Official doctoral program in computer science


Program Description



The Programme Doctorate in Computing Is an official university degree that addresses the training in research in advanced computing. Framed in the ICT sector of Information and Communication Technologies, it has an important component of scientific approach in which the generation of new knowledge is given priority, not forgetting the innovative application of existing knowledge or the entrepreneurial spirit. Its objective is to train in research methodology competences, to develop a quality research work and to encourage the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through the elaboration of an original research work that constitutes the final doctoral thesis of the student .

Why study the degree

The PhD is framed within one of the generic R & D & I sectors typically considered as crucial in the technological development of a country: the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The program is offered by the Department of Computing, which is a reference in its field, being the oldest and largest of the university departments related to computer science in Galicia. It is also one of the main R & D & I assets of the UDC, with a large number of applied and fundamental research projects, along with agreements and contracts with other public organizations and private companies and the active participation in the generation of companies Spin-off in the technological sector. The Computing Department has extensive experience in training researchers, with a doctoral program that has been generating new doctors continuously since 1992.

What is learned

The main objective of the Doctorate in Computing is the training of new doctors in the area of ​​Advanced Computing. The main research support groups for the program are MADS (Models and Applications of Distributed Software), VARPA (Artificial Vision and Pattern Recognition), LIDIA (Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Laboratory), LYS Information Society), LBD (Databases Laboratory), IRLAB (Information Retrieval Lab.) And GSA-GII (Autonomous Systems Group - Integrated Engineering Group).

Lines of investigation

These are the lines of research of this doctoral program:

  • Genetic algorithms
  • Analysis and interpretation of images
  • Applications of AI: monitoring and control, design of clinical systems, systems expert in medicine, dynamic environments
  • Deductive databases
  • Digital libraries and federation of digital libraries
  • bioinformatics
  • Compression, indexing and retrieval of texts
  • Cluster computing
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Neural Computation
  • Development of techniques oriented to the segmentation of image
  • Pattern design
  • IR Efficiency
  • Scalability and Reliability
  • Language Engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Biomedical engineering and informatics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Logic and Artificial Intelligence
  • Models of symbolic processing, knowledge representation and uncertainty
  • IR Models
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Natural Language and Semantic Web Processing
  • Functional and object-oriented programming
  • Information Retrieval (IR)
  • Functional Networks and Linear Training Algorithms for Networks of Artificial Neurons
  • Robotics
  • Knowledge Based Systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Geographic information systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Symbolic-connectionist hybrid systems
  • Multiagent systems for intrusion detection
  • Artificial life
  • Video on demand
  • Intelligent visualization and user-system interfaces

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.

Formative Activities of the Program

In the PhD program in Computing the specific training activities are structured in a series of introductory seminars to the different current lines of research in the field of computer science, which integrate the different lines of the doctoral program. The organization of specific seminars is structured in three blocks or itineraries, which help the student to choose the seminars according to their interests about the research line to be developed: Intelligent Systems, Distributed and Concurrent Systems, and Information Management. All seminars are taught in a time of 4 teaching hours. The student will have to take transversal courses oriented to research methodology (offered by CUFIE of the UDC), while he must take a total of 8 chosen among the different specific seminars offered.

Professional and academic outputs

The proposed doctorate is part of the Information Technology and Communications (ICT) sector. In Spain, despite its growing importance, the ICT sector traditionally generates a negative trade balance. Research in the ICT sector is therefore essential if we want to reverse this trend and become an exporter of information technology. The data justify the real demand, by the ICT sector, of professionals with a research profile, also responding to the training and scientific needs of the University System of Galicia and the Galician ICT sector. Although the proposed doctoral program has an important scientific focus, the program also promotes entrepreneurship. Thus alumni of the doctorate in Computing are currently part of the staff of national ICT companies. Entrepreneurship and self-employment are also encouraged, starting with initiatives such as the business incubator promoted by the UDC, from which recent notable examples such as Lambdastream, Igalia and Enxenio have emerged and which have staffed more or Smaller measure with students and professors of the Doctorate in Computing of the UDC.

Recommended profile

Once the requirements for access to doctorates have been met, a recommended profile of admission oriented to university degrees in the field of Informatics is required. The possession of the title of the Master in Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Informatics of the University of A Coruña will be considered as direct access.

Last updated Mar 2020

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