ITIA strategical mission is the grown of competitiveness and sustainability of manufacturing in Italy and Europe through industrial innovation. ITIA, contributes and supports the European Union initiative MANUFUTURE, finalized in development of added high value manufacturing based on research and innovation, work on the development of new products and processes, business models and related enabling technologies in tightened collaboration with research centers, university and enterprises on national, european and international level.
On the basis of the new Manufuture strategical vision, ITIA has focalized its competences on the following applicative areas: microsystems, mechatronic, robotic, control, diagnosis, monitoring and new generation supervising systems, virtual design methods of products and processes and new organizational, mangement and business paradigms.
ITIA's staff is comprised of 81 individuals of which 61 are researchers, 10 technicians, two collaborators and eight administrative officials. It boasts a network of four major laboratories within the country. ITIA constitutes, with six other of Italy's National Council of Research institutes its Production System department.
Since the Mid-1980s ITIA-CNR has been committed to international, European and national R&D projects, developed in collaboration with enterprises, universities and research centres operating in the manufacturing sector at international level. The research projects now being developed total 34. They are international, European and national projects employing more than 60 researchers of ITIA. ITIA coordinates and manages regional, national, European (framework programme) and International (IMS) projects.
Currently ITIA coordinates of the following VIIFP projects: FIT4U and VFF. The project management in ITIA is performed by the Strategic Direction and it is structured in the following activities: Development of web based technologies for the project management Management support along all the project life cycle: preparation and negotiation, activity and resource planning, monitoring and contractual/administrative management Definition and implementation of the dissemination instruments for the research results (web sites, conferences, publications) Document management For a complete overview of ITIA running projects and of the main completed projects.
ITIA-CNR provides specific training opportunities focused on research within domestic and international research project forums, seminars and schools to promote and educate individuals on manufacturing principals.