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ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Professors H.J. Helgert, R.H. Lang, N. Kyriakopoulos, E. Della Torre, R.J. Harrington, W. Wasylkiwskyj, M.H. Loew, R.L. Carroll, Jr., M.E. Zaghloul (Chair), M. Pardavi-Horvath, B.R. Vojcic, K.B. Eom, C.E. Korman, T. El-Ghazawi, L. Bennett (Research), S. Subramaniam, T.J. Manuccia (Teaching)

Associate Professors M. Doroslovacki, J.M. Zara, S. Ahmadi (Teaching), M.W. Kay, V. Zderic

Assistant Professors G.P. Venkataramani, H.H. Huang, Z. Li, T. Lan, E. Simsek, V. Sorger, A. Etemadi

Adjunct Professor L.J. Ippolito

Professorial Lecturers A. Mehrotra, D. Nagel, T. Farmer, S. Hussein, J. Scanlan, S.A. Torrico

See the School of Engineering and Applied Science for programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science with majors in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and biomedical engineering.

1010-20 Introduction to Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (1-1) Korman and Staff
  Basic and emerging concepts in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering. Hands-on experiments and projects. Introduction to the professional literature and available resources and to technical writing, speaking, and presentation skills. (Academic year)
2110 Circuit Theory (4) Zaghloul and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Circuit elements, techniques of circuit analysis; circuit theorems; operational amplifiers; RLC circuits; natural and step responses; series, parallel and resonant circuits; sinusoidal steady-state analysis; phasers; power calculations; transformers; two-port circuits. CAD tools used in circuit projects. Corequisite: ApSc 2113, Phys 1022. (Fall and spring)
2115 Engineering Electronics (4) Korman and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Solid-state devices used in electronic engineering. Physics of their operation. Application to electronic circuits. Primary emphasis on application of these elements in power supplies and in linear amplifiers. Design concepts through use of SPICE and graphical techniques. Prerequisite: ECE 2110. (Spring)
2140 Design of Logic Systems I (4) Zaghloul and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Boolean algebra; combinational and sequential circuits; minimization techniques; design-and-build logic subsystems, such as decoders, multiplexers, adders, and multipliers; use of CAD tools. Corequisite: ECE 2115. (Spring)
2210 Circuits, Signals, and Systems (3) Kyriakopoulos and Staff
  Circuit analysis using Laplace transforms; transfer functions; poles and zeroes; Bode diagrams; effects of feedback on circuits; convolution; Fourier series and Fourier transforms; design of filters; CAD tools used in design of projects. Prerequisite: ECE 2110. (Spring)
2810-2815 Biomedical Engineering Seminar I–II (1-1) Loew, Zara, and Staff
  The courses are taken in sequence by students in the biomedical engineering major. Overview of the field of biomedical engineering, including biomechanics, bioinformatics, telemedicine, instrumentation, and medical imaging. (Fall and spring)
3125 Analog Electronics Design (4) Korman and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Design, testing, and measurement of analog electronic circuits. Differential and multistage amplifiers. Output stages and power amplifiers. Frequency response of amplifiers, high-frequency models of FETs and BJTs. Introduction to feedback circuit topologies. Use of electronic CAD tools, such as P-SPICE. Prerequisite: ECE 2115. (Spring)
3130 Digital Electronics and Design (4) Korman and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Design and testing of logic gates, regenerative logic circuits, and semiconductor memory circuits. Implementation of such circuits with NMOS, CMOS, TTL, and other integrated circuit technologies. Use of electronic CAD tools, such as SPICE. Prerequisite: ECE 2140. (Fall)
3135 Design of Logic Systems II (4) Zaghloul and Staff
  Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). Introduction of ASIC design techniques; design and programming of FPGAs using CAD tools; timing in sequential circuits; essential hazards; races in sequential circuits; design-and-build FPGA project. Prerequisite: ECE 2140. (Fall)
3215 Analog Signals and Systems (3) Zaghloul and Staff
  Applications of matrix theory and linear graphs to electrical network analysis; network equations; state–space formulation and solution, Fourier transforms and spectra in electrical systems. Network functions; analysis and synthesis of analog filters, the approximation problem; realization of filters. Prerequisite: ECE 2210, 2115. (Fall)
3220 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing (3) Kyriakopoulos, Doroslovacki, and Staff
  Signal representation, sampling and quantization, discrete-time signals, z-transforms and spectra, difference equations. Fourier analysis. Discrete Fourier transform, IIR and FIR filter design. Prerequisite: ECE 2210. (Fall)
3225 Signal and Image Analysis (3) Loew and Staff
  Introduction and clinical applications; characteristics of biomedical problems, time- and frequency-domain techniques for signal feature analysis; spectral estimation and analysis; autoregressive modeling; detection and estimation of periodicity; digital images as two-dimensional signals; 2-D Fourier transform. Corequisite: ECE 2210, ApSc 3115. (Fall)
3310 Introduction to Electromagnetics (3) Lang and Staff
  Maxwell’s equations, pulse propagation in one dimension, transmission line equations, reflection coefficient, capacitance and inductance calculations, Smith chart, plane waves, reflection from a dielectric of fiber and integrated optics. Prerequisite: ApSc 2113, Phys 1022. (Spring)
3315 Fields and Waves I (3) Lang and Staff
  Complex phasor notation, uniform transmission lines, standing wave ratio, power, reflection coefficient, impedance matching. Review of vector analysis and numerical methods. Electrostatics, generalizations of Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law, potential, conductors, dielectrics, capacitance, energy. Prerequisite: ApSc 2113; Phys 1022. (Spring)
3410 Communications Engineering (3) Doroslovacki and Staff
  Fourier series and Fourier transform in relation to signal analysis. Convolution and linear filtering. Signal bandwidth and sampling theorem. Analog modulation. Random variables and stochastic processes; power spectrum. Digital modulation: BPSK, QPSK, MSK. Pulse code modulation, DPCM and delta modulation. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115, ECE 2210. (Spring)
3415 Introduction to Computer Networks (3) Subramaniam, Lan, and Staff
  Types of networks. Circuit and packet switching. Layered network architectures. Electrical interfaces. Parity checking and CRC error detection codes. Automatic-repeat-request protocols. Routing. Flow and congestion control. Multiple-access protocols. LAN standards. Internetworking and transport layer protocol. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115. (Spring)
3420 Communications Laboratory (1) Doroslovacki and Staff
  Experiments supporting communications systems. Fourier analysis and Fourier transform. Sampling theorem, filtering, and aliasing. Amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation (FM), quantization, and pulse code modulation (PCM). Delta modulation. Binary phase shift keying (BPSK). Quadrature phase shift keying (PSK). Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 3410. (Spring)
3425 Data Communications Laboratory (1) Subramaniam, Lan, and Staff
  Experiments in support of the analysis and design of communications systems with emphasis on network protocols. Time and frequency division multiplexing, flow control, automatic repeat request, interfacing, token ring, token bus, multiple access for Ethernet, routing, packet switching. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 3415. (Spring)
3430 Simulation of Communications Systems (3) Vojcic and Staff
  Representation and simulation of deterministic and random signals and systems. Modeling of communication systems; performance measures and statistical methods for the interpretation of simulation results. Simulation techniques and technology in communications. Case studies. Corequisite: ECE 3415 or equivalent. May be taken for graduate credit. (Spring)
3515 Computer Organization (3) El-Ghazawi, Subramaniam, and Staff
  Structure and operation of a digital computer. Design of computer arithmetic units, data and instruction paths. Microprogramming; memory technology; virtual memory; caches; pipelined computer organization; characteristics of secondary storage; I/O interfacing. Prerequisite: ECE 3135; corequisite: ECE 3525. (Spring)
3520 Microprocessors: Software, Hardware, and Interfacing (3) Eom and Staff
  Microprocessor architecture, assembly language, address decoding, hardware interrupt, parallel and serial interfacing with various circuits, timer/counters, direct memory access, microprocessor-based system. Hands-on laboratory experience is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: ECE 2140. (Fall)
3525 Introduction to Embedded Systems (3) Eom and Staff
  Microcontrollers and their application in embedded systems. Topics include assembly and C for microcontroller programming, serial and parallel I/O interfacing, and multimedia interfacing. Students perform laboratory experiments and a final project to develop a microcontroller-based embedded system. Prerequisite: CSci 1121, ECE 3520. (Spring)
3530 Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems (3) El-Ghazawi and Staff
  Shared and distributed memory computer systems. Parallel computation. Interprocess communication and synchronization. Terminal, file transfer, and message handling protocols. Algorithms for deadlock detection, concurrency control, and synchronization in distributed systems. Network security and privacy. Resource control and management. Prerequisite: ECE 3515. (Spring)
3820 Principles and Practice of Biomedical Engineering (4) Loew and Staff
  Introduction to engineering principles applicable to medicine; medical measurements for clinical use and research; anatomy and physiology of the human body from system and cellular approaches. Principles of biomedical engineering are reinforced by determining and analyzing physiological measurements in laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: ECE 2110, ApSc 2113. (Fall)
3910 Capstone Design Preparation (1) Loew, Zara, and Staff
  Elements of project design; formulation of project ideas. (Fall)
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Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Capstone Project Lab I–II–III (1-3–2) Korman and Staff
  The courses are taken in sequence by departmental majors beginning in the second semester of the junior year. After an introduction to the formal design process, the student plans, refines, designs, and constructs a one-year project. (Fall and spring)
4140 VLSI Design and Simulation (3) Zaghloul and Staff
  Design of VLSI circuits. PMOS and NMOS transistors, switch and gate logic, design rules, CAD system, speed and power considerations, scaling of transistors to the nano-scale, designing with highly variable process parameters. The student will design a VLSI chip and simulate the design. May be taken for graduate credit. Prerequisite: ECE 3130, 3135. (Fall)
4145 VLSI Fabrication Techniques (3) Zaghloul and Staff
  Modern process technologies associated with various types of processing. Silicon fabrication process, micro- and nanofabrications. Limitation at nano-scale, and other available technologies. Alternatives approach. May be taken for graduate credit. (Spring)
4150 ASIC Design and Testing of VLSI Circuits (3) Zaghloul and Staff
  ASIC and mixed-signal design methodology, use of ASIC design CAD tools. Logic synthesis, styles of synthesis, power/area/speed constraints. VLSI testing, fault models, design for testability techniques, scan path, built-in self-test. Testing of chips designed in ECE 4140 and of nano-scale circuits. May be taken for graduate credit. Prerequisite: ECE 4140. (Spring)
4155 Modern Measurements and Sensors (3) Pardavi-Horvath and Staff
  Measurement of dc, ac, and high-frequency signals. Interface electronic circuits. Sensors for measurement of mechanical, optical, magnetic, electromagnetic, thermal, chemical, and biochemical signals. Prerequisite: ECE 4320, 3125, 2140. May be taken for graduate credit. (Spring, even years)
4160 Introduction to Nano-electronics (3) Zaghloul and Staff
  Technology development beyond CMOS; trends in nano-fabrication and nano-metrology. Current flow in 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D electronic structures and their energy levels. Nano-structures such as nano-wire (Silicon or other material), Carbon Nano Tube (CNT), and Graphene. Nano-scale transistors. Prerequisite: ECE 2115. (Fall)
4320 Fields and Waves II (3) Lang and Staff
  Magneto-stationary fields, Lorentz force torques, Biot–Savart law, Ampere’s law, magnetic materials, inductance, energy. Maxwell’s equations, Faraday’s law, charge–current continuity, vector potential. Time-harmonic fields, plane waves, polarization, skin effect, dielectric boundaries, and fiber optics. Radiation, dipole, gain, effective area. Prerequisite: ApSc 2114, ECE 3315. (Fall)
4325 Microwave and Optics Laboratory (1) Lang and Staff
  Experiments in transmission lines, network analyzer measurements of scattering parameters, microwave systems, fiber-optic systems and antennas. Introduction to the characteristics of laser and optical systems. Prerequisite: ECE 4320. (Spring)
4435 Fiber Optical Communication (3) Pardavi-Horvath and Staff
  Lightwave fundamentals. Integrated optics. Optical fiber waveguides. Light sources and detectors. Distribution networks and fiber components. Modulation. Noise and detection. System design. Prerequisite: ApSc 2114; ECE 3310 or 4320. (Fall, odd years)
4535 Computer Architecture and Design (3) El-Ghazawi and Staff
  Design of bus-based digital computer systems, memory subsystems, caches, and multiple processors. Comparison of RISC and CISC processors and standard buses. Bus transfer and control signals. Performance, memory management, architectural support for protection, task switching, exception handling, instruction pipelines. Prerequisite: ECE 3515. (Fall)
4610 Electrical Energy Conversion (3) Harrington and Staff
  Three-phase and single-phase AC rotating machines and transformers, DC machines, rotating machines as circuit elements, power semiconductor converters. Renewable generation, utility grid integration, smart grid applications. May be taken for graduate credit by students in fields other than electrical engineering. Prerequisite: ECE 2210, 3315. (Spring)
4615 Electrical Power Laboratory (1) Harrington and Staff
  Experiments in support of the analysis and design of electrical power systems. Measurements of the characteristics of devices to generate electric power. Rectification and inversion processes for power systems and drives. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4610. (Fall)
4620 Electrical Power Systems (3) Harrington and Staff
  AC power grids, transmission line parameters, load flow, economic dispatch voltage, frequency and power flow control. Voltage, current and power limitations. Fault analysis and stability considerations. Effect of independent power producers and variable energy sources and energy storage. May be taken for graduate credit. (Fall)
4625 Power Electronics and Applications (3) Harrington and Staff
  Review of power semiconductors and applications to electronic power supply, frequency control, uninterruptible supplies, and HVDC power transmission. May be taken for graduate credit. Corequisite: ECE 4610. (Spring)
4710 Control Systems Design (3) Carroll and Staff
  Mathematical models of linear systems; steady-state and transient analyses; root locus and frequency response methods; synthesis of linear feedback control systems. Prerequisite: ApSc 2114, ECE 2210 or MAE 3134. (Fall)
4715 Control Systems Laboratory (1) Carroll and Staff
  Experiments in support of control theory, involving the use of the digital computer for process control in real time. Design of feedback and compensation with computer implementation. Digital simulation of linear and nonlinear systems. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4710. (Fall)
4730 Robotic Systems (3) Carroll and Staff
  Modeling and analysis of robot designs. Kinematics of mechanical linkages, structures, actuators, transmissions, and sensors. Design of robot control systems, computer programming, and vision systems. Use of artificial intelligence. Current industrial applications and limitations of robotic systems. Same as MAE 3197. Prerequisite: computer programming, ApSc 2058, ECE 4710. (Spring)
4735 Robotics Laboratory (1) Carroll and Staff
  Experiments illustrating basic principles and programming of robots and other automated machinery. Design and writing of computer programs to use a robot’s arm, vision, and data files to accomplish tasks. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 4730/MAE 3197. (Spring)
4820 Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (3) Loew and Staff
  Human anatomy and physiology from an engineering viewpoint. Analysis of functions of major physiological systems. Biopotentials, mechanics, gas exchange, chemical balance, electrical and chemical signaling, nervous control, voluntary and reflex factors. (Fall)
4825 Biomedical Properties Laboratory (1) Loew and Staff
  Experiments are selected from the random walk model of diffusion, macroscopic diffusion processes, optical extinction in tissue, carrier-mediated transport (CMT), spectroscopy, hearing measurement, DNA identification, bioinformatics, and data mining. Prerequisite or corequisite: Phys 2128. (Spring)
4830 Introduction to Medical Imaging Methods (3) Zara and Staff
  Common imaging modalities, including ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, CT, SPECT, and PET. Overview of linear systems, basic properties of an imaging system, the physics and instrumentation behind each modality, and their respective advantages, disadvantages, and applications. May be taken for graduate credit. Prerequisite: ECE 3220, 3820. (Spring)
4835 Introduction to Telemedicine (3) Loew and Staff
  Clinical applications; data dimensionality, acquisition, and conversion; transmission methods (wired, wireless); networking; compression; measurement of quality and accuracy; reception and display considerations; data archiving and retrieval; economic issues; user-interface considerations. Prerequisite: ECE 3220; corequisite: ApSc 3115. (Fall)
4980 Special Topics (1 to 3) Staff
  Topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Fall and spring)
4990 Research (1 to 3) Staff
  Applied research and experimentation projects, as arranged. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. (Fall and spring)
 

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