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Tue Jan 13 2009

FYI: European Masters Program in Computational Logic

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        1.    Enrico Franconi, European Masters Program in Computational Logic

Message 1: European Masters Program in Computational Logic
Date: 07-Jan-2009
From: Enrico Franconi <franconiinf.unibz.it>
Subject: European Masters Program in Computational Logic
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European Masters Program in Computational Logic


The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB),
in Italy (at the heart of the Dolomites mountains in South-Tyrol), is offering
the European Masters Program in Computational Logic as part of its Master of
Science in Computer Science offer (Laurea Specialistica). The European Masters
Program in Computational Logic is an international distributed Master of Science
course, in cooperation with the computer science departments in the following

* Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
* Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
* Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
* Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria
* Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

This program, completely in English, involves studying one year at the Free
University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB), and completing the second year with a stay
in one of the partner universities. After this, the student will obtain,
together with the European degree, two Master of Science degrees:

the Laurea Specialistica 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.

Application Deadlines:

10 February 2009: first deadline for all European and non-European students, and
final deadline for non-European students requesting an Erasmus Mundus
scholarship (notification of acceptance 10 March 2009)

31 May 2009: deadline for all European and non-European student
(notification of acceptance: 15 June 2009)

22 August 2009: last deadline only for European students starting at the Free
University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (notification of acceptance: 5 September 2009)

Scholarships & Money Support:

In 2009 the European Union will offer several new Erasmus Mundus scholarships
for non-European citizens (in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 more than 90 Erasmus
Mundus scholarships were given). Each scholarship for each student amounts to
21,000 EUR per academic year; this includes 10 monthly grants of 1,600 EUR and a
fixed amount of 5,000 EUR for fees, travel expenses, relocation costs, etc.
The 10th of February 2009 is the final deadline for requesting an Erasmus
Mundus scholarship for non-European students.

European citizens can apply to scholarships which are granted purely on
the basis of the yearly income of the applicant and of her/his parents or
husband/wife. This scholarship is only for the year of study at FUB and it may
amount up to more than 6,000 EUR per academic year, plus support on the
accommodation and reimbursement of the local enrollment fees. These scholarships
are also available to non-European citizens with residence in Italy. European
students will also get a LLP Socrates Erasmus scholarship for the second year of
study abroad, which is 330 EUR per month.

New! Several tuition fee waivers are available to European students with good
qualifications. All European applicants will be considered for tuition fee waivers.

The IBM Center for Advanced Studies sponsors an annual "IBM & KRDB" award for
the best thesis on a Computational Logic related topic defended at the Free
University of Bozen-Bolzano; each winner will receive a laptop computer from
IBM. In addition to that, the Italian site in Rome of the IBM Center for
Advanced Studies supports scholarships of up to 2,400 EUR to work on a
research project or on the thesis at their labs in Rome.

Every year 10 students with European citizenship can visit Australia (Canberra,
Sidney, Melbourne or Brisbane) up to 3 months to work on a research project,
sponsored by the European Master. The study period in Australia is part of the
study programme and it is fully recognised by the European Master's Program in
Computational Logic. The guaranteed scholarship is of 3,100 EUR and it covers
the travel and living expenses in Australia.

Check the web page for detailed info on other available scholarships:

The Study Programme:

The European Masters Program in Computational Logic is designed to meet the
demands of industry and research in this rapidly growing area.Based on a solid
foundation in mathematical logic, theoretical computer science, artificial
intelligence and declarative programming students will acquire in-depth
knowledge necessary to specify, implement and run complex systems as well as
to prove properties of these systems. In particular, the focus of instruction
will be in deduction systems, knowledge representation and reasoning,
artificial intelligence, formal specification and verification, syntax directed
semantics, logic and automata theory, logic and computability. This basic
knowledge is then applied to areas like logic and natural language processing,
logic and the semantic web, bioinformatics, information systems and database
technology, software and hardware verification. Students will acquire practical
experience and will become familiar in the use of tools within these
applications. In addition, students will be prepared for a future PhD, they
will come in contact with the international research community and will be
integrated into ongoing research projects. They will develop competence in
foreign languages and international relationships, thereby improving their
social skills.

Applicants should have a Bachelor degree (Laurea triennale) in Computer
Science, Computer Engineering, or other relevant disciplines; special cases will
be considered. The programme is part of the Master in Computer Science (Laurea
Specialistica in Informatica) and it has various strengths that make it unique
amongst Italian and European universities:

* Curriculum taught entirely in English: The programme is open to the world and
prepares the students to move on the international scene.
* Possibility of a strongly research-oriented curriculum.
* Possibility for project-based routes to obtain the degree and extensive lab
* Other specialisations with streams in the hottest Computer Science areas, such
as Web Technologies, Information and Knowledge Management, Databases and
Software Engineering.
* International student community.
* Direct interaction with the local and international industry and research
centres, with the possibility of practical and research internships that can
lead to future employment.
* Excellent scholarship opportunities and student accommodations.

The European Masters Program in Computational Logic is sponsored scientifically
by the European Network of Excellence on Computational Logic (CoLogNET), the
European Association of Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European
Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI), the Italian
Association for
Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA), the Italian Association for Informatics (AICA,
member of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies), the
Italian Association for Logic and its Applications (AILA), and the Portuguese
Association for Artificial Intelligence (APPIA).

The Free University of Bolzen-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 -
"Oetzi", 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
skiing and snowboarding in the surrounding ski areas.

Further Information:

Sergio Tessaris (director) or Enrico Franconi
at infofub.computational-logic.eu

European Masters Program in Computational Logic
Faculty of Computer Science
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Piazza Domenicani, 3
I-39100 Bozen-Bolzano BZ, Italy

Phone: +39 0471 016 000
Fax: +39 0471 016 009
Email: infofub.computational-logic.eu
Web site: http://www.computational-logic.eu

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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