LIDS research, while grounded in certain established disciplines, is predominantly of a multidisciplinary nature. It also spans the full range from fundamental research and the development of new methodologies, to applications of major significance.

Core engineering disciplines:

Much of the research in LIDS revolves around the core disciplines of:
More often than not, research activities involve a combination of these disciplines. On the one hand, LIDS research builds on the knowledge base of these disciplines; but more importantly, LIDS plays a key role in identifying novel directions and advancing the state of the art in each of them.

Underlying methodologies:

LIDS research relies on the analytical foundations provided by various mathematical disciplines, such as probability and statistics, dynamic systems, and optimization and decision theory. It also strives to advance these foundations along new directions, relevant to emerging engineering problems. 

Application domains:

Research in LIDS addresses and is driven by broad challenges, emerging applications, critical needs, and intellectual opportunities for technological advances. Active areas include:
  • Biological systems and bio-medical data analysis. 
  • Coordination of unmanned autonomous systems. 
  • Energy information systems 
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. 
  • Large-scale data assimilation for the geosciences 
  • Network scheduling and routing 
  • Sensor networks 
  • Social network analysis and characterization 
  • Ultra-wideband and other emerging communications technologies