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Engineering in Computer Science

Offered by

Sapienza Università di Roma

Fields of Study

Engineering Studies

Working Languages

Italian, English


Engineering in Computer Science

Research Areas

The goal of the Ph.D. in Engineering in Computer Science is to train: i) experts in computer science and engineering able to develop new technologies and methodologies both in the academia and in public and private research institutions; ii) specialists of very high professional level with engineering skills able to transfer technological and methodological advances into leading application sectors such as informatics and robotics, in industrial contexts, as well as in services, and public administration. Areas of interest of the Ph.D. in Computing Science and Engineering include: Computer architectures and networks; Algorithm engineering and complexity analysis; Software engineering; Artificial intelligence; Knowledge representation; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Information systems; Databases; Distributed Systems; Web and social networks; Software oriented computing; Cyber security and intelligence; Computer vision and computer graphics; Human-computer interaction; Multi-agent and Multi-robot systems. The majority of the PhDs are employed in research institutions including universities, public and private research centers. In the recent past, a significant number of PhDs has been involved in the creation of start-ups with a strong focus on innovation. Below we report in English also the qualifications of the professors and of the PhD board.

The activity of Ph.D. students can be summarized as follows. During the first year, students start their educational program and their research activity. The teaching program consists of a series of Ph.D. courses held especially for students by teachers from the department, or invited from other Italian or foreign institutions. Courses cover the main areas of interest of the Ph.D. program. The research activity for the Ph.D. thesis starts in the first year of the Ph.D. program, and continues in the second and in the third year. The research is conducted under the supervision of the Thesis Committee. At the end of the first year, Ph.D. students present to the Ph.D. Board a brief overview of the state of the art of their area of interest, and sketch the main lines of the research goals they intend to pursue. Admission to the second year is subject to fulfillment of the expected educational objectives and to the preliminary research results obtained during the first year. During the second year, students typically spend some months (usually six) abroad in prestigious universities or other research institutions. At the end of the second year, each student prepares a 20-page report on her or his research activity. Admission to the third year is subject to completion of their educational program and to the scientific quality of the research results obtained during the first two years. At the end of the third year, the Ph.D. Board appoints, for each student, two external reviewers from prominent national or international research institutions, which are asked to evaluate the quality of the thesis. Then, the thesis is defended in front of an internal evaluation commission, which includes the members of the Thesis Committee, and in front of the Ph.D. Board. The internal evaluation commission formulates an evaluation of the student's thesis. The Ph.D. Board then produces a final evaluation on the basis of the thesis, the thesis presentation, and the overall activity carried out by the student during the three years, taking into account the reports of both the internal evaluation commission and the external reviewers. Most of the results contained in the thesis are expected to be published in high quality journals and conferences.

The members of the Ph.D. Board have a very significant scientific production, and form research teams considered among the most qualified worldwide (the Board includes 4 ECCAI fellows, 1 AAAI Fellow, 2 ACM Fellow, 1 EATCS fellow). Many of them are recipients of grants from the major funding agencies (national and international). The research in the PhD core topics has a significant impact. Eleven members of the Ph.D. Board have an h-index greater than 30, and five have an h-index greater than 40, including two former coordinators of the doctoral (Lenzerini and De Giacomo) and the current coordinator (Nardi) (source: Google scholar, 12-02-2016). Many of them are included in the ranking of the top Italian scientists, which considers Italian researchers from all scientific fields, operating in Italy or abroad, and it is based on the h-index value. In particular, two former coordinators of the Ph.D. (De Giacomo and Lenzerini) are respectively the second and fourth among researchers working in Italian institutions in the ranking of the top scientists in computer science. The ranking is available to site. According to a recent ranking by Microsoft Academic (, Sapienza has excellent positions in several areas of Computer Science/Engineering. In particular Sapienza is the 1st center of excellence in Italy in Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Human-Computer Interaction, and it is among the top 3 in several other areas including Databases and Algorithms & Theory. Many members of the Ph.D. Board received in the years awards by several institutions, including 2 Laurea Honoris Causa.

For further details, please visit the website of the Ph.D. in Engineering in Computer Science:

PhD Full

Starting date:Nov 01, 2017
Duration:36 months

PhD Sandwich

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months


Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 12 months

Master research

Starting date: from Nov 01, 2017
Duration: from 3 to 6 months


Academic contact

Martina Vizzani

Institutional contact

Martina Vizzani