Visual Computing and Communication is an interdisciplinary programme at the intersection of computer science and information technology focusing on the acquisition, processing, analysis, transmission, and rendering of visual information, including aspects of learning and decision making.
Visual Computing and Communication focuses on the acquisition, processing, analysis, transmission, and rendering of visual information, including aspects of learning and decision making. It is an interdisciplinary programme at the intersection of computer science and information technology where students can be active in the areas of image processing and communication, image analysis, computer vision, computer graphics, augmented reality, visualisation, visual analytics, as well as web-based and network applications. Our graduates combine technological and business aspects to create products and services for our ocular-centric world.
Visual Computing and Communication is a perfect master’s education for those who are fascinated by the algorithms and services that handle visual information in today’s digital society. Students with excellent skills in data and signal processing, linear algebra, probability, and programming will thrive in this programme, which provides opportunities to solve real-world problems and to create new innovative solutions. There is a growing community of technologists and innovators in this challenging, yet rewarding field.
Our graduates become professionals with an expertise in dealing with visual information. Some may work on computer vision problems in the area of robotics or autonomous vehicles, while others may work on visualisation problems for visual analytics. Many may be drawn to the new world of augmented reality. Examples of careers are engineer at a telecommunications company, software developer in the area of e-commerce, technology innovation consultant, founder of a tech start-up chasing global markets, or even PhD researcher at a university in Europe.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction of the programme is English.
The programme is a double degree programme, which means that you will study at two European universities and in two different countries. The programme has an integrated technical content (Technical major) and business content (Innovation & Entrepreneurship – I&E minor). The I&E minor is shared between all programmes. An integral part of the second year is a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).
The double-degree programme is implemented jointly by leading European universities. The students can select their favorite first (entry) and second (exit) year universities. Each university has a unique specialisation area, which allows students to select their own second year area of expertise.
Structure of the studies
Please note that both ENTRY and EXIT universities might be subject to changes. Kindly check before applying.
The first year will be similar at the VCC entry point universities Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, and University of Trento, Italy with basic courses on computer graphics and visualisation, signal processing, web engineering, and communication networks. An important part of the programme are also the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) courses.
During the second year of studies, the student chooses a spesialisation option offered in one of the four exit point universities: Aalto University, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, University of Trento, Italy, or Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary. The specialisation option offered at Aalto University is Web-based Applications.
- This specialisation focuses on web-based applications. Students learn web programming in general and more advanced HTML5 based web technologies. The topics covered include both back-end and front-end development of web services. We focus especially on visualisation and real-time communication in web applications. In addition, students can select elective courses in computer graphics, computer vision, machine learning, and data science.
Selected technical courses include:
- WWW Applications (5 ECTS)
- Web Software Development (5 ECTS)
- Computer Vision (5 ECTS)
See the Visual Computing and Communication curriculum at Aalto University on the student portal Into. Please note that there may be some changes to the curriculum for 2020-2022. The new curriculum will be published in April-May 2020.
Admission to the EIT Digital Master School Majors
The ICT Innovation programme has separate application periods and admission procedures from the rest of the Master’s programmes offered by Aalto University. Further information on the admission is available on the EIT Digital Master School website for prospective students (masterschool.eitdigital.eu).
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