Summer School

International Summer School on Ultrasonic and Piezoelectric Sensors

Department of Information Engineering , University of Florence, Italy, 22-24 July 2020

The International Summer School is an event organized by the IEEE Italy Sensors Chapter in 2020 with a special focus on Ultrasonic and Piezoelectric Sensors.


  • State of the art of applications
  • Technologies of ultrasonic and piezoelectric sensors
  • Piezoelectric materials for sensors and transducers for industry, medicine, robotics, micro fabrication technologies (CMUT, PMUT, screen printing, laser ablation)
  • Equivalent model of sensors; frequency range and signals levels for different applications
  • Analog and digital electronic systems for real time ultrasonic transducer signals conditioning and processing.
  • Ultrasound medical echographic imaging for diagnostics (2D and 3D imaging, vector Doppler imaging)
  • Industrial applications of ultrasonic and piezoelectric sensors
    • Ultrasound guided waves systems and signal processing for Non-Destructive testing and Structural Health Monitoring
    • Tactile sensing
    • Energy harvesting
    • Pressure sensors, flow sensors, microbalances
    • Wearable and IoT applications
    • Biometric imaging

Researchers and academics with long experience in these fields will provide online lectures. Two keynote speakers with outstanding CV will give lectures.

Finally, two interactive demonstrations of ultrasonic systems will be organized in order to perform experiments remotely.

Location: Teleconference by Google Meet

Host: Department of Information  Engineering – University of Florence

Duration: 3 days for a total of 24 hours

Language: English

School chair: Prof. Lorenzo Capineri, University of Florence

Organizing committee: 

Prof. Emiliano Schena, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

Prof. Danilo Pani, University of Cagliari

Prof.  Paola Saccomandi,  Politecnico di Milano

The duration of the School will be declared with the Certification of Attendance in order to assign the equivalent credit.

As an indication, the Doctorate School of Information Engineering of University of Florence will provide credits based on the equivalent 1 credit = 4 hours of school lectures.

Participation will be verified by monitoring the connection from specified email given at the subscription.

Each student will be provided with a text for the final exam with 6 open questions to be completed within 1 hour. On the basis of the evaluation (positive for over 60%) a certification will be provided for passing the test.


IEEE Student M, member of Sensor Council Italy Chapter, SIE, GNB 40€
IEEE M, SM, FM 70€
All other cases 90€


Fill in the form at te bottom of the page and make the payment by June 30th. The organization reserves the right to confirm the course once the minimum number of participants has been reached (10).

Keynote speakers

Prof. Butrus Khuri-Yakub

Stanford University
Professor (Research) of Electrical Engineering
Fellow IEEE

Prof. Piero Tortoli

University of Florence
Full Professor of Electronics
Fellow IEEE


Massimo De Vittorio

Full Professor
Università del Salento
Flexible Piezoelectric Technologies for Energy Harvesting and Health
Vittorio Ferrari

Full Professor
University of Brescia
Fundamentals of Piezoelectricity Applications in Transducers and Energy Harvesting
Lorenzo Capineri

Associate Professor
University of Florence
Piezopolymer Interdigital transducers (IDT) for guided waves: technologies, electronic front end, real time processing and applications to NDT and SHM
Luca De Marchi

Associate Professor
University of Bologna
Ultrasound signal processing in guided waves inspections
Antonio Iula

Associate Professor
Università della Basilicata
Ultrasound systems for biometric recognition
Maurizio Valle

Full Professor
University of Genoa
Piezoelectric polymer sensors
Stefano Ricci

Associate Professor
University of Florence
Doppler methods for ultrasonic applications
Riccardo Carotenuto

Associate Professor
Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria
Ultrasonic Positioning Systems
Alessandro Stuart Savoia

Università Roma Tre
MEMS Ultrasonic Transducers: Operating Principles and Applications
Enrico Boni

University of Florence
Experimental demo #1
Standard and advanced modes for biomedical Ultrasound imaging.
Alessandro Ramalli

University of Florence
Experimental demo #1
Standard and advanced modes for biomedical Ultrasound imaging.
Andrea Bulletti

Research Collaborator
University of Florence
Experimental demo #2
Beamforming using an airborne Ultrasonic Transducers and a microcontroller unit board


The registration procedure involves four steps:

1. Registration via the online form

2. Validation and authorization of the discounted payment request

3. Payment of the fee for confirmation of registration by 30 June 2020

4. Sending a payment receipt by the organization

News and announcements

14 Luglio 2020

Enrolment closed

20 Luglio 2020

Final program now available for download

17 Luglio 2020

Participants are kindly requested to fill the online form by 25th July 2020


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