Laboratories

Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory

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The Advanced Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in digital signal processing (DSP). Current research areas include speaker recognition, signal enhancement, low-bit rate coding, embedded DSP, and GPU-based pattern recognition for speech processing. The laboratory is equipped with two state-of-the-art compute servers equipped with Intel Core i7-960 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA C2050 GPU processor. Research sponsors for the laboratory include Air Force Research Laboratories, Army Research Laboratory, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Motorola, National Science Foundation, and Texas Instruments. The director of the laboratory is Prof. Phillip De Leon.

 

Center for Telemetry and Telemetering

The Center for Telemetry and Telemetering hosts the Manuel Lujan, Jr. Space Tele-Engineering Program and the Frank Carden Chair for Telemetry and Telemetering. Faculty and staff in the Center are involved in education and research programs focusing on telecommunications, communication theory, coding and information theory, wireless networks, digital signal processing, optical and radio frequency communications, and digital image processing. The Center has several major research sponsors including NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. The director of the Center and the Frank Carden Chair is Prof. Charles Creusere.

 

Computer Networking Lab (CNL)

The Computer Networking Lab (CNL) supports teaching and research in Internet and wireless sensor networks. The mission of CNL is to provide students with the opportunity to do cutting-edge research that has high practical relevance. Currently, research projects in CNL include secure data dissemination in wireless sensor networks, solar-powered sensor networks, and RFID sensor networks. The major research sponsors of CNL include US Army, DHS, Intel, Los Alamos National Lab, and Sandia National Lab. CNL is directed by Prof. Hong Huang.

 

Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP)

New Mexico State University’s program in Electric Utility Management (EUMP) is sponsored by a group of public and private electric utility companies and industrial organizations and hosts the PNM Chair for Utility Management and The Kersting Professorship. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program includes course work in public utilities regulation and is designed to prepare the student for a future engineering management position in the electric utility industry. An industry advisory committee provides the vital connecting link between the electric utility industry and the university, so that a coordinated effort may be achieved in realizing the following program objectives: (1) to provide a program of study at the graduate level in the planning, operation, and management of electric power generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization; (2) to supply the electric utility industry with the highest caliber of new engineering and management talent; and (3) to provide the university with the required financial and technical support to ensure a quality program. In addition, faculty in EUMP work with M.S. an Ph.D. students to conduct funded research sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, EPRI, NSF, DOE, CEC and the electrical utility industry. Much of the current research is focused on renewable energy integration, protection, advanced control and optimization, and customer driven microgrids. Laboratory facilities are available in the El Paso Electric Power Systems laboratory. The program works closely with the Institute for Energy and Environment (IEE) and with Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) which host the solar energy experiment station. The director of the EUMP and PNM Chair for Utility Management is Prof. Satish Ranade.

 

Electro-Optics ProgramElectro Optics lab

The Electro-Optics program at NMSU offers unique opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in electrooptics, applied optics, photonics, or optical engineering by combining the optics resources of the Klipsch School and the Physics Department. Most of the optics classes are cross-listed in the two departments. The Klipsch School’s ElectroOptics Research Laboratory (EORL) provides a variety of research opportunities in areas such as multispectral and polarimetric imaging, free-space optical communications, adaptive optics, nanophotonics and integrated electro-optic sensors and systems. Sponsors include the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Sandia National Laboratories, Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation. SPIE Fellow Prof. David G. Voelz is the director of the EORL and NMSU’s Electro-Optics program.

 

Electromagnetics (EM) and Microwave Laboratory

The Electromagnetics (EM) and Microwave Laboratory is used for both teaching and research in electromagnetic fields. Current research areas include propagation through dispersive media (soil, seawater, foliage, biological tissues), UWB radar and remote sensing system analysis and design, antenna analysis, synthesis, and design, bio-electromagnetics, brain mapping, computational physics, electromagnetic interference and compatibility, high performance computing, and nondestructive evaluation. Research sponsors for the laboratory include American Heart Association, Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, NSF, National Institutes of Health, Sandia National Laboratories, and White Sands Missile Range. The Director of the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory is Prof. Kwong T. Ng.

 

Kazda Control Systems Laboratory

The Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is dedicated to the support of education and research in the area of Control Systems. Research involves collaborative efforts with the Mechatronics Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, covering a wide area of robotics applications. The current thrust is a joint effort of M E, E E, and I E in the Reduced-Gravity/Biomechanics (RGB) Lab. This lab is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant. The purpose of the lab is to develop a reduced gravity simulator that can be used for research in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Human Biodynamic modeling, Ergonomics, Medical Rehabilitation, Dance, and Space Applications. The director of Kazda Control Systems Laboratory is Prof. Robert Paz.

 

R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics Lab (PAL)

The New Mexico State University R.L. Golden Particle Astrophysics Lab (PAL) is dedicated to measuring and interpreting cosmic ray spectra in an effort to better understand the structure of our universe. Recent measurements of the galactic positron and electron spectra have connections to the dark matter mystery and to the identification of sources of cosmic rays. Additional studies of solar particles (measured along with cosmic rays) will help in the understanding of how solar eruptions affect the earth. The director of PAL is Prof. Steven Stochaj.

 

Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft)RioRoboLabLogo

The Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing (RioSoft) is committed to serving private-sector and U.S. government needs in researching and developing intelligent decision-support systems and tools that aid in many aspects of strategic decision-making. Soft computing which includes fuzzy logic, neural networks, and evolutionary computation are used for modeling, analysis, and control of complex dynamical processes in various software-hardware integrated architectures. In addition RioRoboLab, a NASA Ames funded laboratory, provides facilities for research and development of intelligent autonomous and semi-autonomous systems focusing on advanced concepts of energy harvesting and energy scavenging from ambient energy sources. Research sponsors include the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and NASA. The director of RioSoft and RioRoboLab is Prof. Nadipuram “Ram” Prasad of the Klipsch School.

 

VLSI Laboratory

Faculty and students in the VLSI Laboratory are involved in the design and analysis of analog and mixed-signal microelectronic circuits and systems. Current research areas include high-frequency analog VLSI design; low-voltage, low-power circuits; high performance operational amplifiers and operational transconductance amplifiers; power management circuits; analog image processing; and CMOS image sensors. Research sponsors include the Los Alamos National Laboratories and Agilent technologies. The director of the VLSI Laboratory is IEEE Fellow Prof. Jaime Ramirez-Angulo.