Deniz Erdogmus

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering


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  • 617.373.3021

Research Focus

Statistical signal and image analysis, machine learning, neural interfaces, biomedical data analysis, human-intent inference for CPS


Deniz Erdogmus graduated with B.S. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE), and the B.S. in Mathematics in 1997, and M.S. in EEE in 1999 from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2002, where he stayed as a postdoctoral research associate until 2004. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in 2008, he held an Assistant Professor position at the Oregon Health and Science University. His expertise is in information theoretic and nonparametric machine learning and adaptive signal processing, specifically focusing on cognitive signal processing including brain interfaces and assistive technologies. Deniz has been serving as an associate editor IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Transactions on Neural Networks, Signal Processing Letters, and Elsevier Neurocomputing. He is a member of the IEEE-SPS Machine Learning for Signal Processing Technical Committee.


  • PhD, University of Florida, 2002. Joined Northeastern in 2008.

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 COE Faculty Fellow
  • 2014 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering
  • 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Research Overview

Statistical signal and image analysis, machine learning, neural interfaces, biomedical data analysis, human-intent inference for CPS

Deniz Erdogmus conducts research in statistical signal/image analysis and machine learning, with applications to human-in-the-loop cyber-physical systems, brain/body-computer interfaces, biomedical image analysis, robotics, communications, control, and neuroscience.

Cognitive Systems Lab

CSL performs research at the intersection of signal processing, machine learning, and their applications to contemporary problems in biological sciences and biomedical engineering. Currently, our research focuses on brain computer interface design for assistive technologies and human machine interaction, image processing and target tracking for radiation therapy, and image segmentation for basic neuroscience research.

Cognitive Systems Lab

Center for Signal Processing, Imaging, Reasoning, and Learning Lab

The Center for Signal Processing, Imaging, Reasoning, and Learning (SPIRAL) is a federation of labs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Northeastern University. The lab comprises 8 faculty and more than 30 graduate students and postdocs, working in diverse research areas such as statistical signal processing, machine learning, distributed computing, and optimization.


Selected Research Projects

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • V. Yildiz, P. Tian, I. Yildiz, J.M. Brown, J. Kalpathy-Cramer, J. Dy, S. Ioannidis, D. Erdogmus, S. Ostmo, S.J. Kim, R.V.P. Chan, J.P. Campbell, M.F. Chiang, Plus Disease in Retinopathy of Prematurity: Convolutional Neural Network Performance Using a Combined Neural Network and Feature Extraction Approach, Translational Vision Science and Technology, 9(2), 2020, 10
  • I. Yildiz, P. Tian, J. Dy, D. Erdogmus, J. Brown, J. Kalpathy- Cramer, S. Ostmo, J.P. Campbell, M.F. Chiang, S. Ioannidis Classification and Comparison Via Neural Networks, Neural Networks, 118, 2019, 65-80
  • M. Han, S.Y. Gunay, G. Schirner, T. Padir, D. Erdogmus, HANDS: A Multimodal Dataset for Modeling Toward Human Grasp Intent Inference in Prosthetic Hands, Intelligent Service Robotics, 13, 2019, 179–185
  • M.S. Goodwin, C.A. Mazefsky, S. Ioannidis, D. Erdogmus, M. Siegel, Predicting Aggression to Others in Youth with Autism Using Wearable Biosensor, Autism Research, 12(8), 1286-1296, 2019


Jul 07, 2022

ECE PhD Students Win PETRA Best Student Paper Award

ECE PhD student Kyle Lockwood and coauthors received the best student paper award at PETRA 2022 (Corfu, Greece), with their paper titled “Leveraging Submovements for Prediction and Trajectory Planning for Human-Robot Handover”.


Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]


Nov 22, 2021

Collaborative Work Between Cognitive Systems Laboratory and MERL Wins at NeurIPS 2021 BEETL Competition

Khoury computer science student Niklas Smedemark-Margulies, PhD’23, and his advisor ECE Professor Deniz Erdogmus were part of the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) Signal Processing team that placed first in the cross-subject transfer learning task and fourth place overall at the NeurIPS 2021 BEETL AI Challenge for EEG Transfer Learning.

Eugene Tunik, Deniz Erdogmus, Dana Brooks.


Aug 05, 2021

Cutting-Edge Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator

BioE/ECE Affiliated Faculty Eugene Tunik, ECE Professor Deniz Erdogmus, ECE Research Professor Dana Brooks, and COS Professor Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli were awarded a $400K NSF MRI grant for the “Acquisition of a controllable pulse transcranial magnetic stimulator with robotic positioning and integrated EEG / EMG for engineering and neuroscience research and education.”


Jun 07, 2021

Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. BASE CAMP AWARDS Ana Salichs, E’22, “Colorimetric Assays […]

abstract photo of women doctor pointing to tablet with medical imagery around it


May 11, 2021

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Human beings are some of the most complex systems in the world, and responses to illness, disease, and impairments manifest in countless different ways. When it comes to making sure that your system stays up and running, healthcare professionals typically have their own deep well of knowledge—but the addition of artificial intelligence tools offers unprecedented […]

Cameron Young and Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik


Mar 30, 2021

Two COE Students Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

Cameron Young, E’22, chemical engineering and biochemistry, and Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik, E’22, electrical engineering, were awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the United States’ premier award for outstanding young researchers in STEM fields.

Assistant Professor Pau Closas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, CEE Professor Edward Beighley


Feb 25, 2021

Improving Flood Monitoring Methods

ECE Assistant Professor Pau Closas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, CEE Professor Edward Beighley, and ECE Postdoc Tales Imbiriba were awarded a $98K grant from the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration for “Spaceborne Multispectral Image Fusion for Water Mapping and Flood Management”.

mask in robot testing device


Oct 07, 2020

Using Robots for Testing Medical Protective Equipment

During the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and his research team, including electrical engineering co-op students, created a method to use robotic technology to assist manufacturers in the testing of surgical masks and gowns, which otherwise would have been shipped to testing facilities that could take months for results.

Deniz Erdogmus


Sep 10, 2020

Studying the Science of Emotion

COS Assistant Professor Ajay Satpute, Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, and ECE Professor Deniz Erdogmus received an $800K NSF grant for “The Brain Basis of Emotion: A Category Construction Problem”.

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