Davide Brunelli

Via Sommarive, 9 - 38123 Povo
tel. 0461 285221
davide.brunelli[at]unitn [dot] it
2011-2012 Temporary Scientific Consultant (University of BOLOGNA)
2009-2010 Principal investigator and Scientific coordinator at T3LAB (Italy) Institute for ICT technology, funded by Regione Emilia-Romagna and Unindustria
2005, 2006, 2007 Visiting Researcher at ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
2007-2011 Research Fellow at University of BOLOGNA
2004-2006 Ph.D. at University of BOLOGNA
2002 Research Grant at University of BOLOGNA in collaboration with HP Laboratories
Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

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

Interessi di ricerca
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


Attività di ricerca

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.
Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Commissions of Trust

2020              Independent Expert Evaluator for Piemonte Region start-up call (FinPiemonte)

2014, 2019     Independent Expert Evaluator for the European H2020 calls

2015-2019     Independent Expert Evaluator for Kazakhstan National Projects “EXPO 2017's Asthana”

2015              Independent Expert Evaluator for The Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), peer review for Croatian National Projects on embedded electronic systems

2015              Independent Expert Evaluator for Czech Science Foundation, peer review for Czech National Projects on electronic systems and energy harvesting.

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).


[Guest Editor] International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks - ISSN 1550-1329 - since 2001
[General Chair] I edition of the Advanced School on ICT for Future Energy Systems (ICT4FES), 2011 Trento.
[General Chair] II edition of the Advanced School on ICT for Future Energy Systems (ICT4FES), 2012 Trento. (sponsored by IEEE Italy Section)
[TPC topic chair] Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) conference, ed. 2011, 2012, 2013
[Program Chair] 6th Inter. Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence UCAmI 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain
[Workshop Chair] Inter. Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services, Mobicase 2011, Los Angeles
[TPC member] IEEE Intern. Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation - ETFA 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
IEEE Intern. Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems - SIES 2012
Intern. Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design - ISLPED 2012
Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design - DSD 2012
Workshop on Energy-Harvesting Networked Sensing Systems - EnHaNSS 2012
ACM Intern. Workshop on Vision Networks for Behaviour Analysis - VNBA 2008
[Reviewer] Elsevier Microelectronics Journal, since 2008
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (TIE), since 2010
ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS), since 2008
IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI), since 2010
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (TPELS), since 2011
IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), since 2009
ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), since 2011
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII), since 2011
IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), since 2010
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement (TIM), since 2009
Premi e riconoscimenti
  1. BEST PAPER AWARD "Towards Persistent Structural Health Monitoring Through Sustainable Sensor Networks", D. Boyle, M. Magno, B. O'Flynn, D. Brunelli, E. Popovici, L. Benini; Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP), 2011.

  2. DESIGN-IN Award 2005 (First prize), organized by ASSIPE (Italian Association for Electronics Design - Associazione Nazionale Progettazione Elettronica), with "Bio-WWS Project - Bio-feedback Wireless Wearable System"

Convegni e conferenze
[Invited talk] Special Session on Green Computing at 18th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on VLSI and System-on-Chip (VLSI-SoC), Madrid, 2010
[Keynote] "Opportunities for energy savings in buildings" at The Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE) conference, Dresden, 2012
[Seminar] "Strategies on Designing Energy Harvesting Devices" at B-AWaRE - Body Area Wireless sensoR nEtwork Summer School, June 2011, Lausanne


Altre attività

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