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Master of Science in

Electrical Engineering


Luc Van Eycken



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


Welcome to ESAT

Department of Electrical Engineering a.k.a. ESAT (Electronics, Systems, Automation & Technology)


Head of Department: Prof. Bart Nauwelaers


Welcome to ESAT: ESAT @ KU Leuven

Founded in 1425 Figures 2012-2013: • 41 255 students (6 724 international) • 10 000 personnel: 1 477 professors

5 304 PhD & other researchers 3 219 administrative & technical

Department Electrical Engineering

• 6 research groups + Insys

(Cosic, Electa, Micas, Psi, Stadius, Telemic)

• 520 PhD & other researchers

• (co-)organizes 6 masters

KU Leuven Rector Rik Torfs

Humanities and Social Sciences Group Science, Engineering and Technology Group Architecture Faculty Science Faculty Bioscience Engineering Faculty Engineering Technology Faculty Engineering Science Faculty 6 other departments Department Electrical Engineering Department Biomedical Sciences Group



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


Master Electrical Engineering

Program outcome

The program aims at forming engineers who are able to design (based on fairly generally formulated needs)

complex electronic systems and advanced algorithms for signal and data processing in information and

telecommunication systems. In this problem solving process, the graduate takes into account technological constraints and constraints inherent to the industrial environment, both in terms of hardware and software.


Master Electrical Engineering

Two options

Applications using signal processing, networks, security, …

Electronic platform


Program Master Electrical Engineering


 First semester shared between options

 Submit option choice now (can be changed in January)

Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Total

Core courses 27 3 3 33

Option courses (compulsory) 24 15 39

Master thesis 24 24

Option specific elective courses ≥ 9 ≥ 9

Dutch Language and Cultures 3 3

General interest courses 3-9 3-9

Broadening education ≥ 0 ≥ 0


Core courses

(33 pt)

course pt sem

Analysis of Digital Communication Systems (H05A0A) 3 1 Digital Signal Processing for

Communications and Information Systems (H05F1A) 6 1

Design of Digital Platforms (H09J6A) 6 1

Computer Architectures (H05D3A) 3 2

Software for Real-Time Control (H09J9A) 3 4

Design of Electronic Circuits (H09J7A) 3 1

Analog Building Blocks for Signal Processing (H06A3A) 6 1


Option “Electronics and Integrated Circuits” (39 pt)

course pt sem

P&D Electronics and Integrated Circuits (H09L9A) 6 2

Design of Analog Integrated Circuits (H05E3A) 6 2

Design of Digital Integrated Circuits (H09K1A) 3 2

Technology for Microelectronics (H09Q3A) 3 2

Antennas (H05K2A) 3 2

Electromagnetic Propagation (H05T0A) 3 2

Design of High-Frequency Integrated Circuits (H09I9A) 3 3

Computer-Aided IC Design (H05D7A) 3 3

Analog Circuits for Telecommunication Systems (H09K3A) 3 3

Microsystems and Sensors (H06C9A) 3 3


Option “Embedded Systems and Multimedia” (39 pt)

course pt sem

P&D Multimedia and Embedded Systems (H09M0A) 6 2

Stochastic Signal and System Analysis (H05I7A) 3 2

Pattern Recognition and Image Interpretation (H09J2A) 6 2

Multimedia Technology and Coding (H09P9A) 3 2

Cryptography and Network Security (H05E1A) 3 2

Mobile and Broadband Communication Networks (H05T2A) 3 2 Modeling and Performance Analysis of Telecom Networks


3 3

Audio and Speech Processing (H09K5A) 6 3

Advanced Platform Architectures and Mapping Methods

for Embedded Applications (H05B9B) 3 3


Option Specific Elective Courses

(≥9 pt)

Choose courses available in the following fields:

Telecommunications  Security

 Biomedical information technology

 Data mining

 Modeling & optimization

Semiconductor physics and technology  Power electronics and applications

… or courses from the other option … or courses from related masters


General Interest Courses

(6-12 pt)

 Compulsory course: Dutch Language and Cultures (3pt)

Elective courses (see program guide)

• topics: economy, management, languages, philosophy

• extra restrictions for some courses

English / French: max. 20 students

diagnostic test: 1 October (subscription before 29 September)

Industrial Experience (3pt): during summer

see also the remarks on Industrial Internship (6pt)


Broadening Education

(≥ 0 pt)

Elective courses to complete your program (≥ 120 pt)

Athens course (= ‘Capita selecta ingenieurswetenschappen’) • Course abroad; maximum once per year

• eng.kuleuven.be/english/education/internationalisation/athens/athens_eng • Application deadline 1st semester: 23 September, 2pm

Industrial internship (6 pt)

• ≥ 6 weeks in summer 2015; input in ISP the following year

• www.esat.kuleuven.be/education/master/ee/students/industry/training • Information session in December

Other courses from the University's offer


Master’s thesis

(24 pt)

Website with regulations and (old & new) topics


 Thesis topics available in April 2016

(mostly) linked to ongoing research @ ESAT

More info at thesis fair (week after Easter holidays)

 Subjects assigned based on your selections (June 2016)

 Actual thesis work starts July/August/September 2016

Presentation/defence: May 2017

You must have at least 48 master credits from previous years, before you can put the thesis in your ISP!



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program

 The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


Academic calendar

www.kuleuven.be/about/calendars/academic_calendar_2015_2016  2 semesters: • September-January • February-June  3 exam periods: • January • June-July

• August-September (resit exams)

In our faculty they start on 8 August 2016!

No classes ≠ no obligations. Ask before making travel plans!



(Individual Study Program)


ISP = online system for selecting courses

ISP is linked to IER (Individual Exam Schedule or IES)

⇒ You can only complete ISP if you have

selected an exam moment for every course

 ISP is a contract between you & university

⇒ You cannot receive a score for a course

which is not in your ISP

⇒ You cannot graduate if you haven’t passed all courses

from your ISP, even if you earned ≥ 120 credits Be careful to exceed 120 credits!


Filling in your ISP

 Make a planning covering the two years

(even though you can only fill in ISP for this year)

 Mark 60 (max. 66) credits in ISP before the deadline

• Balance semester, but don’t overload semester 1

 Elective courses (no guarantee they fit your schedule)

• Check if course is actually taught this year/semester!

• For “other courses from the University’s offer”,

make sure you have the required previous knowledge

Contact the lecturer

• Choose your exam dates in IER (dates may fill up)

Some courses have no exam date (e.g., P&D)


Filling in your ISP: timing

 Your deadlines: 3rd Wednesday of semester

• October 7 (1st semester) / February 24 (2nd semester)

 Final approval by us/the faculty before

• November 15 (1st semester) / March 15 (2nd semester)

 Submit (‘Send ISP’) your ISP before October 7, but …

• do not submit it before it is complete including IER

• if you have problems / questions (e.g. prerequisites), contact the master secretary or the program director




On-line information and interaction on courses

Access with your KU Leuven student account  Enrol for courses you follow

 Check regularly for information on

• Lab tasks, homework ...

• Quiz, exams ...

• Changes to course schedule

Important to check the master’s message board



 2 exam periods: January (sem1) & June-July (sem2)

2 kinds

• Oral exam with written preparation

Test exam will be organized (see next slide)

• Written exam (exceptional)

 In case of problems (cancel, sick, change date...) contact the ombudsperson!

 Resit exams: August-September

• Resit exam or retake course if grade < 10/20.

• No resit exam possible if you got ≥ 10/20!


Test exam

Test on Basic Electronic Circuits (October 1 or 2)



1. Introduce you to oral exams

• Experience a real oral exam (preparation assumed)

• … with no impact on your grade

• … with feedback on doing exams

2. Check background for electronics courses

• If insufficient, catch-up course H08T5A available


Exam scores

ECTS grading scale of the Faculty

ECTS grade % of students KU Leuven grades

A Top 10% 17 – 20

B Next 25% 15 – 16

C Next 30% 13 – 14

D Next 25% 11 – 12


Exam irregularities: plagiarism and fraud

 Fraud

= any conduct on the part of a student in an attempt to make it impossible to arrive at an accurate assessment

e.g., during exam use computer, use/pass notes, cooperate …

 Plagiarism www.kuleuven.be/plagiarism

= copying the work of someone else without adequate

acknowledgement, in an identical form or slightly changed (Attempt to) fraud and plagiarism is strongly penalized!

Possible actions: → 0 for exam/assignment

→ no marks for several exams

→ excluded for one/more courses


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t like my program, it contains courses that I won’t need or that I am not interested in.

Can I change/drop compulsory courses?

No, they are part of our program outcome.

There are timing conflicts between compulsory and elective courses or between elective courses.

Please redo the planning or lecture multiple times.

Impossible, certainly for borrowed electives.

Electives mentioned in the program suggest topics, they are not guaranteed to be conflict-free.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find all rules and deadlines?

In the Regulations on Education and Examinations (OER)


Can I resit a January exam in June?

Under certain conditions in your final Leuven year.

Note: you can have only 2 exams per course per year!

For deadlines and regulations, see OER art. 47.

Can I retake an exam, which I already passed?


Frequently Asked Questions

Can a failed exam be tolerated?

No, tolerance is not possible in the master.

Note: dual degree students must get ≥ 54 credits in Leuven and ≥ 120 credits in total.

What is the difference between “stage” and “year”?

Stage = year of a 2-year program

If it takes you more than 2 years, your program will contain courses from different stages in one year

All courses are equally important!


Educational Committee (POC)

Is responsible for the quality of the education

Students are part of it

⇒ we need you as a member!

Give your name to the secretary if you might be interested



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


People to look for …

on educational matters

Prof. Luc Van Eycken

• Program director

• Room 91.66 (basement)

• Luc.VanEycken@esat.kuleuven.be

Prof. Dominique Schreurs

• Coordinator “Electronics and Integrated Systems” • Room 02.16 (second floor)

• Dominique.Schreurs@esat.kuleuven.be

Prof. Marc Moonen

• Coordinator “Embedded Systems and Multimedia” • Room B00.14 (new building)


People to look for …

on practical and administrative matters

Master secretary

• Room 00.55 (ground floor)

• Anne.Ons@esat.kuleuven.be

Anne Ons

ESAT information desk

• Room 00.71 (ground floor)

• deptsec@esat.kuleuven.be Christel Van Cauwenbergh Eliane Kempenaars Kristl Delbroeck


Other people to look for …

Ombuds people

 Confidential advisor in case of problems that affect studies

 Solutions for study related issues or conflict situations

 Questions regarding exams


 Students who started last year

Paramartha Indirayanti

• Room B02.28 (new building)



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


KU Leuven: Student registration

First register as a student at KU Leuven!

 Go to Registration Office: Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven

• www.kuleuven.be/registration

 You will receive (for free):

• Student card (= access to libraries, student services, university restaurants)

• Academic agenda

• Forms needed for health insurance registration & registration at city hall

• Study-related and job-related accident and illness insurance

• Student computer account (= access to e-mail, Toledo, …) • Permission to participate in exams

 Optional (not for free):

• Third-party liability insurance policy, mandatory for non EU-students

• Sports card

• Culture card


Websites to bookmark

 International Office www.kuleuven.be/english/international

Atrechtcollege, Naamsestraat 63

Pangaea: International meeting centre

Vesaliusstraat 34 www.kuleuven.be/pangaea

 Living and studying in Leuven


• Health care, brochures, accommodation, student services, …

Student portals

• KU Leuven education: www.kuleuven.be/education

• Faculty: eng.kuleuven.be/english/education/students


ESAT: Find your way…

 Map of ESAT online:


How to find your classroom

• ELEC = Electrical Eng., MTM= Materials Eng. ...

• 91.xx = basement, 00.xx = ground floor, 01.xx = first floor,...

 ESAT access badge = your student card

• Student card must be activated to access

ESAT computer rooms and other secured areas • Most badges have already been activated


ESAT: Infrastructure

Computer infrastructure

Computer rooms

• @ ESAT: 00.60, 01.57, 02.53 and 02.54

• Campusbibliotheek Arenberg (Engineering Library)

 More info on computers during the IT intro session

• Next Friday, September 25, 4pm in 00.60

Copy machine

 Ground floor, next to room 00.60



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


Student organizations

VTK (Vlaamse Technische Kring) www.vtk.be/en/

KU Leuven engineering students organization

IEEE Student Branch Leuven www.ieee-sb-leuven.be

Local student branch of the IEEE

BEST best.vtk.be

Board of European Students of Technology

An international students committee that organizes academic courses at other universities during holidays

YERA www.yera.be/introduction-to-yera


IEEE Student Branch Leuven


What is IEEE?

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

–The world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology –A leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

More than 431000 members worldwide (’13)

–More than 80000 student members –In 160 countries


–Publicize scientific magazines and journals –Organize conferences, ± 300 per year

–Define standards (Firewire and ethernet/WiFi)


IEEE Student Branch Leuven

Around 130 members 50th anniversary in 2015

Technical activities

Symposia, Soirée Technique LaTeX course, Workshops Soirée Pratique

Professional activities

Student Branch Congress 2010 Company visits Jobfair Social activities Opening activity Tasting courses Trips www.ieee-sb-leuven.be


Soirée Techniques

Introduce a popular engineering topic to a broad group of engineers and engineering students



Power Engineering Microelectronics



Soirée Pratique

Give engineers practical experience, In a fun way and hands-on!


Social activities + Trips

5/9/2014 49


How to join the Student Branch


Join IEEE!

Keeping Technically Current

Career Resources and Recognition Professional Networking


Humanitarian Programs Global Benefits Finder www.ieee.org


Upcoming events

Games on giant LED-wall in esat entrance “50 years of IEEE Leuven”-week

Energy Soiree Techniques

IEEE Job fair (Beginning of December) …


IEEE Energy Sessions

Volume 2

October 22nd November 12th


More Information!

Check www.ieee-sb-leuven.be! Contact us: Pieter.tielens@esat.kuleuven.be (Chair) Willem.leterme@esat.kuleuven.be (Secretary)



 Welcome to ESAT

Information on the master program  The next year: from ISP to exams

 People to look for…

 More practical info on KU Leuven & ESAT

 Student organizations: IEEE student branch


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