EE Research Areas

Electrical Engineering [EE] track

Electrical Engineering EE track
Communications & Networking Integrated Circuit Designs
  • Digital Communication Systems
  • Wireless Networks
  • Ubiquitous Sensor Network
  • Next-Generation Internet & Wi-Fi
  • Analog, mixed-mode, RF circuits
  • Digital, CAD & VLSI circuits
  • Memory & sensors
  • SoC (System On Chip) design
  • Ubiquitous sensor networks
  • Green car and electric vehicle IT
Signal Processing Antenna/Packaging
  • Image/Video Processing
  • 3D Visual Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Multimedia Data Compression
  • 3D IC
  • Smart antennas
  • Automotive radars
Robotics & Control Wireless Power Transfer (WPT)
  • Intelligent Control 
  • Assistive Robotics
  • Smart Home Systems 
  • WPT for electronic devices 
  • WPT for electric vehicles
Electronic devices Photonic Devices
  • Digital/RF nano-electronic device and circuit development 
  • Quantum-embedded device and its physical modeling on TCAD
  • Non-volatile memory device (FRAM, RRAM, MRAM) 
  • Wide bandgap compound semiconductor (Power devices) 
  • Neuromorphic devices, circuits and system
  • Terahertz (THz) electromagnetic wave detector and emitter
  • Photonic waveguide devices 
  • Plasmonic waveguide devices
  • Optical sensors
  • Plasmonics

This research area deals with the technologies facilitating fast and accurate transmission of information without space constraints and enabling efficient multi-user communication networks, through wired and wireless media. Major research topics include digital communication theory, wireless communication systems, wireless networks, ubiquitous sensor networks, next-generation Internet and Wi-Fi, and computer network and security.
Visual and audio signals are widely used in various electronics devices as the information communication tools for human eyes and ears. The researches on Signal Processing area focus on developing the algorithms and systems for realistic, accurate, and fast representation and processing of various multimedia signals. Major research topics include image compression and transmission, statistical image signal analysis, visual quality enhancement, 3D visual processing, computer vision, bio-medical image processing, speech recognition and enhancement, and statistical signal estimation and separation.
This research area aims at realization of intelligent robots with various digital convergence technologies for the convenience of human life, and for the next-generation smart home systems for the elderly. Main research topics are based on learning control theory and designing assistive robots based on automated system theory, incorporated with include human-robot interaction, bio-signal processing and recognition, USN, and the techniques of computational intelligence including fuzzy, neural networks and genetic algorithm theory.
Integrated Circuit Designs focuses on a vital area of electrical engineering represented by the core technology needed in implementing many consumer electronics, automotive IT, communication systems and handheld devices. Research in analog and RF circuit design circuits includes high-speed analog-digital converters, RF and wireless communication ICs, sensor network devices, RFID, antenna design, automotive IT and e-health sensors. Research in VLSI and digital circuits includes low-power and high-performance microprocessor, SoC designs, memory, mixed signal circuits, CAD (computer-aided design), physical design, and design for testing and manufacturability, and analysis of next generation semiconductor devices.
Antenna is an essential component to radiate and detect electromagnetic waves for wireless communication and sensing. As today’s electronic systems become multi-functional and miniaturized, integrating antenna with optimized packaging is emerging as an important design issue to improve the system performance. In order to lead this design trend, this research area involves various projects on antennas and packaging, including 3D IC packaging, smart antennas, and automotive radars.
Wireless power transfer is the technique to provide the power for various electronic devices and electronic vehicles without wire connection. This research area is one of the most hot topics, and has enormous applications and impact. The power transfer can be accomplished by magnetic coupling, electric coupling, or electromagnetic waves, according to its application. This area hasn’t been fully investigated yet in terms of efficiency, cost, and the effect on the human body. A lot of further researches are required.
The main research interests of electronic devices including materials and circuits major are basically in developing next-generation electronic devices for functional circuits that overcome the limitations of the conventional Si-based CMOS technology, and also exploring the material systems that can take fundamental roles of realizing those new electronic devices. The current research for electronic devices focus on nanoscale non-planar CMOS devices, multi-functional quantum devices, and new type of nonvolatile memory devices overwhelming the current memory devices. Regarding the material systems, we mainly focus on silicon-compatible novel materials such as SiGe and graphene (C), and wide bandgap compound semiconductors such as GaN and SiC that are particularly useful for noble high-frequency and high-power devices. Meanwhile, circuit-related device research topics are neuromorphic device for short-term/long-term memory and pattern recognition and power devices for DC-DC converter. Another important research topic is for high-performance/portable terahertz (THz) detectors and emitters, which is a part of the cooperative research effort in Physics and Biology program aiming at developing electronic brain and THz sensing system for security, safety, and medical applications.
This field focuses on photonic waveguide devices and plasmonic waveguide devices. They constitute integrated-optical circuits or planar lightwave circuits, which are indispensable for optical interconnections. In addition, development of optical sensors based on photonic or plasmonic waveguide devices is another important research topic of this field. Such optical sensors are expected to satisfy a demand for chemical or biological sensors with ruggedness, compactness, functionality, etc. Finally, this field focuses on plasmonics in which a variety of optical phenomena related to metal with subwavelength dimensions are studied.