Electrical & Computer Engineering

Intelligent Systems and Automation

We employ novel applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to address our strategic research efforts.

The new reality of artificial intelligence crosses almost all of our work. From automation and connected systems to novel medical sensors, these pervasive, emerging technologies will likely advance each of our research impacts. Increasing realization of human-machine teaming will result in robust human/cyber/physical systems networks. Our ability to excel in all areas will rely on advances in this rapidly evolving technology base.

Agriculture Goes Digital

The UC Davis Digital Agriculture Laboratory sits at the intersection of agriculture and digital technology. Led by biological and agricultural engineering assistant professor Alireza Pourreza, the lab works directly with growers to develop and deploy technology that gives them the information they need to better understand their plants and navigate our changing climate.

One of the lab’s most beneficial projects is helping growers predict how much their crops will produce, which is largely determined by how well each plant receives and absorbs sunlight.

Orchard under lighting

Research in Action

An Algorithm to Detect Fake News

Computer Science Assistant Professor Jiawei Zhang is developing a neural network that can potentially find, flag and stop inaccurate or misleading articles posing as fact before they spread.

Pioneering New Technology to Study Heart Diseases at the Cellular and Molecular Level

With heart disease remaining the number one cause of death in the United States, Chen-Izu lab’s research into heart diseases is as relevant and urgent. The lab’s mission is to translate breakthrough research findings to develop new drug therapies to prevent and treat heart diseases more effectively.

Can Medical Records Help Teams of Doctors Treat Patients Better?

Doctors already rely on a patient’s medical history to prescribe the right treatments and medications, but Computer Science Distinguished Professor Kwan-Liu Ma and Dr. Shin-Ping Tu at the UC Davis School of Medicine think they can also use it to improve how the entire medical system works together.

Engineering a better world calls for solutions of a different caliber, demanding innovation across disciplines using a design-centric approach.

We employ and develop intelligent systems and automation, tools at the nano-and-micro- scales and technologies for the greater good that will revolutionize energy systems, strengthen climate resilience, advance human health and transform mobility to bring a sustainable, healthier and more resilient world within reach.