Funded Initiatives


Faculty Seed Fund Collaborations

Mathematical Modeling and Signal Processing for Integrative Patient Monitoring

MIT: George Verghese. Politecnico: Giuseppe Baselli. Field of collaboration: Computer Science and Bioengineering.

Failure Movement Ecology at the Microscale: experiments and models with predator-prey bacteria

MIT: Roman Stocker; Politecnico : Marino Gatto and Renato Casagrandi. Field of collaboration: Environmental Engineering and Electronics.

Computational modeling of controlled drug release and arterial uptake from biodegradable material implants

MIT: Elazer Edelman and Vijaya Kolachalama; Politecnico: Luca Formaggia, and Sara Minisini. Field of collaboration Computer science and bio-engineering.

Chalcogenide Glass micro-resonators for advanced low power non-linear optics

MIT: Lionel Kimerling and Anuragha Agarwal; Politecnico: Andrea Melloni, Electronics and Materials Science and Engineering

Self-Adaptive Autonomic Systems

MIT: Anant Agarwal; Politecnico:Donatella Sciuto. Field of collaboration:EECS-AI.

Iso-dielectophoretic separation and impedance measurement for intrinsic cell sorting

MIT: Joel Voldman; Politecnico: Marco Sampietro. Field of collaboration:EECS- Bioengineering.

Development of numerical Simulations and Modelling tools for MEMS and Emerging Technologies

MIT: Luca Daniel and Jacob White; Politecnico: Attilio Frangi and Alberto Corigliano. Field of collaboration: EECS.

Failure analysis of inertial MEMS sensors subject to impacts: A multiscale-statistical approach

MIT: Raul Radovitzky; Politecnico: Stefano Mariani, Anna Pandolfi, and Dr. Anna Ferrara. Field of Collaboration: Computational Engineering.

Multi-scale computational study of tendon hierarchical structure and collagen-related diseases

MIT: Markus Buehler; Politecnico: Alberto Redaelli. Field of collaboration: Bioengineering.

Tumour Real-Time Targeting in High-Precision Radiation Therapy

MIT-Harvard, HST – MGH Radiation Oncology: Rakesh Kumar Jain, Dava J Newman, George TY Chen; Politecnico: Antonio Pedotti, Guido Baroni, Bioengineering. Field of collaboration: Biomedical Engineering.

Tissue Engineering in Human Cartilage in Bioreactors

MIT: Lisa Freed, Dr. Matteo Moretti, Harvard – MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology: Politecnico: Manuela Raimondi, Riccardo Pietrabissa, Bioengineering. Field of collaboration: Bioengineering.

Optoelectronic Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement During Short-Radius Centrifugation

MIT: Larry Young, Aeronautics and Astronautics; Politecnico: Antonio Pedotti, Biomedical Engineering. Field of collaboration: Mechanical Engineering.

Thermophoretic Effects in Nanofluids

MIT: Jacopo Buongiorno, Nuclear Engineering; Politecnico: Roberto Piazza, Soft Condensed Matter Laboratory. Field of collaboration: Materials Science.

Computational Fracture Mechanic

MIT: Tomasz Wierzbicki, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering: Politecnico: Chiara Bisagni. Field of collaboration: Materials Science-Mechanical Engineering.

Design and Modeling of Microconduits for Oxygenation and Artificial Respiration.

MIT: Todd Thorsen, Mechanical Engineering; Politecnico: Alberto Redaelli, Biomechanics. Field of collaboration: Biomechanical-Biomedical Engineering.

Reduced Basis Methods for Fluid Mechanics Problems

MIT: Anthony Patera, Mechanical Engineering: Politecnico Alfio Quarteroni, (MOX modeling and Scientific Computing). Field of collaboration: Mechanical Engineering.

Analysis of the Interactions Among Quality and Productivity Performance Measures in Production System

MIT: Stanley Gershwin, Mechanical Engineering; Politecnico: Tullio Tolio. Field of collaboration: Mechanical Engineering.

High-energy, Phase-controlled, Few-Optical-cycle Light Pulses and Attosecond Pulse Generation

MIT: Erich Ippen, Electrical Eng & Computer Science; Politecnico: Giulio Cerullo. Field of collaboration: Physics and Materials Science.

Collision Avoidance in Large Transportation Networks

MIT: Domitilla Del Vecchio, Mechanical Engineering. Polimi: Alessandro Colombo, Electronics and Information 2012.

Stochastic Dynamics of Wind Turbines

MIT: Konstantin Turitsyn, Mechanical Engineering. Polimi: Carlo Luigi Bottasso, Aerospace Engineering, 2012.

Coupled Flow and Geo-mechanics of Fault - Application to CO2 Sequestration

MIT: Juanes Ruben, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Polimi: Luca Formaggia, Mathematics. 2013.

Bone-Inspired Materials

MIT: Markus J. Buehler, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Polimi: Laura Vergani, 2014.

Correlating Grain Boundary Crystallography to the Onset of Localized Corrosion

MIT: Michael Demkowicz, Materials Science and Engineering; Polimi: Matteo Seita, Maria Vittoria Diamanti and Marco Ormellese, 2014.

Development of Macro-modeling and Simulation Techniques for Uncertainty Quantification and Noise Analysis in Oscillatory Devices

MIT Luca Daniel, EECS; Polimi: Paolo Maffezzoni, 2014.

Dynamic Modelling for Surgery

MIT: Dava Newman, Aeronautics and Astronautics; Polimi: Guido Baroni, 2014.

Nonlinear Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting

MIT: Sang-Gook Kim, Mechanical Engineering; Polimi: Alberto Corigliano, 2014.

Bioactive Coating for Accelerated Bone Regeneration: A Pathway to Enhance Implant Fixation Nonlinear Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting

MIT: Ming Dao; Polimi: Mario Guagliano, 2015.

Development of Efficient Stochastic Simulation and Modeling Techniques for Photonic Design Automation

Bioelectrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT: Luca Daniel; Polimi: Andrea Melloni, 2015.

Exploring and Modelling Interacting Cracks: Toward a Crack Network Model

MIT: Ken Kamrin; Polimi: Mario Guagliano, 2015.

Advanced Model Order Reduction for Analysis and Control of Flexible Structures

MIT: Luca Daniel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Polimi: Gianni Ferretti, DEIB ( Electronics and Bioengineering), 2016.

SAMM - Smart Additive Manufacturing for Metals

MIT: John Hart, Mechanical Engineering; Polimi: Bianca Colosimo, Mechanics, 2016.

Characterizing Hypotensive Episodes in the Intensive Care Unit

MIT: Roger Mark, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Polimi: Riccardo Barbieri, DEIB ( Electronics and Bioengineering) 2016.

Multimodal and Multiscale Experimental and Modeling Approach to Explore the Role of Microstructural Organization in Bio-mineralized Complex Materials

MIT: Admir Masic, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Polimi: Flavia Libonati, Mechanics, 2017.

Predictive Model of Urban e-Mobility Integrated with Renewable Energy Sources

Luca Daniel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Polimi: Michela Longo, Department of Energy, 2017.

Tailor-Made Composites: Using Engineered Design & Manufacturing, Modeling and Experiments to Create New Functional Materials

MIT: Markus Buehler, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Polimi: Laura Vergani, Mechanics, 2017.

Disorder-Aware Engineering of Meta-surfaces for Advanced Photonics

MIT: Luca Daniel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Polimi: Giuseppe Della Valle, Physics, 2018.

Testing the Link between Autism and Predictive Disorder

MIT: Pawan Sinha, Brain and Cognitive Science; Polimi: Riccardo Barbieri DEIB ( Electronics and Bioengineering), 2018.

Studying the world’s thinnest superconductor with x-ray spectroscope

MIT: Riccardo Comin, Physics; Polimi: Giacomo Ghiringhelli, Physics, 2018.

Adipose Tissue on a Chip

MIT :Benedetto Marelli, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Polimi: Silvia Fare’ & Nicola Contessi Negrini, Bio-Chemistry and Materials, 2019.

Characterizing Interventions in the Intensive Care Unit

MIT: Roger Mark, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Li-wei Lehman; Polimi: Riccardo Barbieri, DEIB, Electronics, Information and Biology, 2019.

Computational Design and Experimental Validation of TRAF6-binding Peptides

MIT: Amy Keating, Biology; Polimi: Alfonso Gautieri, Biomechanics, 2019.

Designing and Optimizing the Control of Integrated Photovoltaic-Powered Des

MIT: Amos Winter, Mechanical Engineering; Polimi: Sergio Savaresi, DEIB, Electrical Engineering, 2019.

Reduced Models for Nonlinear and Multi-Physics Micro-Systems

MIT: Luca Daniel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Polimi: Alberto Corigliano, Civil& Environmental Engineering, 2019.

Sedimentation Kinetics and Instabilities

MIT: James Swan, Chemical Engineering; Polimi: Roberto Piazza, Physics, 2019.

UNmanned Additive Manufacturing – UNAM, MIT

John Hart, Mechanical Engineering & Cem Tasan, Materials Science and Engineering; Polimi: Bianca Maria Colosimo, Mechanical Engineering, 2019.

VALIDATE: CardioVascuLar Medical Devices: from Images to Bedside

MIT: Elazer Edelman, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science; Polimi: Francesco Migliavacca, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2019.

A Data Intensive Framework To Modelling Human Behaviours In Coupled Human Natural Systems, 2020

A collaboration between:
-Dara Entekhabi, Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
– Andrea Castelletti, Politecnico di Milano.

Advanced Tracking Of Nociception And Autonomic States In The Operating Room, 2020

A collaboration between:
– Emery Brown, Director, Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Health Sciences & Technology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
– Riccardo Barbieri, Politecnico di Milano

Freely – Anode Free Lithium Metal Battery, 2020

A collaboration between:
-Yang Shao-Horn, PhD; Materials Science and Engineering
-Luca Magagnin, Politecnico di Milano

Interaction Of Sun1 And Nucleoporin153 At The Nuclear Lamina And Its Role In Mechanosensing, 2020

A collaboration between:
– Thomas Schwartz, Boris Magasanik Professor, Biology
– Monica Soncini, Politecnico di Milano

Stochastic Models And Simulation Tools For Power Distribution Networks, 2020

A collaboration between:
– Professor Luca Daniel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
– Giambattista Gruosso, Politecnico di Milano

Machine-learning driven diatom-inspired design, 2021

A collaboration between:
– Markus Buehler, Jerry McAfee (1940) Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
– Marco Santambrogio, Politecnico di Milano

Towards the Smart Villages of Italy, 2021

A collaboration between:
– Brent D. Ryan, Associate Professor, Urban Studies & Planning
– Giovanna Fossa, Politecnico di Milano

Analysis and Experiments to Explore the Potential of Paraffin and Beeswax as Fuel for Small Satellites, 2021

A collaboration between:
– Danielle Wood, Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences & Aeronautics and Astronautics
– Camilla Colombo, Politecnico di Milano

Advanced Safety Assessment of Nuclear Batteries for a Novel Paradigm of Low-Carbon Energy,2022

A collaboration between Jacopo Buongiorno ( MIT) & Enrico Zio ( Polimi) ; Nuclear Science and Engineering, Data, Systems, and Society

GAP: image-Guided computational and experimental Analysis of fractured Patients, 2022

A collaboration between Markus Buehler ( MIT) and Laura Vergani Laura ,Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Faculty Travel Grants

Todd Thorsen – MIT, Mechanical Engineering, 2005

MIT, Mechanical Engineering, “Development of microfluidic devices for biomedical applications, including modeling, fabrication and manufacture of devices for diverse applications such as DNA diagnostics, artificial respiration, and modeling biofilm formation in tooth decay.” 2005.

Tomasz Wierzbicki – MIT, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, 2005

MIT, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, “Collaboration between the impact and crashworthiness lab at MIT and the department of aerospace engineering at Politecnico.” 2005.

Laurence R. Young – MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2005

MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics, “Exploratory visit to advance collaboration with Prof Antonio Pedotti at Politecnico.” 2005.

Roman Stocker – MIT, Civil Engineering, 2006

MIT, Civil Engineering, “Application of fluid dynamics – in particular microfluidics – to environmental and biological questions.” 2006.

Ali Khademhosseini – Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, 2007

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, “Mathematical modeling of cell based diagnostic devices”, 2007.

Federico Casalegno – Mobile Experience Lab, 2008

Mobile Experience Lab, “Sustainable Mobility and Design,” May 2008.

Anant Agarwal – MIT, EECS, 2010

MIT, EECS, “Building a Self-Aware Operating System for Multicores and Clouds”, Summer 2010 (

Barbara Liskov – MIT Institute Professor, 2010

“Theoretical and experimental multi-scale studies of collagen tissues in the context of Osteogenesis Imperfecta disease.” MIT: Markus Buehler, Polimi: Alberto Redaelli; 2009-2010.

Ahmed Ghoniem – MIT, Mechanical Engineering, 2011.

MIT Mechanical Engineering, Summer 2011.

Laurence Young – MIT, Aero Astro, 2011

MIT, Aero Astro, Summer 2011

Giampaolo Manzolini – Polimi, Energy, 2011

Politecnico di Milano, Energy, Summer 2011.

Peter Dourmashkin – MIT, Physics, 2013

MIT, Physics, Summer 2013.

Gregory Rutledge – MIT, Chemical Engineering, 2013

MIT, Chemical Engineering, Summer 2013.

Alessandro Colombo – Polimi, EECS, 2013

Polimi, EECS, Summer 2013.

Paolo Maffezzoni – Polimi, EECS, 2013

Polimi, EECS, Summer 2013.

Joe Formaggio – MIT, Physics 2014

MIT, Physics Spring 2014.

Mario Guagliano – Polimi, Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Polimi, Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2014.

Ken Kamrin – MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2014

MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2014.

Giacomo Ghiringhelli – Polimi, Physics, 2017

Polimi, Physics, 2017.

Benedetto Marelli – MIT, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017

MIT, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017.

Elazar Edelman – Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2018

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2018.

Leo Anthony Celi – Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2019

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2019.

Roger Mark – Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2019

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, 2019.

Cem Tasam - Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering & Tasan Lab

Hosted @ Polimi by Bianca Colosimo

Roberto Rocca Fellows at MIT

Kevin Duda – PhD Candidate, 2006

PhD Candidate, Man-Vehicle Laboratory, hosted by Polimi Antonio Pedotti within his collaboration with MIT Larry Young. 2006.

James Vanzo – BS in Civil Engineering, 2006

BS in Civil Engineering, hosted by Polimi Gianluigi Cedolin to work on finite structure modeling.2006.

Yu Gu – PhD candidate, 2008

PhD candidate, MIT advisor: James Fujimoto. Politecnico Host: Roberto Cerullo. Research Topic “Femtosecond fabrication of Mach-Zehnder interferometers in fused silica.” 2008.

Aleem Siddiqui – EECS PhD candidate, 2008-9

EECS PhD candidate, MIT advisor: Franz Kaertner. Politecnico Host: Roberto Cerullo. Research Topic “Optical Cycle pulsed light source with stabilized carrier envelope phase at 800mm.” 2008-09.

Kevin Farino – BS in Mechanical Engineering, 2010

BS in Mechanical Engineering, hosted by Polimi Alberto Redaelli for research on fluidics applications to biology, 2010.

Charles Gruenwald – PhD Candidate, EECS, 2011

PhD Candidate, EECS, 2011.

Brandon Talamini – PhD candidate in Aero Astro, 2011

PhD candidate in Aero Astro, MIT Advisor: Raul Radovitzky Polimi host: Anna Pandolfi for research on numerical modeling of ductile fractures, 2011.

Christopher Love – PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2011

PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2011.

Malima Wolf – Post-doc, Mech-Eng, 2012-13

Post-doc, Mech-Eng, MIT advisor: Tim Gutowski Polimi Host: Tullio Tolio “Environmental impact of product and material end-of-life treatment.” 2012-13.

James McKinney – BS Materials Science, 2013

BS Materials Science, MIT Advisor Thomas Eagar; Polimi Host: Maurizio Vedani “New energy efficient metal processing techniques” 2013.

Cathy Zhang – BS Chemical, 2014

BS Chemical, ”Engineering Behavior of colloidal suspensions and gels under gravitational stresses Environmental impact of product and material end-of-life treatment.” Polimi Host: Roberto Piazza MIT advisor: Michael Strano, 2014.

Cody Diaz – BS Chemistry, 2016

BS Chemistry, “Synthetizing nanoparticles gfor oil drilling applications,” Polimi Host: Davide Moscatelli, 2016.

Thomas Canova – Grad. Chem., 2016

Grad. Chem., “Colloidal gels, “Polimi Host: Roberto Piazza, 2016.

Victoria Tam – BS Mech Eng., 2017

BS Mech Eng.; “Polipo: a toys for children with neurodevelopmental disorders; Polimi Host: Franca Garzotto, 2017.

Rachel Adenekan – BS mech Eng,, 2017

BS mech Eng, “Mouvement analysis for Motor Rehabilitation”, Polimi Host: Carlo Frigo, 2017.

Jacqueline Liu – U Computer and Materials science, 2017

U Computer and Materials science, dendrimers, molecular structures that could prove useful in drug delivery and gene therapy.Polimi host: Simone Vesentini, 2017.

Renaud Danhaive – Ph.D candidate, Architecture and planning, 2017-8

Ph.D candidate, Architecture and planning, “Computational geometry and structural engineering and its applications to mechanical design and analysis. Polimi Host: Ingrid Paoletti MIT: Caitlin Mueller, 2017-8.

Patrick Callahan – U Chemistry, 2018

U Chemistry, “Lithium-Ion Batteries,”Polimi Host; Tullio Tolio and Maurizio Colledani, 2018.

Anna Tarakanova – GS, Buehler-Libonati Collaboration, 2018

GS, Buehler-Libonati Collaboration, 2018.

Rachel Adenekan – BS Mech. Eng., 2017

BS Mech. Eng., “Mouvement analysis for Motor Rehabilitation”, Polimi Host: Carlo Frigo, 2017.

Priya Pillai – U Computer Science and Biology, 2018

U Computer Science and Biology, “Diatom Frustule Structure”, Polimi Host: Flavia Libonati, 2018.

Kriti Jain – U EECS, 2018

U EECS, Sensory processing in autism spectrum disorder” Polimi Host: Riccardo Barbieri, 2018.

Shreya Pandit – U EECS

U EECS, Polimi Host: Mirko Gelsomini.

Leanna Galanek – U. Nuclear Science and Engineering

U. Nuclear Science and Engineering, Polimi Host: Stefano Agosteo.

Amelia Seabold – U. Biology

U. Biology, Polimi Host: Riccardo Barbieri.

Workshops and colloquia

NB: The Progetto Rocca no longer support these initiatives.

Reduction Strategies for the Simulation of Complex Problems

a Workshop organized by professors Anthony Patera and Karen Willcox –MIT –Center for Computational Engineerig– and Alfio Quarteroni–Politecnico MOX. To be held in January 2011.

Self- AwarE Computing

(SEEC) , Professors Anant Agarwal and Marco Santambrogio, January 2012 l.

Analysis and design of recycling technologies and systems

Dr. Stanley B. Gershwin, MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. Tullio Tolio, Technology and Production Systems group – Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano