Joint Research Centres

A strategic partnership to be protagonists of the University’s policies

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a medium/long-term strategic partnership between a company and the Politecnico on shared research, innovation and development issues with the aim of:

  • developing advanced and complex researches with a high experimental and innovative content
  • consolidating enduring relationships for investments in long-term research and innovation
  • investing in the growth of the human resources of the future, backing up doctoral researches and young researchers
  • creating joint observatories on technological evolutions
  • sharing research instruments, laboratories and infrastructures to foster cooperation between Politecnico and company researchers
  • enabling the company to access the University’s multi-disciplinary skills
  • facilitating joint participation in calls for EU and/or national funding

This partnership is actualised through the conclusion of a multi-year scientific collaboration coordinated by a joint management committee relying on the support of a dedicated service.

Active JRC

ABB

  • Year of the agreement: 2008
  • Sector: Energy and automation
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • diagnostics of industrial equipment for the sake of predictive maintenance
    • electrical networks with adaptive protections
    • energy optimisation through data collection and analysis systems

Ansaldo Energia

  • Year of the agreement: 2013
  • Sector: Energy
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • new materials for increasing the performance and reliability of energy-generation systems
    • advanced studies on the fluid dynamics of turbo machines
    • innovative studies of combustion chemistry in gas and process turbines in combined cycles
    • use of advanced virtual reality techniques in training activities

Artsana

  • Year of the agreement: 2014
  • Sector: Baby, Health&Beauty Care
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • design
    • optimization of productive processes
    • optimization of logistics processes
    • study of new technologies and new materials
    • simulation systems and laboratory tests

ARUP Italia

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Construction industry
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • establishment of a fact-finding platform in the architecture and engineering field

ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Space sciences
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • development of technologies for the creation of high-performing scientific instruments and components to be loaded on board of satellites that are necessary to tackle the challenges of the new interplanetary exploration and observation missions: robotics, guide, navigation and miniaturized satellites, laboratories for the implementation of tests in extreme environmental conditions, are some of the areas instrumental to technological development that are part of the project
    • design of new smart materials: materials that will autonomously adapt to the extreme space environment, capable of perceiving any damages to their structure and engaging in self-repair
    • additive manufacturing (AM) techniques for the creation of space components, such as propellers and robots, devoid of defects and consisting also of different materials that were previously hard to combine
    • design of simulation and mathematical modelling methods to use the big data coming from satellites to monitor the territory and provide tools in support of the prediction of natural calamities, such as landslides and floods: those tools integrate data analysis and numerical simulation techniques implemented in efficient calculation algorithms to be able to provide answers in adequate time

Municipality of Milan

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Public Administration
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • territorial infrastructures, particularly in the field of urban planning, mobility and environment
    • public administration, with priority attention to managerial models, processes, use of economic resources and strategic long-term planning
    • IT systems, with focus on interoperability systems, on open data platforms and on digitisation processes
    • design

Department of Security Information

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Security
  • Research areas of the joint activities: 
    • promotion and dissemination of knowledge and awareness on the risks arising from the cyber threat

Enel

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Energy
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • cooperation engaged in the global energy challenges that entail assessment of the resources, processes and technological development, revolutionary innovation, analysis of the energy system and scenarios, including economy, environmental and social impact of energy systems.

Eni

  • Year of the agreement: 2018
  • Sector: Oil and Gas
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • circular economy, in the sense of sustainability of productive processes, optimisation of resources and minimisation of waste
    • energy transition, along with the study of innovative sector technologies and the promotion of use of natural gas
    • digitisation, translated into operational excellence within the scope of security and environmental protection

Ferrovienord - FNM

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Railway transport
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • electrical systems and energy efficiency
    • maintenance activities and advanced diagnostics
    • railway engineering
    • urban planning in relation to the infrastructures and to the transport systems
    • rolling stock
    • innovative systems for station control and security

Goppion

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Fittings
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • opening structures and devices (engineering)
    • settings (design)
    • analysis of emissions of materials (engineering)
    • anti-seismic and anti-vibration solutions and devices (engineering)
    • climatic control and sealing (engineering)
    • security (engineering)
    • lighting (engineering and design)
    • intelligent displays (engineering)
    • interior design (design)

Huawei

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Telecommunications
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • optical signal processing
    • microwave technologies
    • communication systems (wireless / wired)
    • photonics, micro and nanoelectronics, advanced materials and nanotechnologies

IBM

  • Year of the agreement: 2013
  • Sector: Analytics
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • Big Data
    • Business Analytics

Iren

  • Year of the agreement: 2015
  • Sector: Energy
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • monitoring and management of reputation as strategic asset of the business
    • social innovation dynamics and operational tools in support of the development of managerial and technological strategies capable of pursuing social innovation in its different forms, lavishing special care on the topics of community empowerment, civic participation and civic technologies
    • monitoring systems (meters and indicators) and systems for the communication of the company’s environmental and social performance
    • technology management and technology roadmapping of digital technologies enabling innovation

Leonardo

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Aerospace systems
  • Research areas of the joint activities: •
    • identification of systems serving to reduce internal vibrations in helicopter cabins, reduce the internal noise and the perceived noise outside the aircraft
    • search for solutions to combat the formation of ice on aerostructures; low-energy consumption technological solutions, such as hydrophobic paints and ultrasonic vibrator systems, or to enhance the predictive capacity of localisation of the critical areas for the formation of ice
    • flight mechanics, aerostructures, software engineering
    • in the space field, sensors and control systems for constellations of micro satellites and technologies for the identification and capture of space debris

Pirelli

  • Year of the agreement: 2011
  • Sector: Smart Tyres
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • new materials: modification of polymers; nanofillers; protective tyre materials; new low-environmental impact materials; molecular dynamics
    • product development and cyber area: noise; aquaplaning; tyre aerodynamics; development of mathematical models enabling the chip contained in the cyber tyre to extract information assisting the smart control of the vehicle and the development of value added services

Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana)

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Media
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • analysis of processes curbing digital exclusion and encouraging digital inclusion, including through experimental tests with biometric surveys aimed at identifying aroused emotions and mechanisms of interaction with the broadcast content
    • verification of the effectiveness of the television medium (understood in its broadest sense of multichannel content distribution platform) in the development of virtuous conduct by users, in terms for instance of environmental responsibility or civic education

Saipem

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Oil and gas
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • technologies in gas, in oil and their derivatives (petrochemistry, refining), in robotics applied to submarine vehicles and to the reduction of climate-altering emissions (energy efficiency, gas flaring, CO2 management, renewable sources of energy, etc.)
    • development, trial and validation of Industry 4.0 conceptual models and applied solutions in Saipem’s operational and business processes; development of innovative models and solutions for the modularisation of the entire life cycle of the plant-service; study of the evolution and diversification of EPC contractor business models in the Oil&Gas sector, with a view also to a transition from a Fossil‐fuel and Carbon‐based (FCb) energy market into a Renewable Energy‐based (REb) one
    • technological assistance activity that might also concern analysis, technical and specialist assistance services, technical‐scientific support pertaining to design/engineering activities

Solvay

  • Year of the agreement: 2013
  • Sector: Chemistry
  • Research areas of the joint activities: 
    • development of technical materials and solutions for the production, conservation and storage of energy with sustainable technologies
    • development of polymers and processes for the purification of water and biogas
    • fluorine chemistry for the synthesis and characterisation of innovative high-performance materials
    • advanced techniques of characterisation of materials and products

ST Microelectronics

  • Year of the agreement: 2016
  • Sector: Electronics
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • High Power High Frequency Conversion
    • design and dynamics of MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems)
    • multi-physical modelling, design and characterisation of microsystems
    • integration of multifunctional materials into silicon devices

TCI Telecomunicazioni Italia

  • Year of the agreement: 2015
  • Sector: Telecommunications
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • electronics for lighting (LED - OLEO)
    • wireless system for lighting
    • design for a better application and use of LED at home and in the city
    • light and environment safety regulation software (smart city)

Trenord

  • Year of the agreement: 2017
  • Sector: Railway transport
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • analysis of the evolution of the demand for mobility
    • management of big data
    • predictive maintenance
    • specific sustainability and ergonomics projects

Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo

  • Year of the agreement: 2015
  • Sector: Cultural assets
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • analysis of the state of the art of the Duomo and planning of ordinary and extra ordinary maintenance interventions relating to monumental works and technical infrastructures, such as energy and lighting
    • technical-scientific support concerning the survey, knowledge, conservation and monitoring of the Duomo structures and surfaces and those of the works associated with it in order to optimise the ordinary and extra ordinary maintenance interventions
    • search for and experimentation of new materials, technologies, solutions and whatever necessary for an increasingly better safeguarding of the constituent materials of the Duomo, with a view to improving the effectiveness and durability of the conservation and ordinary and extra ordinary maintenance interventions

Vodafone

  • Year of the agreement: 2014
  • Sector: Telecommunications
  • Research areas of the joint activities:
    • analysis methodologies on network and traffic data aimed at the definition of synthetic performance indicators
    • experimentation activities on the Vodafone network at the Politecnico di Milano campus
    • planning techniques for 4G mobile route networks
    • analysis of NGAN (Next Generation Access Networks) with Fiber to the Cabinet technology