Lauree Magistrali

Industrial Automation Engineering

Course structure

The master’s program provides high-level education to graduate students with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering or scientific disciplines. The syllabus comprises topics in the following areas:

  • Electrical Engineering: Electrical Drives, Automation and Communication in Industrial Systems, Industrial Measurements, Wireless Communication Systems
  • Automation: Advanced Control Systems, Industrial Automation, Process Control, Robotics, Embedded and Real-time systems
  • Economics and Management: Lean production, Organization Theory and Design, Economics for digital society, Strategic Management and Business Planning, Logistics Management

Lectures are integrated by lab activities, seminars and tutorials, delivered by industry leaders and visiting professors from all over the world.

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Research laboratories

Custom Computing and Programmable Systems

The laboratory mainly works on the design and implementation of high performance computing systems and embedded systems, through the use of general purpose microprocessors (ARM, Intel, Motorola) and/or custom FPGA, DSP and GPU architectures. Applications where this approach has been employed range from biomedical instrumentation to image processing, automotive engineering, industrial informatics and simulation of physical phenomena (fluid dynamics and physics of matter). In these last cases part of the research carried out in the laboratory is devoted to the exploitation of parallel computing systems (clusters and supercomputers).

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Identification and Control of Dynamic Systems

Lab activities focus on innovative methods for simulation and control of dynamic systems. Permanent staff includes four Professors, an Assistant Professor and a Technician. Lab members have a vast experience in Industrial Automation, Process Control, Fault Detection, Model Identification and Data Analysis. Application fields include Robotics, Power Networks, Automotive, Traffic Control, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Systems Biology, Pharmacological Modeling, Artificial Pancreas. During the last ten years, ICDS has participated in several projects funded by EU and the Italian Research Ministry. The lab has been also involved in several industrial research projects funded by Magneti Marelli, Centro Ricerche FIAT, Toyota, Ferrari, Temis, Logic, Foxboro, CESI, STMicroelectronics, Numonyx, Pharmacia, Nerviano Medical Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline and OctoTelematics.

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Control of a small-scale train
Traffic control
Artificial pancreas on smartphone
Cell population models
Plug-and-play control design
Anthropomorphic robot

Some students of the Robot Control course (prof. Antonella Ferrara) during a visit at the Policlinico San Matteo of Pavia. Thanks to the kindness of prof. Pietrabissa, the students could spend an entire day in the operating room. A small group could even attend a true robotic surgery operation, also using, in parallel to the surgeon, a Da Vinci robot console, to see exactly what the surgeon saw in 3D. At the end, the students spent a few hours in the operating room, under the supervision of Dr. Pugliese, having the possibility to use the surgical robot themselves.

Robotics in the operating room
Robotics in the operating room
Robotics in the operating room
Robotics in the operating room
Robotics in the operating room

The following video shows that automation is a fundamental aspect of our life and its applications (e.g. artificial pancreas, industrial robotics, traffic control, service robotics) can really improve it.


The Robotics Laboratory has been established in 1987 by Prof. Ivo De Lotto. The activities carried out in RoBoLab concentrate on real-time systems, microcontroller-based embedded systems, and small robotics applications based on real-time operating systems. The major topics include building automation (domotics), energy efficiency in power systems and smart grid, and the use of real-time scheduling methods to manage power loads. Moreover, research is done on indoor localization, development of software for Linux, applications for Android, smart sensors systems and mobile robotics, including the use of Unmanned Aherial Vehicles (UAD - drones).

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