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 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 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 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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.