The graduate school is organised within the Department of Electrical Engineering
Established by the First Vice President on 2021-04-01, reference number C 2021-0281.
This syllabus applies to doctoral students admitted as of 2021-04-01.
Transitional regulations: Doctoral students admitted to the syllabus of graduate school Signals and systems as from 2013-10-11 can at own request change to the current syllabus by notifying the Vice Head of Department for doctoral programmes at the department Electrical engineering. The change must be documented in the individual study plan.
The graduate school is regulated by the Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes and the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications and is described in the syllabus for the graduate school. In the event of any conflict between the documents, the Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes and the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications are governing. For the most recent version of all regulatory documents referenced in this syllabus, see Chalmers’s internal website.
1. Subject description
Description of subject
The fast and growing level of automation in the world can in many ways be traced to digitalization and electrification. In order to cope with the change, there is an ever-growing need for the creation and communication of knowledge in the area. Efficient and optimal use of information in the design- and development process of technical system solutions of the future is one of the keys to a sustainable future.
The graduate school in Electrical Engineering aims to deepen the understanding of automation, digitalization and electrification of technical applications for societal utilization. The subject Electrical Engineering comprises knowledge of theories, models, materials, components and systematic processing of signals and systems in electrical engineering applications in a broad sense. The aim of the doctoral programme in Electrical Engineering is to train and examine licentiate degree and doctoral degree who, when graduating, are well informed about current research challenges in the field of electrical engineering.
Description of specializations
Within the graduate school of Electrical Engineering, there are seven specializations described below.
The specializations are:
The specialization in antenna systems includes theory, design, numerical simulations and measurements of antenna systems. The doctoral programme’s focus within this specialization may involve numerical methods and practical design methods for complex antenna systems, such as ultra-wideband antennas and multi-array antennas; techniques for integrating antennas with electronic circuits and packaging/manufacturing of electronic components; measurement techniques for over-the-air characterization of antennas for measuring system effects of antennas, signal processing and wave propagation; signal processing and beamforming algorithms for multifunctional antennas, such as phase-controlled multi-array antennas, focal plane array antennas for feeding large reflector antennas (for example, large radio telescopic and satellite dishes) and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) antennas.
The doctoral programme activities also include to bridge the gap between research and products. Therefore, the doctoral programme is often performed in collaboration with specialists from industry, research institutes and other universities, both nationally and internationally.
The specialization in image analysis includes using computers and imaging systems, such as digital cameras, video cameras, CT and MRI machines, to automatically extract meaningful information from images in order to perform various interpretive tasks. The doctoral programme’s focus within this specialization may involve calculating the 3D geometry of objects in the world, detecting and recognizing objects, orienting and navigating, and segmenting an image into meaningful parts. The specialization intends to provide a broad knowledge in the research field, both the theoretical foundations and the understanding of mathematical models, but also practical algorithms and methods. Development of new and improved algorithms and models for automatic interpretation of images is often in focus.
The research field is by nature interdisciplinary and builds upon mathematics (especially geometry and optimization), machine learning, statistics, computer science, medicine and physics. Applications are available in a wide variety of areas: autonomous systems (visual navigation and autonomous cars), mapping, visualization of 3D environments, visual inspection, image-based surgery and medical diagnostic systems.
Electric power engineering
This specialization aims to provide the student with a broad knowledge of the main aspects within the field, connected with an in-depth understanding of the complex systems and components or devices that generate, transmit, distribute and use electrical energy. The doctoral programme is mainly of experimental nature with support in modeling and can be of both knowledge-broadening and developing nature. The doctoral programme’s focus can be on either large-scale (GW) or small-scale (W) electrical system.
The doctoral programme has a strong interdisciplinary connection both within and outside the core area itself. Research in electrical systems, electric drive systems, renewable energy sources and electricity quality is strongly linked to disciplines such as materials science, power electronics, signal analysis, technical-economic or statistical and environmental values.
Communication systems and networks
Communication systems and networks is a specialization area with information theory, coding theory, communication theory, signal processing, queuing theory, algorithms, and network optimization as theoretical foundations. The theoretical basis is used in the doctoral programme to develop new basic theory and as a toolbox to address more application-oriented research problems. The doctoral programme’s focus may involve wireless systems for future generations of mobile communication systems, optical communication (software and hardware) for increased energy and bandwidth efficiency, hardware limited communication for compensation of non-ideal radio frequency hardware, vehicle communication for traffic safety and traffic efficiency, collaborative systems for positioning, navigation and control of automated systems and distributed information systems for storing and processing large amounts of data, design and control/management methods for optical communication/network infrastructures for optimized energy, resiliency, security, and cost performance.
The doctoral programme is often conducted in collaboration with other research disciplines, research groups and with industrial partners - locally at Chalmers, but also nationally and internationally.
This specialization aims to provide a broad general knowledge in medical technology in general, connected with an in-depth understanding of specific biomedical areas, such as diagnostics and treatment with microwave technology, bone conduction hearing aids, mind-controlled prostheses, e-Health and respiratory assistance for newborns. The doctoral programme’s focus within this specialization may involve development of technical devices to detect, monitor, prevent, treat or alleviate an illness, injury or disability. Examples of well-known and well-established medical technology devices are advanced equipment found in hospitals, such as X-ray equipment, ECG, EEG, ultrasound equipment, radiation treatment equipment, etc. Medical technology devices also include more everyday equipment that is often found in the home, such as hearing aids, prostheses, fever thermometers and blood glucose meters.
The doctoral programme is interdisciplinary in nature and includes, depending on the application, for example mathematics, signal processing, algorithms, modeling, measurement technology, biology, chemistry, and various clinical sciences.
The specialization in signal processing includes methods for signal analysis and filtering methods for extracting relevant information from (often large) amounts of data. The research education puts special focus on physical and statistical signal modeling, as well as on inference. The doctoral programme’s focus within this specialization may involve object tracking, multivariate signal analysis and modeling, estimation, detection and machine learning. The specialization aims to provide broad knowledge in the field of research, both theoretical foundation and practical algorithms and methods. The doctoral programme focuses both on development of basic theoretical methods, and more applied projects where methods are developed and adapted to specific applications.
Systems and control
The specialization in systems and control intends to provide in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding in the research areas of systems and control theory. The core lies in good system knowledge through the use of mathematical model descriptions and the use of information for control and optimization. System understanding and control theory are necessary components in the design of complex systems. The doctoral programme focuses both on development of basic theoretical methods, and more applied projects where methods and tools are developed and adapted to design, control and optimize the properties of technical systems and products.
The research education is interdisciplinary and builds on mathematics, optimization, logics, machine learning, statistics, computer science, signal and image processing, mechanics, electrical engineering and physics. The methods and tools learnt and developed are applicable in many different areas, such as autonomous systems, biological systems, vehicle systems, production systems and robotics.
2. Objectives of the doctoral program
The national objectives for third cycle degrees (licentiate and doctoral degree) and local requirements are stated in the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications.
3. Entry requirements
General entry requirements
To be qualified for admission in Electrical Engineering the student must have earned a degree at the second-cycle level. The orientation of the student’s degree shall also have a sufficiently close connection to the subject of the doctoral programme. Equivalent requirements apply to individuals who have taken their first degree in a country other than Sweden. The examiner, in consultation with the principal supervisor, shall assess whether the applicant has the requisite capacity to successfully complete the doctoral programme. Other requirements for general entry are regulated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
Regulations regarding admission are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
The study programme towards a doctoral degree encompasses 240 higher education credits. The study programme towards a licentiate degree encompasses 120 higher education credits. One year of full-time studies equals 60 credits.
For the licentiate degree programme the credits are distributed between courses and thesis work as follows: courses at least 30 credits and thesis at least 75 credits.
For the doctoral degree programme the credits are distributed between course work and thesis work as follows: courses at least 60 credits and thesis at least 165 credits.
The decision about the course requirements (in credits) should be clearly documented in the doctoral student’s individual study plan within 3 months from admission, i.e. at the time when the first individual study plan is signed by the involved parties.
Courses within the graduate school include general courses that cover all doctoral programmes at Chalmers as well as courses specific for the graduate school.
General courses in Chalmers’s doctoral programmes
The general course requirements for doctoral programmes at Chalmers are regulated in Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications.
Courses within the graduate school Electrical Engineering
The graduate school has no specific course requirements other than those that apply to Chalmers' graduate education that are specified in Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications.
A licentiate thesis shall be written in English. In exceptional cases it can be written in Swedish; in such cases it shall contain a summary in English.
The purpose of the licentiate thesis is to account for the relevant scientific results that have been attained during the thesis work and describe these in a way that is accessible outside of the scientific inner circle of researchers. A licentiate thesis can either be written as a compilation thesis or as a monograph. If the licentiate thesis is a compilation thesis it should begin with an introduction, a summarizing text, followed by the included scientific articles. The purpose of the summarizing text is to put the studies in context, and to present relevant results that for various reasons are not described within the articles.
Regardless of the type of thesis selected, the thesis should have a length corresponding to a national standard for licentiate theses. The articles should maintain such a level that they could be accepted for publication in a reputable international scientific journal or high-quality conference with a referee procedure.
Other regulations concerning the licentiate thesis are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
A doctoral thesis shall be written in English. In exceptional cases it can be written in Swedish; in such cases it shall contain a summary in English.
The purpose of the doctoral thesis is to account for the relevant scientific results that have been attained during the thesis work and describe these in a way that is accessible outside of the scientific inner circle of researchers. A doctoral thesis can either be written as a compilation thesis or as a monograph. If the doctoral thesis is a compilation thesis it should begin with an introduction, a summarizing text, followed by the included scientific articles. The purpose of the summarizing text is to put the studies in context, and to present relevant results that for various reasons are not described within the articles.
Regardless of the type of thesis selected, the thesis should have a length corresponding to an international standard for doctoral theses. The articles should maintain such a level that they could be accepted for publication in a reputable international scientific journal or high-quality conference with a referee procedure. The individual articles may have been written together with the main supervisor, another supervisor or other author. In order to show that the student has attained the intended proficiency, the majority of the papers must have the student as their main author.
Other regulations concerning the doctoral thesis are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
The Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes states that for each doctoral student at least two supervisors shall be appointed. One of them shall be appointed principal supervisor. The doctoral student has the right to supervision during the studies unless the Head of Department decides otherwise.
In addition to providing guidance in relation to the research work, the supervision must also include planning and follow-up of the research work as well as a relevant support in connection with courses and other activities (e.g. publishing).
Other regulations concerning supervision are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
After completion of a doctoral programme a doctoral degree is awarded. A licentiate degree can be an intermediate stage in a doctoral degree. If a licentiate degree is not a part of the individual study plan, an interim seminar shall be held to denote that licentiate level has been reached.
Examination, licentiate degree
For a licentiate degree to be awarded, the doctoral student must have received a grade of pass for the licentiate thesis and its presentation and must also have received a grade of pass for the other elements that are included in the programme.
Examination, doctoral degree
For a doctoral degree to be awarded, the doctoral student must have had a doctoral thesis and its defence approved and must also have passed the other elements that are included in the programme.
Other regulations regarding examination are stated in:
- Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes
- Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications
6. Title of degree
The title of qualification is Teknologie doktorsexamen i elektroteknik or Filosofie doktorsexamen i elektroteknik. The English translation of the title of the qualification is Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering.
For a licentiate degree the title of the qualification is Teknologie licentiatexamen i elektroteknik or Filosofie licentiatexamen i elektroteknik. The English translation of the title of qualification is Degree of Licentiate of Engineering in Electrical Engineering or Degree of Licentiate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering.
The degree is given a title corresponding to the name of the faculty within which the undergraduate degree was earned. The title is determined by the Head of Department in connection with admission.
Any decision regarding exemption from use of the defined title is made by the Head of Department. In some individual cases, it is possible to use a title that does not correspond to the name of the faculty within which the undergraduate degree was earned.