European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies
The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB) is offering the European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies as part of its Master in Computer Science (Laurea Specialistica in Informatica).
One of the few of such programs in the world, the European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies was designed with input from industry professionals to give students a solid foundation in language and communication technologies so that they will be able to grow and change along with this rapidly developing and exciting discipline. Students will gain knowledge of fundamental techniques in speech and language processing and their application in domains such as semantic web, digital libraries, question answering, dialogue systems, machine translation and information retrieval.
The European Masters Program in Language and
Communication Technologies is an international distributed Master of
Science course offered in cooperation with the following universities:
Students have the possibility to study one year at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, and complete the second year with a stay in one of the partner universities. By choosing this option, after the two years, the student will obtain, together with the European Diploma Supplement delivered by the Consortium of all the partner universities, two Master of Science degrees: the Laurea Specialistica in Informatica degree from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, with legal value in Italy, and the respective Master of Science degree from the visited university, with legal value in its country. A similar exchange to the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano may involve students starting at some other partner university.
An advisory board that includes high-tech research centers and companies like ATILF, DFKI, FBK-irst, CLS, CELI, LORIA and IBM, ScanSoft BVBA and Xerox help to guide the program to ensure students will have the skills that employers are looking for.
The course consists of Compulsory Modules and Advanced Modules in Language Technology (LT) and Computer Science (CS), complemented by a Project, and a Master thesis, for a total of 120 ECTS credits. Typically, students will attend the compulsory modules in LT in one university and the CS compulsory modules in the other selected university.
A series of lectures by guest computational linguists employed in local industry and research centers will keep students abreast of the latest happenings in the field. An optional internship will also provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience that they can use as the basis for their master's thesis.
In the context of the European Master in Language and Communication Technologies, the Facutly of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano cooperates with FBK-irst of Trento, Italy, one of the most active and internationally renowned research centers for human language and communication technologies (divisions TCC and SSI), with the Italian leader Company of "Language and Information Technology", CELI, and with the Centre of Language Studies, CLS.
Furthermore, exchange programs are in place with the University of Pisa (Corso di Laurea in Informatica Umanistica) and the University of Trento (BIT). The exchange programs regard exams, internships as well as MSc theses co-supervision.
News: KRDB and IBM
- In October 2007, the KRDB Research Centre has launched the annual “IBM & KRDB” awards for the best thesis on a Computational Logic related topic and for the best thesis on a Language and Communication Technologies related topic, which is generously presented by the IBM Center for Advanced Studies. Each winner will receive 500 € from IBM.See the call for further details.
Moreover, the Italian site in Rome of the IBM Center for Advanced Studies supports scholarships of up to 2,400 &euro to work on a research project or on the thesis at their labs in Rome.
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The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, founded in 1997, boasts modern premises in the centre of Bozen-Bolzano. The environment is multilingual, South Tyrol being a region where three languages are spoken: German, Italian and Ladin. Studying in a multilingual area has shown that our students acquire the cutting edge needed in the international business world. Many of our teaching staff hails from abroad. Normal lectures are complemented with seminars, work placements and laboratory work, which give our students a vocational as well as theoretical training, preparing them for their subsequent professional careers. Studying at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano means, first and foremost, being guided all the way through the student's educational career.
Bozen-Bolzano, due to its enviable geographical position in the centre of the Dolomites, also offers our students a multitude of opportunities for spending their free-time. The city unites the traditional with the modern. Young people and fashionable shops throng the city centre where ancient mercantile buildings are an attractive backdrop to a city that is in continual growth. To the south there is the industrial and manufacturing area with prosperous small and medium-sized businesses active in every economic sector. Back in the 17th century Bozen/Bolzano was already a flourishing mercantile city that, thanks to its particular geographic position, functioned as a kind of bridge between northern and southern Europe. As a multilingual town and a cultural centre Bozen/Bolzano still has a lot to offer today. Its plethora of theatres, concerts with special programmes, cinemas and museums, combined with a series of trendy night spots that create local colour make Bozen/Bolzano a city that is beginning to cater for its increasingly demanding student population. And if you fancy a very special experience, go and visit the city's favourite and most famous resident - "Ötzi", the Ice Man of Similaun, housed in his very own refrigerated room in the recently opened archaeological museum.
Bozen/Bolzano and its surroundings are an El Dorado for sports lovers: jogging on the grass alongside the River Talfer/Talvera, walks to Jenesien/S. Genesio and on the nearby Schlern/Sciliar plateau, excursions and mountain climbing in the Dolomites, swimming in the numerous nearby lakes and, last but not least, skiing and snow-boarding in the surrounding ski areas.