Research lines

Photonics: Materials and Devices

This line of research is divided into three fronts. First, in the investigation of the properties of new semiconductor materials with potential for application in optoelectronic and photonic devices. Second, in the development of processes of micro and nano manufacturing, aimed at the research of new photonic devices.

Thirdly, in the study and implementation of advanced characterization techniques, to investigate the properties of the new materials and to evaluate the operation of the new devices, in which applications for photovoltaic systems can be seen. The topics investigated within these three fronts cover the study of the electro-optical properties of new semiconductor materials; the simulation and optimization of micro and nano optoelectronic and photonic devices; the micro and nano manufacturing of new photonic devices; the implementation of new techniques of optical, electrical and magnetic characterization of new semiconductor materials and of the new devices manufactured for applications in micro and nano photonics.

Digital signal processing

The aim of this research line is to perform theoretical studies, modeling, analysis, and applications of different techniques for processing, understanding, retrieving, and extracting information from signals of different sources, thus allowing the creation of mathematical models and algorithms that can be executed by programmable devices. The main applications within this line are oriented to the design and implementation of techniques for the processing of biomedical signals, signals from telecommunications systems, from mechatronics systems, from Smart Grids, among other types of systems.

Smart Grids

This line is aimed at conducting research into power systems, but specifically for smart grids. For that, artificial intelligence techniques are available for analysis, planning and operation of electrical systems with the insertion of alternative sources of electric energy. Therefore, the main focus of this line is biased by the concepts of Smart Grids and Microgrids. The strong use of power electronics in power processing and the drive and control of electric machines stands out in this line. The research carried out in the scope of this line aims to improve the decision making for transmission and distribution concessionaires of electric power, generating plants and also to guarantee better efficiency and reliability to the electrical power systems. It is still possible to mention that residential, commercial and industrial consumers are included in this line, due to the researches that aim at demand-side energy management, in which software for smart meters and the transmission of data from these meters to concessionaires ( research done in conjunction with the line of Digital Signal Processing).