Computer Science and Engineering
M.Sc. in Engineering
As for the potential use of
computers, ”the sky is the limit”. To control manufacturing processes,
discover infected blood cells, or translate newspapers to synthetic speech
for the visually handicapped. And there are always new problems to be
solved. This programme educates problem-solvers with computer science
and engineering as tool and field of work.
To work with design of computers
and programmes not only is computer know-how needed, but awareness of
the interaction between human beings and machines combined with ergonomics
and ethics is also essential. Computers and computer systems must be designed
to suit people, and not the opposite.
The Computer Science and Engineering
programme at Linköping Institute of Technology was established 20
years ago, in a cooperation between university and industry. One of its
pioneering features was the combining of studies in hardware and software
into an integrated entity. Considerable time is devoted to mathematics,
an essential foundation for the applied computer courses. In the curriculum
increasing emphasis is also placed on the way computers are used.
Moreover, the programme comprises
several humanities and social science courses. During the last years of
studies, students can also choose to study languages, economics, human-machine
interaction and ethics.
During the third and fourth
year students select a profile of specialization. Besides mandatory courses,
elective courses are also included in the studies. There is also the option
to design one’s own specialization, selecting courses rather freely from
this programme and possibly from other LiTH programmes as well. At present
there are ten profiles of specialization:
Aimed at those
interested in highly advanced programming. The profile provides a foundation
of computer science theory and in-depth knowledge in software programming,
or computer science, and mathematics.
applications: computer tomography, robot vision, control and monitoring
systems - fields where LiTH enjoys recognition.. Project leaders competent
to develop software for industrial applications are much sought-after
today. Skills emphasized here are project management, quality control,
and legal and economic aspects of the software process.
Computer Systems Architecture
between hardware and software are becoming less and less distinct, placing
demands on other areas of knowledge than the traditional. In this profile
the student acquires knowledge of mechanisms behind computer systems, problem
specification, programming languages and computer architecture.
and Information Systems
systems for control, regulation and monitoring are becoming increasingly
important. This profile responds to this situation by combining systems
engineering know-how with new programs and hardware.
The term electronics
generally implies prototype development, design, production and maintenance
of electronic systems. The electronics profile in Linköping combines
electronic systems design with advanced computer use.
Vision and Graphics
volume of information is increasing rapidly, and at the same time, technology
is becoming more sophisticated. In pace with developments in signal processing,
educational needs are oriented toward image analysis and multidimensional
meets the needs for engineers with competence in computer engineering as
well as telecommunication. Emphasis is on digital communication, computer
networks and computer security.
orientation toward bioengineering in the health sciences. Besides subjects
such as medical informatics and medical sensor technology, medical courses
such as anatomy and physiology are also included in this profile.
and Information Technology
and practice in information technology are building blocks of this profile.
The focus is on media, Internet technology, security and information exchange.
Secure Interactive Computer
on design principles and requirements for systems where ease of access and
user friendliness must coexist with reliability and robustness against attacks.
Among the treated subjects are databases, general computer security, cryptography
and human-computer interaction.
The concluding project, which
takes about four months to carry out, takes place in close cooperation
with industry, business, and administration. The project is reported in
the form of a thesis.
Technology and Society
When computer systems are implemented,
many people’s work situation is affected. Therefore the programme includes
many courses dealing with technology’s effect on individuals and society.