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Innovation in Design & Engineering - IDEE Laboratory

Innovation in Design & Engineering - IDEE Laboratory


The Innovation in Design & Engineering Lab – IDEE Lab - has an interdisciplinary laboratory aiming to research product innovation, product-service systems and production processes, through the design and creative use of advanced production, digital and ICT technologies. The laboratory uses methodologies and tools of Design Thinking, Design Driven Innovation, Technology Driven Innovation and Experience Driven Innovation, applied to design themes related to industrial design, product design and to product-service system design.


The laboratory operates in:

  • the development of research programmes concerned with the relation between design and technological innovation (materials, manufacturing technologies, ICT, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Smart City), at all stages of the design process, from the initial concept phase to development and prototyping with a special focus on feasibility aspects and production.
  • the development of advanced services for public and private research entities, companies and start-ups, in the field of product and product-service systems development;
  • activities in support of teaching at all three levels of university education, in all aspects regarding application and experimentation of methods, and of assessment and advanced, parametric and modular design procedures.


IDEE Lab undertakes its activities in close collaboration with the DIDALABS system laboratories, such as the Sustainable Design Laboratory, the Design Modelling Laboratory and the Ergonomics in Design Laboratory. It cooperates with other laboratories of the University of Florence, that work on complementary issues, in particular, the Laboratory of Reverse Engineering and Virtual Prototyping (ReViP), of the Department of Industrial Engineering, and with the Laboratory of Wood Technology of the Department DAGRI. At an international level, IDEE Lab collaborates with the Human-Tech Institute, of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland.



The specific activities of Innovation in Design & Engineering Lab are:

  • definition of innovative design concepts with regard to product and / or process;
  • modelling and virtual simulation of human-product-network interaction;
  • project development and feasibility assessment;
  • development of mathematical parametric models and management of large systems;
  • bill of materials;
  • comparative assessments of production technologies and materials
  • mockup
  • material, finish and color design;
  • development of product-service systems (APP’s and digital interaction systems)
  • development of technical requirements for design;
  • prototyping.


Areas of intervention

  • Products for daily use
  • Furniture
  • Equipment
  • Urban Furniture
  • Product-service Systems
  • Interface Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Topological Optimization
  • Parametric Design
  • Generative Design
  • Other related sectors


Opening hours

The laboratory has the following opening hours:

  • Monday: 09:30-13.30, 14:30-18.30
  • Thursday by appointment

The opening days and times may be changed depending on the needs of the researchers involved in the development of ongoing activities. All possible changes will be agreed with the Scientific Director and communicated to any students attending the workshop for internship or other activities.



The Laboratory accepts a maximum of two interns at a time.
Candidates must submit their request by e-mail to the IDEE Lab director, including their C.V. in European format.


Scientific Director
Alessandra Rinaldi


Kiana Kianfar
Research Grant


Design Campus
via Sandro Pertini 93
50041 Calenzano - Florence - ITALY



last update: 15-July-2019
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