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Research-group-driven approach to postgraduate studies

Postgraduate degree programmes are driven via the Research Groups in the Department. Each student enrolling for postgraduate studies within the Department needs to identify a postgraduate group that he/she wants to work in and discuss opportunities within this group with the Group Head.

 

Research Groups

The Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering conducts research in various fields, listed below. The postgraduate program is also presented via these research groups. Follow the links for more information regarding the focus, activities and study opportunities within each group.

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Advanced Sensor Networks (ASN)
Bioengineering (biomedical engineering)
Control Systems
Electromagnetism
Electronics and Microelectronics
Energy Systems
Intelligent Systems
Power Systems
Telecommunications and Signal Processing

 

Advanced Sensor Networks (ASN)

Group Head Prof. Reza Malekian
Engineering 1, 15-18
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Advanced Sensor Networks (ASN)
Other Group Members Prof Gerhard Hancke [email protected]
Dr Herman Myburgh [email protected]
Mr Daniel Ramotsoela [email protected]
Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Computer Engineering
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering

Four modules from the following in consultation with the Group Head:

  • Introduction to Research EIN 732
  • Research Project-Theory EPT 732
  • Research Project-Design and Laboratory EPT 733 
  • Computer Networks ERN 780 
  • Wireless Sensor Networks EKS 732 

*In exeptional cases students may replace one of the above with modules from other Groups or Departments with the permission of the Group Head.

MEng(Computer Engineering)
MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MSc(Applied Sciences)
Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Members
PhD(Computer Engineering)
PhD(Electronic Engineering
Discuss thesis topics with the Group Members

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Bioengineering (Biomedical Engineering)

Group Head Prof Johan Hanekom
Engineering III 7-36
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Bioengineering (biomedical engineering)
Other Group Members Prof Tania Hanekom [email protected]
Dr Werner Badenhorst [email protected]
Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Bioengineering
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering

All Honours students must take the following modules:

  • Bioelectromagnetism and Modelling EBI 732
  • Bio-electricity and Electronics EBE 732
  • Biosignals and Systems EBB 732
  • Introduction to Research EIN 732 
MEng(Bioengineering)
MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MSc(Applied Sciences)
Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Head
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
PhD(Biosystems)
Discuss thesis topics with the Group Head

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Control Systems

Group Head Prof Ian Craig
Engineering I 14-21
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-2172
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Control Systems
Other Group Members

Dr. Derik le Roux [email protected]
Prof. David Limebeer (Extraordinary Professor)
Prof. Margret Bauer (Extraordinary Professor)
Dr. Laurentz Olivier (Research Associate)
Dr. Nelis Muller (Co-supervisor)

Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electrical Engineering
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering

All Honours students who want to continue with a masters degree must take the following modules:

  • Introduction to Research EIN 732
  • Multivariable Control EMB 732
  • Optimal Control EBO 780
  • Research Project: Theory EPT 732
MEng(Electrical Engineering)
MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MSc(Applied Sciences)
Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Members
PhD(Electrical Engineering)
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
Discuss thesis topics with the Group Members

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Electromagnetism

Group Head Prof Wimpie Odendaal
South Campus, Building 9 1-4
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-3545
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Electromagnetism
Other Group Members Prof Johan Joubert [email protected]
Prof Jan Malherbe [email protected]
Prof Warren du Plessis [email protected]
Prof Pieter Jacobs [email protected]
Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering

All Honours students must take 4 of the following modules:

  • Antenna Theory EMM 780
  • Microwave Theory EMM 780
  • Introduction to Research EIN 732
  • Electronic defence - electronic countermeasures ELB 780
  • Electronic defence - electronic support ELB 781
  • Research Project - Theory EPT 732
  • Research Project - Design and Laboratory EPT 733
MEng(Electronic Engineering) Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Members
PhD(Electronic Engineering) Discuss thesis topics with any of the Group Members

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Electronics and Microelectronics

Group Head Dr Trudi-Heleen Joubert
CEFIM Building, room 2-52
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-6609
Email: [email protected]
Group Web Page Electronics and Microelectronics
Other Group Members

Prof Monuko du Plessis [email protected]
Dr Tinus Stander [email protected]
Dr Trudi-Heleen Joubert [email protected]ac.za
Dr Johan Schoeman [email protected]

Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering
BEng(Hons)Microelectronic Engineering

Students are required to complete at least four modules:

  • Analogue Electronic Design EME 732
  • Communication Electronics EMK 732
  • Introduction to Research EIN 732
  • Research Project - Design and Laboratory EPT 733
  • Research Project - Theory EPT 732

For the BEng(Hons)Microelectronic Engineering, topics for EIN 732, EPT 732 and EPT 733
must relate to the specialist field (Microelectronics)

MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MEng(Microelectronic Engineering)
MSc(Applied Sciences)
Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Members
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
PhD(Electronics)
Discuss thesis topics with any of the Group Members

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Energy Systems

Group Head Prof Xiaohua Xia
Engineering I 14-7
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-2165
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Energy Systems
Other Group Members Dr Lijun Zhang [email protected]
Dr Xianming Ye [email protected]
Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electrical Engineering
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering

(i) Energy - All Honours students in Energy must take at least two of the following three modules:
Group A

  • Energy Optimisation ENO 732
  • Energy Management EES 732
  • Solid State Lighting ELV 732

The third module can also be from the list above or the following module:
Group B

  • Research Project - Theory EPT 732

Introduction to Research EIN732 is compulsory for all Honours students wanting to carry on with an MEng degree.

(ii)Solid State Lighting - All Honours students in Solid State Lighting must do ELV 732 and can do two modules from Groups A, B and/or C:

Group C

  • Research Project - Design and Laboratory EPT 733

Introduction to Research EIN 732 is compulsory for all Honours students wanting to carry on with an MEng degree

MEng(Electrical Engineering
MEng(Electronic Engineering)
Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Members
PhD(Electrical Engineering)
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
PhD(Computer Engineering)
Discuss thesis topics with any of the Group Members

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Intelligent Systems

Group Head Mr Hans Grobler
Engineering I 13-17
E-mail: hans.grobler at up.ac.za 
Group Web Page Intelligent Systems
Other Group Members Mrs Magdaleen Ballot <[email protected]>
Prof Pieter de Villiers <[email protected]>
Prof Pieter Jacobs <[email protected]>
Dr Waldo Kleynhans <[email protected]>
Dr Herman Myburgh <[email protected]>
Postgraduate Degrees Offered NOTE: Before registering for ANY postgraduate studies as part of the ISG, students MUST discuss potential research topics with one of the ISG study leaders and/or the group leader. Furthermore, no registrations for Honours modules will be accepted later than 2 weeks after the start of the semester.
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering
BEng(Hons)Computer Engineering

All Honours students must take the following four modules:

MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MEng(Computer Engineering)
Discuss dissertation topics with any of the Group Members
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
PhD(Computer Engineering)
Discuss thesis topics with any of the Group Members

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Power Systems

Group Head Prof Ramesh Bansal
Engineering I 14-27
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-5446
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Power Systems
  Prof Michael Gitau [email protected]
Dr Raj Naidoo [email protected]
Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electrical Engineering

All Honours students must take the following four modules:

  • Power Distribution Engineering EEV 732
  • Power Electronics EED 780
  • Renewable Energy EGH 732
  • Introduction to Research EIN 732
  • Research Project - Theory EPT 732 / 733
MEng(Electrical Engineering) Discuss dissertation topics with the Group Head. Please see power group website
PhD(Electrical Engineering) Discuss thesis topics with any of the group members. Please see power group website

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Telecommunications and Signal Processing

Group Head Prof Pieter de Villiers
Engineering III 7-54
Tel: +27 (0)12 420-2872
E-mail: [email protected]
Group Web Page Telecommunications and Signal Processing
Other Group Members

Prof Sunil Maharaj [email protected]
Dr Jacques van Wyk [email protected] 

Dr Filip Paluncic [email protected]

Postgraduate Degrees Offered
BEng(Hons)Electronic Engineering
BEng(Hons)Computer Engineering

All Honours students must take the following module:
Introduction to Research EIN 732

Students could also take any three of the following modules:

MEng(Electronic Engineering)
MEng(Computer Engineering)
MSc(Applied Science)
Discuss dissertation topics with any of the group members
PhD(Electronic Engineering)
PhD(Computer Engineering)
Discuss thesis topics with any of the group members

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