The PhD in Computer Science and Systems Engineering is a research degree in which PhD students are expected to acquire broad foundations in the theory and practice of Computer Science and Systems Engineering combined with a deep understanding of a specific area. 
The PhD program lasts 3 year. Training activities include attending classes, national and/or international schools on advanced topics, seminars, and conferences. 

Research areas of interest to the program are:

Computer Science Curriculum

  • Data Management and Analysis, Data Intensive Computing, Web and Stream Data, Geographic Information Systems
  • Computer Graphics, Geometric Modeling, Computational Topology, Scientific Visualization, Spatial Data Processing
  • Image Processing and Analysis, Computer Vision, Medical Imaging
  • Artificial Intelligence, Multi-agent Systems; Knowledge Representation, Computational Logic, Constraint Programming, Verification
  • Machine Learning: theory and algorithms, Bioinformatics, Text and Image Retrieval
  • Programming Languages, Compilers, Type Theory, Semantics, Concurrency, Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software Engineering, Sotware Development Methods, Human Computer and Multimodal Inferfaces, Multimedia Systems 
  • Parallel Systems, Distributed Systems, Cloud  Computing, Operating Systems, Security, Web and Networks

Systems Engineering Curriculum

  • Dynamic systems Modelling, Analysis, Identification and Forecasting techniques
  •  Planning, Optimization, Multi Agent and Distributed Optimization
  • Optimal Control, Robust Control, Model Predictive Control, Supervisory Control and Distributed Control Schemes
  • Simulation and Design of Experiments methods
  • Risk management, System Sustainability, System Reliability, Critical Infrastructures
  • Industrial Automation, Optimization of Manufacturing activities, Supply Chain Management·         
  • Modeling, Optimization and Control of Transportation Systems and Networks         
  • Monitoring, Supervision, Modeling and Optimization of Environmental Systems
  • Energy Systems and Distributed Energy Networks Modelling, Optimization and Management

International dimension 

The PhD Program encourages visits of PhD students to foreign institutions as part of the PhD training, for a maximum of 18 months over the 3 years program. Such visits must be approved by the PhD Coordinator (visits below 6 months) or by the PhD Program Committee (visits over six months). 

Career opportunities

A PhD degree in Computer Science and Systems Engineering opens a variety of career opportunities. Natural outcomes are in academic or research institutions or else in R&D departments of national and international companies. Further career opportunities, not strictly related to research, but still leveraging on the role of  ‘innovators’, include the establishment of spin-off companies or consultancy.


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