Genoa, Italy

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is a foundation established jointly by the "Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca" and the "Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze" to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to contribute to the economic development of Italy. Primary goals of the IIT are the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as strengthening Italy's technological competitiveness. To achieve these two goals, the IIT will cooperate with both academic institutions and private organizations, fostering through these partnerships scientific development, technological advances and training in high technology.The Scientific Plan 2009-2011 aims at developing the results of the start-up and sets a general framework which combines the integration and the reinforcement of the departments, the national network and the research platforms.The Scientific Plan 2009-2011 is the evolution of the 2005-2008 plan, which was dealing with a large scale program on Humanoid Robotics. According to the 2005-2008 strategic plan, the Humanoid Robotics program had a strong interdisciplinary character, merging human and humanoid technologies through the development of 3 technology platforms: Robotics, Neuroscience and Drug Discovery and Development , supported by a few facilities for nano-biotechnologies . Each platform was meant to develop specific topicsinorganic systems, textilefluorescent nanoprobes, nanocarrier for in vivo drug delivery, nanospectroscopies will be developed. Integrated Multiscale Computational Technology: developing advanced modeling of complex systems of interest to the above platforms.The implementation of the scientific program outlined so far will require the following actions: Empowerment of the shared laboratories, consolidating the interdisciplinary facilities in the following structures: Creation of eight IIT centers established nationwide: Launch of exploratory research programs in collaboration with other research Institutions.Details on the scientific activity to be performed within each platform are given in the following Scientific PlanRecently a ninth centre was created, The Brain Center for Motor and Social Cognition: SMC@UniPr – Parma, Università di Parma Wikipedia.

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The Regents Of The University Of California and Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2016-10-06

Described herein, inter alia, are compositions and methods useful for inhibiting fatty acid amide hydrolase.

A transmission belt is described which comprises a body made of a first elastomeric material, a plurality of teeth and a plurality of longitudinal cords buried in the body of the belt and a back. The belt has a working surface on said teeth and the working surface is at least partially covered by a covering made of a plastic and/or metal material. Defining the area comprised between the plane defined by the neutral axis of the cords, the working surface and the median transverse planes of two adjacent teeth as the unitary longitudinal section, the covering preferably occupies at least 25% of the unitary longitudinal section.

Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-05-29

Laser device characterized in that it comprises, as gain medium, a film of colloidal nanocrystals of semiconductor material, wherein said nanocrystals are two-dimensional nanocrystals suitable for forming quantum wells for confinement of the charge carriers in the nanocrystals and having a biexciton gain mechanism.

Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-05-27

A read circuit of an electrical signal produced by a POSFET device comprising a transconductance amplifier connected at an inverting input thereof to the output of the POSFET device; and at least one neuron connected at the output to the transconductance amplifier. The transconductance amplifier is adapted to: receive a signal coming from the POSFET device representative of a force or pressure exerted on the POSFET device, and produce at the output at least one current signal representative of the force or the pressure. The at least one neuron is adapted to receive said at least one current signal and to produce at least one output signal, said at least one output signal being a pulse train having a frequency proportional to said at least one current signal produced by the transconductance amplifier.

Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-03-17

Composite material comprising a matrix of elastic and electrically insulating material, and a filler of electrically conducting material embedded within the matrix. The filler forms a conductive path defining an active electrode adapted to be associated with a reference electrode for forming an electrical signal output. A deformable gap is formed between an outer surface of the conductive path and an inner surface of the matrix, in such a way that the application of a mechanical load to the composite material causes the surface of the conductive path and the surface of the matrix to be brought closer together, and the removal of the mechanical load causes the surface of the conductive path and the surface of the matrix to be moved away from one another as a result of the elastic force of the material of the matrix.

Italian Institute of Technology and University of Bologna | Date: 2015-06-12

The present invention relates to Compounds of Formula (I) and pharmaceutical compositions containing the same. It further relates to their use in the prevention or treatment of central nervous system diseases or disorders, in particular, cognitive, neurodegenerative or neuronal diseases or disorders.

Italian Institute of Technology and The Regents Of The University Of California | Date: 2017-03-22

The present invention relates to substituted benzoxazolone derivatives as acid ceramidase inhibitors, pharmaceutical compositions containing these inhibitors and methods of inhibiting acid ceramidase for the treatment of disorders in which modulation of the levels of ceramide is clinically relevant. The invention also provides substituted benzoxazolone derivatives for use in the treatment of cancer, inflammation, pain, inflammatory pain or pulmonary diseases.

Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2016-11-22

The present invention relates to compounds of Formula (I) or pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvates thereof: It further discloses a pharmaceutical composition comprising the compounds of Formula (I) and their uses as anti-proliferative and proapoptotic agents for cancer therapy.

Italian Institute of Technology | Date: 2017-04-12

A haptic interface system comprising: a shell (2) which is moved on a reference surface (Sref) by a user; an actuator (4) mechanically coupled to the shell (2), which provides a haptic stimulus on a fingertip of the user; and a motor assembly (10, 12, 14, 20), which moves the actuator (4) with three degrees of freedom. The haptic interface system also includes: a localization system (80, 82, 102, 104), which determines the position and orientation of the shell (2) with respect to the reference surface (Sref); and a control stage (70, 104), which controls the motor assembly (10, 12, 14, 20) so as to move the actuator (4) as a function of the position of the shell (2), in an invariant manner with respect to the orientation of the shell (2).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: FETFLAGSHIP | Award Amount: 89.00M | Year: 2016

This project is the second in the series of EC-financed parts of the Graphene Flagship. The Graphene Flagship is a 10 year research and innovation endeavour with a total project cost of 1,000,000,000 euros, funded jointly by the European Commission and member states and associated countries. The first part of the Flagship was a 30-month Collaborative Project, Coordination and Support Action (CP-CSA) under the 7th framework program (2013-2016), while this and the following parts are implemented as Core Projects under the Horizon 2020 framework. The mission of the Graphene Flagship is to take graphene and related layered materials from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionise multiple industries. This will bring a new dimension to future technology a faster, thinner, stronger, flexible, and broadband revolution. Our program will put Europe firmly at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the EU investment, both in terms of technological innovation and economic growth. To realise this vision, we have brought together a larger European consortium with about 150 partners in 23 countries. The partners represent academia, research institutes and industries, which work closely together in 15 technical work packages and five supporting work packages covering the entire value chain from materials to components and systems. As time progresses, the centre of gravity of the Flagship moves towards applications, which is reflected in the increasing importance of the higher - system - levels of the value chain. In this first core project the main focus is on components and initial system level tasks. The first core project is divided into 4 divisions, which in turn comprise 3 to 5 work packages on related topics. A fifth, external division acts as a link to the parts of the Flagship that are funded by the member states and associated countries, or by other funding sources. This creates a collaborative framework for the entire Flagship.

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