Monday, July 12, 2010

MiSpiA Project Got Funds

NanoWerk: A new Collaborative research project funded by the European Commission in its Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) was launched in June 2010 under the coordination of the Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione. The project "MiSPiA" (Microelectronic Single-Photon 3D Imaging Arrays for low-light high-speed Safety and Security Applications) will be funded for € 2,632,854 for 3 years.

MiSPIA aims at two 3D applications: high frame-rate, short-range (10-50m) 3D ranging systems for automotive prompt intervention for front- and back- pre-crash safety systems; and multi-spectral long-range (200-1,000m) 3D ranging systems for security surveillance. MiSPiA aims to provide simultaneously both high frame-rates and single photon sensitivity chips with monolithic integration SPAD pixels and in-pixel intelligence able to process at the pixel-level intensity-data and depth-ranging information.

On July 12 and 13 2010, more than 20 representatives of the MiSPiA consortium will meet in Milan for the project kick-off meeting.


  1. where can I get the partners list ?
    Thanks !

  2. Just click the link included in the post and you will see the full article from Nanowerk with the partners...

  3. Good choice! Zappa and Cova from Politecnico di Milano are probably the biggest experts in the Spad field

  4. 10-50m for 3D imaging is really long range... the project claims seem too ambitious. Even with single photon sensitivity.

  5. but the money is not ambitious neither. 2M€ for 7 partners ...

  6. They pay 1kEuro per month per PhD student in Milan. 2MEuro for them worth like 4MEuro for other European universities...

  7. Yes, the technical students and also staffs are very poorly paid in Europ in general.

  8. As far as I know, Ph.D. students aren't highly compensated anywhere, and never have been. Definitely not in the United States.

    If you are looking at IEEE Salary Survey data and feeling like EU engineer pay is a lot lower than US engineer pay, keep in mind that the US has very different education and employment structures from many other countries. It's not uncommon for US students and their families to have to spend anywhere from $50000 to $200000 just to get a solid undergraduate education, for instance. On the employment side, the social safety net for labor is weaker. It's quite easy to lay off a US worker in down economic times, so the basic labor market has a much higher level of risk. And a lot of the data is skewed by a concentration of high-paying engineering jobs in locations with extremely high costs of living.

    Now I must go and help a six-year-old figure out a puzzle in Lego Harry Potter.

    Duty calls.

  9. to CDM:
    As an education and directed reserach work, it's normal to be "poorly" paid. But the problem is that in Europ, PhD students are very often involved in the "contracted" industrial development work.


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