The Department comprises five Thematic Groups which deliver curricula and pursue research and development, specific to disciplines within the broad fields of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These Thematic Groups are as follows:
The explosive growth in voice, video and data communications and their enabling networks have impacted virtually every aspect of daily life and the vast majority of persons on the planet. Mobility, the Internet, new media and astounding levels of personal, professional and operational productivity have all been powered by contemporary communications technologies. The Communication Systems Group conducts teaching in communications systems, sub-systems and relevant processes as well as in the design, implementation and performance analysis of communications networks and applications. Research includes mobile technologies for development; cognitive, semantic and related technologies for productivity enhancement, and network and application performance studies.
Computer Systems Engineering
Computers have an ever increasing role to play as tools for the acquisition, manipulation and dissemination of data. Computers have become an important tool in almost all fields in industry. The Department's computer program emphasizes that a CSE (Computer Systems Engineering) graduate is solidly grounded in the basic principles of computer engineering, anticipates new developments in computer engineering, and is confidently able to develop and implement computing hardware and software, where necessary, in order to solve problems. The CSE Group conducts research in areas of computer architecture & organization, advanced computer architecture, microprocessor / microcontroller based hardware & software design, design of application specific parallel architectures, embedded systems, supercomputer technologies, image processing, artificial intelligence and robotics.
Automation, control and instrumentation theory is crucial to measurement and product quality control. Control plays a vital role in regulating machines and processes to close tolerances. The Control Systems Group conducts teaching and research in industrial control and instrumentation systems analysis, design and implementation. This includes the application of electronic, computer and communications technologies to the programming, design and application of advanced control strategies on Real Time Embedded Controllers, Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Computer Control Systems.
Electronic systems and sub-systems are found in a wide range of modern industrial and commercial systems including micro-electronic controllers, energy systems, control systems, communications systems, computer systems, bio-medical systems and automotive systems. Moreover, mechanical and electro-mechanical systems are increasingly being replaced by electronic systems. The need for engineers with training in electronics is therefore critical. Recent developments in computer-based design tools have made design opportunities in electronics a more viable option for would-be entrepreneurs. The Department's electronic systems programme emphasizes analog and digital electronics design using state-of-the art simulation and Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools as well as cutting edge Complex Programmable Logic Device (CPLD) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology.
The Energy Systems Group conducts teaching and research in electricity generation, with renewable and conventional sources, and its transmission and distribution. The Group also conducts teaching and research in the application of power electronics to electrical drive systems. Knowledge in the area of energy systems is recommended for engineers in the Caribbean as most industries have just one or two electrical engineers on staff to service their electrical engineering needs. A graduate with the energy systems option must also be knowledgeable in all the other specialist areas of engineering, as these impact on the application of an efficient energy system.