Cursus: European Master in Computational Logic - scholarships for non-European and European students

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Dec 21 15:07:33 UTC 2007

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 19:34:07 +0100
From: Enrico Franconi <franconi at>
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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 universities:

     * 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 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


- *** 10 FEBRUARY 2008* ** : 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 2008)

- 31 May 2008: deadline for all European and non-European students
   (notification of acceptance: 15 June 2008)

- 24 August 2008: last deadline only for European students starting at
   the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (notification of
   acceptance: 10 September 2008)


In 2008 the European Masters Program in Computational Logic will offer
several new Erasmus Mundus scholarships for non-European citizens (in
2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 more than 70 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 2008 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. Scholarships may amount up to more than 6,000
EUR per academic year, including support on the accommodation and
total reimbursement of the enrolment 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 up to 250 EUR per month.

    NEW!  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.

    The KRDB Research Centre offers the annual "IBM & KRDB" awards for
    the best thesis on a Computational Logic related topic, which is
    generously sponsored by the IBM Center for Advanced Studies; each
    winner will receive 500 EUR 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.

Check the web page for  detailed info on other available 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

* 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 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 or Dr. Sergio Tessaris
at info at

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: info at
Web site:

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