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Discover University! Open Week Event


Discover the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during the Discover University! Open Week.                                          

The University of Malta is inviting everyone – young and not so young, alumni and prospective students, friends and families of current students and staff, and members of the public - to a week of exciting activities intended to showcase our country’s 400 year old institution. Visitors can explore what goes on within campus and is usually chock-a-block with activities tailored to entertain and inform participants. Middlesea Insurance p.l.c. is sponsoring this event.

Webpages for Year 2011, Year 2012



VAST'09 - 10th EuroGraphics VAST International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (22 to 25 September 2009)


VAST aims at bringing together professionals from all fields to start a true dialogue on cultural heritage (CH) needs and ICT solutions to achieve a true integration of disciplines. VAST shall be disseminating the idea of a more systematic integration of digital practices in research and education programs for CH, exploring good practices, guidelines and skills development possibilities to structure long-term initiatives and move towards a "digital agenda" for Archaeology, Libraries and CH.



Melecon 2010 - The 15th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (26 to 28 April 2010)


MELECON 2010 is a major international forum presenting design methodologies, techniques and experimental results in emerging electro-technologies. MELECON is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Region 8 with participants from all over the world. The purpose of this conference is serve as catalyst for the technical exchange between researchers and practitioners from different technological fields including Control Systems, Communication and Information Technology, Mechatronics, Nano- & Micro-Electronics, Electrical Power Systems, and Signal & Image Processing. The technical program will include plenary sessions, regular technical sessions, special sessions, poster sessions and tutorials.



LREC 2010 - Language Resources and Evaluation (17 to 23 May 2010)


The seventh international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC) will be organised in 2010 by ELRA in cooperation with a wide range of international associations and organisations.

The aim of LREC is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, ongoing and planned activities, industrial uses and needs, requirements coming from the e-society, both with respect to policy issues and to technological and organisational ones.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support to investigations in language sciences, progress in language technologies and development of corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

For more details please contact either Mr Michael Rosner or Ms Claudia Borg. 



MLEARN 2010 - Mobile Learning Conference: Planning the Future from the Cradle of Civilisations (19 to 22 October 2010)


mLearn was the first conference on Mobile Learning and is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious international conferences in the field. Last year's conference was hosted in Wolverhampton, UK, while this year it travelled to Orlando, Florida, USA. In 2010 it will return to Europe in Malta at our university.

  • Conference Chair: Dr Matthew Montebello
  • Conference Website:
  • Conference Dates: 19 to 22 October 2010
  • Submission of Abstract: 14 May 2010
  • Submission of Paper: 11 June 2009
  • Notification to Authors: 30 July 2009
  • Contact:



RV2010 - 1st International Conference on Runtime Verification (1 to 4 November 2010)


The RV series of events started in 2001, as an annual workshop. As from 2010, RV became an international conference.

Runtime verification (RV) is concerned with monitoring and analysis of software or hardware system executions. The field is often referred to under different names, such as runtime verification, runtime monitoring, runtime checking, runtime reflection, runtime analysis, dynamic analysis, symbolic dynamic analysis, trace analysis, log file analysis, etc.  RV can be used for many purposes, such program understanding, systems usage understanding, security or safety policy monitoring, debugging, testing, verification and validation, fault protection, behavior modification (e.g., recovery), etc. 

A running system can be abstractly regarded as a generator of execution traces, i.e., sequences of relevant states or events. Traces can be processed in various ways, e.g. checked against formalized/programmed specifications, analyzed with special algorithms, visualized, etc. 

For more details please contact Prof. Gordon Pace.



Amplifying Competitiveness in Manufacturing (23 November 2011)



During the Amplifying Competitiveness in Manufacturing conference the Faculty of ICT was represented by Dr John Abela as Key Expert and Mr Armand Sciberras and Mr Joseph Bonello as Research Assistants. Dr Abela delivered a presentation entitled "Exploiting ICT for the Maltese Manufacturing Industry".

In the conference, the work of Faculty of ICT will be presented as part of two processes that it has been working on.

Lot 2, Process 1: Automated Optimisation of Production Lines

The challenge of manufacturing today is the optimal allocation of resources to deliver ‘added value’ to customers. The ‘added value’ component helps compete in competitive markets by lowering cost and increasing output.

Scheduling problems are computationally complex. It is very difficult to generate a feasible, optimal schedule in an acceptable amount of time. Operators use basic rule-of-thumb techniques to generate a good schedule, unaware that these problems are exceptionally complex.

The project allows operators to model and measure the complexity of the problems in their production lines and to generate ‘near-optimal’ schedules.

Lot 2, Process  2: Quality Assurance for print output using Neural Networks

With today's competition in the manufacturing industry, the demand to produce large batches of high quality products in the least possible time is ever on the increase. Quality inspection is traditionally carried out by human beings making the process slow and often inaccurate.

The project proposes a system that detects defects (including scratches, smudges and extra ink) in the printing of manufactured goods. The system proposed is one that is flexible enough to accept tolerances requested by the user which can be configured to allow some kinds of defects while refusing others. The project investigates uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques such as artificial neural networks which mimic the way our brain functions.

Further information on the above mentioned Project(s) is/are available through the Project Website. An article is also available by clicking HERE.



EMS2012: UKSim 6th European Symposium on Computer Modeling and Simulation (15 to 16 November 2012)



The EMS2012: UKSim 6th European Symposium on Computer Modeling and Simulation, will be held between the 14th of November 2012 and the 16th of November 2012 in Valletta (Malta).

Papers are invited on any aspect of computer based mathematical, analytical and symbolic modelling and computer simulation.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Intelligent Systems; Hybrid Soft Computing; Methodologies; Tools and Operations Research; Bio-informatics and Bio-Medical Simulation; Discrete Event and Real Time Systems; Image, Speech and Signal Processing; Industry, Business and Management; Human Factors and Social Issues; Engineering, Manufacturing and Control; Energy, Power Generation and Distributions; Transport, Logistics, Harbour, Shipping and Marine Simulation; Virtual Reality, Visualization and Computer Games; Parallel and Distributed Architectures and Systems; Internet Modelling, Semantic Web and Ontologies; Mobile/Ad hoc wireless networks, mobicast, sensor placement, target tracking; Performance Engineering of Computer & Communication Systems; Circuits, Sensors and Devices


Applications: aerospace, remote sensing, wireless communication, intelligence and simulation, electronic circuits and systems, communication and networks, management, games, war/conflict/rebellion modelling, cognitive functions, semantics modelling/dynamics, manufacturing, robotics, measurement, monitoring, safety critical systems, military.


Exhibitors: manufacturers of software and hardware, publishers, etc., are invited to apply to exhibit their products.

For more details please contact Dr Ing. Carl J. Debono



IS1202 Training School on Virtual Work 2013 (16 to 20 September 2013)



The objective of this training school is to prepare doctoral students and postdocs from a variety of disciplines to carry out successful research in the cross-disciplinary field of virtual work studies. Participants will also present their own work, network with other emerging scholars and some of the preeminent scholars in the field, and discuss publication venues, funding strategies and other building blocks of a successful academic career.


Organising committee

  • Dr Vili Lehdonvirta, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

  • Dr Mark Micallef, Department of Computer Science, University of Malta




IWBF2014: 2nd International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (27 to 28 March 2014)




The International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF) is organized by COST Action IC1106 - "Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age" and by IAPR TC4, the technical committee on Biometrics.

It is an international forum devoted specifically to the development of synergies between the biometrics and forensic science research areas.

IWBF provides the meeting place for those concerned with the usage of biometric recognition systems in forensic science applications, attracting participants from industry, research, academia and users.


Organising Committee

  • Ms Joanna Vella, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Malta

  • Dr Ing. Reuben Farrugia, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering, University of Malta

  • Inspector Raymond Cassar, Forensic Unit, Malta Police Force





Hack4Malta Hackathon (29 March 2014)



The Hack4Malta Hackathon event is the first of its kind held locally, and will focus on the use and exploitation of Open Data.

The idea behind Open Data is that Public Sector Information (PSI), or in other words public data and information, should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

During this full-day workshop there will be talks from both foreign and local experts in the field of Open Data. Furthermore, individuals that would like to participate as a group, in the Hack4Malta, will have the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss their ideas with mentors and register for the event.

A commission made up of a team of experts will choose and award the best 3 applications / services developed during Hack4Malta.


Local Organiser

  • Mr Charlie Abela, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta 


PROFILES 2014: The 1st International Workshop on Dataset PROFIling & fEderated Search for Linked Data (26 May 2014) 




The PROFILES 2014 workshop aims to gather innovative search approaches for large-scale, distributed and heterogeneous linked datasets inline with dedicated approaches to analyse, describe and discover endpoints, as an inherent task of query distribution. PROFILES 2014 will equally consider both novel scientific methods and techniques for querying, assessment, profiling, and curation distributed datasets as well as the application perspective, such as the innovative use of tools and methods for providing structured knowledge about distributed datasets, their evolution and fundamentally, means to search and query the Web of Data. The workshop will provide a highly interactive forum for researchers in the fields of Semantic Web and Linked Data, Databases, Semantic Search, Text Mining, NLP as well as Information Retrieval.

Member Committee for ICT COST Action KEYSTONE (IC1302)

  • Mr Charlie Abela, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta



VS-Games 2014: Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications (19 to 12 September 2014)



VS-Games 2014 aims to bring together industry, academia and young people interested in the development of games for serious applications.

Although the field of game design and development for serious applications is still in its infancy in Malta, the growing interest in this domain warrants the hosting and organization of this conference, with the intent of bringing together the work done by academics and researchers, and how this can be applied to industry.

We are aware that virtual worlds and games for serious applications, find their primary use in education and training however we also wish to take the opportunity offered by this conference to enhance networking in the area and strengthen the collaboration between industry sectors and academic research for a more applied approach to designing and developing virtual worlds and games.

Conference Co-chairs 

  • Prof. Matthew Montebello, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta

  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta

  • Ms Vanessa Camilleri, Mathematics, Science & Technical Education, University of Malta



IEEE VCIP 2014: Visual Communications and Image Processing (7 to 10 December 2014)


Photos of the event are now available from HERE.


The IEEE Visual Communications and Image Processing (IEEE VCIP) Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, IEEE Malta Section and University of Malta, will be held in Valletta, the capital city of the Historical Malta, during 7-10 December 2014.

Since 1986, VCIP has served as a premier forum in SPIE for the exchange of fundamental research results and technological advances in the field of visual communications and image processing. The 2014 edition will be the third time that VCIP will be held under the auspices of the IEEE. IEEE VCIP 2014 shall inherit the tradition of previous conferences in providing fertile ground for leading engineers and scientists from around the world to escalate collaboratively the research frontiers within these and related areas. 

General Co-Chair

  • Prof. Ing. Carl J. Debono, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering, University of Malta


Technical Programme Co-Chair

  • Dr Ing. Reuben Farrugia, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering, University of Malta


Paper Awards Co-Chair

  • Prof. Ing. Paul Micallef, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering, University of Malta


Tutorial / Publications Co-Chair

  • Prof. Edward Gatt, Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics, University of Malta


Financial Chair

  • Prof. Ing. Adrian Muscat, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering, University of Malta


Local Arrangements Co-Chair

  • Prof. Ivan Grech, Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics, University of Malta


PARSEME 4th General Meeting (19 to 20 March 2015)


The IC1207 Cost Action PARSEME is an interdisciplinary scientific network devoted to the role of multi-word expressions (MWEs) in parsing. 

  • It gathers interdisciplinary experts (linguists, computational linguists, computer scientists, psycholinguists, and industrials) from 30 countries which have signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

  • It represents 29 languages and 6 dialects from 10 language families.

  • It covers different parsing frameworks: CCG (Combinatory Categorical Grammar), DG (Dependency Grammar), GG (Generative Grammar), HPSG (Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar), LFG (Lexical Functional Grammar), TAG (Tree Adjoining Grammar), ...

  • It addresses different methodologies (symbolic, probabilistic and hybrid parsing) and language technology applications (machine translation, information retrieval, ...).

This year this event will be held in Malta at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana. It will be consisting of plenary sessions, poster sessions, parallel Working Group sessions, a Management Committee meeting, and a Steering Committee meeting.

Local Organizers 



Fourth Grammatical Framework Summer School 2015 (13 to 24 July 2015)


Grammatical Framework (GF) is a multilingual grammar formalism invented at the University of Gothenburg based on the idea of a shared abstract syntax and mappings between the abstract syntax and concrete languages. GF has hundreds of users all over the world.

This year the biennial Summer School is being organised in collaboration with the ICS Department, Faculty of ICT. The school is addressed to students of computational linguistics who are particularly interested in multilingual issues and hybrid translation systems.

Local Organizer 


1st Keystone Summer School: Keyword Search over Big Data (20 to 24 July 2015)



The aim of the 1st Keystone Training School on Keyword Search over Big Data is a research-training event for graduates and postgraduates in the first steps of their academic career. It aims at giving participants in-depth exposure to the exciting and fast-developing areas related to Keyword Search over Big Data.

The school will be held over 5 days, between the 20th and 24th of July and will consist of keynote talks, lectures and hands-on sessions delivered by renowned academics and experts in the fields of Big Data mining, information retrieval and other related areas. During the sessions the speakers will explore a large spectrum of current exciting research, development and innovation related to various research areas and society itself.

The school is being organized by the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems in the Faculty of ICT within the University of Malta in collaboration with the IC1302 COST Action Keystone (Semantic KEYword-based Search on sTructured data sOurcEs).

As an event organized by a COST Action, the school does not require any registration fees. Nevertheless, the participation is subject to registration: a limited numbers of seats will be made available.

Local Organizers 

  • Mr Charlie Abela, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems & Training School Coordinator, University of Malta

  • Dr Joel Azzopardi, Department of Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta



CAiP 2015: 16th International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (2 to 4 September 2015)



CAIP2015, which is the sixteenth in the CAIP series of biennial international conferences devoted to all aspects of computer vision, image analysis and processing, pattern recognition, and related fields. Previous conferences were held in York, Seville, Münster, Vienna, Paris, Groningen, etc. The scientific program of the conference will consist of three plenary lectures and contributed papers presented in a single track. Poster presentations will allow expert discussions of specialized research topics. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Springer LNCS series. On 15 September authors of a selection (some 20%) from all accepted and presented papers will be invited to extend their paper to a journal paper and submit it by 15 November to a special issue of the journal Machine Vision and Applications (Springer) dedicated to CAIP. That issue of MVA is planned to appear in 2016.





European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) Workshop (26 February 2016)


At the Maltese national workshop, organised at in collaboration with the University of Malta and the European Commission Representation in Malta, speakers from the University of Malta, the European Commission, government bodies, and language service providers, will work together to understand the needs of national public sector administrations with regard to automated translation, to jointly identify relevant sources of multi-lingual language resources, and discuss any technical and legal issues involved in the use of data for automated translation.

Members of staff at University are welcome to attend but should first register.

Local Coordinator - 



(BETTY) Behavioural Types for Reliable Large-Scale Software Systems (17 to 18 March 2016)


Modern society is increasingly dependent on large-scale software systems that are distributed, collaborative and communication-centred. Correctness and reliability of such systems depend on compatibility between components and services that are newly developed or may already exist. The consequences of failure are severe, including security breaches and unavailability of essential services. Current software development technology is not well suited to producing these large-scale systems, because of the lack of high-level structuring abstractions for complex communication behaviour.

This Action will use behavioural type theory as the basis for new foundations, programming languages, and software development methods for communication-intensive distributed systems. Behavioural type theory encompasses concepts such as interfaces, communication protocols, contracts, and choreography. As a unifying structural principle it will transform the theory and practice of distributed software development.

The significance of behavioural types has been recognised world-wide during the last five years. European researchers are internationally leading. There is an urgent need for European co-ordination to avoid duplication of effort, facilitate interactions among research groups, and ensure that the field proceeds efficiently from academic research to industrial practice. This Action will provide the co-ordination layer and leverage the efforts of European researchers, to increase the competitiveness of the European software industry.

Local Coordinator - 



EuCARD-2, the largest collaborative accelerator R&D project in Europe is organizing its 3rd Annual Meeting on 26-28 April 2016, hosted by the University of Malta (UoM) in Valletta, Malta.

The meeting will review the status of R&D in Europe and will report the progress and activity of the EuCARD-2 work packages in fields as varied as high field magnets, advanced collimation materials, innovative radio-frequency technologies, novel accelerator concepts, accelerator applications, energy efficient accelerators, new accelerator designs and paths to improving performance for existing accelerators.

EuCARD-2 is co-funded by the partners and the European Commission under Capacities 7th Framework Programme, Grant Agreement 312453.

Local Coordinator - 


Hackathon 2016 (28th to 30th October 2016)



The Google Developer's Group Malta and the Malta Communications Authority in collaboration with the Faculty of ICT within the University of Malta and Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education will be organising a Hackathon. The focus for this hackathon is on the use and exploitation of Open Data. The idea behind Open Data is that Public Sector Information (PSI), or in other words public data and information, should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Students, IT companies and businesses in general, will have the opportunity to use Open Data datasets and develop new mobile and web applications.

Places are limited to 40. To register and secure your place, please click HERE.


Local Organisers - 





FICT Exhibition 2019 Form

Please click here to download the FICT Exhibition form for 2019. 

THE FICT Exhibition 2019 will be held on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2019.

Academic Advisors 2018/9


Academic Advisors for ICT 1st year students (Intake 2018/9), NOW available

Faculty of ICT Timetables


ICT Timetables are available from Here.

Health and Safety Regulations for Labs Form

The Faculty of ICT Health and Safety Regulations for Laboratories form can be found here


Digital Opportunity Traineeship


Are you a company working with cybersecurity, big data, quantum technology, machine learning or digital marketing? Offer a Digital Opportunity Traineeship

Test Island Conference

Test Island Conference (, Malta's first conference on Software Testing, jam-packed with high-profile international speakers, will be held on 30th August 2019. Dr Mark Micallef from the Faculty of ICT will be delivering the keynote speech. Click here for more information. 

Last Updated: 4 November 2016

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