SPECIAL SESSION #11

Sensors and Systems for Environmental and Marine Monitoring

ORGANIZED BY

Cannuli Antonio Cannuli

Antonio Cannuli

Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Italy

Quattrocchi Antonino Quattrocchi

Antonino Quattrocchi

Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Italy

Montanini Roberto Montanini

Roberto Montanini

Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Italy

ABSTRACT

Environmental and marine pollution is one of the most significant issues of this century. Indeed, in the last two decades, the rapid expansion of industrialization and urbanization has outpaced the forecasting models of climatic development, resulting in a severe degradation of the quality of all aspects of the environment. The release of different types of pollutants, as well as the production of substantial quantities of waste materials, constitutes a serious emergency on a global scale. In a brief period, significant repercussions will appear on both the flora and fauna, but there will also be obvious problems on human health.

In this context, the development of novel techniques for identifying, monitoring and possibly removing pollutants represents a main challenge in current research. Specifically, there is a common trend towards designing new sensors capable of identifying specific liquids and gases dispersed in the environment, but also highly polluting solid substances such as plastics and dust. However, due to the vastness of the area to be monitored, the concept of a sensor network has become more prevalent. Typically, these instruments are low-cost, widely distributed, connected via wireless techniques to cloud computing systems and characterized by being independently powered by devices that can harvest energy from the environment. The aim of this session is to gather new proposals and strategies focused on sensors and systems for atmospheric and water monitoring in the context of design, development and characterization.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Antonio Cannuli, received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Messina (Italy) in 2018.
He is currently a researcher of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements with the Department of Engineering of the University of Messina. He actively collaborates with the IRCCS Neurolesion Centre “Bonino Pulejo” of Messina, one of the leading centers in Italy for neurorehabilitation. His main research interests are in the fields of signal processing, biophysical and biomedical sensors, instrumentation measurements, environmental monitoring, and smart sensors.

Antonino Quattrocchi, received the Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Chemistry of Materials and Constructions from the University of Messina (Italy) in 2013.
He is currently an Assistant Professor (Italian RTD-B) of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the Department of Engineering of the University of Messina. His main research topics are focused on active infrared thermography, piezoelectric energy harvesting, nondestructive testing, noncontact measurement techniques, vibro-acoustics, smart materials, and smart cities.

Roberto Montanini, (Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in Machine Design from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 1998.
He founded the Laboratory of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements in 2001 and the Laboratory of Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring in 2016. He is Full Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the Department of Engineering of the University of Messina. His main research interests are in the fields of experimental mechanics, structural diagnostics, infrared thermography, and smart sensing.

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