Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA)

The ITA master is a new European two-year master programme within the EIT Digital Master School “ICT Innovation”. The aim of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) is to breed a new generation of technology-skilled entrepreneurs by enhancing high-profile technology education with a strong business orientation. For the field of ICT, the EIT has created through the KIC ICT Labs (one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities), several ICT master programmes to combine ICT engineering on an advanced level with a business minor focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E). The goal is to make students that take part in this education the elite group of forthcoming ICT professionals.

The unique features of this advanced level education are:

  • A standardized I&E minor
  • Mobility among universities (one year at one university and the second year at another university)
  • Specialisation at one of the European top universities
  • Personal industrial relationships for the students, including industrial mentors and internships at EIT Digital non-university partners as part of the study plan.
  • Thematic area grounding and utilization of resources from EIT Digital research and business activities

There are seven ICT programmes (majors), one of them is Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA) offered by a consortium of UPMC (Paris), TUB (Berlin), KTH (Stockholm), UNITN (Trento), UNS (Nice), ITA/TB (Brest) and UPM (Madrid).

The first year consists of one semester of core courses on ITA and one semester on Entrepreneurial education. For the second year, students can select a specialisation and complete a thesis project at one of the industrial partners.

Contact: Prométhée Spathis promethee.spathis@upmc.comfr

Internet Technology and Architecture

The technical major in Internet Technology and Architecture is a focused programme of study involving advanced networking technologies and architectures for the design and management of modern distributed computer systems and networks. This programme is in line with the challenging field of computing communication and networking technologies that has lately received considerable attention and is today considered as a major topic for most curriculum studies in IT.


The aim of the Internet Technology and Architecture programme is to develop a coherent set of theoretical knowledge and professional understandings and skills in computer networks. Emphasis is placed on understanding of current research issues as well as detailed practical experience of network design, development, implementation, and management.

The first year will be similar at the four entry points UPMC, TUB, KTH and UNITN with four basic courses on the foundations of networking, network design and modelling, wireless and mobile computing, and advanced next generation networks. In addition, some elective courses may be chosen to prepare for a specialisation.

This programme also includes an I&E minor that will provide students with both theoretical concepts and practical tools that will develop critical thinking in assessing entrepreneurship opportunities and devising appropriate strategies to turn ideas into profitable business ventures. The I&E minor consists two courses: The I&E basics course provides an introduction to business and management. The Business Development Lab will extend media systems engineering projects by a market survey, a business model generation process, and a venture development exercise.

Students participating in the ITA track will be offered an internship in a partner industry or research centre of the EIT Digital to work on a thesis project. Directly linked to the master thesis, there will be an I&E minor thesis that will specify the requirements, strategy and business plan for the selected thesis project.


Specialisations will be provided in the second year. The ITA major will offer seven specialisations, each at a different location:

  • User-centric networking at UPMC
  • Internet technologies at TUB
  • Communication systems design at KTH
  • Wireless and mobile access networks at UNITN
  • Networked Analysis and Experimentation at UNS
  • Internet of things at IT/TB
  • Technologies for Internet Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing at UPM

To meet the requirements for geographic mobility, the chosen exit point needs to differ from the chosen entry point.

User-centric Networking (UPMC)

Prométhée Spathis

UPMC offers a specialisation in user-centric networking with courses in advanced routing and switching, network security, large networks, QoS and multimedia networks, digital communications, network management and traffic control. The focus will be on offering a complete and consistent vision of networking architectures and technologies both in wired and wireless/mobile environments, at access and core networks. This programme will aim to provide a rigorous theoretical knowledge and understanding of current issues as well as detailed practical experience of advanced networking technologies and architectures. The objective is to respond to the strong industry demand of high level network engineers and specialists. This programme in essence is thought out to make the students aware of the requirements, constraints, and evolutions that the networking industry has to cope with; it naturally trains them to be destined for a high level industrial career, particularly in the field of research and innovation.

Dr. Prométhée Spathis is the coordinator of the Internet Technology Architecture major. He is an associate professor at UPMC in the Networkand Performance Analysis group. He received both M.Sc (1998) and his Ph.D. in Computer (2003) Science from UPMC. Over the years, Dr. Spathis has supervised over 20 Master’s Thesis and 4 Doctor of Science Thesis. He has been involved in European projects (European Commission’s 6th and 7thFramework Programmes) and coordination actions, as well as many national research projects. He has also participated to several French scientific-technological cooperation programmes with South America.He is currently co-advising two PhD students in the research areas of content-based architectures and content dissemination in vehicular networks.Prométhée Spathis is also the programme director for a Master Programme implemented in Vietnam.

Specialisation courses:

  • Advanced routing in large and complex Networks, 6 ECTS
  • Network Management and Traffic Control, 6 ECTS
  • Advanced Network Security, 6 ECTS
  • QoS and Multimedia Networks
  • Communicating embedded systems

Elective courses:

  • Digital Communications
  • Research Methodology
  • Internet governance and regulation
  • Distributed resilience to attacks
  • Carrier-Grade networks

Internet Technologies (TUB)

Anja Feldmann

The Internet is a social phenomenon that has changed, and continues to change how humans communicate, businesses work, how emergencies are handled, the military operates, etc. It has redefined expectations about how interactions between humans, computers and humans, and between computers function. Without question, almost all major industrial sectors take advantage of the Internet. This includes software companies such as Microsoft, Google, and SAP, as well as more traditional manufacturing companies (including the automotive industry), service providers (including banks and insurance companies), as well as the entertainment industry. Therefore we need an in depth understanding of the technology underlying the Internet as well as on developing solutions for improving the current network to address challenges such as mobility, quality of experience, security, and reliability.

Anja Feldmann is a Professor at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (an An-Institut of the TechnischeUniversität Berlin). Previously she was a professor in the computer science department at the TechnischeUniversitätMünchen. Before that she was a professor in the computer science department at University of Saarbrücken in Germany. Before that, she was a member of the IP Network Measurement and Performance Department at AT&T Labs Research.

Her current research interest is network performance debugging. Starting from data traffic measurements over traffic characterization this leads to judging the performance implications of what we have learned. In 2011, she was awarded with the Leibniz prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 2009, she became member of the German National Acadamy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Specialisation courses:

  • Advanced Networking
  • Lab and project in Networking
  • Reading class
  • Two of the following set of courses:
  • Internet Security
  • Internet Measurement
  • Internet Routing
  • NGN Technologies
  • Sensor networks
  • Broadband networks

Elective courses:

  • Advanced OS
  • Operation of complex IT infrastructures
  • Virtualization
  • Advanced Databases
  • Security and Privacy
  • Algorithms
  • Resource Management
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Distributed Modeling and Algorithms

Communication Systems Design (KTH)

  • Viktoria Fodor
  • Peter Sjödin

KTH offers a specialisation track of the EIT core master on Communication system design and development. The core of the track is the Communication system design course. The objective of the course is to offer students an opportunity to learn about advanced emerging technologies and the associated market and business development by working in teams together with other students from different programs and a few from different universities, an interdisciplinary teaching team and representatives from industry in projects where specialist knowledge from different disciplines is blended. In addition, the track will offer related theoretical courses and courses on network system.

Viktoria Fodor received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 1999 she joined the KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, where she now acts as assistant professor in the Laboratory for Communication Networks where she acts coordinator of a local master program. Over the years she supervised several master thesis projects and 2 PhD theses. She participated in several European and Swedish research projects. Her current research interests include multimedia and peer-to-peer communication, sensor network and cognitive radio network protocol design and performance analysis.

Peter Sjödin is an Associate Professor in Communication Networks at KTH in Stockholm. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Uppsala University, Sweden. Prior to joining KTH, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Dynarc, a company developing network systems for optical metropolitan networks. Before that, he was at SICS, Swedish Institute of Computer Science.

At KTH, Peter is heading the Network Systems Laboratory. He is Director of the Communication Systrems Master’s program, and academic coordinator for NordSecMob – an Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing. He is teaching courses in computer networks, network security, and distributed applications. Currently he is supervising eight doctoral students, and he has been involved in several research programs at both national and European level. His current research interests include cloud networking, energy-efficient networking, and eHealth infrastructures.

Specialisation courses:

  • Network management
  • Network security
  • Network services and Internet based applications project course
  • Network algorithms
  • Performance analysis
  • Wireless and mobile network architectures
  • Mobile applications
  • Telecommunication Policy and Regulatory Principles

Wireless and Mobile Internet Access (UNITN)

Fabrizio Granelli

University of Trento offers a specialisation track of the EIT core master on Internet Technology and Architecture focused on “Wireless and Mobile Internet Access”. The objective of the track will be to offer a complete and effective vision of the wireless access technologies to the Internet, to answer to the relevant demand for trained engineers and (freelance) professionals in enabling seamless mobile access to Internet services a reality. The specificity of Trento is due to its territory, which being partitioned in several valleys strongly demands the usage of wireless access technologies to avoid digital divide and enable broadband access, and by the availability of a regional wireless / optical testbed, which covers all the Province of Trento with hundreds of kilometers of fibers and hotspots, as well as local testbeds (i.e. indoor/outdoor wireless mesh networking tested, software-defined radio lab platform) for development of real Internet prototypes and services - with the possibility of involving directly the citizenship of the Province.

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy) and IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. From 2008, he is deputy head of the academic council in Information Engineering.

His main research activities are in the field of networking, with particular reference to wireless networks (performance optimization, ad-hoc networks modeling), cognitive networks/radios, cross-layer design and green networking. He is author of more than 130 papers. He was guest-editor in relevant international journals (ACM/Kluwer Mobile Networks and Applications Journal, ACM TOMACS) and visiting professor at the State University of Campinas in August 2004 and August 2010.

He is the former Chair of the IEEE Communication Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee and he was chair or co-chair of several top-level international events, like IEEE Globecom Symposium TPC Co-Chair on "Performance Modeling, QoS and Reliability" from 2007 to 2009 and in 2012.

Specialisation courses:

  • Antennas for Wireless Communications, 6 ECTS
  • Advanced Wireless Networks Architectures and Protocols, 6 ECTS
  • Mobile Communications, 6 ECTS
  • Project course on “Wireless Internet Access”, 6 ECTS

Elective courses (6 ECTS):

  • Satellite Communications
  • Wired Communications Systems and Devices
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Multimedia Signal Processing and Communications
  • Data Hiding
  • Distributed Systems
  • Network Security
  • Web Architectures
  • Web Mining

Network Analysis and Experimentation (UNS)

Guillaume Urvoy-Keller

Our global objective, through this program is to help students to meet the challenges and make the technological choices of tomorrow in the domains of:

  • The Internet
  • Telecommunications
  • Distributed Systems.

These goals are clearly in line with the ITA spirit. This specialisation program can be characterized through the following keywords list:

  • Emerging trends in networking, e.g., content centric networking
  • Analysis methods: measurements, graph theory, network science
  • Open up to key related domains: cloud and security.

Guillaume Urvoy-Keller received an engineering degree from the Institut National des Télécommunications, France, in 1995, the PhD degree in Computer Science from University Paris 6 (UPMC) in 1999 and the "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" from the University of Nice in 2006. From 2000 to 2010, he was an assistant professor at the Institut Eurecom. Since 2010, he is full professor at the University of Nice and a member of the I3S CNRS lab, where he leads the Signet research group. Since September 2011, he is responsible for the Ubinet track of the Computer Science Master of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis.

Specialisation courses:

  • Networking, 6 ECTS
    • Information centric Networks
    • Wireless Networks
    • Internet Measurement
  • Performance, 4 ECTS
    • Algorithms for Telecom
    • Network Science
  • Large Scale Networked Applications, 6 ECTS
    • Virtualization
    • Big Data Systems
    • An Algorithmic approach to Distributed Systems
  • Personal project in network analysis & experimentation, 4 ECTS

Elective courses (one among the three blocks):

  • Security, 4 ECTS
    • From BitTorrent to Privacy
    • Information Security and Privacy in Emerging Technologies
  • Performance, 4 ECTS
    • Algorithms for Telecom part 2
    • Game theory
  • Software Engineering for Networked Systems, 4 ECTS
    • Network on Chip
    • Middleware for Ubiquitous Computing

Internet of Things (IT/TB)

David Ros

Internet connectivity has been widely deployed in the last decade and is now present not only in every house and office, but also in many personal, mobile communication and entertainment devices. However, with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the development of Machine-to-Machine communications the number of interconnected devices is expected to explode and to reach many billions by the end of the decade. Such evolution of the Internet opens the way to imagining a large panel of new services, but also raises several technical hurdles that have to be addressed: energy issues both in the terminal side and in the infrastructure; scalability issues for traffic management, QoS management, routing, addressing; heterogeneity of technologies; radio spectrum management (as many of such devices will be wirelessly connected to the network). Furthermore, new business models should be envisioned to foster the development of innovative services.

David Ros received his B.Sc. (with honors) and M.Sc. degrees, both in Electronics Engineering, from the Simón Bolívar University, Caracas, Venezuela, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Institut National de Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Rennes, France. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at Télécom Bretagne, Rennes, in the Networks, Security and Multimedia (RSM) Department.

David Ros is co-chair of the Internet Congestion Control Research Group at the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force), the research-oriented sibling of the IETF. His active research interests include: transport protocols and congestion control, network simulation and modeling, as well as quality of service issues in IP networks. He has advised a dozen MSc-level theses and five completed PhD theses, and he has been involved in several national and European research projects, as well as in scientific collaboration programs with two Latin American countries.

Specialisation courses:

  • Network services and security
  • Real-time and embedded OS
  • Wireless and mobile networks: architectures and protocols
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
  • Embedded systems and IP convergence
  • M2M communications, protocols and architectures
  • M2M use cases and applications
  • Performance evaluation

Technologies for Internet Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (UPM)

César Benavente

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) offers a specialization track of the EIT Digital core master on Internet Technology and Architecture focusing on “Technologies for Internet Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing”.

Ubiquitous and mobile devices have deeply penetrated in our daily life and are found everywhere surrounding us as a set of “invisible” devices integrated in the environment. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing technologies and architectures allow interconnected devices to become embedded. Mobile devices and computers (of any kind) are present everywhere, sometimes hidden so well (ubiquitous computing) that we don’t even realize they are there.

Internet ubiquitous and mobile computing area, which exploits wireless communication technologies and architectures and can provide tailored context aware services, is rapidly evolving. Smart cities (including smart homes, smart offices and so on) push to integrate these technologies.

The deployment of ubiquitous and mobile computing requires the development of appropriate technologies and architectures to support this idea.

As a consequence this specialization responses to the new challenges and hence its main goal is the development of technologies and architectures as key enabling means for the development and evolution towards the next generation Internet ubiquitous and mobile computing systems, applications and services. The specialization provides an appropriate base in theoretical and practical concepts, technologies and skills which emphasize the future development including mobile communications, signal processing, embedded systems, advanced architectures and ubiquitous networks.

César Benavente received an engineering degree from the ETS de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, in 1994 and received his PhD. in Telecommunications Engineering in 1999 from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Since 1991 he is professor at the ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (ETSIST) of the UPM. He is currently with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications. Addtionally he is deputy director for research and doctorate at the ETSIST. He has been involved in European projects as well as many national research projects. On the education innovation side he has participated in KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic Partnerships for higher education and coordination actions, He has strong relations with researchers from other European universities.

He is currently advisor of two PhD students in the research areas of signal processing in communications.

Specialization courses:

  • Wireless Communications.
  • Digital Signal Processing for Communications.
  • Advanced Digital Architectures.
  • Embedded Systems.
  • Ubiquitous and Secure Networks and Services.
  • Advanced Research Seminars.
  • Audio and Video Signal processing.

The student should choose 6 courses.

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