The Doctoral program is the highest level of education of the university system. The Roma Tre PhD programme is oriented both to ensure excellence standards in the field of research and to provide to PhD students valuable, enriching education; the objective of the programme is to provide researchers with the competencies and the attitude to perform research and development activities at a very high level in the private sector, in the public sector and in the academia.

The cultural area of Engineering has been very active on the PhD front since the time University of Roma Tre has laid its foundations. People that received the doctoral degree have gained an education of excellence that has allowed them to continue their scientific work, both in the institutions responsible for research and in the world of private and public companies that implement research, development and innovation.

After the last reform (Ministerial Decree February 8, 2013, n° 45), the Engineering Department has set four doctorates:

Applied Electronics, Coordinator Prof. Enrico Silva

Computer science and automation, Coordinator Prof. Stefano Panzieri

Civil Engineering, Coordinator Prof. de Felice Gianmarco

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Coordinator Prof. Edoardo Bemporad

Subjects by Doctorate:

  • PhD Course of Applied Electronics

The Course aims a high-level training in the scientific and technology field of the Electronic Engineering and its applications finalized to educate experienced researchers for acquiring appropriate skills to carry out studies, design and manufacturing of high qualification. In particular, at the end of his/her program, the PhD holder will have strongly enhanced his/her ability to handle the synthesis, the theoretical and practical knowledge not only for a particular research field of Applied Electronics, but he/she will have also reached the acquisition of the main soft skills that can be transferable to wider sectors of the labor market.

The PhD Course offers a wide range of scientific areas: data processing and biomedical signals, analysis and classification of human movement, neuro-engineering, technologies to assist and protect health and well-being; bioelectromagnetism, electromagnetic diagnostics, theoretical and applied electromagnetics, design and study of metamaterials, antennas and microwave structures; radar and remote sensing techniques, geo-radar systems and algorithms, wireless and satellite systems, software defined radio; smart cities technologies, networks, services and telecommunications systems, digital signal processing, cognitive communications, mobile, multimedia and optical communications security, biometric identification, forensic analysis of multimedia data, photonics, networks, systems and optical devices, processing of optical signals, analog and digital electronics, electronic circuits, components component cooling and non-destructive testing ; nonlinear dynamical models for magnetic and electric devices, optimization of circuits and electrical systems through evolutionary computation and soft computing.

  • PhD Course of Computer Science and Automation

The PhD program of the Computer Science and Automation Section of the Doctoral school of Engineering aims at preparing first class researchers and future leaders in Computer Engineering, Automation and Robotics who will either continue the research career, both in Universities and in research centres, or will lead industrial research and development projects. A Faculty of internationally recognized researchers and professors from the Section of Computer Science and Automation of the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University is responsible for the educational activities and takes part in the organization of the doctoral program.

The course covers a three-year period. The first year is mainly devoted to deepening the background of each student with introductory courses covering the relevant topics in the research areas of the PhD program and advanced courses illustrating new results and techniques in specific fields. These courses aim to facilitate students in choosing the PhD research topic. The second and third years are devoted to research with emphasis on active participation in the research projects of the Section of Computer Science and Automation, attendance to conferences, schools and seminars, publication of papers in journals and conference proceedings, and the preparation of the final thesis. Usually, each student spends a period of six months in an international research centre.

The research areas of the PhD program span the whole spectrum of the department research programs, which are the following: Automation and Industrial Organization, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks Analysis and Visualization, Graph Drawing, Databases and Information Systems, Computer Aided Design, Robotics, Complex Systems, and Interdependency Modeling of Critical Infrastructures for Risk Analysis.

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  • PhD Course of Civil Engineering

The course aims to train highly qualified people to carry out research at a public and private level, being able to design and conduct programs of basic and applied research in the disciplines of Civil Engineering. The research wants to deepen specific topics of research in detailed disciplinary sectors that have established applications in the field of Civil Engineering and are consistent with the skills available in that Department, and that include road construction, transport, hydraulic and marine engineering, hydrology and hydraulics, construction science, earthquake engineering and structural engineering, geotechnical and healthcare engineering. The training covers the theoretical and scientific aspects of the industry enabling the use of the knowledge in order to interpret and describe the state of the research in these areas and contribute to its advancement. The course thus aims to train highly specialized professionals for highly qualified tasks within public and private organizations and research institutes, national and international, as well as training of new academics in relation to the needs of the teachings of Civil Engineering. The course also provides qualifying and advanced skills to the exercise of the profession of Civil Engineer.

  • PhD Course of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The PhD program of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering section of the Engineering Department offers a broad span of high-level training courses and it is linked with many high quality international research activities. It aims to prepare students for future leading roles either in Industry or in Academia in several crucial fields, such as Aviation and Aerospace, Energy, Industrial Production and the Environment. The industrial systems involved in the production of goods and services are continuously evolving toward new and highly diversified forms, providing specialized solutions for complex problems. Old and new technologies have to be managed with a consistent degree of multi-disciplinary technical and scientific knowledge, in the perspective of a sustainable world. Candidates can apply with a project proposal within the following scientific areas: Aeronautical Engineering, Aero elasticity and Aeroacoustics, Business Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Applied Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical and Thermal Measurements, Mechanical Design and Engineering, Production systems engineering and Safety Engineering and Excavation work (specific topics within these areas are published for each yearly Call). Depending of its attitude and specialization, the PhD student will: acquire abilities in analytical and numerical modelling and simulation, design and experimental design; attend conferences, schools and seminars; learn how to write, manage and exploit a research project, learn how to write scientific papers and technical reports, be involved in science from theory to lab practice, with a problem solving approach; have the chance to spend a training period in an international Research Center. Finally, advanced skills  acquired will be also useful for a consultancy career.

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