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Programmes

Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

General information

Official Code: 5138
Acronym: PDEEC

Certificates

  • Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (240 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (3rd cycle) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (60 ECTS credits)

Courses Units

Multicriteria Decision Aiding

PDEEC0069 - ECTS

To enable the students to cope with the main issues related to multicriteria decison-aid, including uncertainty aspects.

Signal Analysis, Classification and Processing

PDEEC0008 - ECTS

To review the knowledge and mathematical bases of signal processing in a uniformization perspective.

To learn the third cycle of studies advanced topics in signal processing.

To learn how to combine and apply knowledge into projects.

To learn how to evaluate solutions.

Machine Learning

PDEEC0049 - ECTS

The course is intended for students who are interested in Machine Learning. Machine Learning is a foundational discipline of the Information Sciences. It combines elements from Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics with applications in Biology, Physics, Engineering and any other area where automated prediction is necessary.

The aim of the course is to present some of the topics which are at the core of modern Machine Learning, from fundamentals to state-of-the-art methods. Emphasis will be put both on the essential theory and on practical examples and lab projects. Each exercise has been carefully chosen to reinforce concepts explained in the lectures or to develop and generalize them in significant ways.

Power Conversion

PDEEC0064 - ECTS

To analyse the operation of modern high performance power electronics converters in terms of different topologies, control methods. The objective is the student to get knowledge in applying the power converter as adapter of the power waveform independently from application domain gaining ability:

to adopt a topology for a well-established power/energy conversion;

to analyse power flow and input and output waveforms;

To control power converter operation.

Estimation and Identification

PDEEC0072 - ECTS

- To acquire the theoretical basis for understanding the  estimation and identification problems as well as the methods that today constitute the "state of the art" in this area.
- To know the different approaches to the system identification problem  with emphasis on the linear systems.

Heuristics and Metaheuristics

PDEEC0070 - ECTS

To give the first-year PhD students a broad, but simultaneously in-depth, overview of search and optimization methodologies, applicable to the resolution of multi-disciplinary decision problems, under a decision support framework.

Computational Intelligence and Power Systems

PDEEC0034 - ECTS This course aims at making students familiar with a number of tools pertaining to the domain of computatinal intelligence, which will be useful in dealing with power and energy system models in their research activity, in outher courses and in their profesional life.

The students having taken this course shall be able to develop models under the compytational intelligence paradigm, to programm algorithms and to discuss their results in terms of accuracy, effort and credibility.

Robotic Manipulators

PDEEC0052 - ECTS

This graduate course on Robotics Manipulators aims to give the student the ability to understand and apply the recent advances in this field. There is a text book together with a list of selected original research papers in order to allow the students to follow the advances in the addressed topics. The course main topics are: rigid body dynamics, rotation representation, forward and inverse kinematics, the Jacobian, path and trajectory planning, joint control, dynamics, multivariable control, advanced external sensors, rapid teaching and programming interfaces.

Markets and Regulation

PDEEC0001 - ECTS

The course on Markets and Regulation aims at analyzing the issues faced by firms and regulators in the new liberalized electricity markets. Accordingly, as a result of attending this course and having a positive final grading, the students will gain a number of learning outcomes in advanced areas related with the organization and operation of whole sale electricity markets, expansion planning mdeols in market environment, tariff structures and tariff regulatory strategies to be adopted by regulatory agencies.This involves analyzing the most relevant models that have been used to form the new skeleton of power systems; reactive power/voltage control in the scope of an integrate problem to contract active and reactive powers and enabling the calculation of active and reactive nodal power prices, the operation of hydro stations in markets as price takers and as price makers, the long term expansion planning of generation systems using Dynamic Systems, the long term expansion of transmission systems, regulation and regulatory approaches and the analysis of the Portuguese tariff code as an illustration of the unbundling of the integrated tariff systems in order to create additive non-biased systems. An important objective of this course is to contribute to develop the capacity of the students to work autonomously, to do bibliographic research, to prepare written reports and to deliver oral presentations.

Vector Space Methods

PDEEC0005 - ECTS This is an advanced course in functional analysis and infinite dimensional optimization, with applications in least-squares estimation, nonlinear programming in Banach spaces, optimization. The repertoire of analytical tools related to linear spaces provides the students with the facility to investigate new theoretical concepts in electrical engineering specialties

Research Plan

PDEEC0073 - ECTS During this course students should define the scope and topic of the PhD research. Typically, this consists in identifying the state-of-the-art material, and developing a draft research plan. The output of work carried out within the scope of this course is the Thesis Research Plan (TRP) to be submitted for oral exam.

Seminars

PDEEC0050 - ECTS

This course aims at providing Students with multidisciplinary background knowledge that is relevant to their activity as PhD Students and Researchers. Seminars offers the Students the opportunity to attend a number of training courses offered by FEUP under the program

Transferable Skills for Engineering (TSE)

https://paginas.fe.up.pt/~lea/competencias-transversais-e-transferiveis-para-doutorandos-e-pos-docs-da-feup-20182019/ (in Portuguese)

These courses (see in the program the list of courses available) can be attended by PDEEC PhD students aiming at:

  • additional training

or

  • credited in the PDEEC ‘Seminars’

 

The students need to complete 4.5 ECTS for the TSE courses. Together with the selected training courses on TSE the students need to carry out work equivalent to 3.0 ECTS with a supervisor or tutor in a topic of interest for the student future research work.

Signals, Dynamics and Control

PDEEC0002 - ECTS

- Be able to master the modeling of synchronous generators, loads, excitation systems, automatic voltage regulators (AVR), prime movers (hydraulic turbines, thermal steam units) and frequency regulation systems, for dynamic analysis studies. - Be capable of using dynamic simulation software for the purpose of developing transient and dynamic analysis. - Be capable of understanding several dynamic phenomena that arrive during normal and abnormal operating conditions that follows system disturbances. - Understand the operation of Automatic Generation Control in systems with several control areas. - Identify the nature of power system oscillations and characterize such oscillations using modal analysis. Be familiar with power system stabilizers and the procedures for tuning these controllers to increase the damping of electromechanical modes of oscillation. - Understand emergency control actions like load shedding triggered by frequency or voltage (underfrequency and undervoltage). - Be aware of the methodology required to apply automatic learning techniques in order to obtain on-line dynamic security assessment tools.

Systems with Discrete Events

PDEEC0068 - ECTS An unified modeling and analysis formal framework for discrete event driven dynamic systems and some associated key analytical tools are introduced and discussed. For the class of Markov processes, which are amenable to more traditional analytic methods, control issues will be also addressed. For more general classes of systems, simulation methods will be considered and sensitivity analysis and sample path constructive techniques are presented.
The spectrum of topics is very vast and not all the items might be covered with the same intensity. This enables to focus on issues selected to suit the interests of the students' research plans.
Methods for the modeling, analysis and synthesis of discrete event systems.

Embebbed Real-Time Systems

PDEEC0078 - ECTS

The objective of this course is to provide in-depth knowledge of the state of the art
in the areas of Real-Time Scheduling and Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSs),
after a brief introduction to Specification and Modeling of Real-Time Systems.

The competences to be acquired by the students are:
- Ability to search for related information in the field of Real-Time Systems scientific research
- Understanding of the specific features of RTOSs and capacity to classify them
- Ability to identify the situations in which RTOSs are particularly useful
- Capacity to relate and use the most common tools for specification and modeling of RT systems
- Ability to select adequate RT scheduling criteria and apply the associated timing analysis

The expected results are that the students acquire the competences
referred above and become capable of identifying open research issues in
the current state of the art in RTS research.

Ubiquitous Embedded Systems

PDEEC0059 - ECTS

This curricular unit (UC) aims at providing extended knowledge of the state-of-the-art in the research of Ubiquitous Embedded Systems (UES), covering the use of platforms with very limited computational and communication resources, their interconnection in wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSN / WSAN) and their integration in the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

It is expected that the students of this UC will acquire the competences needed to identify current problems in the field of UES, based on a critical view of the solutions existing in the literature.

Linear Systems

PDEEC0071 - ECTS This course aims at giving the students solid knowledge of linear systems and control theory, so as to enable them to make the analysis and synthesis of control problems using state space methods.

Parallel to the scientific goals, the students are supposed to develop their capabilities of self-learning as well as their analytic and critical spirit.

Microelectronic and Microelectromechanical Technologies

PDEEC0009 - ECTS

The objective of this course is to develop the background knowledge necessary to understand the state-of-the-art of semiconductor and Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies, as well as the issues of integrating mechanical elements and electronics.  A comprehensive, semester-long project is assigned, comprising the design of a sensor and the electronic front-end. This process requires the understanding of analogue design techniques as well as the basic design-flow used in the fabrication of MEMS devices, providing the integrated view of a MEMS-based sensor and analog front-end design.  The basic concepts and circuits, for global noise reduction and interface between MEM-analogue and digital worlds, both at the circuit level and design methodologies, are also addressed for the understanding of the fundamental aspects associated with full system integration.

Special Topics

PDEEC0054 - ECTS

Special Topics is an elective course offered in both semesters but the students may only do it once. The course assumes two different forms:
1. As a planned individual study on a topic not covered in the programme, but considered relevant for the topic of the thesis. In this case, the requirements are defined by the professor supervising the study.
2. As a teaching assignment, involving the students in teaching activities, in DEEC/FEUP. The goals are the following:
• To give PDEEC students the opportunity to be involved in teaching activities in Master Degree Courses offered in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
• To create opportunities for the students to use their expertise and skill to co-operate in the development of course curriculum;
• To give the students the opportunity to co-operate in course planning;
• To expose the students to teaching activities at lab level to a limited number of students and at a lecture hall to the entire class.

The requirements in this second form, are:
• Preparation of lab work: set-up the experiments, prepare the theoretical background and elaborate the experimental guide (at least 4 lab works);
• Teaching activity in lab classes: to assist lab classes, accompanying students and evaluation activities of lab work;
• Teaching activity in theoretical classes: to teach two different topics in theoretical classes.

How to apply:
• Enrol in the course Special Topics;
• Interact with PDEEC Scientific Committee to define the supervisor or the course/professor of the Master Degree course offered by DEEC/FEUP.
The course will be evaluated by the study supervisor or by the professor of the master degree course, taking into consideration the requirements mentioned above. 

Digital Signal Processing Systems Architectures

PDEEC0018 - ECTS

Grid Computing

PDEEC0041 - ECTS

Objectives:
The main objectives are to provide the students with a solid knowledge of parallel computing (in clusters) and distributed computing in the Internet infrastructure, mainly Grid Computing and Cloud Computing. Also we can enlist as objectives the obtention of a solid knowledge on parallel architectures and on developing parallel programs for distributed memory and shared memory architectures. Through assignments and lab projects the students will also obtain experience in the core technologies in the field, including performance analysis and tuning.

Non Linear Control

PDEEC0027 - ECTS

The main goal of this course is to provide to the students a solid background in analysis and design of nonlinear control systems.

Optimal Control

PDEEC0075 - ECTS This is an introductory course to optimal control theory for systems driven by vector ordinary differential equations. Students are expected to acquire a solid understanding of basic facts associated to this theory. Analytic tools associated to formulation, analysis and solution of optimal control problems are investigated. For simple optimal control problems this tools will be used to obtain a complete characterization of the optimal solution. Contact with known software packages to solve more complex problems is a further and last goal.

Network Management and Control

PDEEC0076 - ECTS

Research Plan

PDEEC0073 - ECTS During this course students should define the scope and topic of the PhD research. Typically, this consists in identifying the state-of-the-art material, and developing a draft research plan. The output of work carried out within the scope of this course is the Thesis Research Plan (TRP) to be submitted for oral exam.

Advanced Microelectronic Systems Design

PDEEC0019 - ECTS The course is organized in 4 modules that aim to develop competences in the in microelectronics systems design, using industry-grade EDA tools. 

The first two modules address the activities of the front-end and back-end stages that comprise a complete EDA design flow. The first one is concerned with electronic system level design (ESL) methodologies for transforming algorithmic descriptions into hardware implementations, addressing the evaluation of their quality, and exploring various design tradeoffs. The second module concentrates on the back-end tasks leading to concrete physical implementations.

The other two modules address important aspects that impact all phases of the IC design and integration process. Module 3 addresses synchronization and timing issues that impact all phases of the IC design and integration process. Module 4 deals with system-level aspects of power-aware design, with emphasis on high-level modelling and estimation.

Image Analysis and Recognition

PDEEC0040 - ECTS

This graduate course on Image Analysis and Recognition aims to give the student the ability to understand and apply some of the recent advances in this rapid evolving field of Image Analysis and recognition. There is a text book together with a list of selected original research papers in order to allow the students to follow the advances in the addressed topics. The course main topics will allow the students to gain the competences in: image segmentation, tracking, Image registration and object and pattern recognition and matching. The course will discuss the use of the learned methods and techniques in applications such as visual inspection, document processing, biomedical and biometrics.

Mobile Robotics

PDEEC0053 - ECTS

This graduate course on Mobile Robotics aims to give the student the ability to understand and apply its main concepts and the recent advances in this field. There are three text books together with a list of selected original research papers that allow the students to follow the advances in the addressed topics. The course main topics are: Sensors and perception, Localization, Dynamic modeling, Trajectory generation, Motion control, Cooperation and multi-robot systems, Applications (soccer, indoors, outdoors, aerial, underwater, ...).

Seminars

PDEEC0050 - ECTS

This course aims at providing Students with multidisciplinary background knowledge that is relevant to their activity as PhD Students and Researchers. Seminars offers the Students the opportunity to attend a a number of training courses offered by FEUP under the program

Transferable Skills for Engineering (TSE)

http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~lea/transferable-skills-for-engineering-eng/

These courses  (see in the program the list of courses available)  can be attended by PhD students aiming at:

  1. additional training

or

  1. credited in the PDEEC ‘Seminars’

Together with the selected training courses on TSE the students can complete the 7.5 ECTS by carrying out work equivalent to 1.5 ECTS with a supervisor or tutor in a topic of interest for the student future research work

Advanced Optical Communications Systems

PDEEC0061 - ECTS
This course aims to present the state of the art in optical communication systems, either digital or analog, presenting the fundamental concepts needed for system design. Emphasis will be given to high bit-rate systems with optical amplification and next-generation optical networks (networks of transport and access), presenting technological solutions to overcome the current limitations of fiber and devices.

Hardware/Software System Development

PDEEC0060 - ECTS

Learn the processes, methodologies, techniques and best practices associated to the development of digital integrated systems, combining software components running in one or more conventional CPUs with custom designed hardware blocks for accelerating the critical parts of an application.

Acquire the capability to analyze and evaluate the performance of a real-life computing application and to conceive and develop a hardware/software system capable of improving its performance, while running on a conventional computing system.

Power Electronic Systems

PDEEC0066 - ECTS

To apply the knowledge, methods and tools got within previous programme - Energy Conversion in main application domains.

The student must be able of choosing the appropriate power converter from functional and technical requirements put by the application as well as to design the whole system.

Parallel and Distributed Embedded Systems

PDEEC0057 - ECTS

Systems with Renewables

PDEEC0012 - ECTS

Be familiar with different energy conversion systems that exploit renewable power sources (hydro, PV, wind, wave energies). Be familiar with the control techniques used namely in PV and wind generation. Obtain a deep view of the existing control techniques used in wind energy conversion systems. Be capable of identifying the main problems for operation and expansion of electric power systems resulting from a large scale integration of renewable power sources.
Be familiar with the different storage technologies e understand approaches for combined operation of storage systems with renewable power generations units.
Become familiar with the technical requests imposed to generation units when connected to electrical girds - Grid Codes.
Be familiar with technologies for DC transmission systems connected with off-shore wind farms, including their forms of control and operation.

Reliable and Concurrent Software

PDEEC0058 - ECTS

This course unit aims to trigger research works on the topic of Safety-Critical Computing Systems This course unit will cover notions related to safety, which are fundamental during the development life-cycle of Critical Systems. The main topics covered in this course include: a) the life-cycle phases for the development of safety critical systems, since its design and specification, to its certification, installation, maintenance and deactivation; b) Information about how to assess safety and how to determine the required measures to develop safety-critical computer systems; c) the available techniques to deal with critical safety aspects in computer systems and methodologies that can be used to improve its reliability.

Optimization Techniques

PDEEC0045 - ECTS

The main objective of this course is to build skills for creating models for combinatorial optimization problems and to solve them through exact techniques.

Information Theory

PDEEC0065 - ECTS The main objective of the curricular unit is to present the fundamental concepts related with Information Theory.
Students should be able to apply theory to solve practical problems close to the reality of communication systems. In particular, students should be able to make a statistical characterization of an information source, a channel without memory, and determining its fundamental limits. Later students should be able to implement in software compression algorithms and coding appropriate to each case.

Special Topics

PDEEC0054 - ECTS

Special Topics is an elective course offered in both semesters but the students may only do it once. The course assumes two different forms:
1. As a planned individual study on a topic not covered in the programme, but considered relevant for the topic of the thesis. In this case, the requirements are defined by the professor supervising the study.
2. As a teaching assignment, involving the students in teaching activities, in DEEC/FEUP. The goals are the following:
• To give PDEEC students the opportunity to be involved in teaching activities in Master Degree Courses offered in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
• To create opportunities for the students to use their expertise and skill to co-operate in the development of course curriculum;
• To give the students the opportunity to co-operate in course planning;
• To expose the students to teaching activities at lab level to a limited number of students and at a lecture hall to the entire class.

The requirements in this second form, are:
• Preparation of lab work: set-up the experiments, prepare the theoretical background and elaborate the experimental guide (at least 4 lab works);
• Teaching activity in lab classes: to assist lab classes, accompanying students and evaluation activities of lab work;
• Teaching activity in theoretical classes: to teach two different topics in theoretical classes.

How to apply:
• Enrol in the course Special Topics;
• Interact with PDEEC Scientific Committee to define the supervisor or the course/professor of the Master Degree course offered by DEEC/FEUP.
The course will be evaluated by the study supervisor or by the professor of the master degree course, taking into consideration the requirements mentioned above. 

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