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- Programs Overview
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (AI)
- Biomedical Engineering (BME)
- Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE)
- Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE)
- Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
- Sustainable and Environmental Engineering (SEE)
The school currently has (but will not be limited to) six programs: Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electronic and Information Engineering, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable and Environmental Engineering. Each program or area has room for adjustment during development. This will give full play to Westlake’s characteristic of refinement. The adjustment will be better suited to face the major national strategic needs and undertake emerging, interdisciplinary scientific and technological research tasks.
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (AI)
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major driving engine in modern scientific and social developments and a technological cornerstone of our future life. It will continue to reshape multi-facets of scientific and technological research and development and foster emerging transitions in a broad range of intellectual and commercial realms.
The AI Program of the School of Engineering at Westlake University is committed to conducting innovative research, including the following areas:
1. Fundamental research in data science, including applied mathematics, machine learning, deep learning, and human-like learning;
2. Applied research in computer vision, natural language processing, speech processing, smart sensing, data mining, visualization;
3. Applied research in robot learning, autonomous control and decision-making, robotic systems;
4. AI methodology and techniques for cross-disciplinary research and applications.
We are dedicated to achieving influential innovations in theories and applications of these research fields. In addition to scientific research leadership, we also emphasize undergraduate and graduate education, with the goal of cultivating the next generation of global leaders through inspiring research problems to motivate their professional development.
- AI Fundamental Research
- AI Core Application Research
- AI+ Cross-disciplinary Research
- Stan Z. LI, Ph.D.
- Yue ZHANG, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program aims to create new knowledge at the biotic/abiotic interfaces and enabling technologies for improving human health. Bridging engineering, life science and medical needs, we are revolutionizing approaches to understand, detect, and treat diseases through integrative research, education, and entrepreneurship.
With innovation and collaboration embedded in the foundation of the BME program, our community strives to study and discover at the forefront of multi-disciplinary fields to design and implement novel bio-interfacing materials and strategies, establish a quantitative understanding of the human body through many lenses and scales, and accelerate the discovery and translation of new diagnostic tools and treatments. We are enthusiastic and committed in training future leaders in academia and biomedical engineering industry by cultivating problem-solving skills, nurturing creativity, and promoting critical and cross-disciplinary thinking.
BME faculty members are engaged in a wide range of research efforts that encompass complementary expertise from physical, life science and other engineering disciplines, including but not limited to the focus on the following convergence themes:
1. Biomedical Imaging and Diagnostics
2. Neural and Bioelectronics Engineering
3. Cell, Tissue and Therapeutic Engineering
- Bioelectronics and neuroengineering
- Computational medicine
Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE)
The mission of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is to integrate the fundamental science of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics with engineering disciplines like material science, computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering to provide key solutions towards a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable world. The research in CBE program focuses on studying fundamental molecular engineering strategies, developing advanced chemical and biological transformations, designing manufacturing processes, creating useful products and materials that benefit society, environment, and climate.
Members in the CBE community are performing leading research in converting raw materials to chemicals, energy, medicine, future food, electronics, and novel materials under three major research areas:
1. Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering
2. Synthetic Biology
3. Energy and Environment
- Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Synthetic Biology
- Stan Z. LI, Ph.D.
- Energy and Environment
Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE)
Electronic and Information Engineering has always been the driving force for the development of our modern information technology society and is the foundation of most advanced technologies. The design and tests of Integrated circuits (ICs) are one of the most representative intellectual achievements of Electronic and Information Engineering which incorporate interdisciplinary science and engineering fields such as material, device, electronic and optic components. The Electronic and Information Engineering program at Westlake University is committed to lead research activities in the following main areas:
1. Optics, Photonics and Optoelectronics
2. Micro- and Nano-fabrication Technologies
3. Microelectronics and Telecommunications
4. Electronic and Energy Devices
In all these main areas, our research programs and projects include various stages of original contributions and impactful innovations, such as theory, modeling, simulation, nanofabrication, assembly, test, validation, in vitro and in vivo experiments, clinical tests when applied, and project management.
- Optics, Photonics and Optoelectronics
- Micro- and Nano-fabrication Technologies
- Microelectronics and Telecommunications
- Electronic and Energy Devices
Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
Research in the Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program focuses on the design and creation of new materials and systems, the understanding of their structure-properties-functions relationship and applying our discoveries for the well-being of the society, such as through robotics, advanced mechanical systems, advanced manufacturing, new materials and their use in electronics, energy, sustainability, healthcare, and public health.
Driven by curiosity, the excitement of discovery and a sense of commitment to the society, members in the MSME community conduct frontier research connecting fundamental science with engineering to create enabling technologies. MSME faculty members have diverse intellectual background and extensive research and education experience from other world-class institutes, which they leverage to enhance learning experience and bring the best out of the students.
MSME is interdisciplinary in nature, and naturally collaborates with other engineering disciplines as well as physical, biological and life sciences. Below are some examples of our research areas.
1. Robotics and Mechanical Systems
2. Advanced Manufacturing
3. Energy Materials
4. Electronic Materials
5. Materials for Health
- Robotic and Mechanical Systems
- Materials for Health
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Energy Materials
- Electronic Materials
Sustainable and Environmental Engineering (SEE)
The Sustainable and Environmental Engineering program aims to explore the trade-offs within the Environment-Resources-Human Nexus in a world where dwindling natural resources must meet increasing demands for water, food, and energy by a growing human population. Global climate change further exuberates the challenges. We combine fundamental research and technological innovation to address these trade-offs for a sustainable future. Our educational programs are designed to equip students with not only knowledge but also skills, particularly critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, to lead the future scientific and engineering developments in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.
1. Eco-environmental Systems and Global Changes
2. Food, Resources and Sustainability
3. Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology
4. Carbon Neutrality Strategy and Technology
- Eco-environmental Systems and Global Changes
- Food, Resources and Sustainability
- Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Carbon Neutrality Strategy and Technology