Course Content

The Master’s Degree Course in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering (AAEE) aims to educate electronic engineers with a solid knowledge of the methods and tools that make electronics the foundation of all the systems that collect, process, transmit and store information, with a particular emphasis on the electronic subsystems that are embedded in vehicles and future vehicles.

The Program lasts two academic years and, during the first year, it provides students with essential knowledge on how to design and program the so called “embedded” and “real-time” electronic systems conceived to work in close contact with physical reality in order to process the signals received from the sensors, and any input from the driver, within the time necessary to guarantee functionality and safety. At the same time, it offers content pertaining the mathematical and algorithmic tools to process those signals and automated control methods that enable to put into practice the actions planned by the system.

The second year complements and specializes the first, providing specific examples of real electronic sub-system projects installed on existing vehicles, exposing students to embedded system programming methods and demonstrating how systems installed on vehicles can be made to interact to generate high-level behaviour such as, for example, self-driving or interfacing with the driver thanks to augmented reality. Teaching will take place in two neighbouring Universities: first year in Bologna, second year in Modena. Professors are selected by an Interuniversity Coordination Committee open to the involved Companies among professors and practitioners, Italian and foreigners, with recognized experience in the field, in order to maximize teaching quality.

The number of places is limited to a maximum of 30 students. Admissions are based on merit and interviews evaluating motivations and skills. All teachings are delivered entirely in the English language.

The international teaching staff of Muner includes highly experienced lecturers and professionals. The contents of the Courses have been defined together with the contribution of the partner companies so as to ensure that training is in line with current requirements of the labour market. The Program requires student participation in numerous laboratory activities either on campus or on the premises of industrial Partners, in line with a “learning by doing” approach. It also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

Teaching Program

The first semester of the First Academic year is held located in Bologna Campus. Starting from the second semester of the first Academic Year, the Course will split between Modena and Bologna Campus depending on the specialization.

Location: Bologna Campus

11Hardware-software Design of Embedded Systems MIC (Architectures and Firmware/Real Time os)9
11Vehicular Communications12
12Applied Signal Processing and Control M.I.C12
12Wired and Wireless Interconnections and Anti-collision Systems9
1 Elective courses12

Elective Courses

11Automotive Lighting Technology6
11Test, Diagnosis and Reliability6
12Power Electronics for Automotive6

Location: Modena Campus

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 1 Advanced Automotive Sensors 6
2 1 Automotive Electronics 6
2 1 Compliance Design of Automotive Systems 6
2 2 Field Projects in Smart Area 9
2 Elective Courses 12
2 Courses Freely Chosen by Students (At least 12 CFU) 12-18
2 2 Internship 12
2 2 Final Examination 3

Elective Courses

Year Sem Teaching Credits
2 1 Automotive Connectivity 6
2 1 Autonomous Driving 6
2 1 Computer Automotive Graphics and GUI 6
2 1 Industrial Co-teaching 6
2 1 Modeling and Control of Electromechanical Systems 6
2 1 Neutral Network Computing, AI and Machine Learning for Automotive 6
2 2 Artificial Vision 6
2 2 Automotive Cyber Security 6
2 2 Automotive User Interface, Automotive User Experience, HMI 6
2 2 Plastics Science and Manufacturing Technologies for the Automotive Industry 6

Internship and Career Perspectives

The educational path has been designed in strong cooperation with Companies operating in the automotive sector to allow a seamless insertion of the graduated in high profile roles in the research, development and manufacturing environments focused on vehicles and their technologies.

At the end of second Academic Year, the Program also includes mandatory internships in private companies and lab-based thesis preparation activities carried out following a “project work” approach.

The graduate in Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering is able to understand, propose and adapt what is being developed in the flourishing field of Information and Communication Technologies, playing a fundamental role in the innovation of the automotive sector whose future evolution will increasingly depend on such technologies.

The overall education, focused on Electronics as the founding language of information-related technologies, allows finding jobs in all the contexts in which electronic devices are paired to physical systems to acquire, process, and control their behaviour.
The ability of communicating with the other Information Technology disciplines, make the graduated in “Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering” an ideal candidate to play the role of project manager in the conception, design, realization and maintenance of complex systems in which the overall functionality depends on the interaction of multiple heterogeneous systems with a strong electronic component.