ICE - Interactive and Cognitive Environments

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  • Duration: 3 years


The Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers an education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering and industrial design. Candidates must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title.

The programme has three major focuses that will be iteratively pursued during the whole progress of the candidate’s track. The first concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, achieved through lectures and seminars. The second aims at keeping PhD students in strict touch 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 involves actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies, typically under international institutional umbrellas, such as the European Research Frameworks.

The doctorate offers a complete panorama of the aspects that characterize the target professional figure subdivided in 5 research areas:

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;
Network Embedded System. This specialization deals with various technological issues concerning embedded systems and networks of the future;
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;
Designed Intelligence. The goal of such a curriculum is to facilitate and promote student learning. It is intended to generate a meaningful learning experience: learning to determine what to perform, how to achieve this performance and why to achieve this;
Multi-sensor Surveillance. Main activities concern the study 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 heterogeneous sensors.

A mobility scheme ensures that students will spend training / research periods in at least two different higher education institutions. The language of instruction is English. Local language learning and integration in the society will be promoted through ad-hoc courses and university staff support.

The ICE PhD Course will represent added value for PhD students from inside and outside Europe in several respects: ICE involves five top level universities and field-related research groups from 5 European countries; ICE awards joint/double degrees by university pairs (recognized by all partners within the consortium), internally following the same educational organization framework and common macro- objectives, that will allow PhDs the highest possibility of adequate and recognized job placement; ICE provides an organized higher-education European network, associated with the ICE brand, for additional cultural offer, logistic facilities, direct interaction with European industries.


  • UNIVERSITY OF GENOA, Italy (Co-ordinating institution)


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