New Pharaon Coordinator: Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Florence (DIEF)

Since December 1st, 2020 the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Florence (DIEF) is the coordinator of the Pharaon Project, as well as of the Italian pilot, and officially replaced the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

The University of Florence (UNIFI), established in 1321, is one of the largest organizations for research and higher education in Italy with about 51,000 students, 1,800 teaching and research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff and 1,600 PhD students and research fellows. Recently, UNIFI has been ranked among top Italian Universities for the distribution of national research funds, and it is one of the most active Italian universities in terms of European projects and related grants. As of December 2019, the University of Florence has over 70 Horizon 2020 ongoing projects and more than 90 other EU projects in the field of education, cooperation and joint initiatives.

The Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) has about 280 people including 61 faculty, 22 administrative and technical staff, and about 200 other researchers, including 71 PhD students, and 64 postdocs. The research activities of the Department embrace the following traditional sectors of industrial engineering: “Bioengineering”, “Constructions and Mechanical Technologies”, “Design and Methods for Industrial engineering”, “Thermal Physics and Environmental Control”, “Industrial Plants and Services”, “Machineries”, “Applied Mechanics”, “Chemistry and Materials Technology” and “Mathematics”. DIEF has competencies and experiences in the areas of Industrial Robotics, Mechatronics, Assistive BioRobotics, Internet of Robotics Things Marine Robotics, Exoskeletons for Rehabilitative and Assistive purposes, Computational Vision, Additive manufacturing, Autonomous Vehicles. The Department supports and promotes partnerships for research and development activities with internationally renowned research centers and universities, and companies.