ES3

Embedded Systems and Smart Sensors

Contacts

Research Topics

The research group ES3 started its activity in late '90s about sensor interface ciruits and digital communications, with a special attention to industrial applications. More recently, the research activity is focused on the following four topics. A printable flyer of our research group activity is available here.

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Smart Grids

Since 2015, ES3 group has been involved in several financed research projects related to smart grids, micro grids, renewable energy sources with storage systems and metering, including electrical vehicles and smart living (see SCUOLA, Brescia Smart Living projects). The group has developed the first living lab of the University of Brescia, eLUX (Energy Laboratory as University eXpo).

Among other topics, communications for smart grids have been investigated, with particular attention to synchronization and real-time behaviour. Indeed, members of ES3 seat in the IEEE1588 working group, they organized the international IEEE conference on Sychronization in 2009, and their papers have been awarded.

Contacts: Paolo Ferrari, Stefano Rinaldi

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Smart Sensors and Internet of Things

In the last years, wearable sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) are of great interest and the ES3 group has been involved in many financed projects on these topics (see Smart Aging, Smart Break, #studioxlavita and Smart ECG projects).

The wide use of mobiles (smartphone, tablet) as gateway for sensor networks has yield to the project SAndroidE, where external sensors can be managed under Android OS as if they were embedded in the mobile device. SAndroidE is an open technology developed by the ES3 group (see Github) and it is supported by the Google Developer Group and IEEE Student Branch of Brescia

Contacts: Emiliano Sisinni, Alessandro Depari

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Industrial Communications and Sensor Networks

ES3 group works in the industrial application field since its birth, thanks to the industrial experience acquired in the '80s by some components of the team. The group participates to standardization groups (IEC, CEI), manages the PROFIBUS-PROFINET Competence Center c/o CSMT, and developed patented solutions for industrial real-time Ethernet (RTE) in early 2000s. Now, attention is focused on recent RTE (see AIRnet project) and sensor networks for process control (e.g., Wireless HART, ISA100). Particular attention has been given to synchronization challenges (the group participates to the IEEE1588 study group) and has many contracts and projects on this topic.

The group is involved in research activities with software defined radios, in order to better study and exploit new low power technologies, as LoRaWAN, for smart cities and industrial applications.

Contacts: Paolo Ferrari, Emiliano Sisinni

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Instrumentation for Health and Environment

ES3 group designs instruments and solutions for environment monitoring, such as artificial olfactory systems (electronic noses) with innovative electronic circuits for sensor interface, e.g., large-value sensor resistance measurement - from kΩ to over 100GΩ - small value sensor capacitance - few picofarads (see SWaRM-Net project).

ES3 group has a lot of activities in the health care and ambient assisted living, especially for elderly. Smart ECG and Smart Aging are two financed projects concerning these topics. The same technologies have been used to monitor vital parameters and stress conditions of amatorial racecar and bike drivers.

Contacts: Alessandro Depari

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Projects and Collaborations

Recent financed projects involving ES3 group are listed hereinafter:

ES3 has collaborations with other research groups, both italians (e.g., University of Trento, University of Padova, University of Cagliari, University of L'Aquila, ENEA, CNR) and international (e.g., RWTH Aachen University, Hanyang University, University of Applied Sciences - Upper Austria). It is also deeply involved in projects with companies like A2A, STM, ABB, Pepperl+Fuchs and it is responsible of the first italian PROFIBUS-PROFINET Competence Center.

ES3 components partecipate to standard development and working groups (IEC - TC65C, IEC - SC 65C, CEI - SC 65C, IEEE 1588 WG).


Team

Professors, Assistant Professors (Researchers) and Technicians


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Prof. Alessandra Flammini

Full Professor - Group Leader

Email: alessandra.flammini@unibs.it

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Prof. Paolo Ferrari, PhD

Associate Professor

Email: paolo.ferrari@unibs.it

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Prof. Emiliano Sisinni, PhD

Associate Professor

Email: emiliano.sisinni@unibs.it

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Prof. Alessandro Depari, PhD

Associate Professor

Email: alessandro.depari@unibs.it

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Eng. Stefano Rinaldi, PhD

Assistant Professor

Email: stefano.rinaldi@unibs.it

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Eng. Francesco Venturini, PhD

Technician

Email: francesco.venturini@unibs.it

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Mr. Daniele Venturini

Technician

Email: daniele.venturini@unibs.it

PhD Candidates


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Eng. Paolo Bellagente

PhD candidate - XXX Cycle

Email: p.bellagente@unibs.it

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Eng. Dhiego Fernandes Carvalho

PhD candidate - XXXIII Cycle

Research Fellows


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Eng. Mattia Rizzi, PhD

Research Fellow

Email: mattia.rizzi@unibs.it

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Eng. Claudio Crema, PhD

Research Fellow

Email: claudio.crema@unibs.it

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Eng. Marco Pasetti, PhD

Research Fellow

Email: marco.pasetti@unibs.it

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Dr. Giovanni Lenzi

Research Fellow

Email: giovanni.lenzi@unibs.it

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Eng. Federico Bonafini

Research Fellow

Email: federico.bonafini@unibs.it


Classes

The ES3 group is involved in teaching several classes in both Bachelor and Master degree courses at the University of Brescia. Classes active in the Academic Year 2016-17 are listed hereinafter:

Further information about courses in University of Brescia can be found here.


PhD

Normally, PhDs deal with the typical topics of the research group or as developments linked to research projects. Some PhDs are in cooperation with local and foreign companies. Proposal from students are welcome. Some examples of such PhD programs are listed hereinafter:

Further information about PhD programs in University of Brescia can be found here.


Publications and Patents

The ES3 group has more than 250 international publications since 1997. Some recent or significant examples are listed hereinafter.

Smart Grids

Smart Sensors and Internet of Things

Industrial Communications and Sensor Networks

Instrumentation for Health and Environment

Patents

The full publication list is available here.