There’s no doubt that the covid-19 pandemic has heavily influenced people’s behaviour and choices, including those regarding students’ mobility and study abroad.
The University of Siena has made a great organizational effort to guarantee students and staff the best possible safety conditions while providing ample opportunity to take part in courses, study, research and work activities.
We firmly believe that the University experience is complete only if it involves sharing spaces, opinions and emotions.
We are equally certain that our students feel likewise, and we are committed to making this possible.
Nonetheless, in addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or videorecorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.
However, this modality must be considered temporary, since it is strictly related to an emergency; therefore, at this moment we are not able to guarantee that the BLENDED mode will remain active FOR ALL courses in the new academic year as well.
The MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competences for the design, management, development and innovation in the fields of advanced hardware and software architectures, and of control systems and robotics. In particular, the programme is focused on human-machine interaction in a wide sense, spanning topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance processing of massive data collections, human-robot interfaces, and systems for production automation.
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The programme provides advanced competences in the area of computer and automation engineering, with courses covering topics such as engineering tools for the design, evaluation and programming of high-performance and parallel computer architectures; artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques needed to implement intelligent systems; design patterns and methodologies for the implementation of complex software systems and distributed applications; advanced interfaces for the interaction with robots, such as vision systems and haptic interfaces; techniques for the analysis and design of discrete event systems and of multivariable and nonlinear control systems, with applications to robot control, path planning and multi-agent systems; mathematical and algorithmic tools for optimization over networks.
Students can complete the programme by focusing either on information systems design or on robotics and automation. In particular, the students can choose courses covering the design issues for advanced database systems, such as search engine technologies and information retrieval; the theory of formal languages and the technological aspects of language parsers and natural language processing tools; the applications of bioinformatics and information systems for biological databases; the algorithms for image processing; the techniques for the modelling, analysis and simulation of complex dynamic systems; the principles of estimation theory applied to system identification and filtering; the modern paradigms of uncertainty representation and the main techniques for analysis and design of uncertain systems; the competences for the design of advanced sensor systems.
Graduates in Computer and Automation Engineering can find jobs in industries, public companies, financial institutions and research centres, whose R&D divisions carry out activities in the fields of information systems, industrial automation and robotics. Furthermore, the MSc in Computer and Automation Engineering allows students to access PhD programmes in the areas of Information Engineering.
More specifically, the professions which are more suitable to the computer and automation engineer are those requiring advanced competencies and skills on industrial automation and process control; robotic systems; modelling and simulation of dynamical systems; data analysis; information systems; systems including artificial intelligence; design of hardware/software integrated systems; man-machine interfaces exploiting natural language; human-robot interfaces; design and management of biological databases.
Graduates in Computer and Automation Engineering can access the Italian Professional Society of Engineers, Information Engineering.
International students wishing to apply for a Laurea Magistrale (Master’s Degree) must possess a degree or a university three-year diploma, or another study qualification from overseas, recognised as suitable, and with specific curricular requisites and adequate personal preparation, verified with the modes set out in the learning regulations for each master’s degree course, that also state the specific access criteria.
Please note that some programmes may have restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.
International students wishing to enrol at a first cycle (bachelor - Laurea Triennale) degree programme taught in Italian or English or to the non-restricted access single cycle degree in Giurisprudenza at the University of Siena, can submit their documents in order to receive a letter of acceptance through the online platform within the deadline set by the University for each academic year.
The applications on the online platform for the assessment of entry qualifications of international students wishing to enrol in a first (undergraduate) or second (master's) cycle degree programme taught in Italian or English at the University of Siena will have different time frames according to the different courses. Students are invited to visit periodically this platform - http://enrolment.unisi.it/ - in order to see which applications are open and the relevant deadlines.
Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognise international qualifications.
Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.
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Departments at the University of Siena have adopted a semester system.
The academic year is divided into two terms: from October to January, and from March to May. At the end of each term, a period of examination is scheduled.
However, each department has its own academic calendar, which can be found at the departments’ website (at the section “Didattica”): http://www.unisi.it/strutture/dipartimenti
2020-2021 indicative academic calendar
Autumn term (1st semester)
Lecture period: October 1st, 2020 - January 18th, 2021
Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2021
Spring term (2nd semester)
Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2021
Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2021
Determination of the contribution amounts
The contribution amount due from each student enrolled in degree courses, master’s degree courses or single-cycle master’s degree courses offered by the University of Siena is defined on the basis of the following elements:
Category the degree course belongs to;
The economic status of the student’s immediate family, as this is expressed by the equivalent economic situation indicator (ISEE) for the year immediately preceding the year of enrolment;
University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August.
The study course falls under one of the three categories below:
Humanities-social studies (US)
EU regulated healthcare (EU)
Note: For students who are citizens of non-EU member countries and who are not residents of Italy and for students to whom ISEE calculation is not applicable to their immediate family, an adjustment coefficient depending on the country of origin may be applied.
The University of Siena makes available a tuition fees calculation page: https://www.maprin.unisi.it/tasse19_20/index_eng.php
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A Strong International Mission
In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture.
Over the years the University of Siena has enhanced its strategy for internationalisation, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.
In the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalisation of learning, knowledge, and research with a wide number of international collaborations.
New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.
Welcome in Siena
The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240.
Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany amid a landscape of gently rolling hills. Built on three steep hills and encircled by ancient walls, it is a unique city where students can spend a profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.