study programme

Electronics and Information Technologies

Faculty: FEECAbbreviation: DPA-EITAcad. year: 2022/2023

Type of study programme: Doctoral

Study programme code: P0619D060001

Degree awarded: Ph.D.

Language of instruction: English

Tuition Fees: 2500 EUR/academic year for EU students, 2500 EUR/academic year for non-EU students

Accreditation: 8.10.2019 - 7.10.2029

Mode of study

Full-time study

Standard study length

4 years

Programme supervisor

Doctoral Board

Fields of education

Area Topic Share [%]
Electrical Engineering Without thematic area 100

Study aims

The student is fostered to use the theoretical knowledge and experience gained through own research activities in an innovative manner. He/She is able to efficiently use the gathered knowledge for the design of own and prospective solutions within their further experimental development and applied research. The emphasis is put on gaining both theoretical and practical skill, ability of self-decisions, definition of research and development hypotheses to propose projects spanning from basic to applied research, ability to evaluation of the results and their dissemination as research papers and presentation in front of the research community.

Graduate profile

The doctor study program "Electronics and Information Technologies" aims to generate top research and development specialists, who have deep knowledge of principles and techniques used in communication and data wired and wireless networks and also in related areas and also in data/signal acquisition, processing and the back representation of user data on the level of application layer. The main parts of the studies are represented by areas dealing with information theory and communication techniques. The graduate has deep knowledge in communication and information technologies, data transfer and their security. The graduate is skilled in operation systems, computer languages and database systems, their usage and also design of suitable software and user applications. The graduate is able to propose new technology solution of communication tools and information systems for advanced transfer of information.

Profession characteristics

Graduates of theprogram "Electronics and Information Technologies" apply in particular in research, development and design teams, in the field of professional activity in production or business organizations, in the academic sphere and in other institutions involved in science, research, development and innovation, in all areas of the company where communication systems and information transfer through data networks are being applied and used.
Our graduates are particularly experienced in the analysis, design, creation or management of complex systems aimed for data transfer and processing, as well as in the programming, integration, support, maintenance or sale of these systems.

Study plan creation

The doctoral studies of a student follow the Individual Study Plan (ISP), which is defined by the supervisor and the student at the beginning of the study period. The ISP is obligatory for the student, and specifies all duties being consistent with the Study and Examination Rules of BUT, which the student must successfully fulfill by the end of the study period. The duties are distributed throughout the whole study period, scored by credits/points and checked in defined dates. The current point evaluation of all activities of the student is summarized in the “Total point rating of doctoral student” document and is part of the ISP. At the beginning of the next study year the supervisor highlights eventual changes in ISP. By October, 15 of each study year the student submits the printed and signed ISP to Science Department of the faculty to check and archive.
Within mainly the first four semesters the student passes the exams of compulsory, optional-specialized and/or optional-general courses to fulfill the score limit in Study area, and concurrently the student significantly deals with the study and analysis of the knowledge specific for the field defined by the dissertation thesis theme and also continuously deals with publishing these observations and own results. In the follow-up semesters the student focuses already more to the research and development that is linked to the dissertation thesis topic and to publishing the reached results and compilation of the dissertation thesis.
By the end of the second year of studies the student passes the Doctor State Exam, where the student proves the wide overview and deep knowledge in the field linked to the dissertation thesis topic. The student must apply for this exam by April, 30 in the second year of studies. Before the Doctor State Exam the student must successfully pass the exam from English language course.
In the third and fourth year of studies the student deals with the required research activities, publishes the reached results and compiles the dissertation thesis. As part of the study duties is also completing a study period at an abroad institution or participation on an international research project with results being published or presented in abroad or another form of direct participation of the student on an international cooperation activity, which must be proved by the date of submitting the dissertation thesis.
By the end of the winter term in the fourth year of study the full-time students submit the elaborated dissertation thesis to the supervisor, who scores this elaborate. The combined students submit the elaborated dissertation thesis by the end of winter term in the fifth year of study. The final dissertation thesis is expected to be submitted by the student by the end of the fourth or fifth year of the full-time or combined study form, respectively.
In full-time study form, during the study period the student is obliged to pass a pedagogical practice, i.e. participate in the education process. The participation of the student in the pedagogical activities is part of his/her research preparations. By the pedagogical practice the student gains experience in passing the knowledge and improves the presentation skills. The pedagogical practice load (exercises, laboratories, project supervision etc.) of the student is specified by the head of the department based on the agreement with the student’s supervisor. The duty of pedagogical practice does not apply to students-payers and combined study program students. The involvement of the student in the education process within the pedagogical practice is confirmed by the supervisor in the Information System of the university.

Issued topics of Doctoral Study Program

  1. Analog circuits containing elements with the fractional order

    The thesis is focused on modeling, simulations and experimental verification of structures where relation between response and driving signal contains derivation or integration of non-integer order (so-called fractional structures or circuits). The task is also to design of suitable application possibilities of fractional order circuits, e.g. frequency filters, reconfigurable filters, tunable oscillators or other circuits. Attention should be kept also on other ways how to implement fractional order circuits, e.g. implementation of structures with distributed parameters (RC-EDP), on computer modelling of matter and structures from nature and biology and also on mathematical description.

    Tutor: Jeřábek Jan, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  2. Big data sharing in Internet

    The Internet is used for distribution of large amounts of data. Those are available via repositories, which are replicated and located in different geographical places. The goal of the study is to analyze the data distribution from the networking and distance points of view. The outcome is a system proposal for data distribution.

    Tutor: Komosný Dan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  3. Forensic analysis of network communication

    The study deals with forensic methods to obtain information from previous network communication, which is captured in the form of logs on the communication systems. Current methods will be tested in use-case studies. The goal is to propose methods for data collection, implement them, and verify their effectiveness. The topic can cover a combination of log files on different devices, including sensors.

    Tutor: Komosný Dan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  4. Forensic analysis of operating systems

    The study deals with forensic methods to obtain information from mass storage media and volatile memory. Current methods will be tested in use-case studies. The goal is to propose methods for data collection, implement them, and verify their effectiveness. The topic covers various types of devices and operating systems.

    Tutor: Komosný Dan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  5. Methods for measurement of basic and derived parameters of data networks

    Goal of this thesis is to research in area of measurement of basic parameters of data networks based mostly on Internet Protocol (IP), such as throughput, one-way delay and round-trip time, so as in area of derived parameters, such as quality of voice and video services. This comes with problematics of modelling of behaviour of network and user under various conditions, long-term and short-term events, a description of mass-serving systems and also features and behaviour key internet and measuring protocols in computer networks, so as topic of their possible setting and security. Based on analysis of available tools and their features, or development of own tools, design of solution and approaches for various types of measurements is expected. Designed methodology should be verified both in environment of lab and real-world networks.

    Tutor: Jeřábek Jan, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  6. Methods for Optimization of Ultra-Wideband Analog Integrated Systems-on-Chip Using Parasitic Effects of Transistors

    The thesis focuses on designing optimization methods of MOS-only analog ultra-wideband analog integrated systems-on-chip of arbitrary integer and fractional order. The aim is to research and develop low-voltage and low-power applications by practical usage of transistor parasitics that work in frequency range units of GHz. Selected novel implementations of true-time delay circuits, oscillators, second- or higher-order filters, emulators of synthetic inductors, etc., with potential applications in 6G communication systems will undergo on-chip fabrication and experimental verification.

    Tutor: Herencsár Norbert, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  7. Optimization of PI/PD/PID Controllers Using Fractional-Order Storage Elements

    The thesis deals with modeling and control of real processes using fractional calculus. The research will be focused on new approximation methods of storage elements of arbitrary fractional-order. The thesis aims to propose several original solutions of capacitor and inductor emulators of arbitrary fractional-order, especially for parameter optimization and implementation of proportional-integral/proportional-derivative/proportional-integral-derivative (PI/PD/PID) controllers with potential for use in industry. Selected new circuit solutions for emulators of storage elements of arbitrary fractional-order and analog PID controllers will undergo on-chip fabrication. The quality of controllers will be evaluated in particular based on robustness and stability in the Matlab/Simulink simulation environment or experimental measurements.

    Tutor: Herencsár Norbert, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  8. Real-time operating systems

    Real-time systems continuously evaluate the input parameters and respond within a specified time to an input event. Research in this area is focused on assuring the timed responses when the hardware used is considered. The goal is to analyze the requirements on these systems and propose means to guarantee the time constraints in the intended application area.

    Tutor: Komosný Dan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  9. Research of Analog Active Function Blocks for Biosensors

    The dissertation focuses on researching novel structures of non-conventional analog active function blocks such as current or voltage conveyors using a chemical description of their terminal variables. The research aims to develop novel structures of chemical conveyors of different generations and their utilization in measurement systems for sensing fundamental quantities in biomedical systems. Selected systems will undergo on-chip fabrication and experimental verification.

    Tutor: Herencsár Norbert, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  10. Research of Fractional-Order Element Emulators for Reliable Modeling of Real-World Systems

    The thesis is focused on the research of analog emulators of fractional-order elements (FOEs) with an order of (-1; +1). The aim is the development of reliable low-voltage and low-power MOS transistor-based emulators of capacitors and inductors by practical usage of influences of transistor parasitics. Selected novel implementations of FOEs will be used to model different varieties and types of agricultural products and biomedical tissues (fruit/vegetable aging, ear channel/lung/liver modeling of humans and animals, etc.) based on real measured data collected via electrical impedance spectroscopy measurement technique.

    Tutor: Herencsár Norbert, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  11. Research of higher-order fractional transfer functions

    The topic deals with definition of fractional-order transfer function’s forms suitable both for cascade and non-cascade synthesis of analogue frequency filters. For specific approximation types, such as Butterworth, Bessel, or Chebyschev, coefficients of the transfer function are determined depending on the form and order of the transfer function. The determined coefficients primarily respect the prime parameter of the selected approximation (e.g. the maximal flatness in the module characteristic, constant group delay, etc.), but additionally also take into account other parameters of the designed frequency filters (i.e. phase response, group delay or step response), which in case of integer-order transfer functions are observed as consequence of the initial approximation type. The output of the research are sets of coefficients of defined transfer functions, that using the presence degrees of freedom enable to design frequency filters that follow strict requirements on more frequency filters parameters at the same time. The topic continues in the research presented by our group in: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/fca-2021-0030/html (Open Access)

    Tutor: Koton Jaroslav, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  12. Research of High-Frequency Frequency-Agile Linear Systems

    The thesis is focused on research of novel concepts of arbitrary fractional-order high-frequency frequency-agile linear systems using non-conventional analog functions blocks. Frequency-agile filtering systems are special types of reconfigurable analog filters that have a property for agility. This work aims to develop both non-symmetrical and symmetrical class 1 to class n frequency-agile filters. Computer simulations will prove the workability of proposed circuits. Selected novel structures will undergo on-chip fabrication and be experimentally tested.

    Tutor: Herencsár Norbert, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  13. Resistive-Capacitive Elements with Distributed Parameters - Design, Implementation and Utilization in Electrical Circuits

    The topic aims at the research into design methods of resistive-capacitive elements with distributed parameters (RC-EDP) and their utilization in electrical circuits. The main part of the study will be developing a complex methodology for implementation of impedance function of fractional, i.e. non-integer, order by means of RC-EDP. Design methods for obtaining RC-EDP parameters will be developed depending on the required impedance function, RC-EDP type, and fabrication technology. For this purpose, a symbolic impedance description of RC-EDP, numerical optimization methods and characteristic properties of fabrication technologies will be used. The specifics of individual technologies will be compared with each other and the procedure of preparation of production documents will be elaborated for selected technologies. The topic also includes the design and verification of RC-EDP applications in electronic circuits, especially realizing circuit functions of fractional order.

    Tutor: Kubánek David, Ing., Ph.D.

  14. Security of operating systems

    Development of operating systems reflects changes in the area of cybersecurity. The topic deals with the analysis of operating systems from the security point of view, for example, based on a study of previous attacks. The goal is to propose a modification of the system services in relation to the intended application.

    Tutor: Komosný Dan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

1. round (applications submitted from 01.04.2022 to 15.05.2022)

  1. Electronically configurable analogue circuits

    This topic is focused on design of two-ports, filtering circuits especially and oscillators for instance, with possibility to externally and electronically change significant parameters of the circuit and in the case of filter also change of type of frequency response. Design with fractional-order element sis also expected. Available active elements are supposed to be used as it is or in modified variants. Simulations not only with simple models but also with transistor-level structures are expected. When verified by experimental measurement, behavioural modelling is preferred.

    Tutor: Jeřábek Jan, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  2. Machine Learning-based Wireless Communication Systems

    We are facing large growth in IoT networks and data traffic. New service requirements become also more and more demanding: Higher data volumes, ultra-low latency, massive connectivity, higher reliability and lower power consumption. To meet these requirements and dynamicity of the network, next generation wireless networks push forward towards radically new approaches. Machine Learning techniques can help future networks to meet these requirements and dynamicity of the network. They have the potential to handle giant amount of information to outperform current application scenarios and deliver novel ones. The Ph.D. topic will aim at researching the path towards relevant Wireless AI by successfully integrating software-based solutions and hardware-oriented proof-of-concepts. In detail, doctoral student should focus on the emerging technology components like resource optimization in Radio Access Network (scheduling), intelligent traffic management mechanisms or learning at the edge of wireless networks.

    Tutor: Hošek Jiří, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  3. 5G Mobility Network Data Ingestion into “As a Service” Management Platforms

    The Telecommunications Industry is rapidly migrating mobile networks to the 5G standard. At the same time, the IT Industry is moving applications out of local compute and storage nodes into the cloud, including Telecommunications company network management departments. As Telecom network management applications are moved to the cloud, there are concerns about the performance and scale of “As a Service” platforms performing network management functions. One specific area of concern is the ingestion of the massive amount of network data associated with modern 5G mobile networks. This thesis will focus on architectures and approaches to solving real-world performance and scale issues associated with 5G network data ingestion into “As a Service” platforms for Tier 1 Telecommunications service providers.

    Tutor: Hošek Jiří, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

Course structure diagram with ECTS credits

Any year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DPA-NWNNext-generation of Wireless Networksen4CompulsoryDrExS - 39yes
DPA-RE1Modern Electronic Circuit Designen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPA-ME1Modern Microelectronic Systemsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPA-TK1Optimization Methods and Queuing Theoryen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPA-MA1Statistics, Stochastic Processes, Operations Researchen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPX-JA6English for post-graduatesen4ElectiveDrExCj - 26yes
XPA-CJ1Czech language en6ElectiveExCOZ - 52yes
DPA-EIZScientific Publishing A to Zen2ElectiveDrExS - 26yes
DPA-RIZSolving of Innovative Tasksen2ElectiveDrExS - 39yes
Any year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DPA-IMLInformation Representation and Machine Learningen4CompulsoryDrExS - 39yes
DPA-TK2Applied Cryptographyen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39no
DPA-MA2Discrete Processes in Electrical Engineeringen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPA-RE2Modern Digital Wireless Communicationen4Compulsory-optionalDrExS - 39yes
DPX-JA6English for post-graduatesen4ElectiveDrExCj - 26yes
XPA-CJ1Czech language en6ElectiveExCOZ - 52yes
DPA-CVPQuotations in a Research Worken2ElectiveDrExS - 26yes
DPA-RIZSolving of Innovative Tasksen2ElectiveDrExS - 39yes
Any year of study, both semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DPX-QJAEnglish for the state doctoral examen4ElectiveDrExK - 3yes