PhD in Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies Engineering

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Engineering Studies
Coordinator Prof. Alessandro Vanelli Coralli


Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 14 positions, of which 10 with scholarship and 1 with apprenticeship contract
Call deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Dept of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering «Guglielmo Marconi»
Associated Departments
Centro di Eccellenza ARCES - Centro di Ricerca sui Sistemi Elettronici
Doctoral Programme in collaboration with research institutions (art. 2, comma 2, lett. a) del D.M. n. 45/2013)
Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK)- link:
Mobility abroad
Yes (6 months)
Curricula and Research topics
  • Analog and digital circuits and electronic systems
  • Analysis and simulation of semiconductor devices
  • Applications of Information technologies: smart cities, smart grid, etc.
  • Communication theory and its applications
  • Communications architectures, systems, and networks: wireless, cellular, fixed / mobile terrestrial / satellite, wired and optical
  • Electromagnetic theory, antennas, and propagation
  • Electronic devices
  • Electronics for telecommunications
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy harvesting
  • Information theory and its applications
  • Intelligent sensors
  • Micro and nano-technologies
  • Microwave Photonics
  • Navigation and positioning systems and applications
  • Network control and management: software defined networks
  • Performance evaluation of communication networks
  • Statistical signal processing and its applications
  • Ultrasonics
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Science of Creative Thinking with Applications in the ICT Domain
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The tight relation of the ETIT program with the industrial environment is inherent to the topics of the PhD itself that are characterized by a rapid evolution, strictly related to the base and applied research of the Department. Industries, research institutes, governmental and public administrations, and service providers have shown an outstanding interest in the ETIT PhD and represent its the natural placement target. In particular, ETIT PhD degree holders have excellent opportunities being employed in high tech industries, as well as in the research and development industrial departments and institutions. The ETIT competences are not only appreciated in ICT companies and institutions, but also in all of those companies making significant use of ICT technologies and services such as computer networks, mchine to machine communications, wireless communications, sensor networks, embedded systems, distributed computing systems, digital electronic devices, RFID system, ecc.
Admission Board

Franco Fuschini Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Ricercatore
Antonio Gnudi Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Docente di II fascia
Elio Salvadori Fondazione Bruno Kessler Create-Net Primo ricercatore
Roberto Verdone Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Docente di I fascia
Paolo Bassi Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Docente di I fascia
Marco Chiani Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Docente di I fascia
Roberto Guerrieri Università di Bologna Dip. Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione Docente di I fascia
Roberto Riggio Fondazione Bruno Kessler Create-Net Primo ricercatore
Learning outcomes
The objective is to prepare researchers able to perform scientific and industrial research, to innovate, and to manage complex project. The program covers research topics related to: Electronics, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics fields. The Electronics area covers the study of devices, circuits and electronic systems, microelectronics, micro-and nano-technologies, electronics, digital systems, electronic systems for implementation and monitoring, modern HW/SW computing systems. The Electromagnetic fields area covers research activities related to microwaves and optical systems, antennas and propagation, and the theory of Electromagnetics fields applied to electronics and TLC systems and devices. The Telecommunications area covers the study of TLC systems and networks (wireless/cellular, terrestrial/satellite, wired/optical networks), and associated devices. The Ph.D. program focuses also on ICT, i.e., multimedia applications and services, Smart cities, Smart Grids, etc.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
PhD candidates' activity is mainly focused on the following two areas:
a) training through research
b) training through structured training courses and specific workshops and seminars.
Training through research: the aim of this activity is to increase the know-how of the PhD candidates through research activities related to the specific research programs identified and designed by the PhD Board on the basis of the Supervisor proposals.
PhD candidates dedicate a large part of their time to perform high level research activities under the guidance of their supervisor and in the context of larger research groups.
Participation to structured courses and specific workshops. The aim of this activity is that of complementing the knowledge background of the PhD candidates through ad-hoc courses on specific topics related to their field of research.
A significant part of the training through courses aims also at broadening the PhD candidate perspective and knowledge base by providing courses on interdisciplinary and basic topics.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Training activities are planned throughout the PhD program, aiming to complete and complement basic knowledge, and above all to support the acquisition of methods and knowledge necessary to carry out research under the chosen theme. This is achieved mainly through specialized seminars, given by professors of the University or external guest lecturers, invited as part of national and international research collaborations. Lectures and laboratory courses at the graduate level cover advanced topics of Electronics, Computers and Telecommunications, and often have a highly multi- disciplinary character. Students may also participate, subject to authorization by the PhD Board, to master-level courses. Graduate student’s training also makes use of educational activities coordinated at national level, generally organized for teaching advanced topics to students from different universities. Furthermore, University of Bologna organises, under the coordination of its PhD Office, basic training on research and IPR management, research funding systems, research result exploitation, and business development. Overall, in three years, students have to spend at least 180 hours in training activities documented by an officially final test. At the end of each academic year, the PhD Board will evaluate the proposed training program for reach student. An updated calendar of the graduate courses offered to students is regularly published on the PhD official web site.
Internationalization features
The PhD course foresees:
- a mandatory research period abroad of at least six months
- promotion of the PhD course abroad thorough the members of the Department and the PhD Board contacts and collaboration
- "Co-tutela" programs with other PhD Schools abroad
- participation to Marie Curie Actions for ITN.
- Inclusions of foreign applicants to exchange programs (e.g., 3 Erasmus Mundus students has been accepted in the 30th cycle and one student supported by a MAE scholarship)
- inclusion of foreign students (5 students in 2013, 3 students in 2014
- bilatera agreement for PhD teaching: Photonics Integration-Core Electronics Excellence Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, IMEP-LAHC Laboratory Polytechnic Grenoble, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Rush Medical Univ., Chicago, Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Center for Reliable Power Electronics, Aalborg Univ., University Bretagne Sud; h) collaborations: CTTC Barcelona, UPC Barcelona, Univ. of Vigo, NoA Athens, UCLA, UCSD, Tecnologyco de Monterrey Mexico, Federal Univ. of ABC Brasil, KU Leuven, Univ. de Aveiro, Univ. of Erlangen, Tech. Universität Munich, National Inst. R&D in Microtechnology Bucharest, Univ. of Colorado, DLR Munich, Eurecom Sophia-Antipolis, CEA-LETI Grenoble, Oulu Univ., GeorgiaTech., Univ. of Bristol, NTNU Trondheim, KTH Sweden, MIT, ENSTA Paris, Tech. Univ. Eindhoven, Southampton Univ., Penn State Univ.
Expected research results and products
Expected outcomes of the PhD activities are:
- Publications on peered review high quality journal international scientific
- Publications and participation to international high quality scientific conferences
- Generation of new IPR
- Strengthening and generation of international collaborations (mainly through the research periods spent abroad)
- Knowledge transfer to other PhDs and Researchers through seminar and workshops.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
BASSI PAOLO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
CHIANI MARCO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
CIMATTI ALESSANDRO Fondazione Bruno Kessler Primo ricercatore
CORAZZA GIOVANNI EMANUELE Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
COSTANZO ALESSANDRA Università di Bologna Professore associato
DARDARI DAVIDE Università di Bologna Professore associato
FUSCHINI FRANCO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
GNUDI ANTONIO Università di Bologna Professore associato
GOTTARDI MASSIMO Fondazione Bruno Kessler Primo ricercatore
MASOTTI DIEGO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
OMOLOGO MAURIZIO Fondazione Bruno Kessler Primo ricercatore
PAOLINI ENRICO Università di Bologna Professore associato
REGGIANI SUSANNA Università di Bologna Professore associato
ROMANI ALDO Università di Bologna Professore associato
ROVATTI RICCARDO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
SALVADORI ELIO Fondazione Bruno Kessler Primo ricercatore
SANTARELLI ALBERTO Università di Bologna Professore associato
TRAVERSO PAOLO Fondazione Bruno Kessler Primo ricercatore
VANELLI   CORALLI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore associato

PhD programme notices

Admission procedures

Evaluation of qualifications and research project: results by 06/07/2017 on Studenti Online – Oral examination: 12/07/2017 - results by 24/07/2017 on Studenti Online - More information in the PhD Programme Table