Research In Electrical & Electronic Engineering


Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway has three research priorities:

  • Biomedical Electronics, Biometrics and Bio-inspired Electronics
  • Signal Processing and Communications
  • Power Electronics and Energy Conversion


Parallel with these research priorities is a significant technological capability in Embedded Systems Design, which has potential application across all of Electrical & Electronic Engineering research priorities but which has demonstrated particular application in Biomedical, Biometrics & Bio-inspired Electronics and in Signal Processing & Communications.

 

Bioelectronics Research Cluster

Parallel with the Electrical & Electronic Engineering's research priorities is the Bioelectronics Research Cluster of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES).The Bioelectronics Research Cluster draws on expertise from each of the Departments three research priorities and the Department’s considerable expertise in Embedded Systems Design.
The Bioelectronics Research Cluster has a current researcher membership of 36 with 22 of these researchers PhD students.

 

Structured PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BMERM)

This is a new 4-year Structured PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, which will be delivered by a core partnership of institutions: National University of Ireland Galway (Administrative Coordinator), University of Limerick and University College Cork, linked with a wider consortium of partner institutions nationally and internationally, including: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Duke University, USA, Rice University, USA, Mayo Clinic, USA, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Georgia Tech Ireland, and the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA). BMERM combines a PhD research project with a unique didactic and experiential learning programme, resulting in an unparalleled learning experience for the student in terms of its combination of world-class research and focused clinical and industrial interaction, the latter facilitated by the direct involvement of IMDA with its membership of over 100 medical technology companies in Ireland.
See here for more detail.

 

Smart ambient assisted living

Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NUI GAlway makes a significant contribution to Smart Ambient Assisted Living (SAAL), which is a community of researchers whose aim is to create innovative, person-centred, technological solutions for the effective managment of Health and Wellness in the home and community. To ensure that the systems, devices and services, we develop, will meet the social and health needs of users and will be effective in the management of their health and wellness, we have formed SAAL: a multi-disciplinary team of general practitioners, gerontologists, physicians & occupational therapists, electrical, electronic, mechanical, computer & civil engineers, behavioural scientists, computer scientists and web technologists, each drawn from our three partner institutions: NUI Galway, Georgia Tech Ireland and the University of Limerick. SAAL's goal is to produce world-class research in the field of AAL and to provide an effective mechanism for the translation of these systems, devices and services into commerical products.

 

Affiliated Research Institutes

Electrical & Electronic Engineering research priorities are supported by two of the University’s eight research institutes, namely:


The role the Electrical & Electronic Engineering plays in the activities of the NCBES is primarily under the auspices of the Bioelectronics Research Cluster. Within the ECI, one of its constituent research centres is the Energy Research Centre (ERC) and one of the core research activities of the ERC is Power Electronics and Energy Conversion, delivered by EE personnel under the auspices of the Power Electronics Research Centre (PERC).


Research In The College Of Engineering and Informatics

Electrical & Electronic Engineering three research priorities are consistent with research priorities of the College of Engineering and Informatics:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Informatics and Computations
  • Environment, Marine and Energy

 

Research At NUI Galway

Electrical & Electronic Engineering three research priorities are consistent and compatible with the University’s thematic research priorities:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Informatics, Physical and Computational Sciences
  • Environment, Marine and Energy
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Humanities in Context