SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland is one of the 7 UAS in Switzerland. It has a university statute focused on applied research. ISTePS (Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production) employs researches and engineers with a wide range of expertise for the transfer and application of technology in industrial sector. The Institute participates in a network of national and international centres for supporting SMEs. Key research areas are: Automation and Control; Mechatronic; Robotic; Artificial Vision Systems, Data Modeling, Transformation and Flow Management, Production scheduling, Lifecycle management and optimization, Simulation.

The Symbionica project will be supported by the Automation Systems and Technologies (AST) lab that offers education and research activities focused on integrating advanced industrial technologies for implementing innovative production systems, and on developing high performing control, scheduling and processing applications. Main investigated topics are the design of reconfigurable robots and operation machines, design and development of new automation solutions integrating advanced industrial technologies and robots, integration of 2D/3D vision systems for image acquisition and processing in new automatic processes, design and development of innovative machining and high precision manufacturing systems based on flexibility and reconfigurability principles, of their data models and data flow management.