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ICT FOR SMART SOCIETIES, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2019/20
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Collegio di Ingegneria Elettronica, delle Telecomunicazioni e Fisica (ETF)
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 2 years
Class LM-27 Degree: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING
Reference Faculty
MAGLI ENRICO   referente.lm.ict4ss@polito.it
Program held in English
 Educational objectives

The Master of Science in ICT for Smart Societies has a highly multidisciplinary nature. It addresses aspects of research and design and provides the analysis methods for ICT-based complex systems in different application domains, thus allowing entry in highly competitive companies, in industrial or public research centres of excellence, or continuation of studies in the Ph.D. program. To facilitate entry into international companies and research... More...

The Master of Science in ICT for Smart Societies has a highly multidisciplinary nature. It addresses aspects of research and design and provides the analysis methods for ICT-based complex systems in different application domains, thus allowing entry in highly competitive companies, in industrial or public research centres of excellence, or continuation of studies in the Ph.D. program. To facilitate entry into international companies and research centres, all courses are held in English.
The MSc in ICT for Smart Societies favours methodological rather than descriptive content, hence it trains specialists with solid and long lasting skills that are needed for an immediate entry into the world of production, but that are also necessary as bases for continuous training updates.
With its highly cross curricular approach the MSc in ICT for Smart societies provides methodological skills in telecommunications, computer science and in other sectors of IT engineering that are necessary to promote innovation in scientific areas that are traditionally not ICT related, such as production and supply of electrical power, patient healthcare and treatment, environmental protection, transportation and planning of innovative cities and buildings. MSc engineers are able to operate within: research, design and development of diagnostic applications for public healthcare; control of intelligent energy supply networks; planning and control of transport systems; design of innovative and environmentally sustainable buildings; and territory monitoring and control.

The curriculum of the degree in ICT for smart societies is divided into the following topics:
1. ICT Tools and Methodologies: students acquire knowledge of computer and data transmission systems, of advanced programming techniques, of techniques for data analysis and signal processing, of stochastic modelling techniques and optimization methods.
2. Applications of ICT for health: students acquire knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, understanding of ICT tools to support instrumental diagnostic techniques, and the ethical-scientific issues in the ICT supported management of patients.
3. ICT applications for the design of urban structures and buildings: students acquire knowledge of the principles of design of buildings and smart cities, the relevant properties of building materials and their environmental compatibility, the thermal and electrical energy control systems and certification procedures.
4. ICT applications for environmental protection: students acquire knowledge of remote sensing, positioning and photogrammetry.
5. ICT applications for transport: students acquire knowledge of intelligent transport systems, the related legislation and mobility models.
6. ICT applications for energy: students acquire knowledge about the generation, transport and distribution of energy.

As a conclusion, there is a multidisciplinary project whose purpose is to develop ICT applications in one of the aforementioned application domains. The multidisciplinary project is an opportunity for students to condense their knowledge from different sectors to tackle a project challenge.
The degree program ends with the thesis preparation, which is a time of individual learning and work. It is of fundamental importance for the completion of students' training because it stimulates their ability to work both independently and within a group that is working on highly interdisciplinary topics. The thesis is a project or advanced development research activity that takes place in Politecnico di Torino or in a company. The thesis work is then described in a dissertation, which must demonstrate the student's mastery of the topics, the originality of the results and good communication skills.

 Career opportunities

The main professional profiles trained by the degree program are:
- engineer, project development expert of data transmission services,
- engineer, expert in data transmission networks
- researcher,
- ICT freelance consultant, for non ICT application domains.

Below, in the table, for each of the profiles previously mentioned we provide a brief description of: roles, associated skills and career opportunit... More...

The main professional profiles trained by the degree program are:
- engineer, project development expert of data transmission services,
- engineer, expert in data transmission networks
- researcher,
- ICT freelance consultant, for non ICT application domains.

Below, in the table, for each of the profiles previously mentioned we provide a brief description of: roles, associated skills and career opportunities.

The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s: Roles and skills:
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER, EXPERT IN DATA TRANSMISSION SERVICES   JOB ROLES:

The experienced project development engineer takes part in the phases of design, development, and production of devices within a company.

The project development activities can typically be undertaken in the following fields:

1. design and development of electronic systems / equipment for applications related to energy production and distribution, to home automation, transport, healthcare and tele-medicine and environmental protection.

2. development of information and innovative data transmission applications for production support and the efficient distribution of energy, for healthcare and tele-medicine, environmental protection, optimization of transport and urban design.

The activities start from the definition of the system architecture requirements, the choice of software and hardware components to be integrated, the specification and implementation of new components to be integrated.


SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:

Upon entry into the world of project development engineers must:
-read and understand the design specifications
-use network protocols and architectures for communication and programming languages
-apply modelling techniques that are commonly employed in the sector (the theory of stochastic processes and Markov chains, queuing theory, optimization techniques, analysis of big data, image processing techniques)
-constantly follow the evolution of the application contexts within which they operate
-participate in the design of equipment, systems, hardware and software
-apply the criteria to test the various components, systems and subsystems
-contribute to the management and coordination of the project working groups' activities.

Senior professional level skills

At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, the engineers experienced in advanced project development must continually devise innovative solutions for data transmission systems and services that are able to meet constantly changing user needs.

Senior engineers should supervise and coordinate working groups, drawing on the experience and maturity gained during the previous extensive professional activities.

To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers increase the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The experienced project development engineer is mainly employed in companies that develop and/or produce ICT equipment in Italy and abroad. The engineer can also be employed in companies developing e-services, such as, for example, applications for cloud computing to big-data analysis, tele-medicine applications, support applications to power supply, to home automation and to environmental protection.



 
RESEARCHER   JOB ROLES:
Participates actively in the research and development team of a:

- manufacturer of ICT equipment, hardware and firmware for application in fields such as energy production and distribution, healthcare and tele-medicine, environment and home automation and design of urban structures.

-utility company supply networks, information distribution networks and transport systems, large hospitals and companies operating in healthcare, environment and building automation

- Universities and public research centres

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:

Graduates will be able to
- Give a personal innovation contribution within research projects
- Write proposals for research projects
- Coordinate the research work and the specific activities required
- Write up technical reports
- Manage and coordinate human resources
- Read and analyse documents or reports

Senior professional level skills

During their professional life, researchers contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in future societies through publications and patents.
Researchers must build a good reputation within the research community. Over the years, moreover, they must lead and coordinate a small research group, directing the activities of younger researchers.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

large research and development (R & D) companies operating in areas such as: healthcare and public health protection, environment, energy, transport and development of innovative techniques in urban construction and structures.
Italian and foreign Universities and Polytechnics
 
FREELANCE / ICT CONSULTANT FOR NON ICT APPLICATION DOMAINS   JOB ROLES:

Graduates provide consulting services to companies, government agencies and other organizations, even in the case where the company activity is not linked to the energy supply sector, healthcare and tele-medicine, environmental protection and home automation. They contribute to the definition of national and international standardization regulations and of patents.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Skills at a professional entry level in the labour market:

Consultants must know the national and international standards, and be able to follow the phases of specification definition, design, prototyping and manufacturing of hardware and software systems. Based on the best cost-performance trade-off, they must be able to: select existing components to be used in a project, propose the creation of new components tailored to the specific requirements, draft technical specifications and act as an interface between customers and designers to define requirements and specifications. Often involved in teaching and training activities, these consultants may also prepare expert opinions for courthouses and businesses.


Senior professional level skills

At a senior professional level, in a lifelong learning perspective, engineering consultants/professionals should follow the rapid evolution in the field of network architectures and applications related to data management; they should also learn to coordinate the activities of small/medium sized groups of engineers and technicians

To achieve this professional level it is necessary that the engineers increase the knowledge/basic skills acquired during their academic training with additional knowledge/skills gained in their work experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
The professional/consultant is typically self -employed, or is employed within consulting firms.
 


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