The transition toward Industry 4.0 requires some key technical innovations: among these, we recall the concept of cyber-physical systems. This context requires various types of knowledge: one is the ability to use simulation software to estimate, in real time, the behavior of devices of increasing complexity, up to robots and complete industries.

The goal is to obtain virtual representations of complex mechanical systems: such virtual models can be used in order to develop, optimize and maintain both production processes and products. An example: it is possible to simulate the efficiency of a system for the electro-mechanical separation of plastic waste flow before building it, and to embed the final plant with an on-line control logic which can leverage on these results. In general, the entire area of automation can leverage on this approach.

At our laboratory, we are conducting a research on high-performance simulation software, also in collaboration with foreign universities. This led to the development of software (in C, C++, Python and Matlab languages) that is currently used at international research centers.

Our knowledge in the area of automation and simulation have been applied in contexts such as virtual reality, vehicle dynamics and robotics.

Scientific Coordinators: Prof. Alessandro Tasora, Prof. Luca Collini, Prof. Marco Silvestri.