Bridging research and education in computer engineering and electronics

Computer engineering is an exciting, fast-paced field, largely due to the rapid and constant growth of technology.

At the rate that tech is growing, possibilities really are endless, with new technologies like 5G, robotics and artificial intelligence standing at the frontier of a brand-new era.

The world is getting more connected by the day; an example can be seen in the way the Internet of Things (IoT) is integrating homes and businesses.

Complex connected systems are increasingly being found in areas such as smart homes, smart cities, smart industries, and so on.

Emerging technologies continue to impact our everyday lives, spurring constant research to be conducted in the field.

Computer engineering is excellent for career growth and job stability due to high demand for innovative engineers in this area.

Students today seek graduate programmes that offer industry experience and hands-on learning that mould them into experienced, employable graduates.

Several graduate-level courses in computer engineering are focused on looking deeper into these technologies as well as what lies ahead in the near future, all while providing opportunities for research and experiential learning.

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At Mid Sweden University research and education in this field falls under the umbrella of STC Research Centre – Sensible Things that Communicate. Here, research is based on developing sensor-based systems and services for use within IoT, which is set to contribute to the growth of smart homes and smart connected businesses in the near future.

Mid Sweden University offers two MSc programmes with courses in this field, the International Master’s Programme in Computer Engineering, and the Master´s programme in Embedded Sensor Systems. The course addresses future challenges in which an increasing number of machines, sensors and actuators are connected. With a close connection to the research centre STC, students get the opportunity to pursue research on emerging technologies and industrial applications.

The Master’s Programme in Computer Engineering is multidisciplinary, instilling students with advanced knowledge and skills in three essential areas: communication networks, data analytics, security and privacy.

Students develop a firm grasp of computer systems and networks through a broad, yet in-depth, training experience in computer science and engineering.

Internationally recognised faculty lead industry-relevant courses in the field, such as in machine learning, data mining, wireless networks, network security, distributed systems, visualisation and performance modelling.

Embedded systems and embedded sensors can be found in all applications fields, ranging from consumer electronics, medical equipment, industry and military applications. The Master’s in Embedded Sensor Systems, was developed in cooperation with industry and researchers to respond to current and future market needs where embedded sensor systems play an important role.

The programme teaches students how to design, construct and program embedded systems, and how to connect them to different products, programmes, apps and their features. It grants students a broad knowledge of the different technologies that form the construction basis of embedded sensor systems.

Practical learning and research

Besides thorough academic knowledge, students have many chances to take part in cutting-edge research.

Mid Sweden’s research groups in electronics and computer engineering are particularly recognised for their excellence in industrial wireless sensor networks and 3D visualisation.

Students are required to complete a Master’s degree project, which amounts to one semester of full-time work, carried out in an area relevant to the course.

It can be taken in either an industry setting, at a Mid Sweden University department, or in another university or research institute anywhere in the world, offering students more flexibility and the chance to tailor their learning to their own personal and professional goals.

Graduate-level courses are also taught in small class sizes, so students get more time for interaction and discussion with their teachers and peers.

With a focus on research-oriented education, research in this field is conducted in electronics and computer science with a focus on Industrial IoT, next-generation measurement systems and functional surfaces.

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Vibrant international setting

The future working world will heavily emphasise international perspectives and global mindsets – qualities employers increasingly seek as the world get more globally connected.

Mid Sweden University is an excellent choice for international students, who receive a high-quality education in Europe while making new friends from all walks of life, thanks to its diverse population.

The location is also a great perk for international students, as the award-winning campus is close to scenic mountains and beautiful natural landscapes, so there’s plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy being close to nature.

Since Sweden is one of Europe’s largest countries, with great diversity in its nature and climate, it holds a long tradition of welcoming students from abroad. The Swedes’ English knowledge is generally relatively high, which makes it easy for you to communicate and to be understood.

As a culture that values sustainability and innovative research, students can benefit greatly from studying at universities like Mid Sweden, which frequently collaborates with industry to produce ground-breaking and successful inventions (like the pacemaker and computer mouse).

This collaboration with research and business ensures an authentic education, on in which you don’t just contribute to society, but gain a competitive edge in the global market.

Current students and alumni can attest to the warm and friendly setting the university provides.

Lesya Pronoza from Ukraine, currently studying the International Master’s programme in Ecotechnology and Sustainable Development, said, “Everything is very new and cosy. The university is not too big so you have the opportunity to connect with all the students, and get personal help from the teachers if you need it.

“There are plenty of facilities on campus to study and hang out with other students, like study rooms, a library, lunchrooms, a canteen and even a student pub located right in the middle of the campus.”

Keen to expand your knowledge in computer engineering in an innovative and international environment? Mid Sweden University is an excellent choice for its strong reputation and leading industry-relevant programmes.

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