Bruno ANDÃ’

Associate Professor of Electric and electronic measurements [ING-INF/07]
Email: bruno.ando@unict.it
Phone: 095-7382601
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Bruno Andò is Associate Professor in Measurement Science (SSD ING-INF/07) at the Department of Electric, Electronic and Information Engineering (DIEEI) of the University of Catania, Catania-Italy.
He received the M.S. in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy, in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a researcher in electric and electronic measurement science at the DIEEI of the University of Catania.
He became assistant professor and Associate Professor in measurement science (Italian Denomination: “Misure Elettriche ed Elettroniche, SSD ING-INF/07) in 2002 and 2011, respectively.
In 2013 and 2018, he was enabled (ASN) to get the position as Full Professor in the SSD ING-INF/07.

Bruno Andò was born in Catania in 1969. Currently, he is Associate Professor in Measurement Science (SSD ING-INF/07) at the Department of Electric, Electronic and Information Engineering (DIEEI) of the University of Catania, Catania-Italy.
He received the M.S. in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Catania, Italy, in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a researcher in electric and electronic measurement science at the DIEEI of the University of Catania.
He became assistant professor and Associate Professor in measurement science (Italian Denomination: “Misure Elettriche ed Elettroniche, SSD ING-INF/07) in 2002 and 2011, respectively.
In 2013 and 2018, he was enabled (ASN) to get the position as Full Professor in the SSD ING-INF/07.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Bruno Andò leads a group of researchers working in the following fields:

  • Novel sensing methodologies for Active&Assisted Living (AAL) and Assistive Technology
  • Smart Life Environment Technologies
  • Embedded Sensing Systems
  • Sensor networks
  • Smart signal processing and nonlinear techniques to improve performances of sensors and sensing systems
  • Nano and Micro sensors
  • Inkjet printed sensors
  • Sensors exploiting innovative materials (ferrofluids, ferroelectrics and multiferroics)

 

ACTIVITY AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
Since 1997 he is member of IEEE, and since 2013 he is a Senior Member of IEEE.
He is the Elected Chair of the IEEE SAS Advisory Board, 2017-2019.
He belongs to the following Technical Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society: TC-18 “Environmental Measurements”, TC-37 “Measurement and Networking” and TC-13 “Wireless & Telecommunications in Measurements”.
He is a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Faculty Course Development Award Committee for years 2016, 2017, 2018.
Since 2010 he is a member of the AitAAL (Italian Association on Ambient Assisted Living) and since 2004 he is a member of the Italian Group of Electric and Electronic Measurement “GMEE”, Italy.
He is delegated to the Italian Cluster onSmart Living Technology”, by of the “Sicilian District on Micro&Nano Systems”, as an expert in the field of "Technology for Assisted Living".
Since 2015 he is the Chairman of the National Research Activity on “Sensors and Transducers for Measurement” of the Italian Measurement Group (GMEE).
He belongs to the List of supporters of AALOA (AAL OPEN ASSOCIATION-www.aaloa.org/).
In 2011, 2013 he was with the Technical Program Committee of “EvAAL (Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)” competition organized by AALOpenAssociation on “Indoor Localization”, Valencia.
He was awarded as “Outstanding Reviewer”, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, 2017, 2018.

ACTIVITY IN JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARDS
Editor in Chief of the IEEE Magazine IMS, since 2019.
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurement, since 2018.
Associate Editor of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society-IMS Video Tutorial, 2017.
EB Member of the Journal of Sensor Technology-SCIRP, since 2014.
EB Member of the Journal of Sensors-Hindawi, since 2016.
Columnist of the IEEE Magazine IMS, 2002-2015.

 

INSTITUTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

Secretary of the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Catania, 2009-2010.
He is in charge of quality assessment for the Master degree in Automation Engineering and Control of Complex Systems (http://masterinautomation.ing.unict.it/) and the degree in Electronic Engineering.
He belongs to the evaluation board of the international PhD school in Systems Engineering of the University of Catania.
He is the cofounder and research manager of the Start-Up of the University of Catania Smart Measurement Solutions (SMS).
He has been appointed by the Italian MIUR as expert for the Research Quality Assessment-VQR, 2011-2014, 2016.
He is the Scientific Manager of a Bilateral Agreement between University of Catania and the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, 2017.
Head of the Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering, 2020.

PARTICIPATION TO INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS.

 Prof. Bruno Andò is the Principal Investigator of the following research projects:

  • Development of Low Cost Printed Devices for Energy Harvesting from Environmental Vibrations” Office of Naval Research (U.S. ITC-PAC), 2011
  • RESIMA: “Smart Sensor Network for Assisted Orientation of elderly and weak people”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • SECESTA: “Monitoring of volcanic ash for air transport security”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • SENTINELLA: “Monitoring efficiency of photovoltaic plants”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2014
  • SMART-OUT: “Antitampering monitoring of wireless audio transmitters”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.2, 2012-2014
  • VOLCAN GARD: “Inertial and gas monitoring in Volcanic sites”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2012-2015
  • “Attività di sviluppo sperimentale finalizzato alla riduzione del rischio sismico nella Sicilia Orientale”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • Advanced nonlinear energy harvesters in the mesoscale: exploiting a Snap-Through Buckling configuration, for the autonomous powering of electronic devices. Office of Naval Research, 2015-2017
  • SUMMIT – Multiplatform IOT system, with application to Activity of Daily Living Monitoring, PON MISE H2020, 11/04/2017-31/12/2018
  • NATIFLife, A Network of Assistive Technology for an Independent and Functional Life, PC-INTERREG Italy-Malta, 2018-2020
  • SECESTA VIASAFE, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • RESIMA-SMART, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • PKU- smart sensor per “fenilalanina”, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • HCH LowCost GeoEngineering Check, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020

 

Prof. Bruno Andò participates to scientific activities in the following projects:

  • “Fluxgate magnetometer with high sensitivity", Office of Naval Research, 2003-2005
  • “Coupled E-Field Integrated Sensors”, Office of Naval Research, 2005-2007
  • “Microsensori e strategie di trasduzione basate su tecnologie ibride”, PRIN 2005
  • “Development of ferroelectric E-field sensors”, Office of Naval Research,  2009
  • “Development of integrated fluxgate magnetometers”, Office of Naval Research, 2009
  • GALACON, development of a distributed multisensor system for the monitoring of electrical power, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2013-2015
  • Hippocrates, “Development of microfluidics for capacitive and inductive sensors, PON 2007-2013, 2012-2015
  • PLAST_Ics,  “Development of Gas sensors on plastic substrates”, PON 2007-2013, 2012-2015
  • AvIoT  -  IoT multisenser system for Avionic monitoring, PON MISE H2020, 2017-2019

 

PROJECT REVIEW TASKS

He acts as an external expert and reviewer for the following institutions:

  • REA – European Commission, Expert within the H2020 programs (H2020-MSCA-IF, H2020-MSCA-ITN, H2020-MSCA-RISE).
  • REA- European Commission, Final and MidTerm Review Evaluation, within H2020 programs.
  • National Centre of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana.
  • National Centre for Research and Development, Poland.
  • Czech-Norwegian Research Programme CZ09
  • Italian Research Ministry (MIUR), National Research Programs.
  • MIUR, evaluation panel for the assessment of research quality in Italy (VQR).

 

JOURNAL REVIEWER TASKS

  • IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurement;
  • IEEE Transaction on Educational;
  • IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  • Elsevier, Sensors and Actuators
  • The International Journal of Electronics;
  • Electronic Letters

 

ROLES IN INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • IEEE I2MTC 2013, Minneapolis, MN, 2013, Special Session organizer, 2013
  • IEEE M&N 2013, Napoli, Special session Chair,2013
  • IEEE I2MTC 2014, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2014, Special Session Organizer, 2014
  • IEEE SAS 2014, New Zeland, 2014, Special Session Chair, 2014
  • IEEE M&N 2015, Coimbra, Portugal, Publicity Chair, Special Session Organizer, 2015
  • IEEE I2MTC 2015, Pisa, 2015, Special Session Organizer, 2015
  • IEEE SAS 2016, Catania, 2016 – Comitato Organizzatore, 2016
  • IEEE SAS 2017, Glassborow, 2017 – TPC, Special Session Chair, 2017
  • IEEE M&N 2017, Napoli, Publicity Chair, Special Session Organizer, 2017
  • IEEE-ICE conference, Funchual, Portugal, 2017, Special Session Organizer, 2017
  • IEEE I2MTC 2018, Houston, 2018, Track Chair, 2018
  • IEEE SAS 2018, Seoul, 2018 – Chair Elected, 2018
  • IEEE SAS 2019, Sofia– General Chair, 2019
  • IEEE M&N 2019, Catania– General Chair, 2019
  • IEEE I2MTC 2019, Auckland, New Zeland, 2019, Track Chair and Publicity Chair, 2019
  • IEEE I2MTC 2020, Virtual conference, 2020, Track Chair
  • IEEE I2MTC 2021, Virtual conference, 2021, Track Chair
     
  • Congresso Nazionale GMEE, Catania, Italy, 1999, organizer.
  • Convegno Nazionale Sensori, CNS 2012, Roma, member of Technical Program Committee, 2012
  • Convegno Nazionale Sensori, CNS 2014, Roma, member of Technical Program Committee, 2014
  • Convegno Nazionale Sensori, CNS 2016, Roma, member of Technical Program Committee, 2016
  • Convegno Nazionale Sensori, CNS 2018, Catania – Organizer and General Chair, 2018
  • ForitAAL 2013, Ancona, 2013, member of Technical Program Committee, 2013
  • ForitAAL 2014, Catania, 2014 – General Chair, 2014
  • ForitAAL 2015, Lecco, 2015 – member of Technical Program Committee, 2015
  • ForitAAL 2016, Pisa, 2016 – member of Technical Program Committee, 2016
  • ForitAAL 2017, Genova, 2017 – member of Technical Program Committee, 2017
  • ForitAAL 2018, Lecce, 2018 – member of Technical Program Committee, 2018

 

PARTICIPATION TO SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

Since 1997, Bruno Andò has regularly attended many conferences, such as:

  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC),
  • Eurosensor conference
  • IEEE Sensors Conference
  • IEEE Sensors and Application Symposium
  • IEEE Measurement and Networking Workshop
  • Convegno Nazionale Sensori
  • Forum Italiano Ambient Assisted Living, ForItAAL
  • National Measurement Meeting, GMEE

 

RECENT INVITED LECTURES

  • "Una mappatura delle competenze e delle attività su sensori in ambito GMEE" Sessione congiunta GMEE - GMMT I, 20/09/2016
  •  “Smart sensing systems for Ambient Assisted Living”, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 22/5/2017
  •  “Rapid prototyping of sensors”, conference Computer Aided Metrology, Poland 25/5/2017
  •  “Energy Harvesting”, conference Computer Aided Metrology, Poland, 25/5/2017
  •  “EU funding opportunities in the field of “Measurements and Networking”, IEEE Measurement and Networking Workshop, 29/9/2017
  • Progettazione universale e accomodamento ragionevole: il ruolo della tecnologia domotica e della robotica assistiva per il miglioramento del qualità di vita”, convegno UNEBA, “Disabilità: fragilità, vulnerabilità e qualità della vita, 22-23 Nov., 2018, Torino.

 

 

TEACHING ACTIVITY

Bruno Andò has a taught the following classes:

  • Misure elettriche I, Degree in Electric Engineer, from 1998 to 2004.
  • Misure elettroniche, Degree in Electronic Engineer, from 1998 to 2004.
  • Laboratorio di misure elettroniche, Degree in Information Engineer, from 2002 to 2004.
  • Sensori e Trasduttori in 2004.
  • Misure Elettroniche e Laboratorio, Degree in Information Engineer, form 2005 to 2012.
  • Strumentazione elettronica e Laboratorio, Degree in Electric Engineer from 2004 to 2008.
  • Since 2011 he teaches the English class, ”Sensors and advanced measurement systems” of the degree in Automation Engineering and Control of Complex Systems http://masterinautomation.ing.unict.it/
  • Since 2013 he teaches the English class, “Electronic Measurements” of the degree in Electronic Engineering.
  • Bruno Andò has tutored several Master Degree and PhD thesis.

 

MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS

Bruno Andò is a researcher in sensor and measurement fields. His main research interests include: novel sensing methodologies, Nano and Micro sensors, inkjet printed sensors, sensors exploiting innovative materials (ferrofluids, ferroelectrics and multiferroics), multi-sensor data fusion, smart multi-sensor architectures for Active Assistive Living, sensor networks, advanced signal processing and nonlinear techniques (including and dithering).

Since 2002, Bruno Andò shares his research experience with readers of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine by writing periodical columns.

In the following a list of major achievements is reported which led to publications in international journals, coordination of research projects and patents.

Since 2002 Bruno Andò deals with Stochastic Resonance and Dithering to improve performances of sensors and bio-receptors working in a noisy environment. Moreover, the possibility of using noise  to improve performance of non linear measurement systems has been demonstrated.

Since 2003 Bruno Andò is deeply involved in the development of novel sensing methodologies and Assistive Technologies to improve the life quality of weak people (Active  Assisted Living-AAL) with particular regards to blind people and elderly people. In particular, a number of multi-sensor systems have been developed to assist weak users in daily actions by providing them with a suitable information on surroundings and incoming dangerous events. The adopted approach exploits novel methodologies for user localization and for the estimation of his/her physical status as well as to gain mutual user-environment awareness.

Moreover, Bruno Andò participates as an expert to international activities in the field of Ambient Assisted Living, as evidenced by the following activities:

- since 2010 he is a member of AitAAL (Italian Association on AAL) and he is a member of List of supporters of AAL OPEN ASSOCIATION - AALOA, (http://www.aaloa.org/);

- 2011, he was in the Technical Program Committee of “EvAAL (Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)” competition organized by AALOpenAssociation on “Indoor Localization”, Valencia, 2011;

- 2013, he is currently in the Technical Program Committee of “EvAAL competition“, AALOpenAssociation, focused on “Indoor Localization and Activity Recognition”, 2013.

Since 2004 Bruno Andò is involved in the development of multi-sensor systems for the monitoring of volcanic activity and associated phenomena. Examples of activities in this field are a novel strategy for investigating cooling lava properties and a lab-scale experiment to measure terminal velocity of volcanic ash.

Since 2005 he is strongly involved in the development of novel and low cost solutions for the characterization of functional materials for sensors such as ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, multiferroics and ferrofluids. In particular, he developed novel methodologies for the characterization of the dielectric and pyroelectric properties of ferroelectric material and a low-cost experimental setup for the characterization of piezoelectric cantilever bimorphs.

Since 2005 Bruno Andò is working on the development of innovative sensors exploiting non linear sensing mechanism and novel materials. An important contribution is related to the development of FluxGate magnetometers exploiting a time domain readout strategy. The sensing methodology exploits the non linearity of a ferromagnetic core to improve the sensor responsivity. The research activity in this field led also to the development of non linear E-Field sensors based on the use of ferroelectric materials. Above sensors have been used in single and coupled ring configurations.

Efforts have been also dedicated to the development of sensors and actuators based on the use of magnetic fluids. In particular, inertial sensors, tilt sensors, gyroscopes, flow sensors and a number of actuators for flow control represent main results of several years of research in the field.

Since 2006 Bruno Andò works on advanced processing of signals coming from sensors and instrumentation adopted for the monitoring of volcanic activity. In particular, he developed a novel methodology for reducing the effect of meteorological parameters on continuously recording gravity meters. Another product of this research activity is the development of an advanced video-based system for monitoring active volcanoes.

Since 2010 he is working on innovative solutions for the development of low cost InkJet printed sensors such as strain sensors, capacitive pressure sensors and gas sensors. The same technology has been also used for the realization of non linear harvesters based on a compressed beam in Snap Through Buckling configuration.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Prof. Andò has published more than 100 papers in peer review journal and more than 200 papers in international peer review conferences.

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RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Bruno Andò leads a group of researchers working in the following fields:

  • Novel sensing methodologies for Active&Assisted Living (AAL) and Assistive Technology
  • Smart Life Environment Technologies
  • Embedded Sensing Systems
  • Sensor networks
  • Smart signal processing and nonlinear techniques to improve performances of sensors and sensing systems
  • Nano and Micro sensors
  • Inkjet printed sensors
  • Sensors exploiting innovative materials (ferrofluids, ferroelectrics and multiferroics)

PARTICIPATION TO INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS.

 Prof. Bruno Andò is the Principal Investigator of the following research projects:

  • Development of Low Cost Printed Devices for Energy Harvesting from Environmental Vibrations” Office of Naval Research (U.S. ITC-PAC), 2011
  • RESIMA: “Smart Sensor Network for Assisted Orientation of elderly and weak people”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • SECESTA: “Monitoring of volcanic ash for air transport security”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • SENTINELLA: “Monitoring efficiency of photovoltaic plants”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2014
  • SMART-OUT: “Antitampering monitoring of wireless audio transmitters”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.2, 2012-2014
  • VOLCAN GARD: “Inertial and gas monitoring in Volcanic sites”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2012-2015
  • “Attività di sviluppo sperimentale finalizzato alla riduzione del rischio sismico nella Sicilia Orientale”, POR FESR Sicilia-4.1.1.1, 2011-2015
  • Advanced nonlinear energy harvesters in the mesoscale: exploiting a Snap-Through Buckling configuration, for the autonomous powering of electronic devices. Office of Naval Research, 2015-2017
  • SUMMIT – Multiplatform IOT system, with application to Activity of Daily Living Monitoring, PON MISE H2020, 11/04/2017-31/12/2018
  • NATIFLife, A Network of Assistive Technology for an Independent and Functional Life, PC-INTERREG Italy-Malta, 2018-2020
  • SECESTA VIASAFE, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • RESIMA-SMART, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • PKU- smart sensor per “fenilalanina”, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020
  • HCH LowCost GeoEngineering Check, POR FESR Sicilia-1.1.5, 2014-2020

 

ACTIVITY AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
Since 1997 he is member of IEEE, and since 2013 he is a Senior Member of IEEE.
He is the Elected Chair of the IEEE SAS Advisory Board, 2017-2019.
He belongs to the following Technical Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society: TC-18 “Environmental Measurements”, TC-37 “Measurement and Networking” and TC-13 “Wireless & Telecommunications in Measurements”.
He is a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Faculty Course Development Award Committee for years 2016, 2017, 2018.
Since 2010 he is a member of the AitAAL (Italian Association on Ambient Assisted Living) and since 2004 he is a member of the Italian Group of Electric and Electronic Measurement “GMEE”, Italy.
He is delegated to the Italian Cluster on “Smart Living Technology”, by of the “Sicilian District on Micro&Nano Systems”, as an expert in the field of "Technology for Assisted Living".
Since 2015 he is the Chairman of the National Research Activity on “Sensors and Transducers for Measurement” of the Italian Measurement Group (GMEE).
He belongs to the List of supporters of AALOA (AAL OPEN ASSOCIATION-www.aaloa.org/).
In 2011, 2013 he was with the Technical Program Committee of “EvAAL (Evaluating AAL Systems through Competitive Benchmarking)” competition organized by AALOpenAssociation on “Indoor Localization”, Valencia.
He was awarded as “Outstanding Reviewer”, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, 2017, 2018.

ACTIVITY IN JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARDS
Editor in Chief of the IEEE Magazine IMS, since 2019.
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurement, since 2018.
Associate Editor of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society-IMS Video Tutorial, 2017.
EB Member of the Journal of Sensor Technology-SCIRP, since 2014.
EB Member of the Journal of Sensors-Hindawi, since 2016.
Columnist of the IEEE Magazine IMS, 2002-2015.