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.
In the last thirty years, embedded computing systems grew exponentially in areas like industrial automation, avionics, automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and robotics.
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.
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.
The 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.
|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|
|Ericsson||Lund, Sweden||Consumer electronics applications|
|Philips||Eindhoven, The Netherlands||Multimedia systems|
|Bosch||Germany||Engine control in automotive applications|
|Magneti Marelli||Italy||Multi-core platforms for engine control|
|Wind Rivers||Torino, Italy||Real-time operating systems|
|Evidence||Pisa, Italy||Real-time operating systems and software|
|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.