Transdisciplinary Programmes

In addition to the objectives set out in the Regulation of the PhD Programme "ICT International Doctoral School",  transdisciplinary programmes are established to pursue the following specific objectives:

  • the promotion of cross-disciplinary research within the PhD programme;
  • the training of PhD students with cross-disciplinary skills;
  • the increase of collaborations with the other institutions.

A transdisciplinary programme is a training path that complements the doctoral program (primary program) with an educational and research component on an additional discipline (secondary programme.
The secondary programme integrates the primary one without changing regulations and constraints. I

At the end of the programme, the PhD student will receive the title of PhD in Information Communication Technology, Expertus/Experta in the discipline of the secondary programme.

PhD students can apply for the programmes within 2 months from the enrollment in the PhD course.

Available transdisciplinary programmes:

Transdisciplinary programme in Computational Biology

The programme - in collaboration with the International PhD Program in Biomolecular Sciences of the CIBIO - aims at training Ph.Ds with complementary competences in Computational Biology. The rationale is that deep biological knowledge is required in order to craft innovative systems and to offer research contributions relevant to the field. The Ph.D. candidate enrolled in the ICT course joining the transdisciplinary programme receives specific education and guidance to develop relevant research in Computational Biology. The transdisciplinary programme offers elements of cellular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Specific attention is devoted to foster interactions and communication across the disciplines.

Doctoral students are required to acquire 9 credits from ICT doctoral courses, 6 credits from the secondary programme.. Secondary program credits are acquired by attending:

  • an ad-hoc experimental laboratory course (decided every year by the panel);
  • a course selected from the optional courses of the PhD Programme in BS or those offered by the M.Sc. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology.

Qualifying exam
The qualifying proposal of the transdisciplinary programme student should contain research aspects which are relevant for the secondary programmeand a feasible plan for their achievement

Work in progress
At the end of the second and third years, the Transdisciplinary programme student presents his/her work in front of a commission appointed by the panel.

Enrollment
An ICT PhD student interested in joining the programme has to present an application to the panel consisting of:

  1. registration number of application to ICT school
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. motivation letter specific to the transdisciplinary program

Applications are examined by the panel in order to evaluate the motivation of the candidate and his/her attitude for transdisciplinary research. Biotechnological skills are mandatory for acceptance. Candidates lacking these skills are required to acquire additional credits in life science disciplines during the programme.

Transdisciplinary programme in Space Data Science and Technology (SpaDaST)

The Programme “Space data science and technology” (SpaDaST) aims at giving Ph.D students in Physics and Engineering a shared background in space sciences and technology, with specific emphasis on data acquisition, processing and instruments, as well as on other fields of relevance for scientific space missions.

The SpaDaST programme leverages on significant research activities, carried out in Trento in several fields of space science and technology, mostly under the umbrella of the Trento Space Center.

These activities contributed to gain expertise in a diverse set of space applications: science data analysis, development of instrumentation for cutting edge missions in multi-messenger astrophysics, planetology and Earth observation.

The Program is open to students of the Doctoral (Ph.D.) Schools/Programmes of Trento University in:

- Physics
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

The SpaDaST programme student is required to acquire six extra credits, in addition to the credits requested by the PhD programme in the primary discipline, within those characterizing the secondary programme. These extra credits have to be registered by the end of the second year of the PhD Program.

* 6 additional credits:

  1. at least 3 credits must be earned by taking a fundamental course listed in the Manifesto degli Studi
  2. additional 3 credits must be earned either by courses from PhD or Master programmes in Physics or Computer science, of relevance for space sciences; or international schools of relevance for space sciences

At the end of each year, the SpaDaST programme student presents his/her work in front of a commission appointed by the panel.

Mandatory courses a.y. 2019-20
Space based observation techniques and methods – proff. Vitale, Battiston, Bruzzone (6 crediti)

Panel

- Bovolo Francesca (FBK)
- Bruzzone Lorenzo (UniTN-DISI) – President
- Iuppa Roberto (UniTN-Physics) – Secretary
- Picco Gian Pietro (UniTN-DISI)
- Vitale Stefano (UniTN-Physics))

Enrollment
PhD students interested in joining the Programme has to present an application to the panel consisting of:

  1. motivation letter specific to the transdisciplinary programme;
  2. a brief research proposal, formally approved by the student’s tutor or advisor

Applications must be submitted within two months from the start of the Doctoral Programme and are examined by the Panel in order to evaluate the candidate’s motivation and her/his attitude for the trans-disciplinary research in SDST.

Transdisciplinary programme in Quantum Science and Technologies (QST)

The PhD student enrolled in this programme will receive a state-of-the-art education in the basic ideas of quantum science, in the main material platforms used in experiments, and in the mathematical concepts used for their description, as well as in the information and computation science concepts that aim at exploiting QST for applications. She/he will be expected to carry out cutting-edge research on subjects of interest of the Q@TN consortium, possibly in collaboration with our international project partners.

The Programme is open to students of the Doctoral (Ph.D.) Schools/Programmes of Trento University in:

- Physics
- Mathematics
- Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering (MMSE)
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
- Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

PhD students entering the Programme are required to gain at least a total of 18 ECTS credits attending the following courses and sustaining the corresponding exams: 

  1. 9 credits are obtained attending the fundamental courses listed in the “Manifesto degli studi” concerning basic QST concepts;
  2. 3 credits are obtained following the courses listed in the Manifesto degli studi (emendable yearly by the panel), concerning topics of direct interest for the Programme;
  3. the remaining credits can be obtained from any other admissible course according to the general rules of the Ph.D. School/Programme where the student is enrolled, which may also include Summer/Winter schools.

At the end of each year, the PhD student presents her/his work in front of the Panel.

Mandatory courses a.y. 2019-20
- Quantum Sensing - prof. Quaranta (3 credits)
- Quantum Computing - prof. Hauke (6 credits - offered by the Master in Physics)

The seminars organised by the Q@TN Laboratory are mandatory

Panel 

- Bernardi Alessandra (UniTN-Math) – Secretary 
- Blanzieri Enrico (UniTN-DISI)
- Carusotto Iacopo (INO-CNR and UniTN-Physics) – President
- Pederiva Francesco (UniTN-Physics) - Referent for the Doctoral Programme in Physics
- Pugno Nicola (UniTN-DICAM)
- Quaranta Alberto (UniTN-DII)
- Sighinolfi Matteo – representative of the students enrolled in the Programme

Enrollment
PhD students interested in joining the Programme has to present an application to the panel consisting of:

  1. motivation letter specific to the transdisciplinary programme;
  2. a brief research proposal, formally approved by the student’s tutor or advisor

Applications must be submitted within two months from the start of the Doctoral Programme and are examined by the Panel in order to evaluate the candidate’s motivation and her/his attitude for the trans-disciplinary research in QST.