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INNOVATIVE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MSC IN ENGINEERING

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During your studies at Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship (ICTE), you will study with both danish and international students. Some of the international students read one or two semesters as guest students, while others are reading the full masters programme.

See also the study guide for Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship. Here you can find details about courses, information about legal aspects and more.

MANDATORY COURSE FOR ALL NON-AAU BACHELORS

All bachelors who don't have their bachelor degree from Aalborg University, must participate in a course about Problem based Learning (PBL) as part of their first semester project. Bachelors who have startmerit for the first semester also have to participate in the course, to ensure they learn to work with the PBL model. Read more about PBL here.

THE 4 SEMESTERS

  • All courses on first and second semester are mandatory
  • There is one mandatory course on the third semester
  • The master thesis is mandotory on the fourth semester
     
1. Semester - Services AND PLATFORMS


All three courses on the first semester are mandatory

ProjeCt

  • Services and platforms (15 ECTS)

    The semester project in the first semester has the theme of “Services and platforms”, and it puts focus on the interplay between technologies and business development. It explores how state-of-the-art Internet and communication technologies can contribute to value creation and solving concrete user needs, and how this value creation can be realized as services and solutions. On the basis of a thorough analysis of user needs, technologies and market, you develop a requirements specification for a realistic service and a viable business model for the actors that are involved. You analyze the actual data, which are part of the service, as well as the most suitable technologies, and you perform a conceptual development of a service and its service architecture.

COURSES

  • Innovation and Business Models (5 ECTS)

    The course aims at providing students with theory-based knowledge on innovation and business modelling regarding companies and other institutions in the ICT sectors and companies and institutions using ICT tools to conduct their professional activities. Thus, the course will assist students in analysing business developments and provide a foundation for the development of new products and business activities. The core theory elements of the course are concerned with network economics, information economics, transaction cost economics, innovation theory and theory regarding business modelling.

  • Communication Systems (5 ECTS)

    The course concerns broadband infrastructures, including mobile and wireless networks such as 3G, 4G and 5G, as well as broadcast networks and platforms and their evolution - the #future Internet” and the “future of broadcast”.

    You will learn about PHY layer technologies and principles such as spectrum usage and limitations, advanced modulation schemes and multiplexing techniques and channel coding in selected systems. In addition, you will work with mobile systems and technologies for 3G, 4G and 5G, mobile cellular access, Machine Type Communication and other 5G technologies. You will be taught about digital broadcast networks (radio and TV), such as cable, satellite and terrestrial networks, as well as different modern solutions of distributing audio-visual content such as streaming technologies,  HBB-TV (Hybrid Broadband Broadcast) and Over-the-Top TV (OTT-TV). The course also covers the evolution of wired broadband infrastructures such as DSL-, DOCSIS- and fiber-based infrastructures. 

  • Internet Technologies and Service Architectures (5 ECTS)

    This course deals with the structure, protocols and design principles of the Internet and the World Wide Web, and the focus is how the Internet can support the distribution of content and services. The Web is treated as a global network of distributed resources, which can be accessed and composed into services that address concrete user needs. It is not a programming course, but a course which gives you an understanding of  the latest technologies and their potential. You will learn about classic principles such as Web 2.0, Web 3.0, REST and Service Oriented Architectures as well as the latest opportunities of using browser functionality, Web APIs, OTT streaming, Internet of Things, cloud technologies and micro services. You will also gain knowledge about how web technologies and principles are increasingly being applied in future telecom and mobile networks, e.g., via hardware virtualization and IP-based services.

 

2. semester - ICT Services: design and ARCHITECTURES


The second semester consists of one 10 ECTS semester project, and four 5 ECTS courses.

ProjeCt

  • ICT services: Design and Architechtures (10 ECTS)

    The second semester project has an overall theme called “ICT services: Design and architectures”, and it builds on knowledge obtained during the first semester. Here the focus is on service development, emphasizing the data, the data flow and the service architectures that are needed to realize a concrete service. Many kinds of data can be collected and processed, and it is essential to know how to manage them in a proper way, when you develop services. Special attention must be paid to the handling of personal data from users of the service, i.e., privacy protection as well as governance and ethical issues. You will have 4 courses and a reduced semester project of 10 ECTS, and your service must relate to one or more of the 4 courses on identity and access management, machine learning, user experience and computer ethics, and Internet services and governance, each of them adding different perspectives to the service.

COURSES

  • Internet Services and Governance (5 ECTS) 

    This course has emphasis on the services, economics and governance of Internet, examining the network aspects as well as the services provided on Internet including e-government services and citizen access. Governance of Internet is much broader than the specific Internet governance institutions and includes telecommunications regulation as well as various aspects of service and content regulation such as the regulation of broadcast-like services and IPR.
      
    The purpose of this course is to provide the students with knowledge on how Internet functions economically, organizationally and in terms of regulations. It also provides the students with skills and competences for analyzing the economic and technological conditions which influence the governance and market structures of Internet and to assess the importance of regulatory measures applied to Internet. 

    The course provides knowledge on the techno-economics of Internet infrastructures, Internet governance, the impact of technological and market convergences in the ICT field on policies and regulations, including the regulation of tech-giants, AI ethics, the various forms of telecommunications regulation, the Internet-specific standardization processes, net neutrality, data protection, and e-government services.

  • Identity and Access Management (5 ECTS)

    As a user, you are constantly acting via your online digital identity, when you access resources, services and content on the Web. Providing various amounts of personal information enables you to get a better user experience with personalization and also to get access to protected resources, if you register or authenticate. Often, however, you are paying with far too much personal information to receive content and services, and there is a constant loss of privacy and risk of your data being misused. This course deals with management of digital identities and, more generally, with fine-grained exposure and access control of protected resources (including personal data). You will learn to develop services with better privacy protection and access control, state-of-the-art technologies for authentication and authorization, assurance levels, policies and policy architectures. You will also gain knowledge about identity and access management systems in enterprises and on a national or cross-border level (including NemID / MitID).

  • Machine Learning (5 ECTS)

    This course gives a broad introduction to the basic concepts of machine learning. Prerequisites include the general knowledge of linear algebra, probability and applied statistics.
    The objective is for you to learn about data modeling, key machine learning concepts such as feature extraction, cross-validation, generalization and over-fitting and curse of dimensionality among others. You will become able to select and apply a range of different machine learning algorithms and techniques (such as deep neural network, support vector machine, linear regression, logistic regression) on specific problems including regression, classification, anomaly detection, clustering, and recommender systems.

  • User Experience and Computer Ethics (5 ECTS)

    It's easy to agree that web pages, IT-systems and devices should be easy to use. It's more difficult to achieve this usability in the real world. Why it is difficult - is the topic of this course. We'll look at this both in theory and in praxis.

    We will analyse interaction design solutions to try to understand - through theory - why ideals for usability and user experience sometimes are difficult to reach. We will discuss why "a user" is not a user, and how different use contexts and use situations dramatically change the usefulness of the interaction design. We will also discuss how the apparently simple or harmless goal of good usability and interaction design is strongly woven together with much more 'hot' discussions about business models, policy enforcement, user sovereignty and stakeholder interests.

    This course is about how to prevent frustrated users - to put it short and too simplified. Interaction design is also about methods to understand how other people (than engineers) perceive the world and how they want their digital tools to function, even if they cannot express it in that kind of technical terms that can be included in a requirement specification. Interaction design is also about understanding the professional activity of designing: understanding the dilemmas in which designers are situated in.

    We assume that you know basic user interface design and have some experiences with usability. If not, we will catch up on this. The course has its focus on theory and analyses, but contains also practical exercises and assignments to examine the problems we analyse. We work with interaction design not only for the PC-screen or tablet, but also for TV, cars, industrial plants and smart homes - embodied interaction.

 

3. semester - FIVE DIFFERENT OPTIONS


On the third semester, you have five different options to put together your semester.

OPTION A: Advanced ict solutions

ProjeCt

  • Advanced ICT Solutions (15 ECTS)

    The 3rd semester project on "Advanced ICT solutions" (Option A1) is about building services that are not 'just from the shelf', but are innovative. Your project should create value for users and the business, but based on processing of large amounts of data. That could be a fairness oriented recommender system, a novel business analysis tool, an innovative way of describing media data - in short any digital service that implies advanced processing of data. You have a great degree in developing your idea in dialogue with your supervisor.

MANDATORY COURSE

  • Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

    In this course, you will gain basic financial skills that are relevant if you want to establish your own business. However, the course is relevant for anyone interested in using ICT in a business context. The course is based on the course in innovation and business models from the first semester, but it has more focus on economic analysis and practical implementation. The course includes an introduction to how to prepare your own business plan with a market analysis and various financial analyses.

ELECTIVES (Choose two)

  • Algorithmic Content Exposure (5 ECTS)

    This course is about the 'why' and 'how' of algorithmic recommendation of media content such as films, music and books, and of media content management in general. Imagine you should develop a personalised service that can recommend users film, music, books, articles etc. This course provides you with the tools to design a simple, yet powerful recommender system. To do so, we need to look at principles and systems for describing media content like books, films, audio, web content. We also need to look at ways to organise the media content and keep track of copyrights. And we need a method to analyse content that is not yet described - unstructured data. For this purpose we use Latent Semantic Analysis / Latent Semantic Indexing. This course is a hands-on course where we also critically discuss the value for users and other stakeholders of the services we design.
    This course builds on knowledge obtained in the modules “Internet technologies and service architectures” and “Machine Learning”. The objective is for you to learn about among others the principles for algorithmic selection of content, e.g. as used in recommender systems, the key standards of media formats and representation of digital content, methods for dealing with Digital Rights Management (DRM), etc. In addition, you are going to work with preparation and integration of multimedia content in a service, including associated metadata, etc.

  • Green ICT - Sustainable Business Development (5 ECTS)

    Today we are becoming more conscious of the impact of our activities on the environment. We wonder how we can perform our daily tasks without harming our environments. Initially, there was a push towards using Information and Communication Technologies to moderate how we perform our daily activities in an environmentally sustainable way.The challenge, however, was these  environmentally conscious initiatives were neither sustainable economically nor did they promote social equity. As a result, those initiatives failed. In this course, you will be learning, analyzing and possibly developing different solutions and approaches towards on how you can use Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate environmental sustainability in a manner that is economically and socially sustainable as well. You will also be armed with analytical tools that will enable you to implement sustainability measures that will result in the digital transformation of industries, organization and in society. You will also gain knowledge on how to approach the development of sustainable (“green”) IT solutions in order to make them environmentally, economic and socially sustainable.

  • Enterprise Security and Compliance (5 ECTS)

    The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge and skills to work with IT security and compliance in enterprises. You will gain knowledge of important standards for compliance such as the ISO 27xxx family, GDPR and others, including cloud security, and you will learn how to perform a risk assessment and carry out an information security review and an IT audit. You will be able to design requirements and controls for an enterprise security solution based on a risk assessment and to implement and verify enterprise security solutions.

 
OPTION B: Sustainable digital transformation

Project

  • Sustainable Digital Transformation (15 ECTS)

    If you choose option B for your semester project, your project work will concern sustainable digital transformation. You learn about technologies as socio-technical systems and you analyse the economic and social potentials and challenges of advanced ICT solutions for sustainable digital transformation. The project will have a strong focus on analysis. You will apply approaches from managerial economics to the development of digital services and you will analyse the role of business eco-systems in sustainable value creation and improvement of service quality.

MANDATORY COURSE

  • Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

    In this course, you will gain basic financial skills that are relevant if you want to establish your own business. However, the course is relevant for anyone interested in using ICT in a business context. The course is based on the course in innovation and business models from the first semester, but it has more focus on economic analysis and practical implementation. The course includes an introduction to how to prepare your own business plan with a market analysis and various financial analyses.

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2)

  • Algorithmic Content Exposure (5 ECTS)

    This course is about the 'why' and 'how' of algorithmic recommendation of media content such as films, music and books, and of media content management in general. Imagine you should develop a personalised service that can recommend users film, music, books, articles etc. This course provides you with the tools to design a simple, yet powerful recommender system. To do so, we need to look at principles and systems for describing media content like books, films, audio, web content. We also need to look at ways to organise the media content and keep track of copyrights. And we need a method to analyse content that is not yet described - unstructured data. For this purpose we use Latent Semantic Analysis / Latent Semantic Indexing. This course is a hands-on course where we also critically discuss the value for users and other stakeholders of the services we design.
    This course builds on knowledge obtained in the modules “Internet technologies and service architectures” and “Machine Learning”. The objective is for you to learn about among others the principles for algorithmic selection of content, e.g. as used in recommender systems, the key standards of media formats and representation of digital content, methods for dealing with Digital Rights Management (DRM), etc. In addition, you are going to work with preparation and integration of multimedia content in a service, including associated metadata, etc.

  • Green ICT - Sustainable Business Development (5 ECTS)

    Today we are becoming more conscious of the impact of our activities on the environment. We wonder how we can perform our daily tasks without harming our environments. Initially, there was a push towards using Information and Communication Technologies to moderate how we perform our daily activities in an environmentally sustainable way.The challenge, however, was these  environmentally conscious initiatives were neither sustainable economically nor did they promote social equity. As a result, those initiatives failed. In this course, you will be learning, analyzing and possibly developing different solutions and approaches towards on how you can use Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate environmental sustainability in a manner that is economically and socially sustainable as well. You will also be armed with analytical tools that will enable you to implement sustainability measures that will result in the digital transformation of industries, organization and in society. You will also gain knowledge on how to approach the development of sustainable (“green”) IT solutions in order to make them environmentally, economic and socially sustainable.

  • Enterprise Security and Compliance (5 ECTS)

    The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge and skills to work with IT security and compliance in enterprises. You will gain knowledge of important standards for compliance such as the ISO 27xxx family, GDPR and others, including cloud security, and you will learn how to perform a risk assessment and carry out an information security review and an IT audit. You will be able to design requirements and controls for an enterprise security solution based on a risk assessment and to implement and verify enterprise security solutions.

 
OPTION C: Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation

ProjeCT

  • Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation (25 ECTS)

    An academic internship is based on an agreement between a company, you and your AAU supervisor and the study board for Electronics and IT. The purpose of an academic internship is for you to learn and apply theories and methods to address engineering problems in an industrial context. In addition, you will be introduced to business procedures and politics. An academic internship can take place in Denmark or abroad.

COURSE

  • Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

    In this course, you will gain basic financial skills that are relevant if you want to establish your own business. However, the course is relevant for anyone interested in using ICT in a business context. The course is based on the course in innovation and business models from the first semester, but it has more focus on economic analysis and practical implementation. The course includes an introduction to how to prepare your own business plan with a market analysis and various financial analyses.

 
OPTION D: 3.-4. semesterS - LONG MASTER THESIS (1)

ProjeCT

You can choose to extend your master thesis to two semesters.

MANDATORY COURSE

  • Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

    In this course, you will gain basic financial skills that are relevant if you want to establish your own business. However, the course is relevant for anyone interested in using ICT in a business context. The course is based on the course in innovation and business models from the first semester, but it has more focus on economic analysis and practical implementation. The course includes an introduction to how to prepare your own business plan with a market analysis and various financial analyses.

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2)

  • Algorithmic Content Exposure (5 ECTS)

    This course is about the 'why' and 'how' of algorithmic recommendation of media content such as films, music and books, and of media content management in general. Imagine you should develop a personalised service that can recommend users film, music, books, articles etc. This course provides you with the tools to design a simple, yet powerful recommender system. To do so, we need to look at principles and systems for describing media content like books, films, audio, web content. We also need to look at ways to organise the media content and keep track of copyrights. And we need a method to analyse content that is not yet described - unstructured data. For this purpose we use Latent Semantic Analysis / Latent Semantic Indexing. This course is a hands-on course where we also critically discuss the value for users and other stakeholders of the services we design.
    This course builds on knowledge obtained in the modules “Internet technologies and service architectures” and “Machine Learning”. The objective is for you to learn about among others the principles for algorithmic selection of content, e.g. as used in recommender systems, the key standards of media formats and representation of digital content, methods for dealing with Digital Rights Management (DRM), etc. In addition, you are going to work with preparation and integration of multimedia content in a service, including associated metadata, etc.

  • Green ICT - Sustainable Business Development (5 ECTS)

    Today we are becoming more conscious of the impact of our activities on the environment. We wonder how we can perform our daily tasks without harming our environments. Initially, there was a push towards using Information and Communication Technologies to moderate how we perform our daily activities in an environmentally sustainable way.The challenge, however, was these  environmentally conscious initiatives were neither sustainable economically nor did they promote social equity. As a result, those initiatives failed. In this course, you will be learning, analyzing and possibly developing different solutions and approaches towards on how you can use Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate environmental sustainability in a manner that is economically and socially sustainable as well. You will also be armed with analytical tools that will enable you to implement sustainability measures that will result in the digital transformation of industries, organization and in society. You will also gain knowledge on how to approach the development of sustainable (“green”) IT solutions in order to make them environmentally, economic and socially sustainable.

  • Enterprise Security and Compliance (5 ECTS)

    The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge and skills to work with IT security and compliance in enterprises. You will gain knowledge of important standards for compliance such as the ISO 27xxx family, GDPR and others, including cloud security, and you will learn how to perform a risk assessment and carry out an information security review and an IT audit. You will be able to design requirements and controls for an enterprise security solution based on a risk assessment and to implement and verify enterprise security solutions.

 
Option e: 3.-4. semesters - lONG MASTER THESIS (2)

PROJECT

You can choose to extend your master thesis to two semesters.

OBLIGATORISK KURSUS

  • Managerial Economics and Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

    In this course, you will gain basic financial skills that are relevant if you want to establish your own business. However, the course is relevant for anyone interested in using ICT in a business context. The course is based on the course in innovation and business models from the first semester, but it has more focus on economic analysis and practical implementation. The course includes an introduction to how to prepare your own business plan with a market analysis and various financial analyses.

VALGFAG (1 VÆLGES)

  • Algorithmic Content Exposure (5 ECTS)

    This course is about the 'why' and 'how' of algorithmic recommendation of media content such as films, music and books, and of media content management in general. Imagine you should develop a personalised service that can recommend users film, music, books, articles etc. This course provides you with the tools to design a simple, yet powerful recommender system. To do so, we need to look at principles and systems for describing media content like books, films, audio, web content. We also need to look at ways to organise the media content and keep track of copyrights. And we need a method to analyse content that is not yet described - unstructured data. For this purpose we use Latent Semantic Analysis / Latent Semantic Indexing. This course is a hands-on course where we also critically discuss the value for users and other stakeholders of the services we design.
    This course builds on knowledge obtained in the modules “Internet technologies and service architectures” and “Machine Learning”. The objective is for you to learn about among others the principles for algorithmic selection of content, e.g. as used in recommender systems, the key standards of media formats and representation of digital content, methods for dealing with Digital Rights Management (DRM), etc. In addition, you are going to work with preparation and integration of multimedia content in a service, including associated metadata, etc.

  • Green ICT - Sustainable Business Development (5 ECTS)

    Today we are becoming more conscious of the impact of our activities on the environment. We wonder how we can perform our daily tasks without harming our environments. Initially, there was a push towards using Information and Communication Technologies to moderate how we perform our daily activities in an environmentally sustainable way.The challenge, however, was these  environmentally conscious initiatives were neither sustainable economically nor did they promote social equity. As a result, those initiatives failed. In this course, you will be learning, analyzing and possibly developing different solutions and approaches towards on how you can use Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate environmental sustainability in a manner that is economically and socially sustainable as well. You will also be armed with analytical tools that will enable you to implement sustainability measures that will result in the digital transformation of industries, organization and in society. You will also gain knowledge on how to approach the development of sustainable (“green”) IT solutions in order to make them environmentally, economic and socially sustainable.

  • Enterprise Security and Compliance (5 ECTS)

    The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge and skills to work with IT security and compliance in enterprises. You will gain knowledge of important standards for compliance such as the ISO 27xxx family, GDPR and others, including cloud security, and you will learn how to perform a risk assessment and carry out an information security review and an IT audit. You will be able to design requirements and controls for an enterprise security solution based on a risk assessment and to implement and verify enterprise security solutions.

 

4. semester - MASTER THESIS


There are no courses in the 4th semester, as this semester is entirely dedicated to your master’s thesis. The thesis project completes your studies and gives you the chance to dive into one or more topics from ICTE, that you found really exciting. The thesis project contributes to your personal profile and forms the basis for your professional career.

Examples of master thesis projects

  • “Mobile Interaction with Interactive Out-of-Home Media – A User Study”: How can the process of connecting a poster with a smartphone be improved?
  • “Objective Evaluation of TV Pilots Using Smartphone-Based Biosignal Measurements”
  • “Personalised Medicine based on Patient Journals and Family Medical History Records”
  • "Personalized Interactive EPG based on HbbTV"
  • "HbbTV Business Model"
  • "Cloud computing - impact on business"
  • "'Discover a book' recommendation portal"
  • "Assessment and Normative Guidance of the Collective Mindset Maturity Regarding Open Data in Smart Cities"
  • "Improving the user experience of cars with Internet of Things"

 

AAU project library - ICTE projects

GROUP- AND PROJECTWORK

Three student working on their project

Group- and project work on Aalborg University gives you an opporunity to have an exciting and educational study time, both academically and socially.
 

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