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This course runs in Germany. This course covers a range of essential topics related to distributed computing systems. Yet these modules are not isolated; each one takes its place in the field in relation to others. Read more

About the course

This course runs in Germany.

This course covers a range of essential topics related to distributed computing systems. Yet these modules are not isolated; each one takes its place in the field in relation to others.

The emphasis in the course is to build the connections between topics, enabling software engineers to achieve co-operation between distinct autonomous systems under constraints of cost and performance requirements.

The course is suitable for:

Recent graduates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Computer Science, who wish to develop their skills in the field of distributed computing systems.
Practicing engineers and computer professionals who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.
People with suitable mathematical, scientific or other engineering qualifications, usually with some relevant experience, who wish to enter this field.

Aims

The past few years have witnessed that Grid computing is evolving as a promising large-scale distributed computing infrastructure for scientists and engineers around the world to share various resources on the Internet including computers, software, data, instruments.

Many countries around the world have invested heavily on the development of the Grid computing infrastructure. Many IT companies have been actively involved in Grid development. Grid computing has been applied in a variety of areas such as particle physics, bio-informatics, finance, social science and manufacturing. The IT industry has seen the Grid computing infrastructure as the next generation of the Internet.

The aim of the programme is to equip high quality and ambitious graduates with the necessary advanced technical and professional skills for an enhanced career either in industry or leading edge research in the area of distributed computing systems.

Specifically, the main objectives of the programme are:

To critically appraise advanced technologies for developing distributed systems;
To practically examine the development of large scale distributed systems;
To critically investigate the problems and pitfalls of distributed systems in business, commerce, and industry.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules:

Computer Networks
Network Security and Encryption
Distributed Systems Architecture
Project and Personal Management
High Performance Computing and Big Data
Software Engineering
Embedded Systems Engineering
Intelligent Systems
Dissertation

Special Features

Electronic and Computer Engineering is one of the largest disciplines in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £7.5 million, and has strong links with industry.

The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

Media Communications
Wireless Networks and Communications
Power Systems
Electronic Systems
Sensors and Instrumentation.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

Distributed Computing Systems Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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The M.Sc. programme in Computer Science equips students with the theoretical and practical background necessary to enable them to participate in the design of complex networked and distributed computing systems, as well as to undertake research in this area. Read more
The M.Sc. programme in Computer Science equips students with the theoretical and practical background necessary to enable them to participate in the design of complex networked and distributed computing systems, as well as to undertake research in this area.

The programme is assessed based on a combination of assigned coursework, written examination, and a dissertation.

The programme is composed of a number of modules that are taken by all students.

These modules include:

- Networked applications: covers applications of the Internet and Intranets ranging from email and the Web to electronic commerce; collaboration and community services; distributed artificial intelligence; and information retrieval.
- Data communications and networks: introduces the fundamentals of computer networks and networking technology.
- Distributed systems: covers the most important paradigms for building distributed applications including client-server computing, distributed object technology, and component models.
- Software engineering for concurrent and distributed systems: covers objectoriented analysis and design techniques and their application to concurrent and distributed systems.
- Security and management of networks and distributed systems: introduces the fundamentals of computer and network security and investigates different approaches to network management and the management of advanced information services.

This course is open to graduates who have achieved the equivalent of at least an upper second-class honors degree, or better, in computing, information technology, or a related discipline. Well qualified candidates from disciplines such as engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics who have sufficient knowledge of computing (including the ability to program) may also be accepted.
This course has been co-funded under the National Development Plan (Graduate Skills Conversion Programme) for EU fee paying students.

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Distributed and networked computation is now the paradigm that underpins the software-enabled systems that are proliferating in the modern world, with huge impact in the economy and society, from the sensor and actuator networks that are now connecting cities, to cyberphysical systems, to patient-centred healthcare, to disaster-recovery systems. Read more
Distributed and networked computation is now the paradigm that underpins the software-enabled systems that are proliferating in the modern world, with huge impact in the economy and society, from the sensor and actuator networks that are now connecting cities, to cyberphysical systems, to patient-centred healthcare, to disaster-recovery systems.

This new Masters course will educate and train you in the fundamental principles, methods and techniques required for developing such systems. Given the number of elective modules offered, you will be able to acquire further skills in one or more of Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Information Security.

Facilities include a laboratory where you can experiment with physical devices that can be interconnected in a network, and a cluster facility configured to run the Hadoop MapReduce stack.

A Year in Industry option is also available for this course.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/computerscience/coursefinder/msc-distributed-and-networked-systems.aspx

Why choose this course?

This course will develop a highly analytical approach to problem solving and a strong background in distributed and networked systems, fault-tolerance and data replication techniques, distributed coordination and time-synchronisation techniques (leader-election, consensus, and clock synchronisation), data communication protocols and software stacks for wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networking technologies in virtualisation, and cloud computing technologies.

The course develops an advanced understanding of principles of failure detection and monitoring, principles of scalable storage, and in particular NoSQL technology.

Students will acquire the ability to:
- apply well-founded principles to building reliable and scalable distributed systems
- analyse complex distributed systems in terms of their performance, reliability, and correctness
- design and implement middleware services for reliable communication in unreliable networks
- work with state-of-the-art wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networking technologies
- design and implement reliable data communication and storage solutions for wireless, sensor, and ad hoc networks
- detect sources of vulnerability in networks of connected devices and deploy the appropriate countermeasures to information security threats.
- enforce privacy in “smart” environments
- work with open source and cloud tools for scalable data storage (DynamoDB) and coordination (Zookeeper)
- work with modern network management technologies (Software-Defined Networking) and standards (OpenFlow)
- design custom-built application-driven networking topologies using OpenFlow, and other modern tools
- work with relational databases (SQL), non-relational databases (MongoDb), as well as with Hadoop/Pig scripting and other big data manipulation techniques.

Department research and industry highlights

Royal Holloway is recognised for its research excellence in Machine Learning, Information Security, and Global Ubiquitous Computing.
We work closely with companies such as Centrica (British Gas, Hive), Cognizant, Orange Labs (UK), the UK Cards Association, Transport for London and ITSO.
We host a Smart Card Centre and we are a GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).

Course content and structure

You will take taught modules during Term One (October to December) and Term Two (January to March). Examinations are held in May. If you are in the Year-in-Industry pathway, you then take an industrial placement, after which you come back for your project/dissertation (12 weeks).

Core course units are:
Interconnected Devices
Advanced Distributed Systems
Wireless, Sensor and Actuator Networks
Individual Project

Elective course units are:

Computation with Data
Databases
Introduction to Information Security
Data Visualisation and Exploratory Analysis
Programming for Data Analysis
Semantic Web
Multi-agent Systems
Advanced Data Communications
Machine Learning
Concurrent and Parallel Programming
Large-Scale Data Storage and Programming
Data Analysis
On-line Machine Learning
Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
Network Security
Computer Security
Security Technologies
Security Testing
Software Security
Introduction to Cryptography

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, practical projects and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different [department]-related areas, including This taught masters course equips postgraduate students with the subject knowledge and expertise required to pursue a successful career, or provides a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

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Modern devices often rely on data that is distributed across multiple computers, whether closely located or more distant. Read more

Modern devices often rely on data that is distributed across multiple computers, whether closely located or more distant. Developing software for such systems offers many benefits, but it also poses new challenges to be overcome, particularly in guaranteeing the security and robustness of the communication between devices.

The MSc at Hull is designed to enable you to overcome those challenges. It prepares you to exploit the extraordinary potential of distributed systems, both in terms of storage capacity and processing power, whilst being aware of the unique constraints and security problems they introduce. You will have access to cutting-edge equipment and facilities, and you will finish with a much greater understanding of how software development needs to adapt to the unique environment of a distributed system. These skills and knowledge are highly sought-after in an industry that is increasingly adopting new distributed technology, such as cloud-based solutions.

The course begins in September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – immediately before the dissertation, adding an extra three months of study but letting you gain insights into industry through a module based on commercial practice, typically working with commercial clients and software.

Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Study information

The MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing) programme supports students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience, with material that supports the transition into the postgraduate environment. There is also suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

As a route into research, the programme supports the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

  • Object Oriented Design and Development Using C#
  • Component-based Architecture
  • Network Security
  • Development Project
  • Distributed Applications
  • Trustworthy Computing

Optional modules

  • Computer Science Software Development Practice (pass/fail module)
  • The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module extends the MSc to a 4-trimester length degree, enabling you to gain meaningful commercial experience

Dissertation

  • Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. This will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science ‘in situ’, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates typically gain roles including: Applications Developer, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Programmer, Computer Operations Manager, Data Management Analyst, Database Assistant, Developer Support Engineer, Games Programmer, Games Programmer (Engine design), Information Manager, IT Design, IT Systems Manager, IT Technician, IT user Support, Mobile Developer, Operations Director, Software Designer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Technical Sales, Technical Specialist, Web Developer.



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The MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems is a taught course oriented towards graduates from computing and related subjects who want to extend their knowledge and expertise. Read more
The MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems is a taught course oriented towards graduates from computing and related subjects who want to extend their knowledge and expertise. It provides an opportunity to acquire the more advanced skills required for a career in Internet and Intranet-based information systems. The first module addresses advanced Java programming, and subsequent modules cover new technologies and related theory.

This is a full time course and students will be registered for 12 months

By the end of the programme

You will have learned in depth, through lectures and practical laboratories, a range of key computing technologies needed for modern systems. These include:

-Systematic and advanced-level design abilities using modern internet-related software tools and techniques
-Presenting work in written and oral forms that are aligned to modern industrial documentation and reporting standards and needs
-An advanced level of the theory, principles and practice of internet and distributed computing and directly related technical topics
-The technical management and industry-standard software lifecycle-based approach to designing internet and distributed systems
-Advanced theoretical and practical appreciations of modern approaches to the software engineering required for internet and distributed application, including both product and process technologies

The course will equip you with knowledge of modern technology for a career as a technical expert or consultant.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be made based on your laboratory report of 2,500 words for each module and on your individual 20 page journal-style dissertation paper based on the final project. There are no examinations. Some dissertations may involve work with industry, or with other Departments within the University.

Some modules may involve group or team work when a single laboratory assignment report from the team will be required.

What does the course consist of?

The course is built from eight taught modules plus one project module. Each of the eight modules lasts for approximately four weeks and consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, private study and a mini project. Each of the modules is designed to build upon the student's growing knowledge and skills.

The final project module involves the design, implementation and evaluation of a significant information systems solution.

The modules available for 2013/2014 are listed below. This list may change in subsequent years, as we update and modify the programme.

Advanced Java with UML
Software Dependability
Advances in Software Engineering
Enterprise and Distributed
Research Methods and Professional Issues
Web Technology
New Initiatives in Software Engineering
Information Search for the WWW
Dissertation

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The MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems is a taught course oriented towards graduates from computing and related subjects who want to extend their knowledge and expertise. Read more
The MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems is a taught course oriented towards graduates from computing and related subjects who want to extend their knowledge and expertise. It provides an opportunity to acquire the more advanced skills required for a career in Internet and Intranet-based information systems.

Course Structure
The course is built from eight taught modules plus one project/dissertation module. Each of the eight modules lasts for approximately four weeks and consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, private study and a mini project. Each of the modules is designed to build upon the student's growing knowledge and skills.

The final project module involves the design, implementation and evaluation of a significant information systems solution.

Core Modules
- Advanced Java with UML
- Software Dependability
- Advanced Principles of Distributed Computing
- Enterprise and Distributed Systems
- Research Methods and Professional Issues
- Web Technology
- Digital Imaging
- Information Search for the WWW
- Dissertation.

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The MSc Distributed Systems and Networks gives you strong technical expertise and practical skills in designing, managing and evaluating computer networks, distributed systems and system security, helping you develop a highly successful specialism. Read more
The MSc Distributed Systems and Networks gives you strong technical expertise and practical skills in designing, managing and evaluating computer networks, distributed systems and system security, helping you develop a highly successful specialism.

Why choose this course?

Gain a specialised master's degree in one year full-time or at a pace that suits you through online studyFlexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.Gain an internationally-recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus courseWe have an excellent track record in research, with half of our outputs rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014, the most recent national assessment.

Careers

Our online masters programme is designed to give graduates the up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

These courses will prepare you for a career in many areas including research, IT or software development.

Teaching methods

Our online degree programmes are taught 100% online when studied independently, or supplemented by tutorial support when studied at a local study centre run by one of our online partners. Find out more about Tutored eLearning. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will participate in the learning experience through the University's on-line learning environment, StudyNet. You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online. Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key textbooks and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

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The presence of software applications as components of many different kinds of systems with dynamic configurations is increasing at an unprecedented pace. Read more
The presence of software applications as components of many different kinds of systems with dynamic configurations is increasing at an unprecedented pace. The focus of this MSc is on new methods, architectures and design techniques for software systems that are able to operate, with guaranteed levels of quality of service, across heterogeneous and distributed platforms.

Start Dates
October and January each year.

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The MSc in Computing (Distributed Systems) is a full-time degree of 12 months duration starting in October. It allows graduates who have already studied Computing Science in their degree, but perhaps not exclusively, to focus their further studies in a particular area. Read more
The MSc in Computing (Distributed Systems) is a full-time degree of 12 months duration starting in October. It allows graduates who have already studied Computing Science in their degree, but perhaps not exclusively, to focus their further studies in a particular area. The typical entrant to this track has a good upper-second class or a first class honours degree in a science or engineering discipline, including Computing.

The programme provides opportunities for postgraduate students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and practical skills in a wide variety of specialised topics in Computing. Students are also able to develop and demonstrate the qualities and skills needed for literature research, technical presentation and report writing. The degree provides a good foundation for PhD study.

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This course takes an immersive approach to learning both the principles and practices of computer systems with much of the material based around examples and practical exercises. Read more
This course takes an immersive approach to learning both the principles and practices of computer systems with much of the material based around examples and practical exercises. Students completing this course will have a firm grasp of the current practices and directions in computer systems and will be able to design and build for example, distributed systems for the Web using Internet, Intranet and other technologies.

Programme Objectives
To provide the foundations for understanding of core ideas, methods and technologies in computer science.
To provide the technical skills and background material so that the postgraduate will be able to conduct a near state-of-the-art research or development project;
To provide the graduate with a range of specialist and transferable skills;
To provide the educational base for further professional development and lifelong learning.
Course Topics
Data networks and communications, project foundations and management tools, broadband communication systems, technologies for Internet systems, agent technologies and Artificial Intelligence, introduction to distributed systems and mobile systems, project and dissertation.

Taught Modules:

Java programming: This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging Java programming concepts and programming variations. The module teaches the basic and advanced structures of Java and makes use of the object-oriented approach to software implementation. It also gives an in-depth understanding of advanced Java concepts in the area of user interfaces and will enable students to apply the theoretical knowledge of the Java language onto a test-case software development scenario.

Introduction to distributed systems: This module will introduce key ideas in distributed Systems and its role and application in operating systems and middleware. On completion of this module students will have an understanding of the key issues for distributed systems at OS level or as middleware, they will understand core concepts of concurrency, be able to program multithreaded and distributed applications and understand the issues and use of algorithms for transactional systems.

Data networks and communications: This module will provide an in-depth understanding of how real communication networks are structured and the protocols that make them work. It will give the students an ability to understand in detail the process required to provide an end-to-end connection.

Technologies for Internet Systems: In this module, students will be introduced to state of the art technologies and tools for Internet Systems and in particular e-commerce systems.

Agent Technologies: This module provides an in-depth understanding of technologies from Artificial Intelligence research such as machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, natural language processing, and evolutionary programming. It will look at the application of agent-oriented technologies for Artificial Life, for building Web search engines, for use in computer games and in film (such as the MASSIVE software developed for the Lord of the Rings movies), and for robotics. It will also provide an introduction to agent-oriented programming using the NetLogo programming language.

Foundations of computer graphics: This module will teach techniques, algorithms and representations for modelling computer graphics and enable students to code 2D and 3D objects and animations.

Database systems: Students completing this module will gain an in depth understanding of DBMS/Distributed DBMS architecture, functionality, recovery and data storage techniques. Students will also have a full understanding of how queries are processed and the importance of database maintenance. This module is designed to enable students to perform research into one or two areas of databases; for example, object oriented databases and deductive databases.

Project foundations and management tools: This module prepares students for their MSc research project, including reference search and survey preparation and familiarisation with project management tools.

MSc Research project: After the successful completion of the taught component of the MSc programme, students will spend the remainder of the time undertaking a research project and producing an MSc Dissertation. During this process, students will conduct project work at state-of-the-art research level and to present this work as a written dissertation. Completing a project and dissertation at this level will train students in: problem solving; researching new topics; organizing knowledge; exercising elementary time and project management skills; reporting and writing skills.

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The MSc in Internet Systems and e-Business is a taught programme aimed at all graduates who want to train in modern computing. It provides an opportunity to acquire the skills required to pursue a career in Internet-based information systems. Read more

The MSc in Internet Systems and e-Business is a taught programme aimed at all graduates who want to train in modern computing. It provides an opportunity to acquire the skills required to pursue a career in Internet-based information systems. The programme is also suitable for those who have been in industry or other employment, possibly involving increasing recent work with IT, and now want to improve their career by means of formal training and a recognised qualification. The programme starts with an introduction to programming and then covers key details of software engineering and Internet technology.

Course Structure

Seven taught modules and then a dissertation module of approximately two months over the summer.

Core Modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming in Java and UML
  • Software Engineering for the Internet
  • Distributed Computing
  • Enterprise and Distributed Systems
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Web Technology
  • Digital Imaging
  • Dissertation.

Course Learning and Teaching

The MSc in Internet Systems and e-Business is a full-time taught programme aimed at all graduates who want to train in modern computing. It provides an opportunity to acquire the skills required to pursue a career in Internet-based information systems. The programme is also suitable for those who have been in industry or other employment, possibly involving increasing recent work with IT, and now want to improve their career by means of formal training and a recognised qualification. Students are registered for 12 months from the course start date at the beginning of October each academic year. The programme starts with an introduction to programming and then covers key details of software engineering and Internet technology.

The programme consists of seven lecture/tutorial based core modules plus a research project. The two modules in Object Oriented Programming, and Web Technology, each feature 18 hours of lectures plus 8 hours of tutorial contact time.

The three modules in Digital Imaging, Distributed Computing and Research Methods and Professional Issues each feature 12 hours of lectures plus 8 hours of tutorial contact time. The lecture module on Software Engineering for the Internet has 20 hours of tutorials. The lecture module on Enterprise and Distributed Systems use a variety of teaching methods. It might typically feature 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials. The total contact hours for all 7 of these modules is therefore 90 hours of lectures and 72 hours of tutorials.

A major individual research project is also undertaken during the course under the guidance of an appropriate staff supervisor. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. At the end of the project you are required to submit a dissertation documenting your project work. You should expect to have around 5 hours of contact time with your supervisors over the course of the research project.



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The accredited Master of Science program in Computer Science is a two-year program that has been designed for international and German graduate students. Read more
The accredited Master of Science program in Computer Science is a two-year program that has been designed for international and German graduate students. The curriculum is very flexible. Students can compile their individual study plans based on their background and interests. It is also a very practical program. In addition to lectures and tutorials, students will complete two seminars, one or two projects and the master thesis.

In the beginning students will choose one or two key courses. Key courses are courses which introduce the students to the research areas represented at the Department of Computer Science. The following key courses are offered:

• Algorithm Theory
• Pattern Recognition
• Databases and Information Systems
• Software Engineering
• Artificial Intelligence
• Computer Architecture

After that, students can specialize in one of the following three areas:

• Cyber-Physical Systems
• Information Systems
• Cognitive Technical Systems

Here are some examples of subjects offered in the three specialization areas:

Cyber-Physical Systems:

• Cyber-Physical Systems – Discrete Models
• Cyber-Physical Systems – Hybrid Control
• Real Time Operation Systems and Reliability
• Verification of Embedded Systems
• Test and Reliability
• Decision Procedures
• Software Design, Modeling and Analysis in UML
• Formal Methods for Java
• Concurrency: Theory and Practice
• Compiler Construction
• Distributed Systems
• Constraint Satisfaction Problems
• Modal Logic
• Peer-to-Peer Networks
• Program Analysis
• Model Driven Engineering

Information Systems:

• Information Retrieval Data Models and Query Languages
• Peer-to-Peer Networks
• Distributed Storage
• Software Design, Modeling and Analysis in UML
• Security in Large-Scale Distributed Enterprises
• Machine Learning
• Efficient Route Planning
• Bioinformatics I
• Bioinformatics II
• Game Theory
• Knowledge Representation
• Distributed Systems

Cognitive Technical Systems:

• Computer Vision I
• Computer Vision II
• Statistical Pattern Recognition
• Mobile Robotics II
• Simulation in Computer Graphics
• Advanced Computer Graphics
• AI Planning
• Game Theory
• Knowledge Representation
• Constraint Satisfaction Problems
• Modal Logic
• Reinforcement Learning
• Machine Learning
• Mobile Robotics I

We believe that it is important for computer science students to get a basic knowledge in a field in which they might work after graduation. Therefore, our students have the opportunity to complete several courses and/or a project in one of the following application areas:

• Bioinformatics
• Educational Sciences
• Geosciences
• Cognitive Sciences
• Mathematics
• Medicine
• Meteorology
• Microsystems Engineering
• Physics
• Political Sciences
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Economics

In the last semester, students work on their master’s thesis. They are expected to tackle an actual research question in close cooperation with a professor and his/her staff.

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This Master degree program is a joint initiative of University of Pisa - Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Engineering, and Sant´Anna School of Advanced Studies - Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies. Read more
This Master degree program is a joint initiative of University of Pisa - Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Engineering, and Sant´Anna School of Advanced Studies - Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies.

Objectives

The two-year Master Program in Computer Science and Networking has been designed to meet the growing demand for an emerging kind of professionals with expertise in both the information and the networking technologies.
This expertise is needed in the design and implementation of both innovative software-hardware distributed infrastructures and service-based distributed applications in several areas of industry, e-business, research, social and citizen services, public administration

Courses and laboratories

The two-year Master degree programme in Computer Science and Networking has a total number of credits (CFU) of 120, where a credit corresponds to 8 hours of lectures/laboratory and 17 hours of personal working activity. The program is organized in around 12 teaching courses (6 or 9 or 12 credits per teaching course), of which 9 major and 3 minor teaching courses, plus the Master Thesis (15 credits).

Major Courses

Algorithm Engineering, Advanced Programming, Distributed Systems Paradigms and Models, Fundamentals of Signals, Systems and Networks, High Performance Computing, Network Configuration and Management, Software Service Engineering, Teletraffic Engineering,

MInor Courses

- software technologies for platforms, systems, models, frameworks, tools, security, and applications in distributed contexts,
- communication technologies for optical and photonic infrastructures, and for network architectures, models, protocols and services,
- applied mathematics for architectures and applications modeling.

The organization of teaching courses and laboratories will allow each student to achieve the most suitable and effective working environment. In order to achieve the described goals for high qualification and working environment, the maximum number of admitted students per year is 42.

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This programme aims to teach graduates with an IT background the theory, methods and tools to develop distributed applications over the Internet using current advanced techniques. Read more
This programme aims to teach graduates with an IT background the theory, methods and tools to develop distributed applications over the Internet using current advanced techniques. These include rich Internet applications, mobile Internet applications and distributed technologies like web services and grid applications.

Students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take courses marked with **

Semester 1
Communications & Networks
Computer Network Security**
Distributed Systems Programming **
Mobile Communications & Programming
Software Engineering Foundations
Systems Programming & Scripting

Semester 2
Advanced Interaction Design
Advanced Software Engineering
Distributed & Parallel Technologies
Network Applications **
Research Methods and Project Planning**

In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

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The MSc in Computational Finance will introduce students to the computational methods that are widely used by practitioners and financial institutions in today's markets. Read more

The MSc in Computational Finance will introduce students to the computational methods that are widely used by practitioners and financial institutions in today's markets. This will provide students with a solid foundation not only in traditional quantitative methods and financial instruments, but also scientific computing, numerical methods, high-performance computing, distributed ledgers, big-data analytics, and agent-based modelling. These techniques will be used to understand financial markets from a post-crisis perspective which incorporates findings from the study of financial markets at high-frequency time scales, modern approaches to understanding systematic risk and financial contagion, and disruptive technologies such as distributed-ledgers and crypto-currencies. The programme is highly practical, and students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world data and case studies in hands-on laboratory sessions.

Key benefits

  • An understanding of modern financial technology (FinTech) including electronic trading and distributed-ledger technology.
  • Practical hands-on techniques for working with and analysing financial data, which draw on modern developments in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technology.
  • The opportunity to understand the practical aspects of quantitative finance and FinTech from Industry experts located in the heart of one of the World’s financial centres.

Description

Computational Finance studies problems of optimal investment, risk management and trade execution from a computational perspective. As with any engineering discipline, computational finance analyses a given problem by first building a model for it and then examining the model. In computational finance, however, our model is typically analysed by running computer programs, rather than solving mathematical equations. In addition to standard computational methods such as Monte-Carlo option pricing, you will also learn more advanced modelling techniques such as agent-based modelling, in which the model itself takes the form of a computer program.

The programme will provide a foundation in the core skills required for successful risk management and optimal investment by giving a grounding in the key quantitative methods used in finance, including computer programming, numerical methods, scientific computing, numerical optimisation, and an overview of the financial markets. You can then go on to study more advanced topics, including the market micro-structure of modern electronic exchanges, high-frequency finance, distributed-ledger technology and agent-based modelling.

Career prospects

Students are expected to go in to careers such as Investment Banking, Hedge Funds and Regulatory Bodies.  



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