Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Undergraduate Honors Program
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NCTU EECS Undergraduate Honors Program
"NCTU EECS Undergraduate Honors Program" is a pioneer in undergraduate interdisciplinary education in Taiwan. This program creates a flexible and creative study environment in the EECS area and it is an important step NCTU strives to enhance its higher education quality. There are totally over 230 faculty members in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Computer Science. All the professors support the teaching and research activities in the Honors Program, as well as similar activities in the Electronics, Communication Engineering, Electrical and Control Engineering, Computer Science, and Photonics Departments.
The goal of Honors Program is to educate future leaders in both academic and industrial arenas, by equipping students not only with a solid background in the general EECS curriculum but also with a global worldview through sending students abroad for at least one semester during their senior year through the exchanging student programs with UIUC, CMU, and KUL in Belgium. We hope the students in the honors program will be able to fully develop their individual talents and in the future, they will become leaders in various academic societies and in the industry.
Department of Electronic Engineering
NCTU has been known for its endeavor to educate students in the field of applied science since its inception in 1896 in China. Realizing the value of NCTU as an outstanding institute for educating potential electrical engineers, the government approved the restoration of NCTU in Taiwan in 1957. A year later, the Graduate Institute of Electronics was established to educate students in the field of electronics. In 1964, NCTU finally restored the undergraduate program to further supply the necessary talent to Taiwan's burgeoning electronic industry. Since then, the Department has been instrumental in promoting the local and global industry by delivering great talent and innovations.
The mission of the Department is to educate talented individuals in the area of electronics and information technology and to develop cutting-edge technologies for civilian applications. The core technology of the Department focuses on microelectronics, material and relevant technologies, devices, systems, and their applications in information, automation, communications, healthcare, and medicine. To facilitate our research effort, faculties have established, including the National Nano Device Laboratory (NDL), National Chip Implementation Center (CIC), NANO center, LEE and MTI Center for Networking Research and Microelectronics and Information Systems Research Center. Since their inception, these laboratories have fostered a close relationship with our industry partners, such as TSMC, UMC, ITRI, MediaTek, etc…
There are currently 56 full-time faculties in the department. Approximately 400 students are enrolled in our undergraduate program, along with 400 Master's students and 250 Ph.D. students. 5,754 students have graduated with BS since 1964. 2,797 and 589 students have been granted MS and Ph.D. degrees, respectively, since the establishment of the Institute of Electronics in 1958. Many of our graduates have engaged in academic and industrial research and development, as well as other industries. Our alumni are very key to strengthen the tie between our Department and the booming electronics industry, which creates mutual benefits for our school and the business community in Taiwan. With these abundant resources, we are confident that we can be the world's top institute in electrical engineering.
• System of ChipIntegrated Circuit and CAD Design
• Nano Electronics -- Semiconductor Material and IC Technology
• Bio-Technology and Photonics -- Photonics Technology and Biochip
• Communication and Media -- Signal Processing, Communication and Wireless Network
Department of Electrical Engineering
In 2009, the NCTU merges the two major departments (Communication Engineering and Electrical and Control Engineering) under the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering into one new department in order to provide well-rounded cross-area and inter-discipline system study to undergraduate students. The Department of Communications Engineering was established in 1966 and has the largest and strongest program in electrical communications in Taiwan. The Department of Electrical and Control Engineering was established in 1965 and focuses their researches on computer control and automation as well as biomedical engineering. The merge of the two departments will have in total 80 full-time faculty members, around 800 undergraduate students, around 500 master students and more than 320 Ph.D. students. With the renowned reputations of both departments in the past, the new department will become one of the largest academic and study environment in Taiwan specific for the electrical engineering.
Research activities are in all fields of electrical engineering. Amount of annual research grants from the Government, industry, and various research organizations usually exceeds NT$200 million dollars. Besides being active in the domestic research community, faculty members of the Department are also involved in many international activities, serving as editors of prestigious journals and hosting international conferences. Many of them have won international recognition through their outstanding research and services.
Current research subjects in the Department are in nine areas: (i) communication science and systems, (ii) microwave and antennas, (iii) network communications, (iv) multimedia signal processing and communications, (v) system-on-chip, (vi) control systems and signal processing, (vii) power electronics/MEM, (viii) intelligent machine and information, (xi) bioelectronics.
Department of Photonics
Brief History of Department of Photonics (DoP)
Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering (IEO), founded in 1980, is the first graduate program of photonics in Taiwan. Since its installation, more than one thousand students had graduated with Ph.D. and M.S degrees. Department of Photonics (DoP) was created in 2004 with a mission to cultivate high-quality manpower for the growth of photonics industry. At the same year, Display Institute (DI) was installed, which is also the first graduate program in this IT discipline on the world, to train R&D manpower for fast-growing flat-panel display (FPD) industry.
An Outstanding Education and Research Center for Photonics in Taiwan
Photonic research in NCTU can be traced back to more than forty years ago.
Many pioneering photonic programs in Taiwan, including gas laser, VCSEL, holography, liquid crystal (LC), MO storage, fiber communication, femtosecond laser and THz photonics, were initiated in NCTU. Worth mention is our LC research had directly resulted in the multi-billion dollar FPD industry in Taiwan.
Currently DoP has 28 full-time faculty members and 13 honorable professors. Seven of our faculty members are the fellows of OSA, SPIE, and SID. DoP is designed to be an interdisciplinary department, which integrates vertically from the fundamental sciences to electrical and computer engineering disciplines.
Photonics---a Rapidly Growing Industry in Taiwan
The photonics industry in Taiwan is rapidly growing with bright future. From optic storage, display, solid-state lighting and solar cell to biophotonics, ripples initiated at joint academic and industrial programs are merging into a surge in the incoming years. Alumni, faculty, and students of DoP play a crucial role in this photonic surge, which is expected to become an impact on the Taiwan economic future.
Department of Computer Science
Rigorous Educational Programs
Based on the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Computing Curriculum, the Department devised comprehensive undergraduate curriculum featuring a large number of technical elective courses, senior project topics, and overseas study opportunities. It also pays special attention to hands-on practice, programming skill development, and creativity incubation. The entire curriculum is divided into three programs with a specific concentration. The Network Engineering Program includes topics such as broadband networks, wireless communication, mobile computing and network security. The Multimedia Engineering Program covers multimedia signal processing, 3D virtual reality, computer graphics, games and digital contents. The Information Engineering Program embodies computer architecture, embedded hardware/ software systems, System-on-Chip (SoC) design, and software engineering.
In addition to the regular classes, the Department also arranges exchange programs with top-notch education and research institutes and distinguished lectures offered by world-renowned scholars. All these are a part of the holistic training offered to our students as the preparation for their careers as global IT professionals.
Accelerated Advanced Studies
The Department encourages students to challenge themselves to complete their degrees faster than the normal requirement. Under these programs, students may receive both their bachelor's and master's degrees within five years and their doctorates in seven years.
Distinguished Research Achievements
As a research-oriented institution, the Department (with more than 70 faculty members) has the largest doctoral-degree-holding faculty body among the computer science departments in Taiwan. Moreover, our graduate (MS and Ph.D.) students account for over 50% of the total enrollment.
The Department is also proud of its exceptional research achievements, including ranking number two worldwide in the amount of software engineering research publication and number one among domestic computer science departments in terms of SCI paper count per faculty member. The Department also won the highest number of awards in the field of Computer and Information Sciences. Many faculty members are holding eminent positions (senior members or fellows) in international academic and professional societies including AAAS, ACM, IEE, and IEEE, establishing academia-industry collaboration with prominent technology vendors such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, and Xilinx as well as running company sponsored on-campus research centers.
Fully-equipped Teaching Laboratories
The Department satisfies equipment needs for teaching and research with an abundant supply of top-end hardware and software including numerous desktop/notebook computers, digital cameras, scanners and laser printers updated every 3-4 years. Experiments offered by various courses are conducted in specialized teaching laboratories including two Multimedia Teaching Labs, two Microprocessor Teaching Labs, Information/Network Security Teaching Lab, Digital System Teaching Lab and Computer Graphics Teaching Lab.
Senior year projects are often performed in corporate-sponsored research centers such as those sponsored by Cisco, EMC, Intel, Microsoft, and Xilinx. Daily computing services are providing and maintaining by an elaborate computing center opened 7x24 year round. All research and teaching laboratories are connected to the Internet through gigabit Ethernet. In addition, the entire department building is covered by multiple Wireless LANs.