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Critical Computing Systems Engineering

The Critical Computing Systems Engineering Master is designed to provide an appropriate educational foundation for prospective students who want to become experts in the area. These include either recent graduates in areas such as software engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electronic engineering and related fields, but also professionals in these areas with similar qualifications.


The Master provides a deep knowledge on topics and application areas to which critical computing systems are of paramount importance, like autonomous systems (automotive, rail), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), medical devices, banking, etc. Topics embrace the technological, human, and organizational factors associated with the development of critical computing systems, therefore allowing an informed assessment of the expected level of safety and identify measures to ensure higher levels of safety. 


The Master has a strong involvement of industrial partners. Students successfully finishing the Master are prepared both to work in the industry and pursue a research career, including a PhD. Research grants are regularly made available to students and potential candidates (any interested parties should contact the course director).


Número: MB22
1º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Critical Computer Systems Architectures 1st Semester 2.5
Requirements and Model-driven Engineering 1st Semester 6.5
Critical Systems Lab 1st Semester 8.0
Real-time & Embedded Systems 1st Semester 6.5
Communication Technologies for Critical Systems 1st Semester 6.5
Project Management and Development 2st Semester 2.5
Industry-Driven Use-Case Engineering 2st Semester 8.0
Real-Time Operating Systems Programming 2st Semester 6.5
Systems of Systems 2st Semester 6.5
Formal Verification of Critical Applications 2st Semester 6.5
2º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Application Scenarios and Case Studies 1st Semester 2.5
Dependability and Cybersecurity 1st Semester 6.5
Thesis Research Plan Development 1st Semester 8.0
Advanced Programming Paradigms 1st Semester 6.5
Intelligent, Autonomous, Cooperative Systems 1st Semester 6.5
Project/Thesis/Internship 2st Semester 30.0

Prospective candidates are invited to contact the Master Director, Luis Miguel Pinho , for information concerning applications.