Special Sessions

Special Session proposals are invited; these should include title, synopsis, at least one confirmed attendee (who will have to cover their conference registration and travel costs). Special Sessions typically have an extended introduction or overview presentation. Proposals should be sent to the attention of the Special Session Chair.

Special Sessions Chair:
Alessandro Depari

Deadline: September 15, 2017

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Special Session #1: Sensing technologies for a Smarter City

Organizers: Stefano Rinaldi, Ph.D. (University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy): stefano.rinaldi@unibs.it

Synopsis: A Smart City is a set of strategies based on the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for improving the management of city assets. Smart cities should be considered as systems of people interacting each other through flows of energy, materials, services and funds to achieve sustainable economic development, resilience, and high quality of life. These flows and interactions become smart through a strategic use of ICT infrastructure and services in a process of transparent urban planning and management that is responsive to the social and economic needs of society. The target is to create a widespread network of sensors that can be used to measure, control and manage the flows of energy, people and services in Smart Cities, using existing technologies and infrastructures. The relevant challenges include device interoperability, data integrity, cyber-security, node identification, network self-organization and management, user privacy, user interface, data storage, and data processing. 

The aim of this Special Session is to investigate the challenges of sensing technologies for Smart City applications, including (but not limited to) urban security, smart energy and smart grids, smart buildings, smart metering, intelligent transportation systems, and environmental monitoring.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Cloud-based computing for control system
  • Distributed computing and fog computing
  • Ambient assisted living
  • Smart sensors
  • Cognitive Buildings
  • Communication infrastructure for sensors
  • Applications of sensor networks to smart cities
  • Autonomous sensors
  • Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
  • Wake-up Radios (WUR)
  • Energy harvesting systems
  • Wearable and mobile sensors and systems
  • Network self-organization
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Traditional and e-vehicle communications: vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communication system


Special Session #2: Special Sensing Applications and Innovative Industrial Sensing

Organizers: Marco Mugnaini, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, marco.mugnaini@unisi.it
Ada Fort, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, ada.fort@unisi.it
Valerio Vignoli, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, valerio.vignoli@unisi.it 

Synopsis: Industrial development is experiencing an incredible push by means of the introduction of sensing technologies present in different exploitation fields and bended to new contexts. This new path has forced researchers to modify sensing technologies for new challenges developing new physical-chemical models and to study additional sensors failure modes.  

This special session will welcome any contribution concerning the description of new industrial sensing technologies even inherited from different application fields and opportunely customized to satisfy new contexts requirements. Additionally (but not limited to), reliability safety and maintenance criteria or studies are welcome.       

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Sensing industrial applications 
  • Sensing chemical modeling 
  • Sensing reliability availability and safety
  • Sensing Physical modeling
  • Harsh sensing systems
  • Multiple technologies application sensing 
  • IOT sensing


Special Session #3: Printed sensors: device, techniques, and applications

Organizers: Mauro Serpelloni, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy mauro.serpelloni@unibs.it     

Synopsis: Printed sensors represent a growing market. In the future, a high demand for sensors integrated on any substrate with arbitrary size and shape is envisaged. In this regards, printed technologies are a viable solution for the design and fabrication of sensors on several substrates. Printed sensors are adopted in many applications, from human-machine interfaces to biomedical sensing. These sensors benefit from the latest materials and technologies in printed electronics enabling the possibility of obtaining an integration of sensors and electronics.

Accordingly, this special session focuses on physical, chemical, biological, etc., sensors that can be fabricated on 2D or 3D substrates that could be flexible or stretchable by a printing technology such as screen printing, inkjet printing, aerosol jet printing, etc. 

Papers reporting works about printed sensors applications, printing technologies, smart sensor devices, sensor fabrication/printing and testing for industrial, biomedical or other fields are invited.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Printed sensor applications
  • Flexible/stretchable electronics
  • Biocompatible sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Printed sensor system
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Screen printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Aerosol jet printing
  • Hybrid printed electronics

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