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IMT is an Institute for Advanced Studies that aims to push the frontiers of knowledge and to contribute to the formation of international professional elites for business and institutions. PhD programs are taught exclusively in English.
Research and PhD programs focus on institutional and technological change, the role of organizations and markets in economic systems, the analysis of complex systems in social sciences, computer science and engineering.
IMT attracts bright students, young researchers and professors through competitive, transparent procedures at an international level.
The campus system and residential services provided by the Lucca Foundation for Higher Education and Research (FLAFR) create a vibrant, close-knit intellectual community.
IMT LUCCA RANKED AS THE LEADING ITALIAN UNIVERSITY IN ECONOMICS,
MANAGEMENT AND STATISTICS, WITH A SCORE NEARLY THREE TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.
IMT obtained a score of 2.83: such results were not achieved by any other university in any of the 14 assessed areas.
IMT's percentage of excellent research products (articles, monographs, proceedings, etc.) is also 4 times higher than the national average.
Sotirios Tsaftaris, Director of PRIAn and IMT faculty wins competitive grant from NIH (USA)
Sotirios Tsaftaris, (Assistant Professor and Director of the PRIAn Unit at IMT Lucca), has been awarded an R01 grant (the largest investigator driven grant) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the USA. The grant was developed by Prof. Tsaftaris (co-Investigator, IMT / PRIAn) and Prof. Dharmakumar (the Principal Investigator from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA).
The work is entitled “Reliable Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease using Myocardial BOLD MRI with CO2,” and 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). PRIAn will be involved with developing all the registration, segmentation, and pattern recognition methods that enable the visualization and characterization of any underlying disease.
The project is expected to run for 4 years and is a collaboration between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA in Los Angeles, Siemens Medical Solutions, Thornhill Research, and University of Toronto. It is the first US grant from NIH to IMT faculty and is competitive and peer-reviewed with only the top 7% ranked proposals being funded.
The prestigious IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) "High Impact Paper Award" acknowledges the impact of a paper published in official IFAC journals.
The winning paper, "Control of systems integrating logic, dynamics and constraints" by A. Bemporad and M. Morari, published in the IFAC Journal Automatica, Vol. 35, pp. 407-427, 1999, has received nearly 1700 citations.
On November 1st Marco Paggi joined IMT as Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics
IMT is very happy to welcome Marco Paggi as Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics. He has joined IMT from the Politecnico di Torino where he was an Assistant Professor, after receiving his Master's Degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 and PhD in Structural Engineering in 2005 from the same university. He spent the year 2010 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Continuum Mechanics of the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. He was an Elected Member of the Executive Board of the Italian Group of Fracture, 2009-2011 & 2011-2013 and he is Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design since 2011. He was recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the European Structural Integrity Society in 2010. He is the Principal investigator of a FIRB Futuro in Ricerca 2010 project granted by the MIUR and of a 2012 Starting Grant from the European Research Council.
IMT Alum Marianna Madia named new Minister of Simplification and Public Administration
IMT Alum Marianna Madia has just been named the Minister of Simplification and Public Administration as a part of the new Italian government. Dr. Madia was a student in the Economics, Markets, Institutions program in IMT’s very first PhD cycle. She received her PhD in 2008 with a thesis entitled “Essays on the Effects of Flexibility on Labour Market Outcome” (which can be downloaded in the E-Thesis repository here: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/43/).
Congratulations to the new Minister on behalf of the entire Institute.
April 16, 2014, 11:00 - 12:30, San Francesco - Cappella Guinigi
Computational modelling of complex systems
Informatics is the engine of a new scientific revolution. The combination of big-data analysis and formal modelling is driving a new paradigm to study complex systems, from biology to economics. A central theme of this revolution is the network abstraction: a system is represented as a network of nodes performing local computations and interacting according to a graph structure.
One important aspect of these systems is that their complexity unfolds in time: their emergent behaviour is the result of a dynamical process, with both their state and the structure of their interactions changing in time. Understanding how these system behave, and controlling them, is one of the grand scientific challenges of our times, which underlies many of the societal challenges of Horizon 2020, from personalised medicine to smart energy.
Modelling such systems is difficult. Currently, there are many competing mathematical and computational approaches: applied mathematics, statistical physics, agent-based simulations, quantitative formal methods, machine learning. However, the interactions among these techniques are rather weak, leading to a fragmentation of methodologies that limits our current ability to understand, design, and control such a complexity.
In this talk, I will present my research in a the perspective of an integrative approach, with quantitative formal methods (a branch of computer science born to study concurrent processes) playing the role of a bridge connecting different methodologies in a coherent framework. I will discuss the theory from a high-level perspective, emphasising the current and potential applications, encompassing areas as diverse as economics, biology, and smart cities.
Luca Bortolussi, SISSA Trieste
April 16, 2014, 15:30 - 17:00, San Francesco - Cappella Guinigi
A Formal Methodology for Engineering Trustworthy Software-intensive Systems
We present a methodology based on formal languages for designing, modelling, analysing, programming and deploying software-intensive, distributed, concurrent, cyber-physical systems. The generic methodology consists of (i) a specification language equipped with a formal semantics; (ii) verification techniques, possibly based on a logic describing properties of interest; (iii) a programming framework and the related runtime environment. The challenge for language designers is to devise appropriate abstractions and linguistic primitives to deal with the specificities of the systems under consideration. We briefly overview previous achievements of the instantiation of this methodology in the service-oriented domain. We then introduce recent research activities in the autonomic computing domain, with special focus on the development and enforcement of policies for access control, resource usage, and adaptation. We conclude with an outlook of possible developments of this methodology.
Francesco Tiezzi, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca
April 28, 2014, 16:00 - 17:30, San Francesco - Cappella Guinigi
Reduced order methods for the simulation and control of viscous flows
We review the application of reduced basis method as a computational reduction strategy for the approximation of viscous flows in systems characterized by physical and geometrical parameters, by focusing both on computational performances and stability, accuracy and reliability of results. We introduce proper geometrical parametrization settings provided by the use of small deformations on geometrical control points, to allow also a geometrical complexity reduction in terms of number of parameters, used to represent the computational domains. Numerical results will show some examples of optimal flow control and inverse problems related with possible applications in the mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of the human cardiovascular system.
Gianluigi Rozza, SISSA Trieste
May 5, 2014, 15:00 - 16:30, San Francesco - Cappella Guinigi