RISE Lab - Research & Innovation for Smart Enterprises

About the lab

RISE ( is a research laboratory of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (DIMI) at the University of Brescia.

Starting from the production of new ideas, strict and concrete knowledge through university research, RISE contributes to the innovation of processes, products and business models and helps companies to become more competitive.

RISE believes that the supply chain of the future will be CIRCULAR, DIGITAL and SERVITIZED. The companies that will move first towards these objectives, they will acquire huge competitive advantages and will ensure their sustainability in long term. Therefore it focuses its activities of research and dissemination mainly on these three themes.

Featured projects (6)

To develop models and paradigms to support strategic decision making at corporate and macro-economic level, for reshaping supply chains accomplishing Circular Economy goals.
This research is aimed to investigate the state-of-the-art of I4.0 in Italy and other countries through extensive web survey, intensive case study and statistical analysis.
This project aims to answer to these questions: - How the Business Models of firms moving from products to PSSs can be characterized and configured? - How product-centric companies that undertakes servitization can be supported? To this end, which tools can be used? - How the maturity level of resources and competences needed in this transition can be assessed?

Featured research (24)

Demographics will increase the demand for food and reduce the availability of labour in many countries all over the world. Moreover, scarcity of natural resources, climate change and food waste these are issues that are strongly impacting the agricultural sector and undermining sustainability. Digitalisation is expected to be a driving force in tackling these problems that are characterising agriculture. In particular, the adoption of digital technologies to support processes in the primary sector goes by the name of Agriculture 4.0. Although the number of contributions related to these issues is constantly growing, several areas are still unexplored or not fully addressed. This paper addresses the adoption of digital technologies and investigates the application domain of these technologies, presenting a systematic review of the literature on this subject. Moreover, this research shed light on the technologies adopted and related benefits. Hence, the research has turned its attention to the description of the main pillars, such as the categorisation of its main application domains and enabling technologies. The results of the research show that the different technologies applied in the various fields of application provide benefits both in terms of efficiency (cost reduction, farm productivity) and reduced environmental impact and increased sustainability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected manufacturing companies and necessitated adaptations of firms’ operations. Despite the increasing interest in this subject, a scarcity of systematic analysis can be observed. The present study systematically reviews the existing research on the COVID-19 pandemic concerning the manufacturing industry. This paper aims to highlight the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the manufacturing sector from the operations management perspective, the practical adaptation actions, and future research opportunities. Open research questions and directions for further investigation are articulated and triangulated across organisational, process and technology perspectives.
The digital age we live in offers companies many opportunities to jointly advance sustainability and competitiveness. New digital technologies can, in fact, support the incorporation of circular economy principles into businesses, enabling new business models and facilitating the redesign of products and value chains. Despite this considerable potential, the convergence between the circular economy and these technologies is still underinvestigated. By reviewing the literature, this paper aims to provide a definition and a conceptual framework, which systematize the smart circular economy paradigm as an industrial system that uses digital technologies during the product life-cycle phases to implement circular strategies and practices aimed at value creation. Following this conceptualization, the classical, underlying circular economy principle, ‘waste equals food’, is reshaped into an equation more fitting for the digital age—that is to say, ‘waste + data = resource’. Lastly, this paper provides promising research directions to further develop this field. To advance knowledge on the smart circular economy paradigm, researchers and practitioners are advised to: (i) develop research from exploratory and descriptive to confirmatory and prescriptive purposes, relying on a wide spectrum of research methodologies; (ii) move the focus from single organizations to the entire ecosystem and value chain of stakeholders; (iii) combine different enabling digital technologies to leverage their synergistic potential; and (iv) assess the environmental impact of digital technologies to prevent potential rebound effects.
This article focuses on manufacturing logistics, exploring how Italian companies are approaching Logistics 4.0. The purpose is to evaluate the state of the art of technology adoption, highlighting the main influencing factors, and showing the related benefits and obstacles. An exploratory survey was carried out on 91 Italian manufacturing companies. The significance of the influence of the factors analysed regarding the level of adoption of L4.0 has been demonstrated. The study also included eight interviews with survey respondents undertaken to validate the main insights from the survey results. The overall results indicate that the adoption of Logistics 4.0 is still immature but has huge potential. Moreover, the few companies adopting at least one technology have sought benefits related mainly to warehouse activities and efficiency in process operations. The awareness that L4.0 intends a harmonious and integrated implementation of digital technologies to support logistics processes has not yet become widespread. he has been a Research Fellow at Università degli Studi di Brescia (Italy). Since 2013, he has carried out research and teaching activities at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the Università degli Studi di Brescia (Italy), and member of the RISE Laboratory. In the RISE Laboratory, he carries out research on the adoption of digital technologies to support manufacturing companies, in particular for logistics processes. He is also involved in studies concerning the phenomenon of servitisation of manufacturing companies. 122 M. Ardolino et al.
The transition towards a Circular Economy is a topic of great concern for the textile and fashion industry, since such industry is one of the main polluting in the world. Although Circular Economy is now on the rise in the academia and on the policy agendas, this model is still underdeveloped in practice. Unlike polyester, wool has long been compatible with recycling processes, thus reducing environmental impact and contributing to closing the loop in a Circular Economy. In this context, the industrial district of Prato (Italy) has successfully established a woollen industry based on recycled wool since centuries. Thus, this paper presents three case studies of companies operating in the Prato district, to explore challenges and opportunities of Circular Economy in the textile industry. Design, legislation and competences emerged as the main challenges preventing the uptake, on a larger scale, of this model.

Lab head

Marco Perona
  • RISE Research and Innovation for Smart Enterprises
About Marco Perona
  • Together with my research team at RISE (Research and Innovation for Smart Enterprises) Laboratory we investigate what it takes to companies to become smart, such as: - re-engineering and streamling business processes - adopting digital technologies to apply enterprise 4.0 - switching from offering products or services to offering solutions - becoming more circular to save the planet

Members (6)

Nicola Saccani
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia
Andrea Bacchetti
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia
Federico Adrodegari
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia
Marco Ardolino
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia
Gianmarco Bressanelli
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia
Federico Angelo Maffezzoli
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia