Computer Science and Control PhD Program

The Computer Science and Control Ph.D. program is offered at the University of Roma "Tor Vergata" since the academic year 1988/89 (corresponding to the 4th cycle of the Ph.D. programs in Italy). At that time, the Doctoral School was established at Tor Vergata, a young university which started to graduate students with the Laurea degree in the middle of the 80's. From 1988/89 to 1991/92 the overall Ph.D. program was named "Electronic, Information and Automation Engineering" and the  Computer Science and Control Ph.D. was one of offered programs. From 1992/93 to 2011/12 it was a distinct Ph.D. program named "Computer Science and Automation Engineering". Now we are in the process to merge with the Ph.D. program in Geoinformation to increase synergies with emerging fields such as remote sensing, earth monitoring, imaging systems, and acquisition, processing, and management of environmental and geographic data.

The Ph.D. program lasts three years and anyone with an academic degree in scientific/technical subjects can apply for it. Specifically, it is addressed to qualified and enthusiastic candidates who want to deepen their knowledge in computer science engineering, systems and control fields.

During the first year, the Ph.D. students will be mainly devoted to complete their basic scientific training and will choose a main area for their research, which is to be carried out under the guidance of a scientific supervisor.

In the second year, the Ph.D. students will choose a research topic and will acquire the necessary scientific background knowledge for that topic. The Doctoral thesis will be finalized in the whole third year and its results will normally be presented at international conferences and journal papers. At the end of the first and second years the Ph.D. students will present their intermediate results, while at the end of the third year there will be the final discussion of the Doctoral thesis.

Ph.D. students may take part in schools and congresses and visit, or stay at, other research centers. There are many opportunities for spending abroad part of the three-year course of study in well-known international research centers and universities; some of them are listed here. Such abroad stay is warmly encouraged because the Ph.D. students will be able to get in touch with other research groups and get to know other ways of thinking and operating at universities or research laboratories.

The main research areas of the Computer Science and Control Ph.D. program include:

  1. Hardware and software architectures for computer systems
  2. Distributed and mobile systems and applications
  3. Security in computer systems and networks
  4. Software engineering
  5. Software model checking
  6. Design and analysis of algorithms
  7. Performance engineering and dependability
  8. Parallel and high performance computing
  9. Control systems
  10. System theory
  11. Robotics

More details on the current research subjects grouped by area can be found in the research page of the Ph.D. program.

The faculty members involved in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Control can be found here.

For more information and details please contact the Ph.D. program coordinator, Prof. Giovanni Schiavon:

tel.: +39.06.72597422, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it