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The programme at a glance
Vehicles for surface, air and marine transport are nowadays living a phase of deep transformation by including functionalities for greater autonomy. These functionalities range from simple forms of enhanced control of a single vehicle to the complete execution of a mission, eventually in coordination with others, without any intervention by human pilot.
The Master of Science (MS) in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (MOVE) aims to train engineers with intercultural skills, who master themes such as:
Teaching is provided in English and a B2 certification is required for enrolment.
The LM MOVE is a highly interdisciplinary study course aimed to prepare engineers able to operate in the autonomous vehicle world mastering information technology subjects, such as: control, machine learning, big data, data analytics, computer vision, internet of things, integrated transport, smart road as well as their applications to vehicles. To this end an adequate knowledge of vehicles design and operation is also needed. The profile of the engineer will therefore be that of an integrator of systems and technologies, able to operate in two fields of engineering: one more mechanical, namely transportation system dynamics and control, and the other more information technology oriented, in the sense of hardware and software requirement definition and integration for autonomous guidance and navigation.
The LM MOVE includes three more characterized study plans:
The students will operate in industry-like groups, by interacting with different steps of autonomous vehicle designing and enhancing team working and soft-skills, too.
Fast-track employment for MOVE graduates is towards large, medium, and small industries as well as research laboratories and spin offs operating in autonomous vehicle engineering. Furthermore, thanks to the interdisciplinary profile of MS MOVE, graduates will have further job opportunities as they exceed a frequent limit of other master’s degree courses i.e. the limit to perform engineering design with strong competences focused on a specific field. In the 4.0 industry world the capability to integrate different disciplines with an intercultural approach and the capability to master application of information and communication technologies to manufacturing and operation of mechanical systems represent an increasingly indispensable requirement.
Admission to the programme and prerequisites
For enrolment in MS MOVE candidates are required to possess:
Knowledge of English is required for access, at least at a level comparable to B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages with certification issued by the University or by an accredited body.
The study plan is characterised by a first common year for all curricula, during which students firstly deepen courses related to ‘Digital Modelling of Interactive Systems and Interfaces’ (6 ECTS), ‘Control Oriented Models for Vehicles Dynamics’ (6 ECTS) and, finally, ‘Machine Learning and Big Data’ (9 ECTS). Then, a second set of courses are related to ‘Sensor Data Fusion and Measurement Uncertainty Management’ (12 ECTS), ‘Image and Video Processing for Autonomous Driving’ (6 ECTS) and, finally, a third set deals with ‘Control Architectures for Autonomous Driving’ (6 ECTS) and ‘Guidance and Navigation’ (6 ECTS).
The second year is firstly characterised by a common ‘Laboratory of Autonomous Vehicle Design and Development’ (12 ECTS) and then, three different curricula are available and addressing Self-Driving Cars, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Unmanned Marine Vehicles, respectively.
The Self-Driving Cars Curriculum includes ‘Power and Propulsion Systems for UV’ (9 ECTS)
‘Smart Roads and Cooperative Driving’ (6 ECTS) and, finally, ‘Testing and validation of automated road vehicles’ (9 ECTS) as Suggested Elective Course.
The Unmanned Aerial Systems Curriculum includes ‘Systems for autonomous aircraft’ (6 ECTS), ‘Design of autonomous aircraft’ (9 ECTS) and a student’s own choice course (9 ECTS).
The Unmanned Marine Vehicles Curriculum includes ‘Unmanned Marine Plants’ (6 ECTS), ‘Design of Autonomous Marine Vehicles’ (9 ECTS) and a student’s own choice course (9 ECTS).
Further and updated details about MOVE study plan are available at move.dii.unina.it.
The MOVE Study Program includes a significant curricular internship of 12 ECTS for all attending students. Internships could be carried at the Departments of University of Naples Federico II as well as at External Entities, i.e. companies, public and/or private entities in Italy or in a foreign country that have signed an agreement with the University of Naples Federico II.
International exchange programmes (Erasmus programme)
The MS MOVE takes part to the ERASMUS + student mobility programs to allow students to spend a period of study or carry out an internship at a partner institution belonging to a University of the European Union.
Additional study plan information
Customizing the study plan
The MS MOVE offers three different curricula addressing Self-Driving Cars, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Unmanned Marine Vehicles, respectively. Students have the possibility to personalize their curriculum by selecting elective courses.
The tables of elective courses will be continuously updated
Graduation thesis and exam
The final exam consists in the discussion of a master’s degree thesis written, in an original way, by the student under the guidance of one or more university supervisors. The thesis work can also be associated with an in-depth study on a topic addressed during the internship. Usually, the student identifies through informal interviews a teacher willing to entrust him with the thesis work. Alternatively, student can ask the Chair of MS MOVE to identify a supervisor. The supervisor is a professor or researcher belonging to the master’s degree course, but external teachers are equally entitled to carry out this task.
The thesis concerns activities of a theoretical, and/or numerical, and/or experimental nature, carried out in a university laboratory, in a research laboratory outside the university as well as in Italian and foreign companies and organizations. The activities must be included in a training period led by the university supervisor.
The final exam is taken by the Candidate in presence of a Commission headed by the Chair of MS MOVE or by another professor of the master’s degree course. The candidate is allowed to use audio-visual support. At the end of the presentation, each member of the Commission can address observations to the candidate, relating to the topic of the thesis work. The presentation usually lasts 15 minutes.
Orientation to incoming students
Full information for admission (pre-enrolment, matriculation, accommodation) is available at http://www.international.unina.it/admission-regulation/.
The International Welcome desk could be reached from foreign countries by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, several events are organized during the year allowing students to collect information at different levels. A first step deals with information related to job positions, the industrial domain, and the career development along the time. This step is accomplished usually in the mid of February of each year: the calendar of events is available at move.dii.unina.it
As a second step, more specific information related to the choice of the exams and curricula are given through specific events on Spring period of each year (see move.dii.unina.it for the dates).
Tutoring and counselling
A follow-up of the students is done through supervising and mentoring activities: each student is linked to a professor of the board to discuss bi-monthly progresses and difficulties during the education path, in order to: (i) define the needs of the students; (ii) support the choices that better fits the interests of the students, and (iii) catch opportunities (internships, traineeships).
Career orientation and job placement
Students will attend seminars held by experts from the industrial field and enlarge the overview of their working opportunities. Furthermore, specific courses to train soft skills are co-organized with external partners, including final assessment of competences for the improvement of awareness. A specific event is organized each year including companies related to the industrial field of interest for MOVE engineers (usually in Spring period). A platform managed by the University is available to match working requests and related offers, including stage, traineeship, and job positions)
Enrolment to the first and successive years usually take place from 1st of September to 31st of October of each year. Detailed information about tuition fees is available at http://www.international.unina.it/admission-regulation/.
Deadlines and detailed information for submitting study plans and ERASMUS applications as well, are available at move.dii.unina.it.
Academic Calendar: courses and exams
The MS MOVE follows the regulations of the Polytechnic and Basic Sciences School that fixes the duration of teaching activities and examination periods.
Updated details related to the teaching calendar are available at http://www.scuolapsb.unina.it/index.php/studiare-al-napoli/calendario-delle-attivita-didattiche/2-non-categorizzato/135-calendario-delle-attivita-didattiche-ingegneria.
Details related to the scheduling of examinations are available at
The scheduling of teaching activities is dynamically updated and available at
Teaching activities are held at Federico II San Giovanni Campus, Corso Nicolangelo Protopisani, 70, 80146 Naples.
The Polytechnic and Basic Sciences School fixes the scheduling of final exams usually held on January, March, May, July, September, October, December.
The scheduling of the examination periods and related deadlines for applications are available at
Contact person for training activities:
Prof.ssa Stefania Santini, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, tel. +39 081 7683914, email@example.com.
Prof. Alfredo Gimelli, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, tel. +39 081 7683271, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative of the student body:
Luisa Bindi, email@example.com
Silvio Iannace, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco Donnarumma, email@example.com
Mr. Luigi Calvanese, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, tel. +39 081 7682467, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
University of Naples Federico II, San Giovanni Campus
Metropolitan Line 2. San Giovanni-Barra Station
The names of the holders, the contents, the objectives, the methods of carrying out and verifying each individual course are detailed by the individual departments of reference:
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