Master in Internet of Things

Connecting Intelligence

The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is drastically changing the way we perceive products, services and processes. The possibility to build and connect smart objects, and to use them in innovative ways, opens new prospectives at any level: consumer, enterprise and socially.

The Master in Internet of Things aims to prepare professional profiles (IoT experts) able to combine the technological promise of the Internet with innovation, within companies and organizations of any sector. The IoT expert is able to analyze processes and identify the opportunities that smart objects allow, which can be converted into new models and procedures, improving the processes efficiency. In addition, the IoT expert,  knows how to create and offer products, services and innovative processes, transforming the company where he/she operates and increasing its level of competitiveness.

Beyond the mere understanding of the technological IoT stack, the Master is organized around the potential “innovation IoT stack”: build, select, imagine. At the end of the Master, the IoT expert knows how to harness potentialities on the device level (build), identify the innovation opportunities (select), and purpose new service and process models (imagine).

Coherently, the Master in IoT is structured according to three guidelines: the training in basic technology, the understanding of models and economical processes, and the presentation of specific application cases where the IoT technologies are already showing their innovative power (domain-specific courses). These three guidelines are interconnected with each other throughout the Master program.

The program combines technological concepts with business ones, introducing real-world cases of success, whereas the education oriented around business adopts case studies focused on IoT domains. The domain-specific courses, in turn, present concrete cases of technology application in different and relevant areas, allowing the students to tests their educational level, thanks to laboratory activities and the development of solutions for complex case studies.

The Master is structured into two terms of classroom-based lessons in English and 600 hours of work experience over a total of 12 months. This program allows the acquisition of a specialized skillset, both economical and technical, and the practical application of these skills, facilitating access to the labour market.

To take part in this  fast growing sector, promptness and preparation are essential. Contact the Program Manager and start you path now

 

In partnership:

LOGICALSYSTEM


Andrea Omicini

Andrea Omicini

Director of Studies
andrea.omicini@unibo.it

" Computing, connecting and intelligent objects are not just going to be our new fancy tools, or, to merely affect our habits as individuals. They are going to radically change products, services, and processes within organizations of any kind. Going far beyond the technological stack, this Master will enable you to understand the full potential of the IoT, and to work with your creativity to be at the heart of innovation "

Structure

The Master in Internet of Things is a full-time program structured in 1,500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 360 hours of lecturing, an estimated 540 hours of independent study, and 600 hours of internship.

The structure of the Master is divided into two terms:

  • First term: November 2018 – February 2019
  • Second term: February 2019 – June 2019
  • Internship: June 2019 – November 2019

The first term students will face the fundamentals of management, applied to digital technology, while the second term will deal with track specific practical aspects.

The two terms are followed by an internship period of 600 hours. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. Students will have the chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the two academic terms and have the opportunity to directly learn from professionals of their specific sector.

At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.

Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships.

 

COURSES

Over the last decade sustainability, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management practices have become paramount for companies as well as for society. Although most companies have developed sustainability programs over the years, as they’re cutting carbon emissions, reducing waste, and otherwise enhancing operational efficiency, we are witnessing a mishmash of sustainability tactics that does not add up to a sustainable strategy. To endure, a sustainable strategy has to cope with the competing – and apparently divergent – interests of all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers, governments, NGOs, and society. The purpose of this course is to initiate a debate around the role and functioning of modern corporations as business ethics and sustainability challenges, opportunities and solutions emerge.

The large amount of data produced by sensors are a valuable asset for companies. At the top level of the IoT pyramid is the transformation of such raw data into information and knowledge. Data processing in IoT has its own complexities related to data streams ingestion, data storing and analysis and requires specific technologies and approaches. This course analyses the various types of data involved, technical access to information, methods to handle them and the architectures and tools to store and process them. Furthermore, it studies data analysis and machine learning techniques to extract as more information as possible from the raw data.

The Internet of Things may represents a promise and a barrier for accessibility at the same time. It could enable access to device actions by using remote interfaces that could be exploited by users with disabilities who access by means of assistive technologies. But, at the same time, it could prevent users by accessing IoT devices, or, the cloud infrastructure, if their interfaces or the interaction have not be built to be accessible. This course aims at presenting the main concepts and case studies in the field of Internet of Accessible Things, as a specific case of application of Human Computer Interaction methods and techniques.

The emergence of mobile, wearable, and hands-free technologies is having a huge impact on healthcare, since it makes clinical data collection, access, sharing, and elaboration easy. The course discusses how IoT technologies can impact on the health-care domain, and how the Internet of Healthy Things care expected to change health-care systems of tomorrow.

Autonomous vehicles are still in their infancy and yet are one of the greatest innovations ahead of us. They will affect the perception and role of vehicles in its core change forever the way we travel both locally and long range. Supporting autonomous transportation however is not trivial and requires the integration of several engineering and computer science technologies including machine learning, robotics, communications, security, distributed systems and many others. This course introduces the role and the open challenges of autonomous vehicles in urban scenarios focusing on the interaction between vehicles and the whole transportation system at the city level. The course specifically highlights sensing, actuation, communication and computing challenges.

Enabling software technologies for the IoT are typically provided through IoT platforms. The course provides a general overview of IoT platforms, as well as an introduction to some of the most widespread technologies available.

By following the evolution that has led to the raise of the IoT, the course discusses its main drivers, including scientific, technical, social, and business ones. Ranging from the user to the enterprise viewpoint, the course aims at providing a general overview of the IoT landscape, as well as some insights into future technical perspectives and business opportunities

The course will cover a general framework for the processes of Supply Chain and Operations management, going into depth on elements of production and supply planning. MPR, or material requirement planning and the economic order quantity are also studied closely. Inventory Management, including cross matrix and inventory index management will be covered, alongside the fundmanetals of Lean Manufacturing such as value stream mapping, 5S and SMED. The objective of the course is to provide the tools needed apply these principles while understanding how they can created added value to any line of production within a business.

Services dominate the economies of developed nations. Services are becoming critical for competitive advantage of many companies across the globe and across industry sectors. With the advent of technology, understanding how customers interact with the technology and what is the content of their experience with the technology is becoming more and more relevant for business. This course focuses on understanding customers in the digital, social and physical realms. Concepts and theories drawn from customer analysis and services marketing will be discussed with the aim of providing participant the right tools to design the right customer experience.

Engineering applications for the Internet of Things raises a spectrum of relevant challenges, concerning both the individual/micro level - about the design of the (smart) software running on embedded devices - and the system/macro level - about the design IoT applications as (smart) distributed systems. The course aims at providing an overview of the key concepts, software architectures, and techniques relevant to the design and development of applications for the IoT, both from the micro- and the macro-level perspectives.

People usually think of IoT as technologies able to transform personal and professional lives, and also think that data produced by these technologies have little or no value. Do you think no one wants to know the number of expired yogurt you have in the fridge? Well, your bank might be interested! Indeed, the fridge might provide evidences that you eat too much junk food and algorithms may consider you a risky costumer. From the expired yogurt to the denied mortgage, the step could be short. Similarly, have you ever thought that home voice assistants speakers can be used to eavesdrop private conversations? What if the eavesdropper is our employer or the dictatorial government looking for dissidents? In this course, we will analyze IoT from different points of view, focusing on work, economy, privacy, security and democracy.

The course deals with the digital revolution in telecom services. It presents the telecom service paradigms and discusses the opportunity and chalenges of integration introduced by the digital transformation of the communication. Then the most recent technologies supporting the modern telecom service paradigm are discussed, from network softwarization to IoT network architectures and service deployments.

Measurement and control systems represent key ingredients of organizational success. By exploring connections between strategy, data, decisions and actions in this course we will focus on how to measure, control and manage performance in organizations. We will first look at how to design performance measurement systems – balanced scorecards, control dashboard, strategy maps – as a key means to strategy implementation. We will then look at the different uses of performance measurement systems, not just as a way to monitor and control current activities, but rather as a way to stimulate organizational learning, reconfigure existing strategies and business models. Finally, we will focus on strategic cost management, by providing students with the main techniques of cost computation for decision-making. The course will be strongly rooted in organizational practice as we will explore cutting edge tools to design proper control systems and apply recent developments in cost accounting to different company data in order to effectively support decision-making.

Where do innovations come from? How can we generate and introduce technological change into existing companies? Why do incumbents struggle to open up new market and technological opportunities? How can we choose between insourcing and one innovation model? In this course you will learn different models and tools to take strategic decisions on managing new technologies, building on economics and management theories and discussing several practices coming from different industries. While particular emphasis will be given to digital technologies, at the end of the course you will be able to assess the extent to which technological specificities condition your options or if they could be reinterpreted to generate value pouring “old wine” in “new bottles”.

Making systems fruitfully interact with the physical world requires understanding of sensors and signal processing requirements, as well as of the current limitations and the evolution of wireless IoT technologies for energy-constrained and latency-constrained applications. After discussing those topics, the course identifies some business-oriented applications of wireless IoT technologies and presents some case studies: IoT for precision agriculture, IoT for landslide monitoring.

Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid grounding of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will result in you confidently entering the work environment of this industry, ready to deal with any scenario you’ll face.

The courses are structured to provide freedom in how to the students learn and for the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as level of class participation.

The teaching sessions are organized to help students grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying. The teaching program is completed by masters lectures given by professionals coming from specific sectors, different universities or politics. Students will have this way the possibility to directly interact with experts through the analysis of case history.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Internet of Things too.

The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.

The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

 

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview
  • The labor market in Italy

 

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Mock interviews
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

 

Finally, all students can use Job Teaser, a career platform allowing them to be constantly updated on events and job postings in our partners companies, and much more.

COMPANIES

The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals

 

Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s partner companies for the Master in Internet of Things are:

AKQA CAPGEMINI CEDAC ICONSULTING LOGICAL SYSTEM MAGNETI MARELLI ENGINEERING SCM SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SPINDOX

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FEES

The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the BBS wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the on-campus gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/index.html

HONOR LOAN

Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan.Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • No early closing fees

 

Download the description document here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and  scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.

REQUIREMENTS

The eligibility requirements include:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview and English test, if it’s not the candidate’s native language.

APPLICATION PROCESS

This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

Documents to send to masteriot@bbs.unibo.it:

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID or passport
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)

The selection process will be held at  Bologna Business School. The selections for the first round will take place in July, 2018
 and the selections for the second round will take place in October, 2018.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

Detailed information on the requirements and application process are available in the “Official Call for Applications” downloadable below.

FAQs

You can contact the admissions team either by email: globalmba@bbs.unibo.it or by telephone at (0039) 0512090122. Our admissions staff will be happy to assist you and clarify any doubts you may have.
Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
If you do not live in Italy then you can participate via Skype. You will be contacted several days before the selection date to inform you of your time slot for the test and individual interview. At this point you can send us your Skype ID so that we can add you to the account that will be used for the interviews.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.
The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor's degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.
Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master's Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.
Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies ("career freeze") at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.
Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.
Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.
No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.
It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.
As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.
An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200
The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.
Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail: help.studentionline@unibo.it, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm
The School supports students in finding housing, providing references of accommodation facilities and private residences that have been used by former students.
The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Alma Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.
Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master's degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.
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