In order to achieve high levels of production flexibility, quality and precision, modern automatic machines require integrated design of different software, hardware and mechanical components.
Mechatronics is the discipline that deals with the fusion of subjects such as computer science, electronics and mechanics, in order to develop new design methodologies, technologies and solutions to address the problems and challenges of new automated systems. Multidisciplinarity is therefore the key with which we can tackle the design of innovative and efficient machines and devices.
The Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering embraces all the research topics preparatory and functional to the development of mechatronic systems, starting from high-level programming and microprocessors, with particular attention to real-time systems, microelectronics and sensors, control systems, modeling and mechanical design and prototyping of devices and actuation systems.
The ability to deal with the analysis or synthesis of a complex mechatronic system also deals with the use of numerical simulation that, thanks to the broad spectrum of expertise in the Department, can also be multiphysics type and open the doors to the study of actuation devices based on different principles (piezoelectric, magnetothermic, magnetostrictive, memory shape and similar) or the design and optimization of electromechanical systems of a more traditional type, but of wide use and diffusion in industrial practice as for example the electric machines.
The results of the research in the field of mechatronics have led the Department to close and constant collaboration with many companies, thanks also to the transversal interaction ability of the groups dealing with issues related to this discipline. In this way, effective and comprehensive answers to requests from the industrial world, mainly focused on applied research, can be provided.
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