School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Greenspan, M.1

Acting Head
Yousefi, S.

Chair of Graduate Studies
Chan, W.Y.G.

Blostein, S.D., Bakhshai, A., Cartledge, J.C., Chan, W.Y.G., Frank, B., Gazor, S., Greenspan, M.1, Ibnkahla, M., Jain, P., Kim, I.-M., Korenberg, M.J., Liu, Y.-F., Morin, E.L.2, Rudie, K., Saavedra, C.

Associate Professor
Afsahi, A., Dean, T.R., Freundorfer, A.P., Hashtrudi-Zaad, K., Manijikian, N.,   Yam, S.H. Yousefi, S., Zou, Y.

Professor Emeritus
Eastham, A.R.,  Sen, P.C.

Alajaji, F., Amari, S., Antar, Y.M.M., Cordy, J., Fichtinger, G., Hassanein, H.S., Li, Q., Linder, T., Marshall, J., Mousavi, P., Noureldin, A., Zulkernine, M.

1 - On leave 2015-16
2 - On leave January-June 2016

Departmental Facilities

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is housed in Walter Light Hall which provides over 5,400 square meters of modern research, teaching and classroom facilities. The building is linked to Goodwin Hall which houses the School of Computing. Additional space for undergraduate laboratories and research is located in Beamish-Munro Hall.

Graduate research is supported by an extensive network of personal computers and workstations. In total, there are over one hundred workstations and personal computers maintained within the Department. The administration of the network is both open and flexible to allow the sharing of data, application software, and peripherals among all groups. In addition, an ATM fiber network is available for research use and several research groups also operate stand-alone computer systems linked to specialized research equipment. The Department also provides several computing laboratories to support both graduate and undergraduate courses. Installed operating systems include Unix, Windows, and Windows NT and a wide range of application software is available on both the teaching and research networks. Access to University wide computing resources, such as the Library systems and the Internet, is provided through high speed network switches.

Facilities in the Department include laboratories, with extensive modern equipment and instrumentation, dedicated to research in digital communications, cellular and satellite communications, wireless network and modems, computer communications, computer architecture and parallel processing, photonic packet switching network, information networks technology and network performance testing and monitoring, image processing, communication signal processing, array signal processing, video image compression, fiber optics, microwave integrated circuits, microwave communications, wireless communications, power electronics, electric drive systems, biomedical engineering, robotics and control systems.

A large number of graduate students are associated with projects being carried out under several federal and provincial centres of excellence, including Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO), Photonic Research Ontario (PRO), the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (CIPI), and the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR). Graduate students whose research involves VLSI design have access to the facilities of the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) which is located on the Queen's University campus.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students are frequently supported by one or more of external scholarships (such as Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships), University awards, research assistantships available from individual members of staff, and teaching assistantships. Teaching assistantships involve approximately 84 hours of work during the academic year and are offered, based upon Departmental needs, to full-time students in the first two years of the M.A.Sc. program and the first four years of the Ph.D. program. Student income typically ranges from $18,000 to $28,000 per annum, depending primarily upon whether or not an external scholarship is held. For further information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the department.

Areas of Research

The research activities of the Department fall into five broad areas:

Communications – Coordinator: S. Blostein
For detailed description see

Computer and Software Engineering – Coordinator: N. Manjikian
For detailed description see

Microelectronics, Electromagnetics and Photonics – Coordinator: J.C. Cartledge
For detailed description see

Biomedical and Intelligent Systems – Coordinator: M. Korenberg
For detailed description see

Power Electronics – Coordinator: P. Jain
For detailed description see

Programs of Study

Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Master's Degrees

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

The minimum requirements for the M.A.Sc. are a research thesis, 4 term-length graduate courses or their equivalent, and the seminar course ELEC-891. One senior (400 series) undergraduate course is acceptable as equivalent to a graduate course provided that:

  1. the course is approved by the student's supervisor, and
  2. the student has not received credit for a similar course in their Bachelor's program.

The program of study must be approved by the Department.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) (Non-Thesis Option)

The requirements for this M.Eng. program are 8 term length courses and the seminar course ELEC-891. At least 4 term length courses must be taken from the Department in which the student is registered and are to be considered primary courses. A maximum of 2 term length 400 series courses may be taken provided that:

  1. the courses are approved by the student's supervisor or graduate coordinator and
  2. the student has not received credit for similar courses in their Bachelor's program.

All the course selections must be approved by the Department.

These courses must be selected as follows:

  1. Four term-length graduate courses must be courses offered in the Department.
  2. Two of the courses in (1) may be replaced by ELEC-898-M.Eng. Project.
  3. Normally, the remaining courses may be chosen from courses listed by the Department, or from courses offered by another department in Queen's University, or from Royal Military College.
  4. The student must select at least one course that contains a project if not selecting the project course ELEC-898. A list of courses containing a project is maintained by the department.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) with Industrial Internship field

The M.Eng. with Industrial Internship field in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires students to take six term-length lecture-based courses, up to two of which can be fourth-year undergraduate courses. In addition, internship students take two term-length internship project courses (ELEC-895* and ELEC-896*), for a total of eight courses. Students must also take the non-credit seminar course ELEC-891.

Further, the courses must be selected as follows:

  1. ELEC-895* and ELEC-896*;
  2. At least two term-length graduate courses must be courses offered in the Department;
  3. Normally, the remaining lecture-based courses may be chosen from courses listed by the Department, or from courses offered by another department in Queen's University, or from the Royal Military College.

If a student decides not to take ELEC-896, then they must take a total of seven term length lecture-based courses. This situation could arise for example if the duration of the internship job was only 4 months.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

During the first term, the Ph.D. candidate and supervisor establish an internal thesis committee consisting of supervisor, internal examiner, and department representative.  At this time, an area of research is chosen.  The requirements to be fulfilled include a minimum of 4 term-length graduate courses beyond the Master's degree, a two-part comprehensive examination, the seminar course ELEC-891, satisfactory research progress and a thesis.  One of the courses must be taken from outside the Department and may be at the fourth-year undergraduate level.  One of the graduate courses must be taken inside the Department.  The program of study must be approved by the Department.

All Ph.D. candidates will take a comprehensive examination administered in two parts by the candidate's thesis committee.  Part I deals with the candidate's background in his/her chosen area of research.  Part II consists of the candidate's thesis proposal.  An internal-external examiner (within Queen's University, outside ECE Department) is added to the thesis committee for Part II.  Part I is normally held shortly after course work completion.  Part II is normally held within seven months of successful completion of Part I.  After the successful completion of Part II, thesis research progress is reported by the candidate and reviewed by the thesis committee every six months.  During the Ph.D. program, it is required that students present at least one seminar to other graduate students and faculty.

Materials Science and Technology

The Department cooperates with the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics in offering courses and research projects to students wishing to concentrate in materials science and technology. Students are registered for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in one of the six departments and are encouraged to take relevant courses from the others.