PhD Program in Informatics
The aim of the Program is to support postgraduate studies at the University of Szeged , leading to the degree of PhD in computer science (informatics). The Program is part of the Doctoral School in Mathematics and Computer Science of the Faculty of Science of the University of Szeged and it operates within the Institute of Informatics . It is composed of three subprograms: Theoretical Computer Science , Operations Research and Combinatorial Optimization , and Applications of Computer Science .
In the Theoretical Computer Science subprogram, the research topics range from the theory of automata and formal languages, which is now considered a classical field, to the most up-to-date topics such as advances in computational complexity, term rewriting, tree automata and tree transformations, mathematical semantics of programming languages, process algebras, theory of fixed points, temporal logic, semirings.
The research topics offered by the Operations Research and Combinatorial Optimization subprogram include topics from the fields of theory of economic decisions, multicriteria decision making, group decisions, fuzzy theory, learning algorithms, global optimization, reliable numerical procedures, interval inclusion functions, process network synthesis, bin packing algorithms, online data compression procedures, scheduling problems and set partitioning.
subprogram, the research topics range from
software engineering to artificial intelligence and picture processing.
There are two ways of obtaining the PhD degree : by following a three-year study program, or by individual preparation. The program of which the duration is 3 years prescribes the accomplishment of 180 credits, active participation in the Institute's seminars, and the conduction of research under the supervision of a thesis adviser appointed by the Council of the Program. The completion of 8 courses is included, the courses embrace a number of fields in computer science without the intention of being exhaustive. A course may be offered as a reading course if enrollment is low. In such cases consultation is provided. The language of education in the three-year program is mainly Hungarian, but for foreign students, each course may be offered in English.
The teaching and research stuff of the Program consists mainly of scientists working at the Institute of Informatics and the Research Group on Artificial Intelligence of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences . Some members of the Department of Medical Informatics , Faculty of Medicine , the Department of Computer Sciences , Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College Faculty , Computer and Automation Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences also participate in the Program.
The requirements for obtaining the PhD degree are the following. Each candidate has to pass a comprehensive doctoral examination which consists of a single main subject area for those who successfully completed the study program, and a main subject area and two complementary areas for those who did not. The main subject area of the examination is closely related to the research area of the candidate. Regarding language skills, a state examination or equivalent at a level not lower than intermediate is required in a foreign language accepted by the Program, preferably English. A lower level examination is required in a second foreign language. Special rules apply to foreign students. As a third major requirement, each applicant has to fulfil the publication requirements of the Program. As a last major requirement, each candidate has to prepare and defend a doctoral thesis containing new scientific results in computer science, or high-level applications of computer science in other areas. A dominant part of the results included in the thesis has to be published before submission.
For consideration for doctoral studies in the three-year study program, one must file a formal application during the spring semester. The forms are available at the Dean's Office (Aradi Vértanuk tere 1, H-6720 Szeged, Hungary). Along with the forms, one has to submit the copies of diplomas (MS degree is required), transcripts, certificates of language proficiency. Each applicant has to arrange two letters of recommendation, submitted in sealed envelopes, or sent directly to the Dean's Office. All these will be assessed by the Council of the Program. The Council may also require an interview of the applicant in order to obtain further information.
Students enrolled in the three-year study program are usually required to conduct course exercises up to 4 hours per week at the Institute of Informatics , at the graduate and/or the undergraduate level. The Program usually receives up to 5-6 new fellowships per year from the State of Hungary to be given to students who are citizens of Hungary. Foreign students are not entitled for such fellowships. The rate of tuition for foreign students is $ 2500 per semester.
The PhD Program in Informatics is part of the PhD School in Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Szeged. The director of the School is Prof. Gábor Czédli (Institute of Mathematics), and the deputy director Prof. Zoltán Fülöp (Institute of Informatics). The School is governed by its Council whose current members are: Gábor Czédli (professor, chairman), János Csirik (professor), Zoltán Ésik (professor), Zoltán Fülöp (professor, deputy chairman), László Kérchy (professor) and László Hatvani (professor).
Leaders of the subprograms:
The Program is governed by its Council. The chairperson and its members are elected for a three-year term by the founding members of the Program. Current council members are: Zoltán Fülöp (chairman), Tibor Csendes (deputy chairman), János Csirik , Zoltán Ésik , Tibor Gyimóthy , Zoltán Hantos and Zoltán Kató .
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