Over the past 50 years an explosive growth within electrical engineering has radically altered our society. No other discipline has had such an impact, and although it is not always obvious, our society has become permeated and totally depending on the products electrical engineering has produced. The next 50 years will see an even greater change. In many areas, such as communications, care, energy supply, auto motorisation and production automation, we see extensive systems on the horizon, coupled together in ever increasing complexity.
The Department of Electrical Engineering concentrates its activities on the analysis, synthesis and management of complex connected systems concerned with manipulating or guiding electromagnetic quantities. This is achieved by training highly qualified academic people and by providing new knowledge based on high quality research. The department aims to make a contribution to society by stimulating an improvement in the quality of life in a general sense and by being a leading innovative force behind the economy.
The faculty focuses its research on electrical engineering aspects that have a major impact on the future society, quality of life, and quality of our ecosystem. Within the selected topics of electrical engineering, long term research focusses on fundamental knowledge and development of new technologies, led by nine research group chairs.
In choosing strategic research areas it is important on the one hand to relate to themes with a long term societal effect, and on the other hand, to provide for long term market needs with a significant impact. The relevance to societal or market needs is also important in order to make it more easy to obtain solid funding for the research. This funding is an important condition towards relations in the market and society. Furthermore connections with the developments in the region are important. The chosen themes have been selected on the basis of the input of the chairs. Given the strong independence because of the second and third sources of finance a long term strategy cooperation with industry in a consortium or open innovation structure is preferred.
Taking into account the strengths of the department, the activities in the region, the market opportunities and the societal problems, the following strategic research areas have been chosen:
This links the expertise of the research groups to the social significance of electrical engineering. With the Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3Te) the first theme is visualized, with the Center for Wireless Technology (CWTe) the second. Furthermore the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) and the Center for Electrical Energy Technology and Systems Eindhoven (CEETSe) originated from the department.