The PhD course in mechanical and industrial engineering is organized in five curricula:
- Smart factory and advanced manufacturing industry.
- Sustainable mobility.
- Health and well-being.
- Production systems, safety, environment and quality of work.
- Development of fundamental and methodological knowledge.
SMART FACTORY AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
This curriculum includes all those pieces of research aimed at promoting the growth and
sustainability of industrial and production systems, by process innovation, development and
optimization of new materials, research and optimization of best practices and enabling
technologies. The research focuses on (i) methods for the management/maintenance of
resources, (ii) methods for the integration between production specifications, (iii) manufacturing
technologies and monitoring systems, (iv) on control and verification, (v) production techniques,
(vi) modeling and simulation, and (vii) on human-machine interaction.
This curriculum includes all those pieces of research focused on the environmental, social, and
economic impact of mobility. Particular attention is paid to the safety of movements, monitoring,
and optimization of infrastructures and vehicles. The control and progressive limitation of negative
externalities (environmental and acoustic pollution for instance) are elements of interest for this
curriculum. The central themes are the evolution and efficiency of the propulsion system and the
consequent change of design paradigm, structural lightening, aerodynamics, human-vehicle
interface (HMI) and vehicle dynamics.
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
The activities within this curriculum specialize the typical knowledge of mechanical and industrial
engineering towards issues related to the health of individuals and their well-being. Robotic
technologies, mechanobiology, automatic measurement systems and augmented reality find their
natural place in this curriculum. The typical activities of this curriculum are the fluid dynamics of
biological systems, the control, functional and structural modeling and simulation of equipment
and systems, the behavior of materials and biomaterials used for biomedical applications, as well
as the procedures for managing the quality and safety of biomedical products. The research line
also includes the analysis and evaluation of the ergonomics and safety of the technological
solutions developed. In addition, this curriculum also develops interdisciplinary knowledge aimed
at building computational digital twins of biological processes, including metastasis and tumor
angiogenesis, for predictive purposes.
PRODUCTION SYSTEMS, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY OF WORK
This curriculum focuses on the factors capable of influencing the competitiveness of individual
companies and business systems (vertical supply chains, business networks, industrial districts) in
national and international contexts. This includes research activities aimed at: 1) evaluating
opportunities and repercussions deriving from the introduction of technologies enabling Industry
4.0; 2) the assessment and determination of the resilience level of companies, in terms of
employment, production and process. Alongside these activities are: (i) research for the definition
and development of models and methods to support risk assessment and management; (ii)
research activities aimed at evaluating and improving the quality of work; (iii) analysis of the
articulated relationships existing between the production models adopted in the company and the
contents of the work activity; (iv) the policies of recognition and enhancement of the contribution
of workers and those of confrontation with their representatives (industrial relations).
DEVELOPMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL AND METHODOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
This research area focuses on the development of basic knowledge, also through the conception
and proof-of-concept of devices for scientific research, which do not necessarily find immediate
application, but which lay the foundations for possible innovations (basic research and
fundamental), also considering aspects related to intellectual property or sociological aspects.
For further informations do not hesitate to contact DRIMI Coordinator Prof. L. E. Depero using the following form.