Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

This programme is a merger of the following programmes: "Communication Technology" and "Vision, Graphics and Interative Systems".

Aalborg University’s new M.Sc. programme in Computer Engineering is an engineering programme targeted at B.Sc. graduates in computer engineering, electronic engineering, software engineering and similar. It is for students interested in AI, vision, sound, distributed systems and networks.

At the core of modern technology ranging from small IoT-devices, over phones, computers, robots to self-driving vehicles, are two fundamental building blocks, namely communication systems and intelligent algorithms. The Computer Engineering programme will equip you with strong competences within these fields, which will allow you to significantly contribute to designing and implementing new technologies that will make a real difference in the world. Depending on your interests, you can choose to specialise in one of two directions.


In recent years, we have witnessed the rise of powerful Artificial Intelligent (AI) algorithms that have allowed researchers and companies to push the boundaries of what intelligent systems can do, e.g., access control based on AI face recognition algorithms or intelligent hearing aids based on AI sound-processing algorithms. You will work with theories and methods about the foundations of AI as well as novel algorithms and concepts such as Deep Learning.

AI algorithms are to some degree approximating human intelligence, which ultimately means that technology can perform tasks similar to those which humans can perform. The most important human senses are the ability to see and hear, and AI algorithms operating on images/video and sound are therefore central to the future of AI. To this end, this specialisation has a special focus on AI algorithms for processing of images and sound.

As a specialist in AI, Vision and Sound, you will be able to make a difference in areas such as

  • Making social robots able to see and hear
  • Creating smart devices that understand speech and gestures
  • Intelligent sound for physical and mental healthcare
  • Sound and video compression and streaming for online gaming and meetings
  • AI algorithms for quality control on production lines
  • Measuring and quantifying biodiversity on land and in oceans
  • Algorithmic improvement of hearing aids
  • Monitoring in agriculture concerning productivity, health, and animal welfare
  • Camera‐based roadway monitoring for reducing unsafe driving behaviour
  • Optimising building and room acoustics
  • Image recognition for automatic cancer detection
  • Tracking people to avoid harmful situations like drowning accidents

You will be part of the strong AI research community in Denmark organised via the Pioneer Center for AI. The researchers behind the specialisation come from very strong international research groups at AAU devoted to vision and sound, respectively. This will also allow you to have access to high-end equipment for capturing images/video and sound, significant compute power, a large network of relevant companies for collaboration, as well as access to specialised labs where vision and sound experiments can be conducted in controlled environments.


The world around us is becoming more and more connected: a swarm of robots is performing a task collaboratively; a telecom operator is deploying a new generation of a cellular technology and self-driving cars can become a reality on the streets of our cities.  A computer is rarely working in isolation, but as part of a larger system, consisting of other computers such as Internet. To achieve connectivity, we first and foremost need to design and implement a communication network that will interlink different devices. The complexity of communication networks grows, and many cases require a distributed mode of operation, where focus is on system reliability or real-time operation requirements. Therefore, this specialisation especially focus on theories and methods regarding distributed systems.

The last key point in providing a well-functioned communication system is network security, which is also included in the specialisation. Nowadays, no parts of a computer system, being large or small, which interacts with surroundings, can function without necessary security protocols and protection against malicious attacks. 

You will learn how to design and implement a safe and reliable network that can sustain accidental errors. At the same time, you will also learn how to achieve a secure network, making it robust towards malicious errors.

As a specialist in Networks and Distributed Systems, you can play a deciding role in development of communication and security solutions for such systems as

  • Future generations of mobile phones systems
  • Vital parts of cars, trains or aeroplanes, known as in-Vehicular networks; as well as Vehicular-to-vehicular or Vehicular-to Infrastructure networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT) systems
  • Large enterprise networks, used at large productions, banks, public institutions 
  • Smart grids
  • Communication solutions for mobile cooperating robots
  • Communication for embedded devices

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