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Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation

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    Director

     

    Prof. Mohamed Abderrahim Fichouche


     

    About the program

     

    General objectives:

    • Initiation in research within the lines established by the participating departments
    • The promotion of research within the areas of the program
    • The promotion and development of research in the participating departments
       

    The program is aimed at students willing to further their training in the lines of research of the participating departments: Optoelectronics, Photonics, Computer Vision, Robotics, Renewable Energy, Power electronics, electricity markets, Electric and Magnetic Materials, Microelectronics and Automation.

     

    • Regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28

    Department

     

     

    The program aims at providing students with advanced knowledge and skills in these areas in order to do research, development and innovative work oriented towards the Ph.D. thesis.

     

     

    Doctorado en Ingeniería Eléctrica, Electrónica y Automática
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    The Ph.D. program is intended for students with a background in engineering and science, with an interest in research and development of knowledge, with critical thinking and communication abilities and an interest in the promotion of scientific and technological advancement. It requires intellectual curiosity to address with creativity and imagination issues that have not yet been resolved or about which little is known.

    The program is conducted in Spanish, but knowledge of English at a minimum level of B1 (CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is convenient for international activities included in the program and will be essential for many activities such as management of scientific documentation and literature, writing papers, attending conferences, lectures and seminars, visits to foreign universities and eventually writing and defense of the Ph.D. thesis. Knowledge of Spanish at B1 level is also recommended.

     

    Admission requirements

     

    This program is aimed at students with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering or Engineering Technology in Systems and Automation, an undergraduate degree preferably in the same area, or an equivalent background. Students with undergraduate degrees in telecommunications engineering and physics are considered if they have Master studies within the scope of the program. Applicants with different backgrounds may be admitted conditional on going through additional training.
    To enter the Ph.D. program applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a Spanish Master's degree, or higher education European degree.

    Students with an official undergraduate degree or equivalent and a Spanish Master's degree in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Systems Engineering and Automation may enter the Ph.D. program without additional training.

    Students with different backgrounds may also be admitted, provided they meet the requirements of the current legislation to access Ph.D. programs and their previous training is deemed sufficient by the Academic Committee, possibly together with additional training to supplement areas of knowledge related to the program.

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission decisions are made following specific criteria set by the Academic Committee within the general framework that is detailed in the following. The Coordinator of the Academic Committee will implement the criteria and will periodically report to the Academic Committee.

    Selection will be based on the merit and ability of the candidates, for which the following criteria will be considered:

    • Education: the relevance of their research to the program, prestige of the institution from which they have graduated and academic record. Maximum Value: 50 points
    • Research career. Maximum Value 25 points.
    • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member with a commitment to thesis supervision and approval from a department. Maximum Value: 25 points

    The criteria and procedures for admission for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students.

     

    Seats available for the academic year: 12

     

     

     

  • FACULTY
  • TRAINING

    In addition to the elaboration of the doctoral thesis, students must take some training aimed at improving their research skills and the scientific quality of their research work. This is structured in the following types of training.

     

    Specific training

     

    • Research Seminars in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation

    Total hours: 60 for the whole doctoral training period.

    Full-time students are to participate in at least one seminar per academic year. The seminar will be determined by the thesis advisor and / or tutor. Thus, students must have participated in a minimum of three seminars by the end of their doctoral training period.

    Part-time students are to participate in at least three seminars to be determined by their thesis advisor and/or tutor throughout their doctoral training period.

    Departments within the program will host three research seminars (two days duration each) per academic year on relevant topics in the fields of Electrical, Electronic and Automatic Engineering. Speakers will be faculty members from the Ph.D. program and noted guest speakers.

     

    • Ph.D. Meetings 

    Total hours: 20 for the whole doctoral training period.

    Full-time students are to participate in a doctoral meeting per academic year. Thus, students must have participated in a minimum of three doctoral meetings by the end of their doctoral training period.

    Part-time students are to participate in at least three doctoral meetings throughout their doctoral training period.

    The Ph.D. program will host at least one annual session in which Ph.D. students are to present updates on their work as well as the estimated goals for the following year.

     

    Research skills training

     

    Research skills training is focused on abilities common to all disciplines for the development of scientific and educational skills and the improvement of the professional career. This training consists of different activities (short courses, seminars, etc.), which can be recommended by the Academic Committee of the program.

    Students must take 6 credits (60 hours approximately) throughout the doctoral training period.

     

    Further information:

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines
      • Automation
      • Power Electronics
      • Renewable Energies
      • Photonics
      • Electric Power Markets
      • Microelectronics
      • Optoelectronics
      • Robotics
      • Electric Power Systems
      • Computer Vision
      • Electrical and Magnetic Materials
      • Identification Technologies
      • Smart Electrical Networks
      • Rehabilitation Robotics
      • Neuro-Rehabilitation Robotics
      • Intelligent Transportation Systems
      • Intelligent Security Systems
      • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    • Scientific results

      Sample of relevant publications derived from the work in doctoral thesis over the last five years:

       

      • Thesis: Sensor de acoplamiento inductivo para la medida de pulsos de corriente de alta tensión
        Autora: ROJAS MORENO , MONICA VICTORIA

        Self- integrating Inductive Loop for Measuring High Frequency Pulses
        M. V. Rojas−Moreno, G. Robles, J.M. Martínez y J. Sanz−Feito; Review of Scientific Instruments; 085102-1/5; 2011

         
      • Thesis: Voltage dip mitigationt at wind farms
        Autor: ALVAREZ ORTEGA , CARLOS

        Application of wavelets and Prony method for disturbance detection in fixed speed wind farms
        Autores: T. Lobos, J. Rezmer, P. Janik, H. Amarís, M. Alonso, C.Álvarez; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRICAL POWER &ENERGY SYSTEMS; 2009
        Páginas: 429 – 436

         
      • Thesis: Control directo de potencia para conexión a red de generadores fotovoltaicos
        Autor: JAIME MANUEL ALONSO-MARTINEZ DE LAS MORENAS

        Table-Based Direct Power Control: A Critical Review for Microgrid Applications;
        Alonso-Martínez, J.; Carrasco, J.E.; Arnaltes, S.
        IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS; 2010
        Páginas: 2949 - 2961

         
      • Thesis: Diseño de moduladores Sigma-Delta con elementos de retardo en tiempo continuo.
        Autor: PREFASI SEN , ENRIQUE JOSE

        A 0.1 mm2 , Wide Bandwidth Continuous-Time Sigma Delta ADC Based on a Time Encoding Quantizer in 0.13u CMOS
        Prefasi, E.; Hernandez, L.; Paton, S.; Wiesbauer, A.; Gaggl, R.; Pun, E.

         
      • Thesis : Advanced devices based on fibers, integrated optics and liquid crystal for WDM
        Autor: Pedro Contreras Lallana

        Modeling and Electrooptical Testing of Suspended Particle Devices.
        R. Vergaz, J.M.S. Pena, D. Barrios, C. Vázquez, P. Contreras; SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS; ISSN: 0927-0248; 2008 ; 107 - 111

         
      • Thesis: Sistema para la evaluación de la tolerancia a fallos de sistemas digitales.
        Autora: PORTELA GARCIA , MARTA

        Extensive SEU Impact Analysis of a PIC Microprocessor for Selective Hardening
        Valderas, M.G.; Portela García, M.; López, C.; Entrena, L; IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NUCLEAR SCIENCE; ISSN: 0018-9499; 2010; 1986 - 1991

         
      • Thesis : Applications of ring resonators and fiber delay lines for sensor and WDM
        Autor: Julio MONTALVO GARCIA

        Multisensor system using plastic optical fibers for intrinsically safe level measurements
        C. Vázquez, A.B. Gonzalo, S. Vargas, J. Montalvo; Sensors and actuators A- Physical; Elsevier; ISSN: 0924-4247; 2004; 22 - 32

         
      • Thesis: Sistema Robótico Multimodal para Análisis y Estudios en Biomecánica y Movimiento Humano
        Autor: RUIZ OLAYA , ANDRES FELIPE

        Design and validation of a rehabilitation robot for tremor assessment and suppression
        Rocon E., Belda-Lois J.M., Ruiz A.F., Manto M., Moreno J.C., PonsJ.L.; IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING
        ISSN: 1534-4320; 2007; 367 - 378

         
      • Thesis: Metodología de diseño de robots asistenciales. Aplicación al robot portátil
        Autor: JARDON HUETE , ALBERTO

        Climbing robots mobility for inspection and maintenance of 3D complex environments.
        C. Balaguer, A. Giménez, A. Jardón; AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS; ISSN: 0929-5593
        2005; 157-169

         
      • Thesis: Detección y modelado de carriles de vías interurbanas mediante análisis de imágenes para un sistema de ayuda a la conducción
        Autor: Juan Manuel Collado Hernáiz

        IVVI: Intelligent vehicle based on visual information
        José María Armingol, Arturo de la Escalera, Cristina Hilario, Juan M. Collado, Juan Pablo Carrasco, Marco Javier Flores, José Manuel Pastor,Fo José Rodríguez
        Robotics and Autonomous Systems; ISSN: 0921-8890: 2007; 904-916
         

       

    • Scientific publications

      This is a selection of relevant faculty publications:

      Department of Electrical Engineering

      • Authors: Rodriguez-Amenedo, J. L., Arnaltes, S., Aragues-Penalba, M., & Gomis-Bellmunt, O.
        Publication: Control of the Parallel Operation of VSC-HVDC Links Connected to an Offshore Wind Farm
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0885-8950
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 308-317
        Impact factor: 3.218
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: Gloria Hermida, Edgardo D. Castronuovo
        Publication: On the Hydropower Short-Term Scheduling of Large Basins, considering Nonlinear Programming, Stochastic Inflows and Heavy Ecological Restrictions
        Journal: International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0142-0615
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 408-417
        Impact factor: 3.610
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: Víctor J. Hernández Jiménez, Edgardo D. Castronuovo, Ismael Sánchez Rodríguez-Morcillo
        Publication: Optimal statistical calculation of underground cable bundles positions for time-varying currents
        Journal: International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0142-0615
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 26-35
        Impact factor: 3.610
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: H.Amaris, Y.P.Molina, M.Alonso, J.Luyo
        Publication: Losses Allocation in Distribution Networks Based on Aumann-Shapley
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0885-8950
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 298-305
        Impact factor: 5.255
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: M.A. Cardiel, S. Arnaltes, J.L. Rodríguez-Amenedo, A. Nami
        Publication: Decentralized Control of Offshore Wind Farms Connected to Diode-based HVDC Links Ref
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0885-8969
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 1233-1241
        Impact factor: 3.218
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: S.Repo, F.Ponci, D.D.Giustina, A. Álvarez, C.Corchero, Z.Al-Jassim, H.Amaris, A.Kulmala
        Publication: The IDE4L Project: Defining, Designing, and Demonstrating the Ideal Grid for All
        Journal: IEEE Power & Energy Magazine
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1540-7977
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 41-51
        Impact factor: 2.689
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q2
      • Authors: R.Vazquez; H. Amaris; M. Alonso; G. Lopez; J. I. Moreno; J. Coca
        Publication: Assessment of an Adaptive Load Forecasting Methodology in a Smart Grid Demonstration Project
        Journal: Energies (Editorial MDPI)
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1996-1073
        Year: 2017
        Impact factor: 2.077
        Area: Energy & Fuels
        Ranking position: Q2
      • Authors: Anna Kumala; Monica Alonso; Sami Repo; Hortensia Amaris; Angeles Moreno; Jasmin Mehmedalic; Zaid Al-Jassim
        Publication: Hierarchical and Distributed Control Concept for Distribution Network Congestion Management
        Journal: IET Generation Transmission & Distribution (Editorial: IET Digital Library)
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 1751-8687
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 665-675
        Impact factor: 1.576
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q2
      • Authors: X. Ayón,J.K. Gruber,B.P.Hayes;J.Usaola, M.Prodanovic
        Publication: An optimal day-ahead load scheduling approach based on the flexibility of aggregate demands
        Journal: Applied Energy
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0306-2619
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 1-11
        Impact factor: 7.9
        Area: Energy & Fuels
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: Pablo Ledesma, Ignacio Antonio Calle, Edgardo D. Castronuovo, Francisco Arredondo
        Publication: Multi-contingency TSCOPF based on full-system simulation
        Journal: IET Generation Transmission & Distribution
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 1751-8687
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 64-72
        Impact factor: 2.618
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q2
      • Authors: F.J.Santos Alamillos; N.S.Thomaidis; J. Usaola;J.A.Ruiz Arias;D.Pozo Vázquez
        Publication: Exploring the mean-variance portfolio optimization approach for planning wind repowering actions in Spain
        Journal: Renewable Energy
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0960-1481
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 335-342
        Impact factor: 4.9
        Area: Energy & Fuels
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: G. Robles, J.M. Fresno, R. Giannetti
        Publication: Ultrasonic bone localization algorithm based on time-series cumulative kurtosis
        Journal: ISA Transactions
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 0019-0578
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 469-475
        Impact factor: 3.370
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: M.A. Cardiel, J.L. Rodríguez-Amenedo, S. Arnaltes, M. Montilla
        Publication: Modeling and Control of LCC Rectifiers for Offshore Wind Farms Connected by HVDC Links
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0885-8969
        Year: 2017
        Pages: vol.32, no.4, pp.1284-1296
        Impact factor: 3.767
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 32/97 (Q2)
      • Authors: D.Santos-Martin and S. Lemon
        Publication: Simplified Modeling of Low Voltage Distribution Networks for PV Voltage Impact Studies
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (Editorial IEEE)
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1949-3053
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 1924-1931
        Impact factor: 6.645
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: G. Robles, J.M. Fresno, M. Sánchez-Fernández, J.M. Martínez-Tarifa
        Publication: Antenna Deployment for the Localization of Partial Discharges in Open-Air Substations
        Journal: Sensors
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 567-578
        Impact factor: 2.677
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: G. Robles, E. Parrado-Hernández, J. Ardila-Rey, J. M. Martínez-Tarifa
        Publication: Multiple partial discharge source discrimination with multiclass support vector machines
        Journal: Expert Systems With Applications
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 0957-4174
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 417-428
        Impact factor: 2.981
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: D.F. García, R. Villarroel , B. García, J.C. Burgos
        Publication: Effect of the Thickness on the Water Mobility inside Transformer Cellulosic Insulation
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Digital Object Identifier
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0885-8977
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 955-962
        Impact factor: 3.218
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: D.Santos-Martin and S. Lemon
        Publication: SoL – A PV generation model for grid integration analysis in distribution networks
        Journal: Solar Energy (Editorial Elsevier)
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0038-092X
        Year: 2015
        Pages: 549 - 564
        Impact factor: 3.65
        Area: Energy & Fuels
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: G. Robles, J.M. Fresno, J. M. Martínez-Tarifa
        Publication: Separation of radio-frequency sources and localization of partial discharges in noisy environments
        Journal: Sensors
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2015
        Pages: 9882-9898
        Impact factor: 2.033
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: B. García, D. García, G. Robles
        Publication: Development of a moisture-in-solid-insulation sensor for power transformers.
        Journal: Sensors
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2015
        Pages: 9882-9898
        Impact factor: 2.033
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: Q1

       

      Department of Electronic Technology

      • Authors: P. Martín-Mateos, B. Jerez, P. Largo-Izquierdo, P. Acedo
        Publication: Frequency accurate coherent electro-optic dual-comb spectroscopy in real-time
        Journal: Optics Express
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1094-4087
        Year: 2018
        Pages: Vol. 26, 8, 9700
        Impact factor: 3.356
        Area: Optics-SCIE
        Ranking position: 19/94 (Q1)
      • Authors: H. Martin, G. Di Natale and L. Entrena
        Publication: Towards a Dependable True Random Number Generator With Self-Repair Capabilities
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1549-8328
        Year: 2018
        Pages: vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 247-256
        Impact factor: 2.823
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 74/260 (Q2)
      • Authors: F. Cardes, E. Gutierrez, A. Quintero, C. Buffa, A. Wiesbauer and L. Hernandez
        Publication: 0.04-mm2103-dB-A Dynamic Range Second-Order VCO-Based Audio$\Sigma\Delta$ADC in 0.13-$\mu$m CMOS
        Journal: IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
        Country: España
        ISSN: 0018-9200
        Year: 2018
        Pages: vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 1731-1742
        Impact factor: 4.075
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: Q1
      • Authors: R. Sanchez-Reillo, J. Liu-Jimenez and R. Blanco-Gonzalo
        Publication: Forensic Validation of Biometrics Using Dynamic Handwritten Signatures
        Journal: IEEE Access
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 2169-3536
        Year: 2018
        Pages: vol. 6, pp. 34149-34157
        Impact factor: 3.557
        Area: Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Telecommunications
        Ranking position: 24/148 (Q1)
      • Authors: R. Sanchez-Reillo, H. C. Quiros-Sandoval, I. Goicoechea-Telleria and W. Ponce-Hernandez
        Publication: Improving Presentation Attack Detection in Dynamic Handwritten Signature Biometrics
        Journal: IEEE Access
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 2169-3536
        Year: 2017
        Pages: vol. 5, pp. 20463-20469
        Impact factor: 3.557
        Area: Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Telecommunications
        Ranking position: 24/148 (Q1)
      • Authors: J. F. Algorri, N. Bennis, V. Urruchi, P. Morawiak, J. M. Sanchez-Pena, L.Jaroszewicz
        Publication: Tunable liquid crystal multifocal microlens array
        Journal: Scientific Reports
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 2045-2322
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 7, art. n. 17318 (6)
        Impact factor: 4.122
        Area: Multidisciplinary Sciences-SCIE
        Ranking position: 12/64 (Q1)
      • Authors: J. Posada, D. Jackson, M. Cole, J.A. Garcia
        Publication: Multichannel fiber laser Doppler vibrometer studies of low momentum and hypervelocity impacts
        Journal: Optics and Lasers in Engineering (Editorial ELSEVIER SCI LTD)
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0143-8166
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 39-45
        Impact factor: 3,388
        Area: SY
        Ranking position: 23/92 (Q1)
      • Authors: P. Martín-Mateos, F. Dornuf, B. Duarte, B. Hils, A. Moreno-Oyervides, O.E. Bonilla-Manrique, F. Larcher, V. Krozer, P. Acedo
        Publication: In-vivo, non-invasive detection of hyperglycemic states in animal models using mm-wave spectroscopy
        Journal: Scientific Reports
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 2045-2322
        Year: 2016
        Pages: Vol. 6, 34035
        Impact factor: 4.259
        Area: Multidisciplinary Sciences-SCIE
        Ranking position: 10/64 (Q1)
      • Authors: P. Zumel, L. Ortega, A. Lazaro, C. Fernandez, A. Barrado. A. Rodriguez, M.M. Hernando
        Publication: Modular Dual-Active Bridge Converter Architecture
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0093-9994
        Year: 2016
        Pages: vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 2444-2455
        Impact factor: 2.937
        Area: Engineering, Multidisciplinary, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 13/85 (Q1)
      • Authors: J. Posada, J.A. Garcia, D. Poiana, P. Acedo
        Publication: Fast Interrogation of Fiber Bragg Gratings with Electro-Optical Dual Optical Frequency Combs
        Journal: Sensors, V16, I12 (Editorial MDPI AG)
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2016
        Impact factor: 2,677
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: 10/58 (Q1)
      • Authors: F. Algorri, V. Urruchi, N. Bennis, J. M. Sánchez-Pena, J. M. Otón
        Publication: Tunable liquid crystal cylindrical micro-optical array for aberration compensation
        Journal: Optics Express
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1094-4087
        Year: 2015
        Pages: 17 (13899-13915)
        Impact factor: 3.148
        Area: Optics
        Ranking position: 14/ 90 (Q1)
      • Authors: C. Raga, A. Barrado, A. Lazaro, C. Fernanadez, V. Valdivia, I. Quesada, L. Gauchía
        Publication: Black-Box Model, Identification Technique and Frequency Analysis for PEM Fuel Cell With Overshooted Transient Response
        Journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0885-8993
        Year: 2014
        Pages: vol. 29, no. 10, pp. 5334-5346
        Impact factor: 6.008
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 3/249 (Q1)

       

      Department of Systems Engineering and Automation

      • Authors: E. D. Oña, G. Barroso, C. Balaguer, A. Jardón
        Publication: Towards an Affordable Assistive Device for Personal Autonomy Recovery in Tasks Required of Manual Dexterity
        Journal: IEEE Access (Editorial IEEE)
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 2169-3536
        Year: 2018
        Impact factor: 3.244
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 10/247 (Q1)
      • Authors: E. Oña, A. Jardón, R. Cano-de la Cuerda, S. Collado-Vázquez, C. Balaguer
        Publication: Effectiveness of Serious Games for Leap Motion on the Functionality of the Upper Limb in Parkinson's Disease: A Feasibility Study
        Journal: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1687-5265
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 7148427, 17 pages
        Impact factor: 1.215
        Area: Rehabilitation Engineering, Neuroscience
        Ranking position: 37/57 (Q3)
      • Authors: J. Escalera, F. Abu-Dakka, M. Abderrahim
        Publication: Symbolic Geometric Modelling of Tree-Structure Robotic Mechanisms Using Lie Groups and Graph Theory: Symbolic Geometric Modelling for TRM
        Journal: Asian Journal of Control (John Wiley & Sons)
        Country: Australia
        ISSN: 1934-6093
        Year: 2018
        Pages: 1-13
        Impact factor: 1,435
        Area: Automation & Control Systems
        Ranking position: Q2
      • Authors: V. Haji Haji, C. A. Monje
        Publication: Fractional Order Fuzzy-PID Control of a Combined Cycle Power Plant Using Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm with an Improved Dynamic Parameters Selection
        Journal: Applied Soft Computing (Editorial Elsevier)
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 1568-4946
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 256-264
        Impact factor: 3.907
        Area: Computer science, Artificial Intelligence
        Ranking position: 17/132 (Q1)
      • Authors: Crespo, J., Barber, R. & Mozos, O.M.
        Publication: Relational Model for Robotic Semantic Navigation in Indoor Environments
        Journal: J Intell Robot Syst (Editorial Springer)
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 0921-0296
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 1-23
        Impact factor: 1,512
        Area: Robotics
        Ranking position: 17/26 (Q3)
      • Authors: J.F. Gorostiza, F. Alonso, A. Castro-Gonzalez, M.A. Salichs
        Publication: Sound Synthesis for Communicating Nonverbal Expressive Cues
        Journal: IEEE Access
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 2169-3536
        Year: 2017
        Pages: Vol. 5, 1941-1957
        Impact factor: 3.557
        Area: Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Telecommunications
        Ranking position: 24/148 (Q1)
      • Authors: F. Alonso, J.J. Gamboa-Montero, J.C. Castillo, A. Castro-Gonzalez, M.A. Salichs
        Publication: Detecting and classifying human touches in a social robot through acoustic sensing and machine learning
        Journal: Sensors
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220, 2169-3536
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 17/1138
        Impact factor: 2.475
        Area: Chemistry, Analytical, Electrochemistry, Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: 30/80 (Q2)
      • Authors: F. Abu-Dakka, I. Assad, R. Alkhadour, M. Abderrahim
        Publicación: Statistical evaluation of an evolutionary algorithm for minimum time trajectory planning problem for industrial robots
        Journal: Int J Adv Manuf Tech (Editorial Springer)
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 0268-3768
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 389-406
        Impact factor: 2,601
        Area: Automation & Control Systems
        Ranking position: 25/60 (Q2)
      • Authors: J.C. Cobos, M. Abderrahim
        Publication: Measuring Heart and Breath Rates by Image Photo-plethysmography using Wavelets Technique
        Journal: IEEE Lat Am T (Editorial IEEE)
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 1548-0992
        Year: 2017
        Pages: 1864- 1868
        Impact factor: 0,502
        Area: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
        Ranking position: 222/262 (Q4)
      • Authors: Hernández, A. C., Gómez, C., Crespo, J., & Barber, R.
        Publication: Object Detection Applied to Indoor Environments for Mobile Robot Navigation
        Journal: Sensors-Basel (Editorial MDPI AG)
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 1180- 2016
        Impact factor: 2,677
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: 10/58 (Q1)
      • Authors: C. Gomez, A. C. Hernandez, J. Crespo, R. Barber
        Publication: A Topological Navigation System for Indoor Environments Based on Perception Events
        Journal: Int J Adv Robot Syst (Editorial: Sage Publications Inc)
        Country: Austria
        ISSN: 1729-8814
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 1-12
        Impact factor: 0,987
        Area: Robotics
        Ranking position: 18/21 (Q3)
      • Authors: M. Abderrahim, SM. Arribas, L. Condezo
        Publication: A novel high-throughput image based rapid Folin-Ciocalteau assay for assessment of reducing capacity in foods
        Journal: Talanta (Editorial: Elsevier Science BV)
        Country: Reino Unido
        ISSN: 0039-9140
        Year: 2016
        Pages: 82-89
        Impact factor: 3,84
        Area: Analytical Chemistry
        Ranking position: 9/79 (Q1)
      • Authors: A. de la Escalera, E. Izquierdo, D. Martín, B. Musleh, F. García, J. M. Armingol
        Publication: Stereo visual odometry in urban environments based on detecting ground features
        Journal: Robotics and Autonomous Systems
        Country: Holanda
        ISSN: 0921-8890
        Year: 2016
        Pages: Vol. 80, pp. 1-10
        Impact factor: 1.950
        Area: Automation & Control Systems, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics
        Ranking position: 28/60 (Q2)
      • Authors: F. Martín, C. A. Monje, L. Moreno, C. Balaguer
        Publication: DE-based Tuning of PIlDµ Controllers
        Journal: ISA Transactions (Editorial Elsevier)
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0019-0578
        Year: 2015
        Pages: 398-407
        Impact factor: 2.600
        Area: Automation & Control Systems
        Ranking position: 9/59 (Q1)
      • Authors: J. Carmona, F. García, D. Martín, A. de la Escalera and J.M. Armingol
        Publication: Data Fusion for Driver Behaviour Analysis
        Journal: Sensors
        Country: Suiza
        ISSN: 1424-8220
        Year: 2015
        Pages: Vol. 15 (10), pp. 25968-25991
        Impact factor: 2.033
        Area: Instruments & Instrumentation
        Ranking position: 36/75 (Q2)
      • Authors: M.J. Gómez, F. García, D. Martín, A. de la Escalera and J.M. Armingol
        Publication: Intelligent Surveillance of Indoor Environments Based on Computer Vision and 3D Point Cloud Fusion
        Journal: Expert Systems with Applications
        Country: Estados Unidos
        ISSN: 0957-4174
        Year: 2015
        Pages: Vol. 42 (21), pp. 8156-8171
        Impact factor: 2.981
        Area: Computer Science, Artifical Intelligence, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Operations Research & Management Science
        Ranking position: 19/130 (Q1)
      • Authors: F. García, J. García, A. Ponz, J.M. Armingol and A. de la Escalera
        Publication: Fusión de Escáner Laser y Visión por Computador para la Detección de Peatones en Entornos Viarios
        Journal: Revista Iberoamericana de Automática e Informática Industrial (RIAI)
        Country: España
        ISSN: 1697-7912
        Year: 2015
        Pages: Vol. 12 (2), pp. 218-229
        Impact factor: 0.475
        Area: Automation & Control Systems, Robotics
        Ranking position: 49/59 (Q4)
  • THESIS

    Thesis defense

     

    The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work developed by the Ph.D. candidate student in the field of knowledge of the program that enables the student for autonomous work in the field of R+D+ i.

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Doctoral School establishes the follow-up procedures to guarantee the quality of the doctorate's training and supervision. It also facilitates the procedures for the proper evaluation and defense of the doctoral thesis.

     

    Further information:


     

    Requirements for thesis defense in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation

     

    To be submitted the Ph.D. thesis must demonstrate sufficient scientific quality. This quality can be corroborated by the scientific and technical contributions deriving from it, such as:

    • Articles in journals indexed in the ISI JCR
    • Patents granted and possibly under exploitation
    • Presentations in relevant prestigious international and national conferences
    • Other contributions (e.g., international or national competitive awards, publications in book chapters, technology transfer to industry)

     

  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • Ph.D. Studies Overview
      Información Práctica de los Estudios de Doctorado

       

      Our Ph.D. programs focus on the acquisition of skills and abilities required to undertake high-quality research work within the strategic framework and lines of research of the university. Students will be expected to work independently under supervision and guidance of top experts in their fields in order to produce novel, groundbreaking research work in the form of a dissertation.

      The Ph.D. thesis constitutes the expected outcome of the doctoral training, stating the specifics of the research work and results. The thesis must meet the high-quality standards required by the Ph.D. program and be subject to public defense and assessment by an independent thesis committee.

      A favorable assessment of the thesis enables Ph.D. students to request their official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. 

       

      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates

      Admission

      Open all year Application Deadline: February 28th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time) for the current academic year
      Enrollment

      New students can choose when to start their Ph.D. training: 

      • First semester's start date: November 15
      • Second semester's start date: March 30

      Continuing students (second and subsequent years) must obligatorily enroll at the first semester of each academic year.

      Enrollment period for new students:

      • Students starting first semester: September 1 to October 30 (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Students starting second semester: March 1 to March 31 (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 (23:59 h. Peninsular Spanish time)
      Monitoring and annual assessment

      The Academic Committee of each Ph.D. program will assess the progress of Ph.D. students on their research projects on an annual basis.

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

      December: Only Ph.D. students whose June evaluation was unfavorable

      Thesis defense

      Students can defend their Ph.D. theses at any time of the academic year (except for August).

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

      A Ph.D. is a period of training in skills and abilities required to undertake independent, high-quality research work in the realm of R&D under the supervision of top experts in their respective fields.

       

      What are the terms of access to a Ph.D. program?

      As a general rule, candidates are required to hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Credits for both must amount to at least 300 ECTS credits.

      Additionally, specific requirements and candidate profiles are described in each program’s terms of access. Before applying for admission, it is strongly recommended to take the  specific terms of access for each Ph.D. program into consideration, as well as its lines of research, profiles of the scholars involved and final results (theses and scientific publications) as proof of the program’s quality and specialization.


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

      The regular duration of a full-time Ph.D. program is 3 years. This period can be extended up to 5 years.

      The regular duration of a part-time Ph.D. program is 5 years. This period can be extended up to 8 years. 

      You may apply, for justified reasons, for either an extension or a leave of absence from your Ph.D. training period to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Duration of Ph.D. program

       

      How can I apply for a part-time enrollment status?

      You can state your part-time enrollment status upon admission or, once you have initiated your training period, by submitting a request for justified reasons to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Time commitment to the program (Enrollment status)

       

      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required.
      • Specific training. Activities within the framework of your Ph.D. program.
      • Research Skills training. Courses or activities focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.).

      Further information on Doctoral Training: Monitoring and Development of these FAQ.


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an independent committee.

      A favorable assessment enables students to apply for their official Ph.D. degree certificate issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. An additional Doctorado Internacional distinction is awarded to students who met a number of specific requirements during their training period.


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

      Interuniversity PhDs are joint degree programs by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in collaboration with other Spanish or international institutions. The outcome of these programs does not translate into multiple degrees but just one equivalent to the training undertaken by the student.

       

      Admission

       

      How can I apply for admission to a Ph.D. program?

      Your application for admission must be submitted online. Signing in is previously required in order to get your login and password. Further information on how to carry out this process:  Apply for admission

       

      I have not completed my Master’s degree yet. May I apply for admission now?

      Yes. However, in the event of a favorable resolution of admission, it will be conditioned to your Master’s degree completion.

       

      When can I apply for admission?

      You can apply for admission any time of the year. Deadline for admission applications for the current academic year is March 1. All applications submitted thereafter will be considered for next academic year. 

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

      Scan in advance the documentation requirements to be attached to your application. The documents listed below are mandatory in all cases:

      • National Identity Document: DNI, NIE, or passport
      • Previous degree certificate or diploma (Master’s degree or equivalent), or proof of payment of issuance fees. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Ph.D. Thesis Research Proposal
      • Endorsement letter by a Ph.D. professor of uc3m faculty

      Some programs may require additional documents, such as reference letters by notable researchers, foreign language skills certificate, etc.

      Please note: If your previous degree was earned at an international institution, you must also submit a certificate issued by said institution stating that your degree meets the requirements for access to Ph.D. level studies.

      Additionally, if your former institution is located outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)  you are required to submit your degree certificate or diploma legalized via diplomatic channels (or, when applicable, by the Apostille of The Hague Convention), attaching an official  Spanish or English translation if necessary.

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

      Yes. As a new student, you must state in your application for admission whether you want to start your training in the first semester (November 15) or second semester (March 30).

       

      I want to apply for a scholarship or financial aid program. Must I do it before or after applying for admission to a Ph.D.?

      It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m, as most of the granting institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.

      Further information on Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs of these FAQ.

       

      I submitted my application. When will I know if I am admitted?

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

      • Administrative validation. Our Postgraduate Office administrators will review your application and the documentation attached to check that they meet all requirements. You will be contacted if necessary.
      • Academic evaluation. If your application has succesfully passed the previous stage, it will be forwarded to the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program for review. You will be notified of the Committee's decision by certified mail sent to the postal address provided in your application.

      This process may take up to one-two months. You will receive proper notification of the Committee’s decision via certified mail at the postal address provided in your application.

       

      I have been admitted. When must I submit my enrollment form?

      In you are admitted to a Ph.D. program, you have to submit your online application for enrollment in the periods set by the university to that effect, according to the instructions indicated in your letter of admission, our website or the Enrollment section of this FAQ, including the payment of tuition fees. If you do not submit your enrollment for the academic year for which you were admitted, your admission will be cancelled.

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

      There is a wide variety of financial aid programs for doctoral training that cover partial or total tuition fees and, in some cases, allow uc3m to formally hire the Ph.D. student as a training researcher.

      Who are the awarding bodies?

      Here is a list of the most common scholarship and financial aid programs:

         - Formación de Investigadores del Ministerio de Innovación / Researchers Training by Ministerio de Innovación (formerly known as FPI scholarships)
         - Formación de Profesorado Universitario del Ministerio de Educación / University Faculty Training by Ministerio de Educación (formerly known as FPU scholarships)
         - Researchers Training by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, awarded by the institution departments
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by La Caixa
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by Comunidades Autónomas (Autonomous Regions of Spain)
         - Scholarships by Fundación Carolina (for Latin American students)
         

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

      Each granting body has its own application and awarding periods. It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m in all cases, as most of these institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.

       

      Do I have to be admitted to a Ph.D. in order to apply for admission?

      It is not required in most cases, but, as pointed out previously, you must have at least submitted your application for admission in order to be eligible (check the awarding institution’s specific terms). Only if you are eventually granted the scholarship or financial aid will it be required to be admitted and enrolled on the program in order to accept the aid and be hired as a training researcher at uc3m.

       

      I received a scholarship or financial aid. Do I have to notify uc3m?

      Yes. As a recipient of any financial aids, it is recommended to notify the university for these to be applied upon enrollment. If your scholarship status is not registered in your self-enrollment application, please contact your Postgraduate Office, either in person or by e-mail at información@doctorado.uc3m.es

       

      Where will I undertake my Ph.D. research work?

      Your research and teaching activities (when applicable) will be carried out at the department or Institute stated in your contract within the framework of your Ph.D. program under the supervision of the tutor and advisor(s) appointed by the Academic Committee.


      Who is in charge of managing my scholarship or financial aid program?

      Granting institutions usually delegate on uc3m the management of these aids according to the terms originally established by those and our own rules and regulations.

       

      Who is to evaluate the progress and outcomes of my research work?

      All our Ph.D. students must submit the progress of their research work for evaluation by the Academic Committee of their Ph.D. program. Recipients of any financial aid program must also provide this information to the granting body.

       

      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

      Yes. As a new student, if you are eligible for any of the following exemptions or discounts recognized by the Spanish administration, you must submit certified copies of the pertinent documents to the Postgraduate Office on campus before enrollment proceedings so that these exemptions apply upon enrollment.

      • Large Family status: Certified copy of the Large Family status card (general or special)
      • Disability: Certified copy of Disability Identification card (minimum 33% disability)
      • Other: Certified copy of proof of exemption for victims of terrorist attacks (including their spouses and children) or children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.

      These documents must be valid for the academic year for which the exemption is requested.

      Enrollment

      How to enroll

      Our Ph.D. Management service allows you to submit your enrollment data online. To access the application, just enter your ID or passport number and the four-digit password generated by our system upon initial registration. Forgot your code? You will need to print out your proof of enrollment and tuition fees invoice, when applicable.

       

      When to enroll               

      As a new student, you can choose when to start your Ph.D. training period. Enrollment periods vary according to your starting semester:

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30

                     

      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31

       

      *These students benefit from a reduced tuition fee, applicable only for first-year enrollment.

      Your start date will determine the length of your Ph.D. training period.

      As a continuing student, enrollment period is October 1 to October 30 in all cases.

       

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

      • Ph.D. Monitoring for your doctoral training year. 

      Required in all cases. It will be registered by default in your application. 

      • Complementary credits.

      Only applicable if the Academic Committee of your program established these credits as obligatory in its admission resolution, in which case you have been properly notified in your admission letter. These credits will be registered by default in your application.

      Other activities of your doctoral training may not require enrollment. If so, our Postgraduate Offices are in charge of the registration process:

      • Specific training: Activities included in the syllabus of your Ph.D. program. 
      • Research Skills training: Required for students of all Ph.D. programs (6 credits minimum for the entire doctoral training period).  


      Please note: Upon completion of your Ph.D. training, it is required to be enrolled in both the Ph.D. monitoring of the academic year of your thesis defense and the Ph.D. thesis Defense and Assessment module in order to defend your thesis.

       

      What are the costs of tuition fees?

      These are the tuition fees for all your Ph.D. training:

        

      1. Academic fees
      • Academic monitoring of Ph.D. training year.  

      Ordinary fee (full-time, starting first semester): 390 €.

      Reduced fee* (full-time, starting second semester): 234 €.

      Reduced fee (part-time, starting first or second semester): 234 €.

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

       

      • Complementary training (only for students whose admission resolution establishes these credits as required for admission). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research.
      • Specific training (only for activities or courses requiring enrollment). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research.
      • Research Skills Training courses. 49,84 € per credit. For research skills credits earned at other institutions, enrollment at uc3m is required. A 25% fee will apply in these cases (12,46 € per credit).

       

      • Thesis defense. 143,15 €
      • Ph.D. Degree Certificate issuance. 229,86 €

       

      1. Administrative fees
      • Registrar’s Office expenses. 6,11 €
      • Academic record proceedings (first-year students only). 27,54 €
      • Student card issuance (TUI) (first-year students only). 6,11 €

       

      1. School insurance. 1, 12 €. Applicable to Spanish or international students (legal residents) under 28 years of age.

       

      Students who fail to fulfill the payment of these fees will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

      Further information:  Tuition fees

       

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

      After submitting your enrollment form, you must fulfill the payment of tuition fees and submit to the Postgraduate Office, either in person or through regular postal mail, certified copies of the following documents (the first two were already attached to your online application for admission). If you cannot certify any document in advance, provide your copy along with the original at the Office and we will certify it for free.

      Submission Deadline for students starting in the first semester: November 30.

      • Certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master’s or equivalent), or issuance receipt. Not required for former uc3m students.
      • Certified copy of academic transcript of your previous degree (Master’s or equivalent) with grades. Not required for former uc3m students.

      Degrees from international institutions and related documents must be provided in English (original or translation).  

      • Certified copy of documents stating your exemption from tuition fees, when applicable. For instance, proof of financial aid programs or other deductions recognized by the Spanish Administration: Large Family status card, Disabled Identification Card, proof of exemption for victims of terrorist attacks (including their spouses and children) or children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.
      • Ph.D. Written Agreement, a document approved by all parties involved in the development of your thesis project (tutor, advisor, Academic Committee, and yourself) stating the fundamental rights and responsibilities within the framework of your project as well as any specific terms (such as confidentiality or copyright clauses, use of research results, conflict-resolution procedures, etc.), that may be relevant for the correct execution of your research. Subsequent annexes may be attached to the original document throughout your doctoral training period if necessary. Document template available only at our Postgraduate Information Office.


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

      Please refer to the following documentation issued by the regional authorities and uc3m. All of them apply to Ph.D. candidates at Uc3m.

      • Students Statute of the Region of Madrid (Estatuto del estudiante de la Comunidad de Madrid)
      • uc3m students Rights and Obligations (Carta de los derechos y deberes del estudiante en la uc3m)
      • Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Reglamento de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)
      • Good Practices of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Código de buenas prácticas de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)

      Additionally, you have access to the university's supporting services to students and researchers.

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations for Ph.D. Studies at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

      Ph.D. tutors and advisors are advanced members of the uc3m faculty or other research institutions who serve as mentors of your research work and keep track of your progress. They also facilitate your communication with the Academic Committee of the program.

      Tutors are appointed by the Committee upon your admission. Tutors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have ties with the program, as well as a proven track record in research of at least six years (or proof of equivalent qualifications).

      The Committee will also appoint an advisor within three months from initial enrollment on the program. Thesis advisors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a proven track record in research of at least six years (or equivalent qualifications), as well as specific research experience in the field of your thesis. Advisors' may be based at any university, center or institute in Spain or abroad. A professor may be appointed as both tutor and advisor of a Ph.D. student.

      The Academic Committee may change these designations throughout your doctoral training period for justified reasons.

       

      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Maximum: 40 ECTS credits. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required. The Academic Committee will determine the credit-based courses or subjects in the admission resolution. As a general rule, this training must be taken during the first year.
      • Specific training. Students are also expected to participate in a number of activities relevant to their field of research: seminars, meetings, conferences, courses, etc. These activities may require prior enrollment at uc3m. Your tutor or advisor will confirm the contents of your specific training program.
      • Research Skills training. Minimum: 6 ECTS credits. All Ph.D. programs at uc3m require some training in research skills (or formación transversal) focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.). These credits can be earned at either uc3m or other institutions and require formal enrollment at uc3m in all cases, as well as the approval of your tutor or advisor.

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

      The Academic Committee of your program will evaluate the progress of your research project and activity report on an annual basis in the month of June. Grounds for evaluation are to be registered in the following documents:

      • Research Plan. Not to be mistaken for the research proposal submitted when applying for admission. As a new Ph.D. student, you must elaborate an initial Research Plan within the first year of your doctoral training period. This plan will serve as a tracking tool of your project, listing the objectives and methodology of your research as well as a comprehensible timeline stating the periods estimated for the achievement of each goal. It must have attached your tutor or advisor's evaluation report in order to be submitted for assessment to the Academic Committee of your program.

      An annual update of this Plan must be submitted in subsequent years, with the corresponding tutor or advisor’s evaluation report, so that all parties involved in your doctoral training can track and assess your progress.

      • Activity Report. In addition to your Research Plan (initial or updated), it is also required to register any activity relevant to your Ph.D. research: courses, seminars, meetings, conventions, publications, international fellowship programs, etc. Be sure to have attached all certificates and/or work papers as proof of completion.

      In the event of an unfavorable assessment by the Academic Committee, you will be subjected to evaluation again in December.

      TWO CONSECUTIVE UNFAVORABLE ASSESSMENTS (JUNE AND DECEMBER) WILL RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF YOUR ENROLLMENT AS A Ph.D. STUDENT

       

      Can I join an international research visit program?

      Yes. Undertaking a period of research abroad is a requirement for Doctorado Internacional distinction eligibility. Among other requirements, your visit must have a minimum duration of three months; also, the report of activities and outcomes of your research at the host institution must be written in one of the languages used for scientific dissemination in your field of research (different from any of Spain’s official languages). Prior approval by your tutor/advisor and the Academic Committee of your program is required. The Committee will evaluate your visiting research reports and, if approved, submit your candidacy for the Doctorado Internacional distinction to the Doctoral School Board.

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an expert committee.

      As a general rule, Ph.D. candidates must have been enrolled on their program for a minimum period of 24 months before initiating thesis defense proceedings.

       

      I have approval to proceed to the thesis defense. What are the stages of this process?

      Once you get approval for your thesis defense by your tutor, advisor and Academic Committee, a minimum span of 8 weeks (excluding holiday periods) is usually required to go through these stages:

      • Plagiarism management procedure
      1. Thesis deposit. Three weeks.
      2. Approval of thesis defense and appointment of Thesis Committee by the Dean of Doctoral School. One week.
      3. Defense session logistics. Three weeks.
      4. Thesis defense

       

      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

      Once the Academic Committee of your Ph.D. program determines that your research period is done and your thesis is ready for deposit, a pdf file of the thesis will be submitted to the Doctoral School to proceed to the plagiarism management, in compliance with the Code of Good Practice of the Doctoral School.

      The results of this study will be at the disposal of the members of the thesis committee, should they be requested.

      Further information:  Plagiarism management

                     

      What is the thesis deposit?

      The deposit of your thesis enables doctors and scholars of your field to review your work before the defense. The deposit period is 15 days (excluding August), after which all comments and observations by the experts will be reported to the Academic Committee and yourself. 

      Further information:  Thesis deposit

       

      Who is in charge of approving the defense? Who can be a member of the Thesis Committee?

      Once the deposit period is ended, the Academic Committee of the program, upon favorable assessment by the tutor/advisor, will submit their proposal for defense and appointment of Thesis Committee members to the Dean of Doctoral School.

      This Committee consists of three experts in the field of research of the Ph.D. candidate, two of which must be based outside uc3m.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

      Once all authorizations are signed, the Thesis Committee’s Secretary will appoint a date for the defense. The Postgraduate Office on campus will be in charge of the logistics of the event (room reservations, technical equipment, etc.) and the travel procedures of the committee members, when applicable.

      Additionally, the Postgraduate Office will submit a digital copy of the thesis to each member of the Thesis Committee at least 15 days prior to the defense session. This file will contain any allegation or comment submitted by the experts during the deposit period.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

      Yes. The payment of thesis defense fees must be fulfilled before proceeding to defense. Additionally, payment of enrollment fees for the academic year in which the defense takes place must be up to date.

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

      All Committee members must receive a copy of the thesis 15 days prior to the defense event.

      Once the Ph.D. candidate completes his/her dissertation, the Committee can provide feedback or pose questions. Their global assessment will be given in terms of Fail (No Apto), Pass (Aprobado), Good (Notable) or Excellent (Sobresaliente).

      Theses with an Excellent (Sobresaliente) grade are eligible for the cum laude distinction. The committee members will subsequently cast their votes via separate secret ballot in closed session. Only if all votes are favorable will the committee submit their proposal for the thesis to be awarded the cum laude distinction to the university Chancellor. In this case, each member of the committee will finally cast their vote, anonymously and in a sealed envelope, for the thesis to be considered for the Outstanding Thesis Award by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

       

      How can I apply for my Ph.D. certificate?

      Your application for the official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain, and the payment of the corresponding fees is managed by the university’s administration.

      Issuance of your certificate may take 6 to 12 months. Until then you may apply for a temporary certificate as proof of completion of your Ph.D. studies as of the date of your thesis defense.

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

      Your thesis will be published in e-archivo, the open online repository of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Teseo the Ph.D. database managed by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. In the event of partial or temporary restrictions pertaining to the publication of your thesis, you must report them to the university.

      Glossary of terms

      Ph.D. Program. Array of training and activities oriented to the acquisition of abilities required to undertake autonomous research work in the realm of R&D. Each Ph.D. program establishes their own procedures and lines of research for the development of theses within the framework of their respective fields.

      Academic Committee. The coordinator/director of the program and two other Ph.D. members constitute a program's Academic Committee, the body in charge of the various training areas and research progress of the program, as well as the authorization of thesis defense of their Ph.D. candidates.

      Doctoral School. Academic body in charge of the management and coordination of all Ph.D. programs.

      Ph.D. Thesis. Original piece of research carried out by Ph.D. candidates in their field of knowledge. Presented as a written dissertation according to the quality, content and format guidelines set by the Ph.D. program for its public defense.

      Tutor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate and serving as a communication link between the researcher and the Academic Committee. Tutors must be attached to uc3m faculty with a proven research track record. Tutors are appointed upon approval of admission by the Academic Committee.

      Thesis advisor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate. Advisors are experts in the field of the Ph.D. candidate's research, not necessarily attached to uc3m faculty (if they are, they can also be appointed as tutors). Advisors are appointed within the first three months of the student's Ph.D. training period. A student may have more than one advisor.

      Specific training. Specific activities pertaining to the field of research of each Ph.D., designed to provide students with the knowleddge and opportunity for debate required for the development of their research work: seminars, meetings, conferences/dissertations, international research visits, etc.

      Research Skills training. Training activities oriented to the acquisition of skills common to all disciplines. All students are required to earn at least 6 credits (60 hours) throughout their doctoral training period. Enrollment on these courses is performed separately from their regular doctoral training.

      Complementary training. Maximum 40 ECTS credits. Training that the Academic Committee may deem necessary in their admission resoluction in order to complement the Ph.D. candidate's previous academic background. Enrollment on these credits will be required in addition to the student's regular doctoral training. These credits are usually earned during the first Ph.D. year. 

      Research plan. Document to be drafted within the first six months of Ph.D. training detailing the student’s research project to be subjected to annual evaluation every month of June. It must be approved by the tutor, the thesis advisor and the Academic Committee. This plan must be updated and submitted for review and evaluation purposes on a yearly basis.

      Ph.D. Activity report. A registration account of all training activities pertaining to the Ph.D. student's research. The tutor and thesis advisor must endorse these activities for them to be submitted to the Academic Committee for annual evaluation in June. 

      Student record. Academic details of every Ph.D. student as registered in uc3m databases, including activities and credits completed. This information is to be attached to the thesis in the final stages of defense approval.

      Academic transcript. Official document signed by the Head of Doctoral Studies certifying a student's academic record.

      Monitoring and assessment. Annual process by which the research progress and activities of a Ph.D. candidate are subjected to evaluation by the Academic Committee.

      Written Agreement. Document signed by all parties involved in a thesis research project (Ph.D. student, tutor, advisor/s, and Academic Committee) stating their roles and specific conditions pertaining to confidentiality agreements, copyright or use and distribution of research outcomes, where applicable, as well as conflict resolution procedures.

      Thesis public review. Procedure required to allow the academic community to review the student's thesis and issue comments and observations prior to the defense. The thesis is usually deposited at the university's intranet.

      Thesis defense. Academic event open to the public in which Ph.D. candidates defend their research work before a committee of experts in their field. The defense is followed by a question and answer session led by the defense committee in order for it to give their assessment.

      Defense committee. Committee consisting of three experts with proven track records of research in the field of the thesis, most of which must be based outside uc3m. The committee gives their assessment of the thesis and awards the cum laude distinction and the Outstanding Thesis Award candidacy, where applicable.

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Contact
      Bienvenida Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

       

      • Leganés Campus Graduate Information Office:

                  Edificio Rey Pastor, Despacho 3.0.B.08
                  Telf: 91 624 60 30
                  Avenida de la Universidad, 30
                  28911 Leganés - Madrid

             email: oficinaleg@doctorado.uc3m.es

    • Regulations
    • Quality

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implantation Year: 2012-2013

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  . It is responsible for the quality analysis of the program and produces the Degree Reports ("Memoria Académica de Titulación").

      QUALITY INDICATORS

      • Ph.D. degree's indicators

      COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS