Informatics, TU Vienna

Joint Doctoral College of TU Wien and FH Technikum: Pilot Project starts at the Faculty of Computer Science

Austria's first doctoral degree program of this kind is dedicated to the research on Resilient Embedded Systems and conducts fundamental and applied research in an international program.

The Doctoral College (DK), which was initiated and developed by the Faculty of Informatics (TU Wien) and the FH Technikum, offers sophisticated and internationally oriented conditions for a coopeation on research and teaching at the highest level. It pursues high, excellence-oriented standards of scientific quality: "The scientific assessment of the dissertation follows the same processes that have already been tried and tested in our faculty," explains the program director, Andreas Steininger (Embedded Computing Systems, Faculty of Computer Science). In order to foster technology transfer, the results will be accessible to industries and will there be used not only for Industry 4.0 applications, but also for innovative areas such as autonomous driving and traffic management systems.

In order to ensure the international exchange of research, four to six researchers are invited for a visiting professorship per academic year. The search for excellent students takes place internationally as well. The participants of the first DK will come frome more than 10 countries. In view of 5 female PhD students, Andreas Steininger and the faculty are very pleased about the first DK’s strong presence of women.

The Curriculum

The curriculum comprises 2 phases: In a first phase (year 1), and aligned with the PhD thesis’s focus, the theoretical foundations in Formal Methods in CS, Discrete Mathematics and Computer Engineering are laid. In the second phase (years 2-4), PhD students are required to take courses in Computer Engineering.

Students have to take 3 Fundamental Courses from the areas of Philosophy of Science (mandatory), Research Methods, Research and Career Planning for PhD Students, PhD seminar (conference-like system), or Innovation. Area Courses, on the other hand, are research domain specific. They are selected in agreement with the supervisor and need to be acknowledged by the Chair of the Doctoral College and the Dean of Study Affairs. After 12 to 18 months the candidate has to defend his/her dissertation plan in front of an academic jury.

Admission Requirements

The doctoral program Resilient Embedded Systems is designed as a four-year empolyment contract. For each class—one starting in October 2018, one in October 2019—ten doctoral students will be accepted. Applicants must apply in writing. In a multi-stage selection process, the doctoral students are finally selected and confirmed by the Scientific Board after a hearing.

For more information contact the DK’s director Andreas Steininger.