Joint Research laboratories @UNISI
Antennas and electromagnetics
Established in 2019. In 2022, the partnership agreement was renewed to continue developing of research activities.
Partners: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – HUAWEI Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH
Research Activities: the “AEE Lab” focuses on research activities concerning the application of EM theory and methods for antennas and components pertaining to M-MIMO base station antennas and radio access antennas. In addition, the lab activities also cover unidirectional PTD and topological modes, DMTM and DMTS antennas, ultrawideband arrays, degrees of freedom in antenna arrays and multibeam antennas.
AI LAB – Baker Hughes & Università di Siena
Established in 2020
Partners: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie srl
Research activities: The main objective of the AI LAB is to facilitate the exchange of information and technologies between industry and academia in the field of Artificial Intelligence research.
In particular, the Lab intends to focus on the following research areas:
– Image recognition for detecting and classifying production defects in mechanical parts obtained by material removal or through Additive Manufacturing;
– Research in the field of conversational agents as engines for the digitisation and preservation of corporate know-how;
– Natural Language Processing (NLP) for extracting contextualised information and content from documentation available in BHGE;
– Image Recognition for QHSE purposes and support of field service operators;
– Anomaly Detection for the prevention of machine tool failures and application of predictive maintenance philosophies;
– Operations analytics (sales, pricing, manufacturing, service, quality, HSE, …)
Brain Imaging Laboratory Link – BILL Lab
Project “SInLAB: brain MRI image analysis platform”
Established in 2022
Partners: Department of Medical, Surgical and Neurosciences – Siena Imaging S.r.l.
Research activity: through their routine clinical activities, the physicians of the QNL, a research laboratory belonging to the Department of Medical, Surgical and Neurosciences directed by Prof De Stefano, have been testing and validating the functionality of Siena Imaging’s proprietary platform SInLAB, designed to aid neurologists or neuroradiologists in analysing brain MRI images.
SInLAB is a Web 2.0 platform that manages:
– data acquisition and creation of an image database;
– analysis and calculations, with specific dedicated procedures, of the most frequently used radiological endpoints (e.g., old and new lesions; brain volumes and their variation over time);
– report creation, designed specifically for disease and endpoints Neurologists afferent to the Department of Medical, Surgical and Neuroscience Sciences, accessible through the Siena Imaging analysis platform from two consoles placed in the spaces of the QNL research laboratory. As such, the QNL research laboratory have tested the ease of use, accuracy in analysis and clarity and completeness of the reports.
Siena Imaging’s platforms will enable neurologists to use state-of-the-art software that incorporates proprietary analysis procedures, thereby simplifying and making the assessment of focal damage indexes (e.g., lesions) more robust and sensitive. In addition, the new procedures allow for automatic quantification of atrophic damage, otherwise precluded in clinical practice by the requested high degree of computer literacy.
The goal of the project concerns the raising of the technological frontier in the field of brain MRI diagnosis by evaluating the actual potential of the SInLAB platform to increase its performance for disease treatment and to disseminate the results achieved by publishing scientific papers on the relevant topics.
Drug Discovery and Syntesis
Identification and development of new antibacterial agents
Established in 2019
Partners: Dept. of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals – Dept. of Medical Biotechnology – Lead Discovery Siena s.r.l.
Research activities: The Laboratory “Drug Discovery and Synthesis” aims to identify and develop new innovative antibacterial agents active against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains, with a focus on resistant strains of bacterial pathogens, for the treatment of infections caused by the same. Indeed, the emergence of pathogens resistant to current antibiotic treatments is proceeding at a much faster rate than the discovery of new drugs, thus representing a serious threat to public health.
Strategies, innovative solutions and good practices for sustainable development
Established in 2018
Partners: Department of Physical, Earth and Environmental Sciences – Indaco2 S.r.l.
Research activities: the “LABORIOSO” laboratory focuses on Sustainable Development strategies with clear reference to the goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations (approved on 25 September 2015), the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (approved on 22 December 2017) and the 2017 Report and Mission of ASVIS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development.
In detail, the objectives of the workshop are to:
– Identify strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance such methodologies to monitor their effects using specific environmental, social and economic indicators, with reference to territorial (e.g. regions, cities) and productive systems (e.g. production chains);
– Identify innovative solutions and good practices for sustainable development to promote adherence to national strategies by public bodies and, above all, private companies that need to define customised strategies as an opportunity to gain competitive advantages;
– Develop communication skills aimed at presenting scientific content in a simple and clear form and making research results (often only accessible to specialists) accessible to a wider audience.
Study, models, and design of technologically advanced devices aimed at controlling the propagation and irradiation of electromagnetic fields, metamaterials, and metasurfaces
Established in 2017. In 2022, the partnership agreement was renewed to continue developing research activities.
Partners: department of information engineering and mathematical sciences – Wave Up srl
Research Activities: the MTS Lab researches the electromagnetic field, in particular to the study, modelling and design of technologically advanced devices aimed at controlling the propagation and radiation of electromagnetic fields, metamaterials and metasurfaces.
Specifically, MTS Lab’s main research project is entitled “Metasurface Antennas for Space Applications.” MTS Lab aims at implementing new methodologies for software development based on:
– EM models;
– Models and CAD tools of
metasurface antennas (MTS);
– devices and other types of
Established in 2023
Partners: Department of Medical, Surgical and Neuroscience – Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – MED-EL Elektromedizinische Gerate GmbH – Akusia Onlus Foundation
Research Activities: The joint Oto-Neuro-Tech Laboratory main objective is the development of technologies to improve the brain’s plastic adaptability through non-invasive neuromodulation for speech perception in individuals with hearing aids and for the treatment of tinnitus-related issues.
Established in 2023
Partner: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – Hyperion srl
Research Activities: The main objective of the Viserion Lab research project consists in developing signal and image data processing techniques displaying multi-temporal, multi-resolution, multi-sensory characteristics, applicable for the protection and safety of property and people, for wellbeing, as well as for environmental monitoring and management of levels of both health and decency.
Established in 2021
Partners: Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences – WEART S.r.l.
Research activities: WEAR Lab’s main aim is to advance research and analysis activities, modelling, experimentation, algorithm and prototype development concerning the digitisation of haptic interactions and validation through perception analysis applied to virtual or augmented reality and human-human haptic communication. The WEARLab Joint Research Laboratory innovate within the fields of:
– perception and reproduction of haptic sensations;
– analysis and digitisation of the physical properties of surfaces, particularly to the finish of a given material for the generation of models and the development of algorithms for reproducing the digital copy of the material to be explored in a virtual or augmented reality environment;
– realisation and experimentation of working prototypes for the validation of haptic rendering algorithms developed within the framework of the research activity conducted in the laboratory.