Major Areas and Research Themes

Areas of Concentration

Computing Engineering - The evolution and importance of computer systems have become evident. Because of its strategic importance, this domain requires implementing a vigorous research and development program capable of advancing scientific and technological knowhow, even as it fosters the training o highly skilled human resources. Such professionals are essential to maintaining the area’s research system and also increasingly relevant to the development of the existing industrial base, as well as to the emergence of new high-tech business firms.


Engineering Telecommunication - The telecommunications area is marked by the provision of a basic, essential piece of infrastructure for the modern world. It is the consensus opinion of researchers and experts that modest and incremental modernization of existing communication systems will not be sufficient to meet the projected growth of the demand for bandwidth. Immediate investment is therefore needed in investigating new methods and technologies to prevent, or at least delay, the system’s imminent stagnation. On the domestic level, high-tech industry must be developed that can compete in this area of today’s globalized market.


Radio Antenna and Geospatial Application - Study of the upper and lower Earth's atmosphere (including ionosphere, plasmasphere and Earth's magnetosphere) and geospace (near and deep interplanetary medium and solar activity and its planetary influences), space geodesy (with georeferencing systems and their applications in satellites orbitography, time dissemination and precision navigation), impact of cosmic phenomena in the Solar System and our planet, applied radio science to the diagnosis of geospatial phenomena, their interpretation with reference to related physical and astrophysical processes. Development of materials operating in space radiation regime, spatial devices, materials and infrared radiation sensing systems and their applications; terahertz technology; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); radio science, radio astronomy, radio propagation and telecommunications; as well as relevant areas of astronomy, astrophysics and physics.

Research Tracks

Computing and Adaptive Systems – The track emphasizes the investigation of computer systems that, like natural adaptive ones, display high flexibility and robust operations. The notion of adaptiveness emerges in several topics countless areas of computer systems engineering, but with a strong connotation of architectures based on human intelligence and biology-inspired models in general. Therefore, the research track’s highlights include: construction of human learning process models; development of computing methods strongly inspired in biological reality; creation of systems-control algorithms through computational view; modeling natural and artificial dynamical systems; and the characterization of new computing models


Communication, Photonics and Nanomaterials – This Research Track emphasizes the study of optical communication systems, optical networks and the development of photonic devices for both communications and application to other areas in electrical engineering and sciences in general. In addition, studies are conducted of digital signals processing applications and the potential uses of communication systems. The research activities at hand are aligned with the following themes: study and development of new devices based on photonic crystal fibers (microstructured) for optical communication systems and other electrical engineering applications; development of Raman optical amplifiers and high-rate fiber lasers (10 GHz and up) with femtosecond pulses for WDM network applications; application of chaotic signals and systems to communication systems; study of the effect of physical layer constraints on wavelength-routed optical networks (WRN), new optical-burst switched (OBS) and optical-package switched (OPS) network architectures; analysis of propagation conditions in conductive gas media; the study of natural electromagnetic wave generation mechanisms and their propagation in non-lab reproducible media.


Radio Astronomy and Solar-Terrestrial Relations – Investigation of the Sun and its activity phenomena, the structure of the solar atmosphere, spot formation and confined plasma in active regions. Characterization of spots and stellar rotation profile. Particle acceleration mechanisms to high energies, instability of ultra relativistic electron beams in laboratory accelerators and in solar flares. Interplanetary medium and its disruption by solar activity, coronal mass ejection. Study of Earth's upper atmosphere, ionosphere and plasmasphere. Effects from outer space and anomalies due to seismic phenomena in VLF propagation. Total electron content (TEC) in the ionosphere and its variation with solar activity in the detection of GPS signals and metric waves. Acceleration mechanisms of the solar wind and charged dust particles. Study of nuclear and hadronic interactions to understand the nature of the nuclear force and the properties of nuclear matter. Research on active galaxies and quasars and their activity using radio waves, including VLBI. Diagnostics from solar telescopes observations at CASLEO (Argentina): in the sub millimeter (212 and 405 GHz), millimeter (45 and 90 GHz), infrared and visible, and cosmic rays detector. Radio polarimeter at 7 GHz. Research and development of sensor devices, materials and filters for applications in medium and far infrared. Implementation of THz solar radiation photometers operating in stratospheric balloons and satellites. Radiometric techniques to study the propagation of VLF signals, GPS and ionosonde and precipitable water vapor content in the troposphere. Influence of space weather on satellites and on the ground. VLBI applied to precision space Geodesy for measurements of irregularities in the rotation and plastic movements of the Earth and the length of days. Operation of the ROEN 14.2 meters antenna. Georeferencing system development and applications to the synchronism of time, navigation and remote positioning.