Student teams and projects

At Politecnico, students have the opportunity to join various Student Teams and Student Societies registered with the University. 

Members of Student Teams and Societies work together to create a project that allows them to boost cultural and technical skills. At the same time, it is also a great way to meet fellow students

Thanks to these activities, students take on the challenge of developing a project, which requires creativity and enthusiasm. It is a way to combine academic growth with personal growth. 

The groups are very heterogeneous: students belong to different degree programmes and come from many different countries. 

This melting pot of skills and knowledge represents an added value to the project. 

Existing student teams

The team is active since 2009 in the International competition between universities Motostudent ((www.motostudent.com), in which students design and build a racing motorcycle that every two years races on the MotoGP circuit of Aragon (Spain). Two different categories are present: one with electric engine ('Electric') and one with internal combustion engine ('Petrol', 250 cc 4stroke). The team always participated in the 'Petrol' category and won two times the design phase (edition 2011/12 and edition 2013/14) and one time the race on track (edition 2013/14). Starting from the edition 2019/20, the team participates also to the competition in the 'Electric' category. The design of the vehicle is a multidisciplinary problem which involves students coming from the major Engineering Courses of Politecnico.

Smart-In 4.0 is a student team composed by students of Politecnico di Torino, with the aim of finding, discussing and solving issues and needs related to the world of Industry 4.0 in an innovative way. The goal is to contribute to the professional growth of students and to facilitate their inclusion in the manufacturing sector, creating discussion boards, developing training projects and sharing their knowledge and passion with colleagues from university, secondary school students, industrial employees, professors and entrepreneurs. Moreover, the collaboration between the members of this team wants to be an example of a dynamic organization without fixed spaces and able to pursue different projects in parallel.

ASTRA is a student team that aims to develop numerous components for a functioning and independent moon base.
To "design a moon base" means to build an entire system of components
that work with each other in order to ensure life on other planets: from the design of settlements, to the study of the reuse and recycling of resources and energy, up to the use of robots that can perform tasks in parallel with the human presence.

BIT PoliTO is an interdisciplinary student team focused on Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. Our main activities are divulgation, research and development. We are organized into sub-teams, each focused on a specific topic. More precisely, we are committed to developing our podcast, web site, cryptographic algorithms, Bitcoin full nodes, organizing events, courses and much more! Not only are we looking forward to enrolling students coming from all courses offered by 
Politecnico di Torino, but also students from UNITO are warmly welcomed!
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We will personally train all the new entries!

The group was born from the atelier 'FINAL DESIGN STUDIO - 01QMIQN', AA 2018/19. During the course we joined to the design competition RESILIENT HOMES DESIGN CHALLENGE, called by World Bank, United Nation, Build Academy. The aim was to design a resilient housing solution. Our proposal, the Core House, a bamboo houseboat able to withstand floods and strong winds, won. This was the beginning of a process of exhibitions and presentations of the winning projects around the world. At the award ceremony in Washington, DC, March 2019, we woven links with the other winners who are currently making prototypes of their proposals. So the idea of the STUDENT TEAM was born, which aims to keep up with these realities. We aim at the elaboration of executive drawings and the subsequent construction in spring 2021 of part of the housing module, the Core Unit, which in the project turns out to be the resistant heart of the house. The bamboo prototype will have to be structurally stable and ready to withstand floods and strong winds. The buoyancy system will have to be built and tested. At the same time, the prototype will have to guarantee self-sufficiency to its inhabitants in case of danger or not. First of all, therefore, we will carry out structural analyses and virtual simulations in order to guarantee constructive feasibility, energy autonomy and resilience. Next, we will build.

The team, active since 2020, takes part in competitive programming events, that are contests where participants have to solve logical and mathematical problems by means of algorithms implemented in given programming languages.
We participate mainly in: Codeforces Rounds, Google Code Jam (individually); Google Hash Code and ICPC-SWERC (in teams).
The latter, the International Collegiate Programming Contest - Southwestern Europe Regional Contest (swerc.eu), is the team's main objective, as it is the oldest and most important programming competition among universities.

The choral group of Politecnico, joining students and professors from all courses. It offers musical group activities, with weekly rehearsals and concerts. The name shows the multi-ethnical spirit present both in the composition of the team and in the musical repertoire.

"The CubeSat PoliTO Team is a student team of Politecnico di Torino involved in the design and development of space small platforms for scientific missions and in orbit demonstration of novel technologies. The team was created in 2008 on the initiative of students and professors of Aerospace Engineering. Two CubeSats have been developed until now: E-ST@R-I, launched into orbit on February 2012, and E-ST@R-II, launched on April 2016 within the Fly your satellite! programme of the European Space Agency. Students of Aerospace, Mechanical, Electronic, Communications and Computer Engineering are working together to build their dreams!"

Our team is based on the cooperation between humans and AIs, in order to create audiovisual products that link old cinematographic mediums with those of the future. We mainly produce high quality innovative short films, thanks to the possibilities of new technologies.

A. Spanò (coordination), A. Lingua, F. Chiabrando, F. Giulio Tonolo, P. Maschio. The project aims at setting up an active and continuous student education to train crisis mappers. They will acquire and process information for rapid mapping during the stages of disaster management thanks to their advanced scientific expertise in the application of the latest geomatics techniques (3D metric sensing, drone, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS/webGIS).

A. Spanò (coordination), A. Lingua, F. Chiabrando, F. Giulio Tonolo, P. Maschio. The project aims at setting up an active and continuous student education to train crisis mappers. They will acquire and process information for rapid mapping during the stages of disaster management thanks to their advanced scientific expertise in the application of the latest geomatics techniques (3D metric sensing, drone, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS/webGIS).

The DRAFT (Drones Autonomous Flight Team) intends to promote the technical and social growth of students by engaging challenging projects aiming to increase the autonomy of current drone technology by researching and developing innovative solutions infused with Artificial Intelligence.

The project aims to implement the theoretical and practical aspects of safety through the monitoring and active control of structures and infrastructures in a multidisciplinary contest. The main objective is the integration of different methodologies and operating models and the setting up of management environments and analysis of interoperability data.

EcòPoli is a student team founded in 2017 with the collaboration of the Green Team. It works alongside them not only to develop projects on common interests, but also to promote events with sustainability in mind.

The tutor of Team is Prof. Gaetano Iuso. The team deals with the design, manufacturing and characterization of wind rotors for the production of electricity. The multidisciplinary nature of the study involves students from Engineering Courses related to different topics such as fluid dynamics, electricity, mechanics, structures, control and management. The availability within the department of equipment, instrumentations, 3D printers, computational software and wind tunnels has already enabled the development of a first methodology for the design and characterization of rotors inherent to the micro wind turbine. Info and Updates @EolitoTeam @eolito_team

Team Ermione was founded in 2018 with a main aim of producing a cultural cinematographic work. This was achieved thanks to the skills of the team member such as communication strategies, 3D modeling and photorealistic rendering. The first project of the Team concerns the production of a short film that tells Gabriele D'Annunzio's life. The team's following project is about digital identity and social networks. It was presented at the event Biennale Democrazia 2019, where the expert Vanni Codeluppi and the influencer Paola Turani participated. Il Vate' short movie website and the Facebook page.

Machina Ad Hominem- team, was born in 2018, with the aim of becoming a cradle of skills and abilities, starting from the interaction between students with different study backgrounds. We are leading a first project on the biomedical field: a 3D printed EMG prosthesys. We are not just interest in biomedics, but also robotics, wearable, domotics, AI.

The FoRTI team project is encapsulated in its anagram: Formazione (Training), Recupero (Renovation), Tradizione (Tradition), Innovazione (Innovation). The team’s main objective is to provide students with the opportunity to learn by doing, integrating conventional didactics with practical experience on construction sites; thus the group promotes an alternative learning model, participating in direct contact with the materials and with the local know-how. Our training construction sites take place in the Ossola Valley, in northern Piedmont, an area rich in traditional buildings and villages characterised by the massive use of stone, which is gradually being abandoned - a tendency that we intend to contrast  through on-site interventions and with the collaboration of non profit organisations already working in the area. We therefore aim at the preservation and transmission of traditional building techniques and the rehabilitation of the vernacular heritage. The logic of the training worksite is based on the community sharing of a project, enriched by the contribution of the individual subjects, in a combination of experimentation of construction techniques and collaboration with professional figures such as artisans and professionals in the bio-based construction sector, with the aim of integrating tradition and innovation and implementing an inter-generational as well as inter-territorial exchange, offering students the opportunity to take a more conscious attitude in the conception of design proposals. This takes place, in practice, through a series of intensive workshops, in the structure of 'Summer Schools'; to date, five have been held, each lasting 10 days, starting in 2021, under the supervision of Prof. A. Bocco, the DIST department and the LASTIN laboratory of the Politecnico di Torino, and in collaboration with Associazione Canova, Accademia nel Cantiere, Anab Piemonte and Green Think.

The project's aim is to create customized devices for the disabled, working in each stage of the conception and then the realization of the device with the disabled who will be the final user. The outcomes are then shared open source on the website.

Our aim is to project and build unmanned airplanes and rocket models. The main purpose is developing innovative ideas and attending international academic competitions. Our idea is giving the team members the possibility to increase their knowledge, putting them in touch with challenges typical of the aerospace engineering field.

Team ISAAC aims to design and build innovative mobile robots, giving a particular focus to the solutions and the technologies relevant to the "Search and Rescue" (SAR) field and with the objective of competing at the "RoboCup Rescue" annual competition. Previously, the team has worked on the development an anthropomorphic robot able to walk.

The team was founded in the academic year 2015/2016 as a response to a particularly felt need within the academic context of an interdisciplinary group of students, namely experiencing the "learning by doing" approach before entering the employment world. The goal of the project is recovering social spaces in the Turin area using self-building techniques and natural materials, generating multiple benefits, firstly, the opportunity for students to learn various construction techniques with a practical approach; but also, giving back to the city common spaces for the community. During the first two years, the team worked for the restauration of the Red Room in the Cecchi Point Hub. The requalification started with a co-design phase involving students, professors, external experts, associations within Cecchi Point and users, favoring a bottom-up architectural approach and the inclusion of students and citizens in the transformation of the city, encouraging the sense of community. Natural materials such as raw earth, wood, hemp, straw and lime were used in the building site; allowing the experimental verification of various techniques aimed at simplifying the construction process and introducing the advantages of these solutions also in urban areas. A succession method chosen within the team allows new students from year to year to guide new projects and construction sites eligible to the main objectives, with the support of ex-students of La Termitière, recently established as a formal nonprofit association, "Accademia nel Cantiere". During 2020 the team will work in the San Salvario district, to carry out the recovery of the Music Room of the ASAI association, which has been a protagonist for years in the social and cultural life of the neighborhood.

Properly managing waste is vital because of its connection to environmental, ethical and economic issues. The basis of the project consists in improving the existing bins by applying device, sensors and connected microcontrollers. Through Machine Learning you will have the monitoring activity to the waste flow within Politecnico.

'Mi Lego al Territorio' is a team that aims to design and build LEGO®'s models that allow us to inform and raise youngster's awareness about natural phenomena dangers. The name of the team means 'I bind myself to the territory', it is a pun on the similarity between the Italian verb 'lego', to bind, and the famous toy company. Using LEGO®'s bricks allows us to achieve more innovative and interactive educational activities. We built a scale model of a catchment to show the effects of the hydrogeological instability. Moreover, we created a one-directional vibrating platform capable of simulating an earthquake to explain the seismic phenomena we built a one-directional vibrating platform. We are currently designing new concepts to improve the models mentioned above and to show more complex natural events. Since current models are quite expensive and hard to replicate, we are designing smaller and cheaper models as well. Beyond activities in schools, the team took part in other events organised by institutions like 'Protezione Civile Regione Piemonte' (Piedmont Civil Safety) and 'Croce Rossa Italiana' (Italian Red Cross). Those events were based on the common interest in safety and education towards self-protection.

NDTeam (Non-destructive Test/Team) was founded in 2023 with the goal of applying non-destructive test to different fields of engineering (such as electrical, mechanical, naval, aerospace, civil) and others. Through various methodologies (for example with infrared or ultrasonic tests) the components are analyzed and defects, that compromise their functionality,  are detected. In this regard, NDTeam cooperates with other Polito teams and supports them in their projects.

PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) aims at educate and inspire students on the necessity of global collaboration and wants to realize a small aided power vehicle prototype that can be transported by bus, train or be carried in a backpack. Progetto formativo PAMD - Prof. Tornincasa (DIGEP): It expects to create a low power-assisted vehicle which aims at dealing with urban transfers by public transportation using continuous progress. It can be transported on buses, trains or put in a suitable compact rucksack.

Team PoliTOcean was born in 2017 and it works in underwater robotics field. Especially the occupation of the team concerns the study and the manufacture of a R.O.V. (remotely operated vehicle), that it is a remotely command device mostly used for exploration and maintenance in underwater enviroment. The annually main aim of the team is the partecipation at the MATE ROV Competition.

The PoliTo Rocket Team is the rocketry student team of the Politecnico di Torino, entirely dedicated to the design and construction of high-powered rockets, with the aim of competing annually against the other European rocketry student teams at EuRoC. 2.25m long and less than 8kg heavy, Cavour is the first solid propelled rocket of the team, named after the homonym Italian founding father.

The Team was founded in 2018 and its purpose is to help its members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. During the weekly meetings, completely held in English, the members can engage in activities aligned with the philosophy of "learning by doing": they have the opportunity to give speeches in front of an audience, improvise a speech, exercise their English skills, listen to other people and give constructive feedback to other members. The club is affiliated with Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that has reached more than 130 countries, and that offers resources to learn soft skills and communication and leadership-related educational projects designed to help people learn the art of speaking, listening and reflecting.

PoliTo in Light was born in 2015 from a team of students coming from different degree courses, in particular from the area of architecture and design. The initiative dealt with the design of a temporary lighting installation to be placed in the honour court of the Valentino castle and the realization of a full-scale prototype. The outcome of the student project activity was the work "Luce in cattedra", presented for the first time during 2015/2016 edition of Luci d'Artista and then re-proposed in the following years (2016/2017 and 2017/2018). From 2019, thanks to the interest of the Municipality of Turin to become part of the initiative by definitively inserting the installation in the circuit of Luci d'Artista, a renovation of the project is underway, in order to rebuild the lighting installation in its final form. The installation will therefore be realized and will be an original example for the University of use of technology as an artistic expression and a tool to focus attention on the theme of the use of light in the urban context.

We are PoliTOrbital, a student team that develops the preliminary design of a suborbital aircraft that can guarantee access to space and the experimentation of microgravity to as large a number of passengers as possible in compliance with environmental standards. Each year we take part on the Défi Aérospatial Etudiant, a student competition sponsored by the European Space Agency ESA, ArianeGroup and Dassault Aviation. Responsible professor: VIOLA Nicole.

The Team is active since 2009 in design and production of Human Powered Vehicles such as recumbent bikes, trikes, velomobiles and streamliners for daily commuting, tourism, sport and even to challenge the world records. The Team takes part to international events such as the WHPVA World Championship, the European HPV Student Challenge and the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain.

The Polito Sailing Team is a group of 70 students that involves all disciplinary areas in order to design, build and run skiff prototypes, small R3 class boats with a short hull length (4.60 m) and large sail (33 m2). In its 5 years of activity, the Team has given birth to 3 boats boasting a high percentage (>80% by weight) of recyclable/BIO/natural materials, as well as publications, studies in the fluid dynamics field (CFD), structural (FEM) and dynamic (VPP).

In order to build a flying replica of the historic SIAI-MARCHETTI S55X seaplane as part of the wider "Replica55" project, the student team is carrying out the necessary analysis of aerodynamics, flight mechanics and structural analysis. The team also deals with experimental tests on models and real scale components, with the definition of the flight envelope and the loads acting on the aircraft, including a sophisticated dynamic analysis of the impact with the water. The current goal is to take part in international competitions such as the F4 World Championship with the first 1: 8 scale prototype of the S55X, made with advanced composite material. The model aircraft will be the starting point of the innovative project "S55 HERA" (S55 High Efficiency Replica model Aircraft) which involves the design and the realization of a long-range flying prototype, able to retrace one of the stages of the air cruise that made S55X famous worldwide.

The team is made up of 4 professors who have the role of scientific referents, R. Palma; G. Callegari; C. De Giorgi; C. Ocelli; and 12 students from the faculties of Architecture, Engineering and Design. Our team is dedicated to the design and construction, through self-construction, of a self-sufficient housing module for cycle tourists and walkers positioned along the cycle path of the Canale Cavour, which connects Chivasso to Galliate. This project is strongly linked to the territory in which it is located, as it will be built for the most part with 0 km materials, and with particular attention to environmental sustainability, and a correct insertion in the context and an awareness towards the memory of the place and of the territory. In addition, the MAACC project stands as an emblematic project for the development of tourism linked to slow mobility, through which it is possible to enhance the territorial identity. So our goal lies both in the project and in the self-construction process of the module, both in raising awareness and in the dissemination of a possible different approach to mobility linked to environmental and territorial sustainability. For more information contact us at recyclo@polito.it.

Tutor Accademici: Raffaella Sesana (DIMEAS), Daniela Maffiodo (DIMEAS) - Tutor Aziendale : Roberto Maiorano (RG.TECH) . We are a team of students with different profiles and academic backgrounds. We aim at designing and making advanced and eco friendly free-ride snowboard decks, considering both materials and processes used. The team deals with all the aspects, from the design to the prototyping stage and the practical tests of the realized prototypes, also organizing sport events involving other national and international universities, in order to promote creativity, environmental care, inclusion and cultural exchange in the scientific and technologic field through sport competition. We want to make the team grow and continue with the scientific research always supporting and helping each member of the team with the enthusiasm and passion that have always characterized sportsmen. We hope to encourage a sport activity with no impact on nature, which could even enhance knowledge and respect for it.

RoboMaster is a robotic competitions and worked for academic exchange founded by Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) and specially designed for global technology enthusiasts.
Since its establishment in 2013, RoboMaster has been committed to cultivating young engineering talents and showcasing the possibilities of technological innovation to audiences around the globe.
The RoboMaster University Series has been expanding its influence year by year, attracting more than 400 colleges and universities around the world to participate annually and nurturing the engineering talents of over 35,000 young learners. RoboMaster has also continued to develop various training and laboratory co-construction programs with hundreds of colleges and universities.

RoboTO is the team from Politecnico di Torino, also the first and the best team from europe. We welcome every student who is interested in robotics to join our team.

Scacchi PoliTO is a chess club that was formed in 2020, when some students came up with the idea of gathering all the chess enthusiasts of our university! 
One of our goals is to use chess as a tool to develop and improve soft skills such as problem solving, essential for every type of engineer.
We do organize tournaments, lessons and we propose new and interesting challenges that encourage a never-ending growth! 

Enjoy Telegram group: @ScacchiPoliTO

Smart-In 4.0 is a student team composed by students of Politecnico di Torino, with the aim of finding, discussing and solving issues and needs related to the world of Industry 4.0 in an innovative way. The goal is to contribute to the professional growth of students and to facilitate their inclusion in the manufacturing sector, creating discussion boards, developing training projects and sharing their knowledge and passion with colleagues from university, secondary school students, industrial employees, professors and entrepreneurs. Moreover, the collaboration between the members of this team wants to be an example of a dynamic organization without fixed spaces and able to pursue different projects in parallel.

The team is created to project and realize small modular structures at the service of operators and professionals who work in the high mountains. Monitoring and research activities require structures at height to accomodate the equipment and the staff, which need a temporary living space. The purpose is to develop design skills starting from the conditions of the Alpine context, dealing with the sustainability of interventions and the relationship with the territory.

The team deals with the design and construction of bridges made with paste and glue, following the rules widely shared internationally. The team's goal is to organize an annual competition involving students of the Polytechnic, also open to students from other universities, and to participate in similar competitions at an international level.

The team is composed of students and former students of the faculties of Architecture and Design under the supervision of Prof. P. Mellano, M. Vaudetti and S. Canepa. Created in 2014, it carried out a first redevelopment of some outdoor spaces at "Lorusso e Cutugno" prison in Turin. Since 2017, the team is engaged in a participatory design and realization process of interior and exterior furnishing within the "San Michele" prison of Alessandria. In 2013 the European Court of Human Rights issued the "Torreggiani sentence". It condemned Italy because of the deterioration of penitentiary buildings' spaces. In response, "San Michele" has been developing a project of "dynamic surveillance" that implies a new attention to both architectural and social re-educational aspects. The team collaborated with the Department of Law of the University of Turin and has involved all the actors of the prison. It conceived a design that meets at the same time needs and restrictions of such a peculiar environment. The objective is to bring the attention to a qualitative improvement of the penalty spaces and their habitability.

Prof. Genta/Prof. Tonoli (DIMEAS): It is made up of 50 students, with the common passion for car races and in particular for designing and constructing an electric racing prototype, who participate in the international competitions "Formula SAE" and "Formula Hybrid".

The project involves the design, construction and testing of an autonomous driving electric competition vehicle. The vehicle will thus be able to participate in international competitions, in which it will be evaluated on the basis of its design qualities and engineering efficiency. The best known competition is the one proposed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), called Formula SAE, which can be attended by teams made up of undergraduate and master's degree students. Until 2016, the competition included only two categories: one for internal combustion vehicles and one for electric vehicles. Starting in 2017, Formula SAE introduced a third category for autonomous vehicles. Therefore, university students will be engaged in the design and testing of a vehicle compliant with the competition regulations and capable of moving without a driver thanks to the data collected and processed, respectively, by sensors and algorithms of perception, control and planning of the trajectory. The competition is organized in a series of static tests and a series of dynamic tests conducted without any human driver.

Student teams to design and built fuel-efficient vehicles (fuel cell, electric or hybrid) for participating in the Shell Eco-marathon, an international competition in which the winner is who consumes less and not who comes first.

The team is made up of students who share the desire to apply university skills in a practical way in the audiovisual sector. This in order to grow and bring out in this sector the consideration of the excellence of Cinema Engineering and of the Media and of the Polytechnic itself. The members, after meeting each other on previous film projects, formed a team in 2018 and decided as their first project to carry on the production of a documentary, of standard TV duration, on mental health and marginalization (analyzing the former Collegno asylum). These students, however eclectic, are specialized in audiovisual films, television and advertising productions.

Visionary student team was founded in December 2016 by a group of young university students united by the desire to have a strongly active and impacting role in the society in which they live, actively confronting themselves with the Future and related issues. The Visionary team's work takes shape thanks to Visionary Days, the annual event produced by the students which, thanks to its innovative format, involved more than 400 participants in the first edition and then continued to grow during the second edition held on December 1st 2018 at OGR, in which about 1500 entries were received and 800 participants.

Our team aims to reduce the production of W.E.E.E. of Politecnico di Torino and give our students practical skills to improve their knowledge. In our lab, students can both approach for the first time the problems of a non-working electronic equipment and prove their skill to problem solving, team working and innovative thinking.

The team is focussed on Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking. Our main activities are: participating in international "Capture The Flag" competitions, internal training through talks and presentations, organization of public events about cybersecurity and collaboration with various departments of the Polytechnic.