The programme

Overview

The course is aimed at the acquisition of advanced multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary knowledge and skills, which are expressed in the main research areas attributable to Information Engineering applied to Intelligent Systems, such as Computational Architecture, Bioengineering, Physics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems.
The Ph.D. Course is motivated by the need to train people with a high level of specialization in the context of the methods and tools typical of engineering and physics, applied to the integration of intelligent systems in the industrial and medical fields.
The objective is, in particular, to train professional figures who, in these fields, are able to coordinate and conduct both basic and applied research activities, manage managerial activities in companies, institutions, and public and private research centers, and encourage scientific and technological transfer within them relating to the context of intelligent systems.
The Ph.D. course aims to prepare professionals who, equipped with high decision-making autonomy and a strong critical sense, can play a leading role in the research and application fields related to the doctorate. In particular, in the design and creation of physical, bioengineering and cyber-physical devices and systems that, also thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, allow an increasingly advanced, collaborative and sustainable interaction between the environment, people and robots in their respective interaction contexts.

The proposal to establish a doctorate in Intelligent Systems is supported by labor market surveys, for which research doctors show employment levels higher than second-level graduates, with an average employment rate of 93.2% in Engineering. The demand for work shows an increase for engineering and high-skilled professions, linked to information technology and technology applied to the industrial sector and to sectors linked to care and personal services.

The doctoral course is divided into the following two curricula, at the basis of which there is advanced common training relating to enabling technologies for the design and creation of intelligent systems:

  • Bioengineering and Physics
    The curriculum focuses on the acquisition of advanced skills in the fields of electronic and computer bioengineering, physics applied to medicine and biology and materials science and technology in the biomedical and industrial fields. These include analysis and acquisition of biosignals and bioimages, in silico, in vitro and in vivo biological and physiological models, precision medicine, rehabilitation engineering, surgical robotics, artificial intelligence, development of biosensors and biomedical instrumentation and bio- and nano-materials for applications in the biomedical and industrial fields, structural and functional properties of materials and nanomaterials, as well as analysis techniques of their electronic, optical and magnetic properties.
  • Cyberphysical Systems
    The curriculum focuses on the acquisition of advanced skills in the field of Information and Automatic Engineering applied to both the industrial and medical fields. These include: robotics and controls, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, advanced computing architectures, automatic system design and verification, human-machine interaction, visual computing, machine/deep learning, Internet of Things and big data.

Employment and professional opportunities

The research skills provided by the Ph.D. in Engineering of Intelligent Systems allow for broad employment opportunities, both in the academic and industrial fields, which will be favored thanks also to the collaborations maintained by the members of the College and the Department of Engineering for Innovation Medicine with companies, universities and national and international bodies. The main employment opportunities foreseen are in particular university careers and management and research activities at companies and institutions active in the biomedical, ICT services for healthcare, manufacturing and industrial automation, and consultancy in the field of intelligent systems sectors, which require high specialization in information processing systems, automation, bioengineering, applied physics, and matter physics.

Research facilities and services for PhD students

Several research laboratories are available:

  • ALTAIR Laboratory (Automatics and Robotics)
  • BraiNAVLab Laboratory (Bioengineering)
  • ESD (Electronic System Design) Laboratory
  • ICE (Industrial Computer Engineering) laboratory
  • PARCO Laboratory (Parallel Computing)
  • IoT4Care Laboratory (Internet of Things for Healthcare)
  • Computer and cyber-physical laboratories
  • High-performance Computer, Univ. Verona
  • Center for Technological Platforms, Univ. Verona.
  • Intelligo Laboratory (Artificial Intelligence)

Students will be able to access the libraries:

  • University centers:
  • Frinzi Library (Periodicals: 3986; Monographs: 181289)
  • Meneghetti Library (Periodicals: 2309; Monographs: 30246)
  • From the Dept. of Computer Science: Bruno Forte (3430 monographs)

The university library system (also via VPN connection) makes all the databases available in the University available to doctoral students. Of particular interest to computer science PhD students are the following databases:

  • Scopus
  • Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • International Law in Domestic Courts (Oxford)
  • ISSN Portal
  • ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
  • Meddling
  • Springer Journals
  • Web of science

In addition to the University's wired and Wi-Fi network and the various department LAN networks, all the above laboratories are equipped with computers and IT equipment to allow doctoral students to carry out fruitful research. Furthermore, the department finances the purchase of electronic materials (laptops, monitors, etc.) for all first-year doctoral scholarship holders.

Each doctoral student in Intelligent Systems has at his disposal a work area equipped with table, chairs and chest of drawers in the spaces of the Department of Engineering for Innovation Medicine. In addition to the Department's servers for web pages and email, the Department provides each student with a PC of their choice and the basic software to use it. Finally, each research laboratory is equipped with servers and computing tools dedicated to specific research areas.



Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato in Ingegneria dei Sistemi Intelligenti

Coordinator
Bombieri Nicola

Type of body
PhD committee

Department
Ingegneria per la medicina di innovazione

Records and documents present in the year:

April 3, 2024

March 13, 2024

QA Board of PHD in Ingegneria dei Sistemi Intelligenti

Coordinator
Da Definire Ancora

Type of body
Quality Assurance Board

Department
Ingegneria per la medicina di innovazione

Tasks

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The Italian University system

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First-cycle degrees: Bachelor’s degree programme

First-cycle degrees are aimed at enabling students to achieve a command of general scientific methods and content, and to acquire specific professional knowledge.
Admission requirements: secondary school diploma after completing 13 years of study in total and passing the relevant State examination, or equivalent foreign qualification; admission may be subject to further assessment.
Duration: three years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 180 CFU; doing an internship and preparing a dissertation/thesis may also be required. Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates may continue their studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree or other second-cycle degree programmes and courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree (Laurea), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore”.

Second-cycle degrees: Master’s degree

Second-cycle degrees aim to provide students with an advanced training and knowledge to take on highly-skilled roles.
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent qualification; curricular admission requirements for each course may vary depending on each University.
Duration: two years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 120 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”. Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
Some courses (Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy, Architecture and Building Engineering-Architecture, Law, Primary Education) are offered as Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees (Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico).
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification; admission is subject to passing an admission test.
Duration: five years (six years and 360 CFU for Medicine and Surgery, and Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics).
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 300 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis. Upon completion of a Single-cycle degree, graduates may continue their studies by applying for a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca) or other third-cycle courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”.

Third-cycle degrees

PhD programmes: these courses enable students to gain reliable methodologies for advanced scientific research through innovative methodologies and new technologies, and generally include internships abroad and lab activities at research laboratories. Graduates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition; PhD programmes have a minimum duration of three years. In order to complete the programme, students must produce a research thesis/dissertation and present it at a final examination.
Academic title: upon completion of a PhD programme, students are awarded the title of “Dottore di ricerca”, or “PhD”.
Postgraduate specialisation courses: these are third-cycle courses aimed at enabling students to develop advanced knowledge and highly-specialised skills, such as in the medical, clinical and surgical fields. To be admitted to these courses, applicants must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition. Postgraduate specialisation courses may last from two (120 CFU) to 6 years (360 CFU) depending on the type. Academic title: upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded a “Diploma di Specializzazione”.

Professional Master’s programme

1st-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di primo livello”.
2nd-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di secondo livello”.

Other useful things

Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU/ECTS credits): Italian university courses are based on the CFU system. 1 CFU is equal to 25 hours of study. The average annual academic workload for a full-time student is generally assumed to be 60 CFU. CFU and ECTS credits serve the same purpose and generally have the same value.
Degree class: Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes that have the same learning objectives and activities are grouped into “degree classes". The educational content of each programme is set autonomously by each university; however, universities are required to include certain educational activities (and the corresponding number of CFU credits) set at the national level. These requirements are established in relation to each degree class. Degrees in the same class have the same legal value.
Double/Joint degrees: the Italian universities may establish degree programmes in partnership with other Italian or foreign universities. Upon completion of these courses, graduates are awarded a joint or double/multiple degree, one from each Partner University.