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.
The Master of Science in Embedded Systems Design follows the following study programme, where professors from renowned European and US universities are invited to teach during the year.
First and Second Semester
Third and Fourth Semester
* Technical courses consist of fundamental and elective courses.
** The Master Project starts during the second semester, and continues during the third and fourth ones, leading to the final Master Thesis.
The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Informatics is a Bachelor's degree from a recognized academic institution (or completion of a full three years of study at university level, 180 ECTS) in the field of computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, or related disciplines.
Futhermore, good command of English is required.
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1. The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of USI and the Università della Svizzera italiana, 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 students admitted as first-year students of a USI Master programme. Merit is determined based on the results of the academic degree that gives access to the Master (usually the bachelor's). Distribution of the grants will be as followed: 20 grants will be awarded to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at a Swiss University, 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at an Italian University and 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree in a University from other countries.
Candidates are kindly asked to send the complete application by July 31st. All applicants will be notified by the middle of August
2. The Università della Svizzera italiana, USI organises a contest for 5 Master bursaries for the Master in Informatics. Each bursary corresponds to the annual tuition fee and is renewable for one year, meaning that it may cover the full tuition for the complete Master degree. The contest is open to students who will start their first year of Master studies at the Faculty of Informatics. All applicants will be notified by the beginning of September.
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test if you come from a non-English speaking country.
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