PhD program in Information and communication technologies (ICT)

XXXV cycle - 2019/2020

Duration 3 years
Position 14 position available - 10 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Sonia Bergamaschi
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Nota Five different selection procedures:
- one for 6 positions with scholarship, 3 positions without scholarship, 1 position reserved to employees of the Company specified by the Call (industrial doctorate);
- four, each one for 1 position with scholarship on specific topic.
Admission Expiration date 20/06/2019 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 16/09/2019
Enrollment deadline 26/09/2019 at 13:00:00

Scientific areas

INF/01 (Computer Science), ING-INF/01 (Electronics), ING-INF/02 (Electromagnetic Fields), ING-INF/03 (Telecommunications), ING-INF/04 (Automatics), ING-INF/05 (Data Processing Systems), ING-INF/07 (Electric and Electronic Measurement Systems), FIS/01 (Experimental Physics)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 13 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The PhD Course offers three curricula: Computer Engineering and Science; Electronics and Telecommunications; Industrial Applications of ICT.

Research topics
The research topics included in the available curricula encompass most of the modern technologies in the fields of information management, electronics and telecommunications.
The “Computer Engineering and Science” curriculum concerns different research areas of computer science and computer engineering, involving both foundational theory (e.g., software principles and software engineering, operating systems, computer networks, databases and information systems), and advanced theories and emerging applications (e.g., business intelligence, internet of things, sensor networks, computer vision and multimedia, adaptive software systems, future internet, cyber security, management and analysis of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, digital technologies for Industry 4.0).
The “Electronics and Telecommunications” curriculum focusses on advanced methodologies and applications of electronics and electronic measurements, telecommunications, electronic circuits, electromagnetic propagation, photonics and automation engineering, with special emphasis on key enabling hardware technologies for a variety of broad application domains such as energy efficient electronics, photonics and communications for the IoT, HPC and edge, fog and cloud computing, as well as smart sensors for the Internet of Health, robotics and agrifood, electron devices and circuits with conventional and emerging materials (semiconductors, e.g. 2D, SiC, GaN, etc.) for smart and low power and energy for industrial applications and including, but not limited to, new computation paradigms, quantum and approximate computing.
The Curriculum in Industrial Applications of ICT concerns the development of new knowledge aimed at satisfying the innovation needs of the industrial sector and job market; it entails developments toward high TRL levels.
All the curricula deal with topics concerning Industry 4.0 and Big Data and are fully aligned with the research perspectives outlined by H2020, Horizon Europe and the National Programme for Research.

Training goals
The structured educational and research activities aim at delivering PhDs with diverse skills and remarkable ability to understand and develop innovation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, well qualified to cover leading positions in Universities, public or private research organizations, and private manufacturing industries and service companies. A numerous board of Professors and an international Advisory Committee manages the doctoral program and guarantees an optimum balance between sectorial specialization and acquisition of transversal (soft) skills.

Professional perspectives
The PhD Course in ICT promotes both basic research and applied research as well as technology transfer in cooperation with industrial partners. PhD activities balance methodological aspects with applications, disciplinary focus with transversal activities, individual focusses deepening of specific subjects with group presentations and discussion with peer students and tutors. The involvement of industrial partners favors projections toward high TRL levels and the technology transfer of research results, while the University guarantees a high degree of innovation and sound scientific grounds. The importance of the dense network of industrial contacts is testified by the research contracts signed by various companies supporting the doctoral activities.
The Doctoral Program in ICT has been the best source of recruitment for university research staff in this field. The excellent level of training is witnessed by the number and quality of scientific publications as well as by research contracts and collaborations to which PhDs have contributed. Doctors who have chosen to pursue their professional career have been recruited by industrial research companies and laboratories, operating mainly in the ICT sector. In this case doctoral candidates have been offered qualifying positions, recognizing the doctoral years as past seniority.
Finally, it is important to mention the fact that information technology, telecommunications, automation and their enabling electronic technologies offer various possibilities of use in the advanced services sector, in the manufacturing and biomedical sector.

The research topics offered are available on the website of the PhD Course The list of courses offered in previous PhD programs and the training offer for this cycle is outlined (the final list will be made available during the year) as well at

At the same address
PhD candidates can apply following the call instructions, available at

We emphasize that an important part of the evaluation of the applications relates to the "Statement of interest", where candidates can indicate their preference for up to two research topics among those proposed by the PhD course.


Three years (01/11/2019 - 31/10/2022)


The course venue is at Modena.


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in May 2018 (refer to the Calls).

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» Guide for admission application to Ph.D. programmes

Please complete the application form and submit it electronically following the application guide. A non-returnable administrative fee of 25 € will be charged. The decision on admission as well as on financial support is published on the web.

Contact office

For further information please contact:
Master and PhD Office
via Università, 4 - 41121 Modena
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