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Curriculum "Electronics, Circuit Theory and Telecommunication Engineering"

Curriculum Coordinator

1. Prof. Franco Chiaraluce

Curriculum Board:

1. Prof. Giorgio Biagetti

2. Prof. Giovanni Cancellieri
3. Prof. Massimo Conti
4. Prof. Paolo Crippa
5. Prof. Simone Fiori
6. Prof. Ennio Gambi
7. Prof. Simone Orcioni
8. Prof. Francesco Piazza
9. Prof. Paola Pierleoni
10. Prof. Stefano Pirani
11. Prof. Stefano Squartini
12. Prof. Claudio Turchetti

Scientific sectors involved:

ING-INF/01 Electronics
ING-INF/03 Telecommunications
ING-IND/31 Electrotechnics
ING-INF/07 Electrical and Electronic Measurements

PhD students and Tutors

PhD student Tutor
Michele Gasparini Prof. Francesco Piazza
Samer Mahfouz Prof. Claudio Turchetti
Giovanni Pelliccioni Prof. Ennio Gambi

Research topics
The main topics of this curriculum concern 3 distinct research areas that, though safeguarding the
multidisciplinary approach of the Doctorate Course, evidence specific expertises, in such a way as to ensure
the PhD student the required specialistic preparation. The areas are reported below, and for each area a short
list of the topics of major interest is provided:
1. Electronics: Design of low consumption electronic systems, Analog and digital electronic circuits, Radio
frequency components, Electronic devices, Electronic technologies, Digital signal processing, Artificial
intelligence, Biometric systems, Biomedical systems, Sensors and wireless sensor networks, Transductors,
Electric and electronic measurements.
2. Circuit Theory: Algorithms for signal processing, Algorithms for digital signal processing of audio signals
(in particular, the voice signal), Artificial neural networks for smart elaboration of multidimensional data.
3. Telecommunications: Error correcting codes, Video signal coding, Cryptography, Network protocols,
Digital Video Broadcasting, Spread spectrum systems, Network architectures for domotic applications,
VoIP/MoIP systems, Network protocols for the transmission of multimedia signals.

Educational objectives
The curriculum in Electronics, Electrotechnics and Telecommunications Engineering of the Doctorate School in
Engineering Science is the natural extension of the Laurea Magistrale in Electronics Engineering and
Telecommunications Engineering, preceded, in turn, by the three years laurea degree in the same disciplines.
It aims to prepare professional figures with high qualification, having multidisciplinary and integrated
competences in the most advanced sectors of the information and communication technology (ICT).
Its goal is forming researchers endowed with advanced technical and methodological knowledge, and to grow
the personal creativity abilities of the students, through the practice of the scientific research in advanced
topics of the Information Engineering. It aims to prepare researchers with a suitable cultural level for
satisfying the requests of innovation and development of the actual information society, in regard both the
scientific creativity and the design ability.
Specific educational objectives can be referred to the individual research areas as follows.
The educational objectives of the "Electronics" area aim at providing the PhD student the ability to analyze
and design electronic systems. The goal is achieved by providing tools and methodologies suitable for the
development of advanced research activities, in an autonomous way, and supporting his inclusion in national
and international research groups.
The educational objectives of the "Electrotechnics" area consist in maturing the PhD student a strong capacity
to analyze the problems emerging in the research issue of interest for the group, to propose innovative and
original solutions, to develop such new ideas autonomously, but also working in groups, by employing
suitable tools for this purpose, to recognize the scientific value of the results obtained and to disseminate
them within the international community. In particular, the PhD shall demonstrate to have acquired the
capacity to operate in the field of the Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and to be able to use the theoretical
knowledge and the HW/SW tools necessary to certify the validity of the new solutions he has studied.
The educational objectives of the "Telecommunications" area aim at providing the PhD student a strong
capacity to analyze and design telecommunication systems, in regard both the hardware/software
competences and the ability to model and evaluate the performance of the telecommunication systems.
Among the proposed activities, for which the PhD student shall demonstrate to have acquired a high level set
of expertise, we can mention: the employment of powerful (state-of-the-art) error correcting codes, the
development of encryption algorithms and cryptanalysis techniques, the management of spread-spectrum
techniques and video coding procedures. Another educational step in this area concerns learning of the
methods for using protocols in VoIP or MoIP sessions, and their development in the framework of real
networks, characterized by the presence of firewall and NAT, the study of the coding and transmission
techniques for multimedia contents through heterogeneous networks (IP/ISDN/PSTN), and the knowledge of
network architectures for the integrated management of domotic networks.

Possible professional and academic opportunities

The know-how furnished by the curriculum constitutes the best starting point for a career in the university or
in research agencies, but it also gives job opportunities in industries or public administration. Well motivated
PhD's will be also able to finalize their knowledge as professional men.
It should be mentioned, in this sense, that the scientific sectors involved in the curriculum give guarantees for
a rapid and qualified inclusion in a lot of professional activities: the high level reached by the PhD's, and the
number and quality of the scientific publications produced, during and after the Doctorate, have permitted
some of them to begin the academic career. On the other hand also those not employed in the University
have often found highly qualified occupations, even in those agencies or industries that cooperate with the
members of the curriculum in the framework of national or international projects.