In addition to conducting Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, the Department of Innovative Technologies also carries out research, particularly applied research and the transfer of knowledge to the Ticino business context.

The quality and quantity of applied research and technology transfer conducted is at an extremely high level, in view of the size of our university, constituting a reference point for the economic fibre of the region. The international projects also give our students the opportunity to envisage their future professional careers in terms of broader horizons, since our cooperative projects also reach China and Latin America (to mention only two of our partners).

In terms of research and development, the Department is divided into a number of Institutes, whose application fields are described briefly below:

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology Institute (MEMTi)

Materials, mechanics and models, multi-scale physical models, industrial automation, rapid prototyping software, industrial-level vision, innovative business models, sustainable utilization of resources, and 3D simulations in the materials field and in industry.

Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA)

Machine learning (artificial neural networks, reinforcement learning), optimal universal artificial intelligence and optimal rational agents, operations research, complexity theory, and robotics.

Institute for Systems and Applied Electronics (ISEA)

Digital microelectronics; algorithmics for microelectronic architectures and cryptology, mechatronic systems and control, communication systems in industrial automation, wired or wireless telecom, and high frequency system design and security.

Information Systems and Networking Institute (ISIN)

IT systems, software engineering, internet technologies, operating systems and security, communication network software technologies, sensor and networks and security, Semantic Web (Web 3.0), Web 2.0, XML, web applications, and multimedia systems.

Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production (ISTePS)

Innovation of products, manufacturing processes and business models in order to accompany companies in facing the challenges of globalization under the economic, environmental and social aspects.

Key Projects