- Faculty: Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
- Level of education: graduate education
- Profile of education: academic
- Scientific Discipline: engineering sciences
- Area of Education: computer science
- Professional title: Master of Science
The programme is focused both on software engineering and implementation of IT solutions in various fields, such as:
- signal processing in medicine
- digital control systems in technology and industry
- creating and maintaining management systems for business and public administration
Avaliable specialization profiles are described below.
IT in medicine and multimedia systems
The programme is aimed at giving broad knowledge concerning :
- creating and maintaining modern interactive computer systems applied to medicine and telemedicine,
- multimedia systems applied to:
- creating and presenting publications on-line,
- modern commercial art,
- digital media,
- computer-assisted learning.
Students get both theoretical and practical knowledge about multimedia interfaces, as well as skills in processing, compression, analysis and automatic classification (recognition) of various digital sygnals, including:
- analysis and synthesis of speech and other acoustic signals,
- digital image processing and image recognition.
A crucial element of the course is the use of IT technologies in medicine and biocybernetics, acquisition of knowledge about medical equipment, diagnostic systems, implementation of specialized hardware-software utilities for medical purposes and systems for medical signal transmission and backup.
Software and System Engineering
The graduates of this faculty are comprehensively prepared for jobs as analysts, software architects, programmers, designers or testers and specialists in the area of IT systems quality assessment. In the course of study, emphasis is put on the practical aspects of using state-of-art techniques for software development on multiple levels of abstraction: modern software architecturea (SOA, cloud processing), mobile systems (Android, iOS, etc.), up-to-date web technologies, database systems (data warehouses, data mining, non-relational databases - NoSQL) as well as IT project management (classic and agile methodologies), software quality assertion and certification processes. The innovation of the newly-created curriculum lies in subjects which directly address current and practical aspects of the IT branch. This approach assures a good position of our graduates on the job market and their reputation as the most valued specialists, which gives them a privileged position over other job candidates. A distinguishing aspect of this profile is the possibility of cooperation with major Polish IT companies, which gives a chance to verify the competences acquired in the course of study. The students can also take part in international exchange programs (similar to Erasmus), research conducted by the University (research projects, seminars, scientific circles) and commercial projects carried out in cooperation with the industry. The curriculum is designed to balance the practical competences, which are important at the beginning of the professional career, and knowledge, important for further development of the graduates' skills. This makes this profile one of the most innovative educational offers in the country.
Our graduates are presented with a broad range of opportunities for professional development. They can take up a job in the best IT and IT-related global companies, both based in Malopolska and distributed around the world. They can also decide to set up their own businesses as so-called start-ups. Those who are interested in continuing their academic career will also find support in the form of student internships and PhD studies.
IT systems in production and administration
Graduates of this specialty will possess crucial theoretical, practical and methodological competences in the areas of creation, implementation and exploitation (use) of IT systems meant for: enterprises, mainly one- and multidivisional manufacturing companies and the broadly understood administrative and public utility facilities (state and council offices, banks, stock market, judiciary etc.). In the course of study special attention is put on getting the student acquainted with IT systems of comprehensive management in medium and big enterprises, the so-called MRPII and ERPII-class systems, which are of service to not only to manufacturing companies, but also to other categories of enterprises (financial, HR, renovation, logistic etc.). What is more, the students will study IT systems for low-level production management, such as MES-class systems, as well as Business Intelligence or CRM. ). Both professional knowledge (methods and algorithms for management), which will allow deep understanding of the functionalities of the systems, and knowledge about their structure and technical aspects will be provided to the students. They will also be schooled in system integration, particularly the integration of industrial IT systems. The students will learn about modern IT technologies which allow them to cooperate with enterprises via internet (mobile and on-line systems, EDI etc.). After graduation the students will have both knowledge and experience in the areas of devising and management of corporate computer networks. They will understand the methods of information management and business reporting. They will also be able to differentiate and use techniques and procedures for system maintenance including the critical systems for enterprises. This will allow both of IT systems management and their maintenance and support in enterprises, as well as give a solid background for a job in IT companies devising and developing complex systems and implementing them in enterprises, offices and other public utility facilities. The acquired knowledge and competences are very useful in management of implementation projects and IT activities in corporations.
The majority of the faculty's curriculum is realized in the Computer Graphics' Laboratory (located in D13). The classes are taught by specialists from the areas of: 2D desktop publishing, animated 3D graphics, internet graphics, computer games and the theory of programming in computer graphics. Besides practical knowledge on how to create the aforementioned types of graphics, the graduates attain knowledge in computer architecture, mathematics in graphics and refined software used in graphic design. The MA thesis gives the students an opportunity to show off their skills in CG and build up a portfolio for prospective employers. We are convinced that the graduates of this specialty will easily fit into and prove indispensable in any environment in which computer graphics are used or created. As AGH students they will have leverage over ordinary computer graphic designers, since they will be capable of programming i.e. special effects and understanding the “nature” of a graphic object, i.e. movements of a horse.
Engineering of Intelligent Systems
The newest faculty at the Applied Informatics department introduces an innovative approach both to the form and content of the conducted classes. The aim is to educate ambitious and aware graduates with broad professional horizons, knowledge and competences in the areas of creation, design and development of intelligent systems in broader context characteristic of MA study levels. Besides strictly IT-related subjects, the students are offered interdisciplinary seminars, meetings with business representatives, international exchange programmes and the opportunity to participate in research and development projects. Every student is approached individually and can freely choose their own educational path. The graduates will know methods, languages and tools of artificial intelligence and the application of the intelligent system technology in many areas, among others: internet and mobile applications, robotics, medicine and computer games. The course of study is divided into three stages. In the first one the students acquire a solid knowledge base of the concepts of Artificial Intelligence, such as knowledge representation and processing, machine learning and knowledge discovery or computational intelligence. Classes in the subsequent stages involve concrete methods (Semantic Web, Business Intelligence etc.) and their application areas. The faculty assumes close contact and cooperation with business representatives from global scientific and business circles. The students taking part in R&D seminars will meet representatives of leading IT companies and guest lecturers from abroad, so they can keep up to date with modern technologies and job market demands. The students can also take part in international exchange programmes (similar to Erasmus) and research conducted by the academy (performing tasks in grants, assistant internships at the Academy). After graduation they will find employment in all market branches connected with the modern IT technology development, particularly in the area of intelligent systems. Part of the classes and the methods used is inspired by the practices employed in some of the the best universities around the world, which are working in cooperation with the faculty's patrons.
The graduates of this major can find jobs in:
- technological institutions,
- companies and offices dealing with comprehensive industrial automatics design,
- companies concerned with equipment design and production,
- companies designing IT systems for economic and social purposes (banking and administrative systems),
- medical institutions, which use state-of-art digital equipment.
It is also possible to continue the study on the PhD level in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics.