The programme


IT PhD Program

The PhD Course in Information Technology (IT) is organized within the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) and participates to the PhD School as a significant program in size, including all research areas in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics, Systems and Control, Telecommunications, with 17% of the total number of PhD students in the School.

Nowadays these fields of research are of enormous scientific and technical interest to companies, governmental organizations, and the society in general. The doctorate opens interesting possibilities of extended study and participation in high level research in information technologies that include: hardware, software, automatic control, electronics components and systems, instruments, telecommunication networks, robotics.  Detailed list of research lines at DEIB

Scientific collaboration of DEIB with prestigious research institutes all over the world, facilitates the entrance into the international research environment through meetings with scientists, common research activities, and visits to foreign laboratories.
Intense industrial collaboration of DEIB in application research allows the doctoral student to become acquainted with the activities of technologically advanced companies, thus acquiring the necessary elements for an informed choice between a career in industrial or academic research.

The IT Doctoral Program enrolls, every year, an average of 60 students, mostly supported by scholarships from public institutions and private companies. After admission, each PhD student chooses a research Advisor and a Professor of the Doctoral Board as a Tutor. Study activities consist of courses and individually guided study. Advanced courses (all in English) reserved for doctoral students bring the attendants to the frontiers of knowledge in those sectors where DEIB’s research is most active. Specific courses on relevant subjects are organized yearly by various national and international schools and offered to our PhD students.

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About PhD at PoliMi (video)

Research Topics

PhD students will choose a main topic for their research, which is to be carried out under the guidance of a scientific advisor. This topic leads to the Doctoral thesis, whose results will normally be presented at international congresses and in journal papers. The research activity produces also the Doctoral Thesis, finalized in the whole third year.

At the beginning of their studies, the PhD student will be offered counseling by a tutor, who will support them during their activity, helping to solve possible problems. DEIB’s scientific activities in the field of Information Technologies are distributed along many areas and organized in four sections:

Computer Science and Engineering Electronics
Systems and Control Telecommunications

More details are available on the DEIB web pages.

Research and study activity is mainly individual, but students are strongly encouraged to participate in the DEIB’s research groups. Projects are often supported by exter- nal funding by companies or research programs by the European Community, or other research agencies. Many projects are carried out jointly with other European institutions or companies.

All PhD students are granted the necessary resources (PC, connection to the internet, scientific computing and library services, etc.) to carry out their activity and access to scientific papers and specialized documentation from local and international data bases.

Furthermore, there are a large number of scientific laboratories at DEIB These laboratories are managed by research groups inside DEIB, or by the consortium structures (in particular, CEFRIEL and to the National Research Council (CNR) and are available to the PhD stu- dents. Joint scientific research collaborations, both national and international, with academic and industrial institutes and laboratories are very intense.

PhD students may take part in schools and congresses and visit other research centers both in Italy and abroad, even for an extended period of time (up to 18th months).

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Education and courses

The PhD studies at DEIB are structured in courses attendance and research activities. During the first two years the students have to choose about 5 post-gra- duate courses, offered by the Department, the POLIMI PhD School, other POLIMI PhD Programs, University, or national and international schools, for a total of 25 credits. Courses provide advanced knowledge, and gives the students the necessary training for addressing research issues in a professional and competitive way. Should it be necessary to fill in any gap from their previous training, PhD students may follow preparatory courses, which are normally chosen among the wide choice of graduate courses in Information Technology offered at Politecnico di Milano.

In particular, courses have to be selected following the rules reported here below, which implement the popular “T-shaped” approach to higher education.

Core courses that present, examine and discuss the major questions, theories and methods of the scientific research in the field of Information Technology (15 credits to be completed by the end of the second year, of which at least 10 obtained by passing courses offered by this PhD Program), such as:
Main PhD courses in Information Technology offered by DEIB Professors or by invited foreign Professors. The courses offered by the PhD Program in Informa- tion Technology are organized in 4 areas (Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics, Systems and Control, Telecommunications), though several courses are actually interdisciplinary. A student enrolled in one area may take courses from the other areas as well.

External courses with evaluation: doctoral courses taken from other Universities or PhD Schools as well as Summer Schools.
Transversal skills courses, aimed to develope skills independent from the specific curriculum (10 credits)
Skill development courses, offered by the Polimi Doctoral School to develop transversal skills such as oral and written presentation, research management, ethics of research, pubblic speaking, and many others.

Other activities make the student to develop in-depth knowledge in the specific field of research of his/her doctoral dissertation, such as:

  • participation in seminars, conferences and workshops;
  • publications;
  • study and research activities carried out outside Politecnico, preferably abroad;
  • minor research theme (optional): in order to broaden their scientific knowledge and to foster interpersonal relationships, PhD students may choose and discuss a second so called minor research related to topics different from the ones of the major research for the Doctoral dissertation.

During the three years students will be required to give seminars in front of DEIB’s or foreign professors or to attend international scientific conferences and present the results of their research. PhD students are thus led to develop their ability for public speaking and improve their communication skills, in both wri- ting and speech.

For further information see the Courses section of this site.

Courses are also open to external candidates (through an application procedure, see link)