Master course in
ICT for Smart Societies
ICT for Smart Societies is an interdisciplinary MSc degree, where engineers learn how core ICT tools such as machine learning, smart networks, Internet of things, can be used to improve the quality of life in cities, to produce and distribute energy more efficiently, to solve fundamental health, environmental, and transport challenges. 
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1 QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 for Politecnico di Torino
2 AlmaLaurea Survey 2020 for ICT4SS
3 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Engineering & Technology for Politecnico di Torino
                 WHY ICT4SS
ICT4SS AT A GLANCE                
Smart societies will make a more intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform cities and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants, to produce and distribute energy more efficiently, to solve fundamental health, environmental, and transport challenges.   
ICT for Smart Societies is an interdisciplinary MSc degree designed to train the engineers that will lead this smart revolution and shape the societies of the future. After laying the foundations of the core ICT topics, such as machine learning, smart networks, Internet of things, the degree focuses on the key ICT applications for smart societies: energy, transport, building design, smart health, environment.  
ICT4SS has an innovative teaching approach with an interdisciplinary profile.  An ICT expert and an application domain expert jointly serve as course instructors, ensuring that students learn both domain-specific knowledge and related ICT tools. In addition, ICT4SS has a learning-by-doing approach, where students work in several projects to develop problem definition and problem-solving skills.  

                FIRST YEAR
 ECTS First semester
6Programming for IoT applications
6Statistical learning and neural networks
ICT for health
6Big data for Internet applications OR
Communication and network systems OR
Programmable electronic systems 
Management & content delivery for smart networks: algorithms & modelling
(1st and 2nd semester)
 ECTS Second semester
 6ICT for geomatics: navigation and maps
 6Mobile and sensor networks
 8Operational research: theory and applications
Applied information security and cryptography OR
Project and laboratory on embedded communication systems OR
Mobile applications development OR
Innovative wireless platforms for IoT  
                SECOND YEAR
 ECTS First semester
ICT in building design
ICT for smart mobility 
Smart grids  
Interdisciplinary projects
(1st and  2nd semester)
 ECTS Second semester
 30  Master thesis 
For more details, see the official course catalogue. Students can also get a Diploma Supplement with credits from Civil Engineering  by enrolling in the Smart Infrastructures teaching project. 

A key element of the didactic approach of ICT4SS is the “Interdisciplinary projects”, a 10 ECTS course introducing the students to a project-based learning approach, applying the knowledge on ICT methodologies gained during the first year to one of the application domains characterizing ICT4SS. During this course, students work together in groups to solve real-world problems, to broaden their knowledge, to improve communication and interpersonal/social skills, to enhance their leadership skills, to increase their creativity, and to improve writing and communication skills.  
Besides the interdisciplinary project, students access to top-level labs in the Departments involved in the degree program, experimenting with a hands-on approach in state of art labs. More than 300 hours are devoted to lab activities on different ICT methodologies: machine learning and neural networks, smart networks, programming for IoT, mobile and sensor networks. 
All courses are taught in English, creating an international environment that promotes cultural exchange, increases cooperation opportunities among students, encourage interactions with experts in all technical disciplines relevant to ICT and its applications.  
Students come from different Bachelor programs, including non-ICT programs, bringing diverse technical competencies.Teamwork is fostered as a way to identify and implement solutions to technical problems, promoting innovative teaching methods.    
Courses are given by professors with excellent track record in scientific research, warranting the most advanced and up-to-date course programs. Often top students have the chance to publish their work in scientific journals and conferences. 
Projects based on the exploitation of ICT technologies to create smarter societies are widespread and ICT jobs are increasingly required also in non-ICT sectors. According to official Almalaurea stats, 94.1% of ICT4SS students is employed in the first year after graduation.  
The professors and research groups contributing to the ICT4SS degree are actively involved in both national and international collaborations with top level companies. These networks are beneficial to students, who can find a lot of opportunities for internships and master thesis in companies.  
ICT4SS has established agreements with several foreign universities for ERASMUS exchange programs.
Double degree programs are also available with the following Universities: 
For more information, please refer to the official page, or contact Prof. Monica Visintin
For more information, please contact
the ICT4SS Coordinator:
Prof. Tiziano Bianchi                        
Tiziano Bianchi
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