Master on Navigation and Related Applications



Master on Navigation and Related Applications

In the last decade, satellite navigation has become a more and more pervasive and enabling technology. The expectation for the coming years is to have a Multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) environment, where users will be able to exploit the availability of many signals transmitted by different systems to achieve better performance.

In this framework, GNSS providers are involved not only in the development of the systems, but also in the promotion of all possible innovative applications and services enabled by the availability of new signals and systems. This represents a real boost for the introduction of navigation and positioning applications in the worldwide mass-market and in the next future a substantial amount of skilled personnel will be engaged in production and management of innovative navigation-oriented applications.

The Master on Navigation and Related Applications is a joint initiative, started in 2005, of Politecnico di Torino (School of Information Technologies) and Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) with the collaboration of Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Galileo Ferraris (INRIM) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA).

The Master Program is addressed to graduate students having completed a Master Degree (typically a 5-year curriculum after the high school) or an equivalent title in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information Technology or related subjects. It provides an extensive background in navigation/localization systems, as well as a detailed analysis on NAV/COM integration and environmental monitoring applications or a specific training on timing topics.

The duration of the Master Program is 12 months (80 ECTS), including a 3-month period for pilot projects (internships).

In the first 12 editions of the Master Program, about 170 students from 5 continents and 50 countries attended the courses. Many of them are currently working in firms involved in the development of Navigation Satellite Systems, in particular Galileo, and in universities where they are conducting research activities in the navigation field.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) supports the Master Program through a long-term fellowship agreement. Every year, they select students/specialists from developing countries and countries with economy in transition. Participants selected by UN-OOSA receive a financial support for the tuition fee and for other expenses during their stay by ISMB.

Other financial support for the Master Program has been obtained from companies and institutions, such as Italian Space Agency - ASI and Compagnia di San Paolo, or from international cooperation projects.

For further information, please visit the corresponding page in the Politecnico di Torino Website.