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PhD in Artificial Intelligence


The PhD in Artificial Intelligence is an adaptation to the provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011 of the same name program verified in accordance with Royal Decree 1393/2007 of the Ministry of Education Universities Council. This PhD program is awarded with a Ministry of Education Quality Mention distinction for the 2011-12 to 2013-14 academic years.

The aim of the UPM's PhD in Artificial Intelligence is to familiarize students of computational science and computing technology with research techniques and empower them to solve new scientific and technological problems through artificial intelligence research. Apart from this overall aim, the program has an additional goal proper to the content and purpose of the degree, and the program is driven by the innovate to research + research to innovate binomial. The first aim suggests innovative lines of research that are able to combine specialized training with the creativity underlying original, active and fertile research paths. The second targets creativity in research-driven problem-solving.

This process will end with students producing and defending a PhD thesis.

The objectives of the PhD program are to:

And in order to achieve it, the program will focus on the candidate's acquisition of the basic competences and abilities and personal skills patterned by current legislation, and the program specific competences.

Prospective students

The UPM's PhD in Artificial Intelligence targets students interested in attaining the above objectives. More precisely, it targets students interested in learning more about research techniques for scientific and technological problem solving through artificial intelligence research.

To guide prospective PhD students about features that are considered suitable to begin PhD studies, it will be indicated below a brief description of the skills, background knowledge, languages to be used in the training process and the required level at them , etc. that, in general, are considered appropriate for those people who are beginning PhD studies in the Program:


Background knowledge:


The program is organized around research training-not structured in ECTS-and includes both co-curricular training and specific research area of its own.

It will be developed through six research lines:

Line 1: applications of artificial intelligence

Line 2: natural computing

Line 3: linguistic engineering

Line 4: computational Intelligence

Line 5: Computational and robotics perception

Line 6: knowledge representation and reasoning

These lines are developed by professors and researchers seconded to active research groups that develop projects of R & D financed by public and competitive calls of the National Plan and the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community. They are also financed by private and public entities under contracts or research agreements. This obtained funding ensures the program internationalization and doctoral students mobility.

Contact person

Prof. Jacinto González Pachón (doctorado.dia@fi.upm.es), Tel: +34 91 336 74 33 / Fax: +34 91 352 48 19

How much does this PhD program cost?

You can check public prices for 2012-2013 academic year here.


There is a wide range of grants available to students to fund their studies.


To gain admission to the PhD in Artificial Intelligence, students must register online. (registration will open soon)