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Electronic technologies have evolved enabling many new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques. This has led to the simultaneous fabrication of micro scale mechanical structures with integrated electronics to form MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). Read more

Course Summary

Electronic technologies have evolved enabling many new device concepts, fabrication methods and characterisation techniques. This has led to the simultaneous fabrication of micro scale mechanical structures with integrated electronics to form MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). MEMS technology is becoming ubiquitous; it is the key enabling technology that will underpin the internet of things and the proliferation of smart technology in the world around us. You will gain an understanding of the techniques developed by the microelectronics industry to produce micron-scale mechanical devices such as accelerometers and micropumps on silicon wafers. You will work in research laboratories and in the cleanroom.

Modules

Semester one: Microfabrication; Introduction to MEMS; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Nanoelectronic Devices; Advanced Memory and Storage; Bionanotechnology

Semester two: MEMS Sensors and Actuators; Practical Application of MEMS; Green Electronics; Nanofabrication and Microscopy; Quantum Devices and Technology; Biosensors; Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the leading MAE departments in Asia. It offers rigorous academic and professional training in a wide range of areas, including both traditional and cutting-edge topics in energy, mechanics, advanced materials, nano/biotechnology, and manufacturing. Read more
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the leading MAE departments in Asia. It offers rigorous academic and professional training in a wide range of areas, including both traditional and cutting-edge topics in energy, mechanics, advanced materials, nano/biotechnology, and manufacturing.

The aim of the MAE Department is to produce high quality MAE graduates with competitive academic training, technology leadership, and/or entrepreneurship.

The Department has 26 full-time faculty members. Many of them are internationally renowned scholars in their fields. There are about 150 research postgraduate students. The MAE Department is also equipped with many state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Our faculty and postgraduate students conduct research at the frontier of mechanical and aerospace engineering and collaborate closely with local industry.

The MPhil program focuses on strengthening students' background in the fundamentals of mechanical and aerospace engineering and exposing them to the environment of academic research and development. Students are required to undertake coursework and complete a thesis to demonstrate their competence in engineering research.

Research Foci

The Department's research concentrates on energy and environmental engineering, mechanics and materials, and mechatronics and manufacturing. Research covers several major areas:

Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
These are two of the fundamental pillars of Mechanics research. The Department has a diverse faculty with expertise in these fields. Research activities range from applied to theoretical problems, and have a marked multidisciplinary nature. They involve: applied mathematics, solid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, computations, solid state physics, material science and experiments for various kinds of solid materials/systems and mechanical behaviors. Faculty members work on problems of both static and dynamic natures with different types of evolutions. These problems also involve multi-field coupling on different scales of time and length, from micro-second to long time creep processes and from a very small carbon nanotube or a cell to macroscopic scale composite materials and electro-mechanical devices/systems.

Materials Technology
Materials engineering focuses on characterizing and processing new materials, developing processes for controlling their properties and their economical production, generating engineering data necessary for design, and predicting the performance of products. Research topics include: smart materials, biomaterials, thin films, composites, fracture and fatigue, residual life assessment, materials issues in electronic packaging, materials recycling, plastics flow in injection molding, advanced powder processing, desktop manufacturing, and instrumentation and measurement techniques.

Energy/Thermal Fluid and Environment Engineering
Research in energy, thermal/fluids and environmental engineering includes fuel cells and batteries, advanced renewable energy storage systems, thermoelectric materials and devices, nanoscale heat and mass transfer, transport in multicomponent and multiphase systems, innovative electronics cooling systems, energy efficient buildings, and contaminant transport in indoor environments.

Design and Manufacturing Automation
These elements lie at the heart of mechanical engineering in which engineers conceive, design, build, and test innovative solutions to "real world" problems. Research is being conducted in the areas of geometric modeling, intelligent design and manufacturing process optimization, in-process monitoring and control of manufacturing processes, servosystem control, robotics, mechatronics, prime-mover system control, sensor technology and measurement techniques, and bio-medical systems design and manufacturing.

Microsystems and Precision Engineering
Micro ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) is a multidisciplinary research field which has been making a great impact on our daily life, including various micro sensors used in personal electronics, transportation, communication, and biomedical diagnostics. Fundamental and applied research work is being conducted in this area. Basic micro/nanomechanics, such as fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer and materials problems unique to micro/nanomechanical systems are studied. New ideas to produce microsystems for energy, biomedicine and nanomaterials, micro sensors and micro actuators are explored. Technology issues related to the micro/nanofabrication of these devices are being addressed.

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineering is a major branch of engineering concerned with research, development, manufacture and operation of aircraft and spacecraft. Within the aerospace engineering group, fundamental and applied research is being conducted in areas such as aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aircraft and engine noise and performance, combustion dynamics, thermoacoustics, atomization and sprays, and aircraft design and optimization. Advanced experimental facilities and high-fidelity computational methods are being developed and used. The group boasts two world-class anechoic wind tunnels for aerodynamics and aeroacoustics research, and is home to a major research center on aircraft noise technology.

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Power ahead and make your postgraduate studies really count in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. The recent evolution of Electronic and Computer Engineering has been developed into a wide-ranging discipline covering technologies critical to the growth of the knowledge economy. Read more
Power ahead and make your postgraduate studies really count in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. The recent evolution of Electronic and Computer Engineering has been developed into a wide-ranging discipline covering technologies critical to the growth of the knowledge economy.

Networking, wireless communications, multimedia signal processing, microelectronics, microprocessors, IC design, opto-electronics, display technologies, and control and robotics all fall into this exciting discipline. Advanced training in these fields opens up a wealth of career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, business sector, government and universities worldwide.

The Department has gathered a talented faculty team, with PhDs from the world's top universities, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to enable pioneering research and multimedia teaching to be carried out. We have over 40 teaching faculty members, over 300 research postgraduate students and are committed to world-class research and excellence in teaching, leading to significant results with international impact.

The Department's goal is to prepare students to become leading academics, top quality engineers or productive managers in the ever-changing high-technology world.

The MPhil program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in research and development in industry or academia, and is an excellent preparation for a PhD degree. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully research and defend a thesis.

Research Foci

The Department's research concentrates on six pillar areas:
Solid-State Electronics and Photonics
Topics related to Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Large Area Electronics, Power and Energy-Efficient Electronic Devices, High-Speed Electronics, Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Fabrication Technology, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Displays, Optoelectronics, Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), Solid-State Lighting, Liquid-Crystal Displays, Liquid-Crystal Photonics, Silicon Photonics, Optical Communications and Interconnects, Solar Cells, Epitaxy of Compound Semiconductors by MOCVD.

Integrated Circuits and Systems
Topics related to Digital, Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits (IC) Design, VLSI Design, Embedded Systems, Network-on-Chip and Multiprocessor System-on-Chip, Circuit and System Simulation and Verification Tools. Advanced topics include RF and mm-Wave IC and Systems, Data Converters, Power Management IC, High-Speed Optical Communication Transceiver, Image and Bio-Medical Sensors, Signal Processing and System Architectures, Design Automation, Computer Architecture, Reconfigurable System and Hardware/Software Codesign.

Wireless Communications and Networking
Topics related to Physical Layer, Signal Processing, Coding and Information Theory, Networking as well as New Architecture for Next Generation 5G Wireless Communications, Massive MIMO and Cloud Radio Access Networks, Interference Management, Heterogeneous Networks, Green Communications, Tactile Wireless Systems For Machine Type (MTC), Device-To-Device (D2D) and Multimedia Communications, Integration of Control and Wireless Communication Theory, Display-Smart Mobile Communications And Interactions, Network Coding Theory and Applications, Cross-Layer Stochastic Optimization, Distributed Algorithms and Optimisations, Big Data Systems, Social Media and Cyber-Physical and Social Computing Systems, Self-Organising Networks, Cloud Computing and Virtualisation.

Biomedical Engineering
Topics related to Medical Imaging, Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics, Neuroengineering, Medical Electronics, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology and Biomedical Microdevices and BioMEMS.

Control and Robotic Systems
Topics related to Control and Optimization (including System Theory, Optimization Theory, Detection and Estimation, Financial Systems, Networked Sensing and Control), Robotics and Automation (including UAV, Next-Generation Industry Robots, Medical/Healthcare Robotics, and Autonomous Systems).

Signal, Information and Multimedia Processing
Topics related to Digital Signal Processing of Video, 3D, Image, Graphics, Audio, Speech, Language, Biomedical Data, Financial Data, and Network Data. Specific topics include Signal Capture, Conditioning, Compression, Transformation, Playback and Visualization, Data Analysis, Information Theory, Error Correction, Cryptography, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Language Understanding, Translation, Summarization, Retrieval, Multi-Lingual and Multi-Modal Processing, and Embedded Systems.

Facilities

There are extensive facilities available to support the Department's programs. Laboratories for research and teaching encompass: advanced VLSI design and testing analog, automatic-control, biomedical instrumentation, broadband networks, computer networks and system integration, digital electronics and microprocessors, electro-optics, fine-line lithography, integrated power electronics, machine intelligence, optical device characterization, robot manipulation, signal processing and communication and wireless communication.

Relevant central facilities, research centers and research institutes include: the Automation Technology Center, Center for Networking, Center for Wireless Information Technology, Multimedia Technology Research Center, Nanoelectronics Fabrication Facility, Photonics Technology Center, Semiconductor Product Analysis and Design Enhancement Center.

In addition to the University's central computing facilities, the Department has over 200 Linux/Solaris workstations and over 900 PCs and Apple computers. Both industrial standard and research-oriented software are used by faculty and students for teaching and research.

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The course in Advanced Metrology provides a high level route enabling engineering graduates, or engineers in industry, to acquire skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern precision engineering manufacturing environment. Read more
The course in Advanced Metrology provides a high level route enabling engineering graduates, or engineers in industry, to acquire skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern precision engineering manufacturing environment. This is achieved by the provision of technical modules, covering broad aspects of advanced metrology within the context of a modern manufacturing environment, and by the provision of optional modules covering the salient principal aspects of engineering management. The course should be of particular interest to engineering graduates involved with (or wishing to become involved with), precision manufacture, quality assurance, metrology and nanotechnology. Appropriate choice of optional modules encompassing relevant management techniques allow the flexibility to satisfy the needs of a variety of career paths.

The course reflects the expertise and experience of University teaching and research staff in the field of metrology and precision engineering gained through a many years of research experience via UK Government (EPSRC), European Union (EU) and industrial research projects. The course therefore represents an effective mechanism for transferring this expertise and knowledge from the University to industry - and this is extremely useful in the case of engineers, already employed in industry, who ca undertake part-time study on the course.

In the context of this course, the engineering manufacturing industry relates to the use of precision manufacturing methodologies and associated metrology as well as industries using advanced processing techniques. This involves knowledge applicable to the design and performance characterisation of precision machine tools, additive manufacturing, roll-to-roll manufacture and measurement systems as well as knowledge of micro electro mechanical systems, and nanometrology in general.

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The International Master in Electro acoustics offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in electro acoustics and in relating fields. Read more
The International Master in Electro acoustics offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in electro acoustics and in relating fields. The program offers a specialized education in:
• Electro acoustics
• Mechanics and materials
• Transducers (loudspeakers, microphones)
• Acoustic loads and acoustic radiation
• Real time signal processing
The program covers the entire range of the whole electro acoustic chain. All courses are given in English on an advanced scientific and technical level. The teaching is based on cutting-edge research in electro acoustics.

The master’s programme prepares students for careers dealing with different aspects of electroacoustics which require strong analytical and research skills, whether in the public or private sectors and for PhD studies or research activities.

General description and ECTS credits:
- Level Refresh (semester 1) - 8 ECTS: Mathematics, digital electronics, signal processing, measurement, acoustics and vibration, theoretical mechanics.
- General skills - 38 ECTS: Mathematics, programming methods, signal processing, acoustics, vibrations, vibro acoustics, acoustic waveguides, analytical modelling of transducers, radiation of transducer systems, advanced modelling of transducers (non linearities, viscothermal effects ...).
- Professional courses - 47 ECTS: Real time signal processing, audio signal processing, optical measurement methods, measurement method of transducers, 3D mechanical modelling, 3D sound, micro technologies, physics of magnets, materials for transducers, numerical modelling of transducers, application project.
- Master’s Thesis– 25 ECTS: Thesis on an electro acoustics engineering-related theme
- Elective courses – 2 ECTS: Fluid mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, musical acoustics, room acoustics.

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