Develop new methods and technologies for high-tech electronics-based systems! Electrical engineering challenges you in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, telecommunication or biomedical systems.
The Master’s programme in Electrical Engineering teaches you how modern technology can be used to further enhance, accelerate or scale down electronics-based systems. Your work and commitment will result in high-tech applications in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, biomedical and telecommunication technology. Our research focuses on many areas. We are advancing lab-on-a-chip technology, which enables us to create micro labs.
Integrated circuit design is yet another research focus, and we are also working on advanced control technology for drones. Additional projects include body area networks (wireless sensor networks in and around a human body to provide information about body parameters and movements) and air-flow meters based on micro electro-mechanical systems (mems).
As an electrical engineer, you can use your high-tech expertise in almost all technological areas to work towards a safer, healthier and more sustainable world.
The programme in Electrical Engineering will develop your knowledge in research, design and organization, enabling you to discover where your own strengths lie. You can tailor the bulk of the programme to suit your own personal interests.
1 specialisatie -- Lab-on-a-chip Systems for Biomedical and Environmental Applications
A ‘Lab-on-a-Chip’ (LoC) consists of electrical, fluidic, and optical functions integrated in a microsystem, and has applications in (bio)chemical and medical fields.The core of the lab-on-a-chip system is a microfluidic channel structure, through which fluid samples of less than a nanolitre are propelled by hydraulic, electro-kinetic or surface forces. The fluid sample is then analysed by the circuitry of the ‘lab’. These LoCs can be used for diagnostic devices in clinical measurements and in life sciences, experiments on the micrometre to the nanometre scale, microreactors, for the manipulation and analysis of cells and biomolecules and in tissue engineering. You will learn more about nanofluidics and nanosensing, and about new micro- and nanotechnologies for Lab-on-a-Chip systems and the potential of LoC applications.
2 specialisatie -- Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics
The focus of the specialization in Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics is on neural engineering, on interfacing with the neural system and on monitoring and influencing body functions through such interfaces.Research is conducted on three levels:
3 specialisatie -- Dependable Integrated Systems
A dependable system is a system that has been designed to satisfy the changing requirements of its users.Whereas the specialization in Communication Networks concentrates on communication systems, the emphasis of the specialization in Dependable Integrated Systems is on computer architectures. Topics include streaming applications in the high-performance high-tech domain (e.g. phased array antenna systems, medical image processing and signal processing on board of satellites), architectures for embedded systems and on ICT for energy management (e.g. smart grids).
4 specialisatie -- Robotics and Mechatronics
The specialization in Robotics and Mechatronics deals with the application of modern systems and control methods in practical situations. Its focus is on robotics as a specific class of mechatronic systems. The robot application areas include inspection robotics (UAVs, UGV, UUVs), medical robotics (assistance to surgeons), and service robotics (street cleaning, service to people).
The science and engineering topics you’ll work on include modelling and simulation of physical systems, intelligent control, robotic actuators, and embedded control systems.
5 specialisatie -- Communication Networks
A dependable system is a system that has been designed to satisfy the changing requirements of its users.You will learn to design and implement dependable networked systems. The primary focus is on communication systems (wired, wireless, or embedded in other systems) as well as on methods and techniques to support the design and dimensioning of such systems. All of this is done to ensure their dependability in all phases of their lifecycle (availability, reliability, performance and security).
6 specialisatie -- Integrated Circuit Design
ICs are at the heart of the rapid developments in mobile telecommunications, multimedia and the internet, and in numerous other applications.IC design is of major industrial importance, which is even more true for analogue circuit design, an area in which the European electronics industry leads the pack. The focus is on integrated transceivers in CMOS technology. This includes transmitters and receivers for wireless and wired communication systems. Clever IC design techniques are being developed to realize portable, fast and energy-efficient communication systems. Current projects are in the field of frequency synthesizers, radio frontends, RF beamforming and cognitive radio.
7 specialisatie -- Integrated Optical MicroSystems
Our research activities focus on micro-/nanoscale integrated optical devices.This involves novel materials, structures, and optical phenomena, device design, realization, and characterization, as well as applications in optical sensing and communication. Currently we are working on various on-chip integrated optical devices such as amplifiers and lasers, bio-sensors and medical instrumentation, and we are exploring phenomena based on opto-mechanical interactions. We make use of the excellent clean-room facilities of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology for our device fabrication endeavours, while our optical research is carried out at our IOMS laboratories.
8 specialisatie -- Nano Electronics
The specialization in Nanoelectronics comprises the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions at the nanoscale, i.e. sub ~100 nm. Hybrid inorganic-organic electronics, spin electronics and quantum electronics are important subfields of nanoelectronics. This specialization combines aspects of Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology.
9 specialisatie -- Devices for Integrated Circuits
This specialization teaches you all about silicon circuit technology. The primary focus areas are:
Device characterization and reliability:
Device physics and modelling:
10 specialisatie -- Biometrics and Medical Imaging
This specialization focuses on signal processing and pattern recognition.These signals are obtained from all kinds of scanning sources such as MRI, CT and X-ray, from conventional digital cameras, and from arrays of touch sensors. The signals are in fact information carriers. They can be 1-D time signals, 2-D images, 3-D data sets or 4-D moving structures. The objective is to retrieve the information from the signals. In other words, to recognize diseases based on medical images, identify thieves based on security camera footage, or recognize a gun owner based on fingerprints.
11 specialisatie -- Telecommunication Engineering
The focus of the specialization in Telecommunication Engineering is on optical signal processing and networks, mobile communications, microwave techniques and radiation from ICs and PCBs. This specialization examines:
The demand for ad-hoc networks, personal area networks (PANs) and Body Area Networks (BANs) is growing exponentially. A PAN is defined as a computer network used for communication among computer devices close to one person. Body Area Networks have an even closer personal proximity. A BAN consists of a set of mobile and compact intercommunicating sensors, wearable, implanted, or even ingestible into the human body, that monitor vital body parameters and movements. The main issues in this research area (which we call Short-Range Radio - SRR) are low power consumption, resistance to interference, on-chip integration (including the antenna) and overall costs.
12 specialisatie -- Transducers Science and Technology
The specialization in Transducers, Science and Technology is concerned with three-dimensional nanofabrication and microfabrication based on top-down lithography methods. The research group is currently working on three generations of fabrication technologies:
Academic degree: Bachelor's degree with honours or higher marks in electrical engineering or physics from an internationally acknowledged university.
Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 70-75%.
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