University of Calgary

Research Within the Department

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering is highly regarded internationally for its leadership in biomedical engineering, radio systems, software engineering, micro- and nano-scale systems, and power and energy research.

With a focus on applications in health care, and energy and the environment, research is led by 40 plus full-time faculty members,
including 3 chairholders, who work with 40 graduate students and a student body of 200 plus undergraduate students. Faculty members are leaders in multidisciplinary projects, education and research societies and organizations.


Research Areas

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Biomedical Engineering
The results of the research performed in this department are assisting medical researchers, physicians, radiologists and surgeons. Collaborative research projects and partnerships with industries and medical specialists are aimed at significant advances in the effectiveness and delivery of health care.

Software Engineering
The primary research focus of the Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) at the University of Calgary is on developing and evaluating methods, techniques and tools for the creation and maintenance of intelligent computing systems. The group has active collaborations with academic partners at local, national and international levels. Research projects also involve collaborations with organizations locally (such as the City of Calgary, Enbridge and Chartwells) and internationally (such as Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Siemens and Microsoft).

Radio Systems
Information and communication technology (ICT) radio systems research in the department of electrical and computer engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering is advancing the core understanding and application of wireless radio and/or sensor networks that are embedded in the everyday environment, and which provide increased awareness, monitoring and control of our surroundings. The expertise and approach often lead to real hardware prototypes, helping to bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercialization, especially with a more “green” approach to radio systems. Within Calgary, there is a strong wireless industry to act as a receptor for graduating students and for research ideas. The department’s research and postgraduate training activities in ICT are organized into four groups working in cross-related areas:

  • Applied Electromagnetics and Antenna Systems 
  • Communications, Networks and Sensors
  • Signal Processing and Applications
  • Microwave Engineering and Radio Systems

Micro/Nanotechnology Systems
The micro/nanotechnology research group has a well-established record in designing and building biomedical devices, sensor devices and networks, and micro/nano integration and packaging (known as convergence). Research is supported by a substantial fabrication facility, an established imaging lab, and a strong track record of collaborative ties to other disciplines and organizations.

Power and Energy Research
Located in the heart of Canada’s energy powerhouse, the Schulich School of Engineering plays a crucial role in supporting research in energy developments. The electrical power and energy group has wide-ranging expertise ranging. The group is also training future engineers to become the future leaders of the Canadian electrical energy section.

  • Electric Energy Markets
  • Adaptive Control and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Power System Control and Protection
  • System Identification
  • Renewable Energy and Solid State Lighting
  • Optimal Operation and Modeling of Power Systems with Stability Constraints
  • Wind and Solar Power in Electrical Power Grids
  • Power Converters for Wind and Solar Power
  • Wind Power and Carbon Management
  • Impacts on Electricity Market Prices
  • System Operation and Planning