Topics XXXVII cycle

The research topics (i.e. likely indicative titles of Theses) proposed by research groups at DICEA/UNIFI and DICI/UNIPI and ratified by the Board of Teachers of InDiCEE for the 37th cycle are listed here:




Research Topics (PhD tentative titles)

Foreign University (Joined/double degree)

A Plastic Budget Methodology to Model plastic pathways, degradation and storage in rivers, coastal areas and open seas

- University of Girona (Spain)

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Hydro- morphodynamics of rivers and interactions with vegetation, bridges and levees

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Analytical, computational and probabilistic models for masonry and masonry structures

- University of Minho (Portugal)

- Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic)

Innovative methods in computational mechanics

- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)

Modeling, experimental testing and design of materials and metamaterials for structural use

- Technische Universität Muenchen (Germany)

- University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Micro and nanostructured materials

- TU Braunschweig (Germany)


Experimental, analytical and numerical models for composites

- Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France)

Smart materials and structures

- TU Braunschweig (Germany)





Research Topics (PhD tentative titles)

Foreign University (Joined/double degree)

Comparative estimation of dynamic soil parameters from in-hole and surface geophysical parameters for geotechnical applications

- Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering (USA)


Energetic sustainability, technological innovation and safety of new buildings and existing building heritage





- Bialystok University of Technology, Department of HVAC Engineering - Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences Engineering  (Poland) - Prof. Dorota Anna Krawczyk

- Universidad de Granada,  Dpto. de Construcciones Arquitectónicas ETS Ingeniería de Edificación (Spain) - Prof. José Navarro Navarro

BIM for digitalization of building and construction process


- ESTP, Paris (France) - Prof. Andrea Kindinis

- ISTC, Paris (France) - Prof. Sabrina Perlo

- TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY, Middlesborough (United Kingdom) -  Prof. Farzad Rahimian

- CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, Washington (USA) - Prof. Gunnar Lucko

- BEN GURION UNIVERSITY of the NEGEV, Beer Sheva (Israel) - Prof. Isaac Shabtai

Materials, equipment and technologies for transportation infrastructures.


  - National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering, Atene (Grecia) - Prof. George Yannis  

- Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre, University of Nottingham

  - Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)  


Experimental workflow through free and open-source software for the creation of a non-conventional platform for overcoming GIS and BIM limits in the management of built heritage

- TU Delft


Study and development of Machine Learning-based approaches for Structural Health Monitoring of historical constructions

- University of Minho (Portugal)


Contemporary and historic structures: assessment, modeling, retrofitting, and monitoring

- University of Minho (Portugal)



Experimental and numerical modeling of wind-structure interactions


- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

- Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Mechanical and numerical models for steel and reinforced concrete structures

- Nova Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)

- Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

- Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic)

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Risk and resilience assessment of existing bridge networks

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Prof. P. Mark
  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Columbia University, New York (USA)

Innovative solutions for antiseismic constructions

  • University of Porto (Portugal)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Germany)





Research Topics (PhD tentative titles)

Foreign University (Joined/double degree)

Methodologies for Water – Energy - Food – Ecosystems Nexus study and management

- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 

Probabilistic methods for assessment of seismic liquefaction effects.

- Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering (USA).

Multi-risk management and climate change adaptation in urban hotspots.

- Florida International University (Joint Degree Program).

Organic Waste and Bioplastics composting

- University of Mons (Belgium)

- INRAE AgroParisTech (France)

-  Montpellier University and INRA (France)

Tools, methods and models to design, assess, plan develop and exploit mobility and transportation services and technologies including ITS and automated mobility

- Princeton University, Princeton, NJ  (USA) - Prof. Alain L. Korhouser,  Operations Research & Financial Engineering Director, Transportation Program Faculty Chair, Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering

- University of California, Berkeley, (USA)

- Dr. Steven E. Shladover,

- Ecole des Mines (Francia) - Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle MINES ParisTech

- INRIA (Francia) – Fawzi NASHASHIBI

- University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba (Japan) International Innovation Interface Organization - Prof. Masayuki Kawamoto

- VTI Linköpings universitet (LiU) (Svezia) - Johan Olstam

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

- Université de Nantes

-Safety systems, Human Factors, Vulnerable Road Users and Safe Roads


- National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering, Atene (Grecia) - Prof. George Yannis

- Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute für Verkehr - Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Stefan Bald

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Integrating Digital Image Correlation techniques and UAV Photogrammetric Survey for advanced slope instability monitoring

Department of Earth Science, ETH Zurich

Ubiquitous/indoor positioning, navigation and sensor fusion

Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, TU Wien

Adaptation of coastal assets to climate change scenarios

- Ghent University (Belgium)

- Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)  

Resources and energy recovery from wastewater and wastes'

Università Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)


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