Research Information

The Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at UL offers interdisciplinary research and education grounded in the fundamentals of engineering, science, and technology. 

ECE Research Activities

Research in ECE

The Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at UL offers interdisciplinary research and education grounded in the fundamentals of engineering, science, and technology.  Faculty, researchers and students make great advances in ECE research in both theoretical and real-world problem application domains including, electronics systems and VLSI, wireless communications, robotics, cybersecurity, renewable energy, electrical engineering, bioinstrumentation, sensor systems, computer technology, Internet of Things (IoT), among others.  Within our interconnected world we pursue research to support economic growth, sustainable living, energy and transport, environmental protection, security, improved quality of life, and more.  Follow the links below for examples of the exciting, life-changing ECE research.

Research Areas

Electronic Circuits and Systems

Circuits & SystemsIntelligent Power Management and Digital Control; Hardware Digital Signals & Systems; Design for Testability; Automotive Systems; Mixed Signal ICs; Ambient Wireless Assisted Living

Sensors and Instrumentation

Optical Fibre Sensors; Automotive and Exhaust Emissions; Gas sensors; Biomedical Optics/Sensors; Food Quality; Precision Temperature and Pressure; Optical Marine

Robotics and Control

Field Robotics; Marine & Airborne Systems; Biomed and Manufacturing Robotics; Systems & Controls

Energy and Environment

Marine Renewable EnergyIRM Robotics for Challenging Wave and Tidal RegimesAirborne Wind EnergyBattery Storage and Electric Vehicles; Demand Side Management; Intelligent Power Management; WEEE, Circular Economy; Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering


Telecommunications; Data Communications Security; Internet of Things (IoT); Smart Antenna Arrays; Wireless Next Generation Networks; Optical Communications

Network Security

Sensor Networks SecurityCyber Security for IT

Computer Systems & Software

Embedded Systems; Next Generation Operating systems; OT systems’; IT Forensics

Artificial Intelligence

Text Analytics & Natural Language Processing (NLP); Smart Manufacturing; Machine Learning; Vision; Image Processing

Labs, Centres and Some Industry Partners

Labs, Centres and Some Industry Partners

Industry Partners

Within ECE

National Centre Involvement


Research Snapshot



20 Academic Staff
21 Research Fellows/Post Docs
40 Postgraduate Researchers
3 Research Support Staff
9 Technical



Last 7 years:182 Journals
278 Conference Publications
(Source – Scopus 2012 – Dec 2018)



Last 7 years (Dec 2018):€16m Exchequer
€2.2m EU
€1.4m Industry

Hosting International Events

– 12th International Conference on Sensing Technology  (’18)
– loT Summer School/Workshop (16,’17)
– E-Waste Academy for Scientists (EWAS) ’16
– IEEE Sensors Council Summer School ’17
– Euro Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors ’16
– AWESCO Summer School ’15
– IEEE Sensors ’11
– Fifth IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS-’10)
– 11th Mechatronics Forum ’08
– IFAC Navugation Guidance & Control of Underwater Vehicles, NGCUV ’08


Inventions / Patents

26 Invention Disclosures
8 Granted Patents
3 Spin Out Companies


Industry Links

Last 6 years:
14 Industry
Partners Partnering in EU and International Projects

Scholarship Opportunities

ECE Research Opportunities

PhD Scholarship Opportunities:

MaREI Funded PhD Opportunity in SDR in Offshore Marine & Renewable Energy – Candidates will be funded for up to 4 years at SFI PhD scholarship rates: €18,500 (€1,540 per month) tax free stipend + €5,500 fees, total value €24k per year.  Further details here.

If interested in pursuing a PhD in the E&CE Dept, please contact Emily Spencer, email

Check Back often for further opportunities