During the PhD programme, students first gain a deep understanding of state-of-the-art research, and develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary background. Then, they start contributing to research with their own ideas and producing original and innovative results. The programme is set in an international environment which promotes knowledge exchange and dissemination of ideas and results.
PhD students can choose any of the three research themes offered by the faculty. They are different not only in the main topics explored, but also in the research methodology applied.
In the Knowledge Representation and Data Management area, students investigate the foundations of data and knowledge management, the basis for the development of advanced prototype software systems.
In the Software Engineering area, work follows an empirical approach based on the implementation of prototypes and techniques and the carrying out and analysis of experiments.
Finally, the Information and Database Systems area adopts a hybrid approach, with a focus on efficient implementation and user interaction. This large spectrum of topics offers PhD candidates a wide range of options to develop their own research and great flexibility to match their interests.