Media Informatics (Informatik für Medien)RWTH Aachen
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*A candidate should have a recognised first degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or other closely related discipline, awarded by an internationally recognised university-level institution. Candidates should have also performed above average in their undergraduate studies. *The candidate should have a substantial background in computer science and mathematics.
General Description of the Programme
The programme will educate the participant to successfully master the novel technical and economic challenges at the rossroads of computer science, software engineering, next-generation communication systems, and media.
It consists of three main blocks:
- Computer science and mathematical foundations
- Multimedia Technology
- Media science and business aspects
The programme is also characterised by a significant proportion of research lab courses embedded in both basic and applied research of the participating Fraunhofer Institutes of Applied Information Technology (FIT), and Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). Another lab can be done at the university, at the Fraunhofer institutes, or in cooperation with industry.
Major topics include:
- Internet Infrastructures
- Data Communication
- Digital Interactive Media
- Management of Information
- Computer Graphics/Animation/Visualisation
- Speech/Image/Video Processing and Technology
- Game Design
- Security and Cryptography
- Designing Interactive Systems
- Cooperative Work Environments
- Knowledge Management
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Software Engineering
The programme of study also includes methodological aspects of designing media informatics systems from the perspectives of software engineering, usability, media design, and business requirements.
The standard duration of the study is four semesters (two years). Per semester about 30 credits have to be achieved in lectures from different areas, seminars, labs, and the Master's thesis in the 4th semester, which can be done in co-operation with industry. Additional courses are offered in the summer and winter breaks enabling students to finish earlier. Most courses take place in the beautiful B-IT building next to the former office of the German Chancellor on the banks of the River Rhine in Bonn. All subjects are offered as modules that can be combined flexibly and which are fully integrated into the ECTS.
The programme is offered by RWTH Aachen University and the University of Bonn in cooperation with the Fraunhofer institutes in St. Augustin within the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT) and is distinguished by its international orientation, its focus on IT competence, and its high level of integration of research and teaching.
Special Entrance Requirements
The candidate should have a substantial background in computer science and mathematics. Typically this would include previously taken courses in the following areas: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics and Logic, Numerics, Probability Theory, Fundamentals of Computer Programming, Computer Architecture, Data Structures, Analysis of Algorithms, Programming Languages, Automata Theory, Computability and Complexity Theory.
In addition, an applicant should have at least two advanced undergraduate courses on specialised topics such as Distributed Systems, Information Systems, Operating Systems or Multimedia Techniques.
Language of Instruction: English
Duration of the Programme: Two years
Beginning of the Programme: October
Course starting in Winter
Date of applying
25.08. - 04.09.2009,
16.09. - 24.09.2009 und
01.10. - 09.10.2009