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IBM Research Teams up with Swiss University to Launch Degree in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems

Cyber-physical systems are embedded computational devices directly interacting with the physical world. They are present all around us: at home, at work, in the environment.

Cyber-physical and embedded systems support the Internet of Things and provide backbone technologies for smart homes and cities, smart grids, intelligent transportation systems and healthcare – and this is only the beginning. More specifically, such technology can allow elderly people to live at home alone, while still detecting an accident and calling an ambulance, using wearable devices and or sensors installed in the house. Or for agriculture, optimizing crop yields by delivering fertiliser on when and where it is  them only where they are needed.

As an immediate consequence, the related industrial field is continuously growing with some analysts estimating that by 2020 every person on the planet will possess between 5 and 10 embedded systems. Hence, the demand for technology specialists with system-level skills in embedded and cyber-physical systems is high and I am confident that many of students will find appealing and rewarding jobs, even before they graduate.

The Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. Credit: USI

The campus of the Università della Svizzera italiana. Credit: USI

To address this demand, in a collaboration with IBM scientists in Zurich, the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland is now offering a unique, one of a kind Master of Science Program in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems.

The Master of Science provides exclusive challenging opportunities to application designers and system developers, by integrating different areas such as microelectronics, physical modelling, computer science, machine learning, telecommunication and control, and focusing on the most advanced applications.

Meeting the real need for an interdisciplinary approach, the teaching plan equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge in the area of cyber-physical and embedded systems. The educational model focuses on a system-level methodological perspective as well as on the development of interpersonal skills proven to be indispensable in today’s industry, such as team work, marketing and management strategies.

The main strong points of the program are

  • An educational offer defined on the basis of competence requested by the job market;
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum coupling theory, design and implementation with hands-on laboratory experience;
  • Superb international awards-winning faculty from academia and industry;
  • An effective, flexible teaching model integrating the latest research results;
  • Interaction, collaboration and networking with local and multinational companies.
  • Participants in the program can apply for internship or for writing their master thesis at IBM Research – Zurich.

Applications are now being accepted and a number of scholarships and grants are available.

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Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera italiana