The development already witnessed, but
still more the potential development and the forecast for the enormous
developments of the telematic networks and their applications, based on
new and ever more powerful instruments of multimedia communication and
interaction, bring forceably to our attention the new themes associated
with the relevant sectors of science and technology. Such themes are associated
with the following characteristics of the process which regulates the development
of telematics applications:
From the economic, social and cultural points of view, the emerging tendencies are associated, amongst other things, with the following factors:
Thus the need arises for an integrated inter-disciplinary scientific development, which permits the identification of methodologies of analysis and synthesis which take into account the strong inter-dependence of several factors (technical, social, economic, and cultural) which need to be considered so as to have a complete representation as well as an informed layout/ knowledge of the processes and the structures involved in the realisation and development of telematics networks.
The PhD Course Programme in Telematics
& the Information Society, thus sets itself the task of training researchers
who can spur the development of technology, networks and telematics applications
in an inter-disciplinary context which is and ought to be at the basis
of such a development; of necessity, this also involves a contribution
of linked research themes in the fields of socio-economics as well as communciation
sciences. In this context, the PhD Programme specifically follos these
To this end, the PhD Programme centres around 4 different curricula:
1) Systems and Technology for Telematics
2) Telematics Engineering
3) Telematics Applications
4) The Socio-economic impact of Telematics.
While these curricula have been drawn up
with a view to the development of research in the related disciplinary
or thematic areas, their composition as well as the single elements and
the manner of interaction envisaged enable the envisaged objectives to
be efficiently achieved while permitting the necessary inter-disciplinary
contribution. While the following schema / diagram provides a concise presentation
of the relationship between the curricula, the aims and objectives as wel
as the manner of developing and integrating the curricula will be further
detailed in the later descriptions. The above-mentioned diagram highlights
how technological evolution is the driving force for the realisation of
basic / fundamental technical solutions (Systems and Technology), that
Telematics Engineering has the task of integrating so as to realise telematics
infra-structures, single and uniform, which constitute the basic technical-operational
platform in terms of telematics services.
Application procedures of an interactive nature which are supported by basic telematic services, make telematic applications possible in the different sectors of interest.
The socio-economic impact of the applications planned or realised makes it possible to elaborate socio-political as well as economic and industrial collaboration.
The socio-economic analysis is also the generator of the feedback process which sees the results of such analyses, together with the needs analysis of an operational nature (including human factors in the area of Human-Computer Interaction) as regards the applications, rationally lead to a suitable specification and realisation of the telematics applications themselves. The needs analyses of the operational applications, in turn continuously generates the requirements to be posed to the basic technical-operational platform, produced using the methods and solutions of Telematics engineering. The optimisation of the latter determines the needs to be posed for the identification of new basic technological solutions, which are continuously fed by technological evolution.