The María de Maeztu Strategic Research Program supports several PhD positions to work on the different projects.

  • PhD positions linked to "Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2017” funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Full details
  • PhD positions linked to "Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2016” funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
  • PhD positions co-funded by the PhD Fellowship program of the Department (project PRC fellowships, MdM contributes with 700 EUR / month to the salary of the researcher)

All PhD positions available in the Department are published in the PhD area of the employment section of the web of the Department.

Additional PhD students are hired via the "La Caixa" INPhINIT PhD program (2017 Call Andrea Urru, Milica Vujovic, Amelia Jiménez). 2018 details in our blog.

In 2019, DTIC-UPF has led the distribution of INPHINIT grants (6 out of the 57 awarded in Spain)

The PhD students get involved in all the activities of the PhD program in ICT from the Department. The training program during the first year specifically addresses many of the objectives of the program (gender issues, open access, reproducibility, etc) and represents a forum for the students to meet and discuss their progress among peers. Sample sessions:

April 26th 2018, 15:30h, room 55.309. PhD Research Seminar - Experiences by PhD students


  • Ahmed Eladly, Biomedical Electronics Research Group, Barcelona Medical Technologies 

New technology to restore movement in paralysis. Experience from the 1st year.

  • Irene Vigué Guix, Multisensory Research Group, Center for Brain and Cognition  

A mnemonic system based on stimulation-free neuroimaging. Starting my PhD.

  • Èric Lluch, Sensing in Physiology and Biomedicine, Barcelona Medical Technologies  

Meshless method for cardiac mechanics modelling. The experience in an industrial Marie Curie Program (CardiofunXion)

  • Alp Öktem, Natural Language Processing Research Group  

Generating punctuation in Transcribed Speech: Combining lexical and prosodic features using parallel recurrent neural networks. María de Maeztu Open Science Award 2018. 


May 10th 2018, 15:30h, room 55.309. PhD Research Seminar - Experiences by PhD students (2)


  • Adrià Arbués, Image Processing Group

Data Science in Sports and experience during the 1st year in the PhD program, especially about the difficulty to find data and reproduce other's experiments

  • Merljin Blaauw, Music Technology Group

Singing synthesis and his motivation for doing a phd after years of industrial research projects, spinoff, etc

  • Olga Slizovskaia, Music Technology Group and Image Processing Grou

Multimodal video analysis for music information retrieval. You can read part of her experience over the past 2 years in the blog of the MdM program

November 28th 2019, 15:30h, Room 55.309. Previous experience from recent / current PhD Students

In this seminar four PhD students of the department (two having defended their thesis this term, and two in their second year) will share their experiences and learnings:

- Cecilia Nunes. Thesis “Towards the improvement of decision tree learning: a perspective on search and evaluation” defended in October 2019, co-supervised in the research groups Physense and AI & Machine Learning, as well as in Philips France, will make a summary of what she learnt during PhD.
- Indre Pileckyte is in her second PhD year at the Mutisensory Research Group and will explain how she is approaching the development of competences and skills, inspired by the Researcher Development Framework
- Pablo Aragón. Thesis “Characterising online participation in civic technologies” defended in November 2019 in the AI and Machine Learning research group. He will focus on how his active outreach activities supported the success of his research
- Valerio Lorini. Second year PhD student working on Social Media for Disaster Risk Management at the Joint Research Center of the EC at Ispra, supervised at DTIC in the Web Science and Social Computing Research. He will share the way he organises his research, taking especially into account that he is based in Italy.