SUPSI Professor Anna Valente awarded by the European Commission with the prestigious “Innovation Radar Prize 2019”
30 September 2019
Manno, 30 September 2019 – Professor Anna Valente, Head of the Automation, Robotics and Machines (ARM) Laboratory at the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI, has been awarded with the "Innovation Radar Prize 2019", a prestigious prize of the European Commission, which identifies high-potential innovation projects. Professor Valente also won the "Women-led innovations", which recognises dynamic women developing and leading great innovation projects with EU-funding.

Professor Valente won the prize with 4D Hybrid, a research project developed within the Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production of SUPSI. 4D Hybrid is based on new robotics and additive manufacturing techniques for the production, inspection and recovery of defective parts with the objective of creating efficient solutions and optimizing production processes in complex conditions.

The Prizes

The “Innovation Radar Prize” is a European Commission initiative, which identifies high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. 36 of the best EU-funded innovators were selected to compete in 4 categories for the Innovation Radar Prize 2019. During the final ceremony, which was held in Bruxelles on 26 September 2019, the final projects were presented in front of a jury composed by 5 international experts. 

Professor Anna Valente also won the “Women-led innovations” prize, which recognizes dynamic women developing and leading great innovations with EU-funding.

Further to the 2 EU Commision awards, Anna Valente has been included in the “Digital Shapers”, prestigious initiative led by Digitalswitzerland, which recognizes the potential of the 100 Swiss citizens playing the most important role in digitalization.
These awards confirm the excellent work performed by Professor Anna Valente and her team in both robotics and additive manufacturing fields, research areas in which the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI developed important skills, thus playing a key role in the main national and international research networks. In this context, the Department’s mission is to train future engineers and go along with companies by fostering the innovation of products and processes through the development and application of new technologies and methodologies pertaining to advanced manufacturing.

4D Hybrid project

Aerospace, oil&gas and power generation industries are currently affected by huge costs pertaining the development and production of their products and the construction of the plants. In particular, more than 10% of such costs pertains repairing operations. 4D Hybrid will provide a new concept of hybrid additive manufacturing based on the modular integration of compact and low cost modules, aiming to drastically reduce repairing costs while performing the same certified process in different places/phases of product lifecycle.

Anna Valente is Professor of Industrial Robotics at the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland). Since 2017 she is Responsible of the Automation Robotics and Machines (ARM) Laboratory at the Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production. Professor Valente obtained a PhD in Technologies and Production Systems at the Politecnico di Milano. She coordinates important research projects financed by the Horizon 2020 program, Innosuisse, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and directly by companies operating in the advanced manufacturing industry. Anna Valente currently leads a team composed by 19 researchers and is active in Bachelor and Master education programs at SUPSI.

SUPSI, Department of Innovative Technologies

The Department of Innovative Technologies deals with the engineering sciences and applications in the following sectors: Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Electronics, Mechanics and Industrial Production. The Department’s work in the field of engineering and its industrial applications is promoted through university courses and continuing education programmes, as well as through applied research and technology transfer projects with companies.