20th IEEE Mediterranean Eletrotechnical Conference


June 16-18, 2020, Palermo, Italy



IEEE MELECON 2020 will host tutorials covering topics of interests to academics, researchers and industry professionals.
The Tutorial Program is intended to offer high quality information, picking up the latest developments in research and technology.

The tutorials will be part of the main conference technical program and are free of charge.

TRACK 1: Smart and sustainable mobility adaptation amid Corona Virus pandemic

Carla Alexandra Silva (Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)

This tutorial shows trends, before and after the CORONA virus outbreak, related to: air quality; shared mobility; public transportantion (mobility of people); eletric vehicle sales; and energy demand (highlight to eletricity and renwables share). It shows how cycling lanes are increasing, car space is being transformed in to pop up pedestrian or wider cycling lanes. New rules in public transportation enforcing social distancing and increased hygiene boost 50% lower passenger occupancy, leading to higher MJ/pkm and post-covid loss of revenue. It shows a SWOT-Strenghts; Weaknesses; Opportunities and Threads analysis of having the virus in our community in terms of our commuting/road transport system and our air quality and global warming impact. Internet of Things and digitalization boost is proved, e.g., by commuter applications, tracking people gathering and drone information systems, etc. Major opportunities for autonmous vehicle at public transportation and last mile delivery are exploited. Finally some concluding remarks are presented as take away lessons.

CARLA SILVA is a Mechanical Engineering and got the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, in the area of internal combustion engine vehicle simulation, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She went for a post doc at both IST and University of Michigan working on CO2 mitigation in road vehicles. She was a senior researcher at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering IDMEC 2008-2015. She is now assistant professor at the Department of Geographic, Geophysics and Energy Engineering. She teaches, in the integrated master of Energy and Environment Engineering, the courses of Sustainable Mobility, Bioenergy, Combustion Technologies, Life cycle Assessment and Electrical circuits. She has supervised more than 50 MSc and 10 Phd students. She has 2 books, 4 book chapters, more than 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (h=26 google scholar) and more than 50 papers in international conferences. Has been awarded with 8 prizes, including the best mechanical engineering internship and the 3M prize for innovation. Areas of interest are system energy and emission analysis; new fuels; biomass; biorefinery; alternative road vehicle simulation; energy and environment impacts; city air quality; life cycle assessment, indicators for sustainable systems.

TRACK 2: LoRa Technology for IoT applications

Ilenia Tinnirello (University of Palermo, Italy)

Domenico Garlisi (CNIT, Consorzio nazionale inter-universitario per le telecomunicazioni, Italy)

In this tutorial we present the main features of LoRa technology and LoRaWAN systems, for the deployment of large-scale IoT applications. First, we present some basic concepts of LoRa modulation and discuss the implications on coverage and interference-rejection capabilities. We show that collisions between packets modulated with the same Spreading Factor (SF) usually lead to channel captures, while different spreading factors can indeed cause packet loss if the interference power is strong enough. Second, we discuss some simple models able to quantify the achievable capacity in a typical LoRa cell: we show that high SFs, generally seen as more robust, can be severely affected by inter-SF interference and that different criteria for deciding SF allocations within the cell may lead to significantly different results. We discuss the capacity improvements that can be achieved by increasing the density of LoRa gateways. Finally, we present some real-world applications and experimental data from one of the biggest Italian LoRaWAN provider.

ILENIA TINNIRELLO received the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Palermo in 2004, where she is currently an Associate Professor. She has also been a Visiting Researcher with the Seoul National University, South Korea, since 2004, and the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore since 2006. Her research activities have been mainly focused on wireless networks, in particular on the design and prototyping of protocols and architectures for reconfigurable wireless networks, 5G cellular networks and IoT applications. She has been involved in several European research projects, including the FP7 FLAVIA project in the role of Technical coordinator, and the H2020 WiSHFUL, Flex5Gware and SymbIoTe projects.

DOMENICO GARLISI is CNIT researcher working at the University of Palermo. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Electronic and Telecommunication at the University of Palermo, in 2014. He has been involved in several national and European research projects, he has worked on H2020 WiSHFUL project, H2020 Flex5Gware project and H2020 Symbiote project. He is involved in national project on IoT LPWA. He has been a visiting researcher at the Department of Computer Science, UCLA, in 2013, working on wireless protocol optimizations for vehicular networks. His main research are related to wireless networks, software defined radio, IoT networks, vehicular networks and wireless systems for user localization and testing.

TRACK 3-1: INtra-body communication technologieS In smarT healthcarE (INSITE)

Laura Galluccio (University of Catania, Italy)

Anna Vizziello (University of Pavia, Italy)

Pietro Savazzi (University of Pavia, Italy)

In this tutorial novel and safe communication technologies for intra-body area networks will be discussed. In particular this tutorial will focus on ultrasounds and coupling techniques for communications inside the human body with the specific aim of overcoming the limitations and weaknesses of the currently employed radio frequency waves (e.g. those considered in IEEE 802.15.4 and IEEE 802.15.6 standards for low power and Wireless Body Area Networks) and performing efficient, low power and safe communications. To this aim we will start by describing a generic architecture for BANs, analyzing the proposed standards and then we will focus more in detail on the body issues, thus highlighting the unique features of the human tissues. To this aim, we will discuss what are the design aspects to be taken into account upon devising protocols and architectures to support smart wireless healthcare, by also identifying limits and drawbacks of existing methodologies. Then, we will recall basics on ultrasounds physics and coupling by explaining how these technologies can be proficouously employed for overcoming the weaknesses of solutions so far proposed. The tutorial will be mainly focused on illustration of the physical aspects of these non-radio frequency (RF) techniques able to send biomedical data over tissues and attention will be also devoted to practical aspects related to experimental testbeds and activities in these fields by shading light on their high Technology Readiness Level.
Program outline: 1. Intra Body Area Networks (IBAN): application requirements and design aspects 2 Architecture and Standards for Body Area Networks. 3. IBAN: State of the Art on RF solutions. 4. Alternative RF techniques: Ultrasounds (US) & Coupling Methods. 5. Basics on US physics, suitability for use in smart wireless healthcare, State of the art for IBAN 6. Basics on Coupling Techniques: Inductive Coupling (IC), Capacitive Coupling (CC)Galvanic coupling (GC), State of the art for IBAN. 7. Communication techniques comparison (US, IC, CC, GC). 8. Experimental testbeds of US and Coupling Techniques. 9.Open issues/challenges. The 3 speakers will alternate in the presentation by discussing approximately 3 of the above sections each.

LAURA GALLUCCIO received her laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Catania, Catania, Italy, in 2001. In March 2005 she got her Ph.D. in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering at the same university under the guidance of Prof. Sergio Palazzo. Since 2002 she is also at the Italian National Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), where she worked as a Research Fellow within the VICOM (Virtual Immersive Communications) and the SATNEX Projects. Since November 2010 to October 2019 she has been Assistant Professor at University of Catania. From November 2019 she is Associate professor at the same university. Her research interests include unconventional networks including ultrasonic and microfluidic networks, ad hoc and sensor networks in general, protocols and algorithms for wireless networks, and network performance analysis. From May to July 2005 she has been Visiting Scholar at the COMET Group, Columbia University, NY working with Prof. Andrew T. Campbell. In September 2015 she has been Visiting Professor at Central Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, Paris. She is senior member of the IEEE. Dr. Galluccio is and has been Leading Guest Editor of Elsevier Journals, and IEEE Magazines. She serves and has served in the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Elsevier Computer networks, IEEE Communication Letters, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC), and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal. She has been involved in the Organizing Committee and TPCs of numerous conferences such as ACM NanoCom 2020 (TPC Co-Chair), ACM MobiHoc 2019 (Local Arrangment Chair and Workshop Co-Chair), European Wireless 2018 (General Co-Chair), European Wireless 2017 (Workshop Chair), First International Workshop on Smart network Technologies and Edge computing for the Tactile Internet (STET 2018), jointly held with IEEE NetSoft 2018 (Co-chair), International Workshop on Network Intelligence (NI 2019) Machine Learning for Networking, jointly held with IEEE Infocom 2019 (TPC Co-chair), International Workshop on Network Intelligence “Learning and Optimizing Future Networks” (NI 2020) jointly held with IEEE Infocom 2020 (TPC Co- Chair), UNconventional Intrabody Communication in Bodynets 2014 and 2015 (Special Track organizer).She serves/has served also in the TPC of prestigious conferences such as IEEE Infocom, Globecom and ICC. She was awarded the Best Paper award by the IEEE Communications Society e-health Technical Committee in 2017 for the paper G. Castorina, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, “On modeling information spreading in bacterial nano-networks based on plasmid conjugation” IEEE Trans. on Nanobioscience, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2016. She is co-author of two international patents in the field of Unconventional communications.

ANNA VIZZIELLO received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and computer science from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2007 and in 2011, respectively. Currently she is a Senior Research Assistant with the Telecommunication and Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Pavia, Italy, under the Research Grant on “Intra-body communication systems for nervous signal transmissions”. In 2015-2017 she was working on communication algorithms for N-RFID network within the national PRIN GRETA Project and in 2014-2016 she was involved in a collaboration with SIAE microelettronica company for a high data rate modem design. She has been Visiting Researcher in several universities: in 2011 and 2016 she was with Northeastern University, Boston, MA, working on communications for implanted sensors; from 2009 to 2010 with the Broadband Wireless Networking Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, under the supervision of Prof. I. F. Akyildiz, and in 2009 and 2010 with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, on the subject of cognitive radio networks in the European FP7 FARAMIR Project. From 2007 to 2009, she collaborated as researcher with the European Centre for Training and Research in Earth quake Engineering (EUCENTRE) for biomedical data transmission within the EU PROETEX Project and an Italy-Turkey FIRB Project. Since 2013 she collaborates with the European Commission as Referee for the peer evaluation process of the proposals for FET call and H2020 ICT call. She has been included in the 2018 list of “N2Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” for outstanding and impactful contributions in the area of networking/communications, supported by the IEEE Communication Society. In 2017-2018 she has been Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Internet of Wearable and Implantable Medical Things: Theory and Applications” – Sensors Journal, and currently is Associate Editor on IET Electronics Letters and Executive Editor on Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. As expert in the field, she has been invited to deliver talks on the subject of “Wireless Networks of Sensors and Implants”, including UPC, Barcelona, Spain, April 9-13, 2018 and Centre for Health Technologies, Pavia, Italy, October 13, 2016, among the others. She has been involved in several research projects and published her research in international journals and conferences, on the topic of intra-body networks, 5G radio technologies, cognitive and wireless sensor networks. She has been often involved as Technical Program Committee (TPC) member of several international conferences (more than thirty), such as IEEE ICC 2019, IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, IEE ICC 2017, IEEE INFOCOM 2015.

PIETRO SAVAZZI received his Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1995 and in 1999, respectively. In 1999, he joined Ericsson Lab Italy, in Milan, as a system designer, working on broadband microwave systems. In 2001, he moved to Marconi Mobile, Genoa, Italy, as a system designer in the field of 3G wireless systems. Since 2003, he has been working at the University of Pavia where he is currently teaching courses on signal processing, wireless communications, and wireless sensor networks for biomedical applications. His main research interests are in wireless communications and sensor systems, with a focus on modulation and coding, adaptive signal processing, MIMO architectures, intra-body networks, and wearable wireless sensors. During his research activities, he has been involved in several research projects and contracts, some of them as the principal investigator. He authored more than 70 papers, in both international journals and conferences, and one patent. He is or has been a member of the Technical Program Committee for several conferences like, for instance, IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE), IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, IEEE Sensors. He served as a frequent reviewer for several international conferences and journals, including IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Access, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE ICC and Globecom conferences. Since 2018, he has been serving as an associate editor for IEEE Access.

TRACK 3-2: Human behavior and decision making: multidisciplinary approach for investigation. Fundamentals and latest advances in research and technology

Debora Bettiga (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Margherita Pillan (Politecnico di Milano)

What expressed by the conscious mind - through interviews, surveys, market research, focus groups - is not a complete and correct representation of actual wishes and behaviors of individuals. On the other hand, a series of unconscious physiological manifestations are able to give indications about how people react, evaluate and filter communication stimuli. Functional monitoring of biological data provides information on human stress, engagement, cognitive and emotional responses that find applications in the development of services for personal wellbeing and for the optimization of the interactive systems. This emerging field of research lies at the intersection of different disciplines, such as neuro- and bioscience, psychology, bioengineering, marketing and design. This tutorial provides the fundamentals as well as the latest advances in research and technology about the application of the neuroscientific methods, which include neural, biometric and psychophysical activity detection, to analyze and understand individuals’ decision-making process, experience and behaviors. The tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • Methods and tools that support the analysis of the decision-making process of individuals, in terms of both cognitive drivers and affective drivers and their interplay
  • Neural and psychophysical activity as a response to external stimuli
  • Methodological contributions on the use of mix-method approaches to research
  • Design and industrial applications of neural and biometric methods

DEBORA BETTIGA is Assistant Professor in Marketing at the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG) of Politecnico di Milano. She conducts research inside 'PHEEL - Physiology, Emotions and Experience Lab' of Politecnico di Milano. Debora does research in marketing, centered on the analysis of the consumer behavior along the purchase process and in interaction with companies. The main research fields are neuro- and biomarketing, centred on the analysis of consumers biometric responses (attention, interest, memorization, emotions) to marketing stimuli (e.g. advertising, new products). Research is conducted through both traditional marketing methods, such as surveys, interviews, experiments and case study method and through the application of neuroscience and bioscience methods to marketing.

MARGHERITA PILLAN PhD, is associate professor and scientific director of the Interaction and Experience Design Research Lab – IEX ( link) at the Department of Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is program board director of the MSc in Digital and Interaction Design at the Design School at Politecnico (link) and member of the management Committee of the interdepartmental research laboratories Pheel and Brain (link, link). At Politecnico, she teaches courses of Communication Design and of UX Design. Margherita Pillan is author of more than eighty scientific papers and of four books and her research focus is on user experience and on Interaction and Service design. In this realm, she developed an expertise about design methods.

TRACK 4: IoT based methods and architectures for demand response in smart grids

Pierluigi Siano (University of Salerno, Italy)

Gaetano Zizzo (University of Palermo, Italy)

The increasing penetration of renewable energy sources and the empowerment of consumers as a central and active solution to deal with the generation variability are paving the path towards local energy markets. The tutorial is focused on the local smart electricity market where even small size consumers and prosumers can sell/buy the locally produced electrical energy or power to contribute to the balance of the power system. The local electricity market is managed by a commercial aggregator, organized as a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), that gathers the energy/power flexibility offered from its consumers/prosumers portfolio.
The proposed local smart energy market is managed by a cyber-physical platform based on blockchain, able to guarantee a real competitive behavior in the market and the mutual interactions between different systems (electrical system, telecommunication system, system for blockchain transactions), the aggregator and the industrial, commercial and domestic consumers and prosumers. Prosumers involved in the local market managed by the aggregator will optimally change their consumption patterns and power generation according to a price signal or an activation request to provide ancillary services.

PIERLUIGI SIANO (M’09–SM'14) received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and electrical engineering from the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is a Professor and Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory with the Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno. His research activities are centered on demand response, on the integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids and on planning and management of power systems. He has co-authored more than 450 papers including more than 250 international journal papers that received more than 8400 citations with an H-index equal to 46. He received the award as 2019 Highly cited Researcher by ISI Web of Science Group. He has been the Chair of the IES TC on Smart Grids. He is Editor for the Power & Energy Society Section of IEEE Access, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, Open Journal of the IEEE IES and of IET Renewable Power Generation.

GAETANO ZIZZO obtained the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Palermo with a thesis on “Interconnected grounding systems in medium and high voltage installations”. Since 2006 he has been working with the Electric Power System group of the Engineering Department of the same University. He is author of more than 200 papers, book chapters and technical reports. His main research interests are: Demand Response, Load Aggregation, Power Systems’ design and Operation, Power Systems Dynamics, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storage, Grounding Systems, Electrical Safety. Since 2011 he is involved in various research projects of the University of Palermo in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Energy and Environment (ENEA) on the transition of small Mediterranean islands towards more efficient and smart electrical systems. He is Editor of some international journals (Solar Energy, Renewable Energy Focus, IEEE Access, Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Sustainability, Applied Sciences, Sustainability), and Guest Editor of several special issues of Energies, Sustainability and Applied Sciences.