Alta Scuola Politecnica: 17th cycle opened

The school for young and innovative talented students in engineering, architecture and design

Alta Scuola Politecnica’s 17th cycle has opened. It is a training project of excellence, parallel to the two years of the master's degree, born in 2004 from the collaboration between Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. A school for young talents of international standing who want to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary to promote and implement innovation in the fields of engineering, architecture and design.

ASP selects 150 students per year (90 in Milan and 60 in Turin), chosen among the top applicants to master's degree programmes in Engineering, Architecture and Design, with half of the places reserved for foreign students.

At the end of the training course the students at the School obtain the ASP Diploma.

The two pillars of Alta Scuola Politecnica are ASP courses and ASP multidisciplinary projects.

ASP courses are one-week, intensive modules, common to the 150 students, held at the university by renowned professors from Italian and international institutions. The teaching method includes plenary lessons alternating with moments of reflection and discussion in small teams, supported by tutors. Students attend a total of 4 ASP courses over the course of the two-year program, and study subjects such as logic of modelling, creativity and sustainability, economics, management, as well as ethical and socio-political aspects of innovation.

ASP projects are proposed in collaboration with companies, governmental and research institutions. Multidisciplinary teams experiment with project vision attitudes, teamwork, multicultural interaction, leadership, problem setting and problem solving, assisted by expert tutors. They have a budget available, to be allocated collectively, to carry out the research and insights needed to develop the projects. Two-day weekend seminars are planned in the two universities, and four one-week intensive summer and winter school, in structures outside the two cities.

The great variety of themes touched upon by the ASP projects of the 15th cycle just ended, best testify to the multidisciplinarity of the School.

Sprayin’ with Brain, for example, investigated the sustainability of phytosanitary treatments in agriculture, designing an agricultural machine of new generation, able to carry the treatment in autonomy, exploring and analysing in real-time the characteristics of the plants, gathered with an Artificial Intelligence powered 3D computer vision system, and modifying its spraying’ configuration to optimize the treatment.

The SEI AI team presented Pepper, a humanoid robot that acts as a personal trainer, capable of following a user during a free body training session, counting repetitions, correcting errors or showing past performances. Thanks to advanced AI-based algorithms, Pepper monitors the execution of the users exercises through human body pose evaluation. As a result, the robot helps to lower costs for customers and generates a profit opportunity for gyms.

Finally, Resourse Shangai is a project to turn the Chinese city into an Eco-city. It aims to propose a methodology for soft regeneration, based on onsite recycling of Construction Demolition Waste, considering appropriate processes that reduce CO2 emissions and raw-material exploitation. A progressive process not affecting dramatically the everyday life of the city but aiming for a reconnection between nature and urban environment, by introducing circular economy principles.

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