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Lawrence Carin

Lawrence Carin

James L. Meriam Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lawrence Carin earned the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1985, 1986, and 1989, respectively. In 1989 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Polytechnic University (Brooklyn) as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor there in 1994. In September 1995 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Duke University, where he is now a Professor, and Vice Provost for Research. From 2003-2014 he held the William H. Younger Distinguished Professorship, and he was ECE Department Chair from 2011-2014. Dr Carin's early research was in the area of electromagentics and sensing, and over the last 15 years his research has moved to applied statistics and machine learning. He has recently served on the Program Committee for the following machine learning conferences: International Conf. on Machine Learning (ICML), Neural and Information Processing Systems (NIPS), Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), and Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI). He was previously an Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, the IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, and the SIAM J. of Imaging Science. He is currently an AE for the J. of Machine Learning Research. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James L. Meriam Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Vice Provost for Research
  • Member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 176 Hudson Eng Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5270
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 1989
  • M.Sc.Eng. University of Maryland, College Park, 1986
  • B.S.E. University of Maryland, College Park, 1985

Research Interests

Applied statistics and machine learning

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellows. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2001

Courses Taught

  • CEE 780: Internship
  • COMPSCI 393: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study
  • ECE 391: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 891: Internship
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Hultman, R; Ulrich, K; Sachs, BD; Blount, C; Carlson, DE; Ndubuizu, N; Bagot, RC; Parise, EM; Vu, M-AT; Gallagher, NM; Wang, J; Silva, AJ; Deisseroth, K; Mague, SD; Caron, MG; Nestler, EJ; Carin, L; Dzirasa, K, Brain-wide Electrical Spatiotemporal Dynamics Encode Depression Vulnerability., Cell, vol 173 no. 1 (2018), pp. 166-180.e14 [10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.012] [abs].
  • Wei, Q; Ren, Y; Hou, R; Shi, B; Lo, JY; Carin, L, Anomaly detection for medical images based on a one-class classification, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging Proceedings of Spie, vol 10575 (2018) [10.1117/12.2293408] [abs].
  • Liang, KJ; Heilmann, G; Gregory, C; Diallo, SO; Carlson, D; Spell, GP; Sigman, JB; Roe, K; Carin, L, Automatic threat recognition of prohibited items at aviation checkpoint with x-ray imaging: A deep learning approach, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, vol 10632 (2018) [10.1117/12.2309484] [abs].
  • Carlson, D; David, LK; Gallagher, NM; Vu, M-AT; Shirley, M; Hultman, R; Wang, J; Burrus, C; McClung, CA; Kumar, S; Carin, L; Mague, SD; Dzirasa, K, Dynamically Timed Stimulation of Corticolimbic Circuitry Activates a Stress-Compensatory Pathway., Biological Psychiatry, vol 82 no. 12 (2017), pp. 904-913 [10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.06.008] [abs].
  • Gan, Z; Gan, C; He, X; Pu, Y; Tran, K; Gao, J; Carin, L; Deng, L, Semantic compositional networks for visual captioning, Proceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017, vol 2017-January (2017), pp. 1141-1150 [10.1109/CVPR.2017.127] [abs].