The PhD in Automotive for Intelligent Mobility is a course proposed by the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Bologna. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering and the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi" of the University of Bologna also participate in the PhD course.

The consortium campuses of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and of the University of Parma also participate in the PhD course.


The following disciplinary sectors contribute to the PhD program in Automotive for Intelligent Mobility:

INF / 01 - Informatics
ICAR / 04 - Highways, railways and airports
ING-IND / 08 - Fluid machinery
ING-IND / 10 - Thermal engineering and industrial energy systems
ING-IND / 13 - Applied mechanics
ING-IND / 14 - Mechanical design and machine construction
ING-IND / 15 - Design methods for industrial engineering
ING-IND / 16 - Manufacturing technology and systems
ING-IND / 17 - Industrial mechanical plants
ING-IND / 31 - Electrical engineering
ING-IND / 32 - Power electronic converters, electrical machines and drives
ING-INF / 01 - Electronics
ING-INF / 02 - Electromagnetic fields
ING-INF / 03 - Telecommunications
ING-INF / 04 - Systems and control engineering
ING-INF / 05 - Information processing systems


The Doctorate aims to train highly qualified personnel with multidisciplinary skills, capable of directing the development and research, also in the industrial sector, of innovative vehicles, creating a meeting point in the third level of training between mechanical and industrial engineering, electronics, telecommunications, controls, electrical, IT, logistics and civil. The goal is to train PhDs with a cultural profile aimed at the design, development and production of innovative road vehicles and their integration into new intelligent mobility systems. The necessary skills will also be provided to document, exhibit and discuss their own work clearly and effectively, in Italian and English.



The PhD course in Automotive for Intelligent Mobility is organized into three curricula:

  • Curriculum: Vehicle Design, Manufacturing and Systems Integration. The curriculum aims to train highly qualified researchers and engineers, operating in the areas of design and manufacturing of the Automotive sector
  • Curriculum: Energy Systems, Powertrains, Vehicle Performance. The curriculum aims to train highly qualified researchers and engineers, operating in the areas of vehicle dynamics and energy management
  • Curriculum: Vehicle Informatics and Connectivity. The curriculum aims to train highly qualified researchers and engineers, operating in the areas of vehicle digitalization and connectivity.



In addition to being supported by teachers who have been dealing with the topics of interest for this doctorate for many years at the Departments and Universities involved, the proposal fits fully into the production context of Emilia Romagna - where the Automotive sector is represented by companies of primary world importance in the production of high-end cars and motorcycles, agricultural machines, cars and motorcycles for sporting competitions, vehicle components. The Automotive sector in the Region is the first industrial sector with a turnover of 10.2 billion euros, around 200 companies and 20,000 employees.

The PhD students who complete the training course will find a high profile job position both in the academic field, both in public and private research centres, and in the industrial field, and the reference context will be regional, national and international. These figures will be the global experts, both in the private and public sector, able to drive innovation in the automotive and intelligent, autonomous and connected vehicle sectors in the coming decades. These include: research fellow or university researcher; research fellow or researcher at research institutions; researcher/designer in the R&D sectors; engineer responsible for testing the engine and vehicle; software engineer; communication and control systems engineer.