Research Labs

Our Research Labs

The labs presented in this section focus primarily on research and usually are funded through government or company grants. These labs usually have one or more faculty members who are responsible for the lab activities. If you would like further information about the activities or opportunities associated with a lab, then it is advisable to contact a faculty member who is involved with the lab. For listings of all of our labs with their locations and details, please consult the labs section of our web site.

AT&T Technology Lab

ATT LabThe UH ATT Technology Lab (also known as the UH ATT Lab) was the result of more than two years of collaboration between the University of Houston and Southwestern Bell Communications, Inc (now ATT) in the areas of telecommunications, networks, and education. The purpose of the Lab is to serve as a hub for the international educational and research community and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. To achieve its goals, the Lab has been equipped with state-of-the-art networking and communications equipment which include a campus-wide three-node SONET/MPLS and gigaethernet testbed that connects to four other UH research labs, wireless internet, and high-definition videoconferencing and videostreaming.

Biomedical Imaging Lab

Biomedical Imaging LabThe Biomedical Imaging Lab at the University of Houston fosters research in the areas of Computational Biomedicine, Biomedical Imaging, and Mobile Health. Specific emphasis is given on the interplay between biosignals and information processing in the brain. Another line of research focuses on the development of Point-of-Care and Mobile Health Diagnostic Technologies.

Current research projects:

  • Functional Connectivity to study communication networks in the brain
  • Magnetoencephalography and Electroencephalography for language mapping, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, autism, and dyslexia
  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy to study cognitive brain functions
  • Handheld devices for screening skin cancer

Considering the interdisciplinary nature of our research, we actively collaborate with physicians, bioengineers, and computational scientists in Medical Centers and Research Institutes around the world.

Control Systems Security Laboratory

Center for Information Security Research and Education

The Control Systems Security Laboratory is part of the Center for Information Systems Security Research and Education. It has a wide variety of actual control systems equipment that enables research and learning of system security principles in an actual critical infrastructure context. Research into the securing of SCADA systems as well as the testing of security strategies is enabled in a multi-vender setting with modern equipment form a wide array of firms.

Intelligent Sensor Grid and Informatics

Intelligent Sensor Grid and Informatics

Directed by Dr. Xiaojing (Jane) Yuan, the Intelligent Sensor Grid and Informatics lab covers numerous topics related to intelligent sensor grids and biomedical informatics. Research interests include (1) developing reliable, efficient, and secure networking technology for networked data acquisition systems to enable the smooth integration across multiple systems and domains, and (2) advancing data centric multi-scale modeling for pattern recognition to enable the study of the system behavior via simulation.

Networking Lab

The Networking Lab is an applied research laboratory in the Department of Engineering Technology. Our research is on distributed systems interconnecting networked applications. We are funded by industry and federal research grants. Instrumentation and measurement systems, software-defined networking (SDN) and applications, network security, cloud-based networking, sensor networks, and information technology systems are the main areas of research. Research assistantship positions are available, please contact Dr. Gurkan at

Power Electronics Research Laboratory

This lab, directed by Dr. W. Shireen, supports graduate research work in Power Electronics that includes: advanced power converters, adjustable speed motor drives and power quality issues. The laboratory is equipped with test stations which include power converter modules along with associated instrumentation for experimental evaluation. State of the art Digital Signal Processor (DSP) based controllers and associated software are used to control the power converters.

Remote Optical Research Knowledge

The Remote Optical Research Knowledge project is an NSF funded project that aims to create remotely-controlled optical circuits laboratory experiments. It is expected to help introduce a hands-on laboratory for distance education. A group of faculty from three universities is joining effort to develop this challenging research project (Dr. Driss Benhaddou (University of Houston - UH), Dr. Deniz Gurkan (UH), Dr. Alan Mickelson (Colorado University Boulder - CU), Dr. Frank Barnes (CU), Dr. Zhonqi Pan (University of Louisiana Lafayette). Recently Dr. Phyllis R. Nelson, Dr. Ertan Salik, R. Frank Smith from CalPoly Pomona have joined the efforts to this project.

Wireless and Optical Networking Lab

Recently changing its name from the Optical Networking Research Laboratory (ONRL), the Wireless and Optical Networking Lan (WON) Lab is supported by several industry partners, including AT&T, Spring, Bitrage and Fujitsu. It has set up state of the art networking platforms within the College of Technology buildings and other buildings on campus. This laboratory is directed by Dr. Driss Benhaddou and Dr. Deniz Gurkan.