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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science


Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science


Research Projects at the University of Denver

The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver is home to world-class faculty members and researchers. The school emphasizes collaboration across departments and disciplines for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science recognizes the competitive marketplace, embraces cultural differences and diversity, and understands the evolving technological needs of the world community and the global economy. Below you can read, watch videos, see photos and learn about our cutting-edge research, state of the art equipment, laboratories, and our unique research centers and institutes.

DU Aerosol Group (MME)

One of the planes used for the Aerosol Group Projects

John Evans Professor Dr.Wilson leads the the University of Denver Aerosol Group. This research group develops and builds instruments and sampling inlets that we and other groups then use to study aerosols. Most of our measurements are made from aircraft platforms. Aerosol can affect many things we care about from human health to the manufacture of integrated circuits. The DU Aerosol Group has frequently studied the role of particles in stratospheric ozone depletion and in global climate change.

For more information check out the Aerosol Group here!  


DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (ECE)

The DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute team
The DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU²SRI), formerly known as the DU Unmanned Systems Lab, was established in November of 2012 to promote knowledge, education, research and development in unmanned systems. The Institute contributes to advancing higher education benefiting students, scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners and end-users, also advancing the state-of-the-art in unmanned systems. It is the vision of the Institute to collaborate with Spaceport Colorado and to play a key role in the State's efforts to push forward the frontiers of unmanned systems, which will result, among other things, in building the next generation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to be gradually integrated into the National Airspace.

Watch the UAVs in action!

Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (ECE)

Computer Vision NAQ Robot
The University of Denver has an active research group in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Understanding. We are working on fundamental problems in this field and their applications to Robotics, Psychology and Developmental Learning, as well as Security and Surveillance systems. We have received about $800K funding from the National Science Foundation in the last three years (2009-2011) in support of our research. For further information, please visit Dr. Mahoor's Research Page.

Watch the NAO Robot in action! 

Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics (MME)

Biomechanics Lab
The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Denver applies engineering principles to investigate clinically relevant issues. Using a combination of experimental and computational tools, the Center performs research in joint mechanics, human motion, musculoskeletal modeling, modeling fluid-solid interactions, wearable sensor systems, and implant device testing. Housed in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at DU, the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics is a dynamic research environment committed to advancing orthopaedic biomechanics, improving patient outcomes and educating students. With current grants from NSF, NIH, implant manufacturers and research foundations, the Center is performing state-of-the-art research and has a strong record of publication and external support. The faculty is committed to student experiences at all levels: undergraduate, MS, PhD and post-doctoral fellows. Please see the individual laboratories and research projects pages for more detail on current activities.

Partner Laboratories:

Visit the DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Watch the Human Dynamics Lab "DUing" Research in the Ritchie Center

Humane Games (CS)

At the University of Denver, we not only teach Computer Science and the creation of games for the entertainment industry, but we also focus on humane games. This group has coined the term "humane games" to encompass three-subfields: games for education, games for medicine and health, and socially conscious games. The faculty and students engaged in this research and scholarship believe that games have the potential to improve society as well as provide entertainment.

For more information visit Dr. Leutenegger or the Game Development Program website.

Information Security and Privacy (CS)

The Department of Computer Science has an active research group in information security and privacy, dedicated to creating security software that is directly useful to a broad audience, going beyond the usual construction of academic proof-of-concept prototypes. They believe in full disclosure and educate students in all aspects of security, including attacking the security of systems.The Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy (CRISP) is an active research group in information security and privacy at the University of Denver. 

Visit Dr. Thurimella and Dr. Dewri

Nanoscale Science and Engineering (MME)

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering is a unique partnership between the faculty of several departments of the University of Denver interested in nanoscale science and technology. It combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics, conducting state-of-the-art research in the area of nanoscience and nanoengineering.

Visit John Evans Professor Dr. Maciej Kumosa.

Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE)

Terminator Bot
Under the leadership of Chair, John Evans Professor, Dr. Kimon P. Valavanis in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science successfully completed the ABET accreditation in October of 2010 for the Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) degree programs. ABET's positive observations and comments were on the strengths of the undergraduate common curriculum that is (enhanced) by the Mechatronics Systems Engineering program. The new PhD program in Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) started on September 1, 2010. The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver, is the only University in the U.S.A that offers BS, M.Sc, and PhD degrees in Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE)!

Visit the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

The Safety, Security and Rescue Research Center (SSR-RC) (MME)

 Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center

The SSR-RC is focused on the emerging field of Safety, Security, and Rescue Research, which includes a variety of topics in homeland security and emergency preparedness and response. As a true cooperative venture, university researchers, member company executives, and invited public safety officials play a role in the selection of research projects the Center pursues. In fact, it is the Industrial Advisory Board that allocates funding for specific projects. Our Mission is to enable integrative, multi-disciplinary research in information and intelligent systems to improve all aspects of homeland security by creating partnerships between academia, industry, and the public sector. The research agenda of the Center covers many proactive and reactive technologies for homeland security and emergency response.

Visit the SSR-RC.

Signals and Sensors (ECE)

This research group specializes in the following areas:

  • Statistical Signal Processing: Detection and estimation theory, pattern recognition, machine learning, dynamic system tracking, distributed detection, estimation, and tracking in the context of sensor network
  • Biomedical and Biological Signal Processing and Implementation: Compressive sensing, feature extraction, waveform mapping and processing, sequential Bayesian estimation and tracking of diagnostic parameters, embedded implementation of signal processing algorithms
  • Distributed Sensing and Processing: Multi-modal sensing, information fusion and processing, target detection, identification and tracking in urban environments, multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) radar signal processing, sensor scheduling in netted MIMO radar network, adaptive waveform design optimization
  • Networked Sensor Information Processing for Structural Health Management: Integrated physics-based, data-driven and knowledge-driven approaches, sequential progressive damage state estimation, and compressive sensing for efficient sensing strategy, structural health management using heterogeneous sensor network

 To learn more visit Dr. Jun Jason Zhang 

Software Engineering (CS)

The faculty of Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver is internationally recognized in the field of software engineering research. They study and develop methods, tools, and techniques that aim to improve the practice of software engineering and thereby help engineers create sophisticated software products with the desired functionality, with enhanced quality and robustness, and within predictable schedules and budgets. Research is focused on tools, metrics, software testing, reliability, productivity assessment, program comprehension, maintenance, evaluation of distributed systems, multi-criteria system evaluation, testing of embedded and intelligent systems, and energy-aware software engineering.

For more information visit Dr. Matthew Rutherford

Sustainable Integrated Power and Energy (ECE)

Optimizing efficiency, ensuring maximum reliability, and adhering to resource constraints and limited budgets are all critical pieces of any successful energy management system. Demand for smarter engineering and design of water management and energy management systems (i.e. Smart Grid) are ever-increasing. The Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Denver conducts extensive research in areas of renewable energy and distributed generation, smart grid, power delivery, power electronics application, power system protection, power system restructuring, and hybrid electric propulsion systems.

Visit Dr. Gao and his research team in the Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Lab for more information.