Degree

PhD in Electrical Engineering

Decree number:

0031109/2004

Acreditation

This program was accredited for a period of 8 years, starting from November 09, 2011, until November 09, 2019, by accrediting agency «Acredita CI».

Cost

  • 800 UF (Complete Program)
  • Enrollment cost 2019: $134.500

Coordinator Program Director

Letters of recommendation

Secretary

Loreto Soto
+562 2 978 42 07
lsototapia@ing.uchile.cl

Academic staff

Application Information

Application Deadline

From May 15 to June 15, 2019 (Upload all documents requested, include recommendation letters too in this period).

General objective

The program is aimed to train researchers and specialists in Electrical Engineering, capable of making scientific-technological contributions

Graduates from this program will be able to work as faculty members or researchers in universities, research centers, and development companies.

This program is aimed to professionals in Electrical Engineering or equivalent degrees interested in doing research in topics that contribute to the development of this scientific & technological discipline.  With emphasis in Energy Systems, Control, Computational Intelligence and Robotics (Intelligent Systems), Astronomical Instrumentation, Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Specific objective

To train high level autonomous researchers, capable of making proposals, lead and perform research that contributes to the generation of new knowledge in Electrical Engineering.

 General description

Graduates from this program will be capable to work as faculty members or researchers in universities, research centers, and development companies.

The plan of studies of PhD program in Electrical Engineering consists in a sequence that considers the fulfillment of curricular activities by the Academic Committee: qualification exam, preparation of a thesis and grade exam.

The plan of studies of Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering is made up of general and specific training courses as follows:

The approval of 120 UDs (72 credits)
In general training courses  50 UDs (30 credits), and specific training courses 70 UDs (42 credits). The general and specific training courses will be set individually for each student by the Academic Committee. The courses, both general and specific, will be established from a list of courses that will be considered valid for this Program and that the Academic Committee will keep updated. The Academic Committee may authorize general and / or specific training courses of other academic units.

The Qualification Exam will be held in front of a commission proposed by the Academic Committee and appointed by the Director of the Graduate School. The passing of the qualification exam will empower the student to continue his Doctorate studies by presenting his Thesis Project.

To take the degree exam the student must be the first author of at least one publication in a mainstream indexed journal (ISI) generated during the period of his PhD and closely related to the subject of his PhD thesis, discarding for this effect the publications made in journals belonging to the fourth quartile (Q4) of their respective associated discipline. The ISI article must be written in English. The article must be at least accepted for publication at the time of taking the degree exam.

The development of the PhD thesis, whose length is estimated in at least 4 semesters of exclusive dedication, must be translated into an original and creative contribution in a specific subject of the area of Electrical Engineering.

Specialization could be carried out in fields of control systems, energy & power systems, information and communications technology (ICT), robotics & intelligent systems, and astronomical instrumentation.

GENERAL COURSES (Mandatory courses)

The 50 UDs (30 credits) of general courses required by the program will be selected from a list that might be updated annually.  It will be possible to validate general courses from other departments or Universities if approved by the academic committee.

SPECIFIC COUSES (Elective courses)

The 70 UDs (42 credits) of specific courses required by the program will be selected from a list that might be updated annually.  It will be possible to validate general courses from other departments or Universities if approved by the academic committee.

The application to the program is made through the online application website at the following link https://ucampus.uchile.cl/m/fcfm_postgrado_postulacion/

For this application process, the following documentation (in digital form) must be attached:

  • Certificate of Bachelor degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Certificate of grades and relative position (academic ranking obtained during Bachelor degree)
  • Certificate of grades and relative position (academic ranking obtained during the Master degree in case it was obtained)
  • General plan of studies of the Bachelor degree, that should contain the main topics of the courses, study plan, and objectives.
  • Updated BIA (only for Universidad de Chile students)
  • Motivation letter to enter the program that should clearly indicate the research areas of interest, full time commitment to the program, and if it possible indicate if you already have an advisor.
  • Two recommendation letters, in the format of Universidad de Chile, written by previous professors or supervisors (downloadable document link below).

Original documents must be presented to the Graduate School at the time of enrollment.

Download recommendation letter

The following links provide information to help current PhD students with the various procedures necessary to accomplish their degree.

Dept. of Electrical Engineering’s Doctoral Program Internal Rules

Please note that the information contained in the following links summarizes the rules and information contained within the document “Reglamento Interno Programa de Doctorado en Ingenieria Electrica” in order to advise PhD students regarding various parts of the PhD course. These links are intended to provide PhD students with a fast means of understanding how they should accomplish the various parts of their course, but they are not meant to in any way replace the “Reglamento Interno Programa de Doctorado en Ingenieria Electrica”. Therefore, in case of any doubts or disputes, the document “Reglamento Interno Programa de Doctorado en Ingenieria Electrica” will be taken as valid.

PhD course requirements – Choosing your PhD courses

As part of your PhD course, you will need to take sufficient courses to receive a minimum of 72 credits. 30 of these credits are required from the general type courses “Formación General” and 42 are required from the specific type courses “Formación Específica”.

GENERAL EDUCATION (Obligatory) 30 Credits.

The 30 Credits of training in general require this program that will be selected from the following list that can be updated. You can recognize general training courses from other departments or universities:

Código Nombre Curso Créditos
ED740 Seminario de Doctorado 6
ED743 Taller de Investigación I 6
ED744 Taller de Investigación II 12
ED785 Trabajo de Investigación Dirigido 6
ED786 Introducción a la Tesis 6
EL7050 Writing for Engineers 6

 

SPECIFIC EDUCATION (42 Credits required)

The 42 Credits of specific training courses required by this program will be selected from the attached list (updated annually) and from the list of general training courses given above, except for the courses selected to satisfy the requirement of the 30 credits in courses of General formation. In addition, specific training courses from other departments or universities may be recognized with the authorization of the academic committee.

Código Nombre Curso Créditos
EL7006 Redes Neuronales y Teoría de Información para el Aprendizaje 6
EL7007 Introducción al Procesamiento Digital de Imágenes 6
EL7008 Procesamiento Avanzado de Imágenes 6
EL7009 Robótica Móvil 6
EL7012 Control Inteligente de Sistemas 6
EL7014 Diagnóstico y Pronóstico de Fallas 6
EL7017 Control Adaptable de Sistemas 6
EL7018 Mercados Internacionales de la Energía 6
EL7019 Fenómenos Dinámicos en Redes Eléctricas 6
EL7020 Análisis y Operación Sistema Eléctricos 6
EL7022 Procesamiento de Voz en Telecomunicaciones 6
EL7023 Control de Sistemas no Lineales 6
EL7024 Teoría de Información: Fundamentos y Aplicaciones 6
EL7026 Sistema de Instrumentación Astronómica 6
EL7027 Seminario de Control Automático 6
EL7029 Microondas 6
EL7030 Antenas 6
EL7031 Robotic, Sensing and Autonomous Systems 6
EL7032 Electrónica de Potencia y Accionamientos 6
EL7033 Control e Integración a la Red de Sistemas Eólicos de Generación 6
EL7036 Análisis y Diseño de Circuitos Integrados 6
EL7037 Computación Evolutiva 6
EL7038 Introducción a la Teoría de Conjuntos Difusos y Sistemas Inteligentes 6
EL7041 Comunicaciones Digitales Avanzadas 6
EL7043 Redes de Acceso de Banda Ancha 6
EL7044 Conceptos Avanzados en Redes Inalámbricas 6
EL7045 Micro-Redes y Generación Distribuida 6
EL7047 Riesgo y Confiabilidad en Sistemas Eléctricos 6
EL7048 Tópicos en Tecnologías Sustentables de la Información y Comunicación 6
EL7049 Ingeniería de Satélites 6
EL7051 Control Predictivo 6
EL7052 Modelamiento y Control de Sistemas de Potencia 6
EL7108 Dispositivos Ópticos y Fotónicos 6

Format for PhD qualification report

The thesis document must contain the research proposal to be developed in the doctoral thesis. This proposal must be original and relevant from the scientific – technological point of view and must contain the following points:

1) Introduction:

  • Motivation.
  • Bibliographic review.
  • Description of the general problem.
  • Hypothesis.
  • General and specific objectives.
  • Contributions.

2) Research proposal.

3) Work plan.

4) Expected results.

5) Conclusions.

6) Bibliographic references.

PhD qualification exam preparation and procedure

Formation of commissions

The Qualification Exam will be related to the research line associated with the Thesis Theme of the student and the program of specific training courses carried out. This will consist of a written thesis report and an oral examination supervised by an evaluation committee composed of:

  • The guiding professor, two members of the academic faculty and an external member who must demonstrate an academic productivity equivalent to that required for the members of the faculty of the program. Additionally, there is the possibility that an academic from the University of Chile who does not belong to the faculty and who meets the academic productivity required of the members of the faculty can replace one of the members of the faculty of the commission.

All examiners who are part of the commission of the final doctorate exam (except the guide teacher) must not have been students of the guide teacher in the last 5 years and must show independence.

From the external professors of Doctorate:

Have written confirmation from the external teacher, who has no conflicts of interest with the student.

The qualification exam consists of the following steps:

  1. Presentation of the student to the commission.
  2. Exhibition of the thesis project by the student.
  3. Consultations and questions of the commission.
  4. Meeting of the commission without the presence of the student.
  5. Deliberation and drafting of the examination report by the commission, without the presence of the student.

Once the exam is finished, the Minutes in the Postgraduate School will be delivered.

Format for the final doctoral thesis

There are two formats available for the doctoral thesis:

Format 1

The final doctoral thesis should explain the research carried out and contain the following points:

Summary of the Thesis

1. Introduction:

  • Motivation.
  • Description of the general problem.
  • Hypothesis.
  • General and specific objectives.
  • Contributions

2) State of the Art – Bibliographic Review.

3) Description of the investigation.

4) Results.

5. Conclusions.

6) Bibliographic references.

The following link provides MS Word and latex templates that can be used to prepare your final doctoral report:

https://github.com/Ucampus/memoria-latex

Format 2

New optional doctoral thesis format based on 2 ISI journal papers accepted / published.

Must be approved and requested by the guide teacher

The new format consists of four parts:

1) Summary
2) Introduction:

  • Motivation
  • Description of the general problem.
  • Goals.
  • Hypothesis.
  • Contributions.
  • Conclusions general.
  • References of the chapter.

3) Paper 1
4) Paper 2

Agreements:

  • Editorial: not acceptable.
  • 1 survey: accepted.
  •  Student first author in both papers: accepted.
  • Formato University of Chile in all chapters: accepted.
  • At least one of the papers with a significant technical contribution in Q1-Q2 magazine.
  • English language.

PhD final exam preparation and procedure

To take the degree exam, the student must be the first author of at least one publication in an indexed mainstream journal (ISI) generated during the period of his / her doctorate and closely related to the subject of his / her PhD thesis, discarding for this purpose the publications made in journals belonging to the fourth quartile (Q4) of their respective associated discipline. The ISI article must be written in English. Said article must, at least, be accepted for publication at the time of taking the Degree Examination.

If the above requirement is met, the Director of the Graduate School, on the proposal of the Academic Committee, will appoint an Evaluation Committee of the Degree Examination. This Evaluation Commission will consist of at least:

  • The Guiding Professor, a member of the academic faculty and two external members (one external to the University and another external to the Faculty), who accredit the academic productivity required of the members of the faculty.

In addition, all examiners who are part of the commission of the final doctorate exam (except the lead teacher) must not have been a thesis student or be part of the research group of the guide teacher in the last 5 years and must show independence.

The Degree Examination is public and will consist of an oral defense of the Thesis. It will be submitted to the Evaluation Committee of the Degree Examination, which will be chaired by the Dean of the Faculty or the Director of the Graduate School, or its representative. Although the Lead Teacher is by its own right a member of the evaluation committee, it will not participate in the deliberation process that determines the qualification of the Degree Examination.

The original degree will be awarded to the student at the University of Chile, located at Diagonal Paraguay 265, 3rd floor, approximately 30 days after the exam.

Program for financial assistance for international conference visits

The postgraduate programs in Electrical Engineering have a program of travel grants whose purpose is to support the participation of their students in international conferences and conferences.

Of the contests:

There will be 3 calls per year with three, six and three places respectively.

  • First call: It opens on December 15, closes on January 15 of the subsequent year and is resolved in 2 weeks. For conferences whose registration date is between January 1 and April 31 of the current year.
  • Second call: It opens on April 15, closes on May 15 of the current year and is resolved in 2 weeks. For conferences whose registration date is between May 1 and August 31 of the current year.
  • Third call: It opens on August 5, closes on September 15 of the current year and is resolved in 2 weeks. For conferences whose registration date is between September 1 and December 31 of the current year.
  • The amount of each travel assistance will amount to USD 1000.
  • This travel aid is incompatible with CONICYT travel assistance.

Of the applicants:

  • All students of the Master’s and Doctorate Program in Electrical Engineering can apply for this contest with more than one semester and one year of permanence in the program, at the date of attending the event, respectively.
  • Students can receive maximum travel assistance in each calendar year.
  • The requirement to apply is to have an article sent to the date of sending the background, in a conference or conference of «world interest», in English language and as the first author. The work can be accepted in oral presentation mode or poster.
  • The contest will be decided using the academic quality of the applicants as selection criteria, being able to even deliver fewer scholarships than those assigned to the period.

From the selection process:

The evaluation of the candidates will be based on the documentation presented using the following weights:

  • Notes: 30%
  • Publications: 30%.
  • Professional and academic experience: 25%.
  • Awards and distinctions: 15%.

From the application process:

Applicants must attach the following documentation (in digital form):

  • Curriculum Vitae of the candidate, including list of publications.
  • Concentration of grades with all the courses taken and validated.
  • Letter of acceptance of the article or letter of receipt of the article. In the latter case, before receiving the funds, the acceptance letter must be submitted.
  • Copy of the article.
  • Letter from the supervisor of the student, who supports the application and who is accredited or justifies that the conference or conference is of «world interest».
  • Antecedents of the Congress, issued by the organizing intuition.
  • Copy of identity card of the candidate.

Considerations:

  • In order for the administrative process to be generated, the acceptance of the article must be presented.
  • Consider that from the date of committee selection until the disbursement becomes effective, administrative processes can take approximately 60 days.

Applications must be sent to the Postgraduate Secretary, Loreto Soto: lsototapia@ing.uchile.cl

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