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ELEC 481 COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE (3)

An introduction to anatomy and physiology of the brain. Development of models of neurons and natural neural networks.
Cross-listed with BIOE 481. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 381. Not offered this academic year. Instructor(s): Clark.

ELEC 482 PHYSIOLOGICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (4)

Nervous system control of biological systems using simulation methods, as well as techniques common to linear
and nonlinear control theory. Examples from cardiovascular, respiratory, and visual systems. Cross-listed with BIOE
482. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Clark.

ELEC 485 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL IMAGING I (3)

The course will introduce basic medical imaging modalities, such as x-ray, CT, and MRl, used to identify the
anatomy of human organs, as well as other modalities, such as PET, SPECT, FMRI, and MEG, specifically developed
to localize brain function. The course includes visits to clinical sites. Cross-listed with BIOE 485, COMP 485. Offered
Fall. Instructor(s): Mawlawi.

ELEC 486 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL IMAGING II (3)

Course focuses on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) physical principles, image formation, processing, and
clinical applications and lays the foundations for understanding PET tracer kinetic modeling. A trip to MD Anderson's
PET facility provides hands-on experience of PET imaging. Cross-listed with BIOE 486, COMP 486. Pre-requisite(s):
ELEC 485 or BIOE 485 or COMP 485. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Mawlawi.

ELEC 490 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH PROJECTS (1
TO 6)

Theoretical and experimental investigations under staff direction. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall & Spring.

ELEC 491 INDEPENDENT DESIGN PROJECT (3)

Students who wish to pursue substantial, independent projects or participate in engineering design competitions
should enroll in 49 1 as the first semester of their design sequence. All projects must be approved by the Undergraduate
Curriculum Committee. Must complete ELEC 494 to receive design credit for ELEC 491. Instructor permission
required. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Wise.

ELEC 493 SENIOR DESIGN SEMINAR (1 )

Covers design methodology, project planning, engineering documentation, and other design related topics.
Required for all BSEE degree students. Recommended corequisite(s): Approved BSEE design electives. Offered Fall.
Instructor(s): Wise.

ELEC 494 SENIOR DESIGN LABORATORY (3)

Team of students will specify; design, and build a s\stem to meet a prescribed set of requirement. A substantial
document and a formal presentation describing the design will be required. Required of all BSEE degree students.
Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Wise; Young.

ELEC 498 INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (3)

Cross-listed with COMP 498, MECH 498.



(#) = credit hours per semester



Courses of Instruction 371

ELEC 501 APPROXIMATION OF DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS (3)

This course describes projection methods for model reduction that seek to replace scale systems (VISI circuits,
weather prediction models, and MEMS) with s\stems of computational complexit) that the original d\namical
system requires while still maintaining model fidelit). Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Antoulas.

ELEC 502 NEURAL NETWORKS AND INFORMATION THEORY I (3)

Review of major Artificial Neural Network paradigms. Anahlical discussion of supenised and unsupervised
learning. Emphasis on state-of-the-art Hebbian (biologically most plausible) learning paradigms and their
relation to information theoretical methods. Applications to data anahsis such as pattern recognition, clustering,
classification, blind source separation, non-linear PCA. Cross-listed with COMP 502. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 430 and
ELEC 431. or equivalent or permission of instructor. Offered Spring. LRL: ww-vv.ece.rice.edii/~erzsebet/ANNcourse.
html. Instructor(s): Merenyi.

ELEC 507 NON LINEAR DYNAMIC SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (3)

Anahtical methods, including singular point and phase plane analysis, describing functions, stabilit)' analysis via
Lyapunov functions; digital computer simulation methods; parameter estimation and sensitivit) analysis is included.
An introduction to the chaotic behavior of nonlinear dynamic systems is included.

ELEC 508 NONLINEAR SYSTEMS: ANALYSIS AND CONTROL (3)

Mathematical background and fundamental properties of nonlinear systems: Vector norms, matrix norms, matrix
measures, existence and uniqueness of solutions of ordinary differential equations. Linearization, second order
systems.periodicsolutions, approximate methods. Lyapunov stabilit}: Stabilit) definitions, Lyapunov's direct method,
invariance theor)', stability of^linear systems, Lyapunov's linearization method, converse theorems. Selected topics
in nonlinear systems analysis and nonlinear control from: Input/Output stability: Samll gain theorem, passivity
theorem. Perturbation theory, averaging, and singular perturbations Feedback linearization control. Other methods
in the control of nonlinear s\stems such as back-stepping, sliding mode and other Lyapunov-based design methods.
Advanced nonlinear and adaptive robot control. Cross-listed with C.A\M 508, MECH 508. Not offered this academic
year URL: www/pw;met/roce/edi~mech508.

ELEC 519 PARALLEL ALGORITHMS AND ARCHITECTURE (3)

The course provides a broad overview of instruction, data, thread, and stream models of parallelism, system
architecture of parallel computers, scaleable multi processors, parallel storage architectures, and interconnection
structures. The course also deals with the design and analysis of parallel algorithms, performance metarcs, and
programming issues. A brief introduction to parallel computing models based on Quantum or DNA computing is
included. Cross-listed with COMP 583- ELEC 425 or COMP -i25. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Varman.

ELEC 520 DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS (4)

See COMP 520. Cross-listed with COMP 520. Offered Fall.

ELEC 521 HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOSCALE SYSTEMS (3)

This course gives an overview of the critical issues in the design of high performance Nanoscale circuits and systems.
This course focuses on the modeling and design automation of high performance CMOS circuits. The course covers
scaling trends in CMOS technologies, interconnect modeling, power modeling, noise in digital CMOS circuits, high-
performance CMOS design high performance clock distribution design, electro migration and thermal effects and
power distribution. The course also addresses emerging Nano Devices such as carbon-nanotube and nanophotonic
based devices and interconnects. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 326. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Massoud.

ELEC 522 ADVANCED VLSI DESIGN (3)

Design and analysis of algorithm-specific MSI processor architectures. Topics include the implementation of pipelined
and systolic processor arrays. Techniques for mapping numerical algorithms onto custom processor arrays. Course
includes design project using high-level MSI synthesis tools. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 424. Offered Fall. URL: www.
owlnet.rice.edu/~elec522. Instructor(s): Cavallaro.

ELEC 523 COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN FOR VLSI (3)

Fundamental topics in computer-aided design for MSI-Logic synthesis and formal verification, timing analysis and
optimization, technologv' mapping, logic and fault simulation, testing, and physical design will be covered. Relevant
topics in algorithms and data structures, generic programming, and the C-i-i- standard template library will also be
covered. Cross-listed with COMP 523. Offered Fall. URL: ww-vv.ece.rice.edu/~kmram/elec523.

ELEC 524 MOBILE AND WIRELESS NETWORKING (3)

Studv of network protocols for mobile and wireless networking, particularly at the media access control, network,
and transport protocol lavers. Focus is on the unique problems and challenges presented bv the properties of wireless
transmission and host or router mobilitv. Cross-listed with COMP 524. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Johnson.

ELEC 525 ADVANCED MICROPROCESSOR ARCHITECTURE (4)

See COMP 525. Cross-listed vvitli COMP 525. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 425 or COMP 425. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): RLxner

ELEC 526 HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE (4)

Design of high performance computer svstems, including shared-memorv' and message-passing multiprocessors and
vector systems. Hardware and software techniques to tolerate and reduce memory and communication latenc). Case
studies and performance simulation of high-perfonnance systems. Cross-listed with COMP 526. Pre-requisite(s):
ELEC 525 or COMP 525 or permission of instructor Not offered this academic year

(*) - credit hours per semester



372 Courses of Instruction

ELEC 527 COMPUTING DESIGN WITH NANOTECH NOLOGIES (3)

CMOS transistors, building elements of modern computing are entering the nanometer era. This course aims at
providing basic knowledge of nanotechnologies-based computing. It starts with addressing immediate challenges
facing CMOS-based computing, It then covers emerging non-standard CMOS and non CMOS devices, their physical
properties, fabrications, circuit design, and impacts on the existing design flow and computing paradigms. Limited
enrollment. Offered Spring. URL: webdb.ece.rice.edu/elec527. Instructor(s): Zhong; Tour.

ELEC 528 SECURITY TOPICS OF EMBEDDED SYSTEMS (3)

The strategic goal of this course is to prepare students for synthesis and evaluation of secure devices and systems.
The main technical objectives include understanding of security and DRM such as nondestructive observability,
hiding information inside systems, attack mechanisms identification, analysis and understanding. Offered Fall
URL: www.ece.rice.edu/~fkl/. Instructor(s): Koushanfar.

ELEC 529 COMPUTER NETWORK PROTOCOLS AND SYSTEMS (4)

See COMP S29. Cross-listed with COMP 529. Pre-requisite(s): COMP 429 or ELEC 429. Offered Fall.

ELEC 530 DETECTION THEORY (3)

Classic and modern methods of optimal decisions in communications and signal processing. Continuous- and
discrete-time methods. Gaussian and non-Gaussian problems. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Johnson.

ELEC 531 STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (3)

Statistical models for single- and multi-channel signals. Optimal detection and estimation solutions for Gaussi;ui and non-
Gaussian environments. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 431. Coreciuisite(s): ELEC 533. Offered Spring. Instnictor(s): Johnson.

ELEC 532 WAVELET AND SPECTRAL ANALYSIS (3)

Classical and modern techniques for characterizing the frequency content of signals. Periodograam; parametric
techniques, including autogressive (AR) and autoregressive moving average (ARMA) modeling; nonparametric
techniques, including minimum variance and eigenspace methods, and time-varying spectral analysis. Cross-listed
with STAT 586. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Baraniuk.

ELEC 533 INTRODUCTION TO RANDOM PROCESSES AND

APPLICATION (3)

Review of basic probability; Sequence of random variables; Random vectors and estimation; Basic concepts of
random processes; Random processes in linear systems, expansion of random processes; Wiener filtering; Spectral
representation of random processes; White-noise integrals. Cross-listed with CAAM 583, STAT 583. Offered Fall.
Instructor(s): Merenyi.

ELEC 534 WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (3)

Tliis is a graduate coui-se on wii'eless and mobile communication systems, witli an emphasis on understanding the unique
characteristics of these systems-their analysis and design. Topics include: cellular principles, mobile radio propagation and
patli loss, characterization of multipath fading channels, modulation ;uid equalization tecluiiques for mobile radio systems,
multiple (media) access. Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) s\stem design, and cellular' s}'Stem capacit); Pre-requisite(s):
ELEC 430. Offered Fall. URL: www.ece.rice.edn/courses/53'l. Instiiictor(s): Aazliiuig.

ELEC 535 INFORMATION AND CODING THEORY (3)

Inti'oduction to infomiation dieor\' concepts; basic theorems of channel coding and source coding with a fidelitv' criterion.
Tecliniques of chiumel coding, pariK check codes, intnxluction to algebraic coding theon; introduction to convolutional codes.
\ariable-lengtli source coding. Pre-requisite(s): EliiC 331- Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Johnson.

ELEC 536 APPLICATIONS OF MODERN STATISTICAL LEARNING

THEORY IN EMBEDDED SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS (3)

The course covers a broad range of statistical modeling and learning methods tliat find usage in embedded systems,
distributed embedded systems and modern processes.

ELEC 537 COMMUNICATION NETWORKS (3) - ' '^ '

Graduate-level introduction to design and analysis of communication networks. Topics include wireless networks,
media access, routine, traffic modeling, congestion control, and scheduling. Cross-listed with MECH 537. Offered
Fall. Instructor(s): Knightly

ELEC 538 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPUTER NETWORKING (3)

Advanced topics in protocols, modeling, and analysis of wireless networks. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 533 and ELEC 534
and ELEC 537. Instructor(s): Knightly.

ELEC 539 DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING (3)

Modern techniques for image analysis, processing, and enhancement: I\vo dimensional system and transform
theory; sampling; linear and non-linear filtering; feature extraction; compression and coding; imaging systems.
Instructor(s): Orchard.

ELEC 540 SOURCE CODING AND COMPRESSION (3)

Review of information theory scalar quantization, vector quantization theory, scalar quantization, vector quantization,
quantizer Design Algorithms, Entropy coding, transform coding, rate-distortion optimization application to image
and video coding, wavelet and multi-resolution compression algorithms. Instructor(s): Orchard.

(#) = credit hours per semester



Courses of Instruction 373

ELEC 541 ERROR CORRECTING CODES (3)

Introductory course on error correcting codes. Topics covered include linear block codes, convolutional codes, turbo
codes and space-time codes. Pre-requisite(s): EI^EC 430. Instructor(s): Sabharwal.

ELEC 542 DIGITAL AUDIO AND VIDEO SYSTEMS (3)

This course covers practical audio and \ ideo system design techniques and DSP architectures for implementing real
time video and audio algorithms. Topics: A&\' circuit and system design fundamentals, digital audio amplifiers, digital
audio algorithms, DSP architectures, NTSC and HDT\' video systems, MPEG video algorithms, HDTV' receiver design
and personal video recorder design. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 302 or ELEC 431. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Tran.

ELEC 545 THIN FILMS (3)

See MSCI 545. Cross-listed with MSCI 545. ■ ■. , ; .. ,

ELEC 560 INTEGRATED AND FIBER OPTICS (3)

A seminar course consisting of lectures, discussions of journal articles, and student presentations on topics in optical
fiber propagation, including linear and nonlinear effects. Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 306. Not offered this academic
year. Instructor(s): Halas.

ELEC 562 SUBMICROMETER AND NANOMETER DEVICE

TECHNOLOGY (3)

Surveys techniques to design, fabricate, and anal)'ze submicron and nanometer structures with emphasis on
applications in microelectronics, microphotonics, information storage and nanotechnology Offered alternate
years. Instructor(s): Kelly

ELEC 563 INTRODUCTION TO SOLID STATE PHYSICS I (3)

See Pm'S 563. Cross-listed with PH\S 563. Offered Fall.

ELEC 564 SOLID-STATE PHYSICS II (3) -.,-'}

See Pm'S 564. Cross-listed with PmS 564.

ELEC 568 LASER SPECTROSCOPY (3)

Introduction to the theory and practice of laser spectroscop)' as applied to atomic and molecular systems. The course
covers fundamentals of spectroscop}', lasers and spectroscopic light sources, high resolution and time resolved laser
spectroscopy with applications in atmospheric chemistry, environmental science and medicine. Repeatable for
Credit. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Tittel.

ELEC 569 ULTRAFAST OPTICAL PHENOMENA (3)

This course covers the generation, propagation, and measurement of short laser pulses, of duration less than one
picosecond. Concepts include mode locking, the effects of dispersion, optical pulse amplification, and time-domain
non-linear optical phenomena. Intended as an introduction to ultrafast phenomena for graduate students or advanced
undergraduates: a b;Lsic understanding of electromagnetic waves and of quantum mechanics is assumed. Cross-listed
with PMS 569. Offered Spring. URL: \uvvvece.rice.edu/~daniel/569/569files.htl. Instructor(s): Mittleman.

ELEC 570 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LASER SPECTROSCOPY (3)

Advanced topics in Laser Spectroscopy with an emphasis on recent spectroscopic and chemical sensing research
publications. Format will include a combination of lectures and student presentations. Offered Spring. Instructor
(s): Tittel. Offered Spring. Instructor(s): Tittel.

ELEC 571 IMAGING AT THE NANOSCALE (3)

A survey of the techniques used in imaging submicron and nanometer structures with an emphasis on applications in
chemistr\ , ph\ sics, biology, and materials science. The course includes an introduction to scanning probe microscopy
and single photon counting including STM, AFM, NSOM, and confocal microscopy as well as discussions on the
fundamental and practical aspects of image acquisition, analysis, and artifacts. Offered Spring. URL: http://www.
ece.rice.edu/~kkelly/elec571. Instructor(s): Kelly

ELEC 581 CARDIOPULMONARY DYNAMICS (3)

Mathematical modeling of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and their neural control. Integration of these
system models into a human cardiopulmonarv model capable of simulating measured data from functional tests.
Cross-listed with BIOE 581. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Clark.

ELEC 590 ELECTRICAL PROJECTS (1 TO 6)

Theoretical and experimental investigations under staff direction. Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall & Spring.

ELEC 599 FIRST YEAR GRAD STUDENT PROJECTS (6)

Supervised project required of all first-)'ear graduate students in the Ph.D. program. Offered Fall & Spring.

ELEC 602 NEURAL NETWORKS AND INFORMATION THEORY II (3)

Ad\'anced topics in ANN theories, with a focus on Self-Organizing Maps and unsupervised learning. The course
will be a niLx of lectures and seminar discussions with acti\'e student participation, based on most recent research
publications. Students will have access to professional software en\'ironment to implement theories. Cross-listed
with COMP 602. Liinited enrollment. Instructor(s): Merenyi.



(*) = credit hours per semester



374 Courses of Instruction

ELEC 603 TOPICS IN NANOPHOTONICS (2)

This course is a seminar where all IGERT students and their advisors meet to discuss research problems both in
formal presentations and in an informal "open-mic" session. This course also includes a Nanophotics journal club
featuring just-published papers. All IGERT students will be enrolled in this seminar throughout the course of their
graduate study. Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Halas.

ELEC 605 COMPUTATIONAL ELECTRODYNAMICS AND

NANOPHOTONICS (3)

See PmS 605. Cross-listed with PHYS 605. Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall.

ELEC 631 ADVANCED TOPICS IN SIGNAL PROCESSING (3)

Topics var\' from semester to semester Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 531 and ELEC 533. Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall.

ELEC 632 ADVANCED TOPICS IN IMAGE AND VIDEO PROCESSING (3)

Seminar on topics of current research interest in image and video processing. Students participate in selecting and
presenting papers from technical literature. Discussions aim at identifying common themes and important trends
in the field. Instructor(s): Orchard.

ELEC 693 ADVANCED TOPICS-COMPUTER SYSTEMS (1 TO 15)

Repeatable for Credit.

ELEC 694 FUTURE PERSONAL COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES (3)

Survey of the component and standards trends that are the b;isis of personal computers and digital appliances
with the aim of predicting technologies, solutions, and new products five years into the future. Cross-listed with
COMP 694. Repeatable for Credit. Limited enrollment. Offered Spring. URL: www.ece.rice.edu/courses/694.html.
Instructor(s): Cutler

ELEC 695 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS AND

STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (3)

This is a graduate seminar class focused on the role of infomiation theory in engineering wireless network. Students
will survey, read, and present both classic as well as recent papers in the area. Prerequisite(s): ELEC 534 and ELEC
535. Instructor permission required. Instructor(s): Sabharwal.

ELEC 696 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR (1 )

COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR ***** Discussion of i-ecent i-esearch papers in computer architecture and current
computer iuthitecture at Rice. May be repeated for credit. ***** Instnictor(s): Pai, RLxner Repeatable for Credit

ELEC 760 BAYLOR/RICE MD/PHD PROGRAM (3)

Department permission required. Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall.

ELEC 800 RESEARCH AND THESIS (1 TO 15)

Repeatable for Credit. Offered Fall & Spring.

ENGI (ENGINEERING)

School of Engineering/Engineering Division

ENGI 205 TOPICS IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP 8c TECHNOLOGY (3)

Preparaton' course tor the ten-day INNO\'ArE conference, widi an emphasis on leadership development and focus on how
technology has driven globalization in Asia. Pre-trip activities will include lectures and collquia on relevant topics specific to
die destination countries. Post-trip requirements include a final report and presentation oi relevant topical research at the
aiuuud IMNOVATE Symposium to share their experience widi the Rice community. Limited enrollment.

ENGI 303 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (3)

Introduction to the evaluation of alternative investment opportunities with emphasis on engineering projects and
capital infrastructure. Time value of money concepts are developed in the context of detailed project evaluation
and presentations. In addition, concepts and applications of risk analysis and investment under uncertainty are
developed. Requires oral and written presentations by students. Cross-listed with CEVE 322.

ENGI 501 TEACHING ENGINEERING (3)

A graduate seminar on the issues, principles, and practices associated with effective teaching of engineering.
Workshops, speakers, and readings on pedagogy, course design, learning styles, active learning, use of technology,
and testing. Students will develop a teaching portfolio and, in teams, develop a course module covering a topic.
Instructor permission required. Limited enrollment. Instructor(s): Young.

ENGI 610 MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (3)

This course is for graduate and undergraduate students who want to understand the basics of management in new
and/or small technology-based businesses and is particularly relevant to students who are interested in careers in
technology or entrepreneurial ventures. NSCI 6I0/ENGI 6lO is team taught to provide insight into how technology
oriented firms manage people, projects, accounting, marketing, strategy, intellectual property, organizations and
entrepreneurship. Student's active participation is essential. Student's who take this course are eligible for MGMT
625. Limited enrollment. Offered Fall. Instructor(s): Wilkinson; Barron.

(#) = credit hours per semester



Courses of Instruction 375

ENGL (ENGLISH)

School of Humanities/English

ENGL 103 INTRODUCTION TO ARGUMENTATION AND ACADEMIC

WRITING (3)

All introduction to writing in the academic disciplines that prepares students for more advanced work. Topics may
inckide: identifying argument patterns, using onhne databases, practicing heuristic techniques, revising and editing
papers accordin'gtotheconventionsofformal written English, and usingMLAand.\PAdocumenlation systems. Limited
to student who receive a no pass on the composition exam. Offered Fall & Spring. URL: www.english.rice.edu.

ENGL 121 AP CREDIT IN ENGLISH (3)

This course provides credit for students who have successfully completed approved examinations, such as Advanced
Placement exams, or for students with transfer credit. This credit counts toward the total credit hours required
for graduation.

ENGL 122 AP CREDIT IN ENGLISH (3)

This course provides credit for students who have successfully completed approved examinations, such as Advanced
Placement exams, or for students with transfer credit. This credit counts toward the total credit hours required
for graduation.

ENGL 175 GLOBAL LITERATURES IN ENGLISH (3)

An introduction to global literary studies and critical writing in which students study a range of literatures in
English. The subject is twentieth-century modernism and its successors; postmodernism; and post-colonialism.
Limited enrollment. Offered Fall & Spring. URL: www.english.rice.edu.

ENGL 200 SEMINAR IN LITERATURE AND LITERARY ANALYSIS (3)

A course designed for and required of all prospective English majors. Emphasis is on close reading, literary



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