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Leonardo launches the Drone Contest in Turin

During Innovation Day, Crescendo. Naturalia - Artificialia

Leonardo Innovation Day, Crescendo. Naturalia - Artificialia was held today at the OGR in Turin to promote the cross fertilization of ideas between humanistic and scientific disciplines. The event was named with a metaphorical reference to the Renaissance Wunderkammern, the "chambers of wonders" where the two worlds - represented by objects linked to nature (naturalia) and techniques (artificialia) - were skillfully mixed and shown. 

Innovation Day, Crescendo. Naturalia - Artificialia was the official launch of the Leonardo Drone Contest, a new project between industry and universities to develop skills in artificial intelligence for drones. 

The event was attended by the Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, the Piedmont Region Finance Councilor, Andrea Tronzano, Leonardo's President, Gianni De Gennaro, Leonardo's CEO, Alessandro Profumo, and the President of the Leonardo Foundation - Civiltà delle Macchine, Luciano Violante.

Gianni De Gennaro, Leonardo Chairmanstated: “Leonardo operates in a highly competitive and technological sector. To play a proactive role, a company must always welcome and be open to new challenges. Therefore, innovation is a crucial element which secures our future and we should not fear it".

Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, commented: “Innovative ideas are everywhere. For a company such as Leonardo that lives on innovation the winning strategy is to select, foster and convert ideas into solutions by encouraging cross-fertilization and collaboration between industry and academics". 

The Drone Contest fosters the development of artificial intelligence and creates an ecosystem encompassing a global company, universities, SMEs, spin-offs and startups. Leonardo’s initiative is addressed to six major Italian universities: the Politecnico of Turin, the Politecnico of Milan, the University of Bologna, the "S. Anna" School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Naples "Federico II". 

At each of the six universities, Leonardo will support the activities of a PhD student who will devote themselves to the development of an autonomous system for three years, while using university and business resources and coordinating the technological research of these products: flight capacity, computer vision, sensor fusion, big data, computing skills, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Each year the teams will compete in a high-level scientific symposium, as well as in a competition to analyze the results achieved and the potential of the respective projects. Universities have welcomed the Drone Contest with great interest and for Leonardo this represents a worthy approach to innovation open to external influences.

The Innovation Day Crescendo. Naturalia - Artificialia, chaired by Massimo Temporelli, president and co-founder of The FabLab, brought together disciplines in a "STEAM" approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). The term "Crescendo", not surprisingly, recalls the world of music. The Turin initiative involved the musician, Davide Dileo, “Boosta”, keyboardist and co-founder of Subsonica (an Italian band), Andrew Quinn, digital expression expert and curator of the special effects in Matrix, Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology, and Paola Pisano, Councilor for Innovation and Smart City of Turin. They were all invited to address the topics on the basis of their respective expertise.

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