Mario Bochicchio's Bio

Mario Bochicchio is associate professor of Database at the Engineering School of the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy). He also teaches at the School of Performing Arts and at the School of Business. He is national coordinator of the Digital Health Working Group of CINI (the Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica, involving 45 public Italian universities) and scientific director of the Research Center on Digital Humanities of University of Salento. His research is mainly focused on digital health, including smart health, remote patient monitoring and Internet of Health Things, but he is also actively involved in research projects on online experimentations, technology-enhanced learning and teaching STEM at school.

You Are What You Breathe

Raising awareness on environment and health through smart tech and sensor networks.
Pollutants can create big problems for our health, not only if we live in industrial districts or in high-traffic urban areas, but even at home or at our workplace.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization, home page, March 2019), 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits and pollutants represent a primary concern for our health, with dramatic effects on our quality of life, even in the short term!
Smart technologies, sensor networks, embedded systems, and crowdsensing approaches can effectively help to raise our awareness on how pollutants work, where they come from and how we can improve our safety, and schools can play a key role in this process.
In this sense, suitable social engineering techniques must be properly used to pave the road for more safe and friendly smart living places.

Rui Calçada's Bio

RUI CALÇADA Current position: Full Professor of the Civil Engineering Department of Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP); Head of the Structural Division; President of IC – Institute of Construction from FEUP. Academic background: Civil Engineer Degree from FEUP (1992); Master Degree in Civil Engineering Structures from FEUP (1995); PhD Degree from University of Porto in Civil Engineering field (2003). Years of relevant experience: 20. Main research interest/expertise: advanced models for train-infrastructure dynamic interaction; wayside (track, bridges, transition zones) and on-board condition monitoring systems; advanced algorithms for condition monitoring systems. Main activities: Principal Investigator of 12 research projects and member of the team of 10 research projects in the area of railways; supervisor of 16 PhD thesis; author of more than 300 scientific and technical publications. Other relevant information: Director of the PhD program iRail-Innovation in railway systems and technologies; Member of the board of PFP – Portuguese Railway Platform; Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Railway Technology; Responsible for the participation of FEUP on European projects CAPACITY4RAIL, MAXBE, IN2RAIL, RISEN, IN2TRACK2 and SHIFT2RAIL Joint Undertaking.
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Assessment and monitoring of the dynamic behaviour of high-speed railway infrastructure

The introduction of high-speed systems across the world has brought new problems to railway engineering namely because of the significant amplification of train-infrastructure vibrations at high speeds which can compromise the safety and stability of the infrastructure. The vibrations induced by traffic can also reach buildings nearby the railway infrastructure that can annoy inhabitants and/or prevents the regular usage of some facilities.
This lecture provides an overview about the most relevant aspects related to the assessment and monitoring of the dynamic behavior of high-speed railway infrastructure, seeking to enhance its potential for condition assessment over its lifecycle.
To make a rigorous analysis of the dynamic behavior of high-speed railway infrastructure advanced methodologies for numerical and experimental analysis of the train- infrastructure dynamic interaction, developed by the centre of competence in railways of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (CSF-FEUP), are described.
Subsequently, several case studies developed by CSF-FEUP are presented, showing the efficiency and the usefulness of the developed methodologies and enabling the achievement of different objectives, such as:
- The running safety assessment of trains moving over long bridges subjected to earthquake or wind actions;
- The fatigue damage assessment of railway bridges;
- The running safety assessment of trains for settlement of the backfill at transition zones to railway bridges;
- The assessment of the critical speed of track-embankment-ground systems;
The assessment of vibrations induced in buildings by surface or underground railway traffic.

Rui Caldeira's Bio

Rui Caldeira completed his PhD at University of California, Los Angeles (USA) in September 2002. During the PhD he studied the oceanographic processes around Catalina Island, located in the Southern California Bight. Prior to that he completed a B.Sc. and a Master degree at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, on Ocean and Applied Marine Sciences. Two post-doctoral experiences followed the completion of the PhD, one at the University of New South Wales, in Australia (2003-2004); and one at the Instituto Superior Técnico at Lisbon Technical University (2006-2007), both focused on the use of numerical models to study ocean circulation patterns around small islands. Between 2008-2014, Rui held a prestigious FCT contracted Research position at CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, while concurrently serving as guest lecturer (2007-2012), at the Physics Department of the ‘Universidad de Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (ULPGC)’, followed by an Adjoint Professor position (2013-2015) in Physical Oceanography at ‘ICBAS – Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (U.Porto). Currently, Rui is a Principal Research Scientist at the Madeira ‘Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Innovation, and Technology - ARDITI. He has coordinated two European funded initiatives, one focused on Geophysical Fluid Dynamical laboratory studies of island induced flows, which took place in the Coriolis rotating table in Grenoble, France (2008), in the scope of HYDRALAB-III; and one airborne campaign funded by the EUFAR-European Facility of Airborne Research, both were competitive 'Integrating European Activities', financed by the European Commission under FP5/FP6/FP7 programs. He has also a coordinated a Marie-Curie HR initiative that funded the implementation of Data Assimilation techniques in an ocean forecasting system. Nationally, Rui has participated in several funded research projects, including the construction of the first Iberian Ocean Observatory, (2011-2013: and he’s currently the co-founder and Director of the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira ( Rui has been involved in the implementation of supercomputing facilities and data services that often serve public ocean observatories.

Virtual Coastal Observatories: a vision for the future

The Coastal region is where the land meets the sea and where 40% of the world population lives, according to UN. This anthropogenic pressure has significant impacts both on land as well as at sea. Tourism, fishing, international trade and resource exploitation is what attracts people to live at the coast, thus eight of the top ten largest cities in the world are coastal. Nevertheless, coasts remain poorly monitored on a global scale and yet to understand changes that affect them and to provide adequate information to decision-makers we need to depend on systematic observations. Digital sensors concurrently measuring the ocean and the atmosphere on an hourly basis during several years, generate large data sets, thus in order to make sense of it all there is a need to create tools that facilitate data-extraction and data-visualization of this ‘Big Data’.

The Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM) has been involved in collecting information and producing forecasts for the islands. Observations, data and models integrate a multiplatform approach that includes measurements from satellites, ships, moorings, drifters and high-frequency radars. Data available through an online platform as well as three-dimensional visualizations are the building blocks of the virtual-atmosphere and of the virtual-oceans affecting urban areas. Thus, urban Observatories are the primary drivers of these river-city-coastal systems which can lead to the adequate i) measurement the effect of coastal shipping activity on coastal air and sea pollution; ii) measurement of the effect of anthropogenic activity carried in the river system affecting coastal pollution and subsequent effect on coastal ecosystems; iii) modelling the impact of extreme events in future coastal cities development scenarios. In brief, Observatories can influence a change of working practices towards an environmentally conscientious development of the (smart) coastal cities of the future.

Susan Zvacek's Bio

Dr. Susan M. Zvacek ( is an independent consultant, speaker, and online teacher, focused on cultivating learning-centered teaching in higher education. Her disciplinary interests include online learning, engineering education, and instructional design. Susan’s speaking experience is diverse, with keynote addresses and workshops in the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, Estonia, Slovakia, Cyprus, England, Portugal, China, Germany, and throughout the United States. She has had two Fulbright appointments (Prague, CZ and Porto, PT) and has served as an NSF reviewer for the past three years. Her 25+ years of experience in higher education included teaching, dissertation advising, and administration. She is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and a Distinguished Speaker for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Her publications are on topics such as course design, online learning, remote labs, and higher order thinking, including co-authoring Teaching and Learning at a Distance (currently in its 7th edition) and the original Blackboard for Dummies, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and newsletter columns.

Every Click You Make: Who Is Watching You?

The use of remote and virtual labs can be a valuable component of engineering education, providing increased availability for student use, access to equipment too expensive for a single institution to own, user safety, and the ability to customize scenarios. Along with these benefits comes a secondary result with the accumulation of student data as they interact with the system. Every keystroke, every decision, and every outcome are possible data points available for analysis through a process known as learning analytics, and while using this information to improve instruction has significant potential, there are big-picture ethical issues to consider, as well. This interactive presentation will explore those questions and examine how we might begin to think about both the opportunities and the challenges ahead.

Alexander A. Kist and Paulo Menezes's Bio

Alexander A. Kist is an Associate Professor (Telecommunications) and the School Coordinator (Learning and Teaching) with the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Health, Engineering, and Science at the University of Southern Queensland Australia. His expertise includes Remote Access Laboratories, the Internet of Things, Engineering Education and Computer Networking. He has authored and co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers. He is an elected member of the USQ Academic Board, and he has served as Education Committee member, elected Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the USQ Academic Board. He is member of the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts, and he is an Elected Executive Member of the International Association of Online Engineering. Alexander A. Kist has a keen interest in learning and teaching quality, both from an institutional quality assurance perspective as well as from a delivery perspective through online education and remote access laboratories. He has won institutional as well as national teaching awards and grants.

Paulo Menezes is a Tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Coimbra, where he is the responsible for the courses of Computer Graphics and Augmented Reality, Interactive Systems and Robotics, and Computer Architecture. He is a senior researcher of the Institute of Systems and Robotics where he develops research activities in the areas of Computer Vision, Human-Robot Interaction, Human Activity Analysis, Augmented Reality and Telepresence Systems and Robotics and Virtual Agents for Supporting Elderly People. He directs the newly created Immersive Systems and Sensory Stimulation Laboratory where different are developed projects that range from the use of AR/VR for industrial applications and psychological therapies, virtual characters for physical exercise stimulation, and social/human aware-robot interaction. He is a member of the IEEE Societies for Robotics and Automation and Systems, Man and Cybernetics. He maintains collaborations with several international research institutes and universities, due to the involvement in research and technology transfer projects, and co-supervision of MSc and PhD students.

Towards Mixed Reality for Online Experimentation

Mixed reality technologies - augmented and virtual - are seen as potential game changers in many Industries. In training and education, they have the potential to provide new opportunities to acquire and practice relevant skills. In research and data analysis mixed reality tools are used to visualise intricate structures and datasets. Guidance and directory applications, including airport guides, augmented city tours but also guidance for industrial maintenance are making their way into the mainstream. In the context of building and design, mixed reality technologies are commonplace, allowing virtual tours of planned buildings or shoppers to experiment with new (virtual) furniture in their home, for example.

Online experimentation and remotely accessible experiments have been widely discussed in recent years. While much has been said about their potential, examples that have been successful in engaging users are limited. Remote experiments often provide rich data and offer excellent building blocks for mixed reality systems. Augmented reality is undoubtedly a hot subject, attracting students, professionals and the public as well. Going beyond the display of static virtual objects or repetitive animations on top of videos is a must for users to adhere to its use and find added value. As for any innovation, purpose and user benefits need to be front and centre - mixed reality has to solve a problem or provide a measurable benefit.

This dynamic interactive session will build on the expertise of the audience and will explore recent trends in mixed reality and remote laboratories. Our aim is to show how these technologies can complement each other to create useful and engaging systems.