Electrical and Computer Engineering

103 Siegel Hall
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312.567.7995 fax

Ashfaq Khokhar

Associate Chair
Jafar Saniie

Faculty with Research Interests
For more information regarding faculty visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers academic programs in advanced study to graduates with technical backgrounds in preparation for careers in industry and in academic research. In addition to the doctoral and master’s degrees, which are granted in recognition of research contribution and coursework, the department offers a number of professional master’s degrees and certificate programs to enable practicing engineers to pursue continuing education in their areas of interest.

Faculty members are engaged in research in the forefront of their fields, with funding derived from industrial and government research grants and contracts, which provide support to graduate students in the form of research assistantships, in addition to the development and the maintenance of the research facilities. The department also offers a number of fellowships and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis.

Admission to graduate study in one of the programs requires the completion of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or other engineering disciplines from an accredited university. Individuals with backgrounds in other fields of engineering are required to complete courses in the core undergraduate curriculum before commencing graduate work.

For many years, the graduate programs offered by the department have facilitated professionals in industry to advance their knowledge through the pursuit of graduate degrees. IIT Online, the interactive distance learning facility of Illinois Institute of Technology, provides support to continuing education by making numerous courses accessible via the Internet and a regional multi-channel television network serving almost 20 industrial organizations in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Research Centers and Facilities

The department operates research laboratories for work in CAD (Computer-Aided Design), for VLSI (Very- Large-Scale Integration), and SoC (System-on-Chip) circuit design, communications, computer networking, wireless networks, network security, cloud computing, cyber physical systems, embedded computing, image processing, medical imaging, data mining, microwave electronics, power systems, smart grids, signal processing, and ultrasonic imaging. The Electric Power and Power Electronics Center supports research initiatives with support from industry and government in the areas of power systems, power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. The Medical Imaging Research Center conducts research in numerous forms for imaging and data analysis, and includes the Advance X-ray Imaging Laboratory (AXIL), which is developing new types of x-ray devices. The department also collaborates with and utilizes the research resources of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering and nearby national laboratories.

The department has state-of-the-art computer systems to enhance and extend the generally available system in the university. A primary resource is a network of more than 100 high-performance workstations, file servers, and computer servers, computer clusters for both CPU and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) based computing, running the Windows/Unix/Linux/OS X operating system. With mass storage, CD-ROM drives, tape drives, and accelerated graphics, these systems provide students and researchers with an array of software tools including: programming languages (C, C++, Java, FORTRAN, Python, Perl, CUDA, Open CL, etc.), software development tools, software and hardware simulators, and electronic computer-aided design packages from companies such as Cadence, Synopsys, Avanti, Synplicity, Xilinx, Altera, Mentor Graphics, EPRI, and ESCA.

In addition to the workstations, the department maintains a collection of PCs for ECE students, including a set of machines that can be dedicated to hardware/software projects. The computers are connected via high-speed Ethernet, (wired and wireless), which in turn is connected to the university’s backbone and the Internet.

Research Areas

Active research programs are conducted in the general areas of communications systems, wireless networks, computer systems, computer networks, wireless security, cloud computing and micro-electronics, electromagnetics and electronics, power and control systems, and signal and image processing.

Energy/Environment/Economics (E3)

The Energy/Environment/Economics (E3) program was developed to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the energy industry by providing the interdisciplinary research and training required to produce a new breed of engineer—one who specializes in energy technologies and who understands the associated environmental and sustainability issues and economic forces that drive technology choice.

The E3 specialization requires an interdisciplinary thesis in an E3 area of research for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and an interdisciplinary graduate project or additional energy and sustainability courses for professional master’s degrees. Graduate students in E3 should also be enrolled in fundamental courses related to the topics of energy, environment, and economics. E3 is designed primarily for students majoring in engineering who are planning careers in energy-related fields. This interdisciplinary training prepares students to be not only creative and expert in a specialized area of energy extraction, conversion, or utilization, but also to possess a broad knowledge base of different energy sources, of sustainability issues related to energy extraction, conversion, and utilization, and of the impact of sustainability principles on the design and operation of energy systems. Furthermore, students will gain sufficient knowledge of sustainability and regulatory issues to enable them to make more viable technology choices.

Admission Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate GPA minimum: 3.0/4.0

TOEFL minimum score:  550/213/801


  1. GRE score:
    1100 (quantitative + verbal)
    3.5 (analytical writing)

  2. New GRE score:
    304 (quantitative + verbal)
    3.5 (analytical writing)


  1. GRE score:
    1100 (quantitative + verbal)
    3.5 (analytical writing)
  2. New GRE score:
    304 (quantitative + verbal)
    3.5 (analytical writing)

Meeting the minimum GPA and test score requirements does not guarantee admission. Test scores and GPA are just two of several important factors considered. Professional master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering, network engineering, telecommunication and software engineering, power engineering, biomedical images and signals, VLSI and microelectronics, and electricity markets do not require GRE scores for applicants who hold undergraduate degrees from universities in the United States with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Admission to the master’s degree programs normally requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering or computer engineering. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields with proficiency in engineering sciences, physics, mathematics, or computer science, gained through prior coursework or professional experience, are also eligible for admission, but will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the subject matter covered in undergraduate courses that are prerequisites for the chosen graduate program.

Proficiency may be demonstrated by passing a written exam or by taking and passing, with a grade of B or better, prerequisite undergraduate courses at the university. Specific course prerequisites for each degree program are listed within the program description.

Admission to the doctoral program requires a master’s degree. Each entering degree-seeking graduate student is assigned a temporary academic adviser who will provide initial guidance to the candidate. As their research and other academic interests become defined, students may opt to select a new permanent adviser.

Non-degree graduate students should consult with the department adviser. Students are responsible for following the guidelines of the graduate programs set by the department, in conjunction with the regulations of the Graduate College.


Paper-based test score/computer-based test score/internet-based test score.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs provide a student with post baccalaureate knowledge in an area of specialization within electrical and computer engineering. Students in these programs register as certificate non-degree seeking students. Certificates are granted upon completion of all course requirements in the chosen specialization area, as listed below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Certificate programs must be completed within five years.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet all course prerequisites. Any student admitted to a master’s degree program offered by the department may apply coursework completed in the certificate program toward the master’s degree requirements.

Course Descriptions

ECE 502
Basic Network Theory

Steady-state analysis of linear networks. Introduction to topology and the derivation of mesh, nodal & terminal pair relations using topological concepts with applications to computer-aided analysis of networks. Numerical techniques for network analysis and optimization.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 504
Wireless Communication System Design

Fundamentals of first (1G), second (2G), third (3G), and future generation cellular communication systems. This course covers the transition from 1G to 3G systems. Topics included are speech and channel encoders, interleaving, encryption, equalization, modulation formats, multi-user detection, smart antennas, technologies that are used in these transitions, and future generations of cellular systems. Compatibility aspects of digital cellular systems are discussed along with a review of the standards for the industry. TDMA and CDMA systems are covered in detail.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 513)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 505
Applied Optimization for Engineers

Principles of optimization for practical engineering problems, linear programming, nonlinear unconstrained optimization, nonlinear constrained optimization, dynamic programming.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 506
Analysis of Nonlinear Systems

Graphical and analytical methods, phase plane and singular points, periodic oscillations and limit cycles, forced nonlinear systems, jumps subharmonics and frequency entrainment; stability analysis using Liapunov, Popov and circle criteria; introduction to describing functions.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 507
Imaging Theory & Applications

Image formation methods including optical (photography), tomography, image formation with arrays of sensors, interferometry, and surface imaging. Technologies of image acquisition including digital cameras, radar/sonar and medical imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, optical imaging, electroencephalography, and magnetoencephalography. Throughout the semester, the course will also focus on the reconstruction of images based on the raw data obtained from various imaging techniques.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 508
Video Communications

This course covers the fundamentals of video coding and communications. The principles of source coding for the efficient storage and transmission of digital video will be covered. State-of-the-art video coding standards and error-resilient video coding techniques will be introduced. Recent technologies for robust transmission of video data over wired/wireless networks will be discussed. A detailed overview of architectural requirements for supporting video communications will be presented. Error control and cross-layer optimization techniques for wireless video communications will be covered.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 437 and ECE 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 509
Electromagnetic Field Theory

Electric and magnetic fields produced by charge and current distributions. Solution of Laplace's and Poisson's equations, time-varying fields and electromagnetic waves. Applications to waveguides and antennas.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 511
Analysis of Random Signals

Probability theory, including discrete and continuous random variables, functions and transformations of random variables. Random processes, including correlation and spectral analysis, the Gaussian process and the response of linear systems to random processes.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 513
Communication Engineering Fundamentals

Review of probability and random processes. AM with noise, FM with noise. Introduction to digital communication. Source coding, signal space analysis, channel modulations, optimum receiver design, channel encoding.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 514
Digital Communication Principles

Information transmission fundamentals, including capacity, entropy, Shannon's theorems and source coding. Introduction to rate distortion theory. Advanced digital modulation and demodulation techniques, performance measures. Channel coding and introduction to trellis coded modulation.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511 and ECE 513)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 515
Modern Digital Communications

Review of modulation and coding. Trellis coded modulation. Digital signaling over fading multipath channels. Spread spectrum signals for digital communications. Multiple access systems, time-division multiple access, code-division multiple access, and frequency-division multiple access. Advanced communications systems.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511 and ECE 513)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 516
Coding for Distributed Storage Systems

Distributed storage systems, such as data centers, are becoming a vital infrastructure of today's society by allowing to store reliably large amounts of data and make it accessible anywhere and anytime. The goal of this course is to train students with the different mathematical and engineering tools that are needed when studying and designing codes and algorithms for data reliability and security in these large-scale systems. The course will cover relevant topics in information theory, coding theory, graph theory, and wireless communications in addition to the active on-going research in this area.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 519
Coding for Reliable Communications

Encoders and decoders for reliable transmission of digital data over noisy channels. Linear block codes, cyclic codes, BCH codes, convolutional codes. Burst error correcting codes. Maximum likelihood decoding of convolutional codes. Performance of block and convolutional codes in additive white Gaussian channel.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 520
Information Theory and Applications

Definition of information; coding of information for transmission over a noisy channel including additive Gaussian noise channels and waveform channels; minimum rates at which sources can be encoded; maximum rates at which information can be transmitted over noisy channels. Information theoretic security. Modern applications of information theory in communications, networking, and other fields.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 521
Quantum Electronics

The Schrodinger equation. Matrix formulation. Quantization of lattice vibrations and electromagnetic fields. Optical beams and resonators. The interaction of radiation and atomic systems. Lasers. Optical waveguides and devices. Frequency conversion. Quantum noise . Same as PHYS 521.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 522
Electromagnetic Compatibility

Development of design procedures for minimizing interference between electronic circuits and systems. sources of conducted and radiated interference. Interference coupling mechanisms. Shielding theory. Grounding, bonding and filtering methods. special equipment design procedures. Problems associated with digital equipment. Measurement methods.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 524
Advanced Electronic Circuit Design

RF amplifiers and oscillators. Low and high power RF amplifier design techniques. Stability of amplifiers. LC and crystal oscillators. FM demodulators and limiters. Mixer design. Circuit design to minimize intermodulation and other forms of distortion.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 309 and ECE 312)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 525
RF Integrated Circuit Design

Essentials of contemporary RF CMOS integrated circuit analysis and design. Typical RF building blocks in CMOS and BiCMOS technologies, including passive IC components, MOS transistors, RLC tanks, distributed networks, RF amplifiers, voltage reference and biasing circuits, LNA, mixers, power amplifiers, and feedback networks. RF device modeling, Smith chart applications, bandwidth estimation, and stability analysis techniques. RF IC team design projects.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 312)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 526
Active Filter Design

Analysis and design of linear active filters with emphasis on realizations using operational amplifiers. Sensitivity analysis. Switched capacitor filters.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 308 and ECE 312)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 527
Performance Analysis of RF Integrated Circuits

Essentials of analysis techniques for nonlinear effects and noises in contemporary RF integrated circuit design. Nonlinear and distortion behaviors including inter-modulation, cross-modulation, harmonics, gain compression, desensitization, spurious, etc. Noise effects including thermal, short, Flicker, burst noises, etc. RF IC devices and circuits including resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, BJTs, FETs, low-noise amplifiers, mixers, power amplifiers, etc. Analysis skills for single-stage and multiple-stage networks. RF IC team design projects.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 312)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 529
Advanced VLSI Systems Design

Advanced design and applications in VLSI systems. The topics of this course include design tools and techniques, clocking issues, complexity management, layout and floor planning, array structures, testing and testability, advanced arithmetic circuitry, transcendental function approximations, architectural issues, signal processing architecture and sub-micron design. Design projects are completed and fabricated by student teams.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 429)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 530
High Performance VLSI IC Systems

Background and insight into some of the most active performance-related research areas of the field is provided. Issues covered include CMOS delay and modeling, timing and signal delay analysis, low power CMOS design and analysis, optimal transistor sizing and buffer tapering, pipelining and register allocation, synchronization and clock distribution, retiming, interconnect delay, dynamic CMOS design techniques, asynchronous vs. synchronous tradeoffs, BiCMOS, low power design, and CMOS power dissipation. Historical, primary, and recent papers in the field of high-performance VLSI digital and analog design and analysis are reviewed and discussed. Each student is expected to participate in the class discussions and also lead the discussion surveying a particular topic.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 429)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 531
Linear System Theory

Linear spaces and operators, single and multivariable continuous dynamical systems, controllability and observability. Canonical forms, irreducible realizations. Synthesis of compensators and observers. Composite systems, elements of stability.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 308)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 533
Robust Control

Uncertain systems; multi-variable control design; linear fractional transformation; uncertainties and small-gain theorem; H-infinity norm; algebraic Riccati equations; H-infinity control; optimality and robustness; design considerations; loop shaping; uncertainty and disturbance estimator; applications and examples.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 438)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 535
Discrete Time Systems

Discrete systems. Sampling and reconstruction procedures. Transform techniques of analysis and synthesis. State space techniques. Discrete controllability, observability and stability. Compensation and digital controllers.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 438)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 538
Renewable Energies

Various renewable energy sources such as solar systems, wind powered systems, ocean tides, ocean waves, and ocean thermal are presented. Their operational principles are addressed. Grid connected interfaces for such systems are explained. Research and Simulation mini-projects with emphasis on either machine design, or power electronic circuit analysis, design, and controls, or grid connected renewable systems are assigned to student groups.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 311)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 539
Computer Aided Design of Electric Machines

Fundamentals of energy conversion will be discussed, which are the foundation of efficient design and operation of motors & generators in modern day automotive, domestic and renewable energy systems. It will further investigate the principles of structural assessment, electromagnetic analysis, dimensional and thermal constraints. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software-based design projects will be used to model the performance and operation of electric machines.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 540
Reliability Theory and System Implementation

Basic probability and modeling techniques on component, subsystem and system levels. MTBF, MTTR and downtime. Hardware, software and cost considerations. Switching systems. Multicomputer and memory configurations.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 541
Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks

Introduction to performance evaluation techniques for computer and communication networks. Little's theorem, birth-death processes, M/G/1 queue, product from queuing networks, approximation techniques for G/G/1 queues and non-product form queuing networks. Discrete event simulations, generation of random variables, variance reduction techniques and general purpose simulation languages.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 542
Design and Optimization of Computer Networks

This course provides comprehensive introduction to network flows with an integrative view of theory, algorithms, and applications. It covers shortest path, maximum flow, and minimum cost flow problems, including a description of new and novel polynomial-time algorithms. It also covers topics from basic network design to protection and restoration design, to multi-layer network design while taking into account routing and flow requirement as applicable in different network architecture, protocol and technologies.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 407)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 543
Computer Network Security

This course introduces network security by covering topics such as network-related security threats and solutions, private- and public-key encryptions, authentication, digital signatures, Internet Protocol security architecture (IPSEC), firewalls, network management, email and web security.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 407) OR (ECE 408)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 544
Wireless and Mobile Networks

This course provides an overview of different wireless and mobile network standards and systems. The topics covered include cellular networks, satellite networks, wireless local area networks, wireless personal area networks, mobile IP, ad hoc networks, sensor networks, wireless mesh networks and wireless network security.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 407) OR (ECE 408)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 545
Advanced Computer Networks

Fundamentals of computer communication networks. Overview of data communication networks and protocol architectures with emphasis on the Internet protocols and network elements. Principles of network and protocol design; error detection and correction, flow control and congestion control, delay and throughput models, QoS, service support and application interface (including remote procedure call mechanisms). Local and Wide Area Networks (Ethernet, FDDI, Wireless LAN, ATM and Internet). LAN and Wan interconnection using bridges, routers, switchers and gateways. Routing in data networks. Network and protocol design to support multimedia and multicasting connections. Network application security.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 407) OR (ECE 408)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 546
Wireless Network Security

This course focuses on selected research topics current interest in wireless network security. This course will cover security and privacy issues in wireless systems, including cellular networks, wireless LAN, mobile ad hoc networks (MANET), wireless mesh networks, sensor networks, vehicular networks, RFID, and ubiquitous computing.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 543)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 547
Wireless Networks Performance Analysis

This course deals with the performance analysis techniques for the main types of wireless networks used today including cellular communication networks, wireless local area networks (WLAN), zigbee wireless networks, and wireless mesh networks. The course not only discusses the details of the related IEEE standards but also focuses on mathematical modeling and analysis to compute the quality of service metrics as well as resource utilization efficiency. Key topics include cellular system design, mobility management, conflict-free medium access, contention-based medium access, Markov chain modeling for 802.11, fixed-point based analysis, 802.15.4 modeling and analysis, and wireless mesh network capacity analysis.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 544)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 548
Energy Harvesting

Various harvesting techniques such as solar, ocean ides, vibration, linear motion, radio frequency, passive and active human power generation are presented. Their operational principles are addressed. Research and simulations mini-projects with emphasis on power electronic circuit analysis, design, and controls are assigned to student groups.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 311)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 549
Motion Control Systems Dynamics

Fundamentals and applications of motion control systems, control techniques for high precision motion control, state variable feedback of linear and nonlinear systems, multivariable systems, physical system modeling, graphical analysis, and numerical analysis, and system performance analysis.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 438)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 550
Power Electronic Dynamics and Control

Modeling an analysis of solid-state switching circuits, parallel module dynamics, multi-converter interactions, resonant converters, feedback control, stability assessment, reduced parts converters, integrated structures, programmable switching regulators, digital switch-mode controllers, and power electronic converter-on-a-chip development.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 411)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 551
Advanced Power Electronics

Advanced power electronic convertors, techniques to model and control switching circuits, resonant converts, Pulse-Width-Modulation (PWM) techniques, soft-switching methods, and low-voltage high-current design issues are studied. Single-phase and multi-phase, controlled and uncontrolled rectifiers and inverters with different operating techniques and their design and control issues are explained.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 411)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 552
Adjustable Speed Drives

Fundamentals of electric machines, basic principles of variable speed controls, field orientation theory, direct torque control, vector of AC drives, induction machines, switched reluctance and synchronous reluctance motors, permanent magnet brushless DC drives, converter topologies of DC and AC drives, and sensorless operation.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 411)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 553
Power System Planning

Model development. Interchange capability, interconnections, pooling. Economic generator size and site selection. Concept of reserves, transformers, relays and circuit breakers. Reactive planning AC and DC systems are explored thoroughly from a planning standpoint.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 554
Power System Relaying

Principles of relay protection for faults on transmission lines and in transformers, rotating machines and other equipment. Use of over current, differential, distance , wire-pilot, carrier-pilot and microwave-pilot relaying systems. Solid-state relays and computer control of relaying. Determination of short-circuit currents and voltages from system studies.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 555
Power Market Operations

Market Design in Restructured Power Systems, Short-term Load Forecasting, Electricity Price Forecasting, Price Based Unit Commitment, Arbitrage in Electricity Market, Market Power Analysis, Asset Valuation and Risk Analysis, Security Constrained Unit Commitment, Ancillary Services Auction Market Design, Power Transmission Pricing, Regional Transmission Organizations.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 556
Power Market Economics and Security

This course covers simulation and scheduling tools used in restructured power system for studying the economics and security of power systems. Topics include modeling of generating units (thermal units, combined-cycle units, fuel-switching/blending units, hydro units, pumped-storage units, photovoltaic, wind), Lagrangian Relaxation-based scheduling, mixed integer programming-based scheduling, and Benders decomposition-based transmission security analyses. The simulation and scheduling tools consider different time scales including on-line security, day-ahead, operational planning, and long-term. The simulation and scheduling tools consider interdependency of supply (such as gas, water, renewable sources of energy) and electricity systems.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 420)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 557
Fault-Tolerant Power Systems

Critical fault events in a large power system, sparsity techniques. Contingency screening process. Modeling of local controls in load flow. Adaptive localization method. Injection outage analysis. Security constrained dispatch. LP-based OPF. Real-time security analysis. Dynamic security analysis.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 558
Power System Reliability

The concept of reliability, reliability indices, component reliability, generation capacity reserve evaluation, transmission system reliability, bulk power system reliability, distributed system reliability, reliability modeling in context.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 559
High Voltage Power Transmission

Detailed analysis of transmission and distribution systems. Design of high voltage transmission lines and cables, as well as distribution lines. Flexible AC transmission Systems (FACTS) and high voltage DC links.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 560
Power Systems Dynamics and Stability

The transient stability problem, acceleration equations, stability criteria, two-machine and multimachine problems. Perturbation analysis, eigenvalue sensitivity, Liapunov theory and application to power systems stability.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 561
Deregulated Power Systems

Overview of key issues in electric utilities restructuring, Poolco model, bilateral contracts, market power, stranded costs, transmission pricing, electric utility markets in the United States and abroad, OASIS, tagging electricity transactions, electric energy trading, risk in electricity markets, hedging tools for managing risks, electricity pricing, volatility in power markets, and RTO.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 562
Power System Transaction Management

Power interchange transaction management in the deregulated electric power industry. Course topics include: power system security assessment, total and available transfer capability (TTC/ATC), transaction management system (TMS), transaction information system (TIS), tagging calculator (IDC), congestion management, transmission loading relief (TLR).

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 563
Computational Intelligence in Engineering

Introduction to soft computing, fuzzy set theory, neural networks, genetic algorithms, intelligent software agents, comparisons with traditional alternatives, and advanced engineering applications.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 564
Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems

Unit commitment and application of dynamic programming, fuel budgeting and planning, probabilistic production cost modeling, hydrothermal coordination, power system security and application of expert systems, state estimation, optimal power flow, interchange evaluation and power pools, reactive power planning.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 565
Computer Vision and Image Processing

Multidimensional sampling and discrete Fourier transform; Image segmentation; Object boundary (edge) detection and description; shape representation and extraction; Matching and recognition; Image registration; Camera geometry and stereo imaging; Morphological processing; Motion detection and compensation; Image modeling and transforms; Inverse problems in image processing (restoration and reconstruction).

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 566
Statistical Pattern Recognition

Review of appropriate math: multidimensional probability, covariance matrices, whitening transformation, diagonalization, eigenvectors, eigenvalues. Two-class and multi-class pattern separation using maximum likelihood and MAP. Linear discriminant analysis. Perception algorithm and its extensions. Feature extraction algorithms. Clustering algorithms. Introduction to neural nets. Hopfield, Hamming, feed forward models. Training of neural nets.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 567
Statistical Signal Processing

Detection theory and hypothesis testing. Introduction to estimation theory. Properties of estimators, Gauss-Markov theorem. Estimation of random variables: conditional mean estimates, linear minimum mean-square estimation, orthogonality principle, Wiener and Kalman filters. Adaptive filtering. LMS algorithm: properties and applications.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 511 and MATH 333)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 568
Digital Speech Processing

Review of discrete statistical signal analysis. Acoustic aspects of speech and hearing. Digital models of speech production. Short-time processing in time and frequency domains. Waveform encoding and linear predictive coding of speech. Estimation of fundamental speech parameters. Applications including automatic speech recognition and enhancement.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 437 and ECE 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 569
Digital Signal Processing II

Review of basic DSP theory. Design of digital filters: FIR, IIR, frequency-transformation methods, optimal methods. Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) and Fast Fourier Transform algorithms. Spectral estimation techniques, classical and parametric techniques. AR, MA, ARMA models. Estimation algorithms. Levinson, Durbin-Levinson and Burg's algorithms. eigenanalysis algorithms for spectral estimation.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 570
Fiber-Optic Communication Systems

Physics of optical fiber, composition, dimensioning, coupling, attenuation, dispersion. Electro-optical conversion devices. (ILDs, LEDs, APDs, PINs). Circuit considerations. Modulation techniques and implications. Overall system considerations. Coherent techniques.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307 and ECE 312)]AND[(ECE 403)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 571
Nanodevices and Technology

Electronic properties and quantum effects. Dielectric, magnetic, and optical properties and their characterizations. Individual nanoparticles and clusters. Carbon nanotubes. Solid disordered nanostructures. Nanostructured crystals. Quantum wells, wires, and dots. Giant magnetoresistance. Material processing techniques. Devices and systems based on nanostructures. Prerequisite: Knowledge in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 575
Electron Devices

Electronic properties of solids. Properties of p-n junctions and junction devices. Gunn diode and IMPATT devices. Junction transistors. Schottky diode and MESFET. The MOS capacitor and MOSFET. Light-emitting diodes and junction lasers. Velocity modulation and bunching in electron beams. Klystrons, magnetrons and other microwave thermionic devices.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307 and ECE 312)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 576
Antenna Theory

Plane and spherical waves. Electric and magnetic dipoles. Radiation patterns and impedance characteristics of antennas in free space and over perfect ground. Linear and planar driven antenna arrays. Yagi-Uda parasitic arrays.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 307) OR (ECE 421) OR (ECE 423)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 578
Microwave Theory

Microwave field theory. Propagation, reflection and refraction of plane waves. Anisotropic media. Impedance concept. Hollow, surface-wave and dielectric wave guides. Discontinuities in wave guides. Microwave resonators. Transmission lines. Microwave circuit theory.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 421) OR (ECE 423)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 580
Elements of Sustainable Energy

This course covers cross-disciplinary subjects on sustainable energy that relate to energy generation, transmission, distribution, and delivery as well as theories, technologies, design, policies, and integration of sustainable energy. Topics include wind energy, solar energy, biomass, hydro, nuclear energy, and ocean energy. Focus will be on the integration of sustainable energy into the electric power grid, the impact of sustainable energy on electricity market operation, and the environmental impact of sustainable energy.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 581
Elements of Smart Grid

This course covers cross-disciplinary subjects on smart grid that relates to energy generation, transmission, distribution, and delivery as well as theories, technologies, design, policies, and implementation of smart grid. Topics include: smart sensing, communication, and control in energy systems; advanced metering infrastructure; energy management in buildings and home automation; smart grid applications to plug-in vehicles and low-carbon transportation alternatives; cyber and physical security systems; microgrids and distributed energy resources; demand response and real-time pricing; and intelligent and outage management systems.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 582
Microgrid Design and Operation

Microgrids are the entities that are composed of at least one distributed energy resource and associated loads which not only operates safely and efficiently within the local power distribution network but also can form intentional islands in electrical distribution systems. This course covers the fundamentals of designing and operating microgrids including generation resources for microgrids, demand response for microgrids, protection of microgrids, reliability of microgrids, optimal operation and control of microgrids, regulation and policies pertaining to microgrids, interconnection for microgrids, power quality of microgrids, and microgrid test beds.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 418) OR (ECE 419)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 583
High Speed Computer Arithmetic

This course covers computer arithmetic as applied to general-purpose and application-specific processors. The focus is on developing high-speed arithmetic algorithms and understanding their implementation in VLSI technology at the gate level. Topics include fixed and floating point number systems, algorithms and implementations for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square root, floating point operations, elementary function approximation, low-power design, error analysis, and interval arithmetic..

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 446) OR (ECE 485)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 584
VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems

This course aims to convey knowledge of advanced concepts in VLSI signal processing. Emphasis is on the architectural research, design and optimization of signal processing systems used in telecommunications, compression, encryption and coding applications. Topics covered include the principles of datapath design; FIR and IIR filtering architectures; communication systems including OFDM, multirate signal processing; fast transforms and algorithms including fast Fourier transform; discrete cosine transform; Walsh-Hadamard transform; and wavelet transform. Furthermore, advanced computer arithmetic methods including Galois fields, CORDIC, residue number systems, distributed arithmetic, canonic signed digit systems and reduced adder graph algorithms are examined.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 429 and ECE 437)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 585
Advanced Computer Architecture

Design, Analysis and Performance of High-Performance Computer Architectures; High Speed memory Systems: Cache Design and Analysis; Modeling Cache Performance; Instruction Level Parallelism, Cache-only Memory Architectures, Classification of Parallel Architectures; Systolic and Data Flow Architectures; Multiprocessor Performance; and Multiprocessor Iterations.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 586
Fault Detection in Digital Circuits

Essential elements in testing and testability of digital designs. Automatic tests generation algorithms and fault-simulation methods. Design methodologies to increase testability and decrease test generation costs. Techniques for built-in testing.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 446)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 587
Hardware/Software Codesign

Computer-aided techniques for the joint design of hardware and software: specification, analysis, simulation and synthesis. Hardware/software partitioning, distributed system cosynthesis, application-specific instruction set design, interface cosynthesis, timing analysis for real-time systems.

Prerequisite(s): [(CS 201 and ECE 441)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 588
CAD Techniques for VLSI Design

Overview of techniques and algorithms used in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for VLSI circuits. Physical CAD tools, including placement, routing, symbolic layout and compaction. High-level CAD tools, including logic synthesis, silicon compilers and high-level synthesis. Recent developments in the field. Design, implementation and performance analysis of prototype CAD tools.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 429)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 589
Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC

Analog IC design optimization algorithm such as equation-based optimization and simulation-based optimization algorithms, design automation tools such as harmonic balance, projection-based surface response estimation, shooting methods, etc. will be introduced. Research and mini-projects with emphasis on analog integrated circuit design and optimization algorithms using state-of-the art tools are assigned to student groups.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
ECE 591
Research and Thesis for Masters Degree

Credit: Variable
ECE 593
Masters Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar

Seminar course for Master students.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 0 Credits: 0
ECE 594
Special Projects

Special projects.

Credit: Variable
ECE 597
Special Problems

Credit: Variable
ECE 600
Continuation of Residence

Lecture: 0 Lab: 0 Credits: 1
ECE 691
Research and Thesis for Ph.D.

Credit: Variable
ECE 693
Doctoral Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar

Seminar course for Ph. D. students.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 0 Credits: 0
ECE 708
Technologies for Long-Term Evolution of Wireless Communications Networks

The course discusses technologies used in long-term evolution (LTE) wireless communications systems. Fundamentals of multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) wireless communication systems and orthogonal frequency division modulation (OFDM) are covered. Transmission diversity concepts and principles of space-time coding are introduced. The fundamentals of space-time block and trellis coded modulation (STBCM and STTCM) are introduced along with performance analysis, code design, and simulation results. A comparison of various design techniques in different propagation environments is presented. Applications to MIMO/OFDM systems are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 513)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 719
Theory and Applications of Linear Optimization in Wireless Networks

This short course covers both the fundamental of linear optimization and applications in wireless networking research, emphasizing not only the optimization methodology but also the underlying mathematical structures. In addition to the fundamental contents of simplex method, duality theory, and network flow problems, this course also covers the integer programming techniques. This course discusses the applications of linear optimization in the wireless network, including wireless mesh networks, multi-radio multi-channel networks, and cognitive radio networks.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 407) OR (ECE 408)]AND[(MATH 477)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 721
Introduction to Wireless Cooperative Communications and Applications

The course gives an introduction to wireless cooperative communication networks from the perspective of the channel and physical layer. It discusses cooperative networks protocols and application of these. It will deal with wireless channels and relay networks. Transparent and regenerative physical layer algorithms will be discussed to facilitate the analysis of different architectures. Use of distributed space time codes, multiplexing, and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing will be analyzed to achieve multi-dimensional diversity (path, frequency, and time), reduced interference, and improved QoS.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 403)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 735
Cellular Long Term Evolution

Cellular Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a key wireless broadband technology considered as the primary path towards the next generation networks (NGNs). It is generally considered as the dominant wireless technology meeting the seamless, mobile Internet access needs of the upcoming Quadruple Play applications. This short course covers the applications, requirements, architecture, radios and antennas, protocols, network operations and management, and evolution for the LTE technology. Key topics include the functions and interfaces of the protocol layers, Quality of Service (QoS), security, network signaling, infrastructure, user equipment, spectrum, throughput, and coverage. Discussion includes the modulation schemes, frame structure, antenna and radio, and subcarrier and bandwidth allocation methods. End-to-end scenarios on connection setup, interworking with existing 3G cellular, WiFi, and WiMAX networks, and handovers are discussed. Testing and integration issues, limitations, and challenges are also mentioned. Comparative analysis with respect to WiMAX and ultra mobile broadband (UMB) are covered. The likely migration paths from current wireless and wireline networks to LTE and related HSOPA and SAE architectures are discussed.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 0 Credits: 1
ECE 738
Information Technology

Probability and Random Process Information theory addresses information theoretic limits on data compression and reliable data communications in the presence of noise. It has fundamental contribution in communications, networking, statistical physics, computer science, statistical inference, and probability and statistics. It covers entropy, mutual information, fundamental limits on data compression, Huffman codes, channel capacity, and channel coding.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 739
Broadband Access -- Options and Analysis

This short course deals with requirements, options, architecture, and issues relating to the Next Generation broadband networks. The focus is on the key wireline and wireless access options with specific emphasis on its applicability to multimedia applications. The requirements placed by upcoming services on access are introduced. For the major access options, the key topics include capabilities, architectures, protocol structures, Quality of Service (QoS), security, user equipment, spectrum, throughput, and coverage. The associated signaling and modulation schemes, transport technologies and characteristics, end-to-end scenarios, and interworking are addressed. Comparative analysis in terms of various application profiles involving voice, data, and video are carried out. The modeling techniques for analyzing the interplay and technology and market relevance of xDSL, cable/coax, fiber, WiFi, WiMAX, and cellular wireless options are covered. The likely migration paths for these options towards the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) are mentioned.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 740
Telecommunication Networks: Requirements to Deployment

The ever-increasing customer demand for new and advanced services and the associated complexities of designing, deploying, optimizing, and managing telecom networks require advanced end to end technology and process expertise. This short course deals with the key concepts of requirements development, design processes, architecture finalization, system design, site testing, performance optimization, and network operations and management of current and upcoming Telecom networks. It provides an overview on how the process works from an idea or concept to productization and will give a view on associated complexities and challenges. Key advances in tools and techniques needed with these major steps are covered. Practical examples of the current and upcoming features which will make telecom networks competitive are addressed. Aspects of customer management, strategies for decision making, and the migration towards future networks are also addressed. Practical examples of networks of selected service providers and how they meet the local and global needs are mentioned.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 742
Digital System-on-Chip Design

This short course covers digital design techniques and hardware/software realization concepts in embedded computing systems using VHDL. Topics include: basics principles of VHDL programming; designing with FPGA; design of arithmetic logic unit; VHDL models for memories and busses; CPU design; system-on-chip design; efficient hardware realizations of FFT, DCT, and DWT.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 743
Signal and Data Compression with Embedded Systems

This short course deals with data compression techniques and hardware/software realization concepts in embedded computing systems. Key topics: fundamentals of random signal processing and information theory, compression and decompression processes, lossy and lossless compression methods, compression standards for video and audio, modeling and signal parameter estimation, transform techniques including FFT, DCT, and DWT. Hardware realizations of compression algorithms.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 744
Embedded Digital Systems for Time-Frequency Distribution, Signal Modeling, and Estimation

This short course deals with time-frequency distribution, signal modeling and estimation, and hardware/software realization concepts in embedded computing systems. Key topics include fundamentals of signal processing and random processes, short-time Fourier transform, split-spectrum processing, Gabor transform, Wigner distribution, Hilbert transform, wavelet transform, cosine transform, chirplet signal decomposition, matching pursuit, parametric time-series frequency estimation, hardware/software codesign and realizations of time-frequency distributions, and signal modeling algorithms.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 750
Synchrophasors for Power System Monitoring and Control

The course gives an introduction to synchrophasor technology from the perspective of power system monitoring and control. It discusses the fundamentals of measurements and synchrophasor estimation. It covers the IEEE Standard C37.118. Several synchrophasor estimation algorithms will be discussed as they relate to measurement and estimation errors. Various synchrophasor applications will be presented including situational awareness, event detection, model validation, oscillation detection, WAMS, and WAMPAC.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 419)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 752
Industrial Applications of Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Practical topologies of different types of power electronic converters are covered including industrial high-voltage and high-current applications, protection, and thermal management. Common industrial motor drives are examined with popular control techniques, simplified modeling, and worst-case design. Regulating and stabilizing methods are applied to switching power supplies, power conditioning systems, electronic ballasts, and electronic motors.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 755
Power System Protection

This course provides basic understanding of the role of protective relaying in the power system. It also delves into the needs of today's power systems for protection that is robust and tolerant to heavily loaded transmission systems. The students are challenged to be a part of the solution going forward including the role of wide area system protection.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 756
Power System Maintenance Scheduling

This short course is aimed at providing an in-depth introduction to optimal generation and transmission maintenance in the regulated and restructured power systems. The basic principles of systems operation and economics related to maintenance scheduling will be discussed along with current practices and solution methods for the electric power industry.

Prerequisite(s): [(ECE 419 and ECE 420)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
ECE 764
Vehicular Power Systems

Conventional electrical power systems of land, sea, air, and space vehicles are detailed along with the scope for improvement. New electrical loads and advanced distribution system architectures of electric and hybrid electric vehicles are presented. Current trends in the vehicular industry, such as 42V automotive systems and more electric aircraft, are explained.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2