Research Areas

A significant part of the research activity concerns basic research, with the aim to increase understanding of fundamental principles. This provides a solid cultural starting point for the development of a number of activities more oriented to the application. A natural bridge in this sense is provided by the presence, within the Department, of several laboratories. The Department also hosts the activities of 8 spin-offs. Information on the spin-offs can be found at the following web page.
A number of co-operations are also established between the staff of DII and that of other Departments of the University for the activities related to other spin-offs. In order to give an idea of the several research activities developed in the Department, the following one is a list of the main topics:

  1. Applied Economics
  2. Automation
  3. Bio-Engineering
  4. Circuit Theory and Signal Processing
  5. Electromagnetics
  6. Electronics
  7. Informatics
  8. Operations Research
  9. Technology Enhanced Learning
  10. Telecommunications
Applied   Economycs     
  • External financing of high-tech start-ups
  • Founder’s human capital and growth performances of high-tech start-ups
  • The impact of alliances and merger & acquisitions of high tech-start-ups on innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business groups
  • Technology transfer
  • Regional innovation systems
  • Geometric and algebraic methods in system and control theory
  • Time-delay systems
  • Systems over rings
  • Underwater robotics
  • Industrial robotics
  • Home automation
  • Switched systems and supervisory control
  • Nonlinear control
  • Neural network based system identification and control
  • Marine vehicle control
  • Mobile robot control and localization
  • Wireless sensor networks applied to robotics and environmental monitoring,
  • Brain computer interfaces and haptic interfaces
  • Modeling, identification, fault detection and control of electromechanical systems
  • Supervision
  • Control of interconnected systems
  • Fault detection and diagnosis
  • Discrete events systems
  • Linear parameter varying (LPV) systems
  • Embedded control controllers applied to robotics applications
  • Robust control
  • Parametric uncertainty
  • Polytopic uncertainty
  • Assistive robotics and technologies;
  • Cooperating and cognitive control of distribute robotic systems;
  • Process control and model predictive control;
  • Formation control, unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • Electrical vehicle and lithium battery management system development;
  • Active control of vibration
  • Modeling, identification and control of distributed energy systems
  • Variable structure control
  • Identification and quantification of electrocardiographic T-wave alternans
  • Identification of a “normality” region describing physiological levels of T-wave alternans
  • Design of filters to optimize ECG features extraction
  • Development of simulations for algorithm testing
  • Movement analysis
  • Identification and modelling of human movement control organization
  • Definition of experimental protocols for the investigation of movement disorders
  • Effects of tutors and/or preventive shoes
  • Static and perturbed posturography
  • Marker-based and markerless analysis of human movement
  • Risk-of-fall analysis
  • Wearable sensors for monitoring physiological quantities
  • Non-stationary analysis of sEMG signal
Circuit Theory and Signal Processing   
  • Computational intelligence for signal processing
  • Artificial neural systems and algorithms for signal/data processing
  • Audio quality enhancement (including multipoint equalization room/car)
  • Music signal analysis and synthesis (including digital effects)
  • Spatial audio (including wavefield A/S, crosstalk cancellation, binaural reproduction)
  • Real-time Speech interfaced systems for human-machine interaction (including
  • speech/speaker recognition, speech source separation and dereverberation, acoustic echo
  • and feedback cancellation, noise reduction)
  • Extreme learning machine
  • Computational intelligence tools for smart energy/water grids
  • Linked data for multimedia
  • SW for digital libraries
  • Antennas and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Microwave application for cultural heritage conservation science
  • Fiber optic low coherence interferometry integrated with scanning probe microscopy
  • Microwave microscopy
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Characterization of nanostructured materials
  • Coherent transport and e.m. propagation in graphene nanoribbons
  • Emission and immunity of equipments
  • Reverberation chamber modeling and applications
  • Shielding effectiveness computation and measurement
  • Biological effects of electromagnetic fields
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Electromagnetic field sensors
  • Frequency selective surfaces
  • Dielectric filters
  • Scattering matrix definition
  • Multiphysics modeling of the electromagnetic-transport problem in nanodevices
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Design of low power electronic systems
  • Experimental CMOS process characterization and statistical modeling
  • Statistical circuits simulations and IC yield optimization
  • Implementation of the tool SiSMA for statistical simulation of MOS IC’s
  • Neural networks
  • System identification
  • Transducers and related circuits
  • Multicore integrated circuits and on chip communication
  • RFId e near field communication
  • Energy harvesting
  • Applications on smartphone for ambient assisted living
  • Applications on smartphone for the recharge of electric vehicles
  • Social networks
  • Natural language processing
  • Semantic web
  • Web mining
  • Information extraction
  • Business intelligence (data warehouse, data mining, predictive analytics)
  • Business innovation
  • Semantic enterprise interoperability
  • Collaborative distributed systems
  • Logic programming
  • Knowledge-based intelligent systems
  • Real time operating systems and applications
  • Health information systems and NetMedicine
  • Agent-oriented programming and software engineering
  • Service-oriented architecture
  • Formal methods and model checking
  • Computer and network security
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Intelligent mechatronic systems
  • Computer vision
  • Pattern recognition
  • Image and signal processing
  • Image understanding and retrieval
  • e-Government and m-Government
Operations Research
  • Discrete optimization
  • Large scale linear programming
  • Discrete reformulation
  • Column generation
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Cutting and packing problems
  • Production scheduling problems
  • Optimization in manufacturing
  • Crew scheduling problems in public transport
  • Platform assignment problems in bus station
Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Monitoring and quality assessment of web-based learning courses
  • Valuation of different e-learning environments
  • Combination of formal and informal learning in adult education and life long learning
  • Personalization and adaptivity in the design of learning material and activities
  • Error correcting and error detecting coding
  • Code-based cryptography
  • Physical layer security
  • Signal processing for communications
  • Ultra wide band radars
  • Spread spectrum systems
  • Ambient assisted living
  • Mobile radio
  • Wireless networks
  • Video coding