Bourses: European MSc in Computational Logic - more grants available

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Apr 19 09:00:47 UTC 2006

Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 01:30:22 +0200
From: Enrico Franconi <franconi at>
Message-Id: <0124298F-4F38-4B1F-93CA-2EAA0EDA8DDA at>


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 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, and possibly  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.


- 30 JUNE 2006: deadline for all students;
                 earlier applications are appreciated
   (notification of acceptance: 30 July 2006)
- 25 AUGUST 2006: last deadline for European students
                   starting at the Free Univ. of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
   (notification of acceptance: 11 September 2006)


EU citizens  or non-EU citizens with  residence in Italy  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.
Scholarships  amount up  to  6,283 EUR  per  academic year,  including
facilities  on  the  accommodation  and  total  reimbursement  of  the
enrolment fees.

The Free  University of Bozen-Bolzano has a  tuition-waiver budget for
reimbursing  the total  tuition/enrolment fees  to all  the applicants
studying in Bozen-Bolzano  and who do not have  already a scholarship;
so, applicants studying in Bozen-Bolzano will pay no tuition/enrolment

In 2006 the European Masters  Program in Computational Logic offers 13
new Erasmus Mundus scholarships for non European citizens (in 2004 and
2005  almost  50  Erasmus  Mundus scholarships  were  offered).   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
February  2006 was the  final deadline  for requesting  Erasmus Mundus
scholarships for non-European students.

Check the web page for detailed info on applications and scholarships:


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

* 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 facilities.
* 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 one of the few
European  Masters  awarded  by  the European  Union's  Erasmus  Mundus
programme from its first year of existence in 2004. The Erasmus Mundus
programme is  a co-operation  and mobility programme  in the  field of
higher  education which  promotes the  European Union  as a  centre of
excellence  in  learning  around  the  world.   It  supports  European
top-quality   Masters  Courses   and  enhances   the   visibility  and
attractiveness  of European  higher education  in  third-countries. It
also  provides  EU-funded  scholarships  for  third-country  nationals
participating in  these Masters Courses,  as well as  scholarships for
EU-nationals studying in third-countries.

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 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
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 snowboarding
in the surrounding ski areas.


Prof. Enrico Franconi at franconi at

European Masters Program in Computational Logic
part of the MSc in Computer Science (Laurea Specialistica).
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
Web site:

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