Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chairperson: Kwang Y. Lee
Graduate Program Director: Keith Schubert
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ELC)
Selected topics in applied engineering mathematics. Topics include advanced linear algebra, signal theory, and optimization methods.
Computer-automated design of digital circuits. Functional specification; structural and behavioral modeling using hardware description languages; simulation for design verification and timing analysis; circuit synthesis for FPGA implementation; testing and fault diagnosis.
Advanced topics in computer architecture, including instruction set design, instruction pipelines, super scaler and very-long instruction word processors, cache and virtual memory systems, multiprocessor systems, large data storage systems and computer networks.
Hardware and software characteristics of real-time concurrent and distributed reactive control systems; design methodologies; performance analysis; case studies and development projects.
An in-depth study of electromagnetic fields and waves and their applications in modern wireless communication and sensor systems. Topics include Maxwell's equation for complex media, scalar and vector potentials, non-ideal transmission lines, cylindrical waveguides, general properties of guided waves, and antennas.
Fundamentals of microwave sensor design and applications. Emphasis on understanding the basic principles, fundamental electrical and magnetic properties of materials, and the sensor configurations of RF/microwave instruments used in industrial and biomedical application.
Design and analysis of solid-state electronic circuits at RF and microwave frequencies. Emphasis on operational characteristics and design procedures for two- and three-terminal semiconductor devices and the associated passive components and circuit fabrication techniques used for generating, amplifying, and processing signals in this frequency range.
The design of linear amplifiers and oscillators at microwave frequencies, including an emphasis on design procedures for optimum gain, stability, and noise performance of amplifiers and the negative resistance method for oscillators.
Electromagnetics of radar, signal processing of radar, radar imaging, Doppler processing, and radar antenna arrays. Analysis and design principles, simulation, and measurement.
Introduction to the processing and analysis of images in higher dimensions, including images and video. Characterization of higher dimensional signals. Multidimensional Fourier analysis, FFT's, systems and convolution. Reconstruction of images from projections. Tomography, Abel transforms, Radon transforms. Synthesis and restoration of signals using projection methods. Alternating projections onto convex sets.
Applications of signal theory and digital signal processing concepts toward biomedical signals. Topics include filters, signal modeling, adaptive methods, spectral analysis and statistical signal processing methods.
Foundational treatment of probability, random variables and stochastic processes used in the analysis of random signals and noise in many areas of engineering. Topics include the modeling and properties of probability, scalar and vector random variables, the central limit theorem, stochastic processes, stationarity, ergodicity, the Karhunen-Loeve expansion, power spectral densities, response of linear systems to random signals, and Markov chains.
Unified introduction to the theory, implementation, and applications of statistical and adaptive signal processing methods. Key topics focus on spectral estimation, signal modeling, adaptive filtering, and signal detection.
See BME 5357 for course information.
Foundational knowledge of computational intelligence and its application to engineering problems. Discriminant analysis, artificial neural networks, perception training and inversion, fuzzy logic, fuzzy inference engines, evolutionary computation, particle swarms, intelligent agents, and swarm intelligence.
Analysis of linear systems, including system modeling, state-variable representations, discrete-time systems, linear algebra, linear dynamic equations, stability, observability, controllability, state-feedback and state-estimators, realization, and pole placement.
Optimal control problems, static optimization, optimal control of discrete-time systems, the variational approach to optimal control, linear quadratic regulator problems, the maximum principle, extensions of LQR problem, time-optimal control problems, dynamic programming.
Introduction to intelligent control and optimization using a control-engineering approach. Topics include decision-making techniques, neural network architectures for modeling and control, system identification, fuzzy systems, evolutionary algorithms, and swarm intelligence.
Topics include: information models, entropy measures, data compression, coding theory, error correcting codes, the Kraft inequality, optimal codes, Shannon coding theorem, Burg’s theorem, evolutionary informatics, Kolmogorov complexity, algorithmic information theory, and Chaitin's number.
Introduction to distributed power generation, power conversion topologies and their control, power factor correction circuits, harmonic concepts and power quality, modeling and control of grid-connected loads and filters, interconnection standards and control issues, and control systems for rotating machines.
Designed for students in the process of selection of thesis or project topic. Students will gain experience in literature and/or laboratory research methods and formulation of a project appropriate for their area.
See EGR 5396 for course information.
See EGR 5397 for course information.
Students completing a master's program with a thesis must complete six hours of ELC 5V99.
Supervised research for developing a dissertation prospectus that will be the subject of the preliminary exam that will admit students to candidacy. A student may repeat this course for credit with a maximum of ten total hours. Registration for this course is sufficient for achieving full-time status.
Required of all doctoral candidates. In no case will fewer than 12 semester hours be accepted for a dissertation. Students may not enroll for dissertation hours until they have been officially accepted into candidacy for the doctoral degree. After initial enrollment, students must register for at least one semester hour of dissertation every semester thereafter (summer semester excluded).