Programme description

PIXNET builds upon the success of the previous Erasmus Mundus Master on Photonic Networks Engineering (MAPNET) and it expands into new areas of major importance and follows the evolution of the discipline. MAPNET covered the application of photonics to telecommunications from a wide angle; from device, system and network perspectives. PIXNET is proposed with an updated and expanded set of educational objectives and learning outcomes, following the fast recent developments in the optical networks and technologies fields.

PIXNET is a full-time two-year programme which, like its predecessor MAPNET, is still focused on competences related to the generation, manipulation, transport and detection of signals exploiting photons as a support to convey information. However, it also includes and values the prominent area of photonic integration enabling architectures for the future Internet. PIXNET provides extensive training on photonic systems and network design as well as on the design, fabrication, packaging and characterization of photonic integrated circuits and networks based on forefront photonic integrated technologies.

PIXNET offer is very valuable for prospective new students, who will enjoy an extremely rich teaching programme, comprising traditional classes, experience in clean-room facilities and interaction with a very wide choice of associated partners.

PIXNET encompasses a wide range of topics and expertise related to the development of highly-skilled “photonic engineers for communication and sensing”. At the end of the learning activities, students will have mastered the following areas: optical communication, optical network architectures, optical components,  optical signal processing and photonic integration technologies. They will have acquired advanced optical networking skills and will be fully able to plan, design, manage and support photonic device technologies. Students will be capable of developing proper interdisciplinary connections between the areas of telecommunication networks, micro-opto-electronics, and systems design. They will acquire theoretical and practical design skills for the operation and maintenance of network systems and device fabrication. Regarding photonic integration, the exposure to different fabrication facilities will allow students to understand both the different technologic steps and the environment in which production platforms of integrated devices are standardized.

PIXNET graduates will be suitable for a wide range of vacancies within the current marketplace, from those available at telecommunications companies, to those witihin private-or public-sector organisations: This is particularly so when considering the increased role of optical networks in communication flows and business procedures and the increasing introduction of photonic integration within consumer devices.

One of the most innovative aspects of PIXNET is in the sound knowledge and technical strength of the Consortium, capable of covering to the maximum extent the whole chain of photonic device innovation, simulation, design and fabrication in both an integrated version and its packaging.

The PIXNET study programme is divided into four semesters. Each semester allows 30 ECTS to be gained. The first three semesters are based on traditional courses, lab exercises and laboratory sessions, while the final semester is based on independent work related to the Master’s thesis. PIXNET study programme is built upon “modules”, which correspond to a course semester or to thesis work, as offered by the four institutions. The definition of a consistent curriculum has led to a total of six mobility paths starting from one of the three European institutions of the Consortium.

An adequate number of students will be allotted to each mobility path. A detailed description of each path is available in the Mobility Path section.


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