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III Level Excellence Course

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Seminar June 26

Engineering Optimization: Evolution or Revolution?

Prof. Alicia Kim, Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Structures at Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, UK

Friday, June 26 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Ground floor, meeting room - CSHR (IIT), Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino


Invited by Prof. Paolo Fino, Full Professor in Materials Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino; Senior Scientist for the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Research Line at CSHR@IIT


Ops was the Roman goddess of fertility and earth and the mother of Jupiter, the king of the gods. As the earth distributes goodness and abundance to all humans, the word optimum came to mean the best of all possible. Indeed, all things on earth have been improving themselves or evolved over many years. Darwin would have us believe that all biological beings have been constantly updating themselves. It is perhaps an innate human nature to follow suit and optimise everything around us. Many of us plan a shortest route when running errands around town. We are constantly balancing the conflicting objectives of cost and enjoyment when planning a holiday. Aerospace engineers want to make a lighter aircraft to fly further and faster with less fuel. Producing the best or the optimum design for a complex engineering system is not an easy task. Biology tells us that complex systems have evolved over billions of years. One way to bypass the slow incremental evolution and move quickly towards an optimum design is to formulate an engineering problem by mathematical functions and find the minimum point. This lecture will present the state of the art engineering optimisation and where this is leading us. The question is, can this mathematical optimisation revolutionise the future engineering?

Short bio

Alicia Kim is a Senior Lecturer in aerospace structures at Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, UK. She has Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I) and PhD from Department of Aeronautical Engineering, University of Sydney, Australia. She received Zonta International Foundation Amelia Earhart Award and Royal Academy of Engineering Anglo-Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award for research. Her primary research interests are in structural and topology optimization, modeling structural non-linearity, and work-flow environment for multidisciplinary optimization. She is a Senior Member of AIAA and a member of Royal Aeronautical Society.


Friday, June 5th 2015 at 10.30

CSHR Seminar - Polymer and hybrid nanocomposites and nanostructures, with a focus on functionally graded polymer nanocomposites

Yves Leterrier, Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)- CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Tommaso Nardi, Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)- CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

CSHR – IIT@PoliTo – Corso Trento 21 - Torino - Conference Room


38th International Spring Seminar on Electronics Technology "Novel Trends in Electronics Manufacturing"


The 38th International Spring Seminar on Electronics Technology (ISSE 2015) is an international event focused on exchange of information between senior and young scientists from academic communities and electronic industries.

In this event, two of our PhD students, Beatrice Miccoli e Alessia Damilano, have received respectively the

- Best Paper Award for the paper “Interface of a Single ZnO-Nanowire Assembled onto Custom-Fabricated Nanogap Device for UV Sensing Applications” and

- Excellent Poster Award for the paper “A Flexible Resistive Read-Out Circuit Suitable to Multi-purpose ZnO Nanostructured Transducers for Robotic Applications



HExEC, un esoscheletro per la mano

Marzo 2015

Il progetto HExEC (Hand Exoskeleton Emg Controlled), coordinato dal ricercatore Paolo Ariano si è posto l’obiettivo di realizzare uno strumento meccatronico in grado di compensare deficit motori delle mani in persone affette da patologie (tunnel carpale, conseguenze da ictus, anziani, etc …), di aumentare la resistenza alla fatica, la destrezza e la resistenza in persone normodotate che si trovino a dover lavorare in condizioni di stress motorio e di essere di ausilio a fini riabilitativi.

A differenza di altri prototipi presentati in precedenti studi di ricerca uno dei traguardi del progetto HExEC, è stato quello di rendere il dispositivo indossabile e facilmente trasportabile. Esistono altri esoscheletri di questo tipo che sfruttano motori di grandi dimensioni o sistemi idraulici per assistere il movimento dell’utilizzatore.

Il progetto ha sviluppato un prototipo, in grado di essere utilizzato, al momento in condizioni di laboratorio, composto da un guanto meccatronico, un supporto per gli attuatori e gli elettrodi da applicare sull’avambraccio ed uno zainetto contenente l’elettronica di amplificazione dei segnali elettromiografici (EMG), l’elettronica di interfaccia degli attuatori e le batterie di alimentazione.

Il progetto è frutto della collaborazione del Center for Space Human Robotics (CSHR) dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) e aziende del territorio: Novasis, OTBioelettronica e BFT.


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