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Francesca De Crescenzio

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

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


Keywords: Virtual Reality Human Machine Interfaces Design for Papid Prototyping/Additive Manufacturing Reverse Engineering Augmented Reality

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. In particular, most recently, application studies have been developed in the aeronautics domain. Through the participation to different Horizon 2020 projects the following researches have been conducted: Design and development of Virtual Reality Environments and Human Response models for optimising comfort and wellbeing in aircraft cabin interiors and experimental studies based on EEG (Electroencephalography) for the mitigation of OOTL (Out Of The Loop) effects in highly automated environments for Air Traffic Management

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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