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Bioinformatics, Information Theory, and Communications Laboratory (ECE)
The BiIT Comm Laboratory is a facility dedicated to research in the areas of Communications, Information Theory and Bioinformatics. In the Communications area several projects are under way in Space Time coding, Multiple Input Multiple Output communication systems, Wireless Sensor Networks and Advanced Modulation formats for bandwidth and power efficient communications. In the bioinformatics area projects focus on applying principles of source and channel coding theory, information theory and pattern recognition to analyze and model genetic structures.
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Built Environment Research Group (CAEE)
Built Environment Research Group (BERG) is the research group of Dr. Brent Stephens in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. BERG is dedicated to investigating problems and solutions related to energy and air quality within the built environment. The research team works on projects ranging from measuring exposures to indoor air pollution to dynamic building energy modeling.
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Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics (ChBE)
CCSD provides an interdisciplinary collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research for understanding and mathematically describing complex systems; developing mathematical and computational techniques for simulating, analyzing, and modifying their behavior; and applying these methods to various complex systems of national interest. Current research areas include nonlinear and stochastic phenomena in complex systems, multi-agent systems, complex networks and adaptive systems, natural and industrial ecologies, dynamics of multiphase systems, fluid turbulence, molecular level modeling of physical systems, brain electrophysiology and computational neuroscience, and transportation systems.
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Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering (ChBE)
The primary mission of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is to forge industry-IIT partnerships for the development and commercialization of electrochemical technologies for stationary and mobile applications. To achieve this objective, the center carries out basic and applied research and provides strategic direction and operational support as required in cooperative research with industry. The center develops innovative educational programs with concentrations or specializations in electrochemical science and engineering. Research and analytical results are communicated and transferred to the industry.

Center for Work Zone Safety & Mobility (CAEE)
The Center for Work Zone Safety was formed with the mission of providing long-term solutions to work zone safety related problems. The center works towards this mission by building a consortium of major work zone stakeholders including transportation agencies, road contractors, the trucking industry, and the insurance industry. By working together through the consortium, the stakeholders can combine their resources and knowledge, and work towards preventing the 50,000 work zone injuries and 1,000 fatalities that occur every year. The initiatives of the center focus on developing highway work zone safety audit guidelines, discovering/developing/transferring new technologies and measures for improving work zone safety, reducing its negative impacts on private industries and the national economy, and providing work zone safety training and education to the transportation community and the public.
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Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering (ChBE)
The Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering at IIT is an interdisciplinary research and education center devoted to the advancement of polymer science and engineering. The primary mission of the Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering (CEPSE) is to conduct an interdisciplinary education, research and technology transfer program in Polymer Science and Engineering. The program’s major objectives are conducting fundamental and applied research designed to evaluate and improve existing polymer processes and technologies, develop new processes and technologies, and to educate scientists, and engineers at all degree levels by providing competence in the fundamentals of polymer science and engineering as they relate to their basic disciplines.

Electric Drives and Energy Conversion Laboratory (ECE)
The Electric Drives and Energy Conversion (EDEC) laboratory houses research on advanced power electronics and energy conversion solutions towards sustainable energy technology. Using fundamentals of electromagnetic energy conversion, the lab focuses on improving efficiency of electric machines and developing of fault-tolerant control strategies for power electronics and motor drive systems. Some specific research topics include the design and implementation of advanced power electronic converters for automotive systems, embedded controllers for renewable energy systems, innovative machine designs, analysis and simulation and control strategies for electric motors and generators.
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Electric Power and Power Electronics Center (ECE)
The Illinois Institute of Technology is well-known for its high quality education and research programs in electric power and energy systems. The mission of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center (EPPEC) is to make significant educational, research, and practical contributions to the fields of electric power, power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. The tasks of the Center include the sponsorship of technical studies, which will enhance the role of university faculty, manufacturers, vendors, and consumers in power engineering research and education. The Center works with centers and departments across IIT, other institutions, government agencies, and industry to sponsor research projects, short courses, conferences, and seminars.
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Embedded Computing and Signal Processing Research Group (ECE)
ECASP Research Laboratory is dedicated to the development of high performance and low power computing platforms targeted at computationally intensive problems in the fields of Signal and Image Processing, System-on-Chip (SoC) Designs, Ultrasonic Imaging, and High Performance Application-Specific Computing Systems. Currently we have projects in Reconfigurable Architectures, Computer Vision and Image Analysis, Target Detection and Estimation, Data Compression, Neural Networks, FPGA-based DSP Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks for Medical and Industrial Applications, Smart Sensors for Drone with Applications in the Area of Robotics and Transportations, and Home Automation.
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Fluid Dynamics Research Center (MMAE)
The Fluid Dynamics Research Center, directed by Professor David Williams, has earned national and international recognition. In 1986, the Department of Defense designated it a National Center of Excellence. It is the site of the National Diagnostic Facility, a state-of-the-art wind tunnel that is unique in its combination of speed, length, and flow quality. Research carried out by the fluid dynamics faculty addresses a number of areas including fluid instabilities and transition to turbulence, unsteady separated flows, jet engine acoustics, fluid/structure interactions, and turbulent boundary layers.
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Future Networking Research Laboratory (ECE)
Research directions in the FunLab include Internet and wireless networks, with the objective to develop practical technologies that can provide quality-of-service (QoS) guaranteed multimedia applications over wireless and wireline Internet Protocol (IP) based networks. Specific research topics include service and application oriented network architectures, autonomic network management, Internet performance analysis, resource allocation and traffic engineering, network measurement, network security, wireless networks, and wireless/wireline interworking.
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Institute for Food Safety and Health (ChBE)
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at IIT's Moffett Campus is a food research consortium comprised of IIT, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Division of Food Processing, Science, and Technology), and the food industry, created to advance the safety and quality of our food supply through research and education. The faculty's extensive laboratory and pilot plant space support research in food processing, food packaging chemical constituents, and allergens.
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Particle Technology and Crystallization Center (ChBE)
The Particle Technology and Crystallization Center (PTCC) is devoted to the development of fundamental knowledge, methods and strategies in the areas of nucleation, crystallization, particle technology, and characterization that will result in faster development of new pharmaceutical compounds, development of new solid forms, and a reduced time to bring a new compound to market. This center is a collaboration of IIT, Purdue University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A unique mechanism for addressing these important problems in particle technology and crystallization in the pharmaceutical industry arises from the combination of the particle technology and crystallization group at IIT, which includes characterization facilities at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory; the expertise provided by the department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University in polymorphism, materials science, spectroscopic analysis, and manufacturing; and MIT in benchmarking and process analysis.
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Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering (BME, ChBE, ECE)
The Pritzker Institute is an umbrella organization that enhances the biomedical science and engineering research activities on the IIT campus. The Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC), the Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering research (CINNR), the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education (ECDRE), the Center for Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Mater (µCoSM), and the NIH-funded Biotechnology Research Center (BioCAT) are the Centers that operate under the Institute.The Pritzker Institute develops and coordinates relationships and programs with traditional science and engineering departments within IIT, as well as outside institutions, especially, Argonne National Laboratory, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center and the University of Chicago.
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Thermal Processing Technology Center (MMAE)
The Thermal Processing Technology Center focuses on thermal processing of metallic materials. In conjunction with IITRI's unique heat treatment facility, the Center combines the strength of the MMAE faculty in material processing, metallurgy, and process control with IIT's well equipped laboratories. The Thermal Processing Technology Center provides a mechanism whereby high-quality basic and applied research of interest to industry is performed cost-effectively.
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Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (ECE, ChBE)
The Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) develops close collaborations among numerous programs at IIT with a focus on development of energy-related inter-professional educational and research programs and proposals. The strategy of the institute is to use a least-cost path to improve energy efficiency, enhance power reliability and security, minimize pollution, and continue the de-carbonization of the global energy system. IIT researchers believe that the end point of this evolution will be electrification of most stationary energy uses with such high-tech renewables as photovoltaic, solar-thermal and wind energy, and the use of hydrogen as the dominant transportation fuel in fuel-cell powered electric vehicles. The institute also has plans to develop research and educational partnerships with the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, industry, national laboratories and other universities. The institute goal is to play a major role in identifying future research directions for shaping national energy policy and sustainability initiatives.
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