LUCA STERPONE

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Full Professor

Vice Head of Department (Department of Control and Computer Engineering)
Member of Interdepartmental Center (PEIC - Power Electronics Innovation Center)

+39 0110907009 / 7009 (DAUIN)

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Research groups CAD - Electronic CAD & Reliability Group
Research projects

Funded by competitive calls

  • Nord Ovest Digitale E Sostenibile - INDUSTRY 4.0 FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND AEROSPACE (Spoke 1), (2022-2025) - Responsabile Scientifico di Struttura

    PNRR – Mission 4

    ERC sectors

    SH2_8 - Energy, transportation and mobility PE8_1 - Aerospace engineering

    SDG

    Obiettivo 9. Costruire un'infrastruttura resiliente e promuovere l'innovazione ed una industrializzazione equa, responsabile e sostenibile|Obiettivo 12. Garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo

    Abstract

    The Spoke 1 will focus on applied research and technology transfer related to the areas of sustainable mobility and aerospace. Such thematic areas are declined in the spoke in a broad sense, including the related enabling infrastructures, both physical and digital, and the digital transformation of the companies operating in the relevant supply chains.These two macro-thematic areas are characterised by a strong academic research legacy for Politecnico di Torino and Spoke Partners and a dense network of relationships with the industrial ecosystem.The macro- thematic areas have direct connection with 3 platforms set up by Politecnico di Torino and related to Manufacturing 4.0, 3D mobility and Aerospace, Circular Economy and Technologies for Sustainability (see Box 1). The three platforms have a clear development roadmap that, in addition to research activities with private firms and a strong commitment of governmental institutions, includes also physical infrastructures whose deployment will significantly re-design the local landscape for innovation. Università degli Studi di Torino, will complement the Platforms of Politecnico di Torino by sharing its research and technology transfer initiatives. In particular, two Interdepartmental Centres will be involved. The NIS Centre on materials research (https://www.nis.unito.it/) with its 7 departments, will coordinate the activities related to materials science and technologies. NIS has a long-standing tradition of high-profile internationally recognized research in the strategic field of materials and it aims at connecting interdisciplinary fundamental research with applied industrial research at all TRL levels, from the lab scale to the market. ICxT(https://icxt.di.unito.it/), was founded in 2014 with the aim of developing innovative IT and technological projects with private and public organizations. The focus of the center is offering a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and innovative project development.

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Departments

  • Validation of European and hiGh cApacity rad-hard FPGA and Software tools, (2016-2018) - Responsabile Scientifico

    UE-funded research - H2020 - Industrial Leadership – LEIT - SPACE

    Abstract

    VEGAS proposes to address the key challenge of European non-dependence and competitivness regarding rad-hard FPGA for spaceapplications. VEGAS will evaluate (following ESCC rules) and validate the first rad-hard FPGA in 65nm to directly compete with the US offeringand reach TRL 7. The VEGAS project sets clear and measurable main objectives to reach a TRL 7 from TRL 5 (end of BRAVE project) as follows:1. Validation by end users of rad-hard FPGA developped under the BRAVE project – TRL 6 achieved 2. Space evaluation of the first rad-hardFPGA developped under the BRAVE project – TRL 7 achieved 3. Software CAD tools improvement by including timing and SEE mitigation toolsVEGAS will complement the ongoing ESA funded BRAVE project. BRAVE covers all hardware and software development to reach a first prototypeof NG-FPGA-MEDIUM (30k LUTs) and NG-FPGA-LARGE (130k LUTs) . VEGAS will cover all required steps to ESCC evaluate / validate theBRAVE NG-FPGA-MEDIUM and NG-FPGA-LARGE prototype and add additional software tools to reach a competitive software offering.

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Departments

Funded by commercial contracts

  • Sperimentazioni, revisioni e test sul processore tollerante ai guasti Rempro, (2022-2023) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • IES S.R.L. !!SRL

    Departments

  • Contratto di ricerca tra Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN) e ARGOTEC S.R.L. Società Unipersonale per lo svolgimento del programma di ricerca dal titolo: “EuFRATE European FPGA Radiation-hardened Architecture for TElecommunications”., (unknown date-unknown date) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • ARGOTEC S.R.L.
  • Python Basics, (2021-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • PUNCH Torino S.p.A.

    Departments

  • Attività di Integrazione IP cores in FPGA, (2020-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

    Departments

  • Attività di supporto per test di radiazioni (ioni pesanti)”, (2020-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

    Departments

  • Phyton programming language training, (2018-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • General Motors

    Departments

  • Developement of New Place and Route Tools to improve Set Mitigation in ACTEL ProASIC FPGA, (2018-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA
    • PAESI BASSI

    Institutes/Companies

    • ESA ( European Space Agency)

    Departments

  • Disrupting vehicle controls and fleet management: block-chain, parallel computing and quantum computing, (2018-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • General Motors

    Departments

  • Development of software testing framework with a Virtual Hardware prototyping tool, (2018-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • General Motors

    Departments

  • Radiation test on SmartFusion2 FPGA, (2018-2018) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

    Departments

  • SEE analysis and mitigation on SRAM and Flash-based FPGAs, (2017-2018) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA
    • PAESI BASSI

    Institutes/Companies

    • ESA ( European Space Agency)

    Departments

  • Design including definition of inputs, SW testing setup, Hardware Integration and Final release of the FW and documents, (2017-2017) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • General Motors

    Departments

  • FPGA base test and Complex Driver, (2016-2016) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • PUNCH Torino S.p.A.

    Departments

  • Development of new place and route tools to improve SET mitigation in Actel ProASIC FPGAs, (2015-2016) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial Research

    Countries

    • ITALIA
    • PAESI BASSI

    Institutes/Companies

    • ESA ( European Space Agency)

    Departments

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Other activities and projects related to research

Luca Sterpone coordinates the “Aerospace and Reconfigurable Computing Team” within the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica of Politecnico di Torino. The group is federated within the CAD group leaded by Prof. Matteo Sonza Reorda. All the people of the “Aerospace and Reconfigurabble Computing Team” are fully managed by Luca Sterpone in terms of financial support (contracts, missions and other expenses), research support (computers, boards and any type of equipment). The group includes the following member:

- Boyang Du, Assistant Professor – RTD-A
- Sarah Azimi, Post-Doc
- Ludovica Bozzoli, PhD Student, Cycle 33
- Corrado De Sio, PhD Student, Cycle 35

Luca Sterpone coordinates different collaborations at the national and international level:
- Coordination of the research activity with the Computing System for Space (COSYSPACE) leaded by Monica Alderighi of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF).
- Principal Investigator of the Politecnico di Torino group within the VEGAS H2020 project.
- Coordination of the research activity with the group Radiation Effects and Circuit Designs (RADUS) ofl Prof. Miguel Angel Aguirre Echànove from School of Engineering of Sevilla.
- Management with the Xilinx INC company of the “Single Event Effects European Consortium” supported by Xilinx INC,
- General Motor (GM). In the framework of the research collaboration, Luca Sterpone coordinates the research activity with the Electronics, SW Integration and Testing and Control GM control group.
- European Space Agency (ESA). In the framework of the research collaboration, Luca Sterpone coordinates the research activity with the ASIC/FPGA Engineer division TEC-EDM of ESA.
- Thales Alenia Space (TAS). In the framework of the research collaboration, Luca Sterpone coordinates the research activity related to the radiation test execution, analysis tools and mitigation for ASIC and FPGA devices for space satellites.

Luca Sterpone has been the academic tutor of the Reconfigurable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ReCoUAV) project for the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) in the period 2012 – 2014 managing eight students divided in two teams with the purpose of investigating the potential future applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) based on a reconfigurable flight computer for civil purpose [PR1].
• Scientific responsibility (Principal investigator) of Italian and International research projects, awarded through a peer-review process
- Luca Sterpone has been the scientific responsible (Principal Investigator) of the Politecnico di Torino research unit in the framework of the European Innovation Triangle Initiative (ITI) entitled “On-line Testing and Healing Permanent Radiation Effects in Reconfigurable Systems” – code A00016022 with the following other research units:
European Space Agency
University of Bielefeld
Università di Pisa
Politecnico di Torino

- Luca Sterpone is the scientific responsible of the Politecnico di Torino research unit in the framework of the H2020 VEGAS - Validation of European High Capacity rad-hard FPGA and software tools - http://vegas.nanoxplore.com/