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The International Summer School takes place at a modern campus in the charming city of Brno, a bustling hub of education in the heart of Europe The School provides courses in selected areas of electrical engineering and communication technology, joining together the theory and the practice through the knowledge of its experienced lecturers and tutors.

Topics

  • Mobile Network Communication Systems
  • Photovoltaics: Electrical Energy from the Sun
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Practical Design of Analog Electronic Circuits

A student may choose one of these four courses.

Deadline for application, contact email

The filled application form should be sent to bissect@feec.vut.cz email, not later than March 31, 2021!

Application Form

The BISSECT schedule

Arrival
The recommended arrival day is August 29, 2021. Our assistants will help you in obtaining accommodation at the university dormitories.

Welcome event at the faculty
Basic information about the faculty and BISSECT, completed with a presentation of the lecturers and laboratories.

Weekend trips
Brno sightseeing tours and regional outings.

Farewell ceremony
September 10, 2021, 3 p.m.

Typical study day

  • 09:00-11:30 Morning academic session, including small refreshments
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00-16:30 Afternoon academic session, including small refreshments

Details of the timetable may vary, depending on the events planned for the day.

MOBILE NETWORK COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

The course "Mobile Network Communication Systems" aims to provide up-to-date information related to the cellular networks currently available on the market. Starting with the brief description of the legacy technologies i.e., 2G and 3G, students will primarily get familiar with the current 4G (LTE/LTE-A) cellular systems. The focus will be mainly on the theoretical background, including: (i) the architecture of 4G cellular networks; (ii) definition of the supported communication technologies and mechanisms by 3GPP; (iii) key components of LTE (EPS); (iv) radio access network (RAN) of 4G+ mobile networks; (v) protocol stack in the EPS; (vi) procedures in the LTE network; and (vii) voice over LTE. On top of this, the next-generation heterogeneous systems known as the 5G New Radio (5G NR) cellular networks will be covered as well.

The lectures will be accompanied by laboratory exercises using Network Simulator 3 (NS-3) to verify the theoretical assumptions (communication scenarios) in a simulation environment.

Key outcomes

After completing the course, a student will be able to:

  • Explain cellular networks in terms of communication technologies, radio access part of the network, transport/core part of the network, user plane / control plane.
  • Understand data transmission services i.e., (i) Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB); (ii) Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC); (iii) Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC).
  • Understand the allocation of the frequency spectrum in case of 4G and 5G cellular systems i.e., sub-6GHz and above 6GHz.

Head lecturer and supervisor

Pavel Masek

Pavel Masek, Ph.D.

Pavel Masek, Ph.D. is a researcher of the WISLAB group at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. He has published on a variety of networking- related topics in internationally recognized venues, including those affiliated with the IEEE Communications Magazine, and his output also comprises several technological products. Pavel Masek‘s primary research interests lie in M2M/H2H/D2D communication, next generation cellular networks, heterogeneous networking, and data offloading techniques. In addition to his activities at BUT, since 2014 he has actively cooperated with Tampere University (Finland), University of Oulu (Finland), Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (Russia), and RUDN University (Russia).

PHOTOVOLTAICS: ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM THE SUN

The past, present, and future of photovoltaics,with the relevant market, economic, and ecological evaluation. Meteorological basics; radiation energy; and sun tracking. The functions and types of solar cells, and the electronics needed to support the system. Planning a photovoltaic power plant. The safety and regulations. Hands-on experiments in a photovoltaic laboratory.

Key outcomes

After completing the course, a student will be able to:

  • Explain the societal and economic demands for photovoltaics;
  • describe the aspects of solar radiation related to Earth‘s location;
  • characterize the types, structures, and manufacturing of solar cells;
  • design a simple photovoltaic power station, including the electronics and connection to the grid;
  • define the safety issues and principles of smooth operation;
  • discuss the construction and operation of a photovoltaic power plant within its legal context.

Head lecturer and supervisor

Jiri Vanek

Jiri Vanek, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.

Jiří Vaněk is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology. His research interests are centered on the diagnostics of material properties, photovoltaic technology and design, and renewable sources of energy in general.

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN

Basic classification of integrated circuits. Integrated circuit (IC) design. Structures, methodologies, and requirements for analog integrated circuits. Essential operating modes of MOS transistors. MOS transistor models. Design and simulation of basic IC blocks (current mirrors, reference circuits, output stages, amplifiers, OTA). Procedures and rules for designing the layout in analog ICs. Computer exercises to simulate and design analog functional blocks. Using the OrCAD PSpice professional system to design an analog IC.

Key outcomes

After completing the course, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental steps in the designing of an integrated circuit.
  • Characterize the main structures of the chip and the transistor.
  • Design and verify the basic building blocks of analog integrated circuits (current mirror, reference, transistor amplifier, power amplifier).
  • Design and verify the basic structural parameters of of the operational amplifier and the OTA.

Head lecturer and supervisor

Jiri Haze

Jiri Haze, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.

Jiri Haze is an associate professor at the FEEC, BUT and a specialist of the Integrated Circuit and Space Application Research Group. He is interested in the designing, modeling, and fabrication of analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits and sensor applications. In addition to lecturing on integrated circuit design, Jiri Haze is a vice-dean for external relations of the FEEC and the head of the Department of Microelectronics.

PRACTICAL DESIGN OF ANALOG ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS

Real passive components. Diodes. Bipolar (BJT) and unipolar (FET) transistors. FETs as analog switches and controlled resistors. Operational Amplifiers: the properties of real OAs. Feedback and circuit stability. Inverting and non-inverting connections. Differential and summing amplifiers with OAs. Instrument amplifiers; active rectifiers with OAs; integrators and differentiators; comparators. Oscillators and ARC filters with OAs. Rectifiers and filters in power supply units. Parametric and linear voltage stabilizers. Current and switched stabilizers. Optoelectronic components. The optron. Timers and Oscillators. Special components: varistors; NTC and PTC thermistors. Peltier cells. Thyristors, Triacs. Application rules in designing analog electronic circuits: selecting the components and using the rules. Feeding and grounding real circuits. Signal distribution. Parasitic effects and their suppression. The voltage and current derating of components. Overvoltage and overload protection. Electronic component cooling.

Key outcomes

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic passive and active components of analog circuits and their typical properties;
  • define the main target applications for diodes, transistors, and OAs;
  • design and verify basic circuits with BJTs, FETs, and OAs.
  • Use MicroCap and Eagle.

Head lecturer and supervisor

Miloslav Steinbauer

Miloslav Steinbauer, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.

Miloslav Steinbauer is an associate professor and a lecturer in electrical engineering and electronic design at the FEEC, BUT His interests lie in the design, modeling, and fabrication of analog and mixed-mode circuits for special applications.

BRNO, SOUTH MORAVIA, the CZECH REPUBLIC

The opening session will take place on Monday 30, 2021, at 1 p.m. The faculty, head lecturers, and laboratories will be presented to the participants, and a welcome dinner will round out the day, allowing all of the students to meet and talk. The farewell evening will involve a graduation ceremony and a a gala dinner.

The program includes also weekend trips: a guided tour of Brno and its surroundings, and an outing to the popular Punkva Caves in the Moravian Karst.

Students who complete at least 80 % of the academic load,by delivering the course assignments or submitting a final project of sufficient quality (at least 50/100 pts.), will receive a certificate of completion worth 5 ECTS credits.