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BMCS at a glance

The Brain, Mind & Computer Science (BMCS) Ph.D. program, developing for 3 years, offers ad hoc courses taught by the Faculty Board and by Italian or foreign experts. The BM&CS program proposes two curricula:

  • Neuroscience, Technology, and Society
  • Computer Science and Innovation for Societal Challenges

Each student is affiliated with one curriculum and is followed by the main supervisor belonging to the same curriculum and by a co-supervisor from the other curriculum, who cooperates with the supervisor in guiding the student along an interdisciplinarity path. Students follow a personalized program based on their discipline of origin, their research interests and their research project. During the first year, enrolled graduate students have classes organized into an interdisciplinary curriculum. Starting from the second year, students focus on the topic of their doctoral thesis and spend at least three months at an International research center, working on issues relevant to their doctoral project followed by supervisors and Faculty.

Professional figures coming out of this Ph.D. program

This Ph.D. program aims to train professionals and scientific figures that can position themselves between computer science, engineering, cognitive neuroscience and social science. Resulting professional figures are for example:

  • Experts in the field of human-computer interaction, ergonomics and interaction;
  • Experts in computer science with a focus on applied cognitive science and the social sciences;
  • Experts in design, development and use of technologies for e-health/well-being, neurocognitive rehabilitation, assistive technology for the elderly;
  • Experts in the design and development of user-centric technologies for industrial and professional fields in general;
  • Experts in assistive and accessible technologies;
  • Experts in computer-mediated communication;
  • Experts in Neuropsychological approaches mediated by technology and Cybertherapy.

In addition, this Ph.D. program allows graduates to successfully work within the research lines identified by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Community, which advocates the same interdisciplinary approach adopted by this doctorate.