Lightweight and Smart Solutions for Next-Generation Mobility

25 – 29 July 2022
The school will create a multidisciplinary context where to imagine and design next-generation vehicles, by exploiting lightweight and intelligent approaches. The challenges that the mobility ecosystem will tackle in the following decades, especially inside urban scenarios, will be explored.

Keywords: Next-generation mobility, lightweight design, digital interfaces, smart solutions, additive manufacturing, composite materials, sensors


Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Application is open to PhD Students of the member universities from the IDEA League Alliance.
 Strongly motivated and passionate Master students could also be considered.
There are no registration and accommodation fees. Students from IDEA League member universities selected to participate in a summer school only have to pay for their own travel costs where applicable.

Curriculum vitae & publications list
Letter of motivation
Letter of recommendation (optional)
Supervisor approval (for PhD students from Chalmers)

In the following decades, the mobility ecosystem, and the way we are part of it, will be driven by profound and radical transformations that will significantly shape our habits and lives. This IDEA League summer school aims to strengthen participants’ consciousness of the challenges that the mobility ecosystem will tackle in the following decades, especially in urban scenarios, by providing a multidisciplinary and broad perspective. It also aims to inform participants on state-of-the-art technologies and approaches that could be exploited to adequately address these challenges. The topics that will be deepened during the school include but are not limited to: the main sub-systems of vehicles; the contribution of metamaterials and composite materials, and related design strategies in developing multi-functional and lightweight solutions; how sensors and digital interfaces could be exploited to enhance travelling experiences. These topics will be enriched with demonstrations concerning the potential of Additive Manufacturing and Extended Reality technologies in boosting such transformations.

Previous knowledge of vehicle design is welcomed but not mandatory. A strong interest in learning insights on design approaches, the main characteristics of advanced materials and manufacturing processes, and smart and digitalisation strategies is expected. Curiosity and passion concerning the main mobility-related aspects are crucial. A multidisciplinary audience is desired to build a comprehensive view of the topic with the participants’ contributions.

By attending the summer school, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the main global transformations and needs that are pushing the development of solutions for next-generation mobility
  • Explain the main multidisciplinary strategies that could be exploited to design and develop next-generation vehicles
  • Select and apply these strategies to propose new concepts of systems or sub-systems that could be integrated into next-generation vehicles
  • Analyse the technical feasibility of the proposed solutions as well as their potential impact
  • Propose the developed solutions within the context of the overall summer school topic and in front of an evaluation committee


Day Programme
Sunday, July 24th
Participants’ arrival
Monday, July 25th
Theme of the day: “Towards a sustainable urban mobility”
Tuesday, July 26th
Theme of the day: “Lightweighting strategies for mobility”
Wednesday, July 27th
Theme of the day: “Lightweight design and advanced materials”
Thursday, July 28th
Theme of the day: “Smart sensors and digital interfaces”
Friday, July 29th
Closing day

Each morning is planned to start with a keynote speech of renewed experts in the field. Dedicated Q&A sessions are scheduled to favour exchanging ideas and stimulate reflections. Dedicated group work activities and guided lab tours will further enrich participants’ learning experiences. Social events are planned to favour networking among participants, organisers and invited speakers.