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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; •chemical physics; •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 offers to candidates advanced training and preparation to conduct research at the intersection of economics, management and finance. The EM curriculum aims at developing professionals who are able to carry out, in these fields, advanced research in universities and international research institutions, manufacturing and service companies, credit and finance sectors, policy maker institutions, regulatory authorities and other public bodies. . Research questions address fundamental and actual themes with emphasis on sustainability, resilience, responsibility, change and transformation in the society. The Ph.D. programme allows the candidate to develop a sound methodological background and multidisciplinary knowledge by developing qualitative, quantitative and computational approaches in economics, management and finance. Three main research areas are addressed:


  • Economics (EM1).

The Economics Area uses economic theory and models to study issues arising in the industrial, financial, innovation and business domains at both national and international level with the emphasis on quantitative methods for microeconomic, macroeconomic and policy effectiveness analysis. Research activities are conducted at multiple levels of analysis, including households, firms, sectors, banks, countries, policy makers and regulatory bodies. Specific attention is paid to the foundations of policy design and coordination, of economic decisions and of managerial processes. Theories and models are empirically based and are tested using multiple methodologies. Quantitative methods are used for the purposes of testing theories and of developing models for the study of economic systems and specific attention is dedicated to agent-based computational models and computational experiments on artificial economies. The goal is to determine the regularities and the emerging properties in economic systems and to evaluate the impacts of policy and regulatory measures as the result of the behaviors and of the interactions of heterogeneous bounded-rational economic agents. The Economics Area develops skills that provide access to work opportunities in the credit and financial sectors, in governments and international organizations, and in academia.

  • Finance (EM2).

The Finance Area pays a specific emphasis on preparing PhD students to become skilled and diligent researchers who bring a problem-solving perspective to the emerging challenges associated with finance. The research activities use computational econometrics, data mining and analytics, computational intelligence and machine learning, dynamic stochastic non-linear models of financial and economic data in a non-Gaussian environment and in the presence of extreme events. The objectives are to study and to model financial assets, to develop statistical algorithmic arbitrage strategies, to evaluate and mitigate systemic, systematic and operational risks in financial markets, to use quantitative methods for portfolio management and hedging solutions, to analyze technology’s impact on asset pricing and behavioral finance. The Finance Area develops skills that provide access to work opportunities in financial industries, in the private and public sectors and in academic fields.

  • Management (EM3).

The Management Area focuses on the study of firms, financial institutions and Public Administrations from an innovation, knowledge management, strategic or organizational point of view. Particular emphasis is paid to the study of the complex interactions among strategy, management and technology and to the analysis of business processes both internal and external to firms, institutions and administrations. Attentions is oriented towards understanding the change management processes required when introducing strategic, organizational, social or technological innovations with the goal of developing both innovative theoretical models and practical tools and methodologies to be applied and tested in real cases. The research topics are studied across industries and regions, also by comparing best practices and models developed in different countries. Research activities in this area are based on qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including case studies, action research, surveys, modelling and simulation. The Management Area develops skills that provide access to work opportunities in both private industries and Public Administrations, in national and international organizations, and in academia.

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

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