The Ph.D. Program in Information Engineering is a 3-year program with the purpose of preparing highly qualified experts in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Bioengineering, and more precisely in the areas of Electronics, System Theory and Automation, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, Measurement Techniques, Physics and Operation Research applied to Information Engineering.
These experts will operate in high qualified research teams, working within public or private institutions. The professional job after passing the final exam will be within the University, industrial research and development laboratories, or public services.
All the disciplines of the area of Information Engineering have a common identity given by the techniques to acquire the information, the techniques for processing signals and data, the processing techniques in order to transmit them even at a very large distance. Another basic common knowledge of Information Engineering is the definition of appropriate models for physical systems, the analysis, by simulation, of the behaviour of such systems, in order to foresee performance and outcomes. The results obtained by simulation must be interpreted and correctly analyzed with the purpose to design complex systems in several different areas without the necessity of building prototypes, which are seldom a very expensive, or few of them are required. In some situation the simulation is mandatory because it is not possible to do direct proof within the system without being sure of its effectiveness (for example in biological systems or in system with high environmental risks).
The correct modeling of a physical system is the most important thing to learn. It requires fundamental techniques and experience which will be acquired by following specific courses and doing research activities within the research laboratories of the Department of Information Engineering, working together with expert researchers.
The School is organized in two Curriculum in which students are carrying out research on specific topics:
- Information and Communication Science and Technologies (ICT)
Students enrolled in the Bioengineering Curriculum are engaged in research related to the modelling of biological and physiological systems in order to identify normal and abnormal behaviour for the purpose of identification of illness, biomedical signal and image processing, application of computer engineering and robotics to medicine, identification of biological movement of legs and arms and their application to rehabilitation, biomedical instrumentation, biomaterials, etc.
Students enrolled in the ICT Curriculum are engaged in research activities in one of the fields of Information Engineering. They are related to the design of microelectronics systems, telecommunication systems, control systems or computer engineering, of the techniques for their optimization, and of measurement of their performance. Such areas are strongly connected, and research subjects frequently cover several of the cited subjects, or make use of techniques and methodologies of other scientific disciplines.