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Michele Lanzetta

  • MEng, PhD, Prof.
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Engineering, University of Pisa
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Michele Lanzetta is serving as confirmed associate professor since 2005 at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear and Production Engineering and at the Interdepartmental Research Centre "Enrico Piaggio", Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa. In the same university he  has been in service as assistant professor since 1998, confirmed in 2001.  received his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Automation and Robotics (1997) with a thesis on Industrial Applications of Machine Vision Systems  qualified at the Italian Corps of Engineers (1992);  received his Degree (Laurea) in Aeronautical Engineering (1992) with a thesis at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (Sup'Aéro) of Toulouse with an Erasmus scholarship. He attended the Master in Innovation Management at Scuola S. Anna of Pisa, doing an internship at Fase S.p.A. of Turin, Piaggio group, the first Italian company of artificial vision (1992-93). He further specialized on that topic at the Computer Vision Laboratory at Stanford University, CA (USA) (1996) with prof. C. Tomasi, funded by the Italian National Research Council, and at the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (USA) (2009) with Prof. M. Culpepper developing a nanometric inspection system. Research activity He has set-up a computer vision laboratory working on industrial projects . Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa (300 k€) and the European Union (125 k€) funded projects on innovation in leather processing. Among other research topics he contributed to several additive processes. In particular to the modeling of Selective Laser Sintering and the characterization of nylon and resin-coated foundry sands. He specialized on 3DPrinting and infiltration of sintered metal powders at the Three Dimensional Printing Laboratory, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (USA) (2000 , 2002) with Prof. E. Sachs, inventor of 3DPrinting and Director of the Laboratory head, proposing a model and improving the process with ceramic powders. He also specialized (2004, 2007 ) on Shape Deposition Manufacturing with Prof. M. Cutkosky, director of the Biomimetics Laboratory, Center for Design Research, Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratories, Stanford University, CA (USA). In 2006 he was awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Research on the Intelligent Space project at the University of Tokyo (Japan). He has ongoing research cooperations on scheduling operations with the Piaggio scooter company and the Pisa Hospital, one of the largest in Europe. He consulted on the world championship winning swimwear . He is coauthor of more than 80 papers and the patent of a reflectometer for polished stone. He is associate member of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and AITEM (Italian Association of Mechanical Technology). He was a member of the local organizing committee for the 60th General Assembly of CIRP hosted in Pisa. He is guest editor of Diamante and Marmo Macchine Classic. He is monitoring expert of the European Union Framework Program 7, the Italian Committee for Research Evaluation CIVR 2004-2008 and again from 2010 and the Piedmont Region for the evaluation of technological hubs since 2010 and referee for the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Journal of Engineering Tribology, Journal of Engineering Manufacture Part B, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing. Teaching and other activities He is member since 2009 of the International Relations Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. Since 2009 he is elected member and board of the University Center for Educational Training and Research (CAFRE) of the University of Pisa. He is head since 2003 of the library of Production Engineering. From 1999 to 2004 and again from 2010 has held the position of elected member of the Executive Department's representative. He has promoted and contributed with various roles to projects including: the electronic thesis and dissertations catalog (2003); the University portal Prometeo (2004-06); the online exam registration (2005); TestPro – computerized exam quizzes (2000-07); a wiki collaboration platform (2004-05); the living laboratory (2007). He has been awarded the AITEM prize "Innovation in Teaching" in 2004. He has been Socrates visiting professor at the University of Manchester (2008) and lecturer of Partial Differential Equations I at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2009). He teaches Automation of Production Processes, Statistical Methods for the Control of Manufacturing Systems and Manufacturing Processes II and formerly Quality Management (2001-2004). He has lectured to the Master in Innovation Management at the Scuola S. Anna of Pisa and other institutions. He supervised over 40 theses and traineeships, including one in Glasgow and Cranfield, and and a PhD thesis (2003). He has been member of the state qualification exam for the corps of engineers (2008-09). He is member of the PhD programs in  Mechanical Engineering and  Automation, Robotics and Bioengineering, and organizes the annual presentation in public poster sessions and on-line assessment of students (since 2003). Other notes Michele Lanzetta was born in Rome March 17, 1966 and lives in Pisa since 1984, married (1994) with five children. In 1994-95 he was one of the eight reserve officers in the Italian Air Force, corps of engineers servicing the anti-submariner Breguet Atlantic in Sigonella, Sicily. He also held elective office representative military bodies.

Recent publications

  • CAD model based virtual assembly simulation, planning and training

    • Leu M
    • Elmaraghy H
    • Nee A
    • et al.
  • Scaling hard vertical surfaces with compliant microspine arrays

    • Asbeck A
    • Kim S
    • Cutkosky M
    • et al.

Professional experience

Associate Professor

School of Engineering, University of Pisa

January 2005 - Present

Co-authors (39)

  • Matteo Strano

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