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MScComputer and Automation Engineering

University of Siena
Italy, Siena
Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics Italy, Siena, San Niccolò, via Roma, 56 - 53100
Tuition fee

The tuition fee is calculated according to the country of origin and ranges from a minimum of € 756 to a maximum of € 2,626 (per year). You can calculate the amount to be paid per year at this link.

Application fee €30 one-time

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The MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competences for the design, management, development and innovation in the fields of advanced hardware and software architectures, and of control systems and robotics. In particular, the program is focused on human-machine interaction in a wide sense, spanning topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, high performance processing of massive data collections, human-robot interfaces, and systems for production automation.

Curricula available:
- Information systems
- Robotics and automation

This is a 2-year graduate programme taught entirely in English, offered to both national and international students.

The program provides advanced competences in the area of computer and automation engineering, with courses covering topics such as: engineering tools for the design, evaluation and programming of high-performance and parallel computer architectures; artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques needed to implement intelligent systems; design patterns and methodologies for the implementation of complex software systems and distributed applications; advanced interfaces for the interaction with robots, such as vision systems and haptic interfaces; techniques for the analysis and design of discrete event systems and of multivariable and nonlinear control systems, with applications to robot control, path planning and multi-agent systems; mathematical and algorithmic tools for optimization over networks.

Students can complete the program by focusing either on information systems design or on robotics and automation. In particular, the students can choose courses covering the design issues for advanced database systems, such as search engine technologies and information retrieval; the theory of formal languages and the technological aspects of language parsers and natural language processing tools; the applications of bioinformatics and information systems for biological databases; the algorithms for image processing; the techniques for the modelling, analysis and simulation of complex dynamic systems; the principles of estimation theory applied to system identification and filtering; the modern paradigms of uncertainty representation and the main techniques for analysis and design of uncertain systems; the competences for the design of advanced sensor systems.

Programme structure

The MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering is entirely taught in English.

MIUR degree class: LM-32 Second cycle degree in Computer Systems Engineering
Duration in years: 2
Credits: 120

Career opportunities

Graduates in Computer and Automation Engineering can find jobs in industries, public companies, financial institutions and research centres, whose R&D divisions carry out activities in the fields of information systems, industrial automation and robotics. Furthermore, the MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering allows students to access PhD programs in the areas of Information Engineering.

More specifically, the professions which are more suitable to the computer and automation engineer are those requiring advanced competences and skills on: industrial automation and process control; robotic systems; modelling and simulation of dynamical systems; data analysis; information systems; systems including artificial intelligence; design of hardware/software integrated systems; man-machine interfaces exploiting natural language; human-robot interfaces; design and management of biological databases.

Graduates in Computer and Automation Engineering can access the Italian Professional Society of Engineers, Information Engineering.

Apply now! Academic year 2020/21
Application start
Nov 1, 2019
Application deadline
Jan 15, 2020 23:59
Europe/Rome time
Studies commence
Sep 28, 2020
Apply now! Academic year 2020/21
Application start
Feb 1, 2020
Application deadline
Apr 28, 2020 23:59
Europe/Rome time
Studies commence
Sep 28, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States