The Association is directed by the Coordination and Management Body, composed of 15 elective members according to the following representation criteria:
Representation of Industrial Members will be split between small and large enterprises according to the following criteria:
Representation of Research Members will be split between Universities and Research Centres according to the following criteria:
Gianluigi Viscardi, entrepreneur, is the CEO of the Cosberg Group Spa, founded by him and his brothers in 1982. The Group employs about one hundred people and produces assembling machines and systems for various industrial sectors: from designing to commissioning, making use of the most innovative technology.
Mr. Viscardi is also President of the INTELLIMECH Consortium, founding member of A.I.D.A.M. (Italian Association of Mechatronic Automation) of which he was President from 2000 to 2011 and Vice president of BERGAMO SVILUPPO (Agency of Bergamo Chamber of Commerce).
Among his main appointments:
– Vice president of Confindustria Bergamo, in charge of innovation, technology and start-ups
– President of the Small Industry Department of Confindustria Lombardy – since December 2013
– Vice president the Small Industry Department of Confindustria – since January 2014
– Member of the Research & Innovation Technical Group of Confindustria
He is also President of the Italian Technology Cluster Intelligent Factories – CFI for the two-year term 2017-2019 (formerly President in 2015-2017)
“Representative of Industrial Members – SME – Enterprise Cosberg SpA”
A Business and Economics graduate, since 2013 she has been managing director of MASMEC SpA, a company specialized in precision technology, robotics and mechatronics applied to the automotive and biomedical sectors. Her career in the family business began in 1997 and she went on to hold roles of increasing responsibility, culminating with the diversification of the company’s core business through the creation of the biomedical department. She inherits and strengthens the drive for innovation and the cultivation of talents. She is an advocate for collaboration with the training system, oversees relationships with Universities and the Polytechnic and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Cuccovillo” Institute for Technical Specialization in mechatronics, in Bari, of which MASMEC is a founding member. She fosters technological development and is a member of the Coordination and Management Body of the Intelligent Factories cluster; she is part of the evaluation commission for the “PIN” project, through which the Puglia Region and ARTI aim to support innovative, young entrepreneurial projects. In addition, she is a member of Unicredit’s southern area board. Among MASMEC’s most recent achievements under her management are: the Parola d’Impresa Award (2015), the Assiteca Award for promoting company welfare (2015), special mention at the GEA-Harvard Business Review Corporate Excellence Awards, the National Award for innovation, and the Enterprises for Innovation Award (2017).
Representative of Industrial Members – SMEs – MASMEC SpA Company
Giuseppe Fogliazza graduated in Information Sciences at the University of Pisa. In June 1986 he started collaborating with MCM S.p.A., entrusted with the development of software for the supervision of flexible manufacturing plants. Since 1988, he has been technical manager of Machining Centers Engineering srl, a subsidiary of MCM S.p.A., working on the development, installation and maintenance of jFMX, with a current staff of 10 people. Since 1994, Mr. Fogliazza has been responsible, on behalf of MCM, for the relationships with the Universities and the coordination of research activities. From 1997 to 2000, he coordinated a research project about flexible and modular production systems (Mod Flex Prod) funded by the European Programme Brite Euram. From 1999 to 2003, he was scientific director for MCM, in charge of sub-item 1 on Innovative Methodologies for the Implementation of Machining Stations, of the National Research Project on Innovative Production Systems. He then coordinated the participation of MCM in various research projects of the V, VI and VII Framework programme of the European Community. Since 1997, he has been member of CIRP. He is co-author of articles on the development of software for control and supervision of flexible production systems.
“Representative of Industrial Members – SME – Enterprise MCM SpA“
Giuseppe Lucisano graduated from the University of Bologna in Mechanical Engineering.
Since 2001, he has been a member of the management team for coordination and funding of Innovation for the SCM Group. In that role, he organized and managed numerous cooperation projects on a national and international scale within the Framework Eureka! and FP7 programme. Since 2014, he has been President of the Regional Platform “ER –Amiat -Emilia Romagna – Advanced Mechanics and Industrial Automation Technology”, and since 2011 he has been an independent expert for the evaluation of research and innovation projects promoted by the European Commission. He is a member of Expert Committee of the PROsumer.NET FP7 coordinating action financed by the EC in the FP7 NMP programme since 2011. He has been member of the “Advisory Board” of the Project “PRIME – Plug and Produce Intelligent Multi-Agent Environment based on Standard Technology funded by the EC in the P7.FOF.NMP.2012-3 since 2014. He has been member of the ”Advisory Board” of the Project “Pathfinder– Pointing the way to the future of manufacturing” financed by the EC in the FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF since 2014. He holds the following patents: Patent (Control system for machining centre) – MO2006A000241 dated 26/07/2006; Patent (Packaging solution) – RN99A000034 dated 26/11/1999; Patent (Packaging solution) RN99A000033 dated 26/11/1999
“Representative of Industrial Members – LI – Enterprise SCM Group“
Eleonora Carletti graduated in Physics at the University of Ferrara, and she is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Agricultural Mechanization and Earth Moving Machines (IMAMOTER) of National Research Council of Italy and since September 1026 Ms. Carletti is the Institute’s Acting Director. Her area of expertise is in planning control of acoustic vibration of complex sources through integrated with numeric and experimental methods and applied Product Sound Quality especially to off-road vehicles. She is President Elect of the International Institute of Sound and Vibration (IIAV) and member of the International Scientific Advisory Panel of the Institute of Acoustics of Vienna (Austrian Academy of Sciences). She is member of the Noise Expert Group, assisting the European Commission in the reviewing Directive 2000/14/EC on limiting noise emission by outdoor machines and equipment. Ms. Carletti teaches the noise control and vibrations module for the Master’s Degree in Fluid Dynamics offered at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia since 2004. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (JOSE) and the International Journal Archives of Acoustics. From 2016 she has been CNR’s representative at the Board of Directors of UNI (Italian National Unification Board). She has published more than 170 scientific articles on journals and international meetings.
Representative of Research Members – CNR IMAMOTER
Sauro Longhi is Professor of Automatics at Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona and has been appointed Rector until 2019. His research interests are various, including analysis and control of linear and non-linear systems, control of mobile robots, of submarine vehicles, distributed control on data transmission networks, sensor networks, control of high-efficiency electric motors, detection and diagnosis of failures in machines and plants. Over the last few years, his research activity has focused on the development of innovative solutions for robotics and enabling technologies in non-conventional fields, such as support for independent and safe living and, more generally, for domotics providing assistance to the ageing population. Scientific research interests have developed side by side with technology transfer interests, to the extent of proposing the development of a national project about domotics themes (SMILING project), as well as the creation of various university spin-offs. He is a member of the Inter-departmental Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Engineering faculty. He was coordinator of the National Cluster on Technologies for Living Environments. He is President of the Consortium GARR (The Italian Academic Research Network) in Rome.
“Representative of Research Members– Marche Polytechnic University”
Marco Taisch is Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan, at the Department of the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering, where he teaches Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management. He is deputy of the Rector for Placement and was Director of the Executive MBA and of the International MBA programs of the MIP-School of Management at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He was Chair of the Working Group on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS) of the International Federation for Information processing (IFIP), member of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC), senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineer (IIE) and of various societies of IEEE.
Mr. Taisch is member of the editorial Committee of the International Journal of Production Planning & Control published by Taylor & Francis. The research group he coordinates, composed of about 40 researchers, deals with design and management of industrial plants, operations and supply chain management, with particular focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector and the industrial services, product life cycle management and information systems. He has published four books and over 130 articles on international journals and conferences. He has taken part in over 15 international research projects with key research centres (ETHZ, EPFL, TU Darmstadt, TU Braunschweig, Chalmers University) and leading companies (ABB, BMW, Comau, FIAT, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SKF, Volkswagen, Whirlpool). The overall budget for the researches exceeded 11 million Euros since 2009. From 2002 he has been specifically committed to the study of technological trends, developing technology roadmaps and technology foresight studies on production systems for the European Commission. He is a member of the Partnership Board of the European Factory of the Future Research Association (EFFRA). He is founder and Scientific Chairman of the World Manufacturing Forum (www.worldmanufacturingforum.org). He is the President of Holonix, a spin-off of the Polytechnic University of Milan engaged in studying product lifecycle management.
“Representative of Research Members– Polytechnic University of Milan”
Leda Bologni graduated in Mechanical Engineering and holds a PhD in Robotics. Her skills concern, in particular, the management of innovation and programmes of Research and Development as well as technology transfer on a transnational scale. She is external expert, independent evaluator and auditor for the European Commission. Since 1990, she has worked at ASTER, the agency for innovation in Emilia-Romagna. Recently she has been manager of the Technical Assistance Unit for the implementation of the Regional Law for Innovation, and she has managed the activity of regional technological foresight within the framework of smart specialization strategy. She has been responsible for the coordination of the High-Technology Network and national expert for the S3 Platform.
She has coordinated ASTER’s participation in many of the National Technology Clusters, she has been a member of the governing body of the Italian Technology Cluster Intelligent Factories – CFI from the outset and has acted as point of contact for the informal group that includes all the NTCs.
She is currently responsible for managing the relocation from the United Kingdom to Italy of the Data Centre of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.(ECMWF).
“Representative of Aster, promoter of the Cluster”
Born in Turin in 1965, he graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin in 1992. He worked for 15 years at Fiat Research Centre where he held various positions related to innovating technology and business processes. In 2008, he was responsible for the strategic planning of innovation for the Fiat Group centres, such as Fiat Research Centre (Orbassano – Turin) and ELASIS (Pomigliano D’Arco – NA). From 2009 to 2014, he worked at FCA, and was manager for R&D EMEA for strategic planning and feasibility (timelines, costs) of the product planning and vehicle architectures. Since 2014, he has been operating as freelance consultant. Since 2015, he has been technical manager of the MESAP Innovation Cluster of the Piedmont Region, dedicated to Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Systems.
“Representative of Mesap, promoter of the Cluster”
Filippo Gabrielli graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Bologna in 1973. From 1974 to 1988, he was researcher at the National Research Council of Italy at the Institute for the Technology of non-conventional Metals, and from 1980 to 1981 he carried out research activity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, on the technologies of materials for the aerospace sector. Since 1988, he has been Professor of Technology and Manufacturing Systems at the Marche Polytechnic University, carrying out research activities about various technological aspects of production processes and systems. In his research sector, he authored over 150 scientific publications and some volumes of Mechanical Technology and Production Programming and Control.
“Representative of Marche Manufacturing, promoter of the Cluster”
Alessandro Marini is an engineer and he has been operating for over 25 years in the manufacturing sector both as consultant and as business executive. He focuses on the issues of production, innovation and industrial control. After having worked for a prestigious international consulting firm, where he developed in-depth knowledge on the various aspects of production and design, he moved to the industrial sector as manager of Lucchini Spa, at the time of the biggest expansion of the iron and steel Group. He is founder and general manager of Lutech Spa, a Lucchini Group company dedicated to ICT technologies. Alessandro Marini worked for some years in the telecommunication sector. Since 2007, he has been working as independent professional, focusing on services to small and medium enterprises, and in particular on improving the manufacturing processes and technology transfer. He is manager of the Lombardy Intelligent Factory Association.
“Representative of AFIL, promoter of the Cluster”
Born in Bari in July 1941, Mario Ricco graduated in Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Bari in January 1966, where he was professor and researcher until 1969. He was manager of R&D activities of the Division Control Instruments for Industrial Processes of Nuovo Pignone, in Modugno, until 1979. Industrial Consultant for Process Technologies in the sector of Precision Engineering until 1984. Responsible for the experimentation of injection systems for industrial motors at Weber Altecna (Fiat Group) in Modugno until 1988. Manager of Elasis Research Centre in Modugno (Fiat Group) that, until 1998, was entirely dedicated to the development of the innovative injection diesel Common Rail system. Manager at Fiat Research Centre for the development of new power supply systems for Diesel, CNG and LPG motors until 2001. Since 2002, he has been consulting on innovative fuel systems for internal combustion engines. Vice president of the Regional Mechatronic District of Apulia MEDIS from October 2007 to August 2014. From September 2014 he is the General Manager of MEDIS technological district.
“Representative of MEDIS, promoter of the Cluster”
Tullio Tolio is Professor of “Production Technologies and Systems”. He is manager of ITIA-CNR. During his career he was appointed to various positions: Manager of the PhD programme in “Manufacturing and Production Systems” at the Polytechnic University of Milan, member of the Polytechnic University of Milan evaluation Committee, Delegate of the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Milan on “Quality assurance in education”. He published over 150 articles on journals and international conferences. He is Associate Editor of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems and member of the Editorial Committee of CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology. He is CIRP “Fellow” and member of the Governing Council of AITEM. He is deeply involved in defining the policies and roadmaps on research at European, Italian and regional level. He is member of the HLG of the MANUFUTURE platform, member of the EFFRA Council. He is Director of the flagship project “Factories of the future-Italy” within the Italian National Research Programme 2011-2013. He is member of the Governing Council of the Lombardy Regional Technology Cluster “Intelligent Factories”.
“Representative of ITIA CNR, promoter of the Cluster”
Flavio Tonelli is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, and he teaches Economic Technical elements of Mechanic Plants and Engineering for Industrial Sustainability. Since 2008, he has been scientific consultant for some companies operating in the ICT for the manufacturing sector; in 2010 he was tutors 2 university spin-offs on production and transport optimization. In March 2013, he started his own technology start-up, NovigoTechnology srl, accredited as university spin-off by the University of Genoa. Author and co-author of over 100 scientific contributions (of which more than 30 published on international journals) about industrial performance management, industrial sustainability and ICT for manufacturing.
“Representative of SIIT-Liguria, promoter of the Cluster”