As an institute of the National Research Council, STIIMA has the institutional tasks of performing, promoting, disseminating and improving research activities for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. According to the vision expressed above about Manufacturing, STIIMA’s mission addresses specific research activities on enabling technologies, processes and products, which are integrated in a factory-level framework, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the national economic system and to support the development of new employment, prosperity, sustainability and social cohesion.
This high level mission is then specialized in specific missions in the different areas of activity of the institute. The general idea is that, in order to really have an impact on research and innovation, it is necessary to tackle with a synergistic approach the following areas.

Research RESEARCH expressed at different levels, from the generation of new knowledge, aiming to the development of new applications and technologies, to, in some cases, the following phase of industrial innovation. Research is the core activity of the institute, the one that mobilizes the greatest portion of effort and resources, and is performed in continuous cooperation with the industrial world. This enables STIIMA to be a hub for the manufacturing sector, as it samples and collects industrial needs directly from companies in order to support the innovation of the Country.

STIIMA carries out research activity in the following areas:
  • Coevolution of products, processes and systems for producing the products of the future
  • Circular Economy for sustainability of manufacturing production
  • Inclusive production aiming at enhancing knowledge and innovativeness which characterize man
  • Manufacturing technologies at both micro- and macro levels and their interaction with materials
  • Conception and carrying out of capital goods, automation, robots, integrated systems
  • Cyber-physical systems: networks of sensors and vision systems, data fusion, real-time elaboration of signs, planning and control of automated devices also by means of artificial intelligence techniques
  • New business models and industrial ecosystems, sustainability.
Training TRAINING, especially in the form of involvement of graduate people in research activities and through the cooperation with universities in PhD programs. Additionally, several training activities are intended for supporting continuous learning. The key approach adopted for training is based on the teaching factory paradigm.
Roadmapping ROADMAPPING. STIIMA acts as a strategic player in the continuously updated definition of the European, National and Regional vision on the manufacturing sector, through the participation in initiatives and platforms devoted to the formulation of new paradigms in the area of Manufacturing.