 TF) supercomputers were acquired in 2009 and 2006, respectively
- Iowa State University is a founding member of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation
Faculty in This Area
Cyber Infrastructure Research Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories
- Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Design Center
- Computer Systems Laboratory
- Dependable Computing and Networking Laboratory
- Developmental Robotics Laboratory
- Digital Forensics Laboratory
- Discrete Event Systems Lab
- Embedded Systems Lab
- High-Speed Systems Engineering Laboratory
- Information Assurance Center
- Information Infrastructure Institute (iCUBE)
- iCUBE Sensors Application Laboratory
- Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) Centers
- Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment
- Laboratory for Trusted Architectures and Embedded Systems
- Power Infrastructure Cyber Security Laboratory
- Reconfigurable Computing Laboratory
- Scalable Software Engineering Research Laboratory
- Virtual Reality Applications Center
Research Projects and Publications
For complete information on research projects and publications in this area, consult individual faculty members’ websites, our graduate student thesis archives, and individual research center and laboratory websites.
Graduate Student Research Areas
Cyber infrastructure research at Iowa State encompasses the following core areas of graduate study in electrical and computer engineering: