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Bari, Italy
2016 IEEE Workshop on
Environmental, Energy, and Structural Monitoring Systems
Bari, Italy, 13-14 June 2016

Sponsored by the IEEE Italy Section
Supported and promoted by the IEEE Italy Section Systems Council Chapter
and the IEEE Italy Section Instrumentation and Measurement Society Chapter
Organized by the Politecnico di Bari andthe Università degli Studi di Milano


Honorary Chairs

Salvatore Marzano, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Vincenzo Piuri, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

General Chairs

Vincenzo Di Lecce, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Massimo La Scala, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Stefano Ferrari, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Program Chair

Cataldo Guaragnella, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Co-Program Chairs

Ruggero Donida Labati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Alfredo Vaccaro, University of Sannio, Italy

Special Session Chairs

Dora Foti, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Tiziana D'Orazio, CNR-ISSIA Bari, Italy

Gianluca Selicato, University of Bari, Italy

Publication Chair

Alessandro Quarto, myHermes, Italy

Publicity Chair

Domenico Soldo, myHermes, Italy

Local Arrangement Chair

Angelo Cardellicchio, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Program Committee

Mihaela Albu, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania

Alberto Amato, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Francesco Amigoni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Leopoldo Angrisani, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Francesco Bellocchio, Fresenius Medical Care, Germany

Fabio Bovenga, Research National Council of Italy, Italy

Rita Dario, ASL-Bari, Italy

Alessandro Ferrero, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Antonio Galeone, Sincon S.r.l., Italy

Angelo Genovese, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Carmelo Gentile, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Enrica Gentile, Università di Bari, Italy

Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Antonio Moschitta, University of Perugia, Italy

Enrique Munoz Ballester, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Dario Petri, University of Trento, Italy

Mario Daniele Piccioni, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Vito Renò, ISSIA CNR - Bari, Italy

Maria Rizzi, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Gianluca Sforza, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

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The growing strategic importance of environmental, energy, and structural monitoring boosts the need for flexible, effective and innovative solutions for design methods and implementation technologies with strong adaptation and evolution capabilities. This workshop aims to discuss the most recent advances in complex monitoring systems from a cross-disciplinary perspective, encompassing technology, methods and applications. Contributions are solicited in all aspects of environmental, energy, and structural monitoring, including the following topics within these application areas:

Sensors and instrumentations
Signal and image processing
Intelligent monitoring systems
Software infrastructure
Wide-area monitoring
Data security and privacy
Fault tolerance, dependability and resilience
Quality of service
Standardization issues
Management and operation
Engineering education
Environmental monitoring
Water and air monitoring
Pollution monitoring
Agricultural and forest monitoring
Energy and electrical power systems monitoring
Energy distribution monitoring
Oil/gas pipeline monitoring
Structural health monitoring
Smart structures
Critical infrastructures monitoring
Transportation systems monitoring
Monitoring for sustainable environments
Ethical issues
Submission of draft papers: 15 February 2016 (Hard deadline)     29 February 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2016     22 March 2016
Final manuscript: 1 April 2016     8 April 2016
Early registration: 15 April 2016

Details for the submission and all information concerning the workshop are available at the workshop web site at Acceptance/rejection will be emailed by 15 March 2016. The final manuscript is due by 1 April 2016. Submission implies willingness to register at the conference, pay the registration fee and present the paper in person. Papers will be included in the proceedings only if at least one author will register by 15 April 2016 (IEEE member and non-member fees only are acceptable to this purpose) - no exceptions. Papers included in the proceedings will be submitted for possible inclusion in the IEEE Xplore digital library only if the paper will be presented in person at the conference by one of the authors. If an author covers more than one paper with her/his registration to guarantee inclusion in the proceedings, she/he must pay a 50 Euro surcharge for each paper in excess of one.

Special Session on Monitoring issues for smart microgrids energy management

The microgrid structure is one of the solutions for the effective implementation of the smart grid (SG) paradigm in modern electrical systems. Electrical generation, storage and load monitoring is a key issue for the microgrid concept feasibility, providing useful information for grid state estimation, prognostics and diagnosis, as well as for energy management. The advanced metering, monitoring, and management are the backbone of the SG infrastructure system. On such a basis, this SS calls contributions in the framework of monitoring application systems, including both hardware and software solutions, as well as methodological approaches.
Papers on the following topics are welcome:

Monitoring of faults in microgrids
Location of disturbance/fault in microgrids
Estimation and observation of grid state
Monitoring of power quality
Sensors and network of sensors for smart microgrids
Smart metering technology
Energy management
Power flow optimization
Demand response

Special Session on Structural control and Health monitoring systems

Today the preservation of architectural heritage and civil structures represents a considerable concern in many countries, especially due to the decay effects and to the risk associated to natural extreme actions, as earthquakes. An evaluation supported by non-destructive methods is especially important for ancient buildings. Heavy interventions can be avoided if a rigorous previous assessment is enforced in structures that often have suffered many changes in time. With this aim, the workshop focuses on non-destructive methods based on sensors technology, data processing techniques and analysis methods; all the improvements of these aspects are interesting themes of innovation and researches by considering also the always more performing technological devices available for the scientists.
Additionally techniques for forecasting the incoming dynamic actions may contribute to the knowledge of the environmental conditions to be accounted for when choosing the type of intervention to be selected for improving the performance of the structure, thus leading to the most appropriate control strategy or refurbishment provision.
Multidisciplinary papers are especially encouraged. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Non-destructive tests
Structural health monitoring (SHM)
Evaluation of the existing damage in structures
Analysis and modeling tools for ancient constructions
Evolutive stage of cracks and injuries in ancient building
In-situ monitoring of existing structures
Assessment, repair and strengthening of structures
Vulnerability of historical structures
Retrofit systems and techniques
Seismic hazard and seismic risk
Structural control
Techniques for the forecast of the seismic excitation

Special Session on Coastal and Sea Monitoring

The protection of coastal communities and ecosystems, which are strongly affected by climate change and human activities, is one of the main aims of the environmental policy. To this purpose, a long term monitoring action of the principal hydrodynamic and biochemical parameters in vulnerable and sensitive coastal site could be a useful managing support for the local authorities in coastal management and safeguard.
The correct setting of a continuous monitoring program involves the identification of survey methods and data analysis approaches capable to ensure: (i) reliability and accuracy of the measurements, (ii) acquisition and processing time efficiency, (iii) sustainable costs. Therefore, in addition to traditional in situ investigations, also remote sensing appears attractive and able to provide information on the evolution of coastal areas over a wide scale. Moreover, a deeper knowledge is pursued when coupling the investigated data with the numerical modelling. In fact, on one side collecting a large amount of data in widespread areas is challenging because of technical and economic limitations, but on the other side numerical models, simulating the hydrodynamics and the transport of tracers in relatively short time, need to be calibrated and validated by field measurements in order to be accurate.
The present session focuses on the above written strategies and techniques, which guarantee to manage and control coastal sites both in normal conditions and when environmental accidents occur, thus requiring prompt solutions.
Papers on the following topics are welcome:

Monitoring of sea currents and waves
Monitoring of pollutants in seas
Monitoring of the shoreline and coastal erosion
Numerical models and algorithms for buoyant jet diffusion in seas
Sensors and network of sensors for environmental parameters
Environmental data from Remote Sensing
Experimental units for the analysis of jets, waves and currents and their control process

Special Session on Enabling Technologies and Methodologies for Smart Monitoring of Critical Infrastructures

Critical infrastructures include assets that are essential for the functioning of a society and economy, such as electrical grids, energy systems, telecommunication networks, water supply systems, transportation systems, financial and security services.
Today these infrastructures are subjected to a host of challenges, which include balancing between resource adequacy, reliability, economics, environmental and other public purpose objectives to optimize the assets and satisfy the growing demand.
Moreover, the operational environment of critical infrastructures will becoming increasingly rigorous due to continually evolving functions of interconnected networks from operation jurisdiction to control responsibly - coupled with the rising demand and expectation for reliability.
To address these critical issues, pervasive monitoring, ubiquitous computing and smart sensing have been recognized as the most promising enabling technologies. Large-scale deployment of these emerging paradigms is expected to enhance the efficiency and the performance of complex networked systems by improving the security and reliability of the critical infrastructures. Besides, it could support the evolution of critical infrastructures toward active, flexible and self-healing web networks composed by distributed and cooperative computing resources.
Armed with such a vision, this special section will be focused on the emerging technologies and methodologies of information science, computational intelligence, decentralized computing, semantic modelling, real-time optimization, and data analytics for smart monitoring of critical infrastructures. In these domains it will address many relevant topics ranging from methods for balancing resources to various control and security aspects.

This special section not only focuses on technological breakthroughs and roadmaps in implementing the technology, but also presents the much needed sharing of best practices.
We encourage all researchers working in this area to submit their contribution to this Special Section.

pdf version of the Call for papers