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Courses and seminars

The Doctoral Program organizes yearly Conferences, Seminars and Short Courses on several topics related with its research areas. The number of Seminars and Courses organized each year depends on the funding obtained.


These Short Courses are open to all the students and staff of the Doctoral Program. Students in the Research Period of the program are required complete some formative activities, for which they can justify having attended some of these courses. The registration procedure for each course will be indicated in the news and events section of this web when the course date will be approaching.

2016/17 Short Courses and Conferences

  • Reliability and design for safety of complex systems, by Prof. Marco Mugnaini, from University of Siena, Italia, October 24th to 28th, 11:00 to 13:00, Aula 002, edifici B4, campus nord, UPC. Seminar material: Slides.

2013/14 Short Courses and Conferences

  • Study on reliability and safety of LSIs, by Prof. Yukiya MIURA, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan.
    July 11th, 12:00, Aula Biblioteca, Planta ETSEIB, Diagonal 647, Campus Sud UPC. Detailed Program.
  • Introducing the DCM Flyback Micro-inverters for Photovoltaic Applications, by Mutlu BOZTEPE, Ege University, Turkey.
    June 10th, 11:00, Aula de Postgrau, Edifici C5, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
    • Digital Delta-Signa Modulators, by Michael Peter Kennedy, University College Cork, Ireland; IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.
      May 7th, 11:15, Aula de Teleensanyament, Edifici B3, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
    • Doctoral training seminars on selected research topics at the Department of Electronic Engineering: Track Microelectronic Devices and Circuits.
      February 11th, 9:30, Aula 002, Building C4, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.

        • Terascale memory systems in future CMOS and post-CMOS technologies, by Prof. Antonio Rubio. Seminar material: Slides.
        • Cost-effective technologies for crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, by Prof. Isidro Martín. Slides.
        • Variability-aware design in nanometer integrated circuits, by Prof. Francesc Moll.
        • Organic semiconductors: devices and solar cells, by Prof. Joaquim Puigdollers. Slides.
        • Emergent enabling technologies for wireless data, energy processing and communications, by Prof. Eduard Alarcón. Seminar material: Slides.
    • Doctoral training seminars on selected research topics at the Department of Electronic Engineering: Track Instrumentation and Sensing.
      February 21st, 9:30, Aula 002, Building C4, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.

      • Markers of healthy living states by using smartphones as monitoring device, by Prof. Mireia Fernández / Juan Ramos. Slides.
      • Noninvasive instrumentation to monitor and evaluate trends in the cardiovascular system, by Prof. Ramon Casanella. Slides.
      • Suitable non-invasive measurement procedures, for determination of physical properties of materials and real-time process monitoring, by Prof. Miguel García / Jordi Salazar. Slides.
      • Marine instrumentation technologies. Ocean observatories and underwater vehicles, by Prof. Joaquin del Río / Spartacus Gomáriz. Slides.
      • Recent developments in electrical impedance spectroscopy applied to characterization of biological materials, by Prof. Ramon Bragós / Xavier Rosell.


  • Doctoral training seminars on selected research topics at the Department of Electronic Engineering: Track Industrial and Power Eletronics.
    March 27th, 16:00, Sala de Conferències ETSEIAT, Building TR5, Campus Terrassa UPC. Detailed Program.

    • Improvement of driver to gate coupling circuits for SiC MOSFETS, by Prof. Josep Balcells. Slides.
    • Energy Management for Grid-PV-Diesel Hybrid Systems, by Prof. Guillermo Velasco / Francesc Guinjoan. Slides.
    • Intelligent Energy Management Systems in Industrial Plants, by Prof. Jose Luis Romeral.
    • Modeling and Nonlinear Control of Three-phase Voltage-Sourced Converters, by Prof. Jose Luis García de Vicuña. Slides.
    • Hybrid Modulators for conducted EMI suppression in modular-parallel topology, by Prof. David González. Slides.
    • Research samples by the Research Group in Power Electronics (GREP), by Prof. Josep Bordonau. Slides.
    • Intelligent Monitoring Systems for Plant Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance, by Prof. Juan Antonio Ortega. Slides.

2012/13 Short Courses and Conferences

  • Automated Design of Digital Microfluidic Lab-on-Chip: Connecting Biochemistry to Information Technology and Electronic Design Automation, by Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Duke University, North Carolina, USA; IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.
    October 16th, 12:00, Aula Capella, ETSEIB, Campus Sud UPC. Detailed Program.

2011/12 Short Courses and Conferences

  • Compact Modeling of Advanced Electronic Devices, by Benjamín íñiguez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona.
    July 11th (9:30 - 14:00), 12th (9:30-11:30), 13th (9:30 - 14:00), Edifici Mateu Orfila, UIB - Sala de Juntes 115, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
    Course Material: Day1-A - Day1-B - Day2 - Day3-A - Day3-B
  • Thermal Physics in Microsystems and Nanomaterials, by Stefan Dilhaire, Université de Bordeaux I, Bordeaux, France.
    June 18th, 20th and 21st, 9:30 - 13:00, Aula de Postgrau, Edifici C5, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
  • Designing for Power Integrity: Status, Challenges and Opportunities, by Madhavan Swaminathan, Georgia Tech., Georgia, USA.
    Who is the father of Electrical Engineering?, by Tapan K. Sarkar, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Syracuse University; Syracuse, New York, USA.
    June 11th, 9:00 - 13:00, Sala de conferències de la ETSEIAT, Terrassa. Detailed Program.
  • Pulse width modulation for single- and three-phase inverters - analytical approach, by Miro Milanovic, University Maribor, Slovenia.
    June 18th (16:00 - 20:00), 19th (12:00 - 14:00); 20th (16:00 - 20:00); 25th (16:00 - 20:00), 26th (12:00 - 14:00) and 27th (16:00 - 20:00). Aula de Postgrau, Edifici C5, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
  • Variation-Tolerant Design of Analog CMOS Circuits, by Marvin Onabajo, Northeastern Univ. Boston, USA.
    June 5th, 6th and 7th, 9:30 - 13:00. Aula de Postgrau, Edifici C5, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
    Course Material: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3.
  • Low-Noise Low-Power Wideband Receivers: Front-End and Digitizers, by Jose Silva Martínez, Texas A&M Univ., USA.
    May 29th, 30th, 31st and June 1st, 10:00 - 12:00. Aula de Postgrau, Edifici C5, Campus Nord UPC. Detailed Program.
    Course material: Day1-A - Day1-B - Day3 - Day4-A - Day4-B.
    Prof. Silva course materials at Texas A&M.
  • Marine Sensor Networks, by Yves Auffret, IFREMER - Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer. Plozané, France.
    17th & 18th April 2012, 10:00-14:00, sala de reuniones del Centro Tecnológico de Vilanova i la Geltrú. 19th April, 12:00-14:00, Sala de Actos de la EPSEVG. Detailed Program
  • High Performance RF in Wireless Infrastructure, by Domine M. W. Leenaerts, Senior Principal Scientist, NXP Semiconductors, and lecturer at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
    Divendres 9 de Març de 2012, 12:00-13:30. Campus Nord UPC, Edif. C5. Slides.

2010/11 Short Courses and Conferences

  • System architecture and 45nm CMOS implementation for 60 GHz multi-Gbps wireless communication systems, by Cicero S. Vaucher, Senior Principal, Integrated RF Solutions, NXP Semiconductors.
    Monday 11th July, 9:45 – 10:30. Campus Nord UPC, Edif. C5.
  • Artificial Intelligence Applied to the Automatic Path Planning in Satellites and Autonomous Vehicles, by Kanna Rajan, Principal Researcher for Autonomy at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
    Vilanova Marine science/robotics meeting in Vilanova i la Geltrú. Data inici: 15/11/2010. Data de fi: 16/11/2010.
  • Predictive Control in Power Electronics & Drives Prof. José Rodríguez, professor i rector de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso, Chile).
    Fecha: Lunes 31.01.2011 Hora: 12 a 13 h. Lugar: Sala de juntas del Rectorado (planta 1).

2009/10 Short Courses and Conferences

Course Series in Advances on Analog and RF IC's

  • RF Frequency synthesizers and transmitters by Professor Franck Badets, ST Microelectronics, Grenoble, France. May 25th and 26th, 2010, 14.30h to 17.30h.
    Course material: Part I (pdf 3.6 Mb) Part II (pdf 2.8 Mb)
  • Design of Sigma-Delta Converters: From Basics to Practical Circuits by Professor Ángel Rodríguez Vázquez, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, España. September 30th and October 1st, Campus Nord, UPC.
    Course material: Slides 1 (pdf 3.4 Mb), Slides 2 (pdf 4.6 Mb), Slides 3 (pdf 1.7 Mb).
    Exercises: Matlab code (rar 393KB), Anex (pdf 100KB), Design exercise text (pdf 286KB)
  • IC Design Techniques for High-Performance Data Converters and Sigma-Delta Modulators by Prof. José E. Silva Martínez, Texas A&M University, College Station, US. May 25th to 27th, 9:30-13:30. Location: May 25th in Sala Teleensenyament and 26th-27th in C5-115.
    Course materials: Zip file (76.5 Mb)
  • Towards a field programmable analogue array for neuromorphic computation by Professor Alister Hamilton, Univesrity of Edinburg, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. June 14th and 15th, 2010. From 10h to 12h.
    Course materials: Session 1 (pdf 2.7MB) Session 2 (pdf 1MB)


Course series in Power Electronics

  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Dr. Soumitro Banerjee, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research in Kolkata, India. June 21st: 10h-13h, June 22nd: 10h-13h at Edifici C5- Aula postgrau (Campus Nord UPC—Barcelona).
  • High power converters and drivers by Professor Dr. Bin Wu, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Reyerson University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Modern Lighting Systems: Power Electronics in High Efficiency, High Performance Lighting Systems by Dr. Min Chen, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. 15th to 18th June'10,from 10:00 to 12:30 in SALA D'ACTES - Escola Universitaria d'Enginyeria Tècnica de Barcelona.
  • Matrix Converter Technology and Application by Jon C. Clare, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • Piezoelectric Elements: principles, and applications by Prof. Doron Shmilovitz, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. 20th Sept. 2010. Sala de Actos de la EUETIB (C/Compte Urgell 187) 10h. Aula de Teleensenyament ETSETB (Campus Nord, Edifico B3, primera planta) 16h.


Course series in Oceanographic Instrumentation

  • Interoperability experiments in Ocean Observing Systems by Professor Luis Bermúdez, Southeastern Universities Research Association, Washington DC, US. April 29th and 30th, from 10 to 14h, and May 6th, from 12 to 14h.


Course Series in Advances on Reliable Digital Design

  • ALTERNATIVES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF TECHNOLOGIES SUB-20nm by Professor Asen Asenov, Univesrity of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. July 6th and 7th, 2010, 11h to 13.00h at Edifici C5- Aula postgrau (Campus Nord UPC—Barcelona).
    Course material: Session1 (pdf 15.1 Mb) Session 2 (pdf 8.9 Mb)
  • Variability in Microprocessor Logic Design: Trends, Sources, Consequences, and Solutions by Dr. Keith Alan Bowman, Intel, Hillsboro, US. June 7th and 8th, 2010. From 11h to 13h.  Edifici C5- Aula postgrau (Campus Nord UPC—Barcelona).
    Course material: Session 1 (pdf 1.4 Mb) Session 2 (pdf 1.1 Mb)
  • State of the art of IC testing and Sensor networks for movement detection and tracking by Hideo Tamamoto, Akita University, Akita, Japan.
    Course material: Slides (pdf 15 Mb)


Course Series in Optical characterization of micro-systems and nano-materials

  • When Photons listen to Phonons,laser testing of Microsystems and Nanomaterials by Dr. Stefan Dilhaire, Université Bordeuaux 1, Bordeaux, France. June 7th, 8th ad 9th, 2010, 9.30-11.00  & 14:30-16:00 (except the 9th of June). Aula Postgrau (C5-116, Campus Nord UPC Barcelona).
    Course materials: Pdf file (35 Mb)


Course Series in Electromagnetic Compatibility New Issues

  • EMC/EMI issues in biomedical engineering by Dr. Ji Chen, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, TX. May 25th 2010, 10:00-12:00 in Aula de postgrau, Building C5-116, Campus Nord UPC.


Other Courses:

  • Electromagnetic compatibility new issues by Professor Dr. Alistair P. Duffy, IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer. October, 20th 2009, Aula Postgrau - C5 Building.


2008/09 Short courses archive

The following courses were organized with the support of the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry through its Mobility Program for Visiting Professors for Doctoral Programs having the Quality Mark.

February 2009 and May 2009: Sensor systems courses series

  • Underwater sensor systems: The Monterrey Accelerated Research System and the Plug&Work instrumentation, by Prof. Thomas C. O'Reilly from the Monterry Bay Aquaim, USA.
  • Wireless sensors, by Faouzi Derbel, Qvedis, Germany.

March 2009 and May 2009: Low power digital and analog design courses series

  • Low Power Analog & Digital Design, by Dr. Chunyan Wang, Concordia University, Canada.
  • New Circuit and Architectural Design of Low Voltage Digital Systems, by Christian Piguet, CSEM, Switzerland.

April/May 2009: RF and Mixed signal courses series

  • Advanced BiCMOS and CMOS technologies for millimiter-wave applications, by Didier Belot, ST Microlectronics-MINATEC, Grenoble, France. Slides.
  • Substrate Noise in Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, by Dr. François Clement, Couping Wave Solutions, Moirans, France.
  • ESD protections for CMOS RF Integrated Circuits, by Dr. Roc Berenguer, visiting professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

June/July 2009: Variations and error tolerant circuit design techniques courses series

  • Variation Tolerant Design, by Dr. Kaushik Roy , Purdue University, USA.
  • New Architectures for nanoelectronics, by Dr. Sorin Cotofana, Delft University, Netherlands.
  • Temperature and offset compensation in analog ICs, by Kofi Makinwa, Delft University, Netherlands. Slides1 - Slides2