Projects

The procurement of externally financed research projects by the School's faculty is essential not only to the prestige of IMT, but the funding received also makes up a considerable portion of the yearly budget. The strong interdisciplinary nature of the School equips IMT to face a multitude of diverse and far-reaching research projects with a notable degree of versatility, particularly thanks to its core of general methodological competences like dynamical systems theory, economic analysis, management science, control theory, operations research, numerical simulation, complex systems, statistics, distributed computing, model abstraction and formal verification of properties, machine learning, manipulation of massive databases, and so on.

Below you can find a list of all research projects currently carried out at IMT, as well as those that have already concluded.

New Projects

App medica per età vascolare - Sviluppo e validazione di una App medica per il calcolo dell’Età Vascolare

Call: Bando 2014-2015- “Ricerca” della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
Funding: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 03/08/2015 – 06/06/2016
Abstract:
L’obiettivo è sviluppare un algoritmo per il calcolo dell’età vascolare, basato sul database europeo SCORE. In particolare verrà sviluppata una App rivolta ai medici, che sarà validata mediante misurazioni dirette vascolari con diagnostica strumentale non invasiva. A tale scopo saranno sottoposti alla valutazione dei fattori di rischio cardiovascolare e a valutazioni strumentali soggetti di età superiore ai 40 anni, i cui risultati saranno successivamente confrontati con la valutazione dell’età vascolare calcolata mediante algoritmo. Il progetto potrebbe avere una concreta ricaduta operativa sulle Aziende Sanitarie del territorio della Provincia di Lucca, permettendo di migliorare il servizio di prevenzione cardiovascolare ai pazienti.
Research Unit: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola

CoeGSS - Center of Excellence for Global Systems Science

Call: Horizon 2020- H2020-EINFRA-2015-1 (Research and Innovation Action project)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/10/2015 – 30/09/2018
Abstract:
Global Systems Science – GSS – is an emerging research field focused on the risks and opportunities involved in global coordination problems. Examples of global systems include the internet, financial markets, intellectual property rights, global energy use and others. Developing evidence and understanding in view of such systems and of related policies is rapidly becoming a vital challenge for modern societies. It requires capabilities for transdisciplinary work that cannot be mastered without massive use of ICT. By the nature of the problem, the relevant datasets are mostly very big, including data streams from social media. To make things more complicated, the relevant algorithms do require the power of high-performance computing. High Performance Data Analysis (HPDA) is the key to success for GSS! A key contribution of the Center of Excellence for Global Systems Science – COEGSS – will be the development of an HPC-based framework to generate customized synthetic populations for GSS applications. By blending GSS and HPC, we will be able to provide decision makers and civil society with real-time assessments of global risks and opportunities as well as with essential background knowledge about them. This will enable the HPC industry to supply hard- and software for applications well beyond the issues to which HPC has been dedicated so far.
Web site: http://coegss-project.eu
Research Units: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

SoBigData- SoBigData Research Infrastructure

Call: Horizon 2020 Call for INFRAIA-2014-2015-Integrating and opening Research infrastructures of European Interest - Topic INFRAIA-1-2014-2015 (Research and Innovation Action project)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2019
Abstract:
One of the most pressing and fascinating challenges scientists face today, is understanding the complexity of our globally interconnected society. The big data arising from the digital breadcrumbs of human activities promise to let us scrutinize the ground truth of individual and collective behaviour at an unprecedented detail and scale. There is an urgent need to harness these opportunities for scientific advancement and for the social good. The main obstacle to this accomplishment, besides the scarcity of data scientists, is the lack of a large-scale open infrastructure, where big data and social mining research canbe carried out.  To this end, SoBigData proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem: a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life, as recorded by “big data”. Building on several established national infrastructures, SoBigData will open up new research avenues in multiple research fields, including mathematics, ICT, and human, social and economic sciences, by enabling easy comparison, re-use and integration of state-of-the-art big social data, methods, and services, into new research. It will not only strengthen the existing clusters of excellence in social data mining research, but also create a pan-European, inter-disciplinary community of social data scientists, fostered by extensive training, networking, and innovation activities. In addition, as an open research infrastucture, SoBigData will promote repeatable and open science. Although SoBigData is primarily aimed at serving the needs of researchers, the openly available datasets and open source methods and services provided by the new research infrastructure will also impact industrial and other stakeholders (e.g. government bodies, non-profit organisations, funders, policy makers).
Web site: http://www.sobigdata.it
Research Units: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

WB@Lucca – Well Being @ Lucca

Call: Bando 2014-2015 - "Ricerca" della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
Funding: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 04/07/2014-03/07/2016
Abstract:
L’obiettivo di WB@Lucca è la realizzazione di una piattaforma mobile di servizi personali e personalizzati basati sull’uso di tecnologie ICT innovative e non invasive al fine di migliorare la qualità della vita e la condizione di benessere degli abitanti di Lucca e stimolarne la solidarietà sociale. WB@Lucca si rivolge ad una specifica categoria di utenti: persone anziane che tendono ad assumere comportamenti sedentari, spesso con problemi di riabilitazione motoria, non si curano di seguire un’alimentazione corretta e tendono ad isolarsi dal punto di vista sociale. WB@Lucca propone una serie di servizi ed applicazioni per dispositivi mobili mirati a migliorare le condizioni di vita di tali soggetti, aumentandone l’autonomia e fornendo un supporto anche per i loro familiari. WB@Lucca sarà sviluppata come piattaforma software in versione prototipale, estendibile con ulteriori servizi ed applicazioni sempre in ambito salute e benessere.
Research Units: PRIAn
IMT Contact: Sotirios Tsaftaris

Ongoing Projects

APrICor - Analisi delle reti complesse applicata allo studio della correlazione in immagini biomediche

Call: Framework Agreement 
Funding: IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 15/01/2012- 14/07/2016
Abstract: Immagini dinamiche generate da tecniche avanzate di imaging biomedico possono essere rappresentate come grafi, o reti, i cui vertici sono costituiti dai “pixel” dell’immagine, e i link“ da una misura di correlazione tra coppie di pixel. Il progetto si propone di applicare sviluppi recenti nell’analisi della struttura e della topologia delle reti complesse all’analisi di immagini dinamiche di sistemi biologici.
Web site:  
Research Unit: NETWORKS - PRIAn
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

CA2PVM- Multi-field and multi-scale Computational Approach to design and durability of PhotoVoltaic Modules

Call: FP7 - ERC - Starting grant (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ideas/home_en.html)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Sole Beneficiary
Duration: 01/11/2013 – 30/11/2017
Abstract: (PV) based on Silicon (Si) semiconductors is one the most growing technology in the World for renewable, sustainable, non-polluting, widely available clean energy sources. Theoretical and applied research aims at increasing the conversion efficiency of PV modules and their lifetime. The Si crystalline microstructure has an important role on both issues. Grain boundaries introduce additional resistance and reduce the conversion efficiency. Moreover, they are prone to micro-cracking, thus influencing the lifetime. At present, the existing standard qualification tests are not sufficient to provide a quantitative definition of lifetime, since all the possible failure mechanisms are not accounted for. In this project, an innovative computational approach to design and durability assessment of PV modules is put forward. The aim is to complement real tests by virtual (numerical) simulations. To achieve a predictive stage, a challenging multi-field (multi-physics) computational approach is proposed, coupling the nonlinear elastic field, the thermal field and the electric field. To model real PV modules, an adaptive multi-scale and multi-field strategy will be proposed by introducing error indicators based on the gradients of the involved fields. This numerical approach will be applied to determine the upper bound to the probability of failure of the system. This statistical assessment will involve an optimization analysis that will be efficiently handled by a Mathematica-based hybrid symbolic-numerical framework. Standard and non-standard experimental testing on Si cells and PV modules will also be performed to complement and validate the numerical approach. The new methodology based on the challenging integration of advanced physical and mathematical modelling, innovative computational methods and non-standard experimental techniques is expected to have a significant impact on the design, qualification and lifetime assessment of complex PV systems.

Web site: http://musam.imtlucca.it/CA2PVM.html  
Research Unit: MUSAM
IMT Contact: Prof. Marco Paggi

CRISISLAB - Sviluppo di un laboratorio e di un sistema di piattaforme integrate di raccolta e di analisi dei dati sulla prevenzione e la gestione delle crisi nei sistemi economico-sociali

Call: Piano Nazionale per la Ricerca 2011-2013 – Progetti di Interesse
Funding: MIUR –Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/01/2012 (effective start date: 01/04/2012) 36 months
Abstract: Crisis Lab, is a novel strategic research project financed by Italian Government (Progetti di Interesse CNR). The aim is of creating an Observatory of risks in domains ranging from finance, energy, markets, transport and urban systems, with interdisciplinary methodology based on the new science of Complex Networks. The focus of the Crisis lab is to develop models using empirical data to describe the vulnerabilities of diverse socio-technical systems which have a complex underlying dependency structure. The globalization of our planet requires state-of-the-art methodologies for better understanding the dependency structure of multi-level systems which can be vulnerable to catastrophic failure. The Crisis Lab project is an international movement for the development of a new economic thinking, which has the strategic aim to develop new ideas, which lead our economic future and the recovery of the financial sector of its supporting role to society and to the real economy.
Web site: http://www.crisislab.it
Research Units: AXES
IMT Contact: Prof. Fabio Pammolli

DISIRE - Integrated Process Control based on Distributed In-Situ Sensors into Raw Material and Energy Feedstock

Call: Horizon 2020-SPIRE-1-2014: Sustainable Process Industries (Research and Innovation Action project) 

Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017
Abstract: The DISIRE project has been inspired by the real existing needs of multiple industrial sectors, including the world leading industrial partners in the non-ferrous, ferrous, chemical and steel industries that are highly connected and already affiliated with the SPIRE PPP and its objectives. The overall clear and measurable objective of the DISIRE project is to evolve the existing industrial processes by advancing the 
Sustainable Process Industry through an overall Resource and Energy efficiency by the technological breakthroughs and concepts of the DISIRE technological platform in the field of Industrial Process Control (IPC). Specific DISIRE Process Analyzer Technology (PAT) will be able to define quality and performance requirements, that for the first time in the process industry will be able to be directly applied on the physical properties of the developed products and thus enabling the overall online and product specific reconfiguration of the control system.
Research Units: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

DOLFINS -  Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society

Call: H2020-FETPROACT-1-2014 (Research and Innovation Action project) 
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/03/2015 - 28/02/2018
Abstract: The DOLFINS project addresses the global challenge of making the financial system better serve society by placing scientific evidence and citizens participation at the centre of the policy process in finance. The project strives to give scientific evidence and citizens participation central roles in the policy process concerning finance. DOLFINS will focus on two crucial and interconnected policy areas that will shape the public debate in the coming 5 years: How to achieve financial stability and how to facilitate the long-term investments required by the transition to a more sustainable, more innovative, less unequal and greener EU economy. The expected impact is to achieve crucial advances in reshaping the policy process to overcome the financial and political crisis faced by the EU. We will deliver quantitative tools to evaluate policies aiming to tame systemic risk and to foster sustainable investing. The tools will be based on fundamental research combining network models and algorithmic game theory with broader economic insights. 
Research Units: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

EFFINET - Efficient Integrated Real-time Monitoring and Control of Drinking Water Networks

Call: FP7 Cooperation – ICT  (Collaborative project)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015
Abstract: The project addresses three main management problems in urban water system: optimal operational control, real-time monitoring and demand forecasting/management. Real-time optimal control deals with operating the main flow and pressure actuators to meet demands using the most sustainable sources and minimizing electricity costs and is tackled using stochastic model predictive control techniques. Real-time monitoring of water quantity and quality refers to the continuous detection and location of leakage and or water quality problems. It uses fault detection and diagnosis techniques. Demand forecasting and management is based on smart metering techniques and includes detailed modelling of consumption patterns as well as a service of communication to consumers. The project will provide an integrated software platform and two real-life pilot demonstrations in Barcelona (Spain) and Lemesos (Cyprus), respectively.
Web site: http://effinet.eu/
Research Units: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

ENEL - Utilizzo di tecniche di analisi dei sistemi complessi per la modellazione e lo studio dinamico di sistemi fortemente interconnessi

Funding: ENEL Ingegneria e Ricerca
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 30/11/2012 – 29/11/2013
Research Unit: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

EXODUS - Emigration of High-Skilled Individuals due to Short-Term Contracts

Call: FP7 People – Career Integration Grant
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Sole Beneficiary
Duration: 01/07/2013 - 31/11/2017
Abstract: Theoretically, the utilization of short-term contracts could help increase labor force participation, employment, efficiency and labour market opportunities. However, if not regulated in integration with the specific institutional framework, short-term contracts might generate undesired effects. By promoting adverse selection, driving the better workers away from the mother country as the less productive workers take up short-term contracts, short-term contracts might actually increase the brain drain. The purpose of EXODUS is to investigate the validity of these concerns and to analyze the way short-term contracts affect the brain drain phenomenon. In particular, EXODUS will focus on investigating the employment condition and behavioral choices of a specific category of workers: young individuals with a high level of education.
Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/exodusmariecurie
Research Unit: ICES
IMT Contact: Cristina Tealdi, PhD

IMTLAB - Linee di ricerca per lo sviluppo su Lucca di attività ad elevato impatto applicativo

Funding: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/07/2010 – 31/12/2015
Abstract: Sviluppo su Lucca di una piattaforma di competenze e di tecnologie in tre ambiti ad alta rilevanza per la crescita del territorio: a) risparmio energetico e urbano b) sviluppo di tecnologie per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale locale c) sviluppo di un polo di competenze per analisi e servizi ad alto valore aggiunto per il sistema delle imprese; concorrendo a sviluppare Lucca come polo di rilevanza nazionale a tre linee di ricerca ad alta rilevanza applicativa per lo sviluppo del territorio, contribuendo a qualificare Lucca come filiera della Ricerca e dell’Innovazione.
Research Unit: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola

MILLTECH / HIGHTISSUE - High-efficiency prototype line of tissue converting

Funding: Regione Toscana
IMT Role: Subcontractor
Duration: 10/05/2013 – 31/12/2014
Abstract: The overall objective of the project is to improve the competitiveness of the tissue converting sector, with particular reference to the Tuscany paper industry. The objective will be achieved through the planning and implementation of innovative energy-efficient solutions to ensure significant reduction of energy consumption and increase of both converting line productivity and processing line safety.
Web site: http://www.hightissueproject.com/en/content/project
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

MULTIPLEX - Foundational Research on MULTIlevel comPLEX networks and systems

CallFP7 Cooperation (Large scale integrating project (IP)) - FP7-ICT-2011-8
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/11/2012 - 31/10/2016
Abstract: Future advancements in ICT domain are closely linked to the understanding about how multi-level complex systems function. Indeed, multi-level dependencies may amplify cascade failures or make more sudden the collapse of the entire system. Recent large-scale blackouts resulting from cascades in the power-grid coupled to the control communication system witness this point very clearly. A better understanding of multi-level systems is essential for future ICT’s and for improving life quality and security in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. In this respect, complex networks science is particularly suitable for the many challenges that we face today, from critical infrastructures and communication systems, to techno-social and socio-economic networks. MULTIPLEX proposes a substantial paradigm shift for the development of a mathematical, computational and algorithmic framework for multi-level complex networks. Firstly, this will lead to a significant progress in the understanding and the prediction of complex multi-level systems. Secondly, it will enable a better control, and optimization of their dynamics. By combining mathematical analyses, modelling approaches and the use of massive heterogeneous data sets, we shall address several prominent aspects of multi-level complex networks, i.e. their topology, dynamical organization and evolution.
Web site: http://www.multiplexproject.eu/
Research Unit: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

QUANTICOL - A Quantitative Approach to Management and Design of Collective and Adaptive Behaviours

Call: FP7 Cooperation – ICT  (STREP) (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/04/2013 – 31/03/2017
Abstract: The problem: The design of collective adaptive systems (CAS) must be supported by a powerful well-founded framework for modelling and analysis. CAS consist of a large number of heterogeneous entities with decentralised control and varying degrees of complex autonomous behaviour. These entities may be competing for shared resources even when collaborating to reach common goals. The pervasive but transparent nature of CAS, together with the importance of the societal goals they address, mean that it is imperative that thorough a priori analysis and verification of their design is carried out to investigate all aspects of their behaviour before they are put into operation.
Web site: http://www.quanticol.eu/ 
Research Units: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola

Secondlife - Second Life of the Public Services – Sistema per la creazione e gestione di servizi di pubblica utilità attraverso la virtualizzazione degli oggetti nel web delle cose

Call: FIT – Fondo per l’innovazione tecnologica (Bando Start Up) (http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it
Funding: MSE - Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/11/2011 - 31/10/2015
Abstract: L’Obiettivo principale del programma è il miglioramento della fruizione dei servizi pubblici e della qualità della vita nei contesti urbani attraverso la virtualizzazione e la digitalizzazione del cose. Il perseguimento di tale obiettivo deve passare attraverso il raggiungimento dei seguenti due grandi sotto-obiettivi: 1. sviluppo di una piattaforma Web aperta per la virtualizzazione degli oggetti e la loro gestione. 2. sviluppo di una soluzione wireless mobile basata sull’innovativa tecnologia multi-antenna che vada a superare il trade-off banda/costi/copertura attualmente presente nel mercato dei sistemi di comunicazione wireless.
Web site:
Research Unit: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola

SIMPOL- Financial Systems Simulation and Policy Modelling

Call: FP7 Cooperation - ICT-2013-10 - Collaborative project (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/cooperation/home_en.html)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/11/2013 – 31/10/2016
Abstract: This project proceeds from the vision that fundamental advances of policy modelling in finance and climate finance can only stem from a genuinely interdisciplinary approach where network science, big data and ICT’s meet economics and financial regulation. Accordingly, on the one hand we will develop new methods to assess the systemic importance of market players in (climate) financial networks and we will evaluate the effect of regulations in close collaborations with representatives of various regulatory bodies. The results will contribute to the discussion on how financial innovations could ignite a transition towards a greener economy and a more sustainable financial system. On the other hand, we will leverage on open data initiatives and semantic web to empower citizens with a more active role in relation to EU policies, by crowd-sourcing the mapping of the networks of influence involved in the policy making process.
Web site: http://www.simpolproject.eu
Research Unit: NETWORKS
IMT Contact: Prof Guido Caldarelli

UNIPOLSAI Assicurazioni

Funding: UnipolSai Assicurazioni
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 15/07/2014 – 30/09/2014
Research Unit: LIME
IMT Contact: Prof. Massimo Riccaboni

ViWaN – The global virtual-water network: social, economic, and environmental implications

Call: BANDO FIRB - PROGRAMMA "FUTURO IN RICERCA" Anno 2012
Funding: MIUR – Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 21/03/2013 – 20/03/2016
Abstract: There is a limited understanding of how virtual water trade affects food security. The benefits of such indirect trade of water, for instance, could be negatively affected by the lack of a single system of shared rules defining the economic value of water resources and preventing the consequent over-exploitation of these resources in fragile socio-economical and environmental contexts.
The ViWaN project addresses these issues with an innovative and interdisciplinary approach aimed at studying the main drivers and consequences of international virtual water flows. The main objectives are two: a better understanding of the global dynamics in virtual water flows and the evaluation of the impact of such flows on food safety. We will investigate the complex relationships between climatic, agronomic and socio-economic factors that shape the evolution of the worldwide trade of virtual water. The project will deliver quantitative modeling tools that enable an explicit representation of the relationships between virtual water flows and a set of explanatory variables; these models will be applied to a comprehensive database specifically built for the purpose. In addition, to improve the future management of the virtual water trade, the project will provide with a series of operational guidelines and proposals which are based on quantitative data.
Web site:
Research Units: LIME
IMT Contact: Prof. Massimo Riccaboni

Past Projects

ASCENS - Autonomic Service-Component Ensembles

Call: FP7 Cooperation – ICT – FET Proactive (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/fet-proactive/calls_en.html)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/07/2011 - 31/03/2015
Abstract: Future software-intensive systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, satellite and robot swarms, will generally exhibit a number of characteristic features: - Massive numbers of nodes, nodes with complex behavior, or complex interactions between nodes. - Operation in open and non-deterministic environments with variable network topology. - Need for adaptation, e.g., to changing environments and requirements.We call this future generation of software-intensive systems ensembles. The potentially huge impact – both positive and negative - of ensembles means that we need to understand ways to reliably and predictably model, design, and program them. Although there is a lot of research in this area, so far no theoretically well-founded technique for building ensembles exists. The goal of the ASCENS project is to develop such a method and to demonstrate its feasibility in three important application domains: robot swarms, cloud computing and e-mobility.
Web site: http://www.ascens-ist.eu
Research Unit: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola

E-PRICE - Price-based Control of Electrical Power Systems

Call: FP7 Cooperation – ICT (STREP) (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/07/2011 - 31/05/2013
Abstract: The EU electric power system experiences a fundamental change in the quasi-monopolistic, top-down oriented, stable, and reasonable predictable arrangements of the past. It now spans continents, has hundreds of millions consumers and hundreds of thousand producers, from nuclear power plants to privately-owned and operated badly predictable renewables such as solar cells, wind and microturbines and operates in an increasingly liberalized market. These developments pose huge challenges for its reliable and economic operation. This proposal focuses on the real-time power imbalance in the power net, which arises as a consequence of errors in the prediction of both production and demand. As this power imbalance will increase both in size and in frequency, presents arrangements to cope with this imbalance are no longer valid. They are neither reliable nor economic anymore. This project proposes an advanced ICT and control framework for ancillary services (reserve capacity) which allows a more intelligent solution by giving consumers and producers clear, real-time financial incentives to adapt their consumption/production according to the actual needs of the power system. This design is based on a distributed control structure, enabled by a fast ICT infrastructure and advanced control theory to reliably and economically deal with the necessary ancillary services. Decisions by consumers, producers, power exchanges and TSOs can be taken locally, based on local or national preferences and regulation. Still, the embedded incentives of the proposed framework can guarantee that all these local decisions together contribute to the global objectives of the EE power net: a reliable electric energy supply at the lowest costs. Instead of investing in additional expensive and environment-unfriendly reserve production or storage facilities with a low utilization rate, the reliability and e4conomy are enforced by intelligent ICT and control.
Web site: http://www.e-price-project.eu/website/TLL/eprice.php
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

ESA (European Space Agency) - QP Solver for the Enhancement of the MPCSoft Tool

Funding: European Space Agency
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/07/2011 – 30/01/2012

Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

FILAS - il Valore Economico delle Scienze della Vita

Funding: Filas – Finanziaria Laziale di Sviluppo
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 25/11/2011 – 31/12/2011
Abstract: Analisi dell'impatto economico della ricerca scientifica e tecnologica nel settore delle scienze della vita applicate alla salute.
Research Unit: AXES
IMT Contact: Prof. Fabio Pammolli

FOC-II  - Forecasting Financial Crises

Call :FP7 Cooperation (collaborative project) - FET OPEN Scheme
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/09/2010 - 28/02/2014
Abstract: FOC is a Scientific Project Financed by FET OPEN Scheme in the field of Information and Communication Technology by the European Commission. The research topic is to understand and possibly forecast systemic risk and global financial instabilities We want to provide a novel integrated and network-oriented approach to the issue. On one hand, we will offer a theoretical framework to measure systemic risk in global financial market and financial networks. On the other hand, we will deliver an ICT collaborative platform for monitoring systemic fragility and the propagation of financial distress across institutions and markets around the world. Experts will be able to evaluate algorithms and models to forecast financial crises as well as visualise interactively possible future scenarios.
Web site: http://www.focproject.net/
Research Units: NETWORKS e AXES
IMT Contact: Prof. Guido Caldarelli

FORD Motor Company - Switched Model Predictive Control Application for Integrated Chassis Actuation

Funding: FORD Motor Company
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/02/2013 – 30/03/2013
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

GMV - Robust Model Predictive Control for Space Constrained Systems

Funding: European Space Agency
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/07/2011 – 01/09/2012
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

HYCON2 - Highly-complex and networked control systems

Call: FP7 NoE (Network of Excellence in Complex Systems and Networked Control)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/09/2010 - 30/11/2014
Abstract: ICT developments both enable and also enforce large-scale, highly-connected systems in society and industry. Knowledge to cope with these emerging systems is lacking. HYCON2 will stimulate and establish the long-term integration of the European research community, leading institutions and industry in the strategic field of control of complex, large-scale, and networked dynamical systems. It will interconnect scattered groups to create critical mass and complementarity, and will provide the necessary visibility and communication with the European industries. HYCON2 will assess and coordinate basic and applied research, from fundamental analytical properties of complex systems to control design methodologies with networking, self-organizing and system-wide coordination. HYCON2 has identified several applications domains to motivate, integrate, and evaluate research in networked control. These domains are ground and aerospace transportation, electrical power networks, process industries, and biological and medical systems.
Web site: http://www.hycon2.eu/
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

LIB - Una biblioteca per Lucca

Funding: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 10/07/2010 – 31/12/2012
Abstract: Si intende dotare la Biblioteca del materiale bibliografico necessario al potenziamento della ricerca e della didattica in tutti gli ambiti disciplinari della Scuola, mettere a disposizione dei cittadini e degli studenti lucchesi servizi e materiale non posseduti da altre biblioteche lucchesi (banche dati e riviste elettroniche specializzate), potenziando in tal modo il ruolo di punto di riferimento culturale per Lucca. Si prevede inoltre di rafforzare i rapporti di interscambio culturale con gli altri enti che operano nel campo della cultura e dell’educazione presenti sul territorio locale.
Web site: http://www.imtlucca.it/library/about_imt_library/index.php#
IMT Contact: IMT Library lib@imtucca.it

LUCENSE / INNOPAPER - Benchmarking dei processi aziendali

Funding: Lucense tramite Regione Toscana
IMT Role: Subcontractor
Duration: 01/03/2012 – 31/12/2013
Abstract: Il presente progetto si colloca nell’ambito delle attività del polo di innovazione Innopaper, che si pone tra le sue finalità la promozione di azioni di scouting e marketing nelle imprese per sostenere l’innovazione, lo sviluppo ed il trasferimento di competenze, il consolidamento dei rapporti tra università ed imprese, l’acquisizione di servizi avanzati e qualificati e la realizzazione — da parte delle imprese — di progetti innovativi di ricerca e sviluppo. In questo contesto, IMT ha il ruolo di identificare e validare una metodologia per il benchmarking dei processi aziendali, con un focus particolare per i processi che incidono maggiormente sul livello di integrazione della filiera produttiva.
Research Unit: AXES
IMT Contact: Prof. Fabio Pammolli

MAPaC  - Modelli e Analisi per il Patrimonio Culturale

Call: POR CRO FSE 2007-2013 Asse IV – Capitale Umano – Avviso pubblico per il finanziamento di progetti congiunti di alta formazione attraverso l’attivazione di assegni di ricerca
Funding: Regione Toscana
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 25/10/2012 – 24/10/2014
Abstract: Il progetto si propone di studiare i flussi turistici all’interno di un centro storico: il caso studio scelto è la città di Lucca. La ricerca presenta due obiettivi: dal punto di vista tecnologico, l’obiettivo è quello di sviluppare un sistema semi-automatico basato su tecniche di machine learning in grado di analizzare grandi quantità di immagini (fotografie), per determinare con precisione i punti di interesse di un centro storico, misurare tempi di attesa e percorsi compiuti dai visitatori al suo interno; dal punto di vista umanistico, invece, lo scopo è quello di valutare come i flussi turistici siano cambiati nel corso dei secoli sino al presente, e utilizzare questa indagine nel passato per ricavare dati utili alla conoscenza, gestione e programmazione del turismo oggi.
Research Units: LYNX
IMT Contact: Prof. Maria Luisa Catoni

MOBY-DIC - Model-based synthesis of digital electronic circuits for embedded control

Call: FP7 Cooperation – ICT (STREP) (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 01/07/2011 - 30/11/2012
Abstract: The MOBY-DIC project will research and develop a unique paradigm and supporting tool chain for the design of embedded control systems, based on modelling of the physical process and integrated design of both control algorithms and embedded circuits.
Web site: http://www.mobydic-project.eu/
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof Alberto Bemporad

NICE - Non linear Innovative Control Designs and Evaluations

Funding: European Defense Agency in the framework of the “Defence R&T Joint Investment Programme on Innovative Concepts and Emerging Technologies (ICET)”
IMT Role: Subcontractor
Duration: 01/07/2011 – 01/01/2012
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

NIH- BOLD MRI - Reliable Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease using Myocardial BOLD MRI with CO2

Call:  (http://www.nih.gov; http://cedars-sinai.edu)
Funding: US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 23/08/2013 - 31/05/2017
Abstract: The project proposes imaging techniques, acquisition protocols, and image analysis and pattern recognition algorithms that enable the assessment of cardiovascular disease without a single discomfort to the patient (no needles, no stress). We are involved with developing all the registration, segmentation, and pattern recognition methods that enable the visualization and characterization of any underlying disease.
Web site: http://prian.lab.imtlucca.it/PROJECTS/Cedars/index.html
Research Unit: PRIAn
IMT Contact: Sotirios Tsaftaris, PhD

PERINI

IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 30/06/2011 – 30/09/2011
Abstract: Affiancamento del personale di Fabio Perini S.p.A. nell’individuazione e nella valutazione di progetti di innovazione per i propri prodotti.
Research Unit: AXES
IMT Contact: Prof. Fabio Pammolli

PHIDIAS - Phenotyping with a High-throughput, Intelligent, Distributed, and Interactive Analysis System

Call: FP7 People – Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Sole Beneficiary
Duration: 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2015
Abstract: Project PHIDIAS has the objective of providing an affordable, high-throughput, distributed, knowledge-sharing platform for phenotype collection and analysis. PHIDIAS will incorporate lessons learned from prior phenotyping efforts and will be a simple to use platform for acquiring (non-destructively and continuously) and analyzing phenotypes from plant experiments.
Web site: http://prian.lab.imtlucca.it/PROJECTS/PHIDIAS/phidias.html
Research Unit: PRIAn
IMT Contact: Sotirios Tsaftaris, PhD

PRIN 2009

Call: PRIN- PROGRAMMI DI RICERCA SCIENTIFICA DI RILEVANTE INTERESSE NAZIONALE 2009 (http://prin.miur.it)  
Funding: MIUR - Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 17/10/2011 – 17/10/2013
Abstract: The research unit will develop three lines of research related to political institutions, social conflicts and economic policies. At a general level, the aim of this unit is to analyze the endogenous formation of political institutions and beliefs. We want to build dynamic general equilibrium models where institutions and different kind of beliefs affect each other and change endogenously over time in order to better understand the formation of institutions and beliefs in the society. The three directions of our research are the following. A first line focus on the study of the co-evolution of political institutions (such as democracies and dictatorships) and political ideology in terms of democratic culture. A second direction concerns the analysis of the interactions between religion and technology adoption with special attention on their effects on economic growth and fiscal policy outcomes. A third direction of this research focus on the effects of different political ideologies on the behavior of politicians, with special attention on their choices about reforms affecting their constituencies.
Research Unit: ICES
IMT Contact: Prof. Davide Ticchi

WIDE - Decentralized and Wireless Control of Large-Scale Systems Decentralized and Wireless Control of Large-Scale Systems

Call: FP7 Cooperation  (Collaborative project - STREP) (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/)
Funding: European Commission
IMT Role: Coordinator
Duration: 01/09/2008 - 30/08/2011
Abstract: Increased global competition and an urgent need to address sustainability and resource-efficiency of operations force European industries and large-scale infrastructure operators to look for efficient real-time decision-making systems that allow them to react rapidly, consistently and effectively to a continually changing economical and environmental landscape. Advances in optimization tools and the emergence of new highly pervasive, cheap, and reconfigurable wireless sensing technologies now motivate the research for novel distributed layers of plant management that are highly coordinated through the plant-wide circulation of information. The WIDE project aims at developing a rigorous framework for advanced control and real-time optimization of truly large-scale and spatially distributed processes, based on the integrated use of distributed model predictive control and wireless sensor feedback.
While the technologies and methodologies investigated in WIDE are general enough for many contexts, the project employs its unique access to an operational European city water distribution network to prove the effectiveness of the new concept in real practice.
Web site: http://cse.lab.imtlucca.it/hybrid/wide/
Research Unit: DYSCO
IMT Contact: Prof. Alberto Bemporad

Wilife - Tecnologie WireLess e ICT per un efFiciente e integrato sistema per la prevenzione e gestione delle situazioni di crisi e delle Emergenze

Call: POR CReO FESR 2007 – 2013 LINEA D’INTERVENTO 1.5.a - 1.6 BANDO UNICO R&S ANNO 2012 Linea B (http://www.regione.toscana.it/-/por-creo-linee-d-intervento-1-5-a-e-1-6-aiuti-alle-imprese-per-investimenti-in-materia-di-ricerca-industriale-e-sviluppo-sperimentale-anno-2012-linea-)
Funding: Regione Toscana
IMT Role: Partner
Duration: 27/12/2012 - 31/03/2015
Abstract: Il progetto WiLIFE ha lo scopo di proporre e sviluppare un sistema innovativo per la gestione delle emergenze che sia in grado di coniugare efficacemente le nuove richieste operative con gli sviluppi tecnologi del settore. L’elemento principale di WiLIFE sarà un sistema per comunicazioni professionali in grado di combinare l’affidabilità e la sicurezza dei servizi offerti da reti professionali con i vantaggi prestazionali e di servizio di reti broadband di nuova concezione.
Web site:
Research Unit: SysMA
IMT Contact: Prof. Rocco De Nicola