Innovative communication technologies and entrepreneurship MSc

What is ICTE?

The M.Sc. programme Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship ("ICTE") in Computer Engineering at Aalborg University Copenhagen is application-oriented as well as analytical. The programme combines solid technical engineering with innovation, creativity, market and user perspectives.

You will work with the future internet (Internet of Things) and sensor networks, green ICT, converging media techonology, personalisation and recommender systems, intelligent houses, state-of-art broadcast techologies, brainwaves as passwords, user-needs and user experiences, user-identities, privacy and security, markets, standards, legislation and ICT-regulation, business development and entrepreneurship.

The ICTE M.Sc. programme is provided by Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus.

Self-driving cars at Volvo - student project

Timmy's master thesis project is about warning the driver when the self-driving car needs the driver to take over the wheel. With face recognition software, the system monitors if the driver is alert and attentive. Watch this video and hear Timmy and his industry supervisor talk about being a student at Volvo Car Corporation, User Experience Competence center in Copenhagen (next to AAU Cph).


The ICTE concept: Users, Markets, Technologies, Regulation

The study of the interplay between the market, the users, the legislation / regulation and the technology is a unique feature of the ICTE programme.

  • The user perspective ensures that the solutions you develop are user-friendly and are perceived as valuable by the users. You learn how user-preferences determine the success or failure of many ICT solutions.
  • The market perspective helps you analyse the drivers and barriers for the adoption of different ICT solutions and networks. Often the ICT product / solution cannot stand alone - it is depending on a number of other technologies and on other service providers. Standards and dominating technologies also helps defining the success or failure of a service or platform.
  • The technology perspective: Without a profound insight in the underlying technologies and infrastructue your analysis or solution will be speculative. At ICTE you learn to analyse and apply different technological platforms, as well as you get a deep understanding of how the technical sturcture of networks, platforms and service architectures determines the possibilites for service creation.
  • The regulatory perspective: The rules for data protection (privacy and security) are an important element when you create ICT services. Also, international rules and regulation applies for the use of radio frequencies - which are important e.g. to provide better indoor mobile coverage, Internet of Things devices or higher internet speed.

The ICTE concept of combining these four perspectives is that when you create or choose an ICT solution it must almost always perform well both technologically and financially, as well as it needs user acceptance and must comply with regulation.

The four perspectives are present in the semester projects and in the master thesis. In some cases greater emphasis is put on the technologies, in others on the market- / business perspective or the user perspective.

The business development track of ICTE has primarily an analytical perspective, where as the service development track also apply the technologies in prototypes and proof of concept demonstrators.