Education

2007 - Ph.D. in Electrical Eng., Telecommunications and Computer Science, University of Bologna 
Address: Viale del Risorgimento, 2, 40136 Bologna (Italy)
www.unibo.it

2002 - M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Bologna
Address: Viale del Risorgimento, 2, 40136 Bologna (Italy)
www.unibo.it

Academic career and teaching activities

Prof. Davide BRUNELLI 

Davide Brunelli


Associate Professor at University of Trento.

Degree in Electrical Engineering (2002), PhD in Electrical Engineering (2007) from the University of Bologna. From 2005 to 2007 he has been visiting researcher at ETHZ studying to develop methodologies for Energy Harvesting aware embedded design. He currently cooperates with ETHZ on energy efficient distributed sensor platforms. He was scientific supervisor of several EU FP7 projects: EEB-ENV-3ENCULT, ICT-GENESI and FP7 Network of Excellence - ARTISTDESIGN - Design for embedded systems.

He was leading industrial cooperation activities with Telecom Italia, STMicroelectronics and Hewlett-Packard. Member of several Technical Program Committees of conferences in the field of sensor networks and energy management, including the The Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) conference and the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, the International Workshop on Energy in Wireless Sensor Networks. He is author of more than 230 paper in international journals and conferences, that have been cited more than 6317 times, with an H-index of 48 (source Google Scholar).

Web Site: https://webapps.unitn.it/du/en/Persona/PER0061723/Curriculum

Research interests
Development of new techniques of Energy Scavenging for electronic embedded systems
  The study is focused both on hardware and software issues. In particular hardware research involves maximum power point tracking methods, conversion techniques using multiple sources (i.e. photovoltaic, vibration, RF…) and power-consumption optimization. Research on software solutions for energy harvesting is oriented to power management policies, energy control and prediction algorithms

Development and optimization of low-power and low-cost Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for Climate and Environmental Monitoring.
  In particular my interests are oriented to development of networks of low-cost and pervasive sensors for enviromental monitoring, surveillance and intrusion detection;

Development of algorithms for Wireless Sensor Network communication and new standards exploration
  Research on low-rate wireless personal area networks (LPWAN) aims to explore the limits and the constraints of audio/video streaming applications over WSNs

Exploring interaction and design issues in embedded personal device and wireless sensor network
  Particular emphasis is dedicated on ultra-low power design and energy management and research is focused on battery-less systems which use alternative storage devices (e.g. supercapacitor)

Development of algorithms for position analysis and tracking in indoor environments
  Positioning platforms use self powered WSNs deployed in the environment. Exploration of different methods and positioning engines (e.g. UWB, GPS, Bluetooth based, RSSI based)

Ubiquitous computing oriented to the cooperation through mobile devices and development of applications for portable systems

 

Research work

Here is a list of the Research projects I have been/am involved:


IoT Proto Lab
Start Date: 2018-01-01
Project Reference:  
Duration:36 months
Role: Principal Investigator
End date: 2020-12-31
Funding: 588386-EEP-1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-KA
Project cost: 1 M€
funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no. 588386-EEP-1-2017-1-FI-EPPKA2-KA.
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GreenDataNet - Green and Smart Data Centres Network Design
Start Date: 2010-09-01
Project Reference:  
Duration:36 months
Role: Principal Investigator
End date: 2016-08-31
Funding: FP7-ICT-2013.6.2
Project cost: 4.1 M€
The GreenDataNet project aims at designing and validating a new, system-level optimisation solution allowing urban data centres to radically improve their energy and environmental performance. The objective is to develop a set of beyond state-of-the-art technologies that will allow urban data centres to reach 80% of renewable power and decrease their average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) from 1.6-2.0 today to less than 1.3. GreenDataNet will enable energy monitoring and optimisation of IT, power, cooling and storage at three levels: servers and racks, individual data centres, and networks of data centres.
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EnerViS - Energy Autonomous Low Power Vision System
 
Start Date: 2012-06-01
Duration:12 months
Role: Principal Investigator
Link to the Project
End date: 2013-05-31
Funding: Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy
Project cost: 100 K€
EnerViS project aims at studying and developing a prototype of a battery-operated, ultra-low power vision system targeted to people monitoring applications. It is powered with the energy which is harvested from the surrounding environment and communicates wirelessly with a base-station. It will be the first building block for an energy-autonomous vision system.
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From WSN Testbeds to CPS Testbeds
 
Start Date: 2013-01-01
Project Reference: 12149
Duration:12 months
Role: Principal Investigator
End date: 2013-12-31
Funding: EIT-ICT Labs
Project cost: 375 K€
The major outcome of this activity is the further enhancement of CPS testbeds and tools for the development, testing and evaluation of CPS applications. We expand the testbed types from in-office building to testbeds deployed in the real world, e.g., in a road tunnel. Further, we enhance the CPS testbeds with support for reprogramming, localisation, high-fidelity sensing and control, and Energy Harvesting.
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END - Models, Solutions, Methods and Tools for Energy-Aware Design
 
Start Date: 2010-04-01
Project Reference: 120214
Duration:36 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2013-03-31
Funding: ENIAC-JU 2009
Project cost: 13.1 M€
Link to the Project
Energy efficiency is one of the most critical aspects of today’s information society. Reducing the energy consumption of electronic devices, circuits and systems as well as improving energy generation, conversion, storage and management capabilities are the main challenges that engineers and scientists have to face in the next decade. The ENIAC JU project END targets the development of innovative energy-aware design solutions and electronic design automation technologies for the next generation of nanoelectronics circuits and systems, and related energy generation, conversion and management systems.
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GENESIs - Green sEnsor NEtworks for Structural monItoring
 
Start Date: 2010-04-01
Project Reference: 257916
Duration:41 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2013-08-31
Funding: FP7-ICT-2009.3.5
Project cost: 3 M€
Link to the Project
The GENESI project has the ambitious goal of bringing WSN technology to the level where it can provide the core of the next generation of systems for structural health monitoring that are long lasting, pervasive and totally distributed and autonomous. GENESI will develop long lasting sensor nodes by combining cutting edge technologies for energy generation from the environment (energy harvesting) and green energy supply (small factor fuel cells).
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SUPREME - Self-powered Smart Energy Systems
Duration:12 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
Funding: Industrial Fundings
Energy saving in residential and commercial buildings is one of the key themes in sustainability strategies for the near future. The building sector is responsible for the 40% of the overall energy consumptions and it is divided in conditioning (heating, cooling and ventilation) and electrical (appliances) consumptions. Despite numerous energy efficiency policies, the electrical consumption continues to grow. The aim of the project is SUPREME, a novel Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Metering Network (WSMN) system for monitoring energy usage and controlling AC appliances in different kind of buildings, so that end-user can understand their power consumption and reduce them.
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CHIRON - Cyclic and person-centric Health management : Integrated appRoach for hOme, mobile and clinical eNvironments
 
Start Date: 2010-03-01
Project Reference: 2009-1-100228
Duration:36 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2013-02-28
Funding: ARTEMIS JU SP2
Project cost: 18 M€
Link to the Project
The CHIRON Project intends to combine state-of-the art technologies and innovative solutions into an integrated framework designed for an effective and person-centric health management along the complete care cycle. In this vision, CHIRON will address and harmonize the needs and interests of all the three main beneficiaries of the healthcare process, i.e., the citizens using the services, the medical professionals and the whole community.
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3ENCULT - Efficient ENergy for EU Cultural Heritage
 
Start Date: 2010-10-01
Project Reference: 260162
Duration:42 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2014-03-31
Funding: FP7-ENVIRONMENT
Project cost: 6.6 M€
Link to the Project
The project 3ENCULT bridges the gap between conservation of historic buildings and climate protection, which is not an antagonism at all: historic buildings will only survive if maintained as living space. Energy efficient retrofit is useful for structural protection as well as for comfort reasons - comfort for users and 'comfort' for heritage collections. The joint task of conservation and energy efficient retrofit is highly interdisciplinary. The 3ENCULT consortium will demonstrate the feasibility of 'Factor 4' to 'Factor 10' reduction in energy demand, depending on the case and the heritage value, with the help of ICT technology.
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ARTISTDesign - Design for Embedded Systems
 
Start Date: 2008-01-01
Project Reference: 214373
Duration:51 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2012-03-31
Funding: FP7-ICT-2007.3.3
Project cost: 5.7 M€
Link to the Project
The central objective for ArtistDesign is to build on existing structures and links forged in Artist2, to become a virtual Center of Excellence in Embedded Systems Design. This will be mainly achieved through tight integration between the central players of the European research community. Also, the consortium is smaller, and integrates several new partners. These teams have already established a long-term vision for embedded systems in Europe, which advances the emergence of Embedded Systems as a mature discipline.
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CONET - Cooperating objects Network of excellence
 
Start Date: 2008-06-01
Project Reference: 224053
Duration:48 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2012-05-31
Funding: FP7-ICT-2007-2
Project cost: 10 M€
Link to the Project
The vision of Cooperating Objects is relatively new and needs to be understood in more detail and extended with inputs from the relevant individual communities that compose it. This will enable us to better understand the impact on the research landscape and to steer the available resources in a meaningful way. The main goal of CONET is to build a strong community in the area of Cooperating Objects capable of conducting the needed research to achieve the vision of Mark Weiser.
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REALITY - Reliable and variability tolerant system-on-a-chip design in more-moore technologies
Start Date: 2008-01-01
Project Reference: 216537
Duration:32 months
Role: Scientific Investigator
End date: 2010-08-31
Funding: FP7-ICT-2007.3.1
Project cost: 4.4 M€
Link to the Project
As miniaturization of the CMOS technology advances designers will have to deal with increased variability and changing performance of devices. Intrinsic variability of devices which begins to be visible in 65nm devices already will become much more significant in smaller technologies. Soon it will not be possible to design systems using current methods and techniques. Dealing with these new challenges will require an adaptation of the current design process: a combination of design time and runtime techniques and methods will be needed to guarantee the correct functioning of Systems on Chip (SoC) over the product's lifetime, despite the fabrication in unreliable nano-scale technologies. The objective of this project is to develop design techniques and methods for real-time guaranteed, energy-efficient, robust and self-adaptive SoCs.
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Memberships in societies and scientific committees

 

Commissions of Trust – membro di commissioni di valutazione finanziamento progetti

2019 - today     Independent Expert per la valutazione periodica (annuale) di un progetto finanziato di 40Mesi nella call H2020-ICT-2018-2 (incarico da commissione europea EU H2020). 

2020 - today     Independent Expert per la valutazione periodica di 7 progetti da 24mesi finanziati dalla regione Piemonte (incarico dall’agenzia FinPiemonte – call F.E.S.R. 2014/2020) 

2020 - today     Independent Expert per la valutazione semestrale di 4 progetti da 24mesi finanziati dalla regione Lazio (incarico dall’agenzia LazioInnova – call POR FESR Lazio 2014-2020)

2022, 2021       Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di Independent Research Fund Denmark - DFF (Denmark)

2022                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto del Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) (call MME 2022)

2021                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto dell’ Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) (Romania) 

2021                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per il Programma per Giovani Ricercatori “Rita Levi Montalcini” 2019

2021                  Membro della commissione valutatrice del programma “Industrial A.I. (Artificial Intelligence Challenge)” organizzato da Hub Innovazione Trentino Fondazione - HIT

2021, 2018       Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF) (Switzerland)

2021, 2020       Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS  (Belgium)

2021                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-NET (CHIST-ERA)  (EU program)

2021                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di Regione Normandia (call WinningNorm) (France)

2020                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di BI-rex : Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence (Competence Center nazionale del MISE) 

2019                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto del NWO - Dutch Research Council (Nederlands) 

2019, 2015       Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto di The Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), (Croatia) 

2015-2019       Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto del National Center od Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE) (Kazakhstan) (call  “EXPO 2017's Asthana”)

2015                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per conto del Czech Science Foundation (Czech Republic) 

2014                  Independent Expert Evaluator di proposte di progetto per le call:             
H2020-EE-2014-2-RIA,  
H2020-EE-2014-4-PDA, 
H2020-EE-2014-3-MarketUptake   
(incarico da commissione EU H2020 - EASME Executive Agency for SMEs ) 

2013              Ph.D. dissertation committee member, University of Zagreb, Croatia

2010-2014    Scientific Advisory Board of KissMyBike srl, Startup on IoT device and services, Italy

2008-Today    Reviewer for several Journal: Microelectronics J. (since 2008), IEEE-TIE (since 2010), ACM-TECS, IEEE-Very Large Scale Integration Systems (since 2010), IEEE-TPELS (since 2011), IEEE-TC (since 2010), ACM-TOSN (since 2009), IEEE-TII (since 2011), IEEE-TIM (2009).

 

 

Editor:

  • Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220) dal 01-01-2020 a oggi
  • Associate Editor of the journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220) dal 01-01-2012 al 2020
    http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors/sectioneditors/sensornetworks
  • Associate Editor per Springer Nature Scientific Reports dal 2020
  • Editor per la "Special Issue on Towards Zero-Energy Distributed Sensing Systems" della rivista "International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks" dal 01-01-2013 al 01-10-2013
  • Editor per la "Special Issue on Towards Energy-Neutral WSN Architectures: Energy Harvesting and Other Enabling Technologies" del journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).
    http://www.mdpi.com/journal /sensors/special_issues/energy_harvesting
  • Editor per la "Special Issue on Energy Scavenging for Embedded Electronic Systems" del journal Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292).
    http://www.mdpi.com/journal/electronics/special_issues/ESEES
  • Editor per la "Special Issue on Energy Harvesting Sensors for Long Term Applications in the IoT Era" del journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220; CODEN: SENSC9).
    http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors/special_issues/IoT_Era
  • Associate Editor of the journal Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292) Sezione Computer Science
    https://www.mdpi.com/journal/electronics/sectioneditors/computer_science_engineering

 

 

Reviewer di diverse riviste del settore: 

IEEE-TIE (dal 2010), ACM-TECS, IEEE-Very Large Scale Integration Systems (dal 2010), IEEE-TPELS (dal 2011), IEEE-TC (dal 2010), ACM-TOSN (dal 2009), IEEE-TII (dal 2011), IEEE-TIM (dal 2009), IEEE JETCAS (dal 2009), IEEE TCAD (dal 2010)

 

 

Ruoli organizzativi in conferenze 

2022  General Chair of the 2022 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT    https://www.metroind40iot.org/

2021  General Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry    https://www.metroagrifor.org/maf2021/

2020  General Chair of the 2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry    https://www.metroagrifor.org/maf2020/

2017 General Chair of the "1st IEEE Workshop on Internet of Energy Neutral Things - IoENT 2017", 6-9 June 2017GENEVA, Switzerland.   https://globaliotsummit.org/giots-2017-geneva 

2013  General Chair of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Energy Neutral Sensing Systems (ENSSys 2013) in conjunction with ACM SenSys 2013                
http://www.enssys.org/2013/tpc.php

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2534208

2012  General Chair ed organizzatore della “1st IEEE Advanced School on ICT for Future Energy Systems”, Trento 

 

2020  Program Chair of the 2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT https://www.metroind40iot.org/metroind2020/organizers

2015 Program Chair of the 3rd ACM International Workshop on Energy Neutral Sensing Systems (ENSSys 2015) in conjunction with ACM SenSys 2015                
http://www.enssys.org/2015/tpc.php           
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2809 696   

2014 Program Chair of the 2nd ACM International Workshop on Energy Neutral Sensing Systems (ENSSys2014) in conjunction with ACM SenSys 2014                 
http://www.enssys.org/2014/tpc.php           
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2675 683

2012 Program Chair of the 6th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence, UCAmI 2012   http://mami.uclm.es/ucami2012/index.php/committees

 

2011 Workshop Chair of the 3rd Int. Conference on Mobile Computing and Applications MOBICASE 2011

2016 Track Chair of IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2)

2019, 2018, 2017, 2013 2012  Topic Chair at the Design, Automation & Test conference in Europe, IEEE/ACM DATE Track on Automotive Systems and Smart Energy Systems. 

2017 Poster/Demo Chair al 5th International ACM Workshop on Energy Harvesting & Energy-Neutral Sensing Systems 2017.

Awards and honours

Best paper awards:

2011    Towards persistent structural health monitoring through sustainable wireless sensor networks, 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, 2011, pp. 323-328, doi: 10.1109/ISSNIP.2011.6146587.

2014    SensEH: From simulation to deployment of energy harvesting wireless sensor networks, 39th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks Workshops, 2014, pp. 566-573, doi: 10.1109/LCNW.2014.6927704.

2016     IoT-ready precision agriculture powered by microbial fuel-cells. In: 48th Annual Meeting of the Associazione Gruppo Italiano di Elettronica (GE). Brescia (Italia), 22-24 2016

2017    A self-powered wireless bolt for smart critical fastener, 2017 Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS), 2017, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/GIOTS.2017.8016242.

2018    Slotted ALOHA Overlay on LoRaWAN - A Distributed Synchronization Approach, 2018 IEEE 16th International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC), 2018, pp. 129-132, doi: 10.1109/EUC.2018.00026.

2020    Zero Power Energy-Aware Communication for Transiently-Powered Sensing Systems. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Energy-Neutral Sensing Systems  (ENSsys '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 43–49. doi:10.1145/3417308.3430269

2021    Scale up to infinity: the UWB Indoor Global Positioning System, 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments (ROSE), 2021, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1109/ROSE52750.2021.9611770.

 

 

Conferences and lectures

- Keynote - 1st ACROSS Workshop on Cooperative Networked Embedded Systems, 20 November 2013 Zagreb (Croatia)

- Invited talk (plenary) - "State of the Art Energy Harvesting for IoT" alla conferenza 13TH ACM/IEEE EMBEDDED SYSTEMS WEEK (ESWEEK) 2017   (Seoul, KR)

-  Invited talk (plenary) - "Smart distributed sensors for adaptive green services", at IFIP VLSI-SoC 2010 conference (Madrid, ES) 

-   Invited talk (plenary) - "B-AWARE Wireless Body Sensor Networks (WBSN)", June 2011, EPFL, (Lausanne, CH)

-   Invited talk (plenary) - "Energy Harvesting and Energy-Neutral Sensing Systems" at 15th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2017)  (Delft, NL)

-   Invited talk (plenary) - "Beyond the smart meters: IoT as enabling technology for Self-learning buildings" at workshop IEEE, Industry 4.0 & Internet of Things 16 Nov. 2017 (Rome, IT)

-   Invited for a cycle of seminars (3 talks) at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Sept. 2019 (Helsinki, FI)

 

Other work

Technology transfer

 

  1. 2009, Co-founder of WISPES srl, Wireless Intelligent Self-Powered Electronic Systems (Bologna, Italy).
    Startup company founded thanks to the transfer of the research achievements in the field of energy harvesting technologies, distributed and pervasive monitoring systems and data fusion with wireless sensor networks.

  2. 2008, I developed an innovative energy harvesting technology for Self-powered wireless metering systems, transferred to TELECOM ITALIA for the internal project KALEIDOS (reference: Dr. Fabio Bellifemine, fabioluigi.bellifemine@telecomitalia.it )

  3. 2009-2010, Principal investigator and Scientific coordinator at T3LAB (Italy), Institute for ICT technology transfer in Bologna, funded by Regione Emilia Romagna and Unindustria

  4. 2012, Principal Responsible for an Industrial project funded by TELECOM ITALIA about "ICT for Smart Grid Services"

 

 

Active and Past Collaborations

ETHz (CH) and University of Bologna (IT), Prof. Luca Benini, luca.benini@unibo.it
ETHz (CH), Prof. Lothar Thiele, thiele@tik.ee.ethz.ch
Georgia Tech (US), Prof. Mary Ann Ingram, mai@gatech.edu
Technical University of Denmark (DK), Prof. Jan Madsen, jan@imm.dtu.dkv
E.ON ERC RWTH Aachen University (DE), Prof. Antonello Monti, amonti@eonerc.rwth-aachen.de
University of Zagreb (HR), Prof. Vedran Bilas, Vedran.Bilas@fer.hr
University of Twente (NL), Prof. Paul Havinga, P.J.M.Havinga@utwente.nl
Università La Sapienza (IT), Prof. Chiara Petrioli, petrioli@di.uniroma1.it
Complutense University Madrid (ES), Prof. José L. Ayala, jayala@fdi.ucm.es
University North Carolina Charlotte (US), Dr Aravind Kailas, Aravind.Kailas@uncc.edu
University College Cork (IE), Dr Emanuel Popovici, e.popovici@ucc.ie
Tyndall Institute (IE), Dr Brendan O'Flynn, brendan.oflynn@tyndall.ie
Imperial College (UK), Dr David Boyle, david.boyle@imperial.ac.uk
University of Southampton (UK), Dr Geoff Merrett, gvm@ecs.soton.ac.uk
EPFL (CH), Dr David Atienza, david.atienza@epfl.ch