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PHYSICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2011/12
Campus: TORINO/TRIESTE/PARIGI
Programme duration: 2 years
Degree class LM-44: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING FOR ENGINEERING
Docenti di riferimento del corso:
ZECCHINA RICCARDO   riccardo.zecchina@polito.it   011/0907388 011/0907387 011/0907323
GONNELLI RENATO   renato.gonnelli@polito.it   011/0907372 011/0907350
PELIZZOLA ALESSANDRO   alessandro.pelizzola@polito.it   011/0907376
Taught in English
ESPANDI Educational objectives

This master program is addressed to students holding a Bachelor degree in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. Nowadays, in order to make innovations in an advanced scientific and technological context - new materials, nanoscience, system biology, neuroscience, computation, network engineering, web economy, financial markets modeling - it is mandatory to master the most advanced concepts and methodologies for complex systems. This is why we hav... More...

This master program is addressed to students holding a Bachelor degree in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.
Nowadays, in order to make innovations in an advanced scientific and technological context - new materials, nanoscience, system biology, neuroscience, computation, network engineering, web economy, financial markets modeling - it is mandatory to master the most advanced concepts and methodologies for complex systems. This is why we have set up a master program, based in prestigious sites in Italy and France, which aims to offer the best techniques needed to attack interdisciplinary problems.

The aim of the international master in Physics of Complex Systems is to shape professionals and/or potential researchers able to jointly apply knowledge and methodologies from modern physics, applied mathematics, information engineering and computational biology to the analysis, modeling and simulation of complex systems.

ESPANDI Target roles and competencies

Graduates from this master program will be experts in modeling and simulation of complex systems. They can look forward to careers as researchers in development labs or computing centers, senior software engineers, biological physicists, financial analysts and more. Thanks to their strong methodological skills, they will also profit of new career opportunities offered by the most advanced companies and research institutes operating in multidiscip... More...

Graduates from this master program will be experts in modeling and simulation of complex systems. They can look forward to careers as researchers in development labs or computing centers, senior software engineers, biological physicists, financial analysts and more. Thanks to their strong methodological skills, they will also profit of new career opportunities offered by the most advanced companies and research institutes operating in multidisciplinary contexts.

Graduates can access PhD programs in physics and related subjects, in particular those encountered during the master program (for instance information engineering, or biology at the cellular and molecular level, especially computational biology and bioinformatics). They will also have the opportunity to get a master degree in engineering at Politecnico di Torino through a small amount of integrative exams.

ESPANDI Educational activities description

The program is organized in three semesters: 1) a first semester in Trieste at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) and ICTP (the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics) for Italian students and in their home universities in Paris for the French students (courses in French); international students have the option to choose between the two alternatives; 2) a second semester in Torino at the Politecnico di Torino... More...

The program is organized in three semesters:
1) a first semester in Trieste at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) and ICTP (the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics) for Italian students and in their home universities in Paris for the French students (courses in French); international students have the option to choose between the two alternatives;
2) a second semester in Torino at the Politecnico di Torino University;
3) a third semester in Paris at a consortium involving Universities Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), Paris Diderot (Paris 7), Paris-Sud (Paris 11) and the École Normale Supérieure at Cachan.
Finally, the fourth semester is devoted to a European multidisciplinary Spring School and to a research stage.

Admission will be granted on a competitive basis and fellowships will be available to support mobility of the selected students.
The master program is concerned with the study of the following topics:

Modern physics
- A solid background on concepts and methods of statistical and quantum solid state physics;
- Connections with information theory (both classical and quantum) and biophysics;
- An overview on the most advanced techniques in experimental physics and data analysis.

Information technology
- State-of-the-art of numerical methods and simulations, both deterministic and stochastic, and their relations with statistical physics;
- Main algorithms for combinatorial optimization and statistical inference, and their applications in bioinformatics.

Engineering applications
- Nonlinear and fluid dynamics problems, soft matter (liquid crystals, polymers, membranes, gels, granular matter).

Biological systems
- Problems in cellular systems biology, in neuroscience and molecular biology analyzed in the framework of computational statistical physics.

Many courses rely on advanced mathematical methods to which specific sections of courses are devoted.
The Spring School during the fourth semester will propose several short courses on advanced interdisciplinary research topics.
Program website: http://www.polito.it/pcs

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