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Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Box 90291, Durham, NC 27708-0291
3461 Ciemas, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Physics-based machine learning algorithms for big data, including developing remediation strategies for the hearing impaired and sensor-based algorithms for the detection of hazardous buried objects

Selected Grants


InstaJam: every airman a sensor - jamming classification, localization, and visualization

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by InstaJam, LLC · 2023 - 2025

BREEZE: New Ventricular Direct Cooling Stylet to Mitigate Secondary Brain Injury

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2024

Leveraging Natural Language Processing for Reverberant Speech Enhancement in Cochlear Implants

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2024

Signal Processing for Magnetometer-based Deep Detection of Unexploded Ordnance

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Office of Naval Research · 2020 - 2022

InstaJam: every airman a sensor - jamming classification, localization, and visualization

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by InstaJam, LLC · 2023 - 2025

BREEZE: New Ventricular Direct Cooling Stylet to Mitigate Secondary Brain Injury

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2024

Leveraging Natural Language Processing for Reverberant Speech Enhancement in Cochlear Implants

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2024

Signal Processing for Magnetometer-based Deep Detection of Unexploded Ordnance

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Office of Naval Research · 2020 - 2022

Deep Context-aware Discriminative Learning for Buried Threat Detection: single sensor processing and multi-sensor fusion

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2017 - 2022

Using Machine Learning to Mitigate Reverberation Effects in Cochlear Implants

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2015 - 2021

Optimizing cochlear implant sound processor configurations via neural response properties to improve speech comprehension

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by American Hearing Research Foundation · 2018 - 2019

Data Extraction and Reporting Tool for Aspen Simulator Data

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by 8 Rivers Capital, LLC · 2017 - 2017

Advanced Algorithm Development for Handheld Landmine And Other Explosive Threats

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2014 - 2017

Dual Band Forward Looking GPR Processing for Landmine and IED Detection

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by United States Army · 2012 - 2017

Statistical Signal Processing for Remote Sensing of Targets: Proposal for Terrestrial Science Program

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2009 - 2013

Statistical Signal Processing for Robust Automated UXO Classification

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program · 2010 - 2011

Speech Processor Optimization for Cochlear Implants

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2006 - 2011

Terrestrial Remote Sensing Equipment Proposal

EquipmentCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2010 - 2011

Statistical Signal Processing For Landmine and Ordnance Detection and Discrimination

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2006 - 2011

Statistical and Adaptive Signal Processing for UXO Discrimination for Next-Generation Sensor Data

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program · 2005 - 2009

Theme-based Redesign of the Duke ECE Undergraduate Curriculum at Duke University

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2004 - 2008

A Vertically-Integrated Application-Driven Undergraduate Signal Processing Laboratory

Institutional SupportCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2004 - 2008

Statistical Signal Processing and Modeling for Demining

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2000 - 2008

Adaptive Multi-Modality Inverse Scattering for Targets Embedded in General Stochastic Environments

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2002 - 2007

Modeling and Signal Processing for EMI Sensing of Landmines, In Support of AMD System (supplement)

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Office of Naval Research · 2004 - 2006

Signal Processing and Modeling for UXO Detection and Discrimination in Highly Contaminated Sites

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program · 2002 - 2005

Theme-based Redesign of the Duke ECE Curriculum

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2003 - 2005

Multi-Sensor Physics-Based Classification of Unexploded Ordnance

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2002 - 2005

Duke University Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory

EquipmentCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 2002 - 2005

Optimizing Noise-based Enhancement of Speech Recognition by Cochlear Implant Patients

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2000 - 2003

Cat Auditory Nerve Respoonse to Small Electrical Pulses

ResearchCollaborator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1999 - 2002

Improved Landmine Detection and Identification: Combining Statistical Decision Making and Auditory-based Optimizat

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 1998 - 2001

Statistical Signal Processing for Demining: Experimental Verification

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 1999 - 2000

Psychophysical Measures in Cochlear Implant Subjects

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1996 - 1999

Preliminary Research to Investigate the Feasibility of a Novel Signal

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 1998 - 1999