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Erasmus Mundus in Interactive and Cognitive Environments, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The ICE proposal is submitted by five leading European universities with long-time experience and cooperation in education and industry-driven research, stimulated also by an attentive review of the European policies on higher education and economic competitiveness. 
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Overview

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 will provide 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 program 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 will be 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:

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. This creative, highly skilled environment that we have sketched above has the ambition to constitute an extensible and replicable excellence example. The example intends to involve universities, industries and institutions to promote the European educational system, values, skills and welfare/competitiveness in comparison with other affirmed or emergent economies and countries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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, 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. 

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. 

The third focus will involve actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies and customers.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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).

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