The Department of Computer Engineering's research and teaching emphasizes interdisciplinary system design. In addition to the four areas below, faculty work on a variety of projects in collaborations throughout the Baskin School and UCSC, as well as with other industrial and academic partners. Students can pursue BS, MS, and PhD research in these areas and more.


Wireless networks, high-speed networks, sensor networks, algorithms and protocols for computer communication, quality of service

Robotics and Control

Autonomous vehicles, sensor fusion, exoskeletons, medical robots, biomolecular control

Computer System Design

CAD of VLSI, computer architecture, parallel and distributed systems, VLSI and FPGA design, placement and routing, fault diagnosis

Sensing and Interaction

Computer vision, remote sensing, telemetry, computer-based collaboration, assistive and rehabilitative technology, human-computer interaction

Centers and Institutes