The mission of 2D Materials Engineering is to synthesize, investigate, and tailor two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures to pave the way for a new era of transparent and flexible technology.
The Mission of ADVM is devoted to the development of new (nano)material and architectures to achieve the use of CO2 as raw material for the synthesis of chemicals
The Advanced Materials for Optoelettronics (AMO) focus on the investigation of the physics behind low cost "future generation" photovoltaic concepts and on the development of associated optoelectronic devices, with a special emphasis on the role of interfacial optoelectronic mechanisms with the goal of improving device efficiency and stability.
Advanced Robotics research concentrates on an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to humanoid design and control, and the development of novel robotic components and technologies. This encompasses activities from both the hard (mechanical/ electrical design and fabrication, sensor systems, actuation development etc.) and soft (control, computer software, human factors etc) systems areas of robotics.
The Artificial Touch in Soft Biorobotics performs research activities within the Center for MicroBioRobotics@SSSA (CMBR) and focuses on artificial touch, to provide a leap forward in the next generation of robots, components and interfaces.
The Cognition Motion and Neuroscience unit investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying motor cognition. To do this, we call upon a diverse array of research methods, including quantitative behavioural and neuroimaging techniques.
The Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems (CONCEPT) main mission is to develop innovative methods to improve the modeling of nanoscopic and microscopic systems with particular attention paid to algorithmic engineering and efficiency on state-of-the-art computational architectures. Among our conceptual tools there are statistical mechanics, theory of continuum media and integral equations, machine learning and numerical analysis, while our applications reside especially in the fields of Health and Life Sciences.
Our work aims to develop novel numerical tools and theoretical methods to tackle multi-scale light-matter interaction problems.
Massive computation and the emerging exascale infrastructures have a major impact on IIT’s Strategic Plan. Two major developments in computational sciences are the massive simulations of physical systems, repeated numerous times to generate robust statistics and the data mining of vast datasets to identify unexpected patterns (i.e. big data analytics).
Our research in machine learning draws inspiration from different disciplines of mathematics and statistics: approximation theory, empirical processes, numerical optimization, and statistical learning theory.
At D3 Compunet we develop and apply advanced computational approaches to accelerate the discovery of novel drug candidates and, we utilize X-ray crystallography and other biophysical techniques to characterize targets of interest and improve the efficiency of hit-to-lead optimization.
The mission of the D3 PharmaChemistry Facility is to provide support to the progression of projects in the area of drug delivery and diagnostics, and to advance drug discovery projects.
The D3 validation lab’s mission is to discover and validate transformative therapeutic targets with the ultimate goal of creating safe and effective new drugs for pain, inflammation, neurodegeneration and psychiatric disorders.
The dynamic interaction group activities aim at endowing humanoids with advanced action and physical interaction capabilities.
The Dynamic Legged Systems lab focuses on research that concerns the design and control aspects of agile legged robots.
The aim of Event-Driven Perception for Robotics (EDPR) is to induce a paradigm shift in robotics. Our research is based on the emerging concept of Event-Driven sensing and processing that leads to better robots able to acquire, transmit and process information only when needed, optimising the use of resources, leading to real-time, low-cost, operation.
The Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory focuses on the study of mammalian brain organization at the macroscale in order to understand how large scale functional activity and network dynamics originate, develop and govern behavioural states.
The Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior group is systematically investigating, for the first time, the role of a genome-diffused mechanism, namely genomic imprinting, in sleep regulation.
The genetics of cognition research aims at unravelling how genetic variations alter the developmental trajectories of cognition. Cognitive impairments are one of the earlier, most debilitating and incurable symptoms of psychiatric disorders with a high genetic component. This research focuses on understanding the impact of genetics on the neural circuitries underlying disorders as well as clarifying their impact on psychopathological/neurocognitive profiles in human patients and controls.
The mission of the Graphene Labs at the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is to develop a new class of smart materials based on graphene and other 2D layered materials.
The HRI2 laboratory investigates the modelling and analysis of the human physical interaction behaviour as well as robot planning and control. This research is essential for reliable and intuitive human-robot interfaces and it will lead to achievements of the enhanced human-robot-environment physical interaction performances.
The Humanoid Sensing and Perception research aims at developping humanoid robots that are progressively more autonomous and can effectively work in unstructured environments, operating in close interaction and cooperation with humans. At this aim the group studies algorithms and technologies that allow robots to sense the environment and react appropriately.
The Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics lab is a leading research laboratory with strong expertise in mechanism design, modelling and control of new mechatronics components for building the next generation of advanced physical performance humanoids, human centred strength and power augmentation systems.
The iCub is the humanoid robot developed at IIT as part of the EU project RobotCub and subsequently adopted by more than 20 laboratories worldwide. It has 53 motors that move the head, arms & hands, waist, and legs. It can see and hear, it has the sense of proprioception (body configuration) and movement (using accelerometers and gyroscopes). We are working to improve on this in order to give the iCub the sense of touch and to grade how much force it exerts on the environment.
The main core of the Local Micro-environment and Brain Development research is two-fold: it focuses on the basic and translational animal research in brain development, as well as it promotes new technological approaches in developmental neuroscience.
The mission of the NetS3 Laboratory is to develop and to apply novel generations of neuroelectronic instrumentation able to effectively sense, actuate and analyze neuronal activity at multiple scales, in large neuronal networks and brain circuits. It is crucial for the group to develop effective neurotechnology tools for clinical neuroprosthetics, for neuro-pharmacological/toxicological screenings as well as for deriving brain-inspired artificial ICTs.
The molecular medicine research activity focuses on studying the links between clock factors and human pathologies, as well as on the identification and evaluation of novel molecules with “clock modulator” activity for therapeutic applications.
The core research of the molecular spectroscopy and microscopy group is the design, development and validation of novel optical and analytical tools that allow the modern biologists to peer inside living cells and organisms with unprecedented temporal-spatial resolutions and minimal invasivity
The Molecular Modeling and Drug Discovery Lab is focused on the study of catalysis and inhibition of pharmaceutically relevant enzymes. The atomic-level comprehension of enzymatic function is used to initiate drug discovery, where computational methods are combined with medicinal chemistry and molecular biology. The final goal is to understand general principles that govern catalysis and use this information to design potent inhibitors as a promising starting point for drug discovery programs.
The combination of anatomical and functional information afforded by Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides a powerful means to investigate the brain structural and functional organization.
Our laboratory seeks at developing new generations of all-optical and optoelectronic devices to interface with sub-cortical neural structures. We aim at integrating more than one functionality within a single and minimally invasive neural implant, able to simultaneously control and monitor the electrical and chemical communication mechanisms between different regions of the brain.
The mission of the Nanobiointeractions platform is to provide a deeper understanding of the response of biological systems upon interaction with nanoscale materials. Whereas the mission of the Nanodiagnostics platform is to develop integrated, smart, low-cost, and rapid assays/sensors for on field and point-of-care diagnostics, coupling the peculiar chemical/physical properties of nanoparticles to DNA nanotechnology.
Colloidal inorganic nanocrystals are among the most exploited nanomaterials to date due to their extreme versatility. Today, a rational synthetic approach to nanocrystals is of utmost importance due to the growing demand for nanomaterials having compositional diversity and that are engineered in shape, morphology and surface functionality such that they possess well-defined optical, electronic, magnetic, and catalytic features, for use in the most disparate fields of science and technology. Our group targets many aspects of fundamental research in nanocrystals, ranging from the advanced synthesis, to assembly and to the study of chemical and structural transformations in nanomaterials. The applications that are the focus of our research span many disparate fields, including catalysis, energy storage, optoelectronics, and lighting. Also, in collaboration with other groups at IIT, we develop applications in biomedicine (for example laser hyperthermia), for photodetection, and removal of heavy metals from contaminated fluids.
The main research core of the Nanocrystal Photonics Lab are colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, particles small enough to tune their opto-electronic properties by quantum confinement. A strong emphasis is put on triggering the desired optical response by designing nanocrystals via their crystal structure, 3D shape and core/shell particles to be able to use them in color-converting phosphors, gain material for lasers, single photon emitters and optical sensors.
The core activity of NfB is the preparation, characterization and biomedical applications of nanostructured materials, made either of inorganic components or of organic-inorganic materials in which various components, having different properties such as optical, chemical, and magnetic, stimuli responsive are properly tailored and combined into single nano-objects.
The research line related to Nanoscopy deals with the development of novel technologies and instruments for advanced diagnostics at the nanometer scale integrated with focused applications. Within this framework Nikon industries launched the Nikon Imaging Center NIC@IIT and a NIKON-IIT R&D center for the shared development of new optical technologies.
The mission of the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine focuses on designing polymeric nanoconstructs for multi-modal imaging and combination therapy in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, fabricating microfluidic chips for the rapid screening of novel therapeutic agents and developing multi-scale hierarchical computational efficacy models.
The Neural Coding Lab is a shared interdisciplinary initiative between Stefano Panzeri and Tommaso Fellin. The laboratory aims to crack the neural code by understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying the encoding, processing and transfer of information in neuronal circuits.
The Neural Computation Laboratory aims at understanding how circuits of neurons in the brain exchange and transmit information and contribute to sensation and behavior.
The main goal of our research is to uncover the mechanism and impact of ncRNA-dependent control of gene expression in brain science with the long-term goal to develop a next generation of therapeutics and diagnostics.
Our research goal is to identify common synaptic mechanisms that govern local (microcircuits) and long-range (macrocircuits) communications among brain areas, and that may link cellular signaling to behavior.
The focus of the Neuroscience and Brain Technologies research is the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity by taking advantage of a multiscale approach.
At the intersection of neurobiology and genome science, neurogenomics is the study of how the genome as a whole contributes to the evolution, development, structure, function and disease of the nervous system.
The research activity of the Optical Approaches to Brain Function Laboratory focuses on the study of brain microcircuits and on the development of innovative optical methods to probe their function. We investigate how the activity of individual cells contribute to network dynamics, in which way population activity is regulated by specific cellular subpopulations and how the dysregulation of these processes may lead to pathological states of the brain as, for example, epilepsy.
The group has its research focus on optical and electrical properties of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, on metal nanostructures, graphene, and on hybrid systems that benefit from advantageous properties of those materials.
PAVIS focuses on the analysis and understanding of multidimensional data like signals, images, videos and patterns in general. Its focus is on the analysis of behavior in general, grounded on computational models, targeted to the understanding of visual scenes and the investigation of brain functions (and related diseases) from neuroimaging data.
The main goal of research activity is to exploit advanced nanofabrication techniques for controlling the properties and the response of materials at the nanoscales.
We work in the field of organic materials chemistry, and our focus is on the development of novel polymer structures, of targeted nano carriers and of bio-inspired matrices.
The Printed and Molecular Electronics (PME) research aims at improving the knowledge on the opto-electronic properties of solution-processable semiconductors, in particular conjugated organic materials, and at taking full advantage of their printability in order to deliver applications in the large-area and flexible electronics fields.
Our interests are in realistic modeling of quantum effects in magnetic, ferroelectric, multiferroic and other functional materials.
The Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab was born from an agreement between IIT and INAIL to develop and realize new prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation devices of high technological impact.
The focus of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Unit (RBCS) is a “human centric” approach to interaction science along three main branches of research
The Smart Bio-Interfaces group focuses on the development and exploitation of physically-active nanoparticles and nanostructured materials, able to provide appropriate instructive cues to cells and tissues.
The research of the group deals with the development of new composite materials combining various polymers and changing their properties by introducing nanofillers or organic molecules in the matrices.
This research line focuses on examining mechanisms of social cognition involved in interactions with humanoid robots.
The Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation Lab deals with the design and control of the next generation of robots.
The main goal of our research is to elucidate the biophysical and molecular mechanisms responsible for the modulation of the inhibitory GABAergic signaling, with an eye toward understanding how inhibition shapes in vivo brain states.
The group focuses on the development of approaches derived from synthetic and systems biology with the aim is to gain a deep understanding of the mechanisms underlying biological processes
We are interested in a variety of problems in the arena of theoretical condensed matter physics. The common thread through most of the problems we tackle is many-body effects.
The Tissue Electronics laboratory at the CABHC-Naples bridges bioelectronics with tissue engineering. Our focus is the investigation of the interaction between nanofabricated chip-based solutions and electroactive biomaterials with tissue-like architectures.
Science and technology for children and adults The main aim of the Unit is to identify spatial impairments possibly conditioning the life of children and adults with visual disability, with the ultimate goal to develop new technological solutions suitable since the first years of life to overcome these impairments. The creation of science-driven new rehabilitation devices to be used early in life will provide clear scientific advancements and will drastically improve the quality of life of individuals with visual disability and their social inclusion.
The importance of vision for robots is pervasive: from self-driving cars to detecting and handling objects for service robots in homes, from kitting in industrial workshops, to robots filling shelves and shopping baskets in supermarkets.