PhD in Automotive Engineering for Intelligent Mobility

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Engineering Studies
Cycle 34
Coordinator Prof. Nicolò Cavina
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 28 positions, of which 18 with scholarship and 6 with research grant
Application deadline May 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Jul 17, 2018 to Jul 27, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
Bologna
Main Department
Department of Industrial Engineering - DIN
Associated Departments
Department of Computer Science and Engineering - DISI
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi" - DEI
Associated locations (agreements)
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Università degli Studi di Parma
Mobility abroad
Si (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics

Curriculum: Vehicle Design, Manufacturing and Systems Integration

The curriculum pursues the education of researchers and high-qualified engineers, operating in the areas of design and manufacturing of the automotive sector, and able to address issues related to design and research activities in disciplines such as:
- Industry 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
- Supply Chain Management
- Industrial Automation and Robotics
- Big Data and Cloud Computing for Manufacturing
- Materials, Lighting Technology and Design Methods for improving Efficiency and Safety of Vehicles
- Vehicle Lifecycle Assessment. Circular Economy: Vehicle refurbish, re-use of Vehicle Parts.

Curriculum: Energy Systems, Powertrains, Vehicle Performance

The curriculum pursues the education of researchers and high-qualified engineers, operating in the areas of vehicle dynamics and energy management, and able to address issues related to design and research activities in disciplines such as:
- Electrification and Power Electronics
- Electric, Hybrid and ICE-based Powertrains
- Advanced Combustion and Aftertreatment Systems
- Batteries and Energy Storage Systems
- Vehicle Energy Management and Energy Optimization
- Vehicle Dynamics and Control.

Curriculum: Vehicle Informatics and Connectivity

The curriculum pursues the education of researchers and high-qualified engineers, operating in the areas of vehicle digitalization and connectivity, and able to address issues related to design and research activities in disciplines such as:
- Vehicle Human Machine Interface and Infotainment systems
- Gamification for Improving Driver Behavior
- Vehicular networks, Vehicular Sensors and Big Data for Mobility
- Automatic and Autonomous Drive
- Connectivity for V2I- Vehicle to Infrastructure, V2V – Vehicle to Vehicle and V2G – Vehicle to smart Grid interfacing
- Data Analytics and Advanced Prediction Models.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
In addition to being supported by professors who, in the Departments and Universities involved, have been dealing with issues of interest for this PhD for many years, the proposal is fully integrated into the production context of Emilia Romagna - where the Automotive sector is represented by companies of worldwide importance in the production of high-end cars and motorcycles, agricultural machinery, cars and motorcycles for sports competitions, vehicle components. The Automotive sector in the Region is the first industrial sector with a turnover of 10.2 billion euros, about 200 companies and 20,000 employees. The PhD students who will complete the training course will find a high-profile employment position in the academia, in public and private research institutions, and in the industrial field, and the reference context will be regional, national and international. These figures will be the experts at a global level, both in the private and public sectors, able to drive innovation in the sectors of Automotive and intelligent, autonomous and connected vehicles in the coming decades. These include: research fellowship or university researcher; researcher at research institutions; researcher/designer in the R & D sectors, engineer responsible for testing the engine and the vehicle, software designer engineer, communication and control systems engineer, ..., of companies in the automotive sector.
Admission Board

 

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Bianchi Gian Marco Università   di Bologna member gianmarco.bianchi@unibo.it
Croccolo Dario Università   di Bologna member dario.croccolo@unibo.it
Mattarelli Enrico Università   di Modena e Reggio Emilia member enrico.mattarelli@unimore.it
Pavan Paolo Università   di Modena e Reggio Emilia member paolo.pavan@unimore.it
Rossi Claudio Università   di Bologna member claudio.rossi@unibo.it
Selleri Stefano Università   di Parma member stefano.selleri@unipr.it
Bondioli Federica Università   di Parma substitute federica.bondioli@unipr.it
Immovilli Fabio Università   di Modena e Reggio Emilia substitute fabio.immovilli@unimore.it
Leali Francesco Università   di Modena e Reggio Emilia substitute francesco.leali@unimore.it
Liverani Alfredo Università   di Bologna substitute alfredo.liverani@unibo.it
Rivola Alessandro Università   di Bologna substitute alessandro.rivola@unibo.it
Tilli Andrea Università   di Bologna substitute andrea.tilli@unibo.it
Landi Enrico SampUtensili   Machine Tools srl member
Learning outcomes
The PhD course aims to train highly qualified personnel with multidisciplinary skills, able to direct the development and research, also in the industrial field, of innovative vehicles, creating a meeting point in the third level of education between mechanical, industrial, electronics, telecommunications, controls, electrical, IT, logistics and civil engineering. The aim is to train researchers with a cultural profile aimed at the design, development and production of innovative vehicles and their integration into the new intelligent and interconnected mobility systems. The skills necessary to document, expose and discuss their work in a clear and effective manner, both in Italian and in English, will also be provided. The course is divided into 3 curricula: Vehicle Design, Manufacturing and Systems Integration; Energy Systems, Powertrains, Vehicle Performance; Vehicle Informatics and Connectivity.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Research programs encompass experimental and numerical/modelling activities within the scientific sectors that characterize the Doctoral Program. Those activities are carried out in collaboration with other research groups, and national and international companies, with the objective of forming highly professional figures, who could directly enter the industrial or academic sector. Further, Doctoral students, depending on the specific needs of the curriculum, will follow seminars to enhance the ability of using major database of international literature and on issues concerned with data processing (such as the introduction to the use of commercial codes, the management and analysis of databases, ...), and will participate in international conferences and workshops, where they will also present the results of their research activities. One of the activities considered particularly important concerns the production of scientific publications, and the production of intermediate reports and of the final thesis.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The research-oriented educational activity includes:
- Development of a research project within the topic of the selected curriculum
- Capacity building of independent scientific investigation attitude, by carrying out theoretical and experimental activities under the guidance of researchers with proven experience in the field
- Participation in seminars and specific training courses
- Preparation and publication of technical and scientific papers in English
- Presentation of research results in international meetings
- Abroad training period of at least 3 months
- Possibility of teaching experiences to support university courses.
Internationalization features
The research activities of PhD students are often carried out in collaboration with research centers and national and international companies. For each doctoral student a significant period of research and training is foreseen at an important university, an industrial reality or a foreign research center, and the opportunity is given to take advanced courses at the University Language Center (CLA). On the basis of scientific collaborations in progress with European and international institutions, the participation of foreign students is also encouraged through the dissemination of the PhD Program and the related call for application, and the benefits offered by the proposing universities for foreign candidates. In particular, dissemination is strengthened through specific information included on the PhD site. Furthermore, the dissemination of informative material (brochures) is planned for congresses and international events. Finally, for specific curricula, PhD students will be involved in Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) in the context of actions supported and financed by European Projects. Other elements of internationalization are foreseen during the activation and selection of candidates: the oral exam can be supported in English, also by telematic means for candidates residing abroad; participation of foreign teachers and representatives of European industries in training activities; the PhD program includes agreements for the exchange of PhD students, the issue of a co-tutored title, ...
The activation of the PhD Course in Automotive for Intelligent Mobility was born in continuity with the new international master's degrees (MUNER), carried out in collaboration with the most important companies in the Automotive sector of Emilia Romagna. The natural industrial interlocutors in this field are typically multi-national, with research and development centers of significant and technologically advanced dimensions.
Expected research results and products
The fundamental contribution deals with innovative and original research in the PhD student research field, which is very often focused on industrial applications. These results will be disseminated through publications, patents and participation in international conferences. Doctoral students will produce a Thesis as a final result, preferably in English, showing the innovative results achieved during the PhD period. Another desirable outcome is the organization of thematic sessions and seminars on the specific research area, and on the innovative results that have been achieved by the PhD students.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
BIANCHI     GIAN MARCO   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BONDIOLI     FEDERICA   Università di Parma Professore Associato
BOZZOLI     FABIO   Università di Parma Professore Associato
BROGGI   ALBERTO   Università di Parma Professore Ordinario
CAVINA   NICOLO   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CROCCOLO     DARIO   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
FORTUNATO     ALESSANDRO   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
FRANCESCHINI     GIOVANNI   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Ordinario
IMMOVILLI     FABIO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Ricercatore a t.d. (art. 24 c.3-b L. 240/10) 
LEALI   FRANCESCO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Ordinario
LIVERANI     ALFREDO   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MARCHETTI     MIRCO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Ricercatore a t.d. (art. 24 c.3-b L. 240/10) 
MATTARELLI     ENRICO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Associato
PAU   GIOVANNI   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PAVAN   PAOLO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Ordinario
REGATTIERI     ALBERTO   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
RIMINI   BIANCA   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore Ordinario
RINALDINI     CARLO ALBERTO   Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Ricercatore a t.d. (art. 24 c.3-a L. 240/10) 
RIVOLA   ALESSANDRO   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
ROSSI   CLAUDIO   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SANGIORGI     ENRICO   Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
SELLERI     STEFANO   Università di Parma Professore Ordinario
SIMONE   ANDREA   Università di Bologna Professore Associato
TARCHI   DANIELE   Università di Bologna Ricercatore confermato
TILLI   ANDREA   Università di Bologna Professore Associato