The research activity carried out in this laboratory includes the development of virtual prototypes used for the validation of functional aspects of industrial products as well as aspects related to their interaction with the potential users. The activities concern also the development of hardware and software technologies and components for Virtual and Augmented Reality applications and the simulation of deformable objects by means of systems for parallel computing.


The research activities conducted in this laboratory concern the design and development of haptic interfaces for industrial applications, such as:

  • to create and modify aesthetic surfaces,
  • to study the interaction of the industrial products with the interfaces.
  • to develop wearable actuators based on Shaped-Memory Alloys (SMA)
Eventually, some of the haptic interfaces designed and developed in this lab are used for rehabilitation aims.


I.DRIVE is an interdepartmental laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano, whose name is Interaction between Driver Road Infrastructure Vehicle and Environment”. It has been established by the following departments:

  • Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (DABC), coordinator,
  • Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB),
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECC).
The lab aims at developing interdisciplinary competences needed for the analysis and the modelling of the behavioural aspects related to the interaction among human, vehicle, infrastructure and environment. This will be achieved through:
  • An infrastructural part, which is fixed and based on a simulator in Virtual Reality. This simulator is conceived to verify ex ante the expected behavioural models, the joint optimization of the vehicle and of the infrastructure, the increase ex-post and on-going of the statistical significance of the testing sessions on the road;
  • A mobile part, which is based on an vehicle equipped for the measurement in situ of the performances and reactions of the driver in different conditions as well as for the acquisition of environmental data to be reproduced in ex-post simulations.


The activities carried out in this lab are related to:

  • the three-dimensional acquisition of the shape of components and systems of components by means of active and passive systems;
  • the metrological characterization of techniques for 3D scanning;
  • the integration of different traditional measurement systems aiming at a steady development of the digitization techniques.