Project and Dissertation


The thesis in MEE is done in two semesters:
  • In the first semester, the students must enrol in the curricular unit Projeto em Engenharia Eletrónica (PEE) whose English name is Design in Electronics Engineering (12 ECTS). 
  • In the second semester (after obtaining approval in PEE), the students must enrol in the curricular unit Dissertação - Mestrado em Engenharia Electrónica (DMEE) whose English name is Master - Dissertation in Electronic Engineering (30 ECTS).
Before the enrolment in PEE, the students must first select the topic of the dissertation from the topics proposed by the professors.

Dissertation Topic


The process of selection of the dissertation topic starts with the teachers proposing a list of possible topics. This process starts in the semester before the student enrols in PEE. Since the students can enrol in PEE in both semesters the schedule differs accordingly:
  PEE in the first semester
(DMEE in the second semester)
PEE in the second semester
(DMEE in the first semester)
Teachers propose a list of dissertation topicsApril 23rdNovember 15th
Topics are published for students to analyse and applyApril 30thNovember 21st
Students register their choices (ordered)May 14thDecember 7th
Teachers assign topics to studentsMay 21stDecember 14th
Students validate their selected topicMay 28thDecember 21st

Documents to be Submitted

PEE
For the PEE curricular course, students must submit one PDF file containing the PEE report. This document must follow all the rules of the final DMEE document. However, this document is a preliminary study on the dissertation topic. It should include all that was done so far. However, the document should have, typically 20-25 pages. It should include:     
  • Abstract;
  • Introduction (motivation);
  • Objectives of the work that will be performed during the dissertation;
  • State of the art (related works);
  • Preliminary Results (simulations and or measurement results);
  • Methodology that will be followed;
  • Proposed Schedule;
  • Conclusions;
  • References;
  • One single Appendix (if necessary).
Note that, PEE is a 12 ECTS curricular unit. Therefore, the presented work must include already some simulation and/or experimental results.

DMEE
For the DMEE, students must submit:
  • The dissertation report (core up to 80 pages and total size with the annexes cannot exceed 100 pages).
  • One extended abstract in the form of a scientific paper (up to 10 pages) written in English.

Submission Schedule

PEE
  PEE in the first semesterPEE in the second semester
Document SubmissionEnd of 1st Monday after January 4thEnd of 1st Monday in the week for preparation for the second semester exams
Public EvaluationFirst week after the regular exams of the first semesterFirst week after the regular exams of the second semester

 

DMEE
 DMEE in the first semester
DMEE in the second semester
Submission of DocumentsMay 31stOctober 31st
Public EvaluationFirst two weeks of JuneFirst two weeks of November
Submission of Final DocumentsJuly 1stDecember 1st

Document Submission


All submissions must be done using the Fénix academic system. No paper delivery will be accepted.
For the PEE submission, students must upload a single PDF file with the PEE report. For the DMEE submission, students must upload a single file (ZIP or RAR) containing the two PDF files (the extended abstract and the dissertation report).
Students can find the upload location in Fénix in the Student tab, choosing Submit/Projects, then the semester in which they are enrolled in the corresponding curricular unit, and the either "Project Submission" (for PEE) or "Dissertation Submission" (for DMEE), and finally Submit File.
Be aware of the deadline, because Fénix will close the submission system at 23:59 on the day of the deadline. Students can (and should) test the submission process before the deadline because the system is configured to keep only the latest submitted file. Once the process is completed, students should send an email to the MEE Coordinator indicating that they have completed the process.

Document Rules


IST formal rules for the dissertation document (also applied to the PEE report) are published by the Graduate Area (AG). Unfortunately, these documents are only available in Portuguese. The latest version is available here.
Special attention must be taken, regarding the dissertation document cover (page 5 of the PDF with the rules). You are strongly advised to produce a one-page PDF with the cover and submit it to MEE Secretariat (Rosália) for validation before you submit the documents.
The rules for the extended abstract (that must be submitted together with the dissertation report) follow the the IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings available here (use the A4 version).
A MEE alumni (Nuno Rodrigues) developed a latex template for the dissertation for those that want to write their document in latex. His work was based on previous work by Prof. Rui Santos Cruz. Students can download and use the template which is shared on overleaf here.

Composition of the Evaluation Committees


For the PEE curricular course, the evaluation committee is composed by

  • a president (member of the MEE Scientific Coordination team),
  • the professors that supervised the student in the work and
  • additional members (nominated by the MEE Scientific Coordination team and that cannot belong to the research group of the student supervisors).

While all student supervisors are part of the PEE evaluation committee, only one will be allowed to vote regarding the grade to be attributed by the committee.

For the DMEE, the evaluation committee is composed by

  • a president (member of the MEE Scientific Coordination team),
  • one professor that supervised the student in the work and
  • additional members (nominated by the MEE Scientific Coordination team and that cannot belong to the research group of the student supervisors).

Ideally, the president and the additional members are the same that participated in the PEE evaluation.

Public Presentation Sessions


The PEE and DMEE public sessions consist on the presentation of the work by the student (15 minutes presentation time for PEE and 20 minutes for DMEE) and discussion of the work by the evaluation committee

Students are advised to test the presentation in the room, in the days before their scheduled evaluation, to make sure all figures and diagrams are clearly visible from the public point of view.

Students should carefully select the slides and the content they wish to present to the examination committee.

The slides should be numbered for easy reference and also indicate the total number of slides (as in slide 3/15). If the presentation has more than 15 slides (20 for DMEE), chances are, it will take more than 15 (or 20 for DMEE) minutes to present.

Students should test the presentation to make sure those 15 (PEE) 20 (DMEE) minutes are not exceeded. The presentation may be cut off if the duration is exceeded.

After the presentation, the examination committee will question the student.

Students must be present in the room well before their time-slot.

The PEE complete examination will take about one hour while the DMEE cannot exceed one hour and thirty minutes.

 

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