Advances in Sensing and non-Invasive Techniques for the Discovery, Monitoring and Diagnosis of the State of Conservation of Archaeological Discoveries and Historic Sites



Rosario Morello

University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, ITALY


Laura Fabbiano

Politecnico di Bari, ITALY


This Special Session intends to encourage submission of original research papers concerning diagnosis and monitoring of conservation state of archaeological discoveries, sites and ruins. Sensors and sensor networks based on contactless measurement, non-invasive sensing and diagnostic techniques represent essential tools for monitoring and preserving the state of conservation of archaeological discoveries and historic sites. Nowadays, transducers and sensors are widely used for monitoring the integrity of archaeological discoveries. This represents an interesting application field for preserving archaeological heritage, nevertheless several perspectives and open research problems have to be investigated such as data processing, sensor failure and reliability, interface and signal treatment, Standards, fault-tolerance, maintenance, calibration and traceability issues.
Therefore, this Special Session aims to collect manuscripts that will give significant contributions in the field of archaeological discoveries and historic sites monitoring, sensor networks and signal processing addressed to reliable and non-invasive diagnosis of conservation state. Further topics concern the definition of procedures for maintenance and calibration, reliability and failure assessment.

The Special Session aims to provide an overview of advances and the latest novel and emergent technologies, implementations and applications concerning the conservation state assessment of archeological heritage by using transducers and sensors, sensor networks and non-invasive sensing techniques.


Submissions are welcome but not limited to the following topics:

  • Contactless transducers and sensors;
  • Non-invasive sensor-based diagnostic techniques;
  • Non-invasive sensing systems;
  • Non-invasive monitoring;
  • Sensor array for preservation monitoring;
  • Sensor-based conservative treatment;
  • Distributed sensor networks;
  • Sensor data fusion;
  • Maintenance and calibration of instrumentation;
  • Failure assessment;
  • Thermography and thermal analysis.


Rosario Morello, was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 1978. He received the M.Sc. Degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering from the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Since 2005, he has been temporary Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements at the Department DIIES of the same University. At the moment, he is Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Advanced Thermography Center at Dept. DIIES, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy. His main research interests include advanced thermography, the design and characte! rization of distributed and intelligent measurement systems, wireless sensor network, environmental monitoring, decision-making problems and measurement uncertainty, process quality assurance, instrumentation reliability and calibration, biomedical applications and statistical signal processing, non-invasive systems, archeology, measurement instrumentation and methodologies related to Healthcare Systems.
Prof. Morello is a member of the Italian Group of Electrical and Electronic Measurements (GMEE).

Laura Fabbiano, received her MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the Politecnico di Bari University, Italy, discussing her thesis in Electrical measurements. She currently holds the associate professor position in Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Politecnico di Bari University.
Since 2003 her scientific interests relate to research topics in the field of measurements, in particular acoustic and vibration sensors and actuators, laser technology and thermography. In addition, she deals with the uncertainty theory. Since 2010 she focuses her interests on mechanical and thermal measurements regarding fluid dynamic measurements, flow sensors and vibrations induced by fluid turbulence onto the pipe walls, mostly making use of laser instrumentation.

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