New Master’s Program: Color in Informatics and Media Technology

13. December 2007

Posted by Javier Hernández Andrés, University of Granada, Spain

Four European Universities are gathering their skills and knowledge to propose a new, two-year master’s program, titled “Color in Informatics and Media Technology” (CIMET) within the prestigious Erasmus Mundus program, a cooperative program in the field of higher education that promotes the European Union as a center of excellence in learning around the world. The four universities are the University of Granada, Spain; University of Joensuu, Finland; Gjovik University College, Norway; and the University of Saint-Etienne, France.

The study program of this Master’s course is broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing photonics, computer vision, imaging science, computer science and multimedia technology, as a mix of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge. The objective is to educate students in advanced methodologies and models in computational color science, with the dual goals of research orientation and further studies on one hand, and practical applications on the other.

CIMET offers three areas of specialization: color imaging science, spectral color science and multimedia technology science. These areas are emergent and rapidly evolving, and they have a growing impact on information technology. Courses will be taught in English and are structured according to the ECTS, with 120 credits run over four semesters of full-time study.

Our consortium invites you or your colleagues to become a visiting scholar during three months in one of our four universities and to conduct research related to one of the following fields: color image capture, devices and processing; spectral color science; and technologies and models for multi-media systems. Four grants of 13.000 Euros are proposed per year. As an invited scholar, you will also contribute to the teaching of one compulsory course or one optional specialization course among the set of courses proposed.

Our consortium also invites you to promote this master’s program to the students in your institution. The program is now open for applications. To qualify for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in computer science, physics or mathematics, or a related field. Admission will be based on academic excellence. Twelve students from EU countries will be admitted, and 18 students from outside EU.

The tuition fees are set to 10,060 euros for the academic year. The fees cover all courses (included language courses), services and facilities offered in the CIMET master’s program. The fees do not cover copies, books, accommodation, meals, travel expenses or general expenses. However, in each country, students will have available university meals and access to a library and a devoted computer lab. Tuition fees will be paid to the coordinating institution. No additional fees will be applied to students by the other institutions.

Eighteen scholarships of 21.000 euros by year will be awarded for non-EU students. These scholarships cover travel and living expenses and tuition in Europe for the full duration of the course.

Twelve scholarships that reduce the tuition fees to 3,350 euros per year will be awarded for EU students. Additional and optional grants from the SOCRATES program and other sponsors for intra-European mobility are also available.

Calendar for the application procedure
December 2007: Opening of the application server
January 31, 2008: Application deadline for non European students and scholars
April 14, 2008: Application deadline for European students
September 2008: Beginning of the courses for the first semester.

Coordinator of the consortium
Alain Trémeau, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, University of Saint-Etienne, France

Administrative coordinator
Thomas Guillobez, International Office, University of Saint-Etienne, France

Other contacts
Javier Hernández-Andrés, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, Spain
Jussi Parkkinen, Faculty of Sciences, University of Joensuu, Finland
Jon Y. Hardeberg, Faculty of Computer Science, Gjøvik University College, Norway

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