Joint Doctoral Course in Interactive and Cognitive Environment (JD ICE), PhD

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  • 36 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
The Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments (JD ICE) is organized by the two Universities Partners in the Project: the University of Genova and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL); the course offers PhD candidates an education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering.
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The Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers PhD candidates a research and education programme in the field of computer science or electronic and telecommunication engineering. The ICE aims at developing and enhancing master students’ knowledge and skills in order to form a new generation of professionals that will be able to exploit (and further enhance) cutting-edge ICT technologies to design and implement - typically in multi-disciplinary work teams - innovative solutions that take into account the needs of the end users and the expectations of the stakeholders.

The programme provides high-level academic courses and offer concrete research project work challenges that are suited to promising students with an ambition to became researchers or achieve a leading industrial role through a professional designer career. The programme empowers the PhD candidate in shaping her/his educational track, especially in view of the future career. The type/amount/content of the course work and project tasks is ad-hoc tailored on the basis of the candidate’s specific background and individual profile, also considering a multi-disciplinary research and education offer.

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:

  1. The first focus concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, and it is achieved through lectures and seminars. Addressed topics 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 are used to obtain a large and updated offer to PhD students;
  2. The second focus is 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 (University of Genova and Queen Mary University of London), students will be addressed on research topics that are always on the edge of the research Moreover, being directly advised by two supervisors from the two different universities according to a quality scheme as well as to have check points common with other students and tutors, contribute to improve the education level of ICE PhD students in the European domain;
  3. The third focus involves actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies and customers. Such challenges provides students the chance of realistically facing concrete design issues strictly related to market and business opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The ICE partners will deliver a joint PhD degree (not all partners are in a position to deliver the joint degree, but are able to offer a double award from the outset) to students limited to university pairs .

According to this statement, for each successful applicant student two supervisors will be designed from the two universities which will be involved in the mobility scheme (supervisor) and/or from the other three partners (tutor).

Moreover, a secondary supervisor will be designed to represent the reference for the other university where the applicant intends to spend part of his course .

Every year, a Summer School (that will last at least one week) will be organized involving in different sessions all students, part of the boards’ members and part of the teaching staff. In particular, in the first days of the school modules and seminars will be organized by professors of the different universities in a conference style. Supervisors and tutors will be present during the last two days of the school which will be dedicated to oral presentation and evaluation of students’ activities; at least one delegate from each partner industry will be invited to participate to the event. The school will be held, during the first five years life-cycle of the ICE course in a different partner country each year.

The aim of this meeting will be both technical and social. From one hand, all applicants, even if pursuing the same course, have not the chance of meeting but in the web space their colleagues that have selected two different countries for their track, so the Summer School could represent an outstanding opportunity of social integration between students and students and professors. On the other hand, the chance of exchanging their experiences, acquired knowledge and compare different research groups activities will contribute to the professional growth of students in the perspective of their future academic or business careers.

Summer Schools could be organized in conjunction with research events co-organized by partner universities (e.g. conferences like AVSS, ICDSC, ICIP, etc.)

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 or must be achieved by at least July 31st, 2014.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 11800 International
  • EUR 10000 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).


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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