themes of the PhD program
The themes of the dual PhD program's theses will be defined
according to the interests of the faculty involved. Collaborative
CMU/FCUL specific research topics supporting the theses are centered
on, but not limited to, security and dependability challenges:
- New risks for future telecom and Internet caused by
networked embedded gadgets and mobile devices with capacity of causing
- Insufficient resilience of critical information
infrastructures (CII) such as core networks, against faults and
- Security and dependability of emerging telecom and Internet
services such as car-oriented infotainment, assisted driving.
The fine programming of the PhD timeline, namely the periods
spent at each side, is left to the departments involved on both sides,
provided that the guidelines described in the previous sections are
- The model chosen for the dual PhD with CMU CS Department
Student starts at CMU performing all or part of the course credits and
initiation to research, until he/she is ready for the qualifying exam
(written and oral communication requirement). The first teaching
internship is also performed. Then he/she moves to the FCUL possibly to
complete some courses. The second teaching internship is performed and
research continues in Portugal, until the final thesis proposal is
presented at the doctoral seminar. Student later moves to CMU, where
thesis is completed.
- An alternative model is followed by dual PhDs with CMU ECE
Department: Student starts at the FCUL performing all or part of the
course credits and initiation to research, and moves to CMU possibly to
complete some courses, at the time he/she is about ready for the
qualifying exam (written and oral communication requirement). Research
continues at CMU, with first teaching internship. Student later moves
to Portugal, where thesis research and second teaching internship is
performed. Final thesis proposal is presented at the doctoral seminar
and thesis completed in Portugal.
NB - All requirements are accompanied by
co-advisors and Follow-up Structure representatives of both sides.
Video conference will be used whenever justified and/or applicable.