Carmelo Di Franco
Phd. in Real-Time Embedded Systems
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Address:

Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (PI), Italy
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
TeCiP Institute (ReTiS Laboratory)

Telephone:

050 5492021

Biography

Carmelo Di Franco is currently a PhD. Student in Embedded Systems of the ReTiS Lab at the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa. He graduated cum laude in 2013 in Computer Engineering at University of Pisa. His research focuses on localization, navigation, and coordination of mobile robots. In particular, he works on Multi-sensor data fusion, distance-based relative Localization, Multidimensional Scaling, and Coverage Path Planning issues. He is involved in a project called AVIAToR ( Autonomous Vehicles In AgriculTuRe) that aims at using fleets of drones to monitoring the growth of plants in farms and finding plant infections on time to prevent bad crops. From September 2015 he was a visiting PhD. Student for 6 months at the GRASP lab of University of Pennsylvania.

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Projects

AVIATOR: is an innovative project, proposed by ReTiSLab and LandLAb of the Scuola Superiore S. Anna, that aims at using fleets of drones to monitoring the growth of plants in farms and finding plant infections on time to prevent bad crops. Using a team of cooperating drones that autonomously take off and inspects the entire field could drastically reduce the costs preventing extensive use of herbicides and reducing the manual effort of the farmer.

Click here to watch a short interview from a local TV about the project . utilization of drones in farms to inspect plants

Pubblications

Journals Pubblications

  1. Coverage Path Planning for UAVs Photogrammetry with Energy and Resolution Constraints. Carmelo Di Franco, Giorgio Buttazzo. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2016.
  2. Design and analysis of target-sensitive real-time systems. Giorgio Buttazzo, Carmelo Di Franco, Mauro Marinoni. Software: Practice and Experience, 2015.

Conference Pubblications

  1. Solving Ambiguities in MDS Relative Localization.Carmelo Di Franco, Alessandra Melani and Mauro Marinoni. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2015). Istanbul (Turkey), 27-31 July, 2015.[BibTeX].
    Best Paper Award Candidate
  2. Energy-aware Coverage Path Planning of UAVs. Carmelo Di Franco and Giorgio Buttazzo. Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC 2015), Villa Real, April 8- 12, 2015 [PDF] [BibTeX].
  3. Data Fusion for Relative Localization of Wireless Mobile Nodes. Carmelo Di Franco, Gianluca Franchino, and Mauro Marinoni. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES 2014), Pisa, June 18- 20, 2014 [PDF] [BibTeX].
    Best Paper Award Candidate
  4. Fusing Time-of-Flight and Received Signal Strength for Adaptive Radio-Frequency Ranging. Luis Oliveira, Carmelo Di Franco, Traian E. Abrudan,and Luis Almeida. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2013), Montevideo, Uruguay, November 25- 29, 2013 [PDF] [BibTeX].
  5. Target-sensitive systems: Analysis and Implementation Issues. Giorgio Buttazzo, Carmelo Di Franco, and Mauro Marinoni. Proceedings of the 17th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2012), Cracow, Poland, September 17-21, 2012.[PDF] [BibTeX].

Posters

  1. RF-based Ranging for Mobile Robots: Using Time-of-Flight and RSSI for Channel Estimation. Luis Oliveira, Carmelo Di Franco, Traian E. Abrudan, and Luis Almeida. WiP at 2nd PhD. Studends conference in electrical and computer engineering (StudECE 2013) - Oporto, Portugal, June 2013