Research Centers and Initiatives

Multidisciplinary teams collaborate in our research centers, institutes and collaborative projects to address a wide variety of topics such as health care, personal security and recovery from natural disasters.


The Center for Multisource Information Fusion (CMIF) serves as a focal point for the conduct of research and development in information fusion. In addition, it serves as an incubation center for small businesses, and professorial and individual entrepreneurial activities.

The Center for Unified Biometrics (CUBS) is focused on advancing the fundamental science of biometrics and providing key enabling technologies to build engineered systems. UB researchers are taking a unified view of biometric technologies by integrating software algorithms for accurate identification of various biometrics and data analysis (informatics) with hardware acquisition devices.

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The Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Assurance, Research and Education (CEISARE) offers graduate education and coordinated research in computer security and information assurance. Research topics include the broad areas of e-commerce, security, networks and secure voting. Current projects address critical issues such as the development of cyber-attack recognition systems, protecting documents from insider threats, real-time intrusion detection, unintended information retrieval, and the security of corporate intranets.

A new interdisciplinary graduate degree and certificate program in Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDSE) and supporting research center is underway.


Over the last few years, hurricanes and tornadoes are being predicted with greater accuracy; complex simulations are being used to design and test cars, planes and space vehicles before fabrication; crowds with thousands of people are kept safe by active monitoring for bad actors – all made possible by revolutions in science/engineering driven by the use of big data and computation.

Home health and wellness is essential for reducing health care costs, creating lifestyle choices that improve individual health, and supporting independence for aging or functionally limited populations. Home Health and Well-Being through Adaptive Smart Environments (Home-BASE), is developing research and education programs in three areas:

  • Environments for health and well-being
  • Integrated assistive technologies
  • Home health informatics

Home-BASE is a joint initiative between the Schools of Engineering, Nursing, Architecture and Planning, and Public Health & Health Professions.

Home-BASE researchers

The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) is educating new and mid-career individuals in emerging aspects of bridge engineering. Student conduct research that advances the state-of-the-practice in the design and retrofit of bridges.

The IBE aims to:  

  • Develop technologies for low-impact (rapid construction and environmentally sensitive) bridges that are resistant to hazards
Tappan-Zee Bridge project
  • Disseminate educational material useful to engineers and DOTs
  • Increase the availability of a specialized master’s degree to distance learners
  • Deploy reliable decision-support systems

MCEER is dedicated to the discovery and development of new knowledge, tools and technologies that equip communities to become more disaster resilient in the face of earthquakes and other extreme events. MCEER accomplishes this through a system of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research.

The center derives support from several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, New York State, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and private industry.

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motion simulator lab

The Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics serves as an umbrella to unite faculty from across the UB campus with an interest in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management (SCM).

The institute offers research programs, and interdisciplinary master’s degree and graduate certificate, and mechanisms for collaboration.

The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) – a program of the State University of New York (SUNY) – connects corporate partners with the engineering brainpower of UB, Binghamton and Stony Brook. Whether an entrepreneur seeking a way to bring innovations to the next level, a small firm looking to upgrade or introduce new technologies, or a high-technology firm addressing the challenges of product development and testing, SPIR can help pay for these and many other initiatives that require technically advanced assistance. UB TCIE is the regional administrator of the program. 

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence
TCIE works with industry to streamline business processes.

The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), an elite university extension program, connects the business community with expert resources of the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TCIE fosters business growth and guides entrepreneurs, mid-sized businesses and mature companies toward improved performance. TCIE provides technical assistance through services such as facility layout and workflow analysis, finite element analysis and systems engineering.

Results-oriented Operational Excellence offerings include consultation in ISO, Lean, Six Sigma and industrial engineering. Professional development training is delivered through traditional, blended and online learning modes for the working adult.

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Transportation Informatics (TransInfo) mines the wealth of data by employing a wide variety of methods, tools and models, including methods from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Statistics, and Database Systems.  

When these methods are applied to large datasets (these are now often referred to as “Big Data”) that have been appropriately compiled and fused together, the result is invaluable and actionable information that can help improve transportation systems efficiency, safety, sustainability and resiliency, inform and guide transportation planning, investment decisions, and transportation policies.