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Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory

Faculty: Krishnaprasad, P.S.
Location: 2210 A.V. Williams Building
Website: The Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory

The primary goal of this laboratory is to advance the state-of-the art in the design and real-time control of smart systems drawing on advances in: (a) novel sensing and actuation materials and mechanism designs; (b) new principles for actuation, propulsion, detection, reduction, learning, and adaptation; (c) conceptualizing and prototyping across scales, to sense, actuate, communicate and control.

Intense Laser Matter Interactions

Faculty: Milchberg, Howard
Location: Energy Research Building (IREAP)
Website: Intense Laser Matter Interactions

The interaction of extremely intense laser pulses with solids, liquids and gases has many technological applications and is rich in physics. Our experiments involve elements of atomic physics, nonlinear optics, plasma physics, condensed matter physics and quantum electronics.

Laboratory for Green Nanophotonics, Optoelectronics and Nanosensing

Faculty: Dagenais, Mario
Location: 2133 Jeong H. Kim Building
Website: Laboratory for Green Nanophotonics, Optoelectronics and Nanosensing

Led by Professor Dagenias, the lab studies photovoltaic research, nanoantenna-based rectifiers for solar energy for solar energy scavenging, mid IR room temperature interband cascade lasers, high power semiconductor lasers, Bragg grating and nanocavity bio-sensing and nano-wire lasers and detectors.

Laboratory for Parallel and Distributed Computing

Faculty: JaJa, Joseph
Location: 2119 A.V. Williams Building
Website: Laboratory for Parallel and Distributed Computing

The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) Laboratory for Parallel Computation was established in 1985 to support research in massively parallel systems, architectures, and algorithms. The mission of the Laboratory is to stimulate and facilitate the growth necessary to extend the state of the art in High Performance Computing.

Laboratory for Solar and Quantum Technology

Faculty: Munday, Jeremy
Location: 1201G Energy Research Building (IREAP)
Website: Laboratory for Solar and Quantum Technology

Our group focuses on engineering the fundamental interaction between light and matter and applying this understanding to optical systems, control of quantum forces, and for energy harvesting and photovoltaic applications. These studies involve novel photonic and plasmonic structures for light trapping, energy collection and extraction, communications, and sensors and merges physics and engineering to accomplish these goals.

Memory Systems Research

Faculty: Jacob, Bruce
Location: 1416 A.V. Williams Building
Website: Memory Systems Research

Our goals include detailed understanding of the memory system, deep characterization of its behavior, exploration of novel mechanisms and technologies, and development of extremely efficient next-generation systems from very large scale to memory-systems-on-chip. We have developed one of the world's most accurate and modular memory-system design frameworks, currently in wide use in both industry and academia.

MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory

Faculty: Ghodssi, Reza
Location: 2201 J.M. Patterson Building
Website: MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory

Our lab focuses on application-driven technology development using micro- and nanoengineering approaches. A centerpiece of our efforts is systems integration to provide holistic solutions for real-world use. The focus of our work is aimed specifically at in-vivo and in-vitro clinical applications. This research is complemented by thrusts in energy storage, harvesting and conversion to provide power for the desired embedded, self-sustaining systems.

Nanophotonics Lab

Faculty: Waks, Edo
Location: Energy Research Building (IREAP)
Website: The Maryland Nanophotonics and Quantum Optics Group

The Maryland Nanophotonics and Quantum Optics Group focuses their research on photonic crystals, quantum dots, nanoparticle control and sensing, reconfigurable integrated photonics and hybrid quantum systems. The lab is supervised by Associate Professor Edo Waks.

Neural Systems Lab

Faculty: Shamma, Shihab
Location: 2202 A.V. Williams Building
Website: Neural Systems Lab

As part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and The Institute for System Research, the Neural Systems Laboratory studies the functionality of the mammalian auditory system through several disciplines and techniques ranging from theoretical models to neurophysiological investigations and psychoacoustical experiments.

Optical Communications and Sensors Lab

Faculty: Davis, Christopher
Location: 2143 Jeong H. Kim Building
Website: The Maryland Optics Group

Research in the Maryland Optics Group covers a broad range of topics including Free Space Optical (FSO) Communications, biosensors, near-field antenna characterization, nano-optics, plasmon spectrosocopy, and fiber and free-space laser interferometry. We have extended the ideas of scanning tunneling optical microscopy (STOM) or near-field (evanascent field) microscopy with our heterodyne single-mode fiber probes. By tapering an uncoated fiber to a taper on the order of 100nm in diameter we have been able to build a scanning microscopy, with sub-optical (approx. 100nm) resolution.