The goal of the SIAF project is to optimize the processes of food preparation and preservation by connecting professional kitchen appliances, namely the oven, the blast chiller and the vacuum packing machine. The networked system will support the chefs in their everyday work and will also enable innovative methods for the predictive maintenance of the appliances. 

The SIAF consortium includes both academic and industrials partners, who are committed to join their effort to develop advanced appliances. The appliance prototypes that will be implemented during the project will exchange operating data in Cloud, following a specific protocol, that will be one of the project outcomes. Such data will be available to the stakeholders involved in the process (e.g., chefs, technicians) through a dedicated mobile app. The SIAF app will be designed following a user-centric approach, directly involving target users. The app will enable the chefs not only to consult operating data, but it will also allow to monitor and control the machine remotely. Moreover, a ‘Virtual Chef’ will be embedded in the app, which is an interactive digital recipe collection that the chef can customize. The system developed by the project will be evaluated in the field with target users, i.e., chefs, to ensure high usability standards.


Detailed project information

Funding body: POR-FESR
Funding period: 2017-2020
Scientific coordinator: prof. Alessandro Sperduti
Project Start Date: 7th November 2017
Project Duration: 3 years
Total Project Funding: 3.490.953,57 (1.259.375,00) €
Partners: PIRON s.r.l., ORVED s.p.a., Coldline s.r.l. and Simnumerica s.r.l HIT Centre, the Department of Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE – University of Padova).



The DomHo project (Sistema Domotico IoT Integrato ad Elevata Sicurezza Informatica per Smart Building) aims at integrating IoT (Internet of Things) technologies in different real-world scenarios. The main objective is to support fragile people, such as individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and their caregivers. These smart technologies and their control interfaces are tailored to the needs and expectations of the end users and the stakeholders. Indeed, the project adopts a user-centered approach in the design of the system which follows the principles of accessibility and inclusiveness. The introduction of IoT tools will improve the overall quality of life of both fragile users, who will regain some autonomy, and caregivers, who will be relieved in their daily chores.


Detailed project information
Project Start Date: 7th November 2017
Project End Date: 6th November 2020

Project Duration: 36 months
Project Coordinator: Ing. Alberto Sozza (technical; Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto), Prof. Luciano Gamberini (scientific; HIT, UNIPD), dott. Antonella Venza (administrative; Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto)

HIT Principal Investigator: Prof. Luciano Gamberini

HIT Staff: Prof. Anna Spagnolli, dott. Patrik Pluchino

Project number: 10066183
Call (part) identifier: Bando DGR 1139 del 19 luglio 2017 (POR FESR 2014-2020 Asse 1. Azione 1.1.4 “Sostegno alle attività collaborative di R&S per lo sviluppo di nuove tecnologie sostenibili, di nuovi prodotti e servizi”)
Total Project Funding: 4.451.854,60(2.359.413,83) €
Partners: Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto (comprising 45 PMI in the smart lighting sector), Consorzio ICT4SSL (BFT Spa, Consorzio 3Venezie, Videotec, SFERA Rete, Siav, e Univeneto), Human Inspired Technology Research Centre (HIT - University of Padova), University of Verona, University Ca’ Foscari of Venezia, EDALAB SRL, Aquarium Ventures SRL, Gruppo L’Incontro – Societá Cooperativa Sociale, FORMA SRL, ORION SRL.
Official website: DOMHO 
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