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Research Centers, Groups and Labs


Center for Multimedia Communication

The Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC) seeks to foster interdisciplinary research by bringing together expertise from computer networking, signal processing, optics, applied mathematics, and computer engineering to meet the technological challenges of today.


Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.

Digital Signal Processing Group

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) -- the transformation of data (signals, images, video, etc.) to extract or better transmit information -- has evolved from an obscure research discipline into an essential technology of everyday life. Rice has been a major force in DSP research and education and many outstanding DSP alumni now hold leadership positions in academics and industry.

The Realtime Neural Engineering Laboratory

Forming, storing, and using memory requires the hippocampus. Problems in the hippocampal circuit can lead to memory problems (e.g., Alzheimer's, PTSD) and also more complex disorders such as depression and anxiety. We'd like to understand how the hippocampal circuit works at a systems-level in healthy brains, how it goes wrong, and what can be done to change how it functions.

Laboratory for Nanophotonics

The goal of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) is to invent, to understand, to develop, to simulate, to control, to optimize, to apply nanoscale optical elements, components, and systems.

The Neural Computation Laboratory

The Neural Computation Laboratory aims to understand how the brain works using mathematical principles. They develop theories of neural computation and collaborate with experimentalists to test these predictions.

Rice Center for Neuroengineering

At the Rice Center for Neuroengineering, our sole focus is applying electrical engineering concepts to an extremely elaborate system—the human brain. Through our work, we strive to address complex, interconnected problems within the brain that require multi-disciplinary collaboration to solve. Our Mission: Provide an environment that will foster collaboration between researchers, scientists, doctors and clinicians—and ultimately maximize research impact by working across traditional boundaries.

 Rice Efficient Computing Group

The Rice Efficient Computing Group (RECG) develops efficient technologies for future computing, communication and interfacing. To us, efficiency means three things: 1) Minimal energy consumption, 2) Use of emerging nanometer devices, and 3) User-centered design and services. We study these three aspects in the contexts of mobile & embedded computing and design automation of digital systems.

Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits

The RISC group focuses on analysis, design, and testing of integrated circuits and antennas with applications in high-speed wireless communication, radar, medical imaging, and bio-sensing. They focus on designing large-scale radiating integrated circuits in frequency regimes of 100 MHz to 1 THz.

Rice Networks Group 

Rice Networks Group (RNG) is devoted to protocols, theory, and experimental research in next generation wireless networks. The group has deployed and operates a large scale programmable and experimental access network in Southeast Houston.