Italy: PhD positions at IMT

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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 fulfillment.

Economics, Markets, Institutions

The program aims at dealing with issues in political economy, applied public economics, the functioning of industries and markets, the impact of macroeconomics on productivity and growth. A distinctive feature 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 are tested through the methodical/system at ic investigation of real world cases. At the end of the program, students are able to identify commonalities as well as distinctive characters of economies, markets, and industries.

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 characterizing 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 (federalization, 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 organizations; 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).

Doctoral Programs
http://www.imtlucca.it/phd_programs/call_for_ applications/index.php

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