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.

Role in the project

  • To coordinate the project
  • To coordinate WP2 on platform requirements and user data acquisition
  • To provide expertise in Additive Manufacturing
  • To contribute on the dissemination and communication activities

Team Members

PRIME-VR2 Project Coordinator & Professor at UOP

Sandro Barone

Prof. Sandro Barone is Full Professor of Design and Methods of Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa. He received a M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Palermo in 1990. He worked for about two years in the design office of Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie (Pistoia), Italy. In 1995 S. Barone received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Design, and worked for one year at the University of Sheffield (UK) as research associate. He joined the University of Pisa in 1996. His teaching activity includes Industrial Design, Modelling Industrial Products, and Industrial Technical Drafting. He is member of the PhD board in Mechanical Engineering. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Strain and he has acted as reviewer for the following scientific journals: Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, Strain, Experimental Mechanics and Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. He published about 100 peer reviewed scientific papers, mainly in international journals. In 1997 he received the prestigious Hetenyi Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics. The main research areas are: design methods, CAD/CAE systems, optical technologies for 3D scanning, optical methods for mechanical design, Additive Manufacturing technology. In 2004 he founded ScanSystems spin-off company, today AirNivol S.r.l.

Associate Professor

Armando Razionale

Prof. Armando Razionale is Associate Professor of Industrial Design Methods at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa. He received an M.Sc. Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 2004. His research topics include Reverse Engineering, Computer Aided Design and Engineering, Image Processing for Computer Vision, 3D medical Imaging and Design for Additive Manufacturing. 3D structured light-based techniques for the acquisition and modelling of complex 3D shapes in industrial and biomedical contexts. Prof. Razionale is author/co-author of more than 60 papers published in international refereed journals and conferences. He has participated to several research projects, also coordinating the R&D activities. In 2004 he founded ScanSystems spin-off company, today AirNivol S.r.l.

T2.2 Leader and Assistant Professor at UOP

Paolo Neri

Paolo Neri is Assistant Professor of Industrial Design Methods at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa. He received an M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2012) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2015) at the University of Pisa. His research topics include Mechanical systems modelling and simulation, Experimental Dynamic characterization, Reverse Engineering, 3D structured light-based techniques for the acquisition and modelling of complex 3D shapes and for vibration measurements, and custom 3D printing processes for engineering and biomedical applications. Dr. Neri is author/co-author of more than 30 papers published in international refereed journals and conferences. He has participated to several research projects, also being in charge of a research grant of University of Pisa.

Associate Professor at UOP

Alessandro Paoli

Prof. Alessandro Paoli is Associate Professor of Design and Methods of Industrial Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa. He received the master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Pisa and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the same University. His research activities have been focused on Image Processing and Reverse Engineering techniques for the reconstruction of complex 3D shapes in industrial and biomedical contexts. Current research interests are oriented toward the development of 3D printers for challenging applications in industrial and biomedical fields. He participated to several academic and industrial research projects and his research activity has been disseminated by more than 60 papers published in international refereed journals and conferences.

Postdoctoral Researcher at UOP

Francesco Tamburrino

Francesco Tamburrino is Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of Università di Pisa. His research activities are mainly focused on industrial design, materials science and technology, additive manufacturing, cellular materials and dental materials.

Beatrice Aruanno

Postdoctoral Researcher at UOP

Beatrice Aruanno

Dr Beatrice Aruanno is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa. She received the M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2016 and the PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the same university in 2020. Her research topics include mechanical design, virtual and physical prototyping, augmented/virtual reality, and intelligent user interfaces.

Coordinator’s Secretariat/Project Management

Andrea Goetz

Andrea Goetz is a Project Manager working since 2008 at the University of Pisa. She has more than ten years of experience managing EU funded and national research projects, further to the personnel management and performing general administrative tasks. She worked for several years as assistant to the Editor-in-Chief for Journals and Conferences in Robotics and Automation.