Welcome to CISE
Extending the Reach of Human Intelligence
In today’s increasingly data-driven, networked world, we have an unprecedented opportunity to monitor, control and improve our surroundings. By engineering hardware and software systems to acquire, analyze and act upon information from a diverse array of networked sources, we can extend the reach of human intelligence to solve critical problems in healthcare, communications, energy, national security and other domains.
At Boston University’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), 40 affiliated faculty members and more than 100 graduate students from across BU—primarily from the College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Management—are taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study and design of such intelligent systems. Collectively, their work promises to improve the quality of our lives considerably.
Toward that end, CISE researchers are shaping and applying ideas from information science and systems engineering to advance solutions in:
Automation, Robotics and Control: working with biologists to understand the flight of insects and birds and design biologically inspired strategies enabling robots, UAVs and other mobile devices to perform surveillance, disaster recovery and other complex missions with greater autonomy and precision; working with the City of Boston to bring about a “smarter” city that can sense and respond to infrastructure maintenance needs and alleviate road traffic congestion.
Computational Biology and Medicine: modeling metabolic and genetic networks and predicting protein structures to pinpoint new drug targets and treatments for tuberculosis, cancer and other diseases.
Data Analytics: exploiting machine learning, decision theory, and other advanced techniques to analyze electronic health records and predict/prevent future hospitalizations; developing algorithms to improve decision making in hospitals; developing methods to detect explosives and other security threats in cluttered environments.
Energy Systems: optimizing the energy metabolism of the built environment and across the entire energy sector; developing algorithms that enable greater penetration of renewable energy sources.
Networks: promoting fast, secure, reliable, energy-efficient, low-cost data transmission across wireless sensor and communication networks; combating cyber-threats in the Internet and against mobile devices; developing ultra-fast indoor communications using smart LED lighting.
A Community of Innovators
CISE supports a community of faculty and students across Boston University with interests in Information and Systems Engineering. Community activities include a renowned seminar series, an annual student conference, a resident scholar program, and programs to support student travel to conferences, as well as, resume and presentation development workshops for students.