The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

The Department of Innovative Technologies deals with the sciences of engineering in the applied field, in general within the industrial sector, and with technology and information services for both training and research.

The Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production is focused on the innovation of production systems, processes, products and businesses through the development and exploitation of advanced industrial technologies as well as of highly qualified human capital.

The Laboratory of Automation Systems and Technologies (AST-Lab) supports the mission of the Institute in the areas of robotic based automated production systems and reconfigurable industrial robotics, systems and industrial technologies for Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing, industrial automation and 2D/3D vision systems.