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Results: 19


Giulia Baccarin
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: artificial intelligence, business innovation, energy, predictive maintenance

Keywords: ethics, support women in tech

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Co-founder MIPU

Professional career

Giulia Baccarin was born in 1981 in Dueville, Vicenza.  After getting a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering and discovering her passion for predictive modelling, she spent the first years of her career in Japan working for a consultancy company and successfully completing the EU funded Executive Training Programme in Tokyo.  Back in Italy in 2008, she starts the Italian subsidiary of the engineering company I-care, today European Leader in Predictive Maintenance and Reliability. Meanwhile, pushed by a strong desire to promote and support the entrepreneurial spirit of young talents in Italy, she co-founded MIPU, a group of companies that bring artificial intelligence in Industry.

Scientific results

The solutions developed by MIPU focus on predictive analytics developed to optimize industrial processes and are today chosen by top companies in Italy and abroad.

Awards and prizes

Giulia won in 2016 the Gamma Donna award for youth and female entrepreneurship and in 2018 Fortune Italy award for “Most influent innovative women Under 40”. For over three years, Giulia is active in promoting a deep discussion about the role of ethics in artificial intelligence, diversity in programming communities and the jobless society on prestigious stages such as TedXRoma 2017, Wired Next Fest 2017, Wired Trends 2018, Wired Digital Days 2019, DIGITAL ITALY SUMMIT 2017.
 

Cristiana Bolchini
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology, computing system architectures

Keywords: data management systems, ICT

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano, delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia, Vice-chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program.

Professional career

After graduating in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1993, pursues a PhD in Automation and Computer Science Engineering in 1997. She became Assistant Professor in 1999, Associate Professor in 2003 and since 2015 is Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2016 she is Vice chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program, and is a member of the Committee since 2014. Since June 2017 she is a rector's delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia.

Scientific results

Cristiana Bolchini's scientific profile is two-fold as she started her research career in the Computer Architecture area, working within the field of Embedded System Design and Design Methodologies, and later extending her interests also to the Data Management area, with a focus on context-awareness.

More precisely, her main research activity has always focused on dependability aspects in computing/embedded systems, by defining methodologies and tools to implement and analyse systems able to autonomously detect the occurrence of hardware

faults and possibly tolerate their effects. While in the past this area of research was mainly attractive for highly (safety) critical environments (e.g., space and health), today dependability has become a major challenge also for traditional contexts, because of the pervasiveness of embedded/computing systems, playing an important role, together with performance and power consumption. As such, cutting edge research seeks solutions to implement systems able to autonomously adapt these aspects based on the working context and the requirements. These issues have been the main focus of an European funded project Cristiana Bolchini co-ordinated and successfully concluded in August 2016.

 

Sustainability in energy consumption is the other research area, achieved by monitoring and controlling buildings and managing the collected data, to identify how energy is used towards an increased user awareness, a key element for our society.

Editorial work and publications

She co-authored more than 140 scientific publications, among which:

[2017] C. Bolchini, A. Geronazzo, E. Quintarelli, Smart buildings: a monitoring and data analysis methodological framework. Elsevier Building and Environment, 121: 93-105.

 

[2017] M. H. Haghbayan, A. Miele, A. M. Rahmani, P. Liljeberg, A. Jantsch, C. Bolchini, H. Tenhunen, Can Dark Silicon Be Exploited to Prolong System Lifetime?. IEEE Design & Test, 34(2): 51-59.

 

[2017] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Fully Automated and Configurable Cost-Aware Framework for Adaptive Functional Diagnosis. IEEE Design & Test 34(2): 79-86.

 

[2016] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Novel Approach to Incremental Functional Diagnosis for Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computers, 65(1): 42-52.

 

[2015] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, P. Garza, E. Quintarelli, F. Salice, An Expert CAD Flow for Incremental Functional Diagnosis of Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, 34(5): 835-848.

 

Awards and prizes

Cristiana Bolchini received two gifts from Cisco University Research Program Fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation do finance her research on functional diagnosis of complex circuits. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Computers journals.

Giulia Bossi
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: geotechnical engineering

Keywords: environment, hydrogeological risk, instability, landslides, risk management, territory

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Research Fellow of the CNR-IRPI, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection, Section of Padua.

Professional career

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2007 and a Master's Degree in Environmental and Land Engineering in 2010 at the University of Padua, in the same year she joined as a fellow the Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection of Padua.. Also at the Research Institute she has been a research fellow since 2013 and at the same time continues her education with a PhD, awarded by the University of Bologna in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering in 2015.

 

Scientific results

Giulia Bossi is an expert in land mechanics and landslides. She is involved, among other things, in statistical analysis of the error associated with simplifications of the stratigraphic profile in the numerical model of landslides; simulations of runout for debris flows and rock avalanches, with reconstruction of the dynamics of past events and risk scenarios; the study of possible mitigation interventions for landslides; finally, analysis of slope stability, landslide monitoring data and risk quantification. During the PhD she developed a research in which she shew a new approach in geotechnical modeling that is based on the stochastic generation of different distributions of soil layers, according to a Boolean logic. This method has been applied to the analysis of stability of landslides in two-dimensional and three-dimensional models. Within the CNR-IRPI of Padua she contributes to the definition of the dynamics of large landslides distributed between Veneto, Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Argentina and manages the monitoring activity for landslides in Italy. As part of European projects, she participated on behalf of the CNR in the training of volunteers for natural risk management. She collaborated with the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice in a project for the modeling of the risk for impacts between birdlife and airplanes near airports, for which it manages the spatial database and participates in the definition of the model.

Editorial work and publications

Giulia Bossi is reviewer for scientific journals. She is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications including:

 

(2016) Bossi G, Mantovani M, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Marcato G, Pasuto A. A Monitoring Network to Map and Assess Landslide Activity in a Highly Anthropized Area. Geosciences (MDPI), 6, 40.

(2016) Bossi G, Zabuski L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Capabilities of Continuous and Discontinuous Modelling of a Complex, Structurally Controlled Landslide. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-11.

 

(2016) Bossi G, Borgatti L, Gottardi G, Marcato G. The Boolean Stochastic Generation method - BoSG: A tool for the analysis of the error associated with the simplification of the stratigraphy in geotechnical models. Engineering Geology, 203:99–106.

 

(2016) Brezzi L, Bossi G, Gabrieli F, Marcato G, Pastor M, Cola S. A new data assimilation procedure to develop a debris flow run-out model. Landslides, 13(5):1083-1096.

 

(2015) Coccon F, Zucchetta M, Bossi G, Borrotti M, Torricelli P, Franzoi P. A land-use perspective for birdstrike risk assessment: The attraction risk index. Plos One, 10(6), e0128363.

 

(2015) Bossi G, Cavalli M, Crema S, Frigerio S, Quan Luna B, Mantovani M, Marcato G, Schenato L, Pasuto A. Multi-temporal LiDAR-DTMs as a tool for modelling a complex landslide: a case study in the Rotolon catchment (eastern Italian Alps). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15:715-722.

 

(2014) Cortes Arevalo VJ, Charrière M, Bossi G, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Bogaard T, Bianchizza C, Pasuto A, Sterlacchini S. Evaluating quality of data collected by volunteers for first level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14:2681-2698.

 

(2014) Frigerio S, Schenato L, Mantovani M, Bossi G, Marcato G, Cavalli M, Pasuto A. A Web-based platform for automatic and continuous landslide monitoring: the Rotolon case study. Computers & Geosciences, (63):96-105.

 

(2013) Bossi G, Frigerio S, Mantovani M, Schenato L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Hazard assessment of a potential rock avalanche in South Tyrol, Italy: 3D modeling and risk scenarios. Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment, 6: 221–227.

 

(2012) Marcato G, Bossi G, Rivelli F, Borgatti L. Debris flood hazard documentation and mitigation on the Tilcara alluvial fan (Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy province, North-West Argentina). Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 12(6):1873–1882.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was awarded the Ivo Rocchetti Award for the best presentation of a young researcher at the IX National Conference "GIT-Geosciences and Information Technologies" of Montefalco (PG), for the work Addressing ground lithological variability for numerical modeling through a stochastic approach: the Mortisa landslide case study. It is also a member of various scientific societies such as the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the Italian Association of Applied and Environmental Geology (AIGA).

 

Gabriella Carrozza
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: cloud, computer technology, cybersecurity, reliability evaluation, software

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Cloud Advisory Manager at Accenture

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Engineering at the University Federico II of Naples in 2005, she continued her studies obtaining a PhD in Computer and Automatic Engineering at the same University in 2008. In 2007 she was Visiting Researcher at the CSR (Center for Software Reliability) of London City University where she specialized in algorithms and reliability growth models (reliability growth). At the end of the PhD program she was hired by Selex Sistemi Integrati, a company of the Finmeccanica group (now Leonardo) in which she continued her research activities on highly critical software systems, applying methods and results to systems for the control of air traffic, sea traffic and for coastal control. During her experience in Leonardo, she followed industrial research projects under European and national programs as well as dependability assessment and improvement (reliability assessment and improvement) on industrial solutions. In 2014 she began to specialize in methodologies and approaches based on machine learning, to reduce defects in software systems and increase productivity. She was Visiting Researcher at the University of Coimbra under the Marie Sklodowska Curie program aimed at evaluating the reliability of critical software systems OTS (off-the-shelf). Always interested in the issues of resilience, security and reliability of critical infrastructures, she has been Cloud Advisory Manager at Accenture for a year, where she is interested in transformation and migration issues towards cloud systems with particular attention to cybersecurity aspects. In May 2017 she received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bologna Business School.

 

 

Scientific results

During her professional career she coordinated two European projects for SESAR JU, aimed at creating innovative software systems for the supervision of air traffic control systems and airports, and a national project (PON) for the development of methodologies and innovative techniques for testing and validating software systems almost in real time. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the European Commission as an external expert for the review of research projects under the Horizon 2020 program. Her main areas of interest and research are software fault injection strategies, dependability assessment, reliability testing, defect management and security of cloud infrastructures. In 2014, she created a framework for measuring software defects based on static analysis of the code aimed at predicting (failure prediction) software failures. Gabriella Carrozza is present in the program committees of some of the most important conferences in the community of reliable software systems and reviewer of numerous scientific articles in the sector. Since 2017 she is member of Cloud Security Alliance Italy.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She has published a book on software fault diagnosis strategies and several chapters in European publications on reliable systems. She is the author of over 50 scientific articles in international conferences and journals including:

[2015] Carrozza G. Software Faults Diagnosis in Complex Mission Critical Systems: A novel, recovery oriented, approach. Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN-13:978-3-659-67232-3 ISBN-10:3659672327. 

[2015] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Defect analysis in mission-critical software systems: a detailed investigation. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 27(1):22-49.

[2015] Pecchia A, Cinque M, Carrozza G, Cotroneo D. Industry Practices and Event Logging: Assessment of a Critical Software Development Process. IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engeneering, 2:169-178.

[2014] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Dynamic test planning: a study in an industrial context. International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer, 16(5):593-607

[2013] Carrozza G, Faella M, Fucci F, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Engineering Air Traffic Control Systems with a Model-Driven Approach. IEEE Software, 30(3):42-48

[2013] Carrozza G, Manetti V, Marotta A, Canonico R, Avallone S. Exploiting SDN Approach to Tackle Cloud Computing Security Issues in the ATC Scenario. Dependable Computing: 54-60 

[2013] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Analysis and Prediction of Mandelbugs in an Industrial Software System. ICST 2013, IEEE Computer Society: 262-271

[2011] Carrozza G, Natella R. A Recovery-Oriented Approach for Software Fault Diagnosis in Complex Critical Systems. International Journal of Adaptive, Resilient and Automatic System, 2(1):77-104

[2011] Bovenzi A, Cinque M, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Carrozza G. OS-level hang detection in complex software systems. International Journal of Critical Computer-Based System, 2(3/4):352-377

[2010] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pecchia A, Russo S. Memory leak analysis of mission-critical middleware. Journal of Systems and Software, 83(9):1556-1567

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she received the FINMECCANICA Innovation Silver Award for her innovative activities in terms of software quality improvement. In the same year she was Industrial Chair of the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Reliable and Distributed Systems for which she received official IEEE recognition.

Chiara Casarotti
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: seismic building engineering

Keywords: anti seismic building, earthquake, earthquakes, L'Aquila, reinforced concrete

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

PhD, Eng., Head of the Emergency Support Department at the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE, Pavia).

Professional career

She graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture, then she received a Master of Science and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering jointly awarded by the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia and the Università degli Studi di Pavia in 2004.

In 2005 she worked at the University of California San Diego as post-doctoral researcher, and then as a research fellow at the University of Pavia. Since 2006 she has been working at EUCENTRE.

Scientific results

Dr. Casarotti main scientific interests concern applied experimental research the field of earthquake engineering, dynamic response of RC structures, seismic isolation and dissipation devices and emergency technical response.

Since 2007 she is in charge of the scientific supervision of the tests carried out on the Bearing Tester System lab facility of EUCENTRE.

Since 2009 she has been deeply involved in the emergency management and rapid response to earthquake disasters, both within the framework of pilot projects on the European Civil Protection Mechanism modules, national Civil Protection projects and in real disasters (Abruzzi-Aquila 2009, Emilia 2012 and Central Italy 2016), with technical coordination roles.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of national and international publications, including:

(2017) Pavese, M. Furinghetti & C. Casarotti. Investigation of theConsequences of Mounting Laying Defects for Curved Surface Slider Devices under GeneralSeismic Input, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/13632469.2017.1323046
(2017) Casarotti, C., A. Pavese, S. Peloso, B. Borzi.  EUCENTRE e l’emergenza sismica: attività preparatorie e supporto in emergenza durante il Sisma in Centro Italia. N° 2 (2017): Progettazione Sismica
(2014) Monteiro R, Marques M, Adhikari G, Casarotti C, Pinho R. Spectral reduction factors evaluation for seismic assessment of frame buildings. Engineering Structures, 77:129-142.
(2013) Pinho R, Marques M, Monteirom Casarotti C, et al. Evaluation of Nonlinear Static Procedures in the Assessment of Building Frames.Earthquake Spectra, 29(4):459-1476.
(2012) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Valutazione delle strutture nella fase post terremoto. Il modulo sviluppato da Eucentre e l'attività sul campo. Progettazione Sismica, 3:37-48.
(2009) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Seismic Response of the San Salvatore Hospital of Coppito (L'Aquila) during the 6th April 2009 earthquake. Progettazione Sismica, 3, Special Abruzzo, Italiano (163-176) e Inglese (159-172).
(2009) Benzoni C, Casarotti C. Effects of Vertical Load, S train Rate and Cycling on the Response of Lead-Rubber Seismic Isolators. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 13:293-312.
(2009) Casarotti C, Monteiro R & Pinho R. Verification of spectral reduction factors for seismic assessment of bridges. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 42(2).
(2009) Pinho R, Monteiro R, Casarotti C, Delgado R. Assessment of Continuous Span Bridges through Nonlinear Static Procedures. Earthquake Spectra, 25(1):143-159.
(2007) Pinho R, Casarotti C, Antoniou S. A comparison of Single-Run Pushover Analysis Techniques for seismic assessment of bridges. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 36:1347-1362.
(2007) Casarotti C, Pinho R. An adaptive capacity spectrum method for assessment of bridges subjected to earthquake action. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 5:377-390.
(2006) Casarotti C, Pinho R. Seismic response of continuous span bridges through fibre-based finite element analysis. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations 5(1):119-131.

Awards and prizes

Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper In Bridge Engineering 2005, University of Nevada, Reno

Lucia Cattani
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: air treatment, alternative energies, civil engineering, energy efficiency, environmental acoustics, heat transmission, technical physics, thermodynamic cycles

Keywords: awa modula, energy saving, environment, heat transmission, renewable sources, seas-sa, sustainable building, thermodynamic cycles, water extraction from the air, water shortage

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

R&D consultant in SEAS-SA - external researcher and lecturer in University of Pavia

Professional career

In the academic year 2001 she obtained a master degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic, in the University of Pavia (Italy). In the same university in 2002 she obtained a first level master regarding surface waters defence. Four years later, 2006, she obtained the title of environmental acoustic expert, after a post lauream course organised by F.A.S.T. (Milan- Italy). In 2008 she obtained the energy certificatory qualification. In academic year 2008 she became Philosophy Doctor in technologies for energy and environment (Applied Physics) with a thesis about energetic sustainable buildings (University of Bergamo - Italy). From 2001 to 2014 she worked as external researcher and lecturer in Pavia University, Engineering Faculty, in Applied Physics. She also taught in several professional courses. In 2012 Lucia Cattani worked in the research team of the University of Pavia devoted to design a new machine which can extract water from air. The research ended with the prototype construction. In 2014 she became R&D manager for SEAS-SA, a Swiss start up, which bought rights about the said research and started to build and sell integrated machines which extract water from air and permit to increase energy efficiency in building heating and cooling. In 2017 she shifted to a part time occupation in SEAS, as R&D scientific consultant, in order to return to research and teaching activities in Pavia University.

Nowadays she continues her work in SEAS and at the same time carries out research in the field of water from air extraction as external researcher in Pavia University.

Scientific results

Thanks to her studies and previous research work, Lucia Cattani obtained an interdisciplinary attitude, which permits her to work in the branch of Applied Physics which regards advanced integrated plants devoted to increase energy saving and drinking water generation. Having knowledge about: thermodynamics, heat transmission, renewable energies, hydraulics, water sanification and purification treatments, waste treatment and recycling, she was able to become R&D manager of an innovative start up, SEAS SA in the field of AWG (atmospheric water generator). Integrated systems AWA modula, produced by SEAS SA, are not simple water from air extractors, but are particular machines, which can provide not only high quality drinking water, but also two thermal contributes, a fresh and dry airflow and an heating flux. All the said functionalities are obtained at the same time with the same energy consumption. AWA is an evolution of the research prototype and is designed to employ all the useful effects of a reverse cycle applied to environmental air.

Her research field regarded also applied acoustics, heat transmission, energy saving, building sustainability

 

Editorial work and publications

(2018) Cattani L. Magrini A., Cattani P. "Water Extraction from Air by Refrigeration¡ªExperimental Results from an Integrated System Application" Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(11):2262.

(2017) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L.“Water Production from Air

Conditioning Systems: Some Evaluations about a Sustainable Use of Resources” Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1309; doi:10.3390/su9081309

 

 (2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L.”Production of water from the air: the environmental sustainability of air-conditioning systems through a more intelligent use of resources. The advantages of an integrated system. “ Energy Procedia, 78:1153-1158.


(2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartasegna M, Magnani L.”Integrated systems for air conditioning and production of drinking water - Preliminary considerations.” Energy Procedia, 75:1659-1665.


(2010) Magrini A, Cattani L, Magnani L.”A global index to evaluate the acoustical and thermal behavior of buildings: first evaluations and applications to common building walls.” ISRA Melbourne, Victoria, Australian Acoustical Society. 

 

Carla Fabiana Chiasserini
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: telecomunications engineering, telematic engineering

Keywords: 4g, 5g, data transmission, innovation, mobile networks, mobile phone, wifi, wireless networks

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Full Professor, Politecnico di Torino; Research Associate at IEIIT-CNR

Professional career

Carla received her Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications from Politecnico di Torino in 2000. Since 2000, she has been with the Electronics and Telecommunications Department at Politecnico di Torino, where she is currently Full Professor. Before her current appointment, she worked at the Politecnico di Torino under as an Assistant Professor (2000-2006), and as an Associate Professor (2006-2018). From 1998 till 2003, she did research work at the Center for Wireless Communications and at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California at San Diego. In 2012 and 2016, she was a visiting professor at Monash University (Australia). From 2012 till 2018, she has been the Coordinator of the Master Program in Communications and Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.

Scientific results

Carla participated in several National and European projects on wireless network systems, such as the RAMON, VICOM, PATTERN, NEWCOM++, NEWCOM#, MEADOW, VICSUM, FIGARO projects, and she has been the Principal Investigator for the MASP, TA_SL, IoT_|_ToI, and LIMPID national projects, as well as for the H2020 5G-Crosshaul, H2020 5G-TRANSFORMER, and H2020 I-REACT projects. She was the coordinator of the international QNRF GAD project on next-generation wireless access networks (2012-2015), of the international FLAG project on full-duplex radio, and of the MIMOSE project on local mobile connectivity. She has been the Principal Investigator also for the contracts between Politecnico di Torino and ALCATEL, Telecom Italia, Magneti Marelli, INLAB, FCA, and TIM.
Her research interests are mainly in the field of wireless and mobile networks. Her papers have been published in highly prestigious refereed journals, and she has received several Best Paper Awards. Carla is also co-author of six patents.

Editorial work and publications

Carla is Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Communications journal and is an Associate Editor of the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking. She has served for several years in the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, and in the Executive Editorial Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.  
She has co-authored more than 300 papers, among which: 

(2019) Agarwal, S.; Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; De, S., VNF Placement and Resource Allocation for the Support of Vertical Services in 5G Networks. IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking

(2018) Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; Kirkpatrick, S., Cellular Network Traces Towards 5G: Usage, Analysis and Generation, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 

(2015) Malandrino F, Limani Z, Casetti C, Chiasserini CF. Interference-aware downlink and uplink resource allocation in HetNets with D2D support.IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

(2006) Chiasserini, C. F.; Garetto, M., An Analytical Model for Wireless Sensor Networks with Sleeping Nodes, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

(2005) Srinivasan, V.; Nuggehalli, P.; Chiasserini, C.F.; Rao, R.R., An Analytical Approach to the Study of Cooperation in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2005

 

Awards and prizes

-         Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

-         Best Editor for the Ad Hoc Networks Journal  

-         Scientific Advisory Board of  Fondazione Bruno Kessler

-         ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) N2Women Star in Computer Networking and Communications 

 

Bianca Maria Colosimo
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: additive maufacturing, advanced manufacturing processes, mechanic engineering, production engineering, quality control

Keywords: advanced manufacturing processes, industrial statistics, quality, statistical process control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems, Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1996, prof. Colosimo got a PhD in Manufacturing and Production Systems in 2001; in the same year she was visiting postdoc at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). In 1999 she became researcher (assistant professor) and in 2003 associate professor; from 2014 she is full professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2012 she has been the Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the same university, and member of the Department Board since 2014. In January 2017 she has been nominated Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

The main research interest of prof. Colosimo concerns the development of innovative solutions for data mining, monitoring and control in advanced manufacturing processes (e.g., additive manufacturing or 3D printing). She is carrying out research activities in several international projects, such as SAMM (Smart Additive Manufacturing for Metal) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); some European projects (e.g., CleanSky2 AMATHO for the production of large aeronautical components in additive manufacturing); several national and regional  projects on Intelligent Manufacturing (Cluster- High Performance Machining and Sustainable Manufacturing; Made4Lo). She currently has active collaborations with several international research groups: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Pennsylvania State University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), among the others.

 

Editorial work and publications

Bianca Maria Colosimo is Editor-in-chief of  the Journal of Quality Technology (Taylor & Francis). She is in the Editorial Board of Polimi Springerbriefs since 2013 and of IISE Transactions since 2017. She has been acting as refereefor many international journals, such as International Journal of Production Research, Technometrics, IISE Transactions (former IIE Transactions) and The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. She is co-author of more than 130 publications, including: 

(2018) Colosimo B.M., Grasso M. Spatially Weighted PCA for Monitoring Video Image Data with Application to Additive Manufacturing, Journal of Quality Technology, vol. 4, 2018.

(2018) Repossini G., Laguzza V., Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., On the use of spatter signature for in-situ monitoring of Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Additive Manufacturing, 16, 35-48

(2017)   Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., Process Defects and In-situ Monitoring Methods in Metal Powder Bed Fusion: a Review, Measurement Science and Technology, 28(4), 1-25.

(2017) Wang J, Pagani L, Leach RK, Zeng W, Colosimo BM, Zhou L. Study of weighted fusion methods for the measurement of surface geometry. Precision Engineering, 47, 111-121. 
(2017) Grasso M, Laguzza V, Semeraro Q, Colosimo BM. In-Process Monitoring of Selective Laser Melting: Spatial Detection of Defects Via Image Data Analysis. ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 139(5), 016. 
(2016) Grasso M, Colosimo BM, Tsung F. A phase I multi-modelling approach for profile monitoring of signal data. International Journal of Production Research, 1-24. 
(2015) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Senin N. Multisensor data fusion via Gaussian process models for dimensional and geometric verification. Precision Engineering, 40:199-213. 
(2015) Del Castillo E, Colosimo BM, Tajbakhsh S. Geodesic Gaussian Processes for the Reconstruction of a Free-Form Surface. Technometrics, 57, 1, 87-98. 
(2014) Colosimo BM, Cicorella P, Pacella M, Blaco M. From profile to surface monitoring: SPC for cylindrical surfaces via Gaussian Processes. Journal of Quality Technology, 46(2):95-113. 
(2013) Colombo D, Colosimo BM, Previtali B. Comparison of methods for data analysis in the remote monitoring of remote laser welding. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 51, 34-46. 
(2008) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Semeraro Q. Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications: On the Monitoring of Roundness Profiles. Journal of Quality Technology, 40(1):1-18. 

Awards and prizes

In 1996 prof. Colosimo won the UCIMU Degree Award (Union of Italian Machine Tool Manufacturers) and in 2003 was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the Italian Association of Mechanical Technologies (AITeM). In 2008 the article Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications of theJournal of Quality Technology, that she co-authored, was recognized as the "Top downloaded paper of the year ".  In 2017 she was invited speaker at the Stu-Hunter conference.

Chiara Conti
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Aeronautical Engineer, System Engineer

Keywords: System Engineering

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Engineering Manager in Thales

Professional career

Chiara Conti obtains the bachelor in Aerospace Engineering in 2006 and the Master in Aeronautical Engineer in 2009 at the University La Sapienza of Rome including six months of Erasmus experience at the university TU Delft in the Netherlands.

From 2009 to 2010 she continues to focus ont the research initiated with her thesis developing a growing interest in aerodynamics and aero acoustic associated to drones (UAV).

In 2010 Chiara starts her professional career joining the Business Unit for the design and development of Air Traffic Management System in Selex SI (Leonardo).

During the first years in Leonardo, she focuses on Human Machine Interface, Radar Tracks, flight plan trajectory optimization, and detection of conflicts between aircrafts.

In 2013 she obtains the role of Automation Specialist for the project related to the development of the new Hammad airport in Doha, Qatar. She will then grow up in responsibility roles regarding design, requirements definition, verification, and validation of multiple projects related to Air Traffic management today operative in Vietnam, Ukraine, Turkey, Luxemburg, Bulgaria. Chiara will also be product reference for european projects related to the unification of rules for air traffic control (Sesar).

From 2015 Chiara moves to Melbourne, Australia to join Thales for the development of OneSKY project, the biggest and most complex air traffic management system ever developed in the world, the first one merging civil and military control and stakeholders. The system will be characterized by strict safety and security constraints and will allow the simultaneous control of about 11% of the whole world wide air traffic.

In OneSKY she initially has the responsibility of developing the military control tower, when succeeding in this role, she evolves in the role of System Engineering leader managing the entire functional baseline of the project and a team of Senior System Engineers. 

Chiara has today full responsibility of the engineering process starting from customer needs analysis to requirements derivation, modelling of the solution taking into account safety, security, human factor constraints.

In this role Chiara leads meetings with customer counterparts and plan the activities of the team she leads.

Parallel to the leadership role, Chiara continues her research for the development and integration of drones in the existing air traffic management systems (UTM) and for the application of Artificial Intelligence concepts within Air Traffic Management environment. 

Scientific results

During her university thesis and research experience, Chiara obtained numerical and experimental results regarding the aerodynamics associated with end flaps and winglets, identifying the wing configurations that guarantee the highest performance in terms of safety for a UAV seaplane.

During her work experience in Italy, Chiara managed, as reference for the System Engineering area, numerous projects related to air traffic control that are successfully completed and now operational.

She also collaborated in the study and implementation of a new verification and validation process for integrated software, with evident gains in terms of testing time and early detection of problems during the product maturation phase.

She is repeatedly selected as a Leonardo representative and speaker at global conference, and she is responsible for presenting the company's product portfolio at the Air Traffic Management World congress from 2011 to 2015.

During her work experience in Australia, Chiara is a reference for the analysis and functional definition of the "cutting-edge technologies" regarding flight coordination, use of airspace, and optimization of traffic flows from the approach to the runway. This translates into actual results regarding fewer delayed flights and optimization of trajectories with consequent reduction of fuels and CO2 emissions.

As a System Engineering manager, collaborating with Lean management and agile experts, Chiara studies and implements improvements to the production process, obtaining a 30% reduction on the time required for the functional analysis 

Editorial work and publications

[2012] Chini S, Conti C, Bianco F, . The Innovative Working Position. Polaris Innovation Journal.

Awards and prizes

In 2012, winner of Finmeccanica Innovation Award Silver medal 2012 with the project ‘IWP – the Innovative Working Position’,

In 2013, winner together with her team the ATC global award for the project Strela System commissioned by Ukraine Uksatse and defined as  “outstanding contribution to the next generation of Air Traffic Management Systems”,  

  In 2018, wins the Thales Australia Air Traffic Management Collaboration Award.

Valeria De Antonellis
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology

Keywords: big data, informative systems, web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.

Professional career

Graduated cum laude in Physics from University of Milano, she has been CNR research fellow (1977-1980), assistant professor at University of Milano (1980-1989), associate professor at University of Milano (1989-1991) and at Politecnico di Milano (1991-1994), full professor and Director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Ancona (1994-1996). Since 1996, she has been full professor of Information Systems at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, where she has carried out intensive teaching, research and institutional service activities promoting the development of the area of ​​Computer Engineering. From November 2010 to October 2016, she was Rector’s Delegate for the Innovation of Information Systems of the University, and successfully led a radical and complex process of renewal of the ICT infrastructure and information systems, aimed at improving the processing of information, the communication with users and the provision of online services. In this role, she represented the University of Brescia in the Board of Directors and in the Executive Board of the CINECA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for automatic computing) and of the CILEA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for communication and information technology). From 2011 to 2016, she held numerous positions, including those of President of the University Library System and Chair of the ICT Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science (CINI), and University’s delegate for CINI Laboratories on Big Data, Smart Cities, Assistive Technologies.  She is member of Scientific Committees for the organization of specialization courses on Industry 4.0 promoted by the University of Brescia with the Industrial Association of Brescia.

Scientific results

The research activity of Valeria De Antonellis is in the area of ​​databases, information systems and Web with focus on design methodologies, conceptual modeling, representation and semantic integration of data, processes, services. She has been working within several national and international research projects and collaborations, coordinating parts of or whole projects. At international level, she is known for leading the national research project DATAID (Progetto Finalizzato CNR) originating the DATAID-1 methodology for the analysis, design and implementation of database systems (cited in “People Behind Informatics: The history of Conceptual Modeling”). In particular, at the beginning of the eighties, she promoted the "conceptual modeling of both data and processes" in the DATAID methodology anticipating issues of the object-oriented methodologies. To respond to the growing need to share and process data from heterogeneous sources, she proposed original techniques of semantic integration and schema matching. She faced problems in the area of ​​the Semantic Web and semantic interoperability, proposing innovative techniques of search, analysis and ranking of data and services available on the web. Her current research topics are aimed at the development of innovative models, methods and tools for the management and exploration of Big Data, with application in strategic areas such as Smart Cities and Industry 4.0.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is co-author of the books: Relational Database Theory (Benjamin/Cummings 1993, ISBN 0-8053-0249-2) and La Teoria Relazionale dei Dati (Bollati Boringhieri , ISBN: 88-339-5031-X, 1985). Co-editor of the book: Computer-Aided Database Design: the DATAID approach (North-Holland 1985, ISBN 0-444-87735-5).

She published over 200 scientific papers in relevant international journals and conference proceedings of the field, including:

(2018) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Service Discovery and Recommendation for Multi-datasource Access: Exploiting Semantic and Social Technologies. A Comprehensive Guide through the Italian Database Research over the Last 25 Years. Studies in Big Data vol. 31, 375-390, Springer Int. Publ. 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-61892-0.

(2017) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Wiser: A multi-dimensional framework for searching and ranking Web APIs. ACM Transactions on the Web, 11(3):1-32, ISSN: 1559-1131.

(2014) Bianchini D, Cappiello C, De Antonellis V, Pernici B. Service identification in inter-organizational process design. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 7(2): 265-278, ISSN: 1939-1374.

(2010) Bianchini D, Montanelli S, Aiello C, Baldoni R, Bolchini C, Bonomi S, Castano S, Catarci T, De Antonellis V, Ferrara A, Melchiori M, Quintarelli E, Scannapieco M, Schreiber FA, Tanca L. Emergent Semantics and Cooperation in Multi-knowledge Communities: the ESTEEM Approach. World Wide Web, 13(1-2): 3-31, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2008) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Flexible Semantic-based Service Matchmaking and Discovery. World Wide Web, 11(2):227-251, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2006) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Pernici B, Plebani P. Ontology based Methodology for e-Service Discovery. Information Systems, 31(4):361-380, ISSN: 0306-4379.

(2001) Castano S, De Antonellis V, De Capitani D, Vimercati S. Global Viewing of Heterogeneous Data Sources. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 13(2): 277-297, ISSN: 1041-4347.

(1998) Castano S, De Antonellis V, Fugini MG, Pernici B. Conceptual Schema Analysis: techniques and applications. ACM Transactions on Database Systems, 23(3): 286-332, ISSN: 0362-5915.

(1995) Castano S, De Antonellis V. Reference Conceptual Architectures for Re-engineering Information Systems. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, 4(2-3): 213-236, ISSN: 0218-8430.

(1990) De Antonellis V, Zonta B. A Disciplined Approach to Office Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 16(8): 822-828, ISSN: 0098-5589.

(1985) De Antonellis V, Di Leva A. DATAID-1: a Database Design Methodology. Information Systems, 10(2):181-195, ISSN: 0306-4379.

 

Awards and prizes

She has been Chair of the AICA Working Group on Databases (1990-1997). Co-founder of the Italian Pole of Scientific and technological Research on Interoperability "Interop-Vlab.IT" (2008-2014). Co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Conference SEBD (Advanced Systems for Databases).  Member of the "ER International Conference on Conceptual Modeling" Steering Committee. Associate member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Data&Knowledge Engineering, Elsevier. Member of the Scientific Committee of "Collana di Informatica", ed. Franco Angeli.

Recent awards: Outstanding contribution as Conference Co-Chair at International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, 2012; Best paper award at International Conference ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities, 2017; Best paper award at International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 2013.

 

Caterina Falleni
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: design, technological innovation

Keywords: breathalyser, design, dna, floome, freeijiis, innovation, intelligent systems, inventions, new technologies, no profit, refrigerator without electricity, robot, social innovation

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Design Strategist at Awake, San Francisco.

 

Professional career

She graduated in Product & Communication Design at the ISIA of Florence, where she later obtained a Master's degree in Product Design. In 2010 she spent three months in the WAACS Design & Consultancy in Rotterdam, working on various projects, from modeling to the development of innovative products.The following year she became Designer & Consultant for Cristina Fedi Interior Design in Africa, dealing with interior design for the Zalu Resort. In 2012 she won the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis, a refrigeration system that does not require electricity and thanks to this award she moved to Singularity University, in the Nasa Ames research center in California. The following year she worked as executive director for the same Axelera, a non-profit association created by former students of Singularity University and by young professionals settled in Milan. The aim is to spread the understanding of technologies and to foster the development of Italian potential through collaboration, learning and practical application. Still in Milan, she collaborated with Design Group Italia and, in 2014, she became Product & Experience Design Manager of Makr Shark in Turin, where she took care of the design of the robotic bar, now installed all over the world. Since 2015 Caterina Falleni has been working as Design Strategist for Awake, a digital design agency in San Francisco.

 

Scientific results

For her numerous inventions she has been compared to Joy Mangano, the New Yorker who has patented the Miracle Mop self-wringing rotating broom. The Freeijis project, or zero emission fridge, was born in 2010 following a period of work in Africa, where Caterina Falleni studied some structures made with porous materials such as mud or terracotta. Structures that use the process called evaporative cooling, a refrigeration principle used in Africa and India, and recently applied in the West in the construction sector. A natural example of evaporative cooling is skin sweating which allows the lowering of internal body temperature. This process has been associated with materials called PCM (Phase Change Materials), microcapsules inserted in the water contained in the interspace of the refrigerator, which transform the thermal energy into kinetic energy and trigger a partial evaporation of the liquid. The internal aluminum part, aimed at preserving food, gives up energy in the form of heat to restore the balance of the system, activating the self-cooling of the core in which the food is contained. Among the other inventions that Caterina Falleni is working on, there are Floome, a breathalyzer for smartphones, and X&Y Genomics, a platform to display human DNA, so that everyone can access their genetic information.

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis and, in the same year, she obtained the first place in the "What’s up Young Talents" under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic. In 2014 she won first place at the Wired Hack EXPO in Milan for Floome, a blood alcohol meter that can be interfaced with smartphones. In 2015 she obtained the "CoolIdea" award at the San Francisco SolidCon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonella Ferrara
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: advanced automatic control, control engineering, robotics

Keywords: autonomous driving, control of microgrids and power networks, human-robot interaction, process control, robotics, smart mobility, vehicle control, vehicle traffic control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Automatic Control at University of Pavia

Professional career

She got her M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1987 and her PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 1992. She became Assistant Professor at the University of Genova (April 1992), Associate Professor at the University of Pavia (November 1998) and Full Professor of Automatic Control always at the University of Pavia (January 2005).

Scientific results

She has been dealing with the control of complex systems (robotic systems, vehicle networks, vehicular traffic, power networks also based on renewable energy resources). She proposed new algorithms for the control of plants and processes the mathematical model of which is affected by uncertainties. She proposed new approaches to control vehicle traffic in transportation networks with the aim of reducing congestion and environmental impact. She has been working in advanced vehicle control, collaborating with major car manufacturers and coordinating the Italian research group in two European projects (PROTECTOR, ITEAM). In particular, she proposed solutions for driving assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. She has been studying human-robot interaction proposing an approach based on the joint use of conventional control methodologies and artificial intelligence (deep reinforcement learning). She published more than 380 scientific works, including 118 articles in international journals and 3 scientific books. She also contributed with chapters to 23 edited books.

Editorial work and publications

[2019]Ferrara A, Incremona G.P, Cucuzzella M. Advanced andOptimization Based Sliding Mode Control. SIAM.

 

[2018]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control. Springer.

 

[2017]Ferrara A, (Ed.).Sliding Mode Control of Vehicle Dynamics. IET Digital Library.

 

[2019] Regolin E, Alatorre A, Zambelli M, Victorino A, Charara A, Ferrara A. A Sliding Mode Virtual Sensor for Wheel Forces Estimation with Accuracy Enhancement via EKF. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 68(4): 3457-3471.

 

[2018]  Sangiovanni B, Rendiniello A, Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Piastra M. Deep Reinforcement Learning for Collision Avoidance of Robotic Manipulators, Proceedings of the European Control Conference ECC 2018, Limassol, Cyprus.

 

[2018]Canudas de Wit C., Ferrara A. A Variable-Length Cell Transmission Model for Road Traffic Systems. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 97: 428-455.

 

[2018]Cucuzzella M, Lazzari R, Trip S, Rosti S, Sandroni C, Ferrara A. Sliding mode voltage control of boost converters in DC microgrids, Control Engineering Practice, 73:161-170.

 

[2017]Cucuzzella M, IncremonaG.P, Ferrara A. Decentralized Sliding Mode Control of Islanded AC Microgrids with Arbitrary Topology. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 64(8): 6706-6713.

 

[2017]Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Magni L. MPC for Robot Manipulators with Integral Sliding Modes Generation. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22(3):1299-1307.

 

[2015]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Event-triggered model predictive schemes for freeway traffic control.Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 58(Part C):554–567.

 

[2015]Goggia T, Sorniotti A, De Novellis L, Ferrara A, Gruber P, Theunissen J, Steenbeke D, Knauder B, Zehetner J. Integral Sliding Mode for the Torque-Vectoring Control of Fully Electric Vehicles: Theoretical Design and Experimental Assessment. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology64(5):1701-1715.

 

[2012]Capisani L, Ferrara A, Trajectory Planning and Second Order Sliding Mode Motion/Interaction Control for Robot Manipulators in Unknown Environments.IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 59(8):3189 – 3198. 

Awards and prizes

IEEE North Italy Section Electrical Engineering Student Award, 1986

Senior Member of theIEEE, 2003

Outstanding Reviewer for Automatica Award, 2006

Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2013-2016)

Member of the Board of Governors IEEE Control Systems Society (2012; 2016-2018)

Member of the European Control Association (EUCA) Council (Since 2015)

EPSON EMEA WIN-A-ROBOT Contest Award, 2019

 

Debora Fino
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biotechnologies, chemical plants, energy, environment

Keywords: biofuels, carbon dioxide conversion, catalysis, chemical reactors, circular economy, pollutants elimination, waste reduction

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Professor of Chemical Plants at the Polytechnic of Turin; Waste, Water and Food Manager of the Politecnico di Torino (Green Team).

Professional career

After graduating in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, she continued her studies through a PhD program in Chemical Engineering, where she obtained the title at the same University.

She won a workplace as University Researcher in Chemical Engineering, in the scientific sector for Chemical Plants in November 2002, obtaining confirmation. From July 2010 to March 2016 she worked as Associate Professor in the same SSD. In March 2016 she became full professor of Chemical Plants, where she is currently responsible for a research group consisting of 15 young researchers and PhD students at the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Politechnic University of Turin. She is a member of the College of Chemical and Materials Engineering a the College of Energy, her teaching activity is focused on the courses of Plants for the Chemical and Food Industry and Re-use Processes and Energy Enhancement.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests focus mainly on the catalytic treatment of Diesel emissions (eg: filtration and combustion of particulates, the removal of nanoparticles, reduction and adsorption of NOx, development of catalytic traps), on the catalytic combustion of methane (eg: development of catalytic converters for methane-fueled cars), on catalytic filters for the treatment of fumes (eg.: multi-functional systems for the removal of fly ash, NOx and dioxins from incinerators) where she obtained several industrial loans (General Motors, Officine Metallurgiche Cornaglia, Petronas, Pirelli, ....), she won national and community projects (PRIN, TOP-Expert, ADDnano, FlameSOFC, ...) and she has 2 patents. Among her environmental research projects, the systems of advanced oxidation of pollutants (eg reactors and electrocatalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of biorefractory organic pollutants, such as phenol, antibiotics and other drugs, dyes, ...; remediation of polluted soil and self-cleaning surfaces) are of particular importance. Among the research undertaken in recent years of particular importance are the results obtained regarding the analysis of waste treatment platforms, the life cycle analysis of industrial processes from a circular economy perspective, where also in the agri-food sector has collaborated with industries of reference in the sector (eg Waste Italia, Ferrero, Ago Renewables, ENI, Lavazza, AUSTEP, etc.) also obtaining important structured financing as in the case of the Innovative Agro-Food-ECOFOOD platform project coordinated by Ferrero, Research & Innovation for The Improvement of the Sustainability of the Agro-Food Chain, of which Debora Fino was responsible for all the research actions of her University. She currently coordinates the research of 2 Horizon 2020 projects funded by the European Community CELBICON (Cost-effective CO2 conversion into chemicals via combination of Capture, Electrochemical and Biochemical Conversion technologies) and BIOROBURPLUS (Advanced direct biogas fuel processor for robust and cost-effective decentralized Hydrogen production ).

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of over 200 scientific publications, including:

 

(2018) Malavè A C L, Fino D, Gómez Camacho C E, Ruggeri B.  Experimental tests on commercial Sweet Product Residue (SPR) as a suitable feed for anaerobic bioenergy (H2+ CH4) production, Waste Management, 71: 626-635.

(2017) Massa A, Hernandez Ribullen S P, Lamberti A, Galletti C, Russo N, Fino D. Electro-oxidation of phenol over electrodeposited MnOx nanostructures and the role of a TiO2 nanotubes interlayer. Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental, 203: 270-281.

(2016) Negro V, Mancini G, Ruggeri B, Fino D. Citrus waste as feedstock for bio-based products recovery: Review on limonene case study and energy valorization. Bioresource Technology, 214: 806-815.

(2015) Hussain M, Deorsola F A, Russo N, Fino D, Pirone R. Abatement of CH4 emitted by CNG vehicles using Pd-SBA-15 and Pd-KIT-6 catalysts, Fuel, 149: 2-7.

(2014) Mancini G, Viotti P, Luciano A, Fino D. On the ASR and ASR thermal residues characterization of full scale treatment plant, Waste Management, 34: 448-457.

(2013) Ruggeri B, Luongo Malavè A C, Bernardi M, Fino D. Energy efficacy used to score organic refuse pretreatment process for hydrogen anaerobic production, Waste Management, 33: 2225-2233.

(2012) Bensaid S, Deorsola F A, Fino D, Russo N. After-treatment of household wood-fired stove emissions: from catalyst formulation to full-scale system, Catalysis Today, 197: 76-89.

(2011) Palmisano P, Hernandez S P, Hussain M, Fino D, Russo N. A new concept for a self cleaning household oven, Chemical Engineering Journal, 176-177: 253-259.

(2010) Bensaid S, Russo N; Fino D. Power and Hydrogen Co-generation from Biogas, Energy & Fuels, 24: 4743-4747.

(2009) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P, Grizzaffi L. Electrochemical Oxidation process for water condensates recycling in a shuttle orbiter, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 39 (11): 2239-2249.

(2008) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Electrokinetic remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 38: 1035-1041.

(2007) Fino D. Diesel Emission Control:Catalytic Filters for Particulate Removal, Science And Technology Of Advanced Materials, 8 (1-2): 93-100.

(2006) Cauda E, Hernandez S, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. PM0.1 Emissions during Diesel Trap Regeneration, Environmental Science And Technology, 40: 5532-5537.

(2005) Fino D, Carlesi J C, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Deactivation and regeneration of Pt anodes for the electro-oxidation of phenol, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 35(4): 405-411.

(2004) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  A multifunctional filter for the simultaneous removal of fly-ash and NOx from incinerator flue gases, Chemical Engineering Science, 59 (22-23): 5329-5336.

(2003) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  The role of suprafacial oxygen in some perovskites for the catalytic combustion of soot, Journal Of Catalysis, 217: 367-375.

(2002) Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. Filtration and catalytic abatement of diesel particulate from stationary sources, Chemical Engineering Science, 57(22-23): 4955-4966.

 

Awards and prizes

In November 2004 she was winner of the "ITALGAS AWARD - DEBUT IN THE RESEARCH" (XVII edition) for her doctoral thesis (Catalytic combustion of Diesel particulate matter). In February 2007 her article "Innovative means for the catalytic regeneration of particulate traps for diesel exhaust cleaning", Chem. Eng. Sci., 58 (3-6) (2003) 951-958, was awarded by Elsevier Science Publisher as one of the most cited articles of the journal Chemical Engineering Science during the four-year period 2003 - 2006. In December 2007 she was winner of the "SAPIO JUNIOR AWARD for ITALIAN RESEARCH" (IX Edition) for the results obtained in the research "Secondary nanoparticles from filters for the removal of Diesel particulate matter and in other application contexts". October 2009 - the article "Biogas Purification for MCFCs Applications" was awarded among the top 5 by the Scientific Organizing Committee of "HYSYDAYS 2009 - 3rd World Congress of Young Scientists on Hydrogen Energy Systems". The article was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
June 2010 - ITWIIN Award for Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators, she also won of the DISTI (Science and Technology Information Innovation Innovation Center based in Bari) special prize, given the effectiveness of the presentation of potential social and economic impacts of scientific projects.
In September 2011, the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Awards awarded her a special mention in view of the effectiveness in presenting potential social and economic effects of her scientific research by the jury of international experts, Reykjavik (Iceland). In February 2013 the article "M. Hussain, R. Ceccarelli, D.L. Marchisio, D. Fino, N. Russo, F. Geobaldo, Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Application of Novel TiO2 Nanoparticles "in Chemical Engineering Journal 157, 45-51 of 2010 was awarded as the eighth most cited article of the journal Chemical Engineering Journal in the during the period 10/2009 - 9/2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Mazzolai
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biorobotics, robotic engineering

Keywords: bio-inspired engineering, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Coordinator of the Micro-BioRobotics Center (CMBR) in Pontedera, at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa, and Vice Director with responsibility for the operation of the IIT Network Centers.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1995, she joined the Biophysics Institute of the National Research Council (CNR), where she worked on environmental issues and in particular on mercury pollution. From 1997 to 1998 she attended a master in Environmental Management and Control (EMAS) at the Sant’Anna High School in Pisa (SSSA), with an internship at the Office for Foreign Risks of Civil Responsibility and Accidents, of Assicurazioni Generali SpA of Trieste. The following year she was a research assistant at the Research Center in Microengineering (CRIM Lab) of the Sant'Anna High School in Pisa, a position she held until 2004. From the same year until 2009 she was a Biomedical Engineering Researcher at the same Sant’Anna High School. In November 2009 she became Team Leader at the Micro Bio-Robotics Center in Pontedera of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, and in February 2011 she was appointed Coordinator. In 2011 she obtained a research doctorate in Microsystems Engineering at the Tor Vergata University of Rome.

 

Scientific results

Barbara Mazzolai’s research field is soft and bioinspired robotics, an evolution of robotics that involves the use of non-rigid materials inspired by the living world, in particular invertebrate animals and plants. During her time at the CRIM Lab of the Sant'Anna High School, she founded a new research area specifically dedicated to microtechnologies and robotics applicable to the environment and agri-food, playing the role of project manager of European projects such as Octopus, aimed at developing a soft robot inspired by Octopus vulgaris, and DustBot, a network of autonomous robots that can be used to collect door-to-door waste and improve urban hygiene. Arriving at the head of IIT's Micro Bio-Robotics Center, she founded a new research line in the field of bio-inspired robotics and soft robotics called "Plantoid", which aims at the realization for the first time in the world of robots inspired by movements, to the sensorial and communication skills of plants and their roots for soil exploration and environmental monitoring.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Mazzolai is a member of the editorial group of various scientific journals, including Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Soft Robotics, Biomimetics, Robotics & Automation Letters, Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics, Micro-BioRobotics.

She is the author of numerous publications in international scientific journals, such as:

(2016) Laschi C, Mazzolai B, Cianchetti M. Soft robotics: Technologies and systems pushing the boundaries of robot abilities. Science Robotics, 1:(1). 

(2016) Larson C, Peele B, Li S, Robinson S, Totaro M, Beccai L, Mazzolai B, Shepherd R. Highly stretchable electroluminescent skin for optical signaling and tactile sensing. Science, 351(6277): 1071-1074. 

(2016) Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Sinibaldi E, Mazzolai B. Osmolyte cooperation affects turgor dynamics in plants. Scientific Reports, 6. 

(2016) Mazzolai B, Mattoli V. Robotics: Generation soft. Nature, 536 (7617), 400-401.

(2014) Sadeghi A, Tonazzini A, Popova L, Mazzolai B. A Novel Growing Device Inspired by Plant Root Soil Penetration Behaviors. PLoS ONE, 9:(2). 

(2014) Sinibaldi E, Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Mazzolai B. Another lesson from plants: the forward osmosis-based actuator. PLoS ONE, 9(7): e102461. 

(2014) Tramacere F, Kovalev A, Kleinteich T, Gorb SN, Mazzolai B. Structure and mechanical properties of Octopus vulgaris suckers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11: 91, 20130816. 

(2013) Tramacere F, Beccai L, Kuba M, Gozzi A, Bifone A, Mazzolai B. The Morphology and Adhesion Mechanism of Octopus vulgaris suckers. PLoS ONE, 8(6): e65074. 

(2012) Mazzolai B, Margheri L, Cianchetti M, Dario P, Laschi C. Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. II. From artificial requirements to innovative technological solutions. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 7 025005. 

(2011) Mazzolai B, Mondini A, Corradi P, Laschi C, Mattoli V, Sinibaldi E, Dario P. A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots. IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, 16(2), 201-212

Awards and prizes

In 2010 Barbara Mazzolai received the "Marisa Bellisario" award for the scientific and management activity of the "DustBot" project, in 2013 she was awarded the Pio Manzù Prize with the Medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic for her commitment as a scientist for the creation of technologies that open new paths to sustainable development. In 2015 she received, for the same reasons, the Genoa international award: a woman out of the chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

Chiara Montanari
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: alternative energies, applied complexity, diversity management, extreme project management, leadership, logistics, project management, sustainability, systemic design, team management

Keywords: alternative energies, antarctica, complex projects, digital technologies, expedition to Antarctica, explorer, innovation, management, strategy, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope. First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. Expert of leadership & extreme project management.

Professional career

She holds a master degree in Civil engineering (university of Pisa, Italy) and a MBA at MIP (Graduate School of Business of Politecnico di Milano). From 2002 to 2008 she had been working as Energy Manager and Interface Manager at PNRA (National Italian Programme for Antarctic Research), where she had been developing sustainability strategies and operations for the scientific missions to Antarctica.

From 2008 to 2010 she had been appointed twice as Expedition leader at the Italian and French Antarctic research Station Concordia. In 2013, she is back to Antarctica as Head of Logistics fro the French Institute IPEV. In 2015 She had been appointed again Expedition Leader at the Belgian research Station Princess Elizabeth (first Zero Emission Building in Antarctica). 

Besides Polar missions, she had been working in different organisational domains: Innovation & Digital Broadcast Industry in United Kingdom, Sustainability strategies in Italy, and more recently in developing partnership for innovation between China and Italy.

 

She funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”, namely the capability to cope (and to prosper) under the pressure of uncertainties: “Under the pressure of extreme environment you can’t afford neither to be worried nor to be wrong; instead, you must quickly learn how to be effective and overcome difficulties!” 

 

 

She currently work as consultant for companies and as Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope gGmbH.

Scientific results

In her 5 mission to Antarctica (she can be defined an explorer of sec.), Chiara Montanari managed all scientific and logistic activities, including emergency operations and media relationships. A mission to Antarctica is a huge investment from the government to deliver innovation and research programmes in complex situations and hard environment.

Due to her skills in leadership and management, despite the high risks of  these operations,  she successfully completed each mission and all the expected results for their programme.  Particularly, 

she managed several times the operations in one of the most extreme place on earth (Concordia station is settled on the Antarctic Plateau, at 4000 m altitude and temperatures between -50°C in summer and -80°C in winter, and the team is made of 70 people in a multidisciplinary-multicultural environment). Furthermore, she had been acknowledged by the Belgium government for the diplomacy and the effectiveness of the Belgian mission, where she faced the unexpected event of a sabotage at the arrival.

 

On the basis of these experiences and her research in organisational theories, she funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”(a methodology on negotiations and adaptive problem solving), and she is currently working as consultant.

 

Editorial work and publications

In 2015 she published the  book “Chronicles from the ice, 90 days in Antarctica” (Mondadori), in which she proposed the extreme ecosystem of Antarctica as a metaphor for the current business world, namely, coping with continuous changes, high risks and tremendous uncertainty.

Awards and prizes

First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. 

In 2014 she had been awarded by the city of Milan with “Ambrogino d’oro” (civic medal) for her engagement in boosting Technological Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation .

Isabella Nova
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: catalysis, chemical engineering

Keywords: air pollution, catalysis, emissions, energy, energy sources, environment, fuels, nanotechnologies, patent emission reduction, renewable energies, technology, vehicle exhaust gases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Industrial and Technological Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, then continued her education with a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in 1999 from University of Milan, and with a post doctorate at Politecnico di Milano. In 2002 she became assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. In 2007 she became an associate professor, while since 2008 she moved to the Department of Energy, where she is now a full professor.

Since 2018 she is coordinator of the degree program board for Chemical Engineering (Bachelor and Master level) and Ingegneria della Prevenzione e della Sicurezza nell’Industria di Processo (Master level) at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2019 she is Vice Dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

Environmental catalytic processes and energy sources are among the main scientific interests of Isabella Nova. Specifically, she studies the catalytic technologies for the control of pollutant emissions from lean combustion exhaust gas, photo-electrochemical processes for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals.

She is currently working with Daimler AG (DE), MTU (DE), FPT (I), Johnson Matthey (UK), Polytechnic of Milan, and in EU-H2020 projects.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 130 national and international scientific articles, of 4 international patents, co-editor of 6 special issues of Catalysis Today (Elsevier) and 1 book (Springer), co-author of more than 250 congress communications to conferences.

She was invited to present the results of her work to more than 20 national and international universities or research centers, and to act as a keynote or plenary speaker at more than 10 international conferences.

Scientific journal metrics – February 2019:

Research ID                      http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-2395-2015

                                            H -index: 41                      Citation Index: 5117

Scopus ID                         https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7004116228

                                            H-index: 44                       Citation Index: 6408

Google Scholar ID         https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=HnvHQ-UAAAAJ&hl=it

                                            H-index: 51                       Citation Index: 8573

Awards and prizes

Her scientific work in the field of environmental catalysis has led to several awards, such as the invitation to give lectures to important international conferences and research centers of universities and international companies, the invitation to act as editor for several volumes dedicated to study of catalytic processes for the removal of polluted substances (Catalysis Today, Elsevier Ed.) and a book dedicated to SCR technology for the control of NOx emissions on board vehicles (Springer), to the participation in the Editorial Board of the magazine Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Elsevier).

She also received some prizes, including the Young Scientists Prize in the 13th International Congress on Catalysis, in Paris (2004), the Glenn Award for the San Diego Meeting of the Fuel Chemistry Division (2005), the K-idea award from the Kilometro Rosso and the Energy award from Schneider Electric for the patent "Apparatus and process for reducing the content of nitrogen oxides in exhaust gases of combustion systems" (2009).

In 2018 she was included in the Inspiring 50 Italy list (https://italy.inspiringfifty.org/italy-2018)

 

 

Elisa Poggiali
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: environment, internationalization, sustainable development

Keywords: communication, ecology, energy, energy saving, environment, marketing, territory

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Technician / Engineer  working for Provincial Administration of Siena.

Member of  the Management Board of A.P.E.A. (provincial Agency for Energy and Environment).

Professional career

After graduating as an Environmental and Territory Engineer from the University of Florence in 2000 and after specializing in Environmental Management and Quality Systems in 2001, I started working as an expert in Environment and Sustainable Development with the team of Coordinators of Agenda 21 (the UN Action Plan for sustainable development for the 21st century) called Terre di Siena.It is a plan a plan to carry out environmental, economic and social sustainability projects in Siena province.

I published articles for magazines and journals and I also developed long-life learning and professional training courses. I dealt with the involvement of economic stakeholders and I took responsibility for services and young people advance.

From 2002 to 2004, within the Environmental Development & Consulting Department of Monte dei Paschi Bancaverde Spa, I was a consultant on the issues of ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 and EMAS certifications for client companies and companies engaged in investments (over 1,000,0000 €) in the field of renewable energy (wind farms, photovoltaic parks, biomass power plants, waste management and recovery plants).

For several years I was a member of the Environmental Assessment and Landscape Commission of the Municipal Building Commission.

From 2005 to 2012 I worked for Toscana Promozione, the regional agency for economic and tourist promotion.

I dealt with territorial marketing and attracted foreign direct investments. I worked on issues and projects developing active and passive internationalization and research. I mapped the economic and the excellent scientific-technological regional offer (in several sectors: renewable energy, real estate, life sciences, ICT and nautical field). I handled activities concerning promotion and searching for partners or foreign investors to match them with the excellences of the regional R & D and industry.

Being responsible for this field, I took part in promotional tours or missions abroad together with CEO, managers or entrepreneurs of Tuscan companies and multinational companies and also together with research managers of Tuscan universities or research centres. In 2007 I led the Tuscan ICT selected delegation during the Italian Springevent in Tokyo.

I was also responsible for the organization of incoming trips in Tuscany of specialized international Venture Capitalists and collaborated in the preparation of related bilateral meetings with selected companies and actors of the Tuscan research system. 

Subsequently, I worked as a Key Account for companies working in the mechanical sector and in other high-tech sectors in Tuscany.

In 2008 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of APEA (Provincial Agency for Energy, Environment and Local Development), an in-house company created to carry out actions in the field of environment and energy and  whose functions subsequently expanded in order to manage economic development and to design European projects.

Since 2103 I have carried out engineering and technical-design actions within the Public Works Office of Siena Province Administration. I have worked in the field of soil protection and subsequently in the road sector, also checking activities meant to promote work health and safety as Head of the Prevention Service and Protection for the same institution.

Scientific results

I am an expert in sustainable development, territorial promotion and internationalization. 

In particular, I have implemented business management systems and public administration systems as far as environmental, quality and safety enhancement is concerned.

I have dealt with the promotion of economic development establishing international relations (both scientific and economic), creating knowledge networks in order to attract FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) and stimulating Tuscan SMEs to grow.

I am highly qualified to carry out activities concerning sustainable development and very well skilled and experienced to implement action plans and projects and to share objectives for local territories in this field.

I have supervised business development as a consultant and I have been responsible for the participation of companies active in several sectors, predominantly high technology and innovation, in specialized trade events and fairs abroad.

 

Editorial work and publications

I am the author of some publications and information materials on the relevant programme areas, strategies, policies and processes identified in AGENDA21:

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Handbook AG21 of Terre di Siena, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2002;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., The voluntary environmental certification tools: public and private companies working together. Circondario Valdelsa, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2003;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Poggiali E., Operational Handbook of Local Agenda 21, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2005; http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Biserni, Bolognin, Chaussadis, Cesareo, Giovannoni, Mautone, Penna, Poggiali, Frameworks for the construction of wind  farms by Local Authorities,published by  Tuscany Region Department of Territorial and Environmental Policies, Energy Area, 2005.

From 2005 to 2012 I completed and revised documents and contents meant for promotion and for institutional and business and web content communication (www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it; www HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/". HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/"investintuscany.com)

 

Sabrina Pricl
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: chemical engineering, nanotechnologies

Keywords: cancer, chronic mieloid leukemia, drugs resistance, leukemia, molecular engineering, nanotechnologies, nanovectors, proteins, rna, therapy, tumor

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

The Research Manager in "Life Science" of the MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste.

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Trieste, in 1986 she obtained the qualification to the profession. From 1986 to 1990 she worked as a fellow at the Area Science Park in Trieste and at the University of Trieste. From 1990 to February 2002 she was teaching assistant at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trieste. Since 2002 she is associate professor of Chemical Engineering in the same faculty.

 

Scientific results

The main research activities are focused on the study, correlation and prediction of the structure/property relationships of complex molecular systems such as dendrimers (macromolecules with a characteristic tree structure), proteins and drug transporters. In 2014, Sabrina Prici, together with other researchers from MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste and colleagues at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, published the results of the study on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). The study identified the molecular dynamics responsible for resisting targeted drugs. It was proved that patients undergoing long-term therapy developed mutations of a particular protein (BCR-ABL1) that made the therapy ineffective. So, Sabrina Prici and her colleagues provided important information for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, allowing not only the possibility of expressing a personalized therapy for the patient, but also investigating the possibility of creating active ingredients antagonistic to the protein mutation. Also in 2014, as part of international research, Sabrina Prici and colleagues develop a "nanovector" capable of transporting and protecting small strands of RNA that have important anti-tumor and anti-viral therapeutic capabilities. In the absence of these "nanovectors" the small strands of RNA cannot be used for therapeutic purposes because they are recognized by the immune system as "exogenous" and therefore destroyed. The discovery is of absolute importance for the development of new therapies.

 

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Sabrina Pricl is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications, including:

(2016) Chen C, Posocco P, Liu X, Cheng Q, Laurini E, Zhou J, Liu C, Wang Y, Tang J, Dal Col V, Yu T, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Liang Z, Rossi JJ, Liu M, Rocchi P, Pricl S, Peng L. Mastering dendrimer self-assembly for efficient siRNA delivery: from conceptual design to in vivo efficient gene silencing. Small, 12:3667-3676.

(2015) Brambilla L, Genini D, Laurini E, Merulla J, Perez L, Fermeglia M, Carbone GM, Pricl S, Catapano CV. Hitting the right spot: Mechanism of action of OPB-31121, a novel and potent inhibitor of the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3). Molecular Oncology, 9:1194-1206.

(2015) Tuo W, Chao C, Juan L, Cheng L, Posocco P, Xiaoxuan L, Qiang C, Shuaidong H, Zicai L; Fermeglia M, Pricl S, et al. Anticancer drug nanomicelles formed by self-assembling amphiphilic dendrimer to combat cancer drug resistance. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 112:2978-2983.

(2014) Gibbons DL, Pricl S, Posocco P, Laurini E, Fermeglia M, Sun H, Talpaz M, Donato N. Quintás-Cardama A. Molecular dynamics reveal BCR-ABL1 polymutants as a unique mechanism of resistance to PAN-BCR-ABL1 kinase inhibitor therapy. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 111:3550-3555.

(2014) Liu X, Zhou J, Yu T, Chen C, Cheng Q, Sengupta K, Huang Y; Li H, Liu C, Wang Y, Posocco P, Wang M, Cui Q, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Pricl S, et al. Adaptive Amphiphilic Dendrimer-Based Nanoassemblies as Robust and Versatile siRNA Delivery Systems. Angewandte Chemie. International Edition, 53, 11822-11827.

(2012) Posocco P, Gentilini C, Bidoggia S, Pace A, Franchi P, Lucarini M, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pasquato L. Self-organization of mixtures of fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon amphiphilic thiolates on the surface of gold nanoparticles. Acs Nano, 6:7243-7253.

(2011) Barnard A, Posocco P, Pricl S, Calderon M, Haag R, Shum WT, Pack WD, Smith DK. Degradable Self-Assembling Dendrons for Gene Delivery – Experimental and Theoretical Insights into the Barriers to Cellular Uptake. Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 133:20288-20300.

(2011) Pierotti M, Tamborini E, Negri T, Pricl S, Pilotti S. Targeted therapy in GIST: in silico modeling for prediction of resistance. Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology, 8:161-170.

(2009) Negri T, Pavan GM, Virdis E, Greco A, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S, Tamborini E. T670X KIT mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors: making sense of missense. Journal Of The National Cancer Institute, 101: 194-204.

(2006) Tamborini E, Pricl S, Negri T, Lagonigro MS, Miselli F, Greco A, Gronchi A, Casali P, Ferrone M, Fermeglia M, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S. Functional analyses and Molecular modeling of two c-Kit mutations responsible for Imatinib secondary resistance in GIST patients. Oncogene, 25, 6140-6146.

Awards and prizes

Sabrina Pricl is a member of the following scientific societies: American Chemical Society, The Society of Rheology, Italian Society of Rheology, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, COMSEF (Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum), Editorial Board of Carbohydrate Polymers.

 

 

 

Manuela Teresa Raimondi
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biomedical engineering

Keywords: biopharmaceuticals, drugs, in vitro organs, regenerative medicine, stamina cells, tissue engineering

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Professional career

After the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, in 2000 she receives her PhD in Bioengineering at at Politecnico di Milano, where she develops her career. In 2003 she founds a Bioengineering research unit, inside the IRRCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milano, which she directs until 2008. Since 2010 she founds and directs the Mechanobiology laboratory at the Dept of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”. From 2013 to 2015 she is the coordinator of the PhD program in Bioengineering. Since 2014 she founds and directs the LuCId lab, for live cell imaging. Since 2015 she is the referent person of Politecnico di Milano for the frame agreement with IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milano.

Scientific results

Her scientific activity focuses on bioengineering, on the understanding and the consequent control of biological mechanisms through engineering devices for cell culture outside the human organism. An important result was that of succeeding in orienting the production of organoids (simplified and miniaturized versions of an organ produced in vitro), for example brain tissue or bone tumor metastasis, using miniaturized devices called "millifluidic bioreactors". Manuela Raimondi has designed such systems to produce and maintain living tissue in culture to be used for the experimentation of new drugs, such as chemotherapeutic and anti-inflammatory drugs, in a much more realistic way than conventional cell culture, reducing the use of experimental animals. In her studies she focused on "mesenchymal" cells, i.e. stem cells of bone and cartilage tissue, which provide the natural regenerative and reparative capacity to the tissues of the human body.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of around 200 scientific publications, among which: 

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, A.Villasante, K.Yaeger, S. Ambati, A. Chramiec, M.T. Raimondi, G. Vunjak-Novakovic. Biomechanical regulation of drug sensitivity in an engineered model of human tumor. Biomaterials. 2018 Jan;150:150-161. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.10.020

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, Nava MM, Yaeger K, Chramiec A, Hao L, Robinson ST, Guo XE, Raimondi MT, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Human bone perivascular niche-on-a-chip for studyingmetastatic colonization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb 6;115(6):1256-1261. doi:10.1073/pnas.1714282115.

[2016] Garcia B, Rodriguez Matas JF, Raimondi MT. Modeling of the mechano-chemical behavior of the nuclear pore complex: current research and perspectives. Integrative Biology, 8(10): 1011-1021 doi: 10.1039/c6ib00153j

[2016] Nava MM, Di Maggio N, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Martin I, Raimondi MT. Synthetic niche substrates engineered via two-photon laser polymerization for the expansion of human mesenchymal stromal cells. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, doi: 10.1002/term.2187

[2016] Nava MM, Piuma A, Figliuzzi M, Cattaneo I, Bonandrini B, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Remuzzi A, Raimondi MT. Two-photon polymerized "nichoid" substrates maintain function of pluripotent stem cells when expanded under feeder-free conditions. Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 7:132. doi: 10.1186/s13287-016-0387-z

Awards and prizes

Manuela Raimondi received many grants and awards, among which three ERC grants:

 

2000-2001: Young Investigator Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2005-2006 e 2006-2007: Research Award from the Cariplo Foundation.

2006 e 2007: Rocca Award from the MIT-Italy program.

2010-2011: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

2011-2012: Young Researcher Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2015-2020: ERC-CoG-2014 Grant award in stem cell mechanobiology, from the European Research Council. Project NICHOID.

2017-2018: ERC-PoC-2016 Grant award in stem cell bioengineering, from the European research Council. Project NICHOIDS.

2019-2020 ERC-PoC-2018 Grant award in microfluidic bioengineering, from the European Research Council. Project MOAB.

2018-202: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.