- 20 June 2014
About Electrical, Electronic & Telecommunication (EET) Department
The Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering is home to a cluster of three closely related programmes, in technological fields that form the backbone of today’s digital age, innovation and the driving force of modern industries and the knowledge economy. The programmes emphasize both hands-on experience and training in fundamental concepts and theory. The students will be provided with an understanding of engineering problem solving at all levels and an appreciation of the engineering and technology profession. The programmes are:
- BEng Computer Engineering
- BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- BEng Telecommunications Engineering
It is the mission of the Department of EETE to provide superb education and training to undergraduate and graduate students in the three programmes; to be recognized as a centre of excellence in the three disciplines; to provide students with experiences in solving open-ended problems of industrial and societal need through learned skills in integrating engineering sciences, and synthesizing and developing useful products and processes; to provide experiences in leadership, teamwork, communications – oral, written, and graphic, and hands-on activities with the help of structured and unstructured real-life projects and industrial internships.
Welcome to the Department of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (EET) at BIUST. Our Department is committed to providing excellence in academic and educational experience in order to prepare undergraduates and postgraduates for successful career opportunities all over the world for continuing advanced studies at any level. We offer BEng, MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering. Our top-quality curriculum meets international standards and provides both breadth and depth of knowledge for our graduates to meet future challenges and market demands. The Department has modern, state of the art teaching and learning facilities, resources, laboratories and very highly qualified academic faculty and staff. These laboratories are also instrumental in consolidating research, introducing cutting-edge technologies leading to industrial innovation, and meeting and exceeding current and future challenges to provide unique solutions to real-world problems.
Our outstanding staffs are very supportive of students in their endeavours to acquire a solid groundwork of theoretical and technical knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork and leadership, and practical experience. Staff are also actively involved in research and collaboration with the industry. Research activities cover a wide spectrum of areas, including Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, Signal processing, mobile and wireless communication, electrical power and energy systems, digital systems, power electronics and drives etc.
I therefore invite you to explore our programs.
BEng Computer Engineering
This Degree Programme aims to produce Engineers highly involved in the design and development of computers – including hardware and software – as well as their practical applications. It is a carefully chosen synthesis of electrical engineering and computer science modules to train students in the engineering of computers and computer systems and in the use of computers in different engineering applications. Computer engineering is a broad discipline involving many possible areas of specialization. These include Computer Architecture, Software Design, Robotics and Computer Vision, Embedded Systems (i.e., the use of digital equipment to monitor and control physical systems).
Our Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering programme aims to produce highly qualified entrepreneurship-oriented computer engineers to meet a critical need within Botswana in creating and growing technology-intensive industries for its new knowledge-based economy, similar needs in Southern Africa, as well as recognized needs around the world.
- Educational Objectives
- The educational objectives of the programme are to:
- 1. Produce graduates who have the capacity to practice computer engineering as entrepreneurs or in Government, established industry, and local or international enterprises.
- 2. Produce graduates having sound knowledge of computer engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: analyse and solve problems; deploy computer hardware and software tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently; and succeed in the workplace and in graduate school
- 3. Produce graduates who can understand complex projects including their preferred objectives and associated decisions and risks.
- 4. Prepare graduates who have the ability to: communicate effectively in both oral and written English; interact in teams; manage their career; and conduct themselves with an understanding of ethics, economics, standards, and intellectual property.
BEng Electrical/Electronic Engineering
This Degree Programme aims to produce Engineers involved in every aspect of our life and hence it is the largest engineering profession. Electrical engineering is a field that deals with the different aspect and applications of electricity-related phenomena. While Electronic engineering defines the very fabric of today's modern technologically advanced society. A myriad of consumer electronic products are in daily use by practically everyone on the planet. From power generation and transmission to computers and from Microsystems and robotics to biomedical instruments/machines and navigation systems, Electrical/Electronic engineers play an essential role by providing innovative solutions.
Our Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme aims to produce highly qualified entrepreneurship-oriented Electrical/Electronic engineers to meet a critical need within Botswana in creating and growing technology-intensive industries for its new knowledge-based economy, similar needs in Southern Africa, as well as recognized needs around the world.
- Educational Objectives
- The design of the curriculum takes into account the accreditation criteria of ECSA and ABET for Electrical/Electronic Engineering. The educational objectives of the programme are to:
- 1. Produce graduates who have the capacity to practice Electrical/Electronic Engineering as entrepreneurs or in Government, established industry, and local or international enterprises.
- 2. Produce graduates having sound knowledge of Electrical/Electronic Engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: analyse and solve problems; deploy Electrical/Electronic Engineering hardware and software tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently; and succeed in the workplace and in graduate school.
BEng Telecommunications Engineering
Telecommunication Engineering is concerned with communicating information at a distance. It is strongly associated with data communications, largely because of the tendency to encode, compress and encrypt all information, and because of the growing importance of digital and wireless (e.g. mobile telephony) networks. Typically, telecommunications jobs entail designing, developing, installing, testing, and maintaining telecommunications systems/networks and equipment. Positions in telecommunications can be found in a wide range of companies such as those related to: computer networking, broadcasting, cable television, microwave and satellite wireless systems, telephony, and fibre optics.
The Telecommunication Engineering programme encompasses all of the core materials of the Electrical/Electronic engineering degree but provides much more in-depth treatment of telecommunications than is possible within the context of an Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme.
Emphasis is placed on Wireless Communication Systems, Mobile and Satellite Communication Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Analogue and Digital Communication Systems. Students studying this course can readily apply their knowledge to the design and management of communication networks.
Our Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering programme aims to produce highly qualified entrepreneurship-oriented telecommunications engineers to create and grow technology-intensive industries for Botswana’s knowledge-based economy, and similar needs in Southern Africa, as well as recognized needs around the world.
- Educational Objectives
- The educational objectives of the programme are:
- 1. To produce graduates who have the capacity to practice telecommunications engineering as entrepreneurs or in Government, established industry, and local or international enterprises.
- 2. To produce graduates having sound knowledge of telecommunications engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: analyse and solve problems; deploy computer-based telecommunication engineering tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently; and succeed in the workplace or in graduate school
Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Electrical, Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering provide students with research-oriented background and professional specialization in their areas of study. The programs are designed to advance the professional development of experienced graduates and professionals in their fields by extending their knowledge and equipping them with broad research and skills, enabling them to make a key leadership contribution to their chosen fields and help to reach their professional and personal goals.
Research areas in Electrical/Electronic Engineering are:
- Electrical power systems,
- Power electronics and Drives,
- Power System Protection,
- Power Conversion System,
- Electrical machines,
- IC Design and Microelectronic
- VLSI/VHDL design and programming with different Applications,
- Image and Video Signal Processing,
- Robotics and Automation,
- Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
Research areas in Computer Engineering are:
- Computer Organization & Assembly Language,
- Computer Network and Security,
- Microprocessors Processor Design and Embedded systems,
- Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits,
- Digital Signal Processing,
- VLSI Design Methods,
- Computer Aided Design of Digital Systems,
- Algorithms & Data Structure,
- Software Engineering
Research areas in Telecommunications Engineering are:
- Mobile and Wireless Communications & Networks
- Broadcasting Engineering,
- Satellite Broadband Communication,
- Optical Communications,
- RF & Microwave Communications,
- Multimedia Communication and Networks,
- Cognitive radio, Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks
- IP Networks
- Biometrics and Recognition Systems
EET Department is organized into 4 Technical Interest Groups (TIGs) that collectively represent the major research thrusts of the department. These areas are highly interrelated, and many staff members engage in research in multiple TIGs. These groups are committed to interdisciplinary research collaboration. The groups promote collaborations with internal and external researchers, and welcome motivated research students. Following is a brief description of each TIG, with a list of their major areas of research.
1) TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING RESEARCH GROUP
This research group in EET focuses on innovative research on Telecommunications, signals processing, new algorithms, architectures and applications. The group provide platform for the development of tools, techniques and systems to be use for the acquisition, analysis and extraction on information. The group is a multi-disciplinary research group that develops fundamental theories and innovative techniques of signal processing and investigate their applications in all areas of Telecommunications, optical electronics, audio and acoustic systems
The group addresses the followings:
- Analysis and design of novel processing techniques and applications in communication systems. Interest is in Broadband MIMO, CDMA, OFDMA, WiFi, WiMAX & LTE Systems
- Radio propagation and channel characteristics such as: Radio propagation prediction for cellular mobile, satellite, ad-hoc and sensor networks; Air interface impairments and impairment cancellation (mitigation); multiple antenna technologies including distributed antennas, diversity techniques and MIMO system; Broadband access systems channel characterization.
- RF and Microwave: Antenna and RFIC design for communications and Radars; Analytical and numerical techniques for modelling in applied electromagnetics areas including RF, Microwave, Radar and/or Antenna design, RF Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
- Development of novel algorithm, innovative solutions in digital signal processing and the applications of the state of the art signal processing techniques in real life problems e.g. Sensor signal processing, Image Signal processing, Biomedical signal processing.
- Optical Access networks, High speed Long-Haul Optical links, Fiber Radio systems, High capacity Optical links using Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM). Optics and Photonics that involves the study of lasers, optics and holography.
Current research is focused on:
- Ultra-wideband (UWB) and 4G mobile communications
- Wireless ad hoc and sensor networks
- Smart vision sensors
- Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems
- Space-time coding
- Radio propagation
- Smart antennas
- Optical Communication Networks
- Nonlinear Optics
- Photonics & optoelectronics
- Iterative and robust signal processing for wireless communications
- Coding and decoding techniques for high-rate, reliable communication networks
- Fundamental algorithm development in speech and audio coding
- Multimedia security
- Pattern& Face recognitions
- Machine learning
- Human motion analysis and video surveillance
- Internet applications and architecture
- Multimedia streaming and communication
- Peer-to-peer and overlay networks
Joseph Chuma Associate Professor
Prasanna Gamage Snr. Lecturer
Caspar. Lebekwe Teaching Instructor
2) POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS RESEARCH GROUP
Power and Electrical Energy is primarily concerned with meeting the future demand for electric energy while satisfying environmental constraints. The group addresses the Power system planning, operations, and control; intelligent system applications to power systems, Computational tools for power electronics design and quiet motor drive; Solid state drives, Advanced mechanics theory, power system protection, System dynamics, Transmission and distribution; Smart-grids, Renewable energy generation, Energy conversion and storage, Computational and experimental methods.
Current research is focused on:
- Power Systems Monitoring, Analysis Protection, Operation & Control
- Distributed Generation
- Power System Simulation & Visualization
- High Voltage Engineering & Power System Components
- Electric Machine Control, Condition & Monitoring & Protection
- Power Electronics
James Katende – Professor/Dean(CET)/Leader
Clinton M Mogae
3. COMPUTER, SYSTEMS AND CONTROL RESEARCH GROUP
This research group focuses on innovative research that span from high performance micro-architecture, to integrated hardware/software systems to large-scale distributed software and internetworks. Computer systems and software activities focus on the optimization of cross cutting characteristics, such as power/energy consumption and security, within application domains such as health, high performance computing, and embedded real-time systems.
Systems and Control is concerned with mathematical and computational techniques for modelling, estimation, and control of systems and processes.
Simulation, Machine Learning, Robotics, and Technopreneurship (SMaRT) activities focus on building and control of Robots for surgery and rehabilitation, agricultural surveillance and monitoring, and the military. Its Machine Learning involves development of algorithms for brain computer interface, optimization, and decision-making as applied to a wide variety of area including control, medical diagnostics, economics, and psychology.
The group addresses the followings:
- Computer Architecture
- Microcontrollers Systems
- Embedded Systems
- Computer Networks & Internetworking
- Distributed Systems
- Systems Software
- Large-scale Simulation
- Computer Systems & Network Security
- Software Analysis
- Mathematical systems theory
- Discrete event systems & hybrid system
- Nonlinear control
- Computer vision
- Intelligent control
- Sensor techniques
Rodrigo S. Jamisola, Jr. -- Senior Lecturer/Leader
M. Mangwala Teaching Instructor
4. ELECTRONIC DESIGNS AND APPLICATIONS RESEARCH GROUP
This research group focuses on innovative research that involves in device and integrated circuit fabrication, circuit and systems design and simulation, and instrumentation and testing techniques. The design, analysis, growth, and fabrication of micron/submicron feature length devices. VLSI Systems and Digital Design which involved the designing and testing of complex digital and mixed-signal electronic system. These techniques optimize power, performance, and reliability metrics across a wide range of applications.
This group addresses the followings:
- MEMs Circuit Technology
- Analog VLSI
- Radio Frequency/Wireless Integrated Circuits (RFIC)
- High Speed Mixed Signal
- Microsystems & Nanosystems
- Design of ultra-low power circuits & systems
- Embedded systems and hardware-software code sign
- Microarchitecture & memory design for performance, power & reliability
- Low power/high speed interconnect & design automation for physical design
- VLSI testing & fault tolerant computing
- Self-tuning/self-calibrating circuits for wired & wireless communications
- Design of nanotechnology & other emerging computational fabrics