Programme details

What will you learn?

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The programme has a multidisciplinary curriculum.

In the first year, you will learn the main ICT tools and methodologies, like computer and data transmission systems, advanced programming techniquesmachine learning, techniques for big data analysis and signal processing, mobile and sensor networks, stochastic modelling techniques and optimization methods.

During the program, you will learn how to use the above ICT tools in many applications:

  • Health: you will understand how to use ICT tools for instrumental diagnostic techniques and address the ethical-scientific issues for the care of patients.
  • Design of urban structures and buildings: you will learn about the principles of design of buildings and smart cities, the relevant properties of building materials and their environmental compatibility.
  • Environmental protection: you will study remote sensing, positioning and photogrammetry.
  • Transport: you will learn about intelligent transport systems, related legislation and mobility models.
  • Energy: you will learn about energy generation, transport and distribution.

How will you learn it?

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You will take part in face-to-face lectures, classroom practicals, computer and experimental laboratories.

You will be able to test your knowledge about the various application fields through a multidisciplinary project aimed at developing ICT applications.

You will have access to top-level labs in the Departments involved in the degree program, experimenting with a hands-on approach. More than 300 hours are devoted to lab activities on different ICT methodologies: machine learning and deep neural networks, smart networks, programming for IoT, mobile and sensor networks. 

At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to work on your thesis project or do an internship in a company.

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Interdisciplinary project

A key element of the didactic approach of ICT4SS is the “Interdisciplinary projects”, a 10 ECTS course introducing the students to a project-based learning approach, applying the knowledge on ICT methodologies gained during the first year to one of the application domains characterizing ICT4SS. During this course, students work together in groups to solve real-world problems, to broaden their knowledge, to improve communication and interpersonal/social skills, to enhance their leadership skills, to increase their creativity, and to improve writing and communication skills. 

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Top-quality teaching

All courses are taught in English, creating an international environment that promotes cultural exchange, increases cooperation opportunities among students, encourages interactions with experts in all technical disciplines relevant to ICT and its applications.  

Students come from different Bachelor programs, including non-ICT programs, bringing diverse technical competencies. You will work in team to identify and implement solutions to technical problems, promoting innovative teaching methods.    

Courses are given by professors with excellent track record in scientific research, warranting the most advanced and up-to-date course programs. Often top students have the chance to publish their work in scientific journals and conferences. 

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Studying abroad

You will have the opportunity of an ERASMUS exchange program with many foreign universities. 

Double degree programs are also available with the following Universities: 

What you can do next

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 Your career as an Engineer in ICT for Smart societies starts here. You will be able to find a job in top competitive companies, high-level industrial or public research centres and choose between a variety of career fields:

  • Design and development of ICT devices and services - for applications such as cloud computing, big-data analysis, telemedicine, energy distribution, home automation and environmental protection;
  • Research and development - for ICT equipment manufacturers, utility companies that manage energy supply networks, information distribution networks, transportation systems, companies operating in the health and environmental sectors as well as universities and public research centres;
  • ICT consultant  - for companies, government agencies and other organizations that work in energy, transportation, health, home automation, environmental protection, and in many other sectors. 

Projects based on the exploitation of ICT technologies to create smarter societies are widespread and ICT jobs are increasingly required also in non-ICT sectors. According to official Almalaurea stats, 94.1% of ICT4SS students is employed in the first year after graduation.  

The professors and research groups contributing to the ICT4SS degree are actively involved in both national and international collaborations with top level companies. These networks are beneficial to students, who can find a lot of opportunities for internships and master thesis in companies.