This is a 4-year PhD program, where students have one year dedicated to curricular courses and three years dedicated to research. It was created through the partnership between the Technical Institute at the University of Lisbon and Carnegie Mellon University. It offers students the opportunity to obtain a dual degree from both of the participating institutions.
This program is aimed at students with a masters degree (2nd cycle Bologna or pre-Bologna) in engineering (electronic, computers, mechanical, aerospace and IT), computer science or applied mathematics. It offers a high level of expertise and skills in cyber physical interactive systems. This PhD will provide students with the conceptual, scientific and technological tools to deal with the most challenging problems that happen in some of the most relevant real-life situations in the world.
And to meet these challenges, a new breed of researchers is needed with a holistic approach to Systems Engineering, capable of addressing outstanding theoretical and practical issues that stand at the crossroads of information processing, decision making, controls and robotics, systems optimization, networking, and human-computer interaction. It is against this backdrop of ideas that the present PhD program advances a multidisciplinary roadmap that will effectively afford students the methods and tools required to tackle challenging problems that emerge out of compelling real-life problems.
Central to the proposed program is the convergence of computation, sensing, decision making, and control capabilities in small nodes with networking capabilities, acquiring and sharing data, and acting on the environment by controlling the operation of local robotic devices or interacting with human beings. This class of systems, usually known as Cyber Physical Systems, must have the capability to reach consensus on well-defined objectives or to cooperatively solve complex problems that benefit from the vast spatial diversity of the nodes. This circle of ideas, along with the desire to bring on equal footing the interaction between computers and humans, motivated the program title Networked Interactive Cyber Physical Systems.
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