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Francesca De Crescenzio

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/15 Design Methods for Industrial Engineering

Research

Development of Virtual Reality based prototypes for Human Machine Interfaces in complex and safety critical systems. With regard to applications in aerospace interaction paradigms have been investigated in the following fields: advanced cockpits for fixed wing aircrafts, Ground Control Stations for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Systems), innovative interfaces for Air Traffic Management and Augmented Reality based maintenance operations. All these studies have been developed in the framework of international or industry committed projects (see the next section). Research in this topic is currently focusing on how higher levels of automations and new technologies that will impact on the HMIs of the future in the evolving and growing aerospace system.

Introduction of industrial design and manufacturing methods for biomedical applications. Technologies such as CAD (Computer Aided Design), RE (Reverse Engineering), VR (Virtual Reality) and RP (Rapid Prototyping) have been implemented in in vivo experiments for maxillofacial rehabilitation. Facial prostheses, surgical guides and scaffold design for steam cells seeding are the main streams of this research activity. Time and cost savings deriving from the application of engineering design methods to biomedical practices have been presented together with advantages to the patient. Research objective in this field is currently based on the optimization of engineered scaffolds for regenerative medicine.

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