Research areas

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers a complete panorama of the aspects that characterize the target professional figure:

  • Assistive Technologies for Health and Autonomous Living. This curriculum covers research and development of technologies for improving autonomy and independence of individuals, taking into account the needs of end users and their guardians. The professionals trained by this specialization will be prepared to introduce technologies that can assist people with disability or illness in their daily activities, developing a high capacity for analysis in order to understand not only technical-scientific but also socio-psychological aspects of their business;
  • Networked Embedded System. This specialization deals with various technological issues concerning embedded systems and networks of the future, which represent a very important basis for the development of many intelligent and pervasive applications. From a scientific-technical point of view, the course provides insights on topics such as simulations of networks, design of processors and embedded systems, communication networks and smart sensors;
  • People Inspired Technologies. This specialization offers research and study applications in advanced methodologies and tools related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, simulation environments, HCI, psychology and safety. The program takes its inspiration from the need to integrate areas such as social sciences and humanities with information and communication technologies through a cross-disciplinary approach that is able to provide the students with a broad vision in the ICT domain;
  • Design for Social Interaction. This area focus on the design of intelligent systems, products and related services that are characterized by three main aspects: (1) sensor based input, (2) context awareness and adaptive signal processing, and (3) actuator controlled output. Projects in this area investigate the software and hardware architecture, and build up necessary technical expertise to design and create such kind of systems. The research approach is a particular form of 'research through design'. Such kind of design research will be problem- and design-oriented, based on respect for people and society in general. This idea of problem and design orientation has to do with the strong intention that systems, products and related services should address society's problems, and that advanced technology offers great design opportunities to be exploited. This means that this research area tries to pay more attention to peoples' actual needs and favor a multidisciplinary design approach;
  • Multi-sensor Surveillance. Main activities related to this track will be related to the development of specific techniques for detecting, localizing and tracking multiple objects in cluttered scenes as well as study of novel algorithms for robust scene understanding using mobile and ptz cameras. Moreover, concerning the context of Data-Fusion, study and development of techniques and architectures will be part of students' research activities, for instance, focusing on Graphical Models (Bayesian Networks, Multilevel Markov Random Fields, DEKFs). In particular, during their experience students will be able to acquire skills and knowledge which will reinforce their professional capabilities in a range of heterogeneous fields as sensor calibration techniques, scene modeling, process synchronization techniques, application dependent databases, system integration, remote information communication and methods for performance evaluation of surveillance systems.