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|Application deadline:||February 15|
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|Start date:||August 2014|
|Credits:|| 120 ECTS |
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
Master's programme in ICT Innovation, Service Design and Engineering (SDE)
Software technology and engineering together with information systems are experiencing a major paradigm shift towards digital, software intensive services. Internet connectivity and the Web accompanied by sensor networks drive ubiquitous merging of the physical and virtual worlds of all human activities and interests resulting in data excess.
These developments bring new major challenges: On the one hand it is a challenge to build software systems that cope with the emerging extended technological infrastructure. On the other hand, it is a challenge to organize the myriad of opportunities for new software applications and information systems on top of it.
New aspects on the service model and distribution are the social computing, e.g. Web 2.0, peer-to-peer interactions and mobile, location and context aware services as well as various forms of cloud computing. All in all, this paradigm shift may further lower the barrier for new market entries and offers possibilities for new innovative businesses.
For a service-oriented organization it is not only crucial that the services perform well from a technical point of view, but also in the context of the business processes within an organization. In addition to having the technical skills a SDE graduate should also understand and be able to analyze organizational settings, user and business requirements in which a service-based system is going to be deployed and used.
In order to provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills, the master program on ServiceDesign and Engineering bridges the gap between Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE), as well as between Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS).
Relation to the EIT ICT Labs activities
The Service Design and Engineering (SDE) program exploits the EIT ICT Labs core research domains: large Internet computing, services architectures for tomorrow and ICT mediated human service interfaces. This multidisciplinary research foundation provides SDE a unique and broad view to glue together multiple thematic, research and business action lines.
Large CDIO capstone project are core elements of SDE curriculum and will serve industry and research partners as well EU commission and parliament in digital innovation and foresight in Europe in the form of large scale and intensive 20 30 student integrated, multi-node, research projects.
SDE Major specialisations in the second year
The two entry points for the first year of the SDE major are Aalto University and TU Eindhoven. Four specializations are offered in the second year, each at a different location:
* Mobile Services (Smart Spaces, Health and Well Being, and Digital Cities) - Aalto University
* Service-Oriented Business Process Management (Health and Well Being) - TU Eindhoven
* Service-oriented Social Informatics (Health and Well Being, and Digital Cities) - UNITN
* Distributed service systems (digital cities, and health and well being) - Budapest
A detailled description of the above specializations can be found under the Contents tab at the bottom of this page. To meet the requirements for geographic mobility, the chosen exit point needs to differ from the chosen entry point.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor
An important part of the programme are the I&E courses. The I&E basics course provides an introduction to business and management. The Business Development Lab will extend media systems engineering projects by a market survey, a business model generation process, and a venture development exercise. We emphasize user driven innovation and holistic analysis of service, technology, organization and financial perspectives, as new media technologies are disruptive for existing business models and almost always have a significant impact on the culture and social relations. Society-relevant themes will also be at the core of the summer schools, which will bring students from the different entry points together.
Career opportunities with a SDE major
The program will give abilities to proceed to management and leadership positions on the international level. Possible job titles are: Software Development Engineer/Consultant, Software/ Information Architect, Systems Engineer, Business Development Manager, Service Manager, Account Manager, Product/Service Manager, Enterprise Architect, Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
About the EIT ICT Labs Master School
The EIT ICT Labs Master School offers a two year programme where you can choose two universities in two different European countries to build a curriculum of your choice based on your skills and interest. We offer double degrees, which combines technical competence with a set of skills in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Almost 20 universities around Europe are committed to the programmes that offer a great variety of majors.
Service Design and Engineering (SDE) specialisations in the second year
Mobile Services (Smart Spaces, Health and Well Being, and Digital Cities) - Aalto University
There are today more than 2.4 billion mobile phone users, and a thousand more are added every minute! About 30% of these mobile phones have a full-blown Internet browser counting more than 700 million and growing. This is why the mobile web browsing is predicted to become the next predominant Internet platform.
Many customer-driven companies are innovating and evaluating how to add more value by new mobile services. Mobile services are not simple services; they are integration of services, enterprise information services, multimedia and open data, and location bases spatial information. Companies can create them, or user initiate new service by composition of existing ones independent of time and location. This has generated special procedures involved in designing mobile services.
Specialization in mobile services teaches students to become proficient in all areas of mobile services design and engineering. Students learn to build, maintain and repair mobile services, open data services and web software applications. Service concept design, prototyping (scrum and agile programming), programming projects, computer systems architectures and service troubleshooting are common issues in a mobile services development specialization. The specialization concludes with a capstone project and thematic thesis project demonstrating proficiency in mobile and Internet services development.
The specialization at Aalto University is closely linked to Smart Spaces and Health and Well being thematic action lines. The action lines are integral part of I&E winter school, and industry engagement in business development labs during the first year and in capstone projects during the second year. The key deliverable of this coupling will be achieved mainly in form of capstone with VTT and Nokia and MSc thesis projects with industry. Aalto University participates, together with Nokia, in a research to business project Smart Spaces, and other companies in Health and Well-being research project.
Service-Oriented Business Process Management (Health and Well Being) - TU Eindhoven
3TU.NIRICT will offer the specialization Service-oriented Business Process Management; it will be organised by the Architecture of Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. Head of the Business process management specialization with thematic coupling to EIT ICT Labs health and well being is Dr. Bas Luttik.
Business process management establishes a crucial link between, on the one hand, the realisation of the technical infrastructure supporting software intensive digital services, and, on the other hand, the entrepreneurial and business aspects of a service-oriented organisation. An analysis of the business
processes within an organisation helps to determine a suitable service decomposition for the organisation. Furthermore, when a service-oriented architecture has been established, it is important to measure not only the performance of the technical realisation of the system, but also the performance of processes within the organisation and between organisations. Both model-based analysis (e.g., simulation) and data and process mining techniques can be used to determine the performance of a service or service composition at the level of the business process within an organisation.
The specialization Service-oriented Business Process Management will address the issues mentioned above. It will present techniques for the modeling and analysis of business processes in a services context.
The specialization at 3TU.NIRICT will focus on the thematic action line Health and Well-being. The coupling will be achieved mainly in the MSc thesis projects. 3TU.NIRICT participates, together with Philips, in a research to business project Service Spaces for Health and Well-being. Together with Philips we will define graduation projects associated with that project. Furthermore, the role of service spaces for health and well-being will be addressed in the courses Metamodeling and Interoperability.
Service-oriented Social Informatics (Health and Well Being, and Digital Cities) - UNITN
Distributed service systems (digital cities, and health and well being) - Budapest
Head of the Distributed service systems specialization with thematic coupling to EIT ICT Labs digital cities, and health and wellbeing is professor Zoltán Horváth.
Within the EIT SDE Master, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and Technical University of Budapest (BME), as the two universities at the Budapest Associate Node will offer a specialization on distributed service systems. The focus of the specialization is to support the design, analysis and development of complex distributed telecommunication services.
ELTE has strong research groups in analyzing complex systems, which are used in social services, in communication networks and in services provided by telecommunication software. The students enrolled for the major specialization will be involved into large-scale innovative projects initiated by industrial partners. The cooperation between ELTE and industry is organized by involving researchers, PhD students, and the master students with industrial staff at the InfoPark where the university campus of ELTE, BME Budapest and industrial partners are co-located.
BME has a testbed for mobile communication networks, where software components for mobile services are developed. Students are involved into these projects. BME has a strong research and development groups in integrating legacy and new information systems for public services on SOA basis. The students will be involved into different projects solving interoperability, organizational, and coordination problems. They will be able to formalize, design, and deploy different schemes of business processes.
Eötvös Loránd University and Technical University of Budapest are in process of translating the existing program to English.
Coupling to EIT ICT Labs action lines
The specialization at ELTE University is linked to action lines, where distributed software services are applied, e.g. the Digital Cities, Smart Spaces and Health and Well Being thematic action lines. Industrial partners provide real world, large scale innovative projects for students to participate.
Summer & Winter Schools and Camps
All students take part in an EIT ICT Master School kick-off and a joint summer programme. Summer and winter schools support each individual study programme with a multidisciplinary and international dimension, and create a clear EIT ICT Labs joint touch to our education. A set of thematic oriented camps with integrated technical and business focus are organized in co-operation with research and business activities. They summer and winter schools bring together various stakeholders in our eco-system at EIT ICT Labs. Integrated competitions and camps on innovation aspects provide focused hands-on experience for our students, young faculty and post-docs.
Ranking and selection
The number of study places available is limited and the application process highly competitive.
The application and selection process is coordinated by the Master School Office. Applications are processed in three steps:
* Document legacy and eligibility control regarding academic background and English proficiency (Master School Office)
* Control of specific admission requirements for each major applied for (Technical Major Programme Committee)
* Ranking (Technical Major Programme Committee)
The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the following criteria:
* Suitability of acquired bachelor degree for intended study program
* Academic excellence (Quality and recognition of home university, Study success)
* Entrepreneurial excellence
* Innovative potential
To qualify applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements based on previous studies, English proficiency and documentation.
1. Previous studies: A completed Bachelor's degree
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university.
Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled on the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to the Admissions Office before enrollment at the latest. Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. Language requirements: Proof of English proficiency
Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, which is most commonly established through an internationally recognized test.
IELTS Academic Training test (An overall band score of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 6, is required. IELTS-tests are verified online by the Master School Office, sending a photocopy of your test together with your application documents is therefore sufficient.
TOEFL Internet-based test (A total score of at least 92 (with writing section 22) is required. English test results from TOEFL should be sent directly from the ETS test centre to KTH Admissions Office (institution code 7966, department code 99). Examinee score reports or photocopies are not accepted. Please also note that neither TOEIC nor institutional TOEFL are accepted as sufficient proof of English proficiency.
University of Cambridge/ University of Oxford Certificates Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): grades A- C are accepted. Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grades A- C are accepted.
3. Specific admission requirements for the majors
A B.Sc. degree in computer science is required. Outstanding bachelor students from other disciplines, such as industrial design, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information systems sciences, media technology, computational linguistics, and cognitive sciences with sufficient skills in mathematics, software design and programming, may be considered as well.
|CAE score:||60 (Grade C)|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||92|
For the most highly ranked admitted students (as a minimum 30%), we will provide fee waivers. EIT ICT Labs has also reserved funding for scholarships covering personal expenses on the level of 9000 Euro per year and student, however a formal decision by the European Commission is pending in this matter.
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