Electrical and Computer EngineeringWestern Engineering

Ph.D. Program

Time To Completion:

12 terms (4 years)

Funding Details:

Eligible research-based students will receive a minimum of $13,000 plus tuition annually (excludes ancillary fees) through research grants, contracts, scholarships and teaching assistantships. Follwing the completion of the PhD Comprehensive exam PhD funding wil be increased ti $14,000 annually. To maintain fundable status, students must sustain an average of 78% at Western.

Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Course Offerings

**All courses & schedules may be subject to change. Please regularly check this page for the most up to date information**  Western Buildings & Abbreviations

Summer 2019

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start Day
ECE 9200L Software Engineering for Human-Computer Interface Design Dr. Eagleson
ECE 9304L Digital Modulation & Coding R. Rao
ECE 9607L Cooperative Distributed Systems Engineering: Technologies & Applications H. Ghenniwa
ECE 9406L Special Topic in Power: Power Electronics for Industrial Applications J. Khodabakhsh
ECE 9400 Flexible AC Transmission Systems FACTS R. Varma

Fall 2018

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start day
ECE 9506 Linear Systems and Modern Control Theory L. Brown Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm SEB 2202 September 11, 2018
ECE 9201 Digital Image Processing H. Ladak

Mon 5:30-6:30pm SEB 1200

Thurs 9:30-10:30am SEB 1059

Fri 10:30-11:30am UCC 146

ECE 9603 Data Analytics Foundations K. Grolinger Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm NCB 113 September 13, 2018
ECE 9403 High Frequency Power Converters G. Moschopoulos

Mon 9:00pm – 11:00pm   SEB 2202

Tues 3:30-4:30 pm SEB 2100 

Tues 8:30pm-10:30pm  SEB 2202

Thu 3:30 pm-4:30 pm   SEB 2100

September 6, 2018 @ 3:30 in SEB 2100
ECE 9408 Modeling Power Sytems for Protection, Control, and Transient Studies F. Badrkhani Ajaei Friday 2:30-5:30pm SEB 2099
ECE 9305 Applied Probability Theory S. Primak Wednesday 10:30am - 1:30pm WIRB 1160 September 19, 2018

Winter 2019

Course Title Instructor Schedule Start day
ECE 9202 Advanced Image Processing & Analysis E. Chen Monday 2:30-3:30pm SH3307 & Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm SEB 3109
ECE 9203 Random Signals, Adaptive and Kalman Filtering V. Parsa Friday 10:00am-1:00pm FNB 1250
ECE 9308 Wireless Communications: Design and Simulation X. Wang Thursday 6:30-9:30pm SEB 3109
ECE 9504 Optimization Techniques R. Patel Wednsday 3:30-6:30pm UCC 3220
ECE 9609 Introduction to Hacking: Exploitation and Protection of Systems and Software A. Essex Monday 11:30am-2:30pm SEB 1056
ECE 9507 Advanced Digital Control Systems M. Kermani Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm SEB 2202
ECE 9407 Sensor Networks & Embedded Systems R. Jafari Thursday 2:30-5:30pm  SH 2316
ECE 9405 Computational Methods P. Srikantha Friday 2:00-5:00pm SH 2316
ECE 9513 Robot Control I. Polushin Monday 4:00-7:00pm SH 3315
ECE 9402 Power System Protection F. Badrkhani-Ajaei Monday 2:30-3:30pm UCC 65 & Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm FNB 1270
ECE 9702 Numerical Methods for Analysis and Design of High-speed Electrical Circuits A. Dounavis Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm SH 3355
ECE 9309 Machine Learning A. Shami Tuesday 1:30-4:30pm SEB 3109

Course Enrollment Deadlines

Winter 2019 

  • Please note the below deadlines apply to all Winter 2019 courses - regardless of the course start date
  • January 1, 2019 - Winter term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.
  • January 15, 2019 Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Winter 2019. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. this is also the last day to SWAP courses 
  • January 31, 2019 -  Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Winter course
  • January 31, 2019 - Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. 
  • February 28, 2019 - Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course & receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. 


Ph.D. Annual Progress Report

SGPS requires that student’s progress be evaluated annually by the student’s Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee shall consist of the supervisor(s) and two members.  At least one of the members should be from the same area of research as the student.  Each member must have at least non-core SGPS membership status.  For PhD students, the Annual Progress Report needs to be submitted by March 31st.

A Progress Report should normally be submitted following a Face-to-Face Advisory Committee meeting.  However, the meeting may be substituted by a Review-via-Report format, if the supervisor(s) proposes, and the student and Advisory Committee agree to.

Face-to-Face meetings must be held under the following conditions:

At any time and under any condition, if the student, supervisor, Graduate Chair and/or a member of the Advisory Committee, requests a review meeting, the supervisor must arrange such a meeting within 3 weeks of the request.  Such a meeting must be a Face-to-Face meeting and a Progress Report must be completed.

Important Dates:

For More Information Please review the Annual Progress Review Document.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

The main purpose of the PhD comprehensive examination is to assess the suitability of the candidate for graduate work at the doctoral level and to identify areas of weakness (if any) of the candidate in his/her discipline and field of specialization. The exam will focus primarily on the research topic and related background knowledge.
The results of the examination will be of assistance to the student and the advisory committee in recommending a program of study. Failure to pass the examination may result in a requirement to withdraw from the program.
Each student registered in a PhD program is required to attempt a comprehensive examination within the first four terms of the date of first registration in the PhD Program. In the case of a Direct Entry PhD, the PhD Comprehensive Exam must take place by the 6th term of PhD enrollment. In the case of a transfer from the MESc to PhD program, the PhD Comprehensive Exam must take place by the 6th term of initial registration in the MESc program. The comprehensive exam must be completed successfully (with no conditions) before the end of the 5th term of the PhD study.  If the course works are not completed before the comprehensive examination date, a special approval is required from the Associate Chair (Graduate). 

If the comprehensive exam is not completed before the end of 5th term, the student’s academic record will be sealed. The student’s PhD advisory committee has to meet and submit a report to the graduate committee during the first two weeks of the 6th term. The student’s file will be discussed at the graduate committee. The graduate committee may request to withdraw the student from the program.
The examination committee should be proposed by the student’s advisor at least three weeks before the date of the oral examination.  The advisor in consultation with the examination committee will specify at least two subject areas related to the fundamental aspects of the proposed research. These subject areas must be included in the PhD comprehensive examination submission form.
The research proposal must be limited to 20 pages (including figures, tables, and references). The report should be formatted with 1.5 line spacing and a 12 pt font.
The oral presentation at the beginning of the exam is limited to 30 minutes.
A Ph.D. comprehensive examination committee shall normally consist of at least three members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (at least 1 of whom should not be from the advisory committee and at least 1 who should be a regular ECE member) and a chair appointed by the graduate coordinator. The membership of the examining committee shall be formed at least 3 weeks before the proposed examination date and approved by the associate chair (Graduate), who will ensure that each committee has sufficient members who are knowledgeable of the subject area of the student’s research project. The chief advisor may be a member of the examining committee but not the chair.
For More Information please review: 

Scholastic Integrity

Graduate Students in the ECE Department are expected to meet and uphold Western University's standards of Academic Integrity. 

For the complete policy and regulations see: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_grad.pdf