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PhD Positions in Advanced-Systems Engineering
Libera Università di Bolzano

Date Posted May 11, 2021
Title PhD Positions in Advanced-Systems Engineering
University Libera Università di Bolzano
Bolzano, Alto-Adige, Italy
Department Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Computer Science
Application Deadline Jun. 30, 2021
Position Start Date Nov. 1, 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    Risk Management & Financial Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Construction Engineering/Management
    Engineering - Other

This international PhD program trains a new generation of researchers who focus on Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems, Automation and Electronic Systems and Computer Systems to carry out independent research in the areas of Advanced-Systems Engineering and to give them the opportunity to transfer and exchange knowledge with national and international research centers and industries.

The three-year PhD program focuses on the study and development of advanced and intelligent systems through an interdisciplinary approach that responds to recent technological developments (e.g., Cyber-Physical-Systems, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things) by integrating the disciplines of mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, information engineering and computer science. They are supported by specific skills in mathematics and artificial intelligence.

Ph.D. student projects pertain to the following research areas, which are actively pursued by research groups at UniBZ on a long-term basis, and are considered in the Ph.D. on Advanced-Systems Engineering:

Mechanical-and-Manufacturing-Systems Engineering
- Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems
- Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
- Mechanical Engineering Design and Optimization
- Production Systems and Management,
- Smart Factory
Automation and-Electronic-Systems Engineering
- Autonomous systems
- Human-in-the-loop systems
- Thin-film devices and sensors
- Flexible and wearable electronics, smart textiles
- Micro and nano technology
- Soft biocompatible sensor systems
- Robotic Systems
- Automatic Control
- Intelligent Sensor/Actor Networks
Computer Systems Engineering
- Systems of Systems
- Complex Networks
- Distributed Systems and Security
- Self-Adaptive Software Systems
- Development and Operation of IoT Systems
- Operations Research

The ASE PhD Program is jointly run by faculty from the UniBZ Faculty of Science & Technology ( and from the UniBZ Faculty of Computer Science (

We are looking for highly talented, motivated and skilled candidates to work on the following research topics (potential thesis supervisor in parenthesis):
1. Dynamics on Complex Networks (Bertotti, Maria Letizia)
2. Simulations of Ropeways (Bertotti, Maria Letizia)
3. Development of a smart system to propose inspiration sources in engineering design (Borgianni, Yuri)
4. Role of new technologies in favoring the identification of green products (Borgianni, Yuri)
5. Stretchable, Implantable and Wireless Electronics (Cantarella, Giuseppe)
6. Soft and Green Active Electronics (Cantarella, Giuseppe)
7. Additive Manufacturing: Advanced materials characterization and modeling (Concli, Franco)
8. Structural Health Monitoring of mechanical systems and sports equipment (Concli, Franco)
9. Concept development of a Digital Twin for Smart Mobile Factories (Dallasega, Patrick)
10. Development of Data-Driven Aid Systems to support Planning, Scheduling and Monitoring of Projects (Dallasega, Patrick)
11. Secure and Trustworthy Edge Computing Architecture (El Ioini, Nabil)
12. Combining Zero Trust and Blockchain for Edge Computing and IoT security (El Ioini, Nabil)
13. Path and motion planning for intelligent vehicles and robots (Frego, Marco)
14. Control and optimization in presence of uncertainties in gamification and game theory (Frego, Marco)
15, Hybrid DNA nano-electronic devices (Garoli, Denis)
16. Integrated memristors technology for self-powered computation (Garoli, Denis)
17. Patterns and Antipatterns in Embedded Software Engineering (Janes, Andrea)
18. End User Software Engineering (Janes, Andrea)
19. Human to configurable robot skill transfer in industrial assembly (Matt, Dominik)
20. Intelligent decision support system for the holistic optimization of manufacturing value chains towards sustainability and circular economy (Matt, Dominik)
21. Flexible thin-film electronics for autonomous wearable systems (Münzenrieder, Niko)
22. Interactive soft and biomimetic robots (Münzenrieder, Niko)
23. Edge and Cloud Computing Architectures (Pahl, Claus)
24. AI Techniques for Edge and IoT Systems (Pahl, Claus)
25. Variable autonomy control for human-in-the-loop robotic systems (Peer, Angelika)
26. Predictive neuromechanical simulations for human-robot interaction (Peer, Angelika)
27. Green bioresorable printed sensor systems for plant in-vivo measurements (Petti, Luisa)
28. Biocompatible printed polymers for active living cell stimulation (Petti, Luisa)
29. Human Factors in Human-Robot Collaborative Manufacturing (Rauch, Erwin)
30. Architecture for Data-Driven Cognitive Manufacturing Systems (Rauch, Erwin)
31. Assurance of Collaborative AI Systems (Russo, Barbara)
32. Performance of Systems in Edge-Cloud continuum (Russo, Barbara)
33. Optimal motion planning for safe and ergonomic human-robot collaboration in industry (Vidoni, Renato)
34. Agro-forestry mechatronics and robotics (Vidoni, Renato)
35. Nonlinear control of mobile robots (von Ellenrieder, Karl)
36. Trajectory tracking of underactuated mobile robots (von Ellenrieder, Karl)
37. Design optimization of flexible multibody systems under uncertainty (Wehrle, Erich)
38. Nonlinear topology optimization for lightweight compliant mechanisms (Wehrle, Erich)

  • this is only a partial list of available projects, other topics dealing with the research activity of the members of the Ph.D. Committee can be explored.

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Contact Information

  • Study Programme Advisory Service
    Faculty of Science & Technology and Faculty of Computer Science
    Libera Università Di Bolzano
    Piazzetta Franz Innerhofer, 8
    Bolzano, Alto-Adige 39100
  • +39 0471 012100


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