Master in Digital Technology Management / Artificial Intelligence

Interpreting reality

The Artificial Intelligence track of the Master in Digital Technology Management is designed to recognize the business opportunities presented by technological innovation and open them up to the technical-managerial leaders of the future, thanks to a highly specialized pathway.

For modern companies, artificial intelligence plays an important role in decision-making when it comes to production and organization dynamics, where it is used to pinpoint areas for improvement. This course equips participants with tools and techniques that enable them to map state-of-the-art business processes and identify areas of potential, machine-based solutions and innovative applications to boost business growth.

Investing in the Master in Digital Technology Management in Artificial Intelligence enables you to become an advocate for digital transformation, promoting and supporting a transition that has all the hallmarks of a global industrial revolution.

Professionals who have decided to grasp this opportunity see it as a chance to complement a purely technical background with a management qualification, allowing them to become representatives capable of dealing with top-level management so that innovation can be placed at the heart of business decisions.

The master, which will be held in English, is structured into two terms of classroom-based lessons and one final internship period over a total of 12 months. Participants will undertake the first term of lessons – an introduction to management in Digital Technology – alongside students from the other two specialist tracks of the Master (Cyber Security and Internet of Things).

Companies need to rely on managers who can visualize new scenarios. Contact the master Program Manager to begin this pathway.

 

THE MASTER IS AN INVESTMENT.THE HONOR LOAN IS THE WAY TO FUND IT.

PerTe Prestito Con Lode”, a long-term and low-interest honor loan, with no collateral required to cover the full amount of the tuition fee.

 

With the Patronage of the Cybersecurity National Lab

 

 

 

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Maurizio Gabbrielli

Maurizio Gabbrielli

Director of Studies
maurizio.gabbrielli@unibo.it

" Artificial Intelligence is deeply transforming any aspect of our life, including our jobs and our business activities. Ranging from deep learning theory to Industry 4.0 applications, this master will focus on the main techniques and tools which are at the heart of this transformation, explaining their potentialities and illustrating their use in the production systems of many innovative companies. Together with an advanced technical knowledge of new AI techniques, the master will provide the management skills which are needed to turn these techniques into business opportunities and to tackle the emerging challenges for enterprises. "

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN

  • 29 y.o.

    AVERAGE AGE

  • 79%

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • 12

    COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

  • 36%

    FEMALE STUDENTS

  • 4 years

    AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE

Structure

The Master in Digital Technology Management is a full-time program structured in 1,500 hours of learning activities over 12 months of study, divided into: 400 hours of lecturing, an estimated 600 hours of independent study, and 500 hours of internship.

The structure of the Master is divided into two terms:

  • First term: November 2019 – March 2020
  • Second term: March 2020 – June 2020
  • Internship: June 2020 – November 2020

The first term students will face the fundamentals of management, applied to digital technology, while the second term will deal with track specific practical aspects.

The two terms are followed by an internship period of 500 hours. This internship can be carried out at various companies and agencies in Italy or abroad. Students will have the chance to put into practice the theory and techniques learned during the two academic terms and have the opportunity to directly learn from professionals of their specific sector.

At the end of the internship you will be required to hand in a ‘Final Report’, which you will present to the Director of Studies showcasing your activities and analyzing the theories and lessons learned during the academic part.

Students who are interested can also choose to take an extracurricular course of Italian.

Classroom participation is about 30 hours per week structured in order to allow time to work in groups, while not neglecting individual students focus and management of interpersonal relationships.

 

COURSES

Computer vision pursues understanding the content of digital images through a large corpus of techniques drawing from a variety of diverse fields. These include, among the others, signal and information theory, calculus, geometry and linear algebra, probability and statistics, optimization, machine learning.

 

Computer vision has emerged through the last three decades as a key process technology to realize inspection and assembly of manufactured goods. Moreover, thanks to recent breakthroughs in image sensing and analysis, we now witness ever-increasing deployment of computer vision within products as widespread as  cars, gaming consoles, apps, personal computers, home appliances.

 

The course will present an overview of some of the most effective computer vision techniques alongside with examples dealing with both “in process” and “in product” applications.



Managers and Domain Experts face quite often the challenge of taking decisions on complex matters, characterized by a highly complex scenario, and huge quantity of data and/or knowledge and/or analytical models. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are a class of tools that help the users to understand pros and cons of possible alternative decisions, thus augmenting the awareness of the decision maker about the decision process and its impact.

A first part of the course is devoted to tools and solutions for representing the knowledge and the decision process adopted by Domain Experts. Decision criteria and rules can be documented in a formal, still human-readable way and, more important, can be used to feed software (such as Rule Engines) to fully automatize part of, or whole decision processes. Recent standards like, e.g., the Decision Model and Notation (DMN), will be introduced during a hands-on session, where the audience will directly experiment the advantages of documenting and automatizing decision processes by means of rule-based approaches.

A second part of this course is devoted to introduce the audience to DSS that exploit data and machine learning techniques to learn models of complex domains. These models are in turn used to predict and simulate the scenarios, so as to compare alternative decisions and their expected effects. Visualization techniques then help the decision maker to confront different decisions, w.r.t. optimal solutions for a given objective, or multi-objective decision criteria.



The course will cover a variety of themes which are emerging as the most prominent ones in the context of digital culture.The following is a preliminary list of the topics that will be considered.

1. Computing: Meaning and Limitations (from Kurt Godel & Alan Turing to Quantum and Beyond).

2. Counter Culture vs. Cyber Culture (Stewart Brand & Bob Taylor, a la' carte).

3. Coding: Meaning and Perspectives.

4. The Internet: Lo and Behold.

5. History of Computation.

6. The New Rise of AI: Of Men and Machines.

7. Text Digitization + Literary Analysis + Maps + Interactive Media + Games + Design + Media Art = Digital Humanities?

8. Big Brother in Action: Surveillance, Hacking, Privacy, Cyber-security and Data.

9. Ethics, Moral Responsibility and Accountability of Computing.

10. The Economics of the New Web.



The course study in deep the topic of digital transformation in the business environment. It explores the organizational methods and impacts of a digital transformation process, analyzing the stakeholders, the types of innovation and the tools.



The main aim of the course is to provide to students the basis of Industrial Automation and to project them towards the so called “fourth industrial revolution”, also known as “Industry 4.0”. Students will understand why connected products, machines and devices are so important in a modern industrial plant and how software is becoming more and more crucial inside a factory to proper manage the stock, production, manufacturing, traceability and maintenance as well.

Being in the middle of the so called “Packaging Valley”, a part of the course will be dedicated to Smart Packaging Machines.

During the course many real Industry 4.0 applications will be shown and presented, together with a wide presentation of connected devices and innovative applications such as Augmented and Virtual Reality and Digital Services Platforms.



The course provides an overview on the Machine learning field, with a particular emphasis on
symbolic learning techniques (sub symbolic techniques will be covered by the course on Neural Networks).

The main learning problems and paradigms will be introduced along with examples explaining how to
use the learned models into decision support systems.

Application areas that will be covered have industrial impact in fields as automotive, energy management,
predictive maintenance and policy making.
The course will cover both lectures and hands-on sessions.



The course get the focus on the relevance that Artificial Intelligence software have in the development of strategic companies activities like customer care, processes automation and information management. Lessons give an overview on how Industry 4.0 companies may use Artificial Intelligence for their businesses, covering a wide range of tasks in Natural Language Processing such as sentiment analysis, topic classification and dialogue systems.



Neural networks are a class of machine learning algorithms, originally inspired by the brain, structured in layers of interconnected artificial neurons.

The network can be trained on data to optimize its connections to a specific task.

 

Deep neural networks, that is networks with multiple internal (so called hidden) layers, have recently seen a lot of success at practical applications. They’re at the heart of production systems at companies like Google and Facebook for image classification, speech recognition, natural language processing, language understanding or robotics.

 

The course gives an overview of the foundational ideas and the recent advances in neural nets, explaining the potentialities of the topic for practical purposes. We shall cover supervised and unsupervised techniques, methods for visualizing and understanding the behavior on neural nets, as well as adversarial techniques to fool them. We shall also hints to recent applications in the field of reinforcement learning, and some amazing results in game simulation. 



The goal of the course is to give the participants an exhaustive overview of ICT hardware, software and services currently used within companies, as well as to illustrate some trend directions and next-generation technologies which might be adopted in business.

Starting from traditional tools like ERP and DBMS, the course introduces the area of information systems, presenting up-to-date techniques and software enabling the data storage, retrieval and knowledge extraction.

Then, it investigates the business opportunities, potential and applications within companies of emerging areas like mobile applications, cloud technologies and the Internet of Things.



The course is aimed at introducing the basic concept of marketing and distribution channel management. In detail, after an introduction to the marketing concept and orientation, the strategic approach to marketing is presented (i.e. innovation and new product development, managing the product life-cycle, the strategic sequence STP – segmentation, targeting and positioning), and then the 4 Ps (Product, Place, Price and Promotion) are analyzed focusing on distribution decisions. Practical application are presented by analyzing data on sales in grocery stores in the business to consumer context (modeled with linear and multinomial legit models), and data on buyer-seller relationships in the business to business framework.



This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Provides training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, risk management, earned value management, and other tools.

The course also addresses the main organizational issues in managing projects and leading project teams. It is fully aligned with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards.



The course is focused on the main strategic control concepts and tools to support the decision-making process as well as the strategic planning and budgeting. A brief introduction to the main concepts of finance and accounting is included. The course will combine front lectures, guest speakers’ lectures, case studies and team work. The whole course will based on a practical approach, although based on the general theoretical concepts of management accounting.



This course focuses on the study of processes required to create value for a final consumer, through the contribution of a network of companies (generally labelled as “supply chain”). Basic as well as more advanced elements of supply chain structure and management, purchasing processes and supplier management will be analysed. Special focus will be devoted to concepts and applications of “digital supply chains.



Learning method

The main aim of our teaching staff is to first lay down a solid grounding of theory and then to build on this foundation by introducing more practical aspects. This method will result in you confidently entering the work environment of this industry, ready to deal with any scenario you will face.

The courses are structured to give the maximum freedom to learn to the students and allow the professors to teach and assess the students in the best way possible. Assessments can take the form of individual/group presentations, projects, oral and written exams as well as, of course, class participation.

The teaching sessions are organized to help students grasp these concepts and techniques through the use of lectures and seminars; group projects and company visits; guest speakers and case studies; videos and presentations; as well as individual assignments and assisted private studying. The teaching program is completed by masters lectures given by professionals coming from specific sectors, different universities or politics. Students will have this way the possibility to directly interact with experts through the analysis of case history.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The integration with companies is a priority and an ever-present feature of all programs of the Bologna Business School, hence for the Master in Digital Technology Management too.
The School is fully committed to creating employability, by way of a systematic career service action, constantly focused on matching at best the students’ professional projects with the needs companies have.
The internship is an exceptional springboard, suffice it to say that six months after the end of the full-time masters at Bologna Business School on average 90% of students work in a company.

The BBS Career Service assists and supports students since the very beginning, along a training and professional development path. This is accomplished by organizing a series of workshops, with the aim of providing the fundamental tools and resources to be appropriately prepared for the labor market.

 

To achieve this goal, students are involved in several workshops, among which we may list:

  • Writing a CV and a Cover Letter
  • How to create an effective Linkedin profile
  • How to prepare for a job interview

 

In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with professional career counselors, students receive a customized service, in order to understand their strengths and to build a professional development plan, which will turn out to be helpful when looking for an internship. Here follow some of the activities:

  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Specific interviews, focused on one’s own career plan
  • Continuous support to students with one – to – one sessions

 

 

COMPANIES

The goal of the Career Service is also to allow students to connect with national and international companies. Over the years, Bologna Business School has managed to establish a wide-ranging network and a sound partnership with leading companies in Italy, thanks to a personalized approach, based on each company’s needs. The collaboration features the following activities:

  • Sending the CV book
  • Sharing internship and work opportunities
  • Presentations at the School premises
  • Career Day
  • Implementation of project works
  • Class-room activities with case studies presented by managers and/or HR professionals

 

If you need more information regarding the composition of the class such as age, geographic origin and students’ background, you can download the class profile, clicking here: class profile DigitalTec

 

Our partners are the foremost supporters of our students, with the provision of scholarships, internships and professional opportunities.

Bologna Business School’s partner companies for the Master in Digital Technology Management are:

ACCENTURE AQSEPTENCE BANCA INTESA SANPAOLO BANCOMAT BIP BORSA ITALIANA (LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP) CRIF DATALOGIC DOXEE ELECTROLUX KANTAR CONSULTING ONIT SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SCM GROUP SPINDOX TUTELA DIGITALE UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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FEES

The tuition fees for the Master is 14,800 euro (VAT free) to be paid in three installments:

  • First installment: 1,850 euros
  • Second installment: 7,000 euros
  • Third installment: 5,950 euros

The fee includes participation in the Master, all the study material available through the online platform, and access to the services and facilities of Bologna Business School such as: personal account for the Alma wi-fi, use of the PCs in the Computer Lab, access to the study areas, access to the internal gym, special rates for the School restaurant. Furthermore, the fee gives participants the right to take advantage of the supporting activities of the School, such as the language courses and the master lectures by invitation.
Free parking is also available within BBS Campus.

Additionally, with the Student Card of the University of Bologna, students have access to all of the university facilities, including over 100 libraries, digital resources and study halls (including databases and online subscriptions); the three city center canteens and all university student related discount offers. More information is available on the site of the University of Bologna: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/index.html

HONOR LOAN

Thanks to the agreement between Bologna Business School and Intesa Sanpaolo, participants are eligible to apply for “PerTe Prestito Con Lode”,  a long-term and low-interest honor loan. Main characteristics:

  • Loan amount equal to the enrollment fee
  • Reduced interest rate
  • No collateral required
  • Repayable in 10 years
  • No early closing fees

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS

At Bologna Business School we understand the importance of financial aid in supporting our students to achieve their educational goals. We are aware that an advanced, high quality training path can be a significant commitment, at the same time we also truly believe that investing in one’s future always pays back.

Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and  scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. They are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

The scholarships act as tuition waivers, so that they result in a deduction of the total amount of the tuition fees due.

 

REQUIREMENTS

For the registration it is necessary:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree (must be obtained by the enrollment deadline)
  • English language proficiency

Admission to the program is subject to the positive assessment of your individual interview and English test, if it’s not the candidate’s native language.

APPLICATION PROCESS

This Master’s is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained before the enrolment deadline of each round.

Application steps:

Documents to send to digitaltech@bbs.unibo.it:

  • CV
  • Degree certificate with accompanying transcript
  • Photocopy of you ID or passport
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter(s) (optional but advised)
  • Signed copies of your enrolment summary sheet and receipt for the application fee (both downloadable from ‘studenti online’ following registration)

The selection process will be held at  Bologna Business School. The selections for the first round will take place in July, 2019 and the selections for the second round will take place in October, 2019.
In line with the number of available places, admission to the program is granted according to the position on the list of qualified candidates, drawn up on the basis of the total score awarded at the end of the admissions process.

Detailed information on the requirements and application process are available in the “Official Call for Applications” downloadable below.

FAQs

Of course we will. Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa before being able to commence their studies. We can provide you with a letter of admission as well as a letter of support, which you can use to make your visa application. In the case of particular problems our staff will be ready to contact embassies directly to discover the source of the problem and solutions to fix it.
After you arrive in Italy, you will be required to apply for a residence permit. Our staff will be able to help you fill out the forms and give you any support you need for this process as well.
Yes. The course is open to people of all nationalities regardless of where their previous studies have taken place. Please note, however, that admission is dependent upon you presenting one of two potential documents. If you have graduated from a university in the European Union then you will be able to get a European Diploma Supplement directly from that university. If possible, this should be submitted with your application. If you have graduated from outside the European Union then you will need to request a Declaration of Value from the Italian embassy/consulate present in the country where you graduated. Details on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the relevant Italian embassy/consulate. If possible, this declaration of value should be submitted with your application. If not possible then it can be submitted at a later date but you will only be provisionally admitted until you do so.
Yes. Don’t worry if you if you are unable to present a IELTS or TOEFL, your level of English will be assessed during the selection process. You can be excused from the need to present proof of your English level if you are a native English speaker.
The second level Master is accessible only to those who have a bachelor's degree from the old system or a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica. To access the first level Master a three-year undergraduate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the old system is sufficient.
Access to a first level University Master requires at least a three-year Bachelor’s degree (or the Bachelor’s degree in the old system); for a second level Master's Degree, the Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica (or the Bachelor’s degree of the old system) is necessary.
Enrolling in multiple university courses is not allowed. Therefore, if you are already enrolled in a degree at this or another university prior to registration into the master you are required to apply for a suspension of studies ("career freeze") at the secretariat of the specific School. During the suspension period you will not be able to undertake exams nor accumulate attendance related to the suspended degree.
Yes, you can enroll prior recognition of the degree at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where it was obtained. More details are available in the tender announcement.
Upon registration and payment of the admission fee, you must submit or send via registered mail to Alma Bologna Business School (Via degli Scalini 18-40136 Bologna), the following documents:
• a copy of the receipt for the fee of 60.00 euro for administrative services;
• summary sheet;
• a copy of your ID;
• Undergraduate Degree (or substitute statement);
• curriculum vitae;
• any additional titles to be assessed for admission purposes.
No, once you pass the selections, you can decide whether to formalize the registration to the Master through the registration process. However, it is essential to participate in the selection process and to pass it in order to be able to register.
It is essential, for the purpose of registration, to have completed the degree by the registration deadline.
As long as you have passed the selection process, you can still register as an auditor.
An auditor is someone who participates in a master and who has passed the selection stage but doesn’t have an MA/Specialist degree/degree according the old system/ or hasn’t be graduated within the call’s deadline. An auditor can participate in all lessons, academic activities and to the internship (not compulsory). An auditor doesn’t need to take exams and therefore is not awarded CFU. An auditor will however receive a certificate of attendance by the University of Bologna. Instead of paying €11.200 an auditor pays €9.200
CFU or Crediti Formativi Universitari is a tool to measure the quantity of learning required, including independent work necessary for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills in the subject matter of each specific course.
A credit (CFU) generally corresponds to 25 hours of work including lectures, tutorials, etc., but also independent study. For each academic year, a full time student in the course requires an average amount of work equal to 60 credits, ie. around 1500 hours. The credits are acquired by passing the exam or other testing.
The credits are used to compare different courses in Italian and European universities through an evaluation of the student workload required in certain subject areas in order to achieve the educational objectives defined. They facilitate student mobility between different courses of study, but also between Italian and European universities. Loans acquired during a course of study may be approved for continuing in other courses of study.
The University of Bologna uses the ECTS system accurately applying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all courses of the first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and unified cycle. ECTS is a recognized standard created with the goal of supporting mobility and cultural exchange among students at the European level. This standard allows for the comparison of credit systems used by Universities and higher education institutions in Europe, to plan and implement the learning path of students. This allows students who study in one country to see their studies recognized at an institution in another country that applies the same standard.
Yes, every Master is composed of multiple courses, each with an exam at the end and based on whose completion the student earns the relative CFU for the course.
You can contact the Help Desk directly via e-mail: help.studentionline@unibo.it, or by telephone: +39 0512099882; or you can apply online: https://studenti.unibo.it/sol/welcome.htm
The School supports students in finding housing, providing references of accommodation facilities and private residences that have been used by former students.
The School organizes several occasions for meetings, discussion, networking, training, refresher training reserved for the Alumni Community (those who have attended a course in Bologna Business School). For further information visit the Community section of our website.
Unlike the Laurea Magistrale or Specialistica, a University Master's degree actively involves students in practical cases, providing skills that facilitate immediate entry into the labor market. Specifically, the Master in Business Management, before the internship period, requires the development of a business plan that is carried out for the duration of the master and 3 one-month-long company projects each with a company chosen by the participant.
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