Electrical and Computer Engineering

Why study Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western?

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students have access to outstanding research experiences and facilities across campus, including: Robarts Research Institute, the Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) research centre, the Lawson Health Research Institute, the Department of Medical Biophysics, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Nanofabrication Facility, and Western Institute for Nanomaterials Science.

Graduate students also have access to Power Systems Real Time Digital Simulator, a Real Time Nuclear Power Plant Simulator, and several state-of-the-art industrial grade distributed control systems made possible through special industrial and government support.

Degree Options

Learn more about the degree options available to you.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

  • Admission average: Minimum 70%
  • Course based: 10 graduate courses
  • Project based: Eight graduate courses and a research project
  • Time to complete: One year (three terms)
  • 4-term (16-months) combined MEng and Graduate Diploma option

Master of Engineering Science (MESc)

  • Admission average: Minimum 78%
  • Funded program (supervisor required)
  • Four graduate courses and a thesis
  • Time to complete: Two years (six terms)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Admission average: Minimum 78%
  • Funded program (supervisor required)
  • Eight graduate courses and a thesis
  • Time to complete: Four years (12 terms)

Areas of Specialization

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has the following areas of research and graduate education

Biomedical Systems

Research focus areas include: 

  • Computer vision
  • Acoustic/ultra-sound, CT, MRI and other medical imaging and analysis
  • Surgical simulation, virtual and augmented reality
  • Haptics and teleoperation
  • Computer-assisted surgery, minimally-invasive surgery

Faculty members specializing in Biomedical Systems:

Communication Systems and Data Networking

Research focus areas include:

  • Circuit simulation, high-speed communication
  • Efficient, secure, reliable wireless and satellite communication
  • Networking protocols and architecture
  • Network flow control, simulation and fault tolerance
  • Intelligent networks, software defined networks

Faculty members specializing in Communication Systems and Data Networking:

Microsystems and Digital Signal Processing

Research focus areas include:

  • Industrial control systems
  • Cryptographic and arithmetic hardware acceleration
  • Audio processing, speech synthesis and recognition
  • Fault-tolerant computing
  • Nanoscale sensing

Faculty members specializing in Microsystems and Digital Signal Processing:

Power Systems Engineering

Research focus areas include: 

  • Renewable energy, smart grids
  • Power grid protection and stability
  • Nuclear power control systems and simulation
  • Power switching, transmission and conversion
  • Wind energy

Faculty members specializing in Power Systems Engineering:

Robotics and Control

Research focus areas include: 

  • Industrial robotics
  • Robotics theory (locomotion, coordination)
  • Autonomous systems for planetary exploration
  • Wearable and medical mechatronics
  • Robotically assisted surgery

Faculty members specializing in Robotics and Control:

Software Engineering

Research focus areas include: 

  • Software estimation, testing and lifecycle management
  • Web services, cloud computing, IoT, distributed systems
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, big data
  • Resource estimation and surveillance, health informatics
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Cybersecurity, cryptography, privacy, identity and trust

Faculty members specializing in Software Engineering:

Research Facilities

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To learn more about the key research areas in Western Engineering, visit Western Engineering's Research webpage.

Next steps...

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