University of Florence and Electrolux Professional together towards servitization

How can Electrolux Professional develop digital services based on industrial internet platforms and smart connected products? This is the topic for the Smart Industry doctoral scholarship co-funded by Electrolux Professional in collaboration with the University of Florence, the University of Siena and the University of Pisa starting 2022.

In order to create closer ties with our academical partners, on November 12th 2021,  Professor Mario Rapaccini at the Service Innovation, Management, and Engineering Research Lab IBIS LAB at the University of Florence hosted Viktoria Roos, Open Innovation Leader and Paolo Mauri, Customer Care Director, at the university facilities.

The day allowed us to identify future collaboration opportunities in the areas of Industrial Engineering, Digitalization, Servitization, Predictive Maintenance, Sustainability and Circular Economy. Also the Business Engineering for Data Science Lab (B4DS), a joint research laboratory of the University of Pisa, was represented by Professor Filippo Chiarello.

“It was an interesting moment of reflection and exchange of ideas and knowledge. Understanding where and how to find synergies between the business and research world brings value to both parties” says Paolo Mauri.

During the visit, Viktoria Roos also had the opportunity to hold a lecture to the class of Innovation Management – Master of Science (Corso di Laurea Magistrale) in Management Engineering, bringing the example of The Research Hub and Open Innovation in Electrolux Professional. Discussing the connections between sustainability and digital innovation, the master class students were inspired with food for thoughts on how to become professionals of innovation management in a global company, with the aim to open up collaborations with young talents and early-researchers from top European Universities.

Thanks to Professor Mario Rapaccini, Professor Mario Tucci, Professor Filippo De Carlo and Professor Filippo Visentin and to the PhD students Alessandra Cantini, Leonardo Leoni, Cosimo Barbieri, Gorka Mendizabal Arrieta, Sara Aquino and Antonio Liardo introducing their research.