Creation of a “Scientific network of excellence” in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region among universities, public research bodies and international research bodies to reinforce the capacity for action, attractiveness and competitiveness at a national and international level of the institutions


The creation and enhancement of integrated research infrastructures, to reinforce the capacity for action of scientific institutions and to optimise the use of the infrastructures themselves, making them available also to private companies, and the creation of shared services for research or the coordination of existing services


The facility to be built will consist of mixed university-business integrated laboratories devoted to the implementation of R&D activities and technology transfer in sectors that are strategic for the territory in line with the Smart Specialisation Strategies of the FVG region. Specifically, the research facility will cover the following strategic areas: 
• food and agriculture 
• ICT and innovative information technologies 
• engineering 
The aim is to enhance research results by implementing joint university-business activities to encourage the development of the competitiveness of the regional production system in a system perspective. 
The Labs Village project involves the implementation of the following mixed university-business laboratories:  

1. LARA 
Laboratory devoted to the pilot-stage validation of products and processes in view of pre-industrial scaling up procedures. Currently, the local area does not feature any facility capable of supporting companies, in a versatile and flexible way, in the pre-industrial development of processes and products related to the agri-food sector. 

A laboratory certified in compliance with UNI-EN ISO 8589 standards for the sensory analysis of food products, designed for laboratory teaching and experimentation. Currently, the local area does not feature any facility designed for sensory analysis that can provide a complete service to meet the needs of public and private entities. 
ICT strategic sector and innovative information technologies

The ICT and new information technology sector undoubtedly is one of the strategic sectors of the regional territory. 

In order to meet such needs, the Labs Village project involves the implementation of the following mixed university-business laboratories: 

3. Machine learning and data analytics laboratory (Udine headquarters)
A laboratory provided with infrastructural and instrumental equipment to develop artificial intelligence and data science applications, with particular reference to machine learning and data analytics advanced techniques. 
The laboratory will also be the operational headquarters of the Node dedicated to Artificial Intelligence of the IPFVG4 project of the Region and will be carried out in collaboration with Area Science Park. 

4. Autonomous systems, virtual and augmented reality laboratory
Laboratory provided with infrastructural and instrumental equipment suitable for carrying out tests and trials of complex systems in large virtual environments (CAVE system, i.e. a virtual environment based on giant screens), developing systems for remote maintenance or for training staff to carry out operations/interventions in complex environments as well as systems to simulate the flight of planes and/or drones in indoor environments, developing virtual environments for cultural heritage and tourism, etc. 
The laboratory will also host specific technological demonstrators for companies located within the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) area of Udine. 

5. Cybersecurity Laboratory (Pordenone headquarters)
A laboratory provided with infrastructural and instrumental equipment for the development of innovative cybersecurity techniques that allow for safe exchange of data and information, protection of data and personal identities, security in the business environment, transport and critical infrastructures. 
At regional level, this laboratory may become an example of a service and technology transfer facility specialising in cybersecurity for the territorial subjects concerned, companies and regional bodies alike. 

Engineering Strategic Sector 
The aim of this project is to further strengthen the research capacity and the possibility of more effective collaboration with companies, in particular those specialising in the mechanical and electronic engineering sectors as well as problems related to the protection and safeguard of the environment and the territory. 

6. LINE - Energy and Environmental Engineering Laboratory 
The laboratory hosts systems and instruments that allow basic and applied research to be carried out on subjects such as energy systems, fluid machines and fluid dynamics. The intention is to further enhance the equipment by purchasing new more effective measuring instruments and by modernising and adapting the existing experimental systems to new requirements, thus securing a more effective response to the innovation needs of regional companies. 

7. LATE - Environment and Territory Laboratory 
This laboratory is devoted to the study of hydraulic, geotechnical and road problems. The laboratory is expected to host activities related to collaborations with territorial entities such as the FVG Regional Authority, the Regional Civil Protection and the Municipalities on issues concerning environmental problems.

8. Smart devices lab 
In this laboratory, several groups work in synergy on issues specific to the IoT with particular regard to the sectors of distributed communication and data exchange systems, power electronics, electromagnetic compatibility and development of sensors for biomedical or special applications.

The grouping of all such activities at the Labs Village will allow for greater synergies between the different skills available, thus expanding the possibilities for industrial collaboration. In addition, a multimedia classroom is planned to be used for seminars, courses or events useful for the transfer of skills to the territory.
Such measure is included in the "2019-2021 three-year programme" relating to funding for the regional university system pursuant to Regional Law 2/2011.


University of Udine (lead partner) in collaboration with  Cluster, DIH, Area Science Park, Companies

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Expected duration: 



1,475,000.00 (Regional Authority funds)

Expected result: 

Enhancement of the integrated research infrastructures existing in the region, with a related increase in the research potential and attractiveness of the regional academic and scientific system and promotion of knowledge transfer at the application and industrial level

Indicators of realization: 

Number of infrastructures/extensions of the facilities implemented