The Institute of Marine Engineering (Istituto di Ingegneria del Mare, INM) is a public research institute within Department of Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport (Dipartimento di Ingegneria ICT e Tecnologie per l’Energia e i Trasporti DIITET) of the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR) of Italy.
INM was founded in 2018 integrating the expertise, experience, and history of three CNR institutes: the Marine Technology Research Institute (INSEAN), the Genoa and Palermo branches of the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (ISSIA), and the Institute of Acoustics and Sensors “Orso Mario Corbino” (IDASC).
INM mission is to conduct research, foster innovation and competitiveness of the National industrial system, promote the internationalization of the National research system, provide technological solutions to emerging public and private sector needs and challenges, and foster the personal and professional growth of human resources.
INM mission is pursued within the following research areas:
- Models, technologies and innovative design systems for marine/maritime sector
- Marine vehicles
- Marine robotics
- Marine renewable energy
- Environmental acoustics, underwater acoustics, and geo-acoustics
- Acoustic characterization of materials, structures, and environments
- Development and applications of instrumentation (sensors, actuators, transducers)
- Logistics and transport in maritime environment
- Marine vehicles energy management onboard and in port/coastal areas
which are organized within CNR DIITET in the following project areas:
- Low-environmental impact vehicles for a sustainable transport
- Marine technologies
- Low-emission energy technologies
- Future internet
- Robotics and control systems
- Smart city
- Technologies for cultural heritage use and preservation
- Applied mathematics
and implemented within INM in specific research topics and groups.
INM Headquarters are located in Rome. The Institute includes Genova, Palermo, and Rome Tor Vergata (ARTOV) branch offices. INM staff counts more than 180 people including research scientists and engineers, technicians, postdocs, students, and administrative personnel.