Training Objectives and Themes

The IIE-PhD programme offers scientific and technological research training aimed at the study and design of new concepts, systems, devices and production processes where mechanical, electrical, electronic, information technology and management aspects are dealt with in a holistic approach, so as to be effectively applied to the development of new technologies. In particular the doctorate promotes research projects in key sectors that have been highlighted in the forthcoming EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020

CURRICULUM 1: New management paradigms and fabrication technologies for competitive enterprises with low environmental impact 

  • “Lean production”, Agile Project Management, Balanced Scorecard, Business Planning, Complexity Management, Global manufacturing and sourcing for the innovation of the enterprise management
  • Approaches to system and product innovation
  • System and machinery efficiency for industrial production
  • Cognitive features of products development in view of CAD-PLM technologies
  • Characteristics and applicability of emerging prototyping methodologies (augmented reality, functional mock-up, interaction design, etc.)
  • Smart logistics: computation models and algorithms
  • New technologies for the manufacturing of innovative materials
  • Systems for monitoring and control of machine tools
  • Methodologies for the design of energy and production efficient automatic systems


CURRICULUM 2: Information and Communication Technology for inclusive society

  • 3D integration (Flash, charge trap)
  • Advanced electron devices based on innovative materials and architectures  in the Beyond CMOS and More than Moore domains: graphene, 2D crystals, III-V compound semiconductor devices
  • Semi-classical (drift-diffusion and Multi sub-band Monte Carlo) and quantum mechanical (NEGF) simulation of nanoelectronics devices.
  • Integrated circuit design for energy efficient communications, energy conversion and management
  • Innovative communication paradigms and systems: systems with multiple antennae, distributed communication systems, HW and SW architectures for telecommunications
  • Multimedia signals processing and analysis: video and image encoding, video streaming based on peer-to-peer networks, joint source/channel encoding, compressive sensing.
  • Test and development of metaheuristic algorithms for combinatorial problems
  • Pervasive computing, cloud computing, overlay networking, distributed computing in miscellaneous networks of computers
  • Artificial vision system, virtual sound, machine learning
  • Wireless communication systems and networks, signal processing for communication, physical substrate algorithms, transmission system algorithms


CURRICULUM 3: Innovative electro-mechanical paradigms and systems for Energy saving and renewable Energy sources

  • Energy harvesting systems for self powered, smart, distributed sensors
  • Electro-mechanical devices and magnets for research (accelerators, thermonuclear fusion), innovative production and storage energy systems
  • New paradigms, systems, technologies for surface and air transportation vehicles with low energy consumption
  • Integrated power electronics for industrial plants and machinery
  • Electric drivers and converters for distributed electric generation and co-generation systems (photovoltaic, wind, etc.)
  • On board electronics: terrestrial and satellite localisation and navigation systems; communication networks and systems
  • Green mechatronics: mechatronics for energy saving
  • Design methodologies for materials handling systems characterised by low environmental impact
  • Holistic design of lightweight structures for low emissions and low energy consumption vehicles
  • Design of energy efficiency industrial plants


CURRICULUM 4: Mechanical technologies and electronic devices for domotics, medical diagnostic and safety

  • Smart systems and technologies for home, working and leisure environments
  • Systems for safety at work, on the road, at home; systems for the management of home assistance activities
  • Sensors, devices and instrumentation for medical care and tests and for the support of the elderly; systems for the planning and support of hospital activities
  • Innovative paradigms for the interaction of domotics, surgery and security devices
  • Passive and active control of noise and vibration for industrial, home and surface-air transport vehicles applications
  • Devices and instrumentation for the detection of biomedical parameters: nanosensors
  • Robots for eldery and disable people assistance
  • Robots for surgery applications
  • Large scale tri-dimensional image modelling, automatic synthesis of binocular video flows from monocular sources
  • Geophysics; seismic data acquisition, vulcanology, geostatics, seismic risk evaluation