University of Pisa
The University of Pisa (UOP) is a public institution with twenty departments, and high-level research centres in the agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine sectors. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industries, especially those based in information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies. The University of Pisa is amongst the top institutions in the majority of international rankings. According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018, published by the Shanghai JaoTong University, the University of Pisa ranked first in Italy for Mathematics, alongside the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Bologna and La Sapienza di Roma, as well as being ranked second for Physics and Astronomy. This places the University of Pisa amongst the top 10% of universities evaluated worldwide. According to the QS Stars classification scheme, Pisa is a four star university, that achieves the top rating of five stars in the fields of research, innovation and accessibility. UOP has extensive experience in managing EC projects under FP7 and H2020. It is involved in 157 FP7 projects, of which 27 coordinated, and in around 100 H2020 projects, of which 15 coordinated.
The Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI) is one of the 20 departments, and is the one involved in the PRIME-VR2 project. It consists of about 70 Faculty members doing research in the areas of mechanical engineering, machine design, vehicle design and structural dynamics, strength of materials, experimental mechanics, and computational mechanics. The Faculty members teach courses in the Bachelor program in Mechanical Engineering, in the M.Sc. program in Mechanical Engineering and in Vehicle Engineering, and in the PhD program in Industrial Engineering.