Research Seminars in Electrical Engineering
The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame regularly plays host to visiting researchers who deliver seminars on issues of current research interest.
The goal of these seminars is to expose the Notre Dame EE community to the latest research activity in industry, academia, and government, as well as to give the seminar speakers the opportunity to interact with Notre Dame researchers and learn more about what is happening in our department.
These research seminars are sponsored by a variety of different research groups under a variety of names, including the EE Graduate Seminars, the College of Engineering Edison Lecture series, and the IBM Lecture Series.
You can read more about the current lecture series below.
About Our Seminar Series
Solid State Seminars
The topics covered in this series of seminars cover a wide range of topics in solid state devices (materials, growth, devices), nanotechnology, and recent progress in bio-electronics. Speakers are chosen from universities and research laboratories around the country and abroad (including speakers from the Notre Dame community, Faculty, Post Docs and Graduate students as well).
Spring 2010 Schedule of Solid State Seminar (S3) Series can be found on the sponsor website below:
Edison Lecture Series
The Charles Edison Fund is an endowed philanthropic institution dedicated to the support of worthwhile endeavors generally within the areas of medical research, science education and historic preservation. The Fund is an extension of the benefactions and aspirations of its Founder, a man of discerning foresight, rare achievement and background.
The Edison Lecture Series was established by Paul Christensen, President of the Charles Edison Fund, in 1989. The lectures focus on topics arising from research in science and technology, encourage students to seek careers in these disciplines, and abet teachers to pursue academic vocations and research in these areas.
IBM Women's Lecture Series
The IBM Women's Lecture Series was established in 1977 by Frank T. Cary, Chairman of the Board and CEO of IBM as part of a larger gift the purpose of which was to help attract qualified women into science and engineering.
The lectures focus on speakers and topics which are of special interest to women engineering students. To this end, the funds have been primarily used to support women speakers in the college of engineering.
IBM Engineering & Technology Services Series
This lecture series in the Center for Nano Science and Technology
started in January of 2004 with a generous gift by the Engineering &
Technology Services Division of IBM. World-renowned speakers from
Universities, industry, and government agencies come to Notre Dame to
share their expertise, and in turn see first-hand the capabilities
and facilities NDnano has to offer. Student participation, both
graduate and undergraduate, is strongly encouraged.
IBM Engineering & Technology Services, a division of IBM Corporation,
designs and delivers custom engineering and technology solutions that
leverages IBM's best technology practices and broad portfolio of
Its website is http://www.ibm.com/technology
The explosive growth of modern communication systems and networks, especially in wireless settings, has been fueled by accurate probabilistic models for the communication channels over which these systems operate along with tractable mathematical frameworks for system analysis and design. Among other examples, communications has benefited greatly from probability theory, especially detection & estimation, for modeling the channel and developing algorithms for processing signals in noise. Another key area has been algebra, for imposing structure on the transmitted signals in the form of channel coding.
Recent trends in these areas have seen the application of additional tools from mathematics. For example, random matrices and differential geometry have been gainfully applied to the analysis of multi-antenna wireless links. As another example, network calculus and random graph theory have offered new insights in the analysis of network flow and connectivity in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. These developments present new opportunities for engineers and mathematicians alike, from specializing mathematical tools to particular engineering contexts, to extending mathematical frameworks to address various practical constraints.
This seminar series will survey these new applications of both old and new mathematics, and bring together mathematicians and engineers working in these areas. The series benefits from the generous support of the Center for Applied Mathematics as well as the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame regularly plays host to visiting researchers who deliver seminars on issues of current research interest. The goal of these seminars is to expose the Notre Dame EE community to the latest research activity in industry, academia, and government, as well as to give the seminar speakers the opportunity to interact with Notre Dame researchers and learn more about what is happening in our department.
Discrete/Continuous System Theory Seminar Series
Problems in science and technology have been traditionally addressed by the use purely discrete or purely continuous models. Although these models have been used with considerable success, recent applications such as networked embedded systems, power networks, transportation networks, air-trafic management, enterprise systems or biological networks require a new approach based on new models combining both discrete and continuous features. This change in perspective is closely related with the interdisciplinary nature of many applications requiring a combination of ideas and concepts across fields of knowledge that have evolved independently. Such is the case for computation/control/communication in the analysis of large networks of embedded systems, systems theory/mathematics/biology in the study of biological networks, quantum physics/computation in the development of quantum computers, etc. Needless to say that such emerging technological problems require the development of new mathematical models, theories and algorithms combining the relevant discrete and continuous features of the processes being analyzed.