Master Meetings

Have you decided on which Master programme to study? Would you like more information on the contents and teaching methods at USI? Register at our Master Meetings to attend courses.
The various Master Meetings offer you the opportunity to follow lectures together with the current master students. Guided by a USI student, you can visit the campus and make up your mind as to whether the contents correspond to your study ambitions.

Registration is compulsory. Please register online.


MSc in Financial Technology and Computing

SI-004, Informatics Building

Distributed Systems

Prof. Patrick Eugster


Distributed Systems are ubiquitous in modern computer systems. In general, any computing system composed of interconnected autonomous processors is a distributed system. Therefore, understanding how distributed systems are structured is paramount to master modern computer systems. This course is an introduction to distributed systems. It covers basic principles, architectures, and algorithms of distributed systems. The course surveys various aspects of distributed systems, including distributed systems architectures, networking and internetworking, distributed objects and remote invocation, security, distributed file systems, name services, consistency and replication, fault tolerance, and distributed transactions.

SI-003, Informatics Building


User Experience Design

Dr. Monica Landoni


This class aims at familiarising students with both the theory behind the discipline of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the practical process of User eXperience (UX) design. Students not only develop an awareness and appreciation of the crucial implications of good interfaces in terms of overall system performance and user satisfaction, but also learn core skills needed in order to identify user requirements, envision interfaces and processes, and evaluate competing design options.

SI-013, Informatics Building


Software Performance

Prof. Matthias Hauswirth


This course teaches how the various layers of a computer system interact and affect the resulting performance. It performs two cuts down the system stack: one about the 'state' and the other about the 'behavior' of a system. The discussion of 'state' investigates memory usage of applications, leak detection, garbage collection, virtual memory management, and cache performance. The discussion of 'behavior' investigates call graphs, dynamic class loading, shared libraries and dynamic linking, control flow graphs, exception handling, compiler optimizations, and branch prediction. The course uses Java virtual machines and their internal operation as a running example and teaches basic static and dynamic program analysis techniques. It includes a series of programming assignments in which students implement various program analyses.

A-22, Red Building

Advanced Derivatives (ECO)

Prof. Giovanni Barone-Adesi


Knowledge of some newer derivative contract and strategies.

SI-008, Informatics Building

High-Performance Computing

Prof. Olaf Schenk


Are you interested in using Europe’s faster supercomputers? Would you like to learn how to write programs for parallel supercomputers, such as a Cray or a cluster of GPUs? The course is designed to teach students how to program parallel computers to efficiently solve challenging problems in science and engineering, where very fast computers are required either to perform complex simulations or to analyze enormous datasets. This course is a graduate-level introduction to high performance computing. It refers to two things: efficient as the problem size grows, and efficient as the system size measured in numbers of cores grows. The course is organized as a HPC Lab. The practical aspect of this course is implementing the techniques you’ll learn to run on real parallel systems, so you can check whether what appears to work well in theory also translates into practice. Programming models you’ll use include include include OpenMP, and MPI, and possibly others.

SI-003, Informatics Building

Mobile and Wearable Computing

Prof.ssa Silvia Santini


The widespread use of mobile and wearable devices such as mobile phones and smart watches enables the design and implementation of an endless set of novel services in applications areas like mobile health, smart working, and more. This course presents the main building blocks of such services and applications and discusses the challenges that arise on the path towards their realization. Following an overview of typical mobile services and applications the focus will be devoted to the most significant technologies, including hardware platforms, programming environments and tools. Relevant aspects related to the design and development of a mobile application, including the handling of sensors, the design of user interfaces, the management of local and remote sensor data storage, privacy and security issues will be investigated and addressed. To gain practical hands-on experience, students will learn during dedicated tutorials how to design, implement, and demonstrate Android-based mobile applications.

A-32, Red Building

Financial Econometrics (ECO)

Prof. Loriano Mancini


The aim of this course is to familiarize the student with some of the most popular econometric methods encountered in applied work in finance.