Digital signal processing (DSP) is at the core of the communications revolution. Research is constantly being carried out to develop new DSP algorithms, allowing mobile broadband services, ‘Internet of Things’ applications and other technologies to be delivered to a growing number of users.
This programme will give you a thorough understanding of different aspects of DSP and as it relates to the communications landscape, as well as specialist knowledge from your choice of optional modules.
Our DSP lab will give you hands-on experience using the DSP technology that can be found in computers, cellular phones, GPS and other technologies, and you’ll learn from expert researchers at the forefront of their fields.
You’ll also benefit from specialist industrial lectures, allowing you to relate the theoretical and design aspects of communications and signal processing to practical problems and real-world constraints.
Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities. These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives, ultrasound and bioelectronics.
There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility. The Faculty is also home to the £4.3 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.
The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is seeking to appoint an MPhil/MRes student to conduct research for Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Industry Collaboration programme. Post Graduate fees are paid by the industrial sponsor for UK/EU students.
This studentship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The company design and manufacture of energy efficient control and monitoring systems for the refrigeration industry. With 30 years industry experience and a focus on energy efficiency and energy reduction the company delivers direct and indirect energy savings, improved control and greater operational efficiency worldwide.
The proposed innovation adds an exciting new element/component to the refrigeration process. It will improve accuracy, optimise and significantly improve the efficiency of the process. It could be applied in a number of formats worldwide to deliver lower energy consumption, reduce equipment operation, reduce equipment maintenance and lower costs for retailers. The technology has the potential to save mega-tonnes of carbon and significantly contribute to the UK’s climate change targets by 2030.
In this project, you will apply electronics and electrical engineering skills to develop a suitable and commercially viable hardware product for sensing, verify sensor placement and the analysis of digital signals.
1. Establish/verify a low cost, robust and reliable sensor.
2. Verify the sensors ability to detect key signals for use with digital signal processing analysis.
3. Verify the best position and mount for optimised/accurate data and digital signal analysis.
4. Verify the sensor can operate in the varying conditions created by the refrigeration process.
5. Provide a report and evidence of the research and conclusions to the University of Chester and the company.
1. Knowledge of DSP tool such as MATLAB, Audacity or similar.
2. Skilled in electronics design for sensor interfaces.
3. Capability to use DSP tool, build interface circuits to micro processor.
First degree (2:1 or above) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics (essential).
You will be a motivated and dynamic person, with a demonstrable capability to conduct independent research.
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.
This studentship attracts a tax exempt stipend of £15,000 per annum. Post graduate fees are funded for UK/EU based students. International students will be required to make an additional contribution to their post graduate fees.
A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree (MPhil/MRes) application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work).
Candidates should apply online via the University of Chester website page https://www.chester.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships and specify their reference number when applying. The reference number is: RA001801
Please be available for interview during the last 2 weeks of November 2017. Exact time and date are to be agreed.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to initially contact Gerard Edwards [email protected] Tel. 01244 512314 to discuss the project further. For general enquiries contact Postgraduate Research Admissions, University of Chester at [email protected]
Closing date: 19th November 2017
The main objective of the course is to educate you in the key engineering aspects of electronic and electrical engineering, enabling you to undertake responsible, creative, challenging and stimulating posts in industry or research.
The course covers the key areas of electronic and electrical engineering. In addition to the technical background provided in these subjects, hands-on experience is gained through a major individual Research and Development project, a group design project and a supporting laboratory programme.
The programme consists of a group design module, an individual research and development project, and 6 taught modules each of which has 20 credits. In addition to the group design module and the research and development project module, Candidates shall choose either List A or List B as below:
Electrical Engineering 3
Low Carbon Technologies
Energy Conversion and Delivery
Electronics and Communications
DSP and Microwave Engineering
This is a 12-month full-time degree course that runs from October to the end of August the following year.
For the Group Design Module, each group is supervised by one or more members of staff, and guided through the various stages of design. The principal learning outcome from this module is for you to understand the stages in the design of electronic and electrical systems. You should expect to have around 20 hours of contact time with their academic supervisors over the course of the design module.
A major individual research and development project is also undertaken on the course. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and to present a poster to allow an assessment to be made of your understanding and ability to present your work, plus an oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have around 25 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus 500 hours of practical work, supported by the Department’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of the research project.
The huge growth of processing power, now available in small power-efficient packages, has fuelled the digital revolution, which has touched all sectors of the economy. This practically orientated, advanced course in the area of electronics design and applications provides a strong digital technology core backed with applications-led modules.
You’ll study applications as diverse as medical and electronics, e-health, intelligent building design, automotive electronics, retail and commerce to prepare you for a range of careers in industry, where the skills you gain will be in high demand. A substantial element of practical work will give you confidence with software and digital hardware implementations using microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP devices and general system-on-chip methodology.
You’ll be taught by experts informed by their own world-leading research, and you’ll have access to world-class facilities to prepare for a career in a fast-changing industry.
Our School is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn from leading researchers in specialist facilities . These include our Keysight Technologies wireless communications lab, as well as labs for embedded systems, power electronics and drives, ultrasound and bioelectronics.
There’s also a Terahertz photonics lab, class 100 semiconductor cleanroom, traffic generators and analysers, FPGA development tools, sensor network test beds. We have facilities for electron-beam lithography and ceramic circuit fabrication – and a III-V semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy facility.