The onset of big data has led to an explosion of datasets with a far more complex structure and beyond standard physics. In this program, we will provide new theoretical and computational tools to tackle this challenge within the physicist mindset.

Available places: European candidates: 30; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 (3 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project).

Course description

The program intends to build an academic and professional figure that combines advanced knowledge in the field of Physics with a high-level training in Data Science.

The modeling and the theoretical interpretation of complex natural phenomena from large amounts of data are at the core of the research in Physics. The Big Data revolution presents in this sense the challenges and opportunities for the physicist of today. In addition to the figure of Data Scientist, specialized purely in the analysis of large amounts of data, it is increasingly clear the need to also train figures able to develop the methods and techniques that are fundamental for such analysis - in this sense, we named the program of Physics of the Data.

Training in Physics, Mathematics, and Computation is increasingly necessary to generate such innovation and development. The program will thus train a new generation of physicists, which we could define as "data physicists", equipped with tools that will allow them to face the challenges that the digital revolution has brought in our society.

Course structure

First year

I semester

  • Laboratory of Computational Physics, Mod. A
  • Management and analysis of physics datasets, Mod. A
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Machine Learning
  • Elective course

II semester

  • Laboratory of Computational Physics, Mod. B
  • Management and analysis of physics datasets, Mod. B
  • Statistical Mechanics of Complex Systems
  • Advanced statistics for physics analysis
  • Elective course

Second year

I semester

  • Information Theory and Computation
  • 4 Elective courses.

II semester

  • Stage and Final Exam (30 CFU)

Career opportunities

Graduates will have jobs opportunity in Italy and abroad in:

  • academic institutions
  • research centers
  • internet companies, consulting companies
  • startups and high tech industries
  • public administrations.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the program “Physics of Data” the candidate must have basic knowledge in the following disciplines: classical and quantum physics and statistical mechanics; differential and integral calculus for functions of one and more real variables; linear algebra; probability calculation. The possession of these knowledge, skills, and abilities is verified by the achievement of:

  1. Degree classification equivalent to at least 90/110
  2. 24 CFU in the following areas: FIS/01-08 which at least 12 in FIS/02 and 6 among FIS/03, FIS/04 o FIS/05; 24 CFU in MAT/01-09.

Language requirements

B2 level of English (reading and listening); no formal certificate is needed.

Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

Program taught in:
English
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