Research & Innovation

At the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, we pride ourselves on advancing the cutting-edge, impactful research pursued by our faculty, staff, and students. Our researchers are engaged in work that ranges from building a new understanding of human motion to strengthening electronic information security. We emphasize projects with the potential to contribute to the common good, whether local to our Denver community or on a global scale.

Our faculty and staff members foster a committed research environment for our students. It's this school-wide passion for discovery that, combined with our extensive laboratories and equipment, allow our students to forge their own path into the future and achieve their goals.

Interested in supporting our groundbreaking research efforts? Give today, and help us build a better tomorrow.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science for the Public Good

The Ritchie School is focused on the critical policy, ethics, and business issues surrounding artificial intelligence and data science. We work to ensure AI and Data Science are being used for the public good.

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Biomedical Devices and Technologies

Our faculty are doing seminal work in biomechanics, with a particular emphasis on devices. Our Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab collaborate with other schools and industries to drive the future of biomedical devices and technology.

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Computer Science and Engineering Education

We strive to constantly improve computer science and engineering education by supporting inclusive undergraduate curriculum innovations and measuring the usefulness of those interventions for students at DU and around the world.

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Cyber-Physical Systems and Cybersecurity

Estimates say that 1 in 3 Americans are affected by cybersecurity attacks every year. Our researchers are working to to keep up with this increased demand. We focus on network security, systems security, internet of things security and private biomedical informatics.

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Our Unmanned Systems Research Institute works to promote knowledge, education, research and development in unmanned systems to provide tools for those who need them, like those suffering from Alzheimer's. 

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Smart and Sustainable Communities

Through the use of smart grids, infrastructure management, computation and mathematics, our researchers work to design smart and sustainable cities for a better world.

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"I feel really, really lucky to have a part on this team in my undergrad, which is something DU's really great about."

Tabris Thomas, B.S. Computer Science, Class of 2018

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