Seminars in electronics and communications

lelec2590  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminars in electronics and communications
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Flandre Denis; Huynen Isabelle; Louveaux Jérôme;
Main themes
This course takes place in the ELEC specialization in electronics, microwaves and telecommunications. The exact subjects vary each year depending on participants and latest developments in industry and research. The focus is on the discussion of R&D topics answering to future industrial needs.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 In consideration of the reference table AA of the program "master in electrical engineering ", this course contributes to the development, to the acquisition and to the evaluation of the following experiences of learning:
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA2.5
  • AA3.1, AA3.2, AA3.3
  • AA4.1, AA4.2, AA4.4
  • AA5.3, AA5,4, AA5.5, AA5.6
  • AA6.1, AA6.2 , AA6.3
At the end of the seminars series, debates and personal work, the students will have a global view on the most recent developments in their domain of expertise, i.e., electrical engineering. They will be able to :
  • Realize a review of the state-of-the art on a given problem or technology following a methodology and criteria typically used in R&D assessment
  • Make a comparative  and quantitative evaluation of the performances, including the balance between pros and cons, and taking in view current or forthcoming transfer to industry.  Predictions and characterizations using tools and softwares available in the frame of the ELEC education program (Matlab, Comsol, ADS, etc...) is encouraged
  • Make oral (slides) and written (report) presentations of the group work

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
As explained before, the thematics of the proposed seminars will be defined each year and then could change depending on the progresses of the related fields in electrical engineering. The aim is to offer the students a place of exchanges and education on hot topics not yet taught in courses in electronics, microwaves and telecommunications, furthermore bridging these electricity sub-domains. Les sujets abordés seront en rapport étroit avec les développements récents et futurs de l'industrie et de la recherche universitaire qui mettent en oeuvre, de manière croisée, les domaines précités. At the end of the seminars series, debates and personal work, the students will have a global view on some of the most recent developments in their domain of expertise, i.e., electrical engineering. They will analyze and discuss  the evolution of the technologies and products in comparison to recently-published scientific results.
Teaching methods
The course proposes a series of seminar related to the most recent research subjects and industrial activities in the field of the electrical engineering given by various actors (university, research center, SME, major industry, start-up).
In parallel, students work in group of 2 or 3 on a subject chosen in agreement with the teachers and with the specific topics of the course. They have the opportunity of frequent interactions with teachers (individual or collective -course) to solve the faced problems, as well as with researchers of the UCL laboratories (and collaborations outside UCL).
Evaluation methods
Evaluation is based on a personal work (usually in a group of 2 or 3 students), on a subject approved by the teachers. The work is the subject of an oral presentation (using slides) and the writing of a synthesis report (about 15 to 20 pages per student written as a journal article, including references).
Other information
Basic education in electronics, microwaves and telecommunications. Specialized education in one of the above domains of electricity.
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electrical Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering