The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Five-year BS and MS dual degree programs are available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the Department.

Current research interests of the faculty include:

  • Statistical signal processing.
  • Image and video processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, automation of visual tasks.
  • Machine learning and big data analytics.
  • Bioinformatics, computational biology, and genomics.
  • Nano-photonics, plasmonics, micro/nano-electronic devices, nano-materials and structures.
  • Fusion and learning in networks.
  • Data mining, multimedia information systems, multimedia networking and security.
  • Intelligent sensor microchips and MEMS, BioMEMS, implantable medical devices, VLSI, ASICS, system-on-a-chip, FPGAs.
  • Integrated optics, holography, lithography, spectral imaging, optical coherence tomography.
  • Game theory, multi-agent systems.

Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 600. Engineering Analytical Techniques. 3 Credit Hours.

Complex variables, analytic functions, power series, residue theorem, conformal mappings, series solution, Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials. singular value decomposition, vector, and matrix norms are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 602. Engineering Acoustics. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to basic principles of acoustics, methods of sound measurement, physiological, psychological acoustics, the acoustics of the major classes of musical instruments and speech, fundamentals of transducers, architectural acoustics, and the effects and control of noise are covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 603. Laser Communications. 3 Credit Hours.


Prerequisites: PHY 206, PHY 207, ECE 301, or Permission of Instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 604. Fundamentals of Optical. 3 Credit Hours.


Prerequisites: ECE 301 or BME 545.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 605. Semiconductor Photonic Devices. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of semiconductor electronics: energy bands of semiconductors; Fermi level;carrier distribution and transport mechanisms. Application of semiconductor theory tovarious junction and field effect devices.
Prerequisite: ECE 305 Or ECE 202.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 606. Microfabrication. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of operation, properties and applications of semiconductor devices, junction, metal-semiconductor, metal-oxide-semiconductor, optoelectronic, bulk-effect, and charge-coupled are covered
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 632. VLSI Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Fundamentals of MOS Technology in VLSI. System data, control flow, structures, design, layout, maskmaking, fabrication, packaging, and testing of VLSI chips are discussed. Highly concurrent Very Large Scale Integration computational systems are also covered.* For students who are taking it as ECE 632 there will be a separate advanced final project that will include the use of all digital circuit library that will be developed in the lab exercises and in addition include an analog component to achieve a mixed signal system integration. This will require additional research study as well as comprehension of more advanced topics in VLSI. Supplemental material and additional project instruction will be delivered in the lab.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 633. Random Signals and Noise. 3 Credit Hours.

Probability models, Bayes' theorem, Limit theorems of Laplace and Poisson, functions of random variables, Central limit theorem, conditional expectation and estimation, Stochastic processes, stationarity and ergodicity, cross-spectral analysis, filtering, and prediction are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 634. Communication Networks. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of digital communications, Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks(WANs), Open systems Intercommunication (OSI),Internet reference models, internet architecture and protocols,packet switching a3nd routing, and network performance are discussed.* For students who are taking it as ECE 634 there will be a separate requirement.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 636. Adaptive Filters And Signal Processing. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include linear models and estimation, orthogonality principle, Wiener filters, stochastic gradient methods, LMS and RLS algorithms, mean square error and tracking performance and applications.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 637. Principles of Artificial Intelligence. 3 Credit Hours.

Search techniques, game trees, exhaustive vs. cutoff search, natural language processing, augmented transition networks, knowledge representation, cognitive aspects, semantic networks, problem-solving, expert systems, and AI machines are covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 638. Introduction to Digital Image Processing. 3 Credit Hours.

Digital image representation. Image smoothing, sharpening, and transformations. Color image processing. Encoding of digital images. High level image segmentation and description techniques. Processing of image sequences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 639. Digital Communications. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles for the analysis and design of digital communications systems. Nyquist sampling, signal space representation, digital modulation techniques and optimal receiver design, ISI channels, error control coding, convolutional codes, Viterbi decoder, and wireless applications.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.

ECE 640. Digital Speech and Audio Processing. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to human speech production, hearing, and perception. Digital speech and audio signal analysis in time and frequency, speech and audio coding, speech synthesis and recognition, language modeling, design of systems for human-machine interaction are also covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 643. BioNanotechnology. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction on the fundamentals of nanotechnology with a focus on Biomedical Applications. A foundation of nanotechnology concepts will be established through lectures on nanometrology with quantum physics basics, nano manufacturing tools, physical, chemical properties of nanomaterials. Application of these principles in electronics, magnetics, mechanics and optics will be discussed. Use of these nanoengineering principles and concepts to focus on biomedical technology applications such as biosensors, biomaterials, biomimetics and therapeutics
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 646. Reliable Digital System Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include descriptive technique for digital systems, synchronizer failure and metastability estimation, design for testability, and estimating digital system reliability. Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools are also covered. Not open to students with credit in ECE 454. Offered only for Graduate students.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 648. Machine Learning. 3 Credit Hours.

Fundamentals of intelligent system design and strategies of learning capability simulation. Selected case studies of learning systems for engineering applications are included.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 653. Neural Networks. 3 Credit Hours.

Artificial neural network algorithms and structures, learning process, perceptron, least-mean-square algorithms, multilayer perceptron, error back-propagation, radial-basis function networks, the Hopfield network, and self-organizing systems are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 662. Wireless and Cellular Communication. 3 Credit Hours.

Wireless Channel Characterization: path loss, shadowing, fading, frequency- selective channels, Doppler spread, and delay spread. Diversity techniques: frequency, time and space diversity. Multiple Antenna Systems: space-time coding, beamforming and layered space-time system. Digital Modulation: adaptive modulations and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). Cellular Concept: frequency reuse, co-channel interference and handoff. Multiple Access Methods: Frequency Division Multiple Acess (FDMA), Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and random access. CDMA: spreading codes, RAKE receiver, multiuser detection and power control.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 664. Wireless Networks. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction of wireless channels and network. Introduction of medium access control: Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA), Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Carrier Sense Multiple Access. Wireless data networksL IEEE 802.11 (WiFi), IEEE 802.16 (WiMax) and Bluetooth. Wireless network layer: mobile IP and mobile ad-hoc networks. Wireless transport layer: mobile TCP. Wireless Cellular systems: network structure and call processing of GSM and CDMA systems.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 672. Object-Oriented and Distributed Database Management Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Object-Oriented modeling concepts in languages and database systems. Object-Oriented database systems. Semantic data models, nested-relational, object-relational databases. Distributed database system. Federated Databases. Application to engineering design problems.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 674. Agent Technology. 3 Credit Hours.

Agent definition and applications, agent modeling, theories, agent representation using KIF (Knowledge Interchange Format), agent behavior, ethical and emotional agents, agent communication languages (KQML (Knowledge Query and Manipulation Language)), agent development environments and tools, agent systems (cooperative agents, interface agents, information age nts, learning agents, believable agents, agents for workgroups, mobile agents), and agent case studies are covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 676. Internet and Intranet Security. 3 Credit Hours.

Security issues and applications for securing internet and Intranet-based information exchange. Secure information models, security tools, security services, security protocols, electronic commerce, virtual private networks, firewalls, and security versus cost tradeoffs are covered.*For students who are taking it as ECE 676 there will be a separate requirement.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 677. Data Mining. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the general principles of inferring useful knowledge from large data sets. Data mining algorithms, including inferring rules, linear regression, decision trees, association rules, and predictive models. Evaluation of data mining algorithms, including training, testing, prediction, comparison, cost, and cross-validation. Data mining applications.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 680. Electrical and Computer Engineering Internship. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Analysis, design, and research experience obtained at an operating and recognized industry. Approved project jointly supervised and assessed by departmental faculty and industrial partner.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 681. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Project course introducing methods of research through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 682. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Project course introducing methods of research through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 683. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Project course introducing methods of research through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

ECE 684. Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Project course introducing methods of research through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

ECE 694. Special Topics in Computer Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Computer Engineering .
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 695. Special Topics in Computer Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Computer Engineering .
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 696. Special Topics in Computer Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Computer Engineering .
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 697. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Electrical Engineeri ng.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 698. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Electrical Engineering.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 699. Special Topics in Electrical Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Lecture courses in selected areas of specialization within Electrical Engineeri ng.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 715. M. S. Design Project I. 3 Credit Hours.

Comprehensive M.S. design project in electrical or computer engineering. Open o nly to students in the BS/MS dual-degree program.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 716. M.S. Design Project II. 3 Credit Hours.

Continuation of ECE 715. Open only to students in the BS/MS dual-degree program .
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 738. Computer Vision. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of computer vision. Segmentation, shape and texture analysis, 3D scene analysis, polyhedral scenes, time-varying image analysis, parallel processing algorithms, matching, and recognition are covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 753. Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks. 3 Credit Hours.

Statistical pattern classification, feature extraction, cluster analysis, neural net models, Hopfield net, competitive learning, multi-layer perceptron, and the Boltzmann machine are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 756. Information Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

Measure of uncertainty and entropy, two dimensional sources, noisy channels, mutual and transinformation, equivocation, efficiency and channel capacity, minimum redundancy coding, error-detecting, error-correcting codes, continuous channel without memory. Gaussian additive noise, sampling theorem, and vector space are covered.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 781. Advanced Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Research and/or design projects through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ECE 782. Advanced Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Research and/or design projects through an individual investigation of of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ECE 783. Advanced Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Research and/or design projects through an individual investigation of of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

ECE 784. Advanced Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Research and/or design projects through an individual investigation of current problems. Offered by special arrangement only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Summer.

ECE 795. Advanced Topics in Computer Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Subject matter offerings in computer engineering based upon student demand and availability of faculty. Subtitles describing the topics to be offered will be shown in parentheses in the printed class schedule, following the title "Advanc ed Topics".
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 796. Advanced Topics in Computer Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Subject matter offerings in computer engineering based upon student demand and availability of faculty. Subtitles describing the topics to be offered will be shown in parentheses in the printed class schedule, following the title "Advanc ed Topics".
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 797. Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Subject matter offerings in electrical engineering based upon student demand an d availability of faculty. Subtitles describing the topics to be offered will b e shown in parentheses in the printed class schedule, following the title "Adva nced Topics".
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 798. Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Subject matter offerings in electrical engineering based upon student demand an d availability of faculty. Subtitles describing the topics to be offered will b e shown in parentheses in the printed class schedule, following the title "Adva nced Topics".
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 799. Advanced Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Subject matter offerings based upon student demand and availability of faculty. Subtitles describing the topics to be offered will be shown in parentheses in the printed class schedule, following the title "Advanced Topics".
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ECE 810. Master's Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours.

The student working on his/her master's thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor. Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 820. Research in Residence. 1 Credit Hour.

Used to establish research in residence for the thesis for the master's degree after the student has enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in ECE 810 (usually six credits). Credit not granted. May be regarded as full time residence.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 825. Continuous Registration--Master's Study. 1 Credit Hour.

To establish residence for non-thesis master's students who are preparing for major examinations. Credit not granted. Regarded as full time residence.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ECE 830. Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Doctoral dissertation credits taken prior to Ph.D. student's candidacy. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 hours of ECE 830 may be taken in a regular semester; no more than six in a summer session.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ECE 840. Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Doctoral dissertation credits taken after Ph.D. student has been admitted to candidacy. The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor. No more than 12 credits in ECE 840 may be taken in a regular semester; no more than six credits in a summer session.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ECE 850. Research in Residence. 1 Credit Hour.

Used to establish research in residence for the Ph.D., after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit not granted. May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.