Italy: Open PhD Positions in Computer Science

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Competitions for admission are open in the following PhD
Programs at IMT: Computer Science and Engineering Theories developed
within computer science have been, and still are, remarkably relevant
not only for developing devices and tools which are commonly used in
today society, but also for facing new theoretical problems of wide
perspective.

In particular, the study
of models, algorithms and verification methods of distributed systems
with shared resources, with attention to the problems of security,
concurrency, real time, “open endness”,
distributed decisions, etc. has fostered the development of the informatics of the new wide area networks. Students acquire extensive knowledge of the fundamentals and applications of architectures
and languages for global and grid computing, web systems and services,
in particular for business applications, embedded systems, web data
mining, wired and wireless networks, and mobile systems. In addition to
offering broad scope for basic research, these domains define a
professional area where all the needs of computer applications on wide
are networks can find their fulfilment.

Economics, Markets, Institutions With its interdisciplinary
(theoretical, quantitative and institutional) approach, the program
aims at dealing with issues in political economy, applied public
economics, and the functioning of industries and markets, the impact of
macroeconomic impact on the functioning of markets, as well as on
productivity and growth.

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A distinctive character of the PhD program is the strong integration
of theoretical, technical and practical expertise, aimed to educate
highly qualified professionals, who analyze, plan, and manage concrete
interventions of political economy.

Theoretical methodologies and models will therefore tested through
the methodical/systematic investigation of actual cases. At the end of
the program, students will be able to catch commonalities as well as
distinctive characters of the several markets, in reference to economic
laws, market regulations, contractual, managing and organizational
solutions.

Political Systems and Institutional Change The PhD Program aims to
make students familiar with analytical tools and methodologies of
investigation elaborated within different contemporary traditions in
social sciences, thereby providing the theoretical and practical
knowledge necessary to both evaluate comparatively the performance of
institutional systems, and elaborate proposals for structural
reforms. The courses will especially focus on the historical,
political, institutional and economic dynamics that have been
characterising the development of European and ex Soviet countries
after the Second Word War. They will then consider among other topics:
the institutional and decisional dynamics of European countries and the
European Union including the trends towards multilevel governance both
at the European and at the domestic level (federalisation, independent
regulatory authorities, etc.); transatlantic relations EU-US; relations
between politics, social processes and political economy decisions;
paths of economic and political development; the institutional workings
of international organisations; the characters of some geographical
areas of special relevance.

Duration: 3 years

Language: Courses and seminars are held in English. Foreign PhD students are required to attend an Italian Language and Culture Course.

Classes begin in March 2009.

Deadline
The deadline for applications is December 5, 2008 at 6:00pm (Italian time).

Call for application:
http://www.imtlucca.it/phd_programs/call_for_applications/index.php

Application Form:
http://www.imtlucca.it/phd_programs/open_applications/login.php

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