Roberto Teti


Prof. Roberto Teti is Director of the Fraunhofer Joint Laboratory of Excellence on Advanced Production Technology (Fh J_LEAPT UniNaples) at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

His research activity is focused mainly on technological innovation for high-added-value manufacturing engineering; sensor monitoring of manufacturing processes; cyber-physical production systems and cloud manufacturing; 3D metrology and reverse engineering for additive and direct digital manufacturing; advanced composite materials technology; nondestructive testing techniques; artificial intelligence and machine learning industrial automation; biological transformation in manufacturing for sustainability and the circular economy.

Among the 100.000 top international scientists for all disciplines in the period 1996-2019, as published by the Plos Biology Journal in Oct. 2020, he is the author of over 350 publications, chairman of over 20 international conferences, responsible for national and international contracts of applied and technological research, and fellow of the main scientific academies and societies for production engineering such as International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and Italian Association of Manufacturing Technology (AITEM).



The Biological Transformation, or Biologicalisation, in Manufacturing has been defined to be: “The use and integration of biological and bio-inspired principles, materials, functions, structures and resources for intelligent and sustainable manufacturing technologies and systems with the aim of achieving their full potential”. From this definition, an evident need arises to illustrate and assess more clearly and deeply the implications of the Biological Transformation in Manufacturing in the context of a new breaking frontier of Industry 4.0. The convergence of biology and engineering exhibits definitely different characteristics to those of earlier convergences in manufacturing engineering. This new convergence between notably dissimilar disciplines is highly challenging for production engineering researchers and practitioners as the language, the culture and the systems associated with biology are significantly different to those of engineering. This invited presentation aims at providing an overview on the key aspects of the emerging field of Biologicalisation in Manufacturing. It is also aimed at capturing a consistent picture of case studies, industrial applications and possible future scenarios at diverse levels of the production hierarchy, evidencing the Biologicalisation potential to play a central role in moving industrial production away from the current unsustainable routes and towards more ecologically sustainable manufacturing pathways.