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Ph.D. IMEG - Curricula


The IMEG Ph.D. covers a wide area of topics, related to Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering, with particular reference to the fields of •Measurements;  •Mechanics of Machines;  •Machine Design;  •Engineering Methods and Tools;  •Metallurgy;  •Materials Science and Technology;  •Industrial Technical Physics;  •Nuclear Engineering;  •Technologies and Processing Systems; •Industrial Plants;  •Economy, Management & Financial Engineering.

Interdisciplinary methodologies are also developed for the achievement of advanced and autonomous research skills, by means of methodological and specialized training on innovative scientific themes, characterizing the scientific/disciplinary sectors involved.

IMEG Ph.D. is divided into five curricula:

1. EG: Economics and Management

2. FT: Technical Physics

3. MMM: Mechanics, Measurements, and Materials

4. RM: Robotics and Mechatronics (international curriculum)

5. TI: Technologies and Plants

In addition to the scientific themes characteristic of each curriculum, some general training aspects will be developed in common with all curricula: •mathematics; •physics chemistry; •IT studies; •research management and protection of intellectual property; •other transversal skills (e.g. ability to speak in public, also in English).

Curriculum EG

Economics and Management


     The Economics and Management (EM) curriculum aims at developing quantitative and computational approaches in finance and economics.    

     Two main research themes are addressed: 

  • Agent-based Computational Economics (EM1).

This syllabus mainly focuses on the use of agent-based technologies and methods for the study of economics and finance, namely a bottom-up approach that allows for the study of regularities emerging in economy as a result of the behavior and the interactions of economic agents in artificial economic systems. This method better adapts to the development of a realistic representation, as compared to traditional dynamic stochastic models. The EM. 1 syllabus develops skills that can be applied directly to the financial industry, to government & international organizations, and to the academic world.

  • Specialization Financial Engineering (EM2).

This syllabus focuses on computational econometrics, on data mining, on automated learning, and on dynamic stochastic models of financial and economic data, the objective of which is to study the pricing of financial assets (as well as risk management), in a non-Gaussian environment and in the presence of extreme events. Furthermore, the syllabus includes innovative themes related to the management of shares portfolios, such as pair trading and statistical arbitrage, as well as the emerging theme of high-frequency automated trading. The EM2 syllabus develops skills that provide access to work opportunities both in financial and academic fields.

Contact: Prof. Silvano Cincotti


The Technical Physics (FT) curriculum resumes the historical Doctoral Courses in Technical Physics (firstly activated in 1992). Its objective is to train young researchers capable of developing theoretical & experimental research in thermodynamics, thermo-fluid dynamics, and heat transmission; FT students shall deal with research in the energy sector, by means of: • Suitable methodological approaches to thermodynamics; • Analysis of thermal, acoustic, and optical phenomena, which concur in defining both the conditions of environmental well-being & impact and the corresponding control possibilities. The FT curriculum develops research within the following fields:

  • Physics of buildings and environmental control (FT1).

This syllabus mainly focuses on: • Components, heating and air-conditioning plants; • Physics of buildings and environmental control; • Optical techniques and applied acoustics. These themes are developed according to the traditional approach of Environmental Technical Physics.

  • Energetics and Applied Thermo-fluid dynamics (FT2).

This syllabus mainly focuses on: • Thermodynamic analysis of energy systems; • Energy sources, vectors, and rational consumption of energy; • Environmental impact of energy systems;  Single and multiphase thermo-fluid dynamics; • Thermophysical properties of materials;  Techniques to increase the efficiency of energy conversion & thermo-fluid dynamics processes. These themes are developed according to the traditional approach of Industrial Technical Physics.

  • Nuclear Plants (FT3).

The thematics which characterize Nuclear Plants, within the limits of the available sources, are added to the first two fields, for the innovative application of the functioning principles of nuclear fission plants for the production of electricity and hydrogen and also for solving advanced thermohydraulic problems in fission reactors.

Contact: Prof. Corrado Schenone

Curriculum FT

Technical Physics

Curriculum MMM

Mechanics, Measurements, and Materials


The Mechanics, Measurements and Materials (MMM) Curriculum focuses on research themes typical of the Macrosectors it refers to. In particular:

  • Mechanical and Thermal Measurements (MMM1).

  • Mechanics of Machines, Dynamics & Vibrations (MMM2).

  • Machine Design – Computer-Aided Design (MMM3)

  • Material Science (MMM4)

Research themes concern: • functional and embodiment design of machines; • Computer-Aided Design & Engineering (CAD/CAE); • Product lifecycle Management (PLM) & Product Data Management (PDM); • Additive Manufacturing (polymers, metals & composites); • mechanical behavior of materials; • materials and implants for medical, industrial and marine use; • material modeling; • applications of composite components for orthotics and biomedical applications; • environmental compatibility and recycling; • mechanical and mechatronic systems; • motor & railway vehicles, airplanes; • automatic machines; • electric drives; • transport systems; • lubrification, vibrations and noise; • experimental methods, diagnostics and prognostics of machines and components; • monitoring and maintenance, reliability, reverse logistics.

Contact: Prof. Giovanni Berselli

Curriculum RM

Robotics and Mechatronics (International)


The Robotics and Mechatronics (RM) curriculum is an international curriculum allowing to obtain a double Ph.D. degree.  Robotics is defined as the engineering field dealing with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots. Robots are automated machines that can assist humans in a variety of settings, from manufacturing processes to working in critical conditions, unsuitable for human life. Robotics specialists aim to achieve diverse tasks by designing mechanical devices, able to complete them intelligently. Robotics is related to other science sub-fields such as computer science, machine design, bio-mechanics.

In particular, the main areas are:

  • Industrial Robotics (RM1)

  • Mobile Robotics (RM2)

  • Intelligent Mechatronics (RM3)

Research themes concern: • Measurement Science; • Dynamic measurement and signal processing;  Probabilistic models and methods; • Measurement and models for biomechanics; • Measurement for the Sea; Vibration measurement and control;  Synthesis and analysis of mechanisms for robotics;  Intelligent automation, energy-efficient and eco-sustainable manufacturing;  Actuation/sensorial systems and integrated function-fusion design; • development manipulation systems;  home automation (domotics);  remote manipulation;  modular robots and robots for safety; • intelligent mini-vehicles;  assembly systems; • fluid automation; • models and simulation of systems for robotics and mechatronics;  man-machine interaction;  collaborative robotics; • cooperative robotics;  robot programming; • integration of robotic systems;  mechatronics for the automatic machine sectors & for the mechanical and marine industry.

Contact: Prof. Matteo Zoppi

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The Technologies and Plants (TP) curriculum focuses on research themes typical of the macro-sectors it refers to. Two main specializations are addressed: 

  • Processing Technologies and Systems (TP1).

This syllabus mainly focuses on: • Analysis of the variables that influence the mechanical and microstructural characteristics of welded joints implemented with traditional and innovative techniques;  Study of the potential of robotic welding plants;  Singling out of solutions that allow the obtaining of glued joints with adequate characteristics (study of the surface preparation methods, analysis of the behavior of adhesives in different environmental conditions);  Study of the problems concerning the fine-tuning and monitoring of the processing of metallic and non-metallic materials;  Study and singling out of construction techniques of molds for polymeric materials; • Surface analysis and fine-tuning of techniques to obtain the desired degree of finishing and chemical reactivity.

  • Industrial Plants (TP2).

This syllabus mainly focuses on: • Design and management of production processes; • Technical and economic assessments of Engineering and industrialization of new products and production cycles; • Industrial sustainability, quality, safety, remanufacturing, demanufacturing; • Manufacturing strategies: Lean Manufacturing, World Class Manufacturing, Agile Manufacturing;  • Industrial logistics; • Life Cycle Assessment of plants and processes; • Key enabling technology 4.0 for production and industrial plants: simulation, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, manufacturing analytics.


The activities that will be carried out within the doctoral course aim at training young researchers to be capable of developing theoretical and experimental research starting from the analysis of the state of the art and autonomously developing innovative solutions.

Contact: Prof. Enrico Lertora

Curriculum TI

Technologies and Plants