Building tomorrow society: NanoElectronics & Photonics Summer School

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Nano-electronics, Photonics, and More than Moore technologies such as MEMS are three of nowadays “Key Enabling Technologies”.
The Summer School aims at providing an introduction to micro&nano devices and photonics, with a hands-on approach that alternates lectures and experimental activities. The applicative focus will be mainly on the uses of these technologies in pervasive sensing, one of the pillars to enable “smart” applications, such as structural health monitoring, condition based maintenance, home automation...
During the week, students will be involved in the characterization of micro&nano devices and in the design and realization of an all-optical fiber sensor.

Participants will receive 4 ECTS credits upon successful completion of a final exam.


Politecnico di Torino, Italy


July 10th - 14th, 2017


All the activities will be held in English


The program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of a Bachelor program in ICT (Electronics, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics).


The total fee of 500 euros covers:

  • 1-week intensive Summer School with lectures and labs experiences (40 hours);
  • PoliTo tutoring for the whole academic activity;
  • Visit to a research lab/company;
  • Welcome cocktail and “arrivederci” dinner;
  • Insurance coverage for accidents occurring on the university premises;
  • Wi-Fi connection.

Flight tickets, visa fees, accommodation, meals and travel/medical insurance are not included.

A limited number of places in a university dorm next to the campus is available and will be assigned on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

Application and deadlines

To apply, fill in the online application form by first registering and providing your biographical information.

After the registration, you will receive within 24 hours a confirmation message on your e-mail with a username and a password, with which you can log in and access the application form.

Please provide information on your previous educational career, select the Summer School program in “NanoElectronics & Photonics”, and attach the following documentation:

  • Passport or ID Card
  • Transcript of records of the latest/relevant university career
  • Curriculum Vitae

The application must be submitted by

May 31st

June 4th, 2017.

Selection outcomes will be available by June 8th, 2017.


Day 1

Lecture: application domains of nano-electronics and photonics. Introduction to the applications of Photonics: from the "obvious" application in optical communications - this has been and still currently is the main driver that pushes the development of photonic devices - to the probably less known, but nevertheless rapidly growing, applications in industry and in medicine. For example, it will be presented how the currently hot topic of "Industry 4.0" strongly relies on pillars in which Photonics plays a relevant role;

Lab: use of basic instruments (e.g. oscilloscopes and acquisition boards) and fundamentals of signal processing (filtering of data, FFT). The lab is aimed at providing the students with a common background on the typical instruments and data processing tools they will use during the week to test and characterize some sensors taken as the reference application case.

Day 2

Lecture: design and fabrication of micro/nano-electronic components, example of MEMS devices;
Lab: CAD tools for micro&nano devices, and measurements using commercial MEMS devices.

Day 3

Lecture: photonics for sensing. Following the introduction of Day 1 morning, a more in depth analysis of the working principles of photonic sensors will be presented, with particular attention to fiber-based devices. First, an introduction to optical fibers will be provided, then examples of intensity-based, interferometric, polarimetric and Bragg grating sensors in fiber technology will be given;
Lab: design of the optical sensor. Students will be divided in groups and, with the help of tutors, they will work on the design of a fiber optic sensor, chosen as a representative example of one of the technological approaches presented during the morning lecture.

Day 4

Lecture: photonics for communications;
Lab: assembly and testing of the selected optical sensor. Students will be again divided into groups, and they will participate in the fabrication of the sensor designed and analyzed during the previous day lab. They will then conduct characterization tests using the lab facilities.

Day 5

Visit to a research labor a HighTech company.

Exam, grading, and final ceremony.

Teaching Staff


International Relations Office


A minimum of 5 participants is required in order to activate the program.