University of Padova (UNIPD) was founded in 1222. It is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike. The key figures are: 8 Schools, 32 Departments, 65000 Students, 12000 Graduates each year, 2210 Professors and Researchers; 2223 Technicians and Administrative Personnel, 82 1st cycle degree courses, 82 2nd cycle degree courses, 8 single cycle degree courses, 36 PhD Schools. The last report issued by the National Research Assessment Committee set the University of Padova as the highest ranking among leading Italian universities for the quality of its research results, with a vote of excellence in 12 out of the 20 disciplines.
The research group will provide a strong experience in the ergonomic design of Industrial Systems (especially assembly lines and job shop or cellular production systems), modelling and optimization with ergonomics paradigms and human factors parameters. In this research area, the UNIPD researchers recently received the Best Application Paper Award of the INCOM Conference 2015 organized by IFAC, (Ottawa, May 2015) regarding a paper that aims to solve line balancing problems with ergonomics paradigms. Moreover, Daria Battini and Alessandro Persona are member of IFAC and EUROMA. From May 2017, Daria Battini has become the Vice-chair for education of the Technical Committee 5.2 on Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control in the Scientific Association IFAC and from July 2018, she is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Mechatronics and Product Innovation Engineering at the University of Padova. She also manages the Cotutelle Doctoral Programs for the whole doctoral Course. The UNIPD group has developed in 2008 the Ergo-lab at the University of Padova in which an innovative Full Body Motion Capture System has been developed and improved as demonstrated by the scientific publications of the UNIPD group.