Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments, PhD

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    11800
    Tuition (Year)
    11800
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments programme from University of Genova offers PhD candidates a education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments at University of Genova aims aims at developing and enhancing master students’ knowledge and skills in order to form a new generation of professionals able to exploit (and further enhance) cutting-edge ICT technologies to design and implement - in multi-disciplinary work teams - innovative solutions related to Doctoral objective. The programme has three major focuses, iteratively pursued during the whole progress of the candidate’s track.

The former concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, achieved through lectures and seminars. The second aims at maintaining in strict touch PhD students with leading research groups that have proven experiences in research activities in basic disciplines necessary for the PhD course in the five partner universities. The latter involves actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies. The Programme lasts three years. During this period a mobility scheme ensures that students will spend training / research periods in at least two different higher education institutions.

The ICE PhD Course will represent an added value for European and extra european PhD students in several directions:

  • ICE involves 5 top level Universities and field-related research groups from 5 European countries;
  • ICE awards joint/double degrees by university pairs, internally following the same educational organization framework and common macro objectives, that will allow PhDs a highest possibility of adequate and recognized job placement fully exploiting acquired and certified research attitude in a strengthened European High Tech market;
  • ICE provides a organized higher-education European network, associated with the ICE brand, for additional cultural offer, logistic facilities, direct interaction with European industries (SMEs and large European industries) under a joint transnational quality control committed to continuous improvement.
  • Objectives

    The programme has three major focuses, which will be iteratively pursued during the whole progress of the candidate’s track following guidelines promoted also by the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Good Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers:

  • The first focus concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, and it will be achieved through lectures and seminars. Addressed topics will involve: cognitive systems, multimedia signal processing, intelligent decision support systems, pattern recognition, data fusion, machine learning, serious gaming and virtual worlds, virtual simulation environments, pervasive business intelligence, interoperable and adaptive telecommunications, multimedia wireless networks networking, sensor networks, intelligent ambient design and architecture sectors. English language ad hoc modules together with modules made available at partner universities in related Master courses will be used to obtain a large and updated offer to PhD students;
  • The second focus will be related to maintain in strict touch PhD students with leading research groups that have proven experiences in research activities in basic disciplines necessary for the PhD course in the five partner universities. Thanks to the proven and updated experiences of the involved teams as well as even improved by the more enlarged view that is a specific added value of the trans-national Erasmus Mundus proposal, students will be addressed on research topics that are always on the edge of the research Moreover, the possibility of being directly advised by two supervisors from two different universities according to a quality scheme as well as to have check points common with students and tutors of other universities is expected contribute to improve the education level of ICE PhD students in the European domain;
  • The third focus will involve actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies and customers. Such challenges will provide students the chance of realistically facing concrete design issues strictly related to market and business opportunities.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Study intensity Full-time
    • Credits
      180 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    • Partnership
    • Project Type Predefined
    • Educational Form Academic

    Programme Structure

    Research areas

    The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers a complete panorama of the aspects that characterize the target professional figure:

    • Assistive Technologies for Health and Autonomous Living. This curriculum covers research and development of technologies for improving autonomy and independence of individuals, taking into account the needs of end users and their guardians. The professionals trained by this specialization will be prepared to introduce technologies that can assist people with disability or illness in their daily activities, developing a high capacity for analysis in order to understand not only technical-scientific but also socio-psychological aspects of their business;
    • Networked Embedded System. This specialization deals with various technological issues concerning embedded systems and networks of the future, which represent a very important basis for the development of many intelligent and pervasive applications. From a scientific-technical point of view, the course provides insights on topics such as simulations of networks, design of processors and embedded systems, communication networks and smart sensors;
    • People Inspired Technologies. This specialization offers research and study applications in advanced methodologies and tools related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, simulation environments, HCI, psychology and safety. The program takes its inspiration from the need to integrate areas such as social sciences and humanities with information and communication technologies through a cross-disciplinary approach that is able to provide the students with a broad vision in the ICT domain;
    • Design for Social Interaction. This area focus on the design of intelligent systems, products and related services that are characterized by three main aspects: (1) sensor based input, (2) context awareness and adaptive signal processing, and (3) actuator controlled output. Projects in this area investigate the software and hardware architecture, and build up necessary technical expertise to design and create such kind of systems. The research approach is a particular form of 'research through design'. Such kind of design research will be problem- and design-oriented, based on respect for people and society in general. This idea of problem and design orientation has to do with the strong intention that systems, products and related services should address society's problems, and that advanced technology offers great design opportunities to be exploited. This means that this research area tries to pay more attention to peoples' actual needs and favor a multidisciplinary design approach;
    • Multi-sensor Surveillance. Main activities related to this track will be related to the development of specific techniques for detecting, localizing and tracking multiple objects in cluttered scenes as well as study of novel algorithms for robust scene understanding using mobile and ptz cameras. Moreover, concerning the context of Data-Fusion, study and development of techniques and architectures will be part of students' research activities, for instance, focusing on Graphical Models (Bayesian Networks, Multilevel Markov Random Fields, DEKFs). In particular, during their experience students will be able to acquire skills and knowledge which will reinforce their professional capabilities in a range of heterogeneous fields as sensor calibration techniques, scene modeling, process synchronization techniques, application dependent databases, system integration, remote information communication and methods for performance evaluation of surveillance systems.

    Academic Requirements

    • A maximum of 3 (three) applications to different EMJDS is allowed.
    • The Application Form has to be filled in all sections.
    • Please write in indicated boxes and provide all the requested documents.
    • Application forms not properly filled or missing one or more file in attachment will not be considered for evaluation by ICE Consortium.
    • A 2nd Cycle academic degree, for an overall duration of at least 5 years, must have been completed at the expiry time of this call for application 

    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • EUR 11800 International
    • EUR 11800 EU/EEA
    • Tuition fees have been fixed as € 11.800 for Category A students and € 10.000 for Category B students x year.
    • A fee waiver will be applied to Erasmus Mundus granted students for a total fee amount of 7.200 € x year.
    • As a general rule, the monthly fixed contribution of 600€ for laboratory-based course activities will be retained by the consortium in order to cover tuition fees.
    • Tuition fees will be used to provide services to students as periods of stage in partner industries, participation to summer school, trips, logistic and didactic support, technology-based facilities etc.
    • Technology-based facilities are made available to candidates for the duration of their official participation in the EMJD ICE PhD programme, but remain property of the hosting institution.
    • No mandatory insurance scheme is foreseen for PhD candidates granted as employment contracts, however the consortium will ensure social security rights as pension scheme, health, accident and motherhood.
    • Non-granted students will have to pay the full tuition fees and will have the same services of granted ones (e.g. periods of stage in partner industries, participation to summer school, trips, logistic and didactic support, technology-based facilities).

    Funding

    A Doctoral Candidate Agreement will be signed with Erasmus Mundus granted Students in which monthly payments are specified (12 installments of 2.800 each as employment contract (gross salary) and of 600 as fixed contribution for laboratory-based course) together with the lump sum ( 7.500) for traveling expenses (only to Category A students).
    The gross amount is not intended as an employee gross but as an employer gross. Therefore, each university, according to each national legislation, will deduct from the monthly amount both the employer's taxes and the employee's taxes. In average, an equivalent net salary will be guaranteed to all PhD candidates.The expected average net salary will be around 1.500 per month.

    Each year a variable number of fellowships will be offered according to the grants provided by EACEA.

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