Application deadline: April 30
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,250 / Year (National)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The Master of Science in Embedded Systems Design is promoted by ALaRI (Advanced Learning and Research Institute), in coordination with the Faculty of Informatics of the University of Lugano and is offered in collaboration with ETH Zurich and Politecnico di Milano. Professors from renowned European and US universities and research centres assure top-quality teaching. Experts from industry contribute with their know-how as tutors or advisors in the research projects.

Embedded systems pervade all aspects of our daily life; these "hidden computer systems" control cars and buildings, are the souls of cell phones and of games, provide critical life support and monitor the physical environment. Embedded system design offers challenging opportunities to young designers, both by integrating such different technologies as microelectronics, computer science and telecommunications, and by focusing on the most advanced applications. Meeting the real need for an interdisciplinary approach to education, the teaching plan equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge in the area of embedded systems. Training includes interpersonal skills indispensable in today's industry, such as team work, and offers training in the basic marketing and management skills as well. ALaRI research activities focus on topics of great scientific interest and industrial applicability, based on real-life design issues.

During the third semester students can choose between two tracks which both qualify graduates to seek admission to PhD studies: design and research, aimed ata career in either the academic or the industrial environment and Business Projects, towards a career involving also management, economics and marketing of embedded systems.

Two distinct features also heavily characterize the ALaRI teaching programme: cooperation between university and industry and interdisciplinary work through design laboratories and projects.

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Embedded systems pervade all aspects of our daily life, at home, at work and on travel. These "hidden computer systems" control vehicles, buildings and manufacturing plants, are at the heart of cell phones and games, provide critical life support and monitor the physical environment. Embedded system design offers challenging opportunities to designers and system developers, both by integrating such different technologies as microelectronics, cyber-physical systems, computer science and telecommunication, and by focusing on the most advanced applications. Meeting the real need for an interdisciplinary approach to education, the teaching plan equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge in the area of embedded systems. Education includes interpersonal skills indispensable in today's industry, such as team work, and offers training in the basic marketing and management as well. ALaRI research activities focus on topics of great scientific interest and industrial applicability, based on real-life design issues taking into account system properties such as performance, dependability, security and energy efficiency.

Three distinct features also profoundly characterise the ALaRI teaching programme: cooperation between university and industry, interdisciplinary work at design laboratories and projects participation.

After graduation the ALaRI students have a number of career opportunities ranging from joining research institutes, industrial practice, starting their own company or joining our research team and continuing towards a doctoral degree.

Requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Embedded Systems Design is a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Communication, Information Science or related disciplines.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 513
TOEFL iBT® test: 65

Funding

For the 2014-15 academic year, the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of USI will award a total of 60 one-off study grants of the amount of 4'000 CHF each. The merit based grants are given to first year students admitted to a USI Master program starting in September 2014.

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