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The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers PhD candidates a education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering. Candidates must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of ICT engineering.

ICE aims at developing and enhancing master students’ knowledge and skills in order to form a new generation of professionals able to exploit (and further enhance) cutting-edge ICT technologies to design and implement - in multi-disciplinary work teams - innovative solutions related to Doctoral objective. The programme has three major focuses, iteratively pursued during the whole progress of the candidate’s track. The former concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, achieved through lectures and seminars. The second aims at maintaining in strict touch PhD students with leading research groups that have proven experiences in research activities in basic disciplines necessary for the PhD course in the five partner universities. The latter involves actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies. The Programme lasts three years. During this period a mobility scheme ensures that students will spend training / research periods in at least two different higher education institutions.

The language of instruction is English. Local language learning and integration in the society will be promoted through ad-hoc courses and university staff support. The ICE PhD Course will represent an added value for European and extra European PhD students in several directions:

  • ICE involves 5 top level Universities and field-related research groups from 5 European countries;
  • ICE awards joint/double degrees by university pairs, internally following the same educational organization framework and common macro objectives, that will allow PhDs a highest possibility of adequate and recognized job placement fully exploiting acquired and certified research attitude in a strengthened European High Tech market;
  • ICE provides a organized higher-education European network, associated with the ICE brand, for additional cultural offer, logistic facilities, direct interaction with European industries (SMEs and large European industries) under a joint transnational quality control committed to continuous improvement.

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.

Click here to see the list of currently ongoing research projects in this area.

Networked Embedded Systems

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;

Click here to see the list of currently ongoing research projects in this area.

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;

Click here to see the list of currently ongoing research projects in this area.

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;

Click here to see the list of currently ongoing research projects in this area.

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.

Click here to see the list of currently ongoing research projects in this area.


How, when, why, what for. Click to go to the Studies page.

ICESS 2012

Session_1 - Activity monitoring / Interactions

Session_2 - Mobile networking / Distributed sensing

Session_3 - User centered innovation and applications / Gaming

Session_4 - Multi-sensor cognitive systems


We should split that as well for different universities. Click to go to the Accommodation and moving page for details on moving between universities.

Practical tips

A list of practical tips that are going to be useful for new students arriving at each university. Click here.

ICE Students

Please feel free to add your details in the list (copy-paste-modify, well, you know what I mean). Click to go to the ICE students