2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9238
Degree Programme Class LM-29 - Electronic engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Joint degree
Degree Programme Director Riccardo Rovatti
Language English

Programme profile

The Inter-University Second Cycle Degree inAdvanced Automotive Electronic Engineering aims to form Electronic Engineerswith specific competencies pertaining to planning, creating, managing and usingthe information acquisition, transfer, storage and elaboration sub-systems thatcharacterise Vehicle Engineering.
Following a trend that has now pervadedmost fields, moving forward, both road and competition vehicles will beincreasingly defined by a series of functionalities based on the ability toacquire information about the physical reality surrounding them, store it andprocess it locally or send it to other vehicles, or to a remote supervisor, inorder to plan actions that will then be carried out by the vehicle itself.
This generic concept applies to a number ofsub-systems, from braking control to parking assistance, from on-boardentertainment to self-drive, from fault self-diagnosis to predictivemaintenance. Its actualization will be an integral and probably dominant part offuture vehicle design costs and will be based on the use of adequatelyprogrammed devices, apparatuses and electronic systems.
Therefore, despite developing transversalcompetencies shared by many Engineering branches, thus offering graduatesdifferent career opportunities in a wide range of industrial sectors, thedegree programme is designed to offer a specialization immediately spendablewithin vehicle manufacturing companies, including those specialised in sportcompetitions, a sector that enjoys a long and successful tradition in theregion.
To achieve this learning outcome, duringthe first year, this Second Cycle Degree programme provides students withessential knowledge on how to design and programme the so called “embedded” and“real-time” electronic systems conceived to work in close contact with physicalreality in order to process the signals received from the sensors, and anyinput from the driver, within the time necessary to guarantee functionality andsafety. At the same time, the programme offers content pertaining themathematical and algorithmic tools to process those signals and automatedcontrol methods that enable to put into practice the actions planned by thesystem.
Additionally, the programme focusses inparticular on the definition and design of the sensors most commonly used inthe sector – such as radars, lidars and imagers – on testing and reliabilityissues, from both a generic and an electromagnetic interference point of view,as well as on data transfer techniques within the vehicle and from the vehicleto external entities using a mobile network.
The programme's second year complements andspecialises the first, on one hand providing specific examples of realelectronic sub-system projects installed on existing vehicles and exposingstudents to embedded system programming methods that ensure the quality andsafety of the implemented procedures. On the other hand, focussing on ahigher-level of IT-algorithmic knowledge demonstrating how systems installed onvehicles can be made to interact to generate high-level behaviour such as, forexample, self-driving or interfacing with the driver thanks to augmentedreality.
The study plan leaves space to allowstudents to interact with the local companies more directly involved in the sectorduring the dissertation period.

Expected learning outcomes

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master courses of second degree.

Career opportunities

Automotive Electronic Engineer

The Automotive Electronic Engineer works in the design and development ofsubsystems that acquire and manage information to provide vehicles with theintelligent functions that will increasingly characterise this sector in future.
The Automotive Electronic Engineer tackles the typical aspects of electronicengineering to design intelligent subsystems, working with other disciplines inthe Information and Communication Technologies fields (telecommunications,computing and automation) to programme and coordinate these subsystems toachieve the required vehicle functions.

The functions associated to the profile of Automotive Electronic Engineerrequire a solid practical grounding in the mathematical methods used to modeland design information acquisition and control systems, the ability to designand enhance sensor systems, digital architectures for processing andimplementing controls, interconnections for local and remote data exchange, aswell as the ability to design and implement procedures used to process data toobtain the information required to drive or generally control the vehicle.
Based on a complete overview of the vehicle system, the Automotive ElectronicEngineer is able to both design, develop and produce key subsystems in cars androad vehicles, with particular reference to the premium market sector andcompetition vehicles, and to develop and manage the related technological andproduction processes.

The main career opportunities open to second cycle graduates in this classinclude the innovation and development of products and processes, advanceddesign, production planning and programming, management of complex systems inmanufacturing and service industries working in the design and manufacture of carsand motor vehicles in premium and competition sectors and the relative supplychains, both nationally and internationally.
Second cycle graduates in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering cancontinue their studies at PhD or 2nd cycle Master's Degree level.
Second cycle graduates also have the skills and meet the requirements of thestate laws in force to work as registered engineers in various fields ofspecialisation, registering with the Professional Engineers' Register, sectionA, sector C-Information.