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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EMBEDDED COMPUTING SYSTEMS

The Master of Science in Embedded Computing Systems is jointly offered by the University of Pisa (Department of Information Engineering) and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies - TeCIP).

 

WHY EMBEDDED SYSTEMS?

Over 98% of the computers existing in the world are embedded, that is, integrated into a larger system with the purpose of managing its resources and monitoring/controlling its functions using special hardware devices.

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In the last thirty years, embedded computing systems grew exponentially in areas like industrial automation, avionics, automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and robotics.


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The number of application domains is rapidly expanding in other fields, like sport and medicine (portable monitoring devices), agriculture, game and toy industry, civil protection, and intelligent transportation systems.

 

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OBJECTIVES OF THE MASTER OF SCIENCE

Designing and developing software for embedded computing systems requires an interdisciplinary knowledge in different technical areas like:

 

 

  • real-time operating systems;
  • sensory acquisition and processing;
  • motor control;
  • microprocessor, multiprocessor, and multi-core architectures;
  • distributed systems and sensor networks;
  • optimization methods;
  • modeling and timing analysis;
  • software verification;
  • advanced man-machine interfaces.

SmartCardThe Master in Embedded Computing Systems is aimed at providing both theoretical foundations and practical aspects in the disciplines listed above, forming engineers capable of designing and programming complex computing systems using the most advanced methodologies.

 

STRONG INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS

Professors teaching in the Master have strong international collaborations with the top research teams in the world and have established contacts with the major industries in the field. Examples are listed below.

 

Universities

UniversityLocationTopic
University of Lund    Lund, Sweden Real-time control
Malardalen University    Vasteras, Sweden Real-time systems
Royal Institute of Technology (TKH)    Stockholm, Sweden Real-time control
University of York    York, UK Real-time systems and multi-core platforms 
University of Porto    Porto, Portugal Real-Time Networks
Polytechnic University of Porto    Porto, Portugal Distributed Embedded Systems
Technical University of Vienna    Vienna, Austria Timing analysis
Technical University of Kaiserslautern    Kaiserslautern, Germany  Real-Time systems
University Carols III of Madrid    Madrid, Spain Multimedia systems
Polytechnic University of Madrid    Madrid, Spain Multimedia systems and QoS management 
University of Catalonia    Barcelona, Spain Real-time control
University of Cantabria    Santander, Spain Real-time distributed systems

Large companies

CompanyLocationTopic
Ericsson Lund, Sweden Consumer electronics applications 
Philips Eindhoven, The Netherlands  Multimedia systems
Airbus France Safety-critical software 
Bosch Germany Engine control in automotive applications 
Magneti Marelli  Italy Multi-core platforms for engine control 
Wind Rivers Torino, Italy Real-time operating systems 

Small-Medium Enterprises

CompanyLocationTopic
Evidence Pisa, Italy Real-time operating systems and software 
IDS Pisa, Italy Geo-radars
ALES Roma, Italy Embedded system design
Absint Germany Timing analysis tools
Rapita Software  York, UK Timing analysis tools
TimeSys Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA  Real-time kernels and tools

Possibility of international theses

Master theses in collaboration with industries or foreign universities are possible and highly encouraged.

 

  

 

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