2017-18 Academic Catalog

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department Head: Dr. Nicolas H. Younan
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. James E. Fowler

216 Simrall Building
Box 9571
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-3912
Fax: 662-325-2298
E-mail: eegpd@ece.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.ece.msstate.edu

Graduate study is offered in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. are available via BCoE Learning (online). Major areas of study include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Communications
  • Controls
  • Computer Architecture and Digital Computing
  • Electromagnetics
  • Power and High Voltage
  • Microelectronics and VLSI
  • Signal, Image, and Speech Processing

Research facilities include the following.

  • High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPCC)
  • Geosystems Research Institute (GRI)
  • Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS)
  • MSU High Voltage Laboratory
  • Emerging Materials Research Laboratory
  • Microsystems Prototyping Laboratory

Note:  Effective Fall 2012 semester, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering no longer offers separate electrical engineering (EE) or computer engineering (CPE) degrees at the graduate level.

Admission Criteria

In addition to meeting the requirements set forth by the Graduate School in the admission section of this publication, the basic requirements of the department for admission to the graduate program include the following.

  • 3.00/4.00 GPA on a B.S. degree for admission to the M.S. degree program
  • 3.50/4.00 GPA on a B.S. or M.S. degree for admission to the Ph.D. degree program
  • 550 PBT TOEFL score (79 iBT) or 6.5 IELTS score for the student whose native language is not English (unless he/ she earned a degree from a U.S. institution)
  • Satisfactory performance on the GRE for students with a degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Department for admission to the graduate program, highly qualified undergraduate students may be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program. Such direct admission requires a minimum undergraduate equivalent GPA of 3.50/4.00 on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate courses, or a first class with distinction degree classification for students whose degrees are from institutions where no GPA is reported, and a satisfactory performance on the GRE for students with a degree from a program that is not  EAC/ABET-accredited.

ECE M.S. students who wish to transfer to the Ph.D. program prior to completing the requirements for the Master of Science degree must submit a new application provided that they have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.80 on the first 15 credit hours of graduate courses taken at MSU.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is not typically available to applicants to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Conditional Admission

Students who are fully funded by some external source (typically a scholarship program sponsored by the government of the student's home country) and who meet all other admission requirements, but lack only the TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission, may apply to be admitted conditionally, provided that the student's funding source will cover one year of English as a Second Language (ESL) study.  After one year of ESL study, the student can apply for regular admission into the graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering providing that a TOEFL/IELTS score meeting admission requirements (79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS) has been obtained.  Conditional admission is available only for the fall semester.  During the time of ESL study, a conditionally admitted student may only take ESL courses; a conditionally admitted student may not take courses other than ESL courses, or engage in research activities, during the time of ESL study.  To be considered for conditional admission, the student must include in their statement of purpose submitted with their application for admission a statement that they wish to be considered for conditional admission.  Documentation of the source of funding indicating that the funding will cover a year of ESL study must also be submitted with the application materials.

Accelerated Program

Highly qualified MSU undergraduates in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are encouraged to consider applying to the Accelerated Program.  This program permits students to earn up to 9 hours of graduate-level coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies.  Students in the Accelerated Program take graduate-level courses and earn both undergraduate credit and graduate credit simultaneously.  Students need to consult with a potential graduate advisor to ensure graduate credit could be applied to a program of study for the graduate degree.  Application to this program is made in the junior year (i.e., after completion of 60 or more hours of graded undergraduate courses).  Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Program should contact the department's graduate coordinator, Dr. James E. Fowler, for more details.

Requirements for admission into the Accelerated Program requires the following.

  • A GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 system for all undergraduate work
  • A minimum of 60 hours toward the Bachelor's degree

For students enrolled in an Accelerated Program the MSU Graduate Council has established these guidelines in cooperation with the Registrar's Office.

  • Once the student is accepted into the Accelerated Program, the student and the advisor may select up to 9 hours that will satisfy both undergraduate and graduate requirements.  These courses may be split-level (i.e., 4000-6000) or 8000 level classes.  The student should take the courses for graduate credit (i.e., 6000-level or higher).  The combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours may not exceed 13 hours within a semester.
  • The student should use the Undergraduate Enrollment in Accelerated Degree Program form (http://www.grad.msstate.edu/forms/pdf/accel.pdf) to (i) receive from the Office of the Graduate School a level override that enables the student to enroll in the graduate course(s) and (ii) activate a process with the Registrar's Office to obtain both undergraduate and graduate credit for the course.  After successfully completing the graduate-level class(es), the Registrar will grant credit for the undergraduate course with the same grade as received for the graduate course.  For a split-level class, the transcript will show credit for both the 4000- and 6000-level on the transcript.  In the case of an 8000 level class, a special topics undergraduate course of the same title will be entered on the transcript to allow dual credit.  
  • Students are permitted to opt out of the accelerated program at any time, at which point they would complete only the undergraduate portion of the program.  No additional dual counting of courses would occur after the student opted out of the accelerated degree program.
  • Students are expected to apply to the graduate degree program during the last semester in which they are enrolled in the bachelor's program.  Application to the graduate degree program would be made through the standard application process via the Office of the Graduate School.  Students will receive the bachelor's degree once the requirements for the bachelor's degree are met.  Students will be required to complete all of the requirements for both the bachelor's and graduate degrees in order to receive both degrees and those requirements will be identical to the requirements for students enrolled in traditional bachelor's and graduate degree programs.  Students will be classified as undergraduates until they fulfill all the requirements for the undergraduate degree.  At that time, upon admission to graduate school, they will be classified as graduate students and will be subject to all the guidelines pertaining to the graduate degree.

Academic Performance

To be in good academic standing, a student is expected to maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 after admission to the program.  If a graduate student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.00, the student will be placed on probation. While on probation, a student will not receive any type of financial support (TA, RA, fellowships, wages, etc.) and is required to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.00 by the end of the following semester of enrollment.  While on probation, the student must enroll in 9 credit hours of coursework; Directed Individual Study courses are excluded.

A student will be dismissed from the graduate program if

  • in any semester subsequent to being on probation, the student's cumulative GPA falls again below a 3.00;
  • a student makes grades of D, F, U, or more than two Cs;
  • a student fails twice the oral examination (M.S. level) or the preliminary examination (Ph.D. level);
  • a student does not pass the Ph.D. qualifying exam in four attempts, within the first four semesters;
  • a student receives an unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or dissertation;
  • a student fails to take a remedial course in the required semester.

In case of a dismissal from the graduate program, a student may appeal his/her academic dismissal according to the following procedure:

  • Within four weeks of being notified of the official dismissal, the student must present the request and related explanation in writing to the department head and/or graduate coordinator. The department head/coordinator will review the appeal with the departmental graduate committee and render a recommendation.
  • If the appeal at the departmental level is unsuccessful, a student may then appeal to the college dean.
  • If the appeal at the college level is unsuccessful, the student may then appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Prerequisite and Core Courses

It is required that all graduate students take the following courses for credit as required remedial undergraduate coursework unless the transcript shows equivalent credit. Additional courses may be required.

ECE 3413Introduction to Electronic Circuits3
ECE 3424Intermediate Electronic Circuits4
ECE 3443Signals and Systems3
ECE 3714Digital Devices and Logic Design4
ECE 3724Microprocessors3-4
or ECE 4743 Digital System Design

Program of Study

It is the responsibility of each graduate student to develop a suitable program of graduate study in conjunction with the student’s major advisor and graduate advisory committee. Minimum requirements for the M.S. is 30 credit hours past the B.S. Minimum requirements for the Ph.D. is 48 credit hours past the M.S. or 66 credit hours past the B.S. for direct-admit Ph.D. students.

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Thesis

Graduate coursework with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 8000 level24
ECE 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Electrical and Computer Engineering6
Total Hours 130
1

Students can also take up to 6 hours in ECE 7000, and a minor area outside the department is optional (9 credit hours with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 8000 level).

Students are required to orally defend their thesis.  The thesis document (finished, not a draft) must be read and approved by the major professor and presented to the remaining committee members one week before the scheduled oral defense.

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Non-Thesis

Graduate coursework at the 8000 level15
Other graduate-level coursework15
Total Hours 130
1

 Students can also take up to 6 hours in ECE 7000, and a minor area outside the department is optional (9 credit hours with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 8000 level.)

Students in the non-thesis program must pass an oral examination.  The oral examination consists of a comprehensive exam related to all the graduate level courses taken toward the degree.  

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 8XXXGraduate-level coursework12
ECE XXXXAdditional graduate-level coursework 112
ECE 9000Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Electrical and Computer Engineering24
Total Hours 148
1

Students can also take up to 6 hours in ECE 7000, and a minor area outside the department is optional (12 credit hours at the Ph.D. level with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 8000 level).

A doctoral student is required to orally defend his or her dissertation.  The dissertation document (finished, not a draft) must be read and approved by the major professor and presented to the remaining committee readers two weeks before the scheduled oral defense.

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Direct-Admit

ECE 8XXXGraduate-level coursework21
ECE XXXXGraduate-level coursework21
ECE 9000Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Electrical and Computer Engineering24
Total Hours 166
1

Students can also take up to 6 hours in ECE 7000, and a minor area outside the department is optional (12 credit hours at the Ph.D. level with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the 8000 level).

A doctoral student is required to orally defend his or her dissertation.  The dissertation document (finished, not a draft) must be read and approved by the major professor and presented to the remaining committee readers two weeks before the scheduled oral defense.

Completion Requirements

Examinations

All students enrolled in the doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering are required to pass a written qualifying examination.  The purpose of this qualifying examination is to assess the student’s broad background in ECE and ensure their capabilities for conducting doctoral work. This exam covers undergraduate ECE coursework. Students who are classified as doctoral students must pass the qualifying examination within the first two years of full-time doctoral enrollment.  Students enrolled in the doctoral program part-time have two years to pass the qualifying examination after completing 9 credit hours of coursework.

Additionally, doctoral students are required to pass the oral preliminary examination (dissertation-proposal defense). The oral preliminary examination may be taken only after the student has passed the qualifying examination; in addition, the student must have completed or be within 6 hours of completing the coursework. The oral preliminary exam consists of a presentation of current research activities toward the student’s dissertation.

ECE 6193 Automotive Engineering: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Fundamentals of automotive engineering, including power units, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and industrial and systems engineering aspects. (Same as CHE/IE/ME 4193/6193 )

ECE 6243 Introduction to Physical Electronics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3424). Three hours lecture. Introduction to quantum mechanics and solid state physics. Physical principles of pn junctions, bipolar transistors, field effect transistors. Applications include electro-optics, integrated circuits, gaseous electronics

ECE 6263 Principles of VLSI Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in both ECE 3724 and ECE 3424).Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Classic and dynamic CMOS circuit design using state-of-the-art CAD tools, with emphasis on digital system cells and architecture

ECE 6273 Microelectronics Device Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3424). Three hours lecture. Theory of semiconductors in equilibrium and non-equilibrium, advanced theory of p-n junctions, bipolar junction transistor and advanced theory and operation of field dependent devices

ECE 6283 Microelectronics Process Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3424). Three hours lecture. Introduction to device fabrication technologies, semiconductor parameter measurement techniques, and the principles of design relative to the LSI technologies

ECE 6293 Nano-electronics: 3 hours.

ECE 3213, PH 2233 or PH 3613, or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Theoretical foundations of nano-electronics, overview of nano-fabrication, general principles of nan-electronic devices, modern applications including integrated circuits, photonics, renewable energy and bio-medical

ECE 6313 Antennas: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3323 ). Three hours lecture. Introduction to antennas and electromagnetic radiation, antenna design and analysis, antenna performance measures, antenna types, and antenna arrays

ECE 6323 Electromagnetic Compatibility: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3323 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to EMC EMC standards, EMC measurements emissions and susceptibility, non-ideal behavior of components, signal spectra, crosstalk and shielding

ECE 6333 RF and Microwave Engineering: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3323 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to RF and microwave engineering, unguided and guided wave types, transmission lines, waveguides, microwave networks, impedance matching techniques, and microwave components

ECE 6411 Remote Sensing Seminar: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite:Junior Standing). One hour lecture. Lectures by remote sensing experts from industry, academia and governmental agencies on next- generation systems, applications, and economic and societal impact of remote sensing. May be repeated for credit up to four credits. (Same as PSS 4411/6411, FO 4411/6411, GR 4411/6411)

ECE 6413 Digital Signal Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3443). Three hours lecture. Discrete time signals, Z-Transform, Discrete Fourier Transform, digital filter design including IIR, FIR, and FFT synthesis

ECE 6423 Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies: 3 hours.

Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing, or consent of instructor. Three hours lecture. Electromagnetic interaction passive sensors, multispectral and hyperspectral optical sensors, active sensors, imaging radar, SAR, Lidar, digital image processing, natural resource applications. (Same as PSS 4483/6483 and ABE 4483/6483)

ECE 6433 Introduction to Radar: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3443 or permission of instructor). Three hours lecture. An overview of the basic concepts of radar including transmitters, receivers, target detection, antennas, signal processing, and tracking

ECE 6613 Power Transmission Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3614). Three hours lecture. Transmission of power from generator to distribution system; transmission line design; load flow; symmetrical components; balanced/unbalanced faults; stability

ECE 6633 Power Distribution Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3614). Three hours lecture. Distribution of power from transmission system to users; primary and secondary feeders; voltage regulation; distribution transformers; protective device coordination; system design; load management

ECE 6643 Power Systems Relaying and Control: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C of better in ECE 4613). Three hours lecture. Protection objectives and fundamentals; inputs; protection of generators, transformers, busses and lines; stability and control

ECE 6653 Introduction to Power Electronics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both ECE 3614 and ECE 3424 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Introduction to power electronic circuits, with emphasis on design and analysis of power semiconductor converters including DC-DC converters, PWM inverters, and DC power supplies

ECE 6663 Insulation Coordination in Electric Power Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Credit or registration in ECE 4613). Three hours lecture. Lightning phenomena; switching surges and temporary system overvoltages; laboratory generation and application of high voltages and currents; basic insulation levels; surge arresters; system insulation design

ECE 6673 Fundamentals of High Voltage Engineering: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3614).Three hours lecture. Electrical fields, fields in multi-dielectrics, breakdown mechanisms in gases, liguids, and solid dielectrics, laboratory generation of high voltages, hight voltage insulators and cables

ECE 6713 Computer Architecture: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in ECE 3724). Three hours lecture. Detailed design and implementation of a stored-program digital computer system. Designs for the CPU, I/O subsystems, and memory organizations. ALU design and computer arithmetic

ECE 6723 Embedded Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CSE 3324 and ECE 3724 and in either ECE 3424 or CSE 4153). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Advanced topics in embedded systems design using contemporary practice. Interrupt-driven, reactive, real-time, object-oriented, and distributed client/server embedded systems

ECE 6743 Digital System Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in ECE 3724. Credit or registration in ECE 3424). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Hierarchical digital design using available design software. Computer aided design workstations will be used to give students access to state-of-the-art design techniques

ECE 6763 Information and Computer Security: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CSE 4733/6733). Three hours lecture. Topics include encryption systems, network security, electronic commerce, systems threats, and risk avoidance procedures. (Same as CSE 4243/6243)

ECE 6783 Vision Based Guidance for MAVs: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both MA 3113 and MA 3253). Two hours lecture and one hour laboratory. This course covers the use of modern computer vision techniques applied to the control of micro air vehicles (MAVs)

ECE 6813 Communications Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3443 ). Three hours lecture. The frequency and time domain; modulation; random signal theory; network analysis using nondeterministic signals; basic information theory; noise

ECE 6823 Digital Communications: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 4813/6813 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Digital communications systems design trade-offs and performance analysis in the presence of AWGN. Principle topics;transmission and detection, link analysis, channel coding, multiple access, spread-spectrum

ECE 6833 Data Communications and Computer Networks: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CSE 1384 or ECE 3732, and ECE 3724, both with a grade of C or better). Three hours lecture. The concepts and practices of data communications and networking to provide student with an understanding of the hardware and software used for data communications. (Same as CSE 4153/6153)

ECE 6843 Error Correcting Digital Codes: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Senior or Gradute Standing). Three hours lecture. A survey, in depth, of current error correcting coding techniques for providing digital data transmission with protection from random and burst noise sources. Many practical and currently used techniques are discussed in detail and some hands-on experience is provided

ECE 6853 Electro-Optics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3424 or consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. Linear system theory of optical processes ; Electroptic systems;electro-optical information processing

ECE 6913 Feedback Control Systems I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 3443). Three hours lecture. Laplace transforms; transient and frequency response of feedback systems; transfer functions; Nyquist criterion, root locus; compensation of feedback systems; logarithmic analysis and design

ECE 6923 Feedback Control Systems II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3443). Three hours lecture. Finite difference and recurrence equations. z-transform theory. Analysis of sampled-data control systems. Design of digital control systems

ECE 6933 State Space Design and Instruments: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in ECE 3443). Three hours lecture. State space representation. Dynamic systems. Controllability and observability. Full-state feedback observers. Instrumentation: sensors and interfacing

ECE 6990 Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

ECE 7000 Directed Individual Study in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

ECE 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

ECE 8063 Parallel Computer Arch I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4713/6713/ CS 4113/6113). Three hours lecture. Study of hardware structures relevant to concurrent computing; evaluation and design methods associated with memory, pipelining, and multiple processors

ECE 8223 Analog Integrated Circuit Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3434). Analysis and design of analog integrated circuits. Selected topics on operational amplifiers, A-to-D converters and communication circuits. Bi-polar and MOSFETS

ECE 8273 VLSI Systems I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4263/6263). Three hours lecture VLSI design extended into controller concepts, self-timed logic; system design with CAD tools, parameterized block generators, silicon compilers, projects submitted to commercial silicon foundries

ECE 8313 Electromagnetic Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3254). Three hours lecture. Static boundary value problems, conformal transformation; Schwarz-Christoffel transformation; harmonics; application of Maxwell's equations to plane waves in dielectrics and conductors; antennas; and radiation. (Same as PH 8313)

ECE 8323 Electromagnetic Theory II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 8313). Three hours lecture. Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism: Electromagnetic waves, radiation, antennas, waveguides, scattering, diffraction, and special relativity. (Same as PH 8323)

ECE 8333 Radar Signal Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4413/6413 and ECE 4433/6433, or permission of instructor). Three hours lecture. An overview of radar signal processing, including waveform selection, Doppler processing, integration, pulse compression, target detection, and synthetic-aperture-radar processing

ECE 8401 Current Topics in Remote Sensing: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Credit or registration in ECE 4423/6423 or PSS 4483/6483 or ABE 4483/6483). One hour lecture. Review of current literature dealing with the technical issues of remote sensing technologies

ECE 8423 Adaptive Signal Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: ECE 3443 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Adaptive filtering, theoretical foundation, algorithms, structures, and implementations. Applications are included

ECE 8433 Statical Signal Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: MA 4533/6533 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Detection theory and design, statistical decisions, Bayes and Neyman-Pearson detection, asymptotic performance, signal processing applications

ECE 8443 Pattern Recognition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: MA 4533/6533 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Classification description, and structure of pattern recognition, patterns and feature extractions, engineering approaches including statistical and syntactic, and signal processing applications

ECE 8453 Introduction to Wavelets: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3443 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Wavelet-expansion systems, discrete wavelet transform, multiresolution analysis, time-frequency anaylsis, filter banks and the discrete wavelet transform, wavelet transform, wavelet design, wavelet-based applications

ECE 8473 Digital Image Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CS 1233, CS 1284 or equivalent, ECE 4413/ 6413 ). Three hours lecture. A study of digital image processing principles, concepts, and algorithms; mathematical models; image perception; image sampling and quantization, transforms, image coding

ECE 8483 Image and Video Coding: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 8473 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Intraframe predictive coding, intraframe transform coding, still-image coding standards, motion compensation, video-coding standards, image transmission and error control

ECE 8493 Introduction to Neural Networks: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:ECE 4413/6413 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Neural network architectures, training algorithms,and applications in areas such as signal processing and pattern classification

ECE 8623 Stability and Control of Power Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Transient and dynamic stability; effect of excitation on stability; control of system in steady state (AGC); economic dispatch

ECE 8633 Control of Distributed and Renewable Energy Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3614 or ECE 4913 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Control aspects of power electronic converters used as the interface in distributed and renewable energy systems including the power flow control, power quality aspects, grid supporting functions and stability issues

ECE 8663 High Voltage Engineering: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 3313). Three hours lecture. Emission, mobility, breakdown, corona, arcs impulse generation, measurement, analysis, dielectric materials, design laboratory demonstration

ECE 8683 Power System Operation and Control.: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 4613 or ECE 6613). Three hours lecture. Power generation characteristics; network modeling; economic dispatch; unit commitment; security constrained unit commitment; hydrothermal coordination

ECE 8713 Switching Theory I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:ECE 3434, ECE 4713/6713 or consent of instructor). Three hour lecture. Theory of combinational and sequential (synchronous and fundamental-mode) circuits with emphasis on performance, robustness, cost, and testability objectives

ECE 8723 Introduction to Computer Arithmetic: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:ECE 4263/6263).Three hours lecture. Fixed point number systems:algorithms, and associated logic level implementation for fixed point addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division;floating-point formats and operation

ECE 8733 Parallel Computing Architectures I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:ECE 4713/6713, CSE 4113/6113). Three hours lecture. Study of hardware structures relevant to concurrent computing;evaluation and design methods associated with memory, pipelining, and multiple processors

ECE 8743 Advanced Robotics: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Rotations and their parameterization, Lie group theory, and shape determination of continuum robots

ECE 8753 Distributed Computing Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in operating systems or instructor approval). Three hours lecture. Advanced topics related to distributed computing systems including communication, client-server model, code migration, naming, locating entities, synchronization, replication and consistency, fault tolerance, and security issues

ECE 8803 Random Signals and Signs: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:IE 4613 or MA 4523 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Probability and random processes, auto-and cross-correlation, energy and power spectral densities, mean-square calculus,ergodicity. Response of linear systems to random signals, and Markov chains

ECE 8813 Information Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 8803 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Entropy, the asymptotic equipartition property, entropy rate, data compression, channel capacity, differential entropy, the Gaussian channels, rate-distortion theory

ECE 8823 Wireless Networks: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4813/6813 Communications Theory or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Wireless network protocol design, theoretical analysis, and security and privacy

ECE 8833 Computational Intelligence: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: MA 4523/6523 or ECE 8803, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An overview of the field of computational intelligence for automated decision-making under uncertainty and pattern recognition with applications to signal and image processing

ECE 8923 Non-Linear Control Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4913/6913 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A study of techniques available to analyze non-linear systems and a study of associated synthesis procedures

ECE 8933 Random Processes in Automatic Control: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ECE 4913/6913 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Principles and application of statistical design; random processes in automatic control; time invariant systems

ECE 8943 Optimal Control of Dynamic Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:ASE 4123 or ECE 4913/6913 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. State variable description of systems; maximum principle of Pontryagin, dynamic programming, optimization of linear systems with quadratic performance measures; time optimal and fuel optimal systems. (Same as ASE 8863)

ECE 8963 Digital Control Systems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: ECE 4913/6913 and ECE 4923/6923 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. z-transform theory and analysis; modified z-transform; design principles; digital state obervers; introduction to optimal control; introduction to computer-aided digital control system design and analysis

ECE 8990 Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years.)

ECE 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged