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2015/16 PhD program in Computer Science and Systems Engineering (CSSE) at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline for applications – June 29th 2015, 6 pm Italian time

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Applications are now being accepted for PhD students in Computer Science and Systems Engineering (CSSE) for the 2015/16 PhD program at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (  Highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for one of the 35 fully-funded scholarships of the three-year doctoral program, which is articulated in curricula. The 3 curricula currently offered are field-specific, although in many instances they share a common scientific background.


The CSSE curriculum provides the doctoral student with a solid interdisciplinary background to analyze cyber-physical systems and provide solutions to a huge variety complex engineering problems. The program of studies is based on a set of common courses, covering the fundamentals of numerical linear algebra and numerical methods for differential equations, computer programming, dynamical systems and control, numerical optimization, stochastic processes, and machine learning. These basic courses are followed by a number of advanced courses and research seminars related to the different areas of specialization for the PhD work that can be chosen by the student.

The specialization in computer science deals with the development of models, algorithms, and verification methods for modern distributed systems, focusing on cutting-edge research issues on the fundamentals and the applications of architectures and languages to modern distributed systems, including global and cloud computing systems, web systems and services, and mobile systems. The specialization in control systems is oriented towards identification and optimization-based control of dynamical systems, with an emphasis on real-time embedded optimization algorithms for control of stochastic, distributed, and large-scale dynamical systems, and their application in industrial problems arising from the automotive, aerospace, and smart-grid domains. The specialization in computational mechanics is concerned with the development of innovative computational methods to study advanced problems of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and cutting-edge problems involving multiple fields and length scales of high interest in both the academic and industrial sectors. Students focusing on image analysis work on devising new machine learning and data mining algorithms for innovative feature extraction, sparse data representation and scientific visualization of large-scale multimodal data, with emphasis on images arising in the natural and life sciences.  


Graduates from the curriculum will be qualified to work in universities, public and industrial research centers, and to take on professional roles and high-profile tasks and responsibilities in both private companies and public institutions.


All students are based in the newly restored San Francesco complex, a fully integrated campus in the historical center of the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. The campus includes residential facilities, including an on-site canteen, study and living rooms, and outdoor recreational spaces, all serving to add a cultural and social dimension to the professional experience of the doctoral program. Eligible students will also receive a research scholarship which amounts to approximately €13,600/year.


The PhD program at IMT attracts students from around the world, providing a truly international environment. English is the official language of the Institute. To further enhance the internationality of the program, all students have the opportunity to spend anywhere from 2-9 months abroad at a research institute or university, with the possibility of receiving additional financing through the Erasmus+ program.


To find out more about the institute, the requirements for admission and how to apply, please see You can also sign up for our free interactive webinar


The deadline for applications is June 29th 2015, 6 pm Italian time.


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