This program refers specifically to the Academic Year 2013-14, and is no longer being offered.
IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca offers a three-year PhD program that stretches across a variety of fields, articulated through 4 different tracks or highly specialized curricula as outlined below.
Computer, Decision, and Systems Science (CDSS) The track aims at preparing researchers and professionals with a wide knowledge of the theoretical foundations of computer science and informatics, control systems and optimization, image analysis and pattern recognition, and management science, able to analyze and propose constructive solutions to a large variety of real-life problems of industrial, managerial, economic, and societal interest. PhD candidates are given the necessary scientific competence to master the theoretical aspects of the discipline, to propose original research ideas, and to develop theories, methodologies, numerical algorithms, managerial solutions, and software tools for applying the new concepts to practical applications. The multidisciplinary nature of the track provides an integrated perspective, emphasizing the similarities and complementarities of the methodologies and tools used in different fields. The track is organized into four main curricula:
- Computer Science (CS)
- Control Systems (SYS)
- Image Analysis (IA)
- Management Science (MS)
Economics (ECON) The track trains researchers, professionals and experts in political economy, applied public economics, industrial economics, with a focus on comparative institutional analysis, on big data and the empirical analysis of real and financial markets, and on macroeconomic policy. With its theoretical, quantitative and institutional approach, the program meets the increasing demand for highly qualified professionals, able to analyze, plan, and manage concrete applications of political economy.
Management and Development of Cultural Heritage (MDCH) The track aims at providing students with both a research-oriented education and specific knowhow for the management of culture and cultural heritage. Students are offered direct contact with different research approaches and methodologies related to cultural heritage (and landscape) formation, functions and historical changes; art history; history of the social, scientific and political role of images; management of cultural heritage; technologies applied to the fruition of cultural heritage.
Political History (POLHIST) The track aims at providing students with the most advanced and up-to-date theoretical and methodological instruments for the historical study of nineteenth and twentieth century politics, policies, political institutions and political ideas. The program aims in particular at bridging two divides: that between the theoretical approach of social scientists (political scientists and theorists, economists and anthropologists) and the idiographic approach of historians, and that between national and non-national (international, cross-national, transnational, global) political histories. By focusing on the theoretical competences necessary to understand political history, the core courses of the track aim especially at overcoming the first divide. The second divide is overcome through core seminars by comparing national experiences, focusing on transnational phenomena and analyzing the interplay between national and supra-national arenas.