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The Department of Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation (IEA) started its current graduate program and research in 1987. The IEA profile is quite unique for Sweden, since the main feature is the combination of automation, electric drive systems and electrical power systems.


Most of the research is application oriented, where each program and project has been inspired by some real industrial problem. This has made it necessary to find networking of different competences to solve the specific research task. Our goal is to be industrially relevant as well as academically and internationally competitive. There are several important advantages of founding a research program in this way. Electrical drive systems offer a combination of problems in control structures, very fast digital control, power electronics and machine design and operation. In electrical power systems the emphasis has been put on distribution automation, where control, computer engineering and power systems technology (including power electronics) have to be integrated. In automation the emphasis is on the control of industrial processes, where control theory, real time computing, electronics and sensor technology are combined.


Each year more than 350 students are enrolled in one or several courses that are offered by IEA. Typically, each year more than 20 students complete their Master theses at IEA. A very active development and renewal of the courses in both electrical drive systems and in automation has taken place. The Department offers courses for several engineering curricula, most of them in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME). The ME students get most of their electrical and electronic training from IEA. The automation courses are also offered for Engineering Physics, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering.