IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

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The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a Public University School for Higher Education and Research with a special statute that focuses on the analysis of economic, societal, technological and cultural systems.

The IMT School promotes the full integration of research and education.
Since its institution by ministerial decree of November 18th 2005, the School has distinguished itself thanks to the quality and innovativeness of its research and doctoral program and its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by the complementarity and discourse between methodologies drawn from economics, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, archeology, art history and the analysis and management of cultural heritage.

The fusion between art and technology is also reflected in the School state-of-the-art Campus, located principally in the newly restored San Francesco Complex. The entire campus is found within the historic city center of Lucca, which is completely surrounded by fully-intact Renaissance-era walls. The campus includes spaces for research and laboratories, courses, and living and recreation. The campus is completed by the IMT Library, which offers a plethora of resources and offers additional working and research areas for the IMT community, and the city of Lucca in general.

The School's research agenda is decidedly interdisciplinary, and is characterized by the complementarity and discourse between methodologies drawn from economics, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, archeology, cognitive and social neuroscience, art history and the analysis and management of cultural heritage. The IMT School is characterized therefore by the simultaneous presence of multiple analysis methodologies, able to interact at both the educational and the research level. We believe that surpassing the limits of any given discipline is only possible by combining solid and rigorous disciplinary competency with an aptitude for interacting with other disciplines.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School translates into the various research areas, articulated in Research Units that cover distinct disciplines, namely: archaeology and art history, including disciplines such as law, economics and the management of cultural heritage; theory and methodologies of empirical research applied to the analysis of social, financial and production systems, with particular emphasis on the analysis of the evolution of institutions, markets and socio-economic networks; cyber-physical systems that range from computer science to control techniques, computational mechanics and numerical methods for mathematical modelling and the simulation of natural and artificial physical systems and cognitive, social and computational neuroscience, focusing in particular on the in vivo study of the neurobiological correlates of cognitive functions, emotions and behaviour in economic and social spheres.

The School’s activities are further organized into distinct yet multidisciplinary research units (RU). Most RUs are characterized by a pyramidal structure where the vertex is occupied by a prominent senior researcher, junior faculty members constitute the intermediate level, and the base is formed by a small group of doctoral students, actively contributing to the research as part of their studies. Other RUs instead are structured in a multipolar fashion, with highly specialized research centered on thematic nuclei and the contribution of diverse methodologies. There are currently 7 RUs at the School:

  •  AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of compleX Economic Systems
  •  DYSCO - Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization
  •  LYNX - Center for the interdisciplinary Analysis of Images
  •  MOMILAB - Molecular Mind Laboratory
  •  MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials
  •  NETWORKS - Network Theory, Theory of Modern Statistical Physics, Economic and Financial Systems
  •  SYSMA - System Modelling and Analysis

The research carried out within the RUs is closely connected to the School’s PhD program. In fact, every PhD student is affiliated to a Research Unit and contributes to the research and projects carried out therein. Several RUs are affiliated with highly-specialized laboratories, and the entire School relies on the computation power and cloud-based facilities of the IMT Computer Lab.

The IMT School promotes scientific research and higher education in mathematics disciplines thanks to the collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica - INdAM by hosting a Local Research Unit.

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