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Seminar by Prof. Sotirios K. GOUDOS
The ELEDIA Research Center is pleased to announce the seminar entitled "IoT Technologies Overview and Trends" which will be held by Prof.…
Prof. Rocca Invited Talk @ 2nd World Intelligent Congress
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Prof. Oliveri named Associate Editor of IEEE JMMCT
The ELEDIA Research Center is pleased to announce that Prof. Giacomo Oliveri has been named Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal…
R. J. Mailloux has joined ELEDIA
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A*STAR - Agency for Science, Technology and Research - Singapore (Singapore)




CentraleSupélec - Gif-Sur-Yvette (France)




Centro Universitario Difesa Idrogeologica dell'Ambiente Montano (CUDAM) - Trento (Italy)




Colorado School of Mines - Denver (USA)




Create-NET - Trento (Italy)




Delft University of Technology - Delft (Netherlands)




Duke University - North Carolina (USA)




École Normale Supérieure de Cachan - Cachan (France)




Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis - Tunisi (Tunis)




ESA-ESTEC - Noordwijk (Netherlands)




Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique laboratoire (GIPSA-lab) - Grenoble (France)




Institut Fresnel - Marseille (France)




Istanbul Technical University - Istanbul (Turkey)




Karlsruhe Institute of Technologies - Karlsruhe (Germany)




Kobe University - Kobe (Japan)




National University of Singapore - Singapore (Singapore)




Pennsylvania State University University Park - State College (USA)




Queen Mary, University of London - London (UK)




Télécom ParisTech - Paris (France)




Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth - New Hampshire (USA)




TNO - Innovation For Life - The Hague (Nederlands)




Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Madrid (Spain)




Università degli Studi "Mediterranea" di Reggio Calabria -  Reggio Calabria (Italy)




Université Catholique de Louvain - Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)




Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis - Nice (France)




Université de Toulon - Tuolon (France)




Université Paris Sud - Paris (France)




Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense - Nanterre (France)




University of Arkansas - Arkansas (USA)




University of California - San Diego (USA)




University of Electronic Science and Technology of China - Chengdu (China)




University of Hawaii Honolulu - Hawaii (USA)




University of Manchester - Manchester (UK)




University of Missouri Rolla - Missouri (USA)




University of Nagasaki - Nagasaki (Japan)




University of Napoli - Napoli (Italy)




University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia (USA)




University of Pisa - Pisa (Italy)




University of Roma 3 - Roma (Italy)




University of Santiago de Compostela - Santiago de Compostela (Spain)




University of Sheffield - Sheffield (UK)




University of Siena - Siena (Italy)




University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison (USA)




Pennsylvania State University University Park - Pennsylvania (USA)




Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S) - CNRS-Supélec Gif-Sur-Yvette (France)




Electromagnetic Research - Technische Universiteit Delft Delft (The Netherlands)




University of Hawaii Honolulu - Hawaii (USA)




Istanbul Technical University (Turkey)




Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth - New Hampshire (USA)




Institut Fresnel Marseille (France)




University of Napoli (Italy)




University of California San Diego - California (USA)




University of Nagasaki (Japan)




Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)




Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)




University of Missouri Rolla - Missouri (USA)




University of Arkansas - Arkansas (USA)




Duke University - North Carolina (USA)




Harvard University - Massachusetts (USA)




Centro Universitario Difesa Idrogeologica dell'Ambiente Montano (CUDAM) - Trento (Italy)




Create-NET Trento (Italy)




Bio-TECH Trento (Italy)




University of Roma 3 (Italy)




National University of Singapore




University of Siena (Italy)




Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)




Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique laboratoire (GIPSA-lab) - Grenoble (France)


 

 

Title: Innovative Phased Array Technology and Applications
Conference: 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (APS 2018)
Date: 8-13 July 2018
Where: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)



Title: Emerging Approaches and Future Trends in Electromagnetic Inverse Problems
Conference: 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (APS 2018)
Date: 8-13 July 2018
Where: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)



Title: Inverse Problems: Theory, Techniques, and Applications
Conference: 2018 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2018)
Date: 9-13 April 2018
Where: London (UK)



Title: Compressive Sensing as Applied to Electromagnetics – Advances and New Trends & Applications
Conference: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (AP-S 2017)
Date: 9-15 July 2017
Where: San Diego (USA)



Title: Theoretical, Methodological, and Technological Advances in Electromagnetic Inverse Scattering
Conference: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (AP-S 2017)
Date: 9-15 July 2017
Where: San Diego (USA)



Title: Innovative Phased Array Architectures and Beamforming Technology
Conference: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (AP-S 2017)
Date: 9-15 July 2017
Where: San Diego (USA)



Title: Inverse Scattering Techniques for GPR and Subsurface Imaging
Conference: 2017 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium (ACES 2017)
Date: 26-30 March 2017
Where: Firenze (Italy)



Title: Emerging Strategies for the Synthesis of Innovative Array-Antenna Architectures
Conference: 2017 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2017)
Date: 19-24 March 2017
Where: Paris (France)



Title: Decision Support Strategies based on Wireless Sensing and Monitoring for Smart Cities Management
Conference: 2016 IEEE Second International Smart Cities Conference
Date: 12-15 September 2016
Where: Trento (Italy)



Title: Advances in Computational Methods in Electromagnetics, Antenna Design, and Applications
Conference: The 2016 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation Conference
Date: 18-21 July 2016
Where: Innsbruck (Austria)



Title: 4D Arrays as Enabling Technology for Future Wireless Systems
Conference: 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
Date: 25 June - 1 July 2016
Where: Puerto Rico (Canada)



Title: Industrial applications of metamaterials
Conference: 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
Date: 25 June - 1 July 2016
Where: Puerto Rico (Canada)



Title: Innovative Array Architectures for Next Generation Radar and Communications Systems
Conference: 2016 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2016)
Date: 11-15 April 2016
Where: Davos (Switzerland)



Title: Nature‐Inspired Antenna Systems
Conference: 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence
Date: 8-10 December 2015
Where: Cape Town (South Africa)



Title: Wireless Technologies and Applications for Sensing, Management, and Decision Support
Conference: 2015 IEEE Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (MMS 2105)
Date: 30 November - 2 December 2015
Where: Lecce (Italy)



Title: 4D Antenna Arrays: Theory, Techniques and Applications
Conference: 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (IEEE AP-S 2015)
Date: 19-25 July 2015
Where: Vancouver (Canada)



Title: Metatronics: Theory, Methods, and Applications
Conference: 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (AP-S 2015)
Date: 19-25 July 2015
Where: Vancouver (Canada)



Title: Non-Uniform and Sparse Antenna Arrays - Innovative Concepts and Technological Solutions
Conference: 2015 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2015)
Date: 12-17 April 2015
Where: Lisbon (Portugal)



Title: Advanced Nature-Inspired Optimization for New Generation Antenna Devices
Conference: 2014 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Communication Systems and Networks (CIComms'14), a part of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (2014 IEEE SSCI)
Date: 9–12 December 2014
Where: Orlando (Florida - USA)



Title: Compressive Sensing for Antenna Measurements and EM Applications
Conference: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications (IEEE CAMA 2014)
Date: 16-19 November 2014
Where: Antibes Juan-les-Pins (France)



Title: Recent Advances on Inverse & Imaging Techniques
Conference: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications - Focus on Antenna Systems (IEEE CAMA 2014)
Date: 16-19 November 2014
Where: Antibes Juan-les-Pins (France)



Title: Time‐modulation as the 4th Dimension for Emerging Microwave Communication and Sensing Array Systems
Conference: 2014 European Microwave Conference
Date: 5‐10 October 2014
Where: Rome (Italy)



Title: Time-domain Arrays for Innovative Communication and Sensing Systems
Conference: 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
Date: 6-12 July 2014.
Where: Memphis (Tennesee, USA)



Title: Advanced Design and Optimization Techniques for Phased Arrays
Conference: 2014 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2014)
Date: 6-11 April 2014
Where: The Hague (Netherlands)



Title: Non-uniform arrays – from concepts to implementation
Conference: 2014 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2014)
Date: 6-11 April 2014
Where: The Hague (Netherlands)



Title: Inverse Scattering Problems: Theory and Applications
Conference: 34th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS2013 in Stockholm)
Date: 12-15 August 2013
Where: Stockholm (Sweden)



Title: Non-Uniform Array Antennas
Conference: 2013 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2013)
Date: 8-12 April 2013
Where: Gotheburg (Sweden)



Title: Advanced and Emerging Applications of Inverse Scattering Techniques
Conference: 2013 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2013)
Date: 8-12 April 2013
Where: Gotheburg (Sweden)



Title: 4D-Arrays for New Generation Reconfigurable Systems
Conference: 2013 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2013)
Date: 8-12 April 2013
Where: Gotheburg (Sweden)



Title: New Approaches in Radar Antenna Array Design
Conference: European Microwave Week (EuMW 2012)
Date: 28 October - 02 November 2012
Where: Amsterdam (Netherlands)



Title: Theoretical, Algorithmic, and Technological Advances in Electromagnetic Inverse Scattering
Conference: 2012 IEEE AP-S International Symposium and USNC/CNC/URSI Radio Science Meeting
Date: 8-14 July 2012.
Where: Chicago (Illinois - USA)



Title: Compressive Sensing in Electromagnetics – State of the Art and Recent Advances
Conference: 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2012)
Date: 26-30 March 2012
Where: Prague (Czech Republic)



Title: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) for Real-Time and Distributed Remote Sensing
Conference: 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2012)
Date: 26-30 March 2012
Where: Prague (Czech Republic)



Title: Non-uniform Array Antennas
Conference: 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2012)
Date: 26-30 March 2012
Where: Prague (Czech Republic)



Title: Reconfigurable Antenna Arrays – Theory, Implementations, and Applicaions
Conference: 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2012)
Date: 26-30 March 2012
Where: Prague (Czech Republic)



Title: Advances on Synthesis and Analysis of Large-Scale Arrays
Conference: International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advance Applications (ICEAA - IEEE AWPT 2011)
Date: 12-17 September 2011
Where: Torino (Italy)



Title: Time Modulated Antenna Arrays
Conference: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS2011 in Suzhou)
Date: 12-16 September 2011
Where: Suzhou (China)



Title: Compressive Sensing as Applied to Electromagnetics
Conference: 2011 IEEE AP-S International Symposium and USNC/CNC/URSI Radio Science Meeting
Date: July 3-8 2011
Where: Spokane (Washington - USA)



Title: Emerging Strategies and Innovative Algorithms for the Solution of Inverse Scattering Problems
Conference: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS2011 in Marrakesh)
Date: 20-23 March 2011
Where: Marrakesh (Morocco)



Title: Emerging Modalities and Novel Applications of Inverse Problems in Electromagnetic
Conference: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS2011 in Marrakesh)
Date: 20-23 March 2011
Where: Marrakesh (Morocco)



Title: Analysis of Electromagnetic Wireless Systems for Solar Power Transmission
Conference: 2010 IEEE AP-S International Symposium and USNC/CNC/URSI Radio Science Meeting
Date: 11-17 July 2010
Where: Toronto (Ontario - Canada)



Title: Antenna Array Synthesis - Theory, Algorithms, and Applications
Conference: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS2010)
Date: 5-8 July 2010
Where: Cambridge (Massachusetts - USA)



Title: Qualitative and Quantitative Inverse Scattering Methods for Microwave Imaging Applications – Emerging Methods and Algorithms (Part I and Part II)
Conference: 26th International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES 2010)
Date: 26-29 April 2010
Where: Tampere (Finland)



Title: Multiscale and Multiphysics Computation for Metamaterials - Theory and Applications
Journal: IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques
Guest Editor: Prof. G. Oliveri and Prof. F. Bilotti
Year: 2017



Title: Metamateterial-by-Design: Theory, Methods, and Applications
Journal: EPJ Applied Metamaterials
Guest Editor: Prof. A. Massa and Prof. G. Oliveri
Year: 2016



Title: Compressive Sensing as Applied to Electromagnetics
Journal: IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Guest Editor: Prof. A. Massa and Prof. F. L. Teixeira
Year: 2014



Title: Advances in Antenna Array Processing for Radar
Journal: International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Guest Editors: Prof. A. Massa, Prof. H. Hu, Prof. H. Qi, Prof. M. Villano, and Prof. A. S. Khwaja
Year: 2013



Title: Reconfigurable Electromagnetics through Metamaterials
Journal: International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Guest Editors: Dr. G. Oliveri, Prof. D. H. Werner, Prof. F. Bilotti, and Prof. C. Craeye
Year: 2013



Title: Microwave Medical Imaging
Journal: IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Guest Editors: Prof. A. Massa,  Prof. S. Hagness, and Prof. E. C. Fear
Year: 2011



Title: Microwave Imaging and Inverse Scattering Techniques
Journal: Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications
Guest Editors: Prof. A. Massa
Year: 2003


 
 
The complexity of future cities and the increasing importance of reducing environmental impact of urbanization is driving a great interest on ICT methodologies and technologies able to increase energy efficiency, enable more flexible energy management policies, as well as support fast reconfigurability and adaptation of the electrical grids to the evolution of the context (i.e., variations and oscillations in the distributed energy production/consumption). In this framework, several open challenges still needs to be addressed and potential solutions need to be experimentally validated specifically concerning the capability of ICT techniques to reliably manage electrical grid through resilient, real-time learning methodologies. The aim of this research area is therefore to propose innovative ICT approaches integrating learning-by-example methods and optimization techniques to realize next-generation real-time smart and cognitive grid solutions.
   
Smart grid and smart building management

Bidirectional interaction among multiple elements of a Smart Grid infrastructure

Architecture example of a highly complex smart grid

 
Members of the ELEDIA Research Center are working on the development of several innovative approaches for the design of innovative smart grid solutions, including
  • energy efficiency tools in smart buidlings through combination of smart distributed sensing technologies and multi-objective evolutionary optimization methods.
  • integration of methodologies for energy production forecast and global optimization tools to enable pro-active cognitive grid management.
  • game theory approaches as applied to smart grids including cooperative and non-cooperative prosumers.
The research activities carried out in this area are specifically focused on the study, development, prototyping, and testing of smart grid solutions in controlled environments as well as in real-world scenarios including large buildings and urban areas.

Power consumption profiles prediction and optimization

Simulation of smart grids for numerical performance analysis

 

Keywords: Smart grids, Cognitive grids, Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency through Distributed Monitoring, Energy Production Forecast and Control

 

Additional Material

TEW-IP Project


Recent Projects

  • Project "Edifici a Zero Consumo Energetico in Distretti Urbani Intelligenti (EEB)", Bando Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita' e della Ricerca, Cluster Tecnologici Nazionali, Tecnologie per le Smart Communities, CTN01_00034, Contact Point Prof. Andrea Massa, 2014-2016.
  • Project "Sviluppo di moduli software del coordinatore Zigbee e di un bundle OSGi per il profilo energy@home operante su home gateway ADB", ADB Broadband, Coordinator Prof. Andrea Massa, 2011.
  • Project "Telecontrollo Wireless Illuminazione Pubblica (TEW-IP)", Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Agenzia Provinciale per l'Energia (APE), L.P. 14/1980, Bando 2010, Interventi Dimostrativi per Il Risparmio Energetico e l'Utilizzo di Fonti Rinnovabili, Coordinator Dr. Giacomo Oliveri, 2012-2016.

See Also

  • F. Viani, F. Robol, A. Polo, P. Rocca, G. Oliveri, and A. Massa, "Wireless architectures for heterogeneous sensing in smart home applications - concepts and real implementations," Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 101, no. 11, pp. 2381-2396, Nov. 2013.
    DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2013.2266858
  • F. Viani, M. Salucci, F. Robol, E. Giarola, and A. Massa, "WSNs as enabling tool for next generation smart systems," Atti della XIX Riunione Nazionale di Elettromagnetismo, (Roma), Sept. 10-14 2012
   

 

 
 
The concept of wireless power transmission (WPT) and Wireless Energy Management through microwave beams dates back to the sixties, when it was proposed and investigated for its potential applications to the design of Solar Power Satellites (SPS). However, in the recent years the capability of WPT systems to wirelessly transfer energy has gathered an increasing attention for its potential application to several other scenarios in which "Power-on-Demand" concept is required, including powering electrical vehicles and pervasively charging sensor, phones, and laptops. In this scenario, innovative design approaches are required for the development of efficient WPT systems, because of their specific constraints which are fundamentally different from those of classical wireless applications (usually aimed at the transmission of information). This is specifically true for the design of WPT transmitting arrays, whose aim is the maximization of the beam efficiency (i.e., ratio of power transmitted towards the WPT receiver over total radiated power) rather than the maximization of the array gain or the minimization of the mainlobe width (as it happens in traditional radar and communication systems). Accordingly, innovative design approaches are of paramount importance when dealing with the design of WPT transmitting arrays.
   
Wireless power transmission and wireless energy management systems for ground-to-ground and ground-to-air applications

Schematic diagram of the main blocks of a long-range WPT system

Prototype of rectenna array comprising four receiving elements (c) ELEDIA Reseach Center 2012

Functional diagram of wireless-fed sensor for industrial applications

 
Members of the ELEDIA Research Center are working on the development of several innovative approaches for the design of wireless power transmission systems, including
  • Transmitting fully-populated arrays for maximum power efficiency through analytical strategies.
  • Sparse arrays with maximum beam efficiency.
  • Clustered arrays for WPT systems.
  • Rectennas and wireless power collection systems.
The research activities carried out in this area are specifically focused on the study, development, prototyping, and testing of innovative Wireless Power applications with the purpose of bridging the gap between the already available theoretical results and designs and the realization of reliable technologies based on such concepts.
   

Wireless power transmitting array with focusing reflector (c) ELEDIA Research Center 2012

Keywords: Wireless power transmission, antenna array, beam collection efficiency, phased array, optimization techniques


Recent Projects

  • Project "Radio frequency power scavenging for telemetry sensor management (ROTATe)", Ansaldo Energia, Coordinator Prof. Andrea Massa, 2011-2012.

See Also

  • A. Massa, G. Oliveri, F. Viani, and P. Rocca, "Array designs for long-distance wireless power transmission - State-of-the-art and innovative solutions," Proceedings of the IEEE - Special Issue on "Wireless Power Technology, Transmission and Applications," vol. 101, no. 6, pp. 1464-1481, June 2013.
    doi:10.1109/JPROC.2013.2245491
  • G. Oliveri, L. Poli, and A. Massa, "Maximum efficiency beam synthesis of radiating planar arrays for wireless power transmission," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., pp. 2490-2499, vol. 61, no. 5, May 2013.
    doi:10.1109/TAP.2013.2241714
  • G. Franceschetti, P. Rocca, F. Robol, and A. Massa, "Design and optimization of efficient rectenna systems for space solar power applications," International Conference on Electromagnetics and Advanced Applications (ICEAA 2012) - Invited paper, Session title: "Wireless power transmission," Cape Town, South Africa, Sep. 2-7, 2012.
  • G. Franceschetti, P. Rocca, F. Robol, and A. Massa, "Innovative rectenna design for space solar power systems," IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on "Innovative Wireless Power Transmission: Technologies, Systems, and Applications" (IMWS-IWPT2012), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 151-153, May 10-11, 2012.
    doi:10.1109/IMWS.2012.6215773
  • G. Oliveri, P. Rocca, F. Viani, F. Robol, and Andrea Massa, "Latest advances and innovative solutions in antenna array synthesis for microwave wireless power transmission," IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on "Innovative Wireless Power Transmission: Technologies, Systems, and Applications" (IMWS-IWPT2012), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 71-73, May 10-11, 2012.
    doi:10.1109/IMWS.2012.6215822
  • G. Oliveri, P. Rocca, and A. Massa, "Array antenna architectures for solar power satellites and wireless power transmission," XXX URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of International Union of Radio Science (URSI GASS 2011) - Invited paper, Session title: "Solar power satellites and wireless power transmission," Istanbul, Turkey, Aug. 13-20, 2011.
    doi:10.1109/URSIGASS.2011.6050552
  • G. Franceschetti, A. Massa, and P. Rocca, "Innovative antenna systems for efficient microwave power collection," IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on "Innovative Wireless Power Transmission: Technologies, Systems, and Applications" (IMWS-IWPT2011), Uji (Kyoto), Japan, pp. 275-278, May 12-13, 2011 (Invited paper).
    doi:10.1109/IMWS.2011.5877080
  • P. Rocca, G. Oliveri, and A. Massa, "Innovative array designs for wireless power transmission," IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on "Innovative Wireless Power Transmission: Technologies, Systems, and Applications" (IMWS-IWPT2011), Uji (Kyoto), Japan, pp. 279-282, May 12-13, 2011 (Invited paper).
    doi:10.1109/IMWS.2011.5877110
   

 

 
 
Nowadays Energy Efficiency and Power Management are two topics very discussed, in particular because the price of energy increases continuosly, and is a commodity of primary importance. Power management allow the control and monitoring of devices and appliances, the use of optimization for energy saving, to have a real-time smart pricing and peak load curtailment. To this end, continuous power monitoring to provide energy efficiency has to be implemented by means of innovative technologies, in order to have a low cost system easy to deploy and use.
   
Residential and Industrial Scenarios (Home, Universities, Schools, Hotels, Factories, etc.)
    
 

Smart Plug for Power Metering

 

Distributed Monitoring of Appliances
 

Members of the ELEDIA Research Center implemented a domotic application for the Power Monitoring that permitt to have a collection and aggregation of diagnostic info about power consumption and additional functionalities. This system has the advantages of distributed sensing using an innovative technology like Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). This technology allow the system:

  1. to be not infrastructured, this permit to have less cost to deploy and mantain active the system;
  2. be able to have a continious real-time monitoring af all the appliances;
  3. be able to show the state of the appliance on a Graphical User Interface;
  4. be able to permit the user to interact with the Network;

Research activities in the field of Energy Efficiency and Power Management have been mainly focused on the processing of the information about the energy consumption, using Optimization Algorithms in order to avoid waste of energy, minimizing the total energy consumption. Moreover, ad-hoc Optimization Algorithms are used also to minimize the cost of energy, by concentrate the use of appliances of a building in the time slot of the day where the energy is more economic.

 

Wireless Architecture of a Residential Deployment


Keywords: Smart grids, Power Management, Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Wireless Sensor Network, Distributed Power Metering


Recent Projects

  • Project "Edifici a Zero Consumo Energetico in Distretti Urbani Intelligenti (EEB)", Bando Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita' e della Ricerca, Cluster Tecnologici Nazionali, Tecnologie per le Smart Communities, CTN01_00034, Contact Point Prof. Andrea Massa, 2014-2016.
  • Project "Sviluppo di moduli software del coordinatore Zigbee e di un bundle OSGi per il profilo energy@home operante su home gateway ADB", ADB Broadband, Coordinator Prof. Andrea Massa, 2011.

See Also

  • F. Viani, F. Robol, A. Polo, P. Rocca, G. Oliveri, and A. Massa, "Wireless architectures for heterogeneous sensing in smart home applications - concepts and real implementations," Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 101, no. 11, pp. 2381-2396, Nov. 2013.
    DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2013.2266858
  • F. Viani, M. Salucci, F. Robol, E. Giarola, and A. Massa, "WSNs as enabling tool for next generation smart systems," Atti della XIX Riunione Nazionale di Elettromagnetismo, (Roma), Sept. 10-14 2012.
  • ELEDIA Research Center, Demo "Smart Energy Management" for energy peak load reduction through game theory. Available in Demo Gallery. 

   

 

 
 
Cooperative Robotics is a topic very discussed in the scientific community, because this type of systems can give the possibility to explore, in a remote way, a dangerous area where the human presence could be very hazardous. The connection of a robotic platform with a Wireless Sensor Network's (WSN) node, give to every robot the possibility to communicate with the other robot of the system, so that they can cooperate to find the goal of the system in a better way and with less time. A Cooperative Robotics system can be used to explore an area, search a target in this area, create a map, ecc... The integration of Optimization Technics in the system gives more autonomy and more reliability to the Robotics Platform, by improving the calculation made by every robot of the system.
   
Monitoring and research in a dangerous environment.

Swarm Of Bees

Robot Swarm

Robotic Platform Developped
 
Members of the ELEDIA Research Center have developed an innovative Robot Swarm able to find, in a research area without the presence of any infrastructure, the zone where a parameter monitored assumes his maximum value, and report it to an external pc-host. The swarm is composed by more robots that cooperate to find the area with the maximum value of the monitored parameter. The movement of the robots are controlled by a Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm, an optimization algorithm that follow the logic of how a swarm of bee reach the area where there is more flowers in a grass. The research activities carried out in this area have been focused on the improvement of the movement and the autonomy of the robot in order to reach the solution of the problem in the best way. Moreover, the study and the implementation of other type of robot swarm's strategy in order to enlarge the goal of the system, for example using the sensors mounted in this robot in order to create a map of the research area.

 

Fitness Progression During the PSO

 

Position of Pbest and Gbest During the PSO's Iterations

Keywords: Robot Swarm, Wireless Sensor Network, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO)


See Also
  • F. Viani, M. Donelli, G. Oliveri, and A. Massa, "A mobile wireless sensor network for collaborative tasks achievement by means autonomous robot robot swarm," Proc. 2010 IEEE AP-S International Symposium, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 11-17, 2010.
   

 

 
 
Localization of targets by means of radio signals has been widely investigated in the last decade. In this framework, the main efforts have been devoted to the development of ad-hoc systems, requiring each target to be equipped with a radio transmitting device, requiring its active collaboration in the localization process. However, when dealing with people, the need of wearable active devices limits the applicability of wireless tracking systems, expecially when in the case of highly non-cooperative subjects, such as intruders or housebreakers. In similar scenarios, intrusion detection and tracking inside a surveilled area can't be always achieved by means of classical CCTV or infrared trip-wire based systems, because those techniques will eventually fail in the presence of enviromental obstacles and barriers such as darkness, walls, dense smoke, and so on. One of the principal advantages of passive localization by means of wireless signals is represented by the ability of radio waves to easily penetrate a great variety of obstacles, allowing wider coverage at lower costs, and enabling the exploitation of pre-existing infrastructures, without the need of ad-hoc hardware. In fact, connections among wireless devices sharing information and services can be exploited to detect, classify and communicate rapidly and safely any possible threat represented by presence and movement of unknown targets, enabling a pervasive and increased level of surveillance for people and property protection.
   
Homeland security, surveillance, property protection

 

 

Real-time position and trajectory estimation

 

Home Surveillance
 
ELEDIA Research Center is investigating innovative procedures for localization and tracking of non-collaborative passive targets measuring only the strength of the RF signals transmitted inside a wireless infrastructure, used to sense the surrounding environment. The persons lying and moving within the monitored area interact with the electromagnetic waves and these perturbations are processed by a suitable inversion strategy to determine the equivalent source, able to model the presence and the position of potential intruders. A customized learning-by-examples (LBE) strategy is exploited in order to build a security system satisfying key-requirements such as flexibility and ability of real-time detection and tracking. This latter feature is achieved by means of computationally effective processing of the electromagnetic perturbations generated by non-cooperative targets moving throughout the areas where wireless infrastructures exist.

 

The Basic Idea

 

Probability Map of Target Position

Keywords: Intrusion detection, Surveillance, Homeland security

Additional Material

WaLK Project


See Also
  • F. Viani, M. Donelli, M. Salucci, P. Rocca, A. Massa, "Opportunistic exploitation of wireless infrastructures for homeland security", IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (APSURSI), 2011.
    doi:10.1109/APS.2011.5997177
  • F. Viani, L. Lizzi, P. Rocca, M. Benedetti, M. Donelli, A. Massa, "Object tracking through RSSI measurements in wireless sensor networks", IEEE Electronic Letters, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 653-654, May 2008.
    doi:10.1049/el:20080509
  • F. Viani, P. Rocca, M. Benedetti, G. Oliveri, A.Massa, "Electromagnetic passive localization and tracking of moving targets in a WSN-infrastructured environment"
    doi:10.1088/0266-5611/26/7/074003
  • F. Viani, M. Martinelli, L. Ioriatti, L. Lizzi, G. Oliveri, P. Rocca, A. Massa, "Real-time indoor localization and tracking of passive targets by means of wireless sensor networks", Antennas and propagation Society International Symposium, 2009.
    doi:10.1109/APS.2009.5172317
   

 

 
 
Remote Monitoring Systems area very used nowadays for many applications like smart environment or domotic. Nevertheless these systems do not perform any kind of action. They only sense the environment gathering information to a remote unit for successive processing or statistical analysis. Here the key concept is actuation which allows to directly interact with the sensed and monitored area. The acquired data are directly used to take decisions and change the environment accordingly.
   
Smart environment, cooperative systems, supported agriculture.

Energy Saving

Apple Orchard

ELEDIA prototype of wireless sensors for smart farming
 

Members of the ELEDIA Research Center have developed an actuation system specifically thought to assist the growing of an apple orchard. In particular different sensors have been used to sense some parameters identified to be the key ones for taking decisions regarding the amount of water to irrigate the trees. The above mentioned parameters are humidity, temperture and tree diamenter. In addition humidity and temperature are acquired at different depth in the ground. The main feature of the proposed suystem are:

  1. water saving;
  2. autonomy and self-government;
  3. ease of use thaks to a graphical interface.

The experimental activity carried out for this specific project can be easily applied to many different scenarios. The collected data have to be correctly managed and processed in order to perform the desired actuation.

 

Closed-Loop Control Strategy "Sensing-Processing-Actuation"


Keywords: Actuation, Smart Environment, Assisted Agriculture.

Additional Material

AGRI-WSN Project
Season Project


See Also
  • M. Martinelli, L. Ioriatti, F. Viani, M. Benedetti, and A. Massa, "A WSN-based solution for precision farm purposes," 2009 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium,IGARSS 2009, vol. 5, no., pp. V-469-V-472, 12-17 July 2009
    doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2009.5417630
  • F. Viani, P. Rocca, G. Oliveri, and A. Massa, "Pervasive remote sensing through WSNs," 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation,EUCAP 2012, Prague, 26-30 March 2012
  • B. Majone, F. Viani, E. Filippi, A. Bellin, A. Massa, G. Toller, F. Robol, and M. Salucci, “Wireless sensor network deployment for monitoring soil moisture dynamics at the field scale,” Procedia Environmental Sciences, vol. 19, pp. 426-235, 2013.
    doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2013.06.049

 

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