Keynote Speaker I:
"Drones as a Flexible Mobile Measurement Platform"

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming popular as carrier for several sensors and measurement systems, due to their low weight, small size, low cost and easy handling, which make them flexible and suitable in many measurement applications, mainly when the quantity to be measured is spread over a wide area or it lies in human-hostile environments.
However, the drone itself can interact with both the measurand  and the sensors, thus influencing the measurement results. For this reason, the drone equipped with the sensors must be thought as a measurement platform and must be characterized as a whole.
The tutorial will introduce the architecture of the drone, by highlighting its subsystems and the parameters that can influence the on-board sensors and measurement systems.
Then, an overview of the sensors and measurement systems that can be embedded on the drone will be given, by presenting their operating principle and applications.

Finally, some measurement applications will be described. For such applications, the measurement chain is analyzed and the influence of the flight parameters is taken into account to assess the measurement uncertainty.


About Prof. Pasquale Daponte: PASQUALE DAPONTE was born in Minori (SA), Italy, on March 7, 1957. He obtained his bachelor's degree and master's degree "cum laude" in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from University of Naples, Italy. He is a Full Professor of Electronic Measurements at University of Sannio - Benevento. From 2016 he is Chair of the Italian Association on Electrical and Electronic Measurements. He is Past President of IMEKO. He is member of: I2MTC Board, Working Group of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technical Committee N°10 Subcommittee of the Waveform Measurements and Analysis Committee, IMEKO Technical Committee TC-4 “Measurements of Electrical Quantities”, Editorial Board of Measurement Journal, Acta IMEKO and of Sensors. He is Associate Editor of IET Science Measurement & Technology Journal. He has organised some national or international meetings in the field of Electronic Measurements and European co-operation and he was General Chairman of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technical Conference for 2006, Technical Programme Co-Chair for I2MTC 2015. He was a co-founder of the IEEE Symposium on Measurement for Medical Applications MeMeA, now, he is the Chair of the MeMeA Steering Committee, He is the co-founder of the;
- IEEE Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace,
- IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage,
- IMEKO Workshop on Metrology for Geotechnics,
- IEEE Workshop on Metrology for the Sea,
- IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT,
He is involved in some European projects. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in journals and at national and international conferences on the following subjects: Measurements and Drones, ADC and DAC Modelling and Testing, Digital Signal Processing, Distributed Measurement Systems. He received;
- in 2009 the IEEE Fellowship,
- in 1987 from the Italian Society of Oftalmology the award for the researches on the digital signal processing of the ultrasounds in echo-oftalmology,
- the Laurea Honoris Causa in Electrical Engineering from Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi" of Iasi (Romania),
- the “The Ludwik Finkelstein Medal 2014” from the Institute of Measurement and Control of United Kingdom,
- in May 2018 the “Career Excellence Award” from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society “For a lifelong career and outsanding leadership in research and education on instrumentation and measurement, and a passionate and continuous service, international in scope, to the profession.”,
- in September 2018 IMEKO Distinguished Service Award.

Pasquale Dapont,
University of Sannio, Italy

IEEE Fellow

Keynote Speaker II:
"Sustainable (Green) Aviation: Challanges and Opportunities"

Among all modes of transportation, travel by airplanes continues to experience the fastest growth. Currently, there are approximately 500,000 air vehicles (335,000 Active General Aviation Aircraft, 18,000 Passenger Aircraft, 90,000 Military Aircraft, 27,000 Civil Helicopters, and 30,000 Military Helicopters). They are responsible for 9% of fuel consumption and 2% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide. These numbers are forecasted to double by 2050. Therefore the environmental issues such as noise, emissions and fuel burn for airplanes have become important for energy and environmental sustainability. This lecture will provide an overview of specific energy and environmental issues related to air transportation. Topics dealing with noise and emissions mitigation by technological solutions including new aircraft and engine designs/technologies, alternative fuels, and materials as well as examination of aircraft operations logistics including Air-Traffic Management (ATM), Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR), Close Formation Flying (CFF), and tailored arrivals to minimize fuel burn will be presented. The ground infrastructure for sustainable aviation, including the concept of sustainable Green Airport Design will also be covered.


Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of forty years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.

Ramesh K. Agarwal,
Professor of Washington University in St. Louis, USA

IEEE Fellow

Keynote Speaker III:
"Electric Machine Systems in Future Aircraft Electrification"

Aircraft traffic has been increasing at an annual rate of around 10% for decades and is considered as the most comfortable and fastest way to travel. Due to people’s increasingly living requirements, today’s civil aircrafts are expected to offer more improvements in safety, capability, and availability. To meet these expectations, one of the most popular ideas is to transform some aircraft systems from the pneumatic, mechanical, and hydraulic systems toward the electrical systems, which will have tremendous benefits of high efficiency, reduced weight, less fuel consumption, high reliability, and easy configuration/maintenance, etc.. On this background, one future trend of aircrafts is heading towards ‘more electric aircraft’ (MEA) / ‘all electric aircraft’(AEA), where majority/all of the aircraft’s secondary power needs are supplied in an electrical form. As the key components for future MEAs and AEAs, the electric machine systems determine the performances of the aircrafts. Therefore, the aircraft electric machine system, consisting of electric machines and their drive & controls, should provide the following required capabilities: (a) high reliability; (b) low weight and volume; (c) high power density; (d) high efficiency; (e) thermal robustness; (f) high fault tolerance; (g) low EMI. These required criteria are not only rigorous, but also usually in conflict with each other, thus bringing great difficulties to the design of aircraft electric machine systems.

This speech will provide an overview of the state-of-art technology of the electric machine systems for future aircrafts. First, the rigorous demands and challenges of aircraft electric machine systems will be introduced. Then, to meet the challenging goals, the design of advanced electric machine system for future aircrafts will be presented, which includes novel high-power-density machine topologies, new materials, high-performance control systems, etc.. Finally, the possible trends and developing opportunities of the electric machine systems in future aircrafts will be discussed.



Professor Ronghai Qu received his B.E. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in electrical engineering. He had been with the General Electric (GE) Global Research Center (GRC), Niskayuna, NY as a Senior Electrical Engineer from 2003 to 2010. He was the recipient of 11 GE GRC awards including EPST Technical Achievement Award and Management Award. In 2010 he joined Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China as a titled professor. He is currently the member of academic degrees committee, director of State and Province Joint Engineering Research Center of Novel Electrical Machines, director of Center for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives (CAEMD), and deputy director of State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology. He is an IEEE fellow,IAS Distinguished Lecturer (2019-2020) and the chair of IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Wuhan Chapter. His research interests include Electrical Machine Designs, Drives and Controls. He has published over 300 technical papers including 7 IEEE award papers and holds over 100 patents.

Ronghai Qu
Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

IEEE Fellow

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Prof. R. M. Santilli received the highest possible education in Italy, emigrated in the USA with his family in 1967 following an invitation from the University of Miami, Florida, to conduct research under NASA support, after which he was in the faculty of Boston University, MIT, and Harvard University under support from NASA, USAFOSR and DOE. From 1985 on, Dr. Santilli has been Professor of Physics and President of The Institute for Basic Research originally located within the compound of Harvard University and moved to Florida in 1989. Dr. Santilli became a U. S. Citizen in 1986. He is the author of 325 papers in mathematics, physics and chemistry published in refereed journals, has written 20 Ph. D. level monographs in various fields, the founder of three scientific journals and the editor of various journals. For more details, please visit the full-length curriculum Corporate notes: Dr. Santilli has been Scientific Advisor to various U. S. companies. From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Santilli has been Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board of Magnegas Corporation, a U. S. company publicly traded at NASDAQ under the stock symbol MNGA, producing and selling the gaseous magnegas fuel synthesized from liquid wastes with complete combustion. For more details, please visit the website Since 2014, Dr. Santilli is the founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Thunder Energies Corporation, also a publicly traded company with stock symbol TNRG, for the development of three cutting edge new technologies: the synthesis of neutrons from a hydrogen gas and its application; a new combustion of fossil fuels with complete combustion, and new telescopes for the detection of antimatter galaxies and antimatter cosmic rays. For more details, please visit http://www.thunder-energies.con. Dr. Santilli's Honor: Dr. Santilli has been the recipient of: the 1982 gold medal for scientific merits from the Universite' d'Orleans, France; the 1990 nomination by the Estonia Academy of Sciences "among the most illustrious applied mathematicians of all times"; the 2009 Mediterranean Prize; the 2009 scientific prize from the U. S. Sons of Italy; the 2011 scientific prize from Kathmandu University, Nepal. In 2011 he was recognized as an invited member of the European Society of Computational Methods; in 2016 he received the ICNPAA award at the University of La Rochelle, France; and in 2016 he received the Fray International Sustainability Award, granted at the SIPS International Conference, Hainan Island, China. Dr. Santilli has been nominated since 1987 for the Nobel Prize in Physics and, separately Chemistry. In September 2011, Dr. Santilli was knighted by the Republic of San Marino as a member of the millenary Equestrian Order of Sant'Agata. For more details, please visit the website

Ruggero Maria Santilli
President and Chief Scientist, Institute for Basic Research, USA

Plenary Speaker I:
"Title: Mechanical Behavior Modelling of Composite Materials"

Abstract: Due to their low weight and superior mechanical property, polymer-reinforced composites are becoming more and more used in transportation industries. Aeronautical composite structures having manufactured flaws used to operate in high humidity and temperature conditions. For safety, it is important to predict the fatigue behavior of these new materials. Furthermore, in automotive industry, because of the greenhouse gas emission issue and the advent of natural reinforcements, recently Biocomposites have been developed to replace mineral or petroleum-based reinforcements with bio-based materials. In order to help developing new formulation for these composites, prediction of mechanical properties is necessary. The great variety of operational conditions and materials implicate costly experimental studies. Therefore, simulation is an economical mean to predict the mechanical behavior of material. This talk will present two modelling works: the first one using phenomenological approach to study the hygrothermal effect on tensile fatigue behavior of carbon/epoxy plain weave laminates and the second one based on numerical homogenization approach using finite element method to predict the tensile modulus of three randomly reinforced Biocomposites.


About Prof. Anh Dung NGO: B.Sc. A in Mechanical Engineering (É. Polytechnique, Canada), M.Sc. in Wood technology (U. Laval, Canada), Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Concordia U., Canada). Professor NGO spent 18 years in industry as engineer and in governmental agency first as engineer and later as chief officer of the Occupation Safety Division at the Prevention Branch of the Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Commission before joining the university in 1991. He was the Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1999 to 2004. He is the founder of two research groups, one in Occupational Safety and one in Composite Materials. He is also the editor of the Proceeding of the EIGHTH JOINT CANADA-JAPAN WORKSHOP ON COMPOSITES and author of sixty scientific papers and technical reports on Composites Materials and Occupational Safety.

Anh Dung NGO,
Professor of Ecole de technologie superieure (U. du Quebec), Canada

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