Consorzio CREO Centro Ricerche Elettro-Ottiche

Consorzio CREO Centro Ricerche Elettro-Ottiche is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 in L’Aquila, Italy, and owned by a Consortium of Enterprises and Public Research bodies: Finmeccanica S.p.A. (99%), Selex ES S.p.A. (1%), and the University of L’Aquila, that contributes with technical support and free access to its material characterization labs.

The Centre is active in the research and development of advanced thin film materials, micro-devices, detectors, and electro-optical sensors, particularly for the IR spectrum. Its staff counts nine researchers and technicians, plus a variable number of contract researchers. Its facilities cover an area of about 600 m2, and include labs for electronic, electro-optical and optical testing and characterizations, plus a clean room equipped for vacuum thin-film deposition and etching, photolithographic patterning, and thin film material characterization and functional testing.

Over the years, CREO has established a tight cooperation with the companies of the Finmeccanica group, and with a number of Enterprises and Research Centres in Italy and abroad, through direct contracts, and within cooperative projects financially supported by the Italian Ministry of Defence, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the European Commission, the European Defence Agency, and the European Space Agency. A major number of these projects have been dealing with CBRNE sensing for either the defence or the security domains. Furthermore, CREO has recently signed a framework agreement with the start-up EADRONE ( ) for the development of miniaturized sensors for consumer drones.

Dr. Roberto Viola (M). M.D. in Physics

Dr. Roberto Viola's expertise is in optical design, assembly and testing, experimental design, and sensing methods development. In ROCSAFE he will be in charge of the two IR analyzers.

Dr. Domenico Luciani (M). M.D. in Physics

Dr. Domenico Luciani's expertise is in sensing methods development and pattern analysis. In ROCSAFE he will be in charge of the GUI, and of the sw for pattern analysis.

Dr. Nicola Liberatore (M). M.D. in Electronic Engineering

Expertise in electronic design, assembly, and testing. In ROCSAFE he will be in charge of the integration and testing of the sensor prototypes.

Dr. Mirko Simeoni (M) Ph.D. in Physics

Expertise in thin film materials and micro-devices. In ROCSAFE he will be in charge of the design and development of the components (particularly the Vanadium Oxide IR detector array) of the light-weight sensor for the RAV.

Dr. Sandro Mengali (M) Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.

Expertise in thin film technologies and equipment, electro-optical sensors, and in industrial research management. From 2006 in force at CREO as Director.