PITTACCIO SIMONE

Ruolo: 
Docente a contratto
Settore scientifico disciplinare: 
FISICA DELLA MATERIA (FIS/03)
Orario di ricevimento: 

By appointment.

Biografia

After obtaining a BA in Mandarin Language and Culture in 1996, he graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Biomedical Engineering in 2001 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Child Health from University College London in 2004. Since 2004, he is with the National Research Council of Italy's Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy (CNR-ICMATE – formerly CNR-IENI). His main current interests focus on the application of functional materials, particularly Shape Memory Alloys, in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. He is the scientific leader of a research group working on the applications of metallic materials and multimaterials in the design of devices and cyber physical systems, especially for the biomedical field. He is the principal investigator of several multidisciplinary research projects. He is the author of more than 80 scientific publications ranging from Computational Fluid Dynamics to Biomechanics, Materials Science and Neuroscience, including 32 peer-reviewed papers and 2 international patents. He serves as Adjunct Professor of ‘Metals Science and Sustainability’ at University of Milano - Bicocca.

Ricerca

Simone Pittaccio’s group is involved in several research projects and collaborations on the use of functional materials in industrial applications. The group is specialised in the optimisation of metallic materials such as Shape Memory Alloys for the production of actuators and devices with nonlinear thermomechanical characteristics. Furthermore, the group develops complex wearable and portable systems combining multimaterials, electronic sensors and controls, and ergonomics. In particular, the research activities of his group span from the characterisation and thermomechanical treatment of metallic materials, the computer-aided  design of devices with complex geometries and multimaterials, system integration, 3D printing, development of ad-hoc control architectures. The main applications of this research are in the biomechanical field, especially neurorehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics. M.Sc. theses are available for students of Materials Science and Engineering.