December 10, 2018

Two ECE faculty on most highly cited list

December 10, 2018

Two electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty at the University of California, Riverside have been named to the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Clarivate Analytics, which was previously part of the Thomson Reuters. The list includes frequently cited researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences, and recognizes “researchers whose citation records position them in the highest ranks of influence and impact.” It identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.


The two highly cited ECE researchers from UCR include:


  • Alexander Balandin, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of California Presidential Chair professor of materials science and engineering, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Physics category)

Balandin’s expertise and research interests cover a broad range from solid-state physics theory to experimental investigation of advanced materials and fabrication of nano-devices with applications in electronics and energy conversion. His lab group is internationally recognized for pioneering studies of graphene’s thermal properties, discovery of unique features of phonon thermal transport in two-dimensional materials, as well as the first proposals and demonstrations of practical applications of graphene in thermal management of electronics. To learn more about the Balandin group, visit:


  • Wei Ren, professor of electrical and computer engineering (Engineering category)

In Ren’s Coven lab, his group focuses on cooperative control of multiple autonomous vehicles, distributed consensus, networked cyber-physical systems, and autonomous control of unmanned vehicles. Ren’s lab is motivated by the increasing demand for networked autonomous vehicles. The increased computational resources enable the development of autonomous vehicles that have the capability to significantly improve the operational effectiveness of both civilian and military applications. His lab is particularly interested in distributed multi-vehicle cooperative control, where collective group behavior is achieved through local interaction. To learn more about the Coven lab, visit:


A total of 11 UCR researchers were named to the list in such categories as Plant & Animal Science and Geosciences as well as a new category, Cross-Field, which recognizes faculty for exceptional performance based on high impact papers in several fields.