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The PhD in Strategic Engineering and Decision Methods (SEDEM) is about strategic engineering and how it can be used in supporting decision makers.

Strategic engineering is a new emerging discipline that focuses on developing the combined use of modeling, simulation, data analysis, and artificial intelligence in a closed loop with Big Data to support decision makers in a wide range of applications. The Ph.D. aims to develop new capabilities using state-of-the-art technologies to create new solutions that provide strategic advantage in decision making.

SEDEM's program trains new scientists, engineers, and managers to work side-by-side with Decision Makers to design, develop, use, and finalize new Solutions for competitive advantage. It aims for "robust" systems design, capable of coping with possible changes in their operating conditions.

SEDEM is an international doctoral program and involves foreign universities that share experience and expertise in the fields of strategic engineering and decision-making methods. In fact, each foreign university involved has a doctorate in its own university related to the SEDEM doctorate. Thus, the teaching board will be composed of members from Italian universities and foreign universities, in proportions in accordance with ministerial guidelines.

Learning objectives

This Ph.D. program is based on a 3-year program as the basic duration for the doctoral degree.

Due to its transdisciplinary nature, the doctoral program is intended for young engineers, scientists, people with Master of Sciences degrees in computer science, economics, international affairs, and legal. The selection of candidates will be based on a review of the Curriculum Vitae and an oral interview. This will allow the selection of high quality candidates with great potential.

The faculty college assigns each doctoral student a mix of courses to increase the student's knowledge. Courses are selected based on the student's interests and research topic. Courses must be completed during the 3 years (usually in the first two years, to finalize the thesis in the third year).  The doctoral courses are taught by the different partner universities and are open to be accessed and completed either in-person or at a distance via web technologies. Ph.D. students will focus on developing a combined use of Modeling, Simulation and Optimization, Algorithms, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Methodologies and techniques for social research closely related to Big Data, to support Decision Makers in a wide range of applications, mainly in the field of  logistics and transport, industry and industrial plants, energy generation and management, green transition, safety and security, autonomous vehicles, humanitarian aid management, public administration.

Career perspectives

The natural professional opportunities for the PhD course in Strategic Engineering and Decision Methods, in addition to the continuation of research activities at Universities or Research Institutes both public (National Research Council) and private, are: Private companies of all industries; Public Agencies and Administrations; International Development and Cooperation Agencies; Consulting Companies; Freelance Consultants; Hi-Tech companies involved in the development of innovative smart solutions; International research centers and facilities.

Head of Programme

Coordinatrice dottorato in Strategic Engineering and Decision Methods

Welcome to the PhD course in Strategic Engineering and Decision Methods (SEDEM)!
SEDEM is a new PhD interdisciplinary and international programme (activated in 2021) with the specific objective of creating experts able to design, develop, use, and finalize new solutions that guarantee a strategic advantage in the decision-making process.
PhD students will focus on developing a combined use of Modelling, Simulation, Algorithms, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence closely related to Big Data, to support Decision Makers in a wide range of applications, as logistics and transportation, telecommunications, energy, social sciences, among others.

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International Collaborations

During the three-year period (and, preferably, during the second year) doctoral students will have to spend abroad a period of the total duration of at least 6 months (possibly also non-consecutive, but in any case - for each fraction - of adequate consistency) to carry out in-depth activities in their respective fields of research.

The foreign universities with which co-tutorial collaboration is in operation are:

  •     IMT Ecole Des Mines de Ales, France (PhD in Information Structures Systems)
  •     Óbuda University, Hunghery (PhD in Applied Informatics and Applied Mathematics)
  •     Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece (PhD in Energy and Computer Engineering)

Offerta formativa

Il collegio dei docenti assegna ad ogni studente di dottorato un mix di corsi (di solito 6 di non più di 12 ore di lezione frontale più attività di laboratorio / progetto) per aumentare le conoscenze dello studente.

I corsi sono selezionati in base agli interessi dello studente e all'argomento di ricerca.

I corsi devono essere completati durante i 3 anni (di solito nei primi due anni, per finalizzare la tesi al terzo anno).
I dottorandi si concentreranno sullo sviluppo di un uso combinato di tecniche di Modellazione, Simulazione e Ottimizzazione, Algoritmi, Data Analytics e Intelligenza Artificiale, Metodologie e tecniche per la ricerca sociale strettamente connessi ai Big Data, per supportare i Decision Makers in un ampio spettro di applicazioni, che saranno principalmente focalizzate nell’ambito della logistica e trasporti, telecomunicazioni, difesa, finanza, scienze mediche e biotecnologie.

Scheda insegnamenti

Dedicated website

To learn more, please visit the dedicated PhD course website