Computer Science and the Mathematics of Computation 2019-2020
Description of the course
Scientific Areas: 01 – Mathematics and Computer Science; 09 – Industrial and information Engineering, 13 – Economics and Statistics.
Scientific-educational fields: INF/01; ING-INF/05; MAT/01; MAT/05, MAT/07, MAT/08, SECS-S/01
Educational Objectives and Research Activities
The goal of this program is to prepare students with a sound cultural background, providing them with a high level of flexibility, open minded and in-depth cutting edge competences in specific fields. These students will be able to carry out, manage and disseminate independent theoretical and/or applied research activities at an international level. They will be able to design mathematical models aimed at defining and building complex Information Technology (IT) systems, develop innovative IT applications and transfer their knowledge to the private sector, thereby also contributing to strengthening the role played by Italian industrial organizations in the global economic scenario. Our Ph.D. program stresses an interdisciplinary approach that nowdays characterizes most of the advances researches worldwide.
The Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics offered by Università degli Studi dell’Insubria is jointly administered by Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche ed Applicate (Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences) and by Dipartimento di Scienze ed Alta Tecnologia (Department of Sciences and High Tecnology). The program is aimed at students interested in obtaining research positions in universities as well as in government or industrial research institutions. Normally, the Ph.D. program lasts three years. There are currently 9 available positions: 7 of of them come with a fellowship granted by our university, the remaining two have no associated grant. Additional grants might come from research projects supported by funding agencies and/or private companies. The program is articulated into two phases. The first 18 months are mainly devoted to attending courses and seminars at both Università degli Studi dell’Insubria or elsewhere (other universities, national or international PhD schools, etc.). In this respect, the students have a significant amount of flexibility in building up their own study plan; attending courses at other Italian and foreign universities, is highly encouraged. The second 18 months are mainly devoted to independent research activity under the guidance of a supervisor. The program also financially encourages students and supervisors to plan towards longer term research visits to international research venues. The main outcome of a Ph.D. course of study is a Ph.D. dissertation collecting original research work carried out by the student. This will typically take the form of publications in international journals and/or proceedings of international research conferences. The dissertation will be defended in front of a defense jury made up of external experts.
All applicants to our Ph.D. program must have completed a five-year university curriculum (for instance, a three-year Bachelor plus a two-year Master). They are expected to demonstrate a sound background in Computer Science and/or Computational Mathematics, fluency in English and a strong motivation for research. Applicants are ranked according to their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the result of an oral examination usually done in September. The public oral examination may also be carried out through video-conferencing tools. The 7 top ranked applicants qualify for a grant as well as a tuition fee waiver. The remaining applicants may either be admitted with no grant or not admitted at all
Frequency and teaching program
Teaching activity: The teaching activities available to the PhD students are proposed annually by the PhD Board.Duration: 3 years
c/o Dipartimento di Scienze teorichee applicate – Dista
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Via Dunant, 3 - 21100 Varese - Italy
Coordinator: Prof.ssa Barbara Carminati
Contacts: Tel. +39 (0)332398951