About The Program of the PhD Course

The PhD Course in ICT offers student a wide range of academic options, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary teaching staff and the availability of laboratories.

Students might attend basic or advanced courses in all distinctive areas: from design technologies and software realisation, to hardware implementation technologies; from information elaboration methodologies, to infrastructures for their distribution in networks.

The program consist of 180 credits. The credits are awarded by the Doctorate School commission according to didactic regulation.

 

Specialisations

The Doctorate programme of the ICT School is organized in three curricula: Computer Engineering and Science, Electronics and Telecommunications and Industrial Applications of ICT. The research topics included in these curricula encompass a number of modern research and technological problems related to information management, electronics and telecommunications.

The Computer Engineering and Science curriculum concerns the following research areas:

  • methodologies and tools for the project and management of heterogeneous and distributed information systems;
  • development of ontologies and methodologies for the knowledge representation;
  • methodologies and tools to help in modular development and software reusability;
  • methods and tools for planning and control in manufacturing companies and networks of enterprises;
  • image processing and analysis and visual information retrieval from images and videos;
  • multimedia and architectures for multimedia systems;
  • computer graphics systems;
  • cloud computing;
  • high performance system architectures and web services;
  • security;
  • mobile agent systems in Internet (security, resource management and corresponding costs);
  • intelligent agents;
  • coordination infrastructures for multi-component applications in Internet;
  • Web technologies and emerging standards;
  • models and methods for the evaluation of performance in computer systems;
  • methods for the combinatorial optimization for solutions to decisional processes;
  • dynamic systems;
  • cellular autonoma;
  • neural networks;
  • classifier systems;
  • genetic networks.

The Electronics and Telecommunications curriculum concerns the following research areas:

  • electronics and electronic measurements;
  • telecommunications;
  • electromagnetics;
  • control theory.

In particular, in the field of electronics and measurements,  the following research areas are considered:

  • microelectronics, also in its more recent advances in single components;
  • intelligent sensing;
  • electronics for telecommunications;
  • electronics for digital systems and electronics for actuation and control systems.

In the field of telecommunications and electromagnetics, the main research areas are:

  • digital transmission techniques for wireless and wired communication systems
  • wideband telecommunication networks;
  • optical components and devices for photonic networks and the electromagnetic compatibility.

In the field of control theory, the main research topics are:

  • mathematical modeling of physical systems;
  • sliding-mode robust control with integral action;
  • robotics and controls in the automotive scenario.

The Industrial Applications of ICT curriculum concerns the development of new knowledge aimed at meeting the needs of job market and, consequently, whose relevance is not exclusively limited to academic world. The research carried out by PhD students involved in this curriculum must fit into a three-year industrial project conceived and developed in collaboration with a private company.



International Dimension

English is the official language. All courses are taught in English. Oral and written exams as well as the thesis are in English. English is also the everyday language in the interaction with the Faculty and the admininistration.

Students are strongly recommended to spend at least three months of their doctorate studies in a top international research or academic institution. A significant increase of the grant is guaranteed during this period. Partecipation to international summer schools and conferences are strongly encouraged.

  

International Students Point

Starting from 25 August 2008 our University has activated the "International Students Point" which has the aim of supporting foreign students applying for the PhD School (for instance: burocracy with the visa, information about the accomodation at the University and about courses for Italian language and culture, etc.).

The International Student Point is located in Via Università 4, Modena, and has the following contacts:
Phone: +39 059 2056568
Fax: +39 059 2056566
Webpage: http://www.unimore.it/en/InternationalRelations/intstudents.html

  

Tutoring

Students are assigned a tutor/advisor who follows and advises the student throughout their research fieldwork.

  

Thesis and Degree examination

The final examination consists of a public discussion and a written dissertation.

Since 2011, the PhD dissertations of the students of the ICT school are freely available online.

  

Academic year

The Academic year starts on November, 1st and ends on October, 31st.
  

Assurance

PhD students are covered by the University assurance.