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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering


NSF Safety, Security, and Rescue Research (SSR-RC)

SSR-RC & NSF LogoAn NSF I/UCRC is a consortium of companies and universities working on industry-relevant medium-term research of interest to all parties. 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. These projects and interdisciplinary within the Ritchie School Faculty members and current Ritchie School students Computer Science, Computer Engineers and Electrical Engineering.

For further information, please visit Dr. Anneliese Andrews or Visit the SSR-RC

Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, Robotics & AI, Bioengineering

Computer Vision and Pattern recognitionThe University of Denver has an active research group in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Understanding. We are working on the 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 website.

DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI)


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.

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In further detail, the Institute objectives are to: educate students, scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners and end-users, who are interested in learning and advancing their knowledge about UAS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs); Conduct, coordinate, and promote research in building the next generation of unmanned systems in general and UAS in particular that will be used for a wide spectrum of civil/public domain applications; Function as the focal point within the State of Colorado for basic and applied research and development activities in unmanned systems; Serve as a demo site for unmanned vehicles; Provide the foundations for technology transfer to the private sector; Contribute to paving the way towards gradual integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS), also assisting third parties to obtain Certificates of Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Participate in State-wide UAS research and development initiatives offering its know-how and expertise; Assist in economic development and creation of new jobs by graduating the next generation of highly skilled scientists and engineers, ready to compete in a very demanding global market; Bridge the gap between military and civilian application domains. DU2SRI is lead by Dr. Kimon Valavanis, Director and Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE), and Dr. Matt Rutherford, Deputy Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS).
For further information, please visit the DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI)

Renewable Energy and Power Electronics

Renewable Energy

In Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Denver, we are conducting 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. Our research has been supported by US National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy. The lab is led by Dr. David Wenzhong Gao, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
For further information, please visit Dr. Gao’s website.