David Scaradozzi

David Scaradozzi
Università Politecnica delle Marche | Università degli Studi di Ancona · Department of Information Engineering (DII)

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November 2008 - present
Università Politecnica delle Marche
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  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2001 - present
Università degli Studi di Genova
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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A simple prototype device that may become part of the standard divers’ safety equipment is designed, constructed, and tested in order to prove the practicability of the underlying idea. The device is based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and can detect drops in oxyhemoglobin and rises in deoxyhemoglobin concentrations in the blood. The propose...
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Control engineering has a cross-boundary nature because its applications span over a wide range of fields, among which science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Creating an automation literacy from the Primary School's age is beneficial for pupils because it supports the development of valuable skills that allow the comprehension an...
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Passive acoustics is widely used to monitor dolphin presence in marine environment. The current study proposes a self-made/low-cost approach to assemble a complete and compact underwater acoustic recorder employing inexpensive and widely used components. The system is composed of two main elements: the computing unit (Raspberry Pi Zero 2W single bo...
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The assessment of muscle-recruitment timing from electromyography (EMG) signal is relevant in different fields, including clinical gait analysis and robotic systems to interpret user's motion intention. However, available methods typically provide only information in time domain without evaluating muscle-activation frequency content. This study aim...
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The assessment of muscle-recruitment timing from surface EMG signal (sEMG) is relevant in different fields, including clinical gait analysis and robotic systems to interpret user’s motion intention. However, available methods typically provide only information in time domain without evaluating muscle-activation frequency content. This study aims to...
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Bio-inspired solutions devised for Autonomous Underwater Robots are currently investigated by researchers as a source of propulsive improvement. To address this ambitious objective, the authors have designed a carangiform swimming robot, which represents a compromise in terms of efficiency and maximum velocity. The requirements of stabilizing a cou...
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Linear systems over the max-plus algebra provide a suitable formalism to model discrete event systems where synchronization, without competition, is involved. In this paper, we consider a formulation of the model matching problem for systems of such class, in which the output of a given system, called the plant, is forced, by a suitable input, to t...
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Il volume discute i risultati emersi durante il convegno FabLearn Italy 2020 La scuola che a­ffronta l’emergenza Covid-19: prospettive e risposte dal making, il coding, la robotica e gli ambienti di apprendimento. Prendendo le mosse dall’introduzione nella didattica curricolare di strumenti per la didattica attiva come il coding, la robotica educat...
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Educational robotics has been used for a relatively long time to promote the development of students’ computational thinking, but in most cases, such activities are offered as extracurricular activities to students who are interested in robotics and programming or in specific study programmes in higher education. Despite the fact that Seymour Paper...
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This article describes an example of data mining techniques applied to an open educational environment. These novel assessment methods in the educational robotics (ER) field provide empirical evidence of problem-solving styles behind the key tasks of proposed activities within real operative scenarios. A supervised, mixed machine learning (ML) appr...
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Educational Robotics (ER) is a powerful tool to help students learn school subjects, robotics, and developing cognitive skills and soft skills. Assessing the learning outcomes of ER activities requires the identification of the model that underly the process. Machine learning can be useful to identify such models and to interpret data. This paper a...
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This paper presents the work performed to integrate a sensors network to a more complex and extensive system, represented by the architecture that constitutes the main output of the DiveSafe European project (G.A. EASME/EMFF/2017/1.2.1.12/SI/02/ SI2.789635). The latter also includes an underwater scooter, a Docking Station, a tablet and a whole com...
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Bio-inspired solutions have been deeply investigated in the last two decades as a source of propulsive improvement for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Despite the efforts made to pursue the substantial potential payoffs of marine animals' locomotion, the performances of biological swimmers are still far to reach. The possibility to design a machine...
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Many researchers and teachers agree that the inclusion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in early education provides strong motivation and greatly improves the speed of learning. Most primary school curricula include a number of concepts that cover science and mathematics, but less effort is placed in teaching problem-solving, co...
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This paper presents the preliminary results of using machine learning techniques to analyze educational robotics activities. An experiment was conducted with 197 secondary school students in Italy: the authors updated Lego Mindstorms EV3 programming blocks to record log files with coding sequences students had designed in teams. The activities were...
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In the last five years, the Italian Ministry of Education has focused on digital skills, recognizing them as fundamental and indispensable for the growth of the future citizens of the information age. Numerous requests have come from the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Education and the employment world regarding the introduction of ne...
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In a constructionist environment, robotics engagingly teaches traditional concepts, while applying them to compelling real-world problems. Educational robotics can help students develop soft skills, like teamwork, and improve the way they relate to each other. Researchers in different disciplines have devoted many efforts to exploring this dimensio...
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This open access book contains observations, outlines, and analyses of educational robotics methodologies and activities, and developments in the field of educational robotics emerging from the findings presented at FabLearn Italy 2019, the international conference that brought together researchers, teachers, educators and practitioners to discuss...
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In the last five years, the Italian Ministry of Education has placed its focus on digital skills, recognizing them as fundamental and indispensable for the growth of future citizens in the information age. It has thus backed projects aimed at developing computational thinking and digital creativity at school. One of the highest-funded of such proje...
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Bio-inspired solutions devised for autonomous underwater robots are currently being investigated by researchers worldwide as a way to improve propulsion. Despite efforts to harness the substantial potential payoffs of marine animal locomotion, biological system performance still has far to go. In order to address this very ambitious objective, the...
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Bio-inspired solutions devised for Autonomous Underwater Robots are currently investigated by researchers worldwide as a source of propulsive improvement. Despite the efforts made to pursue the substantial potential payoffs of marine animals’ locomotion, the performances of biological systems are still far to reach. In order to address this very am...
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This paper presents the design of an assessment process and its outcomes to investigate the impact of Educational Robotics activities on students' learning. Through data analytics techniques, the authors will explore the activities' output from a pedagogical and quantitative point of view. Sensors are utilized in the context of an Educational Robot...
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The adoption of Engine-in-the-loop technology shows real behaviour. This study presents a test runs simulation platform with real engine data. In addition, a test bench model is a demand approach that offers a significant potential to provide an excellent reproducibility of test runs. The platform includes the data integration to upgrade tests run...
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Control Science has played over time and still continues to have a key role for the development of human society such that, in the XX century, it has been recognized as an independent discipline. During the ‘50’s, one of the first international scientific congress to address the area of control theory, namely, the “Convegno Internazionale sui Probl...
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Electric motors and Internal Combustion Engine test benches allow for testing, under various conditions, the behavior of the Electric Vehicles and they are essential in the automotive field development. In this paper, we introduce the state-of-art of the control algorithms and their validation over different test runs, on the standard driving cycle...
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Engine-in-the-loop (EiL) setups need accurate and fast dynamometer control systems. An accurate test bench model is a demand approach that also offers a significant potential to provide an excellent reproducibility of test runs. The paper presents a novel EiL approach for ASM (Asynchronous Machine) automotive test bench applications. The non-linear...
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This paper describes the modeling of the dynamics and the realization of the control system of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) that is part of an integrated surface/underwater robotic system. The distinctive characteristic of the vehicle, that is realized with commercial components, is that of being propelled by an outboard, steering electric m...
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), benefiting from significant investments in the past years, are commonly used for military security and offshore Oil&Gas applications. The ARROWS project, aimed at exporting the AUV technology to the field of underwater archaeology, a low-budget research field compared to the previous ones. The paper focuses on...
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The paper presents the dynamic optimization of a biomimetic thruster for autonomuos underwater vehicles with the goal of increasing the energy efficiency of the vehicle. The main design drivers of the project are: to design a propulsion system consisting in an oscillating caudal fin; to generate the motion of the fin by means of a mechanical transm...
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Digital skills are becoming increasingly central to the educational policy of every country and educational systems are facing new challenges in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All pupils should gain the knowledge, skills and competences they need, as they determine an individual’s chance to succeed in the future labour market and to h...
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Robotics in education (RiE) covers a variety of applications of robots to the world of teaching and learning. Despite all the benefits that robotics can bring to education, a clear definition of the purpose for introducing robotics in education is still missing. Authors aim at facing this issue proposing a classification of RiE experiences, stating...
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In the last decade virtual system integration and electrification have enabled an important change in automotive. The new technology and the attention about the environment, and renewable energy an increase in the use of electric power on road transports. The electrification process represents an important growth, and the introduction of Mild Hybri...
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Educational Robotics is rapidly gaining attention as an effective methodology to develop skills and engage students preserving their peculiar style of learning. It is often tied together with two other methodologies, Coding and Tinkering, characterized by a similar hands-on approach. In order to fully exploit their inclusive features, teachers need...
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Bio-inspired solutions are deeply investigated as a source of efficiency and maneuverability improvement for underwater vehicles. In the last few years, the authors of the present work have designed and manufactured a series of ostraciiform swimming robots. The necessity to pursue the highest possible propulsive efficiency in order to maximize the...
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In the last two decades, bio-inspired solutions have been thoroughly investigated as a source of efficiency and manoeuvrability improvement for underwater robots. By means of advanced simulation techniques, researchers from all over the world are trying to quantify the propulsive forces generated by biological thrusters. However, in order to comput...
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Robotic structures that couple autonomous surface vehicles and unmanned underwater vehicles in integrated systems with various levels of cooperation provide interesting solutions to the problem of developing efficient, versatile and cost effective tools for exploration, monitoring and exploitation of the underwater environment. In this paper we des...
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In the future boys and girls will be employed in, and maybe create, new jobs connected with technology. We present a project whose aim was to raise interest in STEM education in K12 students and, in particular, to address the lack of participation of female students in STEM careers. For this reason, in September 2017, 20 students (12 girls and 8 bo...
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In the last two decades, bio-inspired solutions have been thoroughly investigated as a source of efficiency and manoeuvrability improvement for underwater robots. The possibility to design a machine capable of propelling itself like a marine animal strongly depends on the understanding of the mechanics principles underlying biological swimming. The...
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The following paper presents the design and fabrication of an ostraciiform swimming robot and its navigation control and guidance system. Compared to other biomimetic vehicles, the chosen architecture has a lower propulsive efficiency but is easier to waterproof and capable to withstand greater pressures. To generate the alternating motion of the r...
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Lab4Dive project aims to design, develop, and validate an innovative, marketable and competitive product for supporting underwater archaeologists in surveying, documenting and preserving the underwater cultural heritage. These activities could be improved considerably with the introduction of new technological devices and tools, helping underwater...
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The paper summarizes the main results achieved during the three-year European FP7 ARROWS project (ARchaeological RObot systems for the Worlds Seas). ARROWS concluded at the end of August 2015 and proposed to adapt and develop low-cost Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technologies to reduce the operational cost of typical underwater archaeologica...
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Since the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) was firstly introduced by the US National Science Foundation to bring technology and engineering into regular K-12 curriculum, Robotics has proven itself to be the sum of STEM disciplines. This paper presents an extra-curricular experience held in a formal environment with the a...
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The issue of making available efficient, versatile and cost effective solutions for exploring, monitoring and exploiting the marine environment is a challenge that can be tackled by developing integrated robotic platforms, where autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) cooperates with unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). A robotic structure of that kind is...
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Drag coefficients are important parameters in modelling the dynamic behavior of watercrafts and in design efficient and reliable control schemes for them. Evaluation of drag coefficients, either by theoretical or by experimental methods is a challenging and resource demanding problem. In this paper, we describe an innovative sensor that can measure...
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We experimentally demonstrate at NATO site in Spezia a bi-directional underwater optical wireless transmission compliant with 10Base-T Ethernet. Zero packet-loss- was achieved up to 10 m distance in a real harbor, with shallow murky waters and daylight.
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Marine researchers and operators during their daily work need consistent data from the underwater environment to constantly monitor the habitat’s probes and the robots condition. For underwater applications, wireless communication are of paramount importance. Today, the needs for high-speed communication has prompted the exploration of the Underwat...
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This paper presents an innovative approach to alternating School- Work turnover programme based on Educational Robotics and on project-based learning. At the beginning of the year 2017 (from January to April), Liceo Volta-Fellini of Riccione proposed a STEM practical activity to its own students as a School-Work turnover programme. This course of R...
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Conservation and monitoring of marine systems and large-scale underwater data acquisition are too demanding for single researchers. The exploitation of citizen science and the development of new technology can significantly facilitate these action. In this work a novel system that allows scuba divers to collect data during their leisure activity is...
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Marine researchers need consistent historical and georeferenced data from the marine environment in order to constantly monitor the biological condition of the habitat or to document delicate archeological sites. To overcome the difficulties related to the acquisition of high quantity of worthy data and to the accurate estimation of the position, t...
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This paper presents an innovative approach to alternating School-Work turnover programme based on Educational Robotics and on project-based learning. At the beginning of the year 2017 (from January to April), Liceo Vol-ta-Fellini of Riccione proposed a STEM practical activity to its own students as a School-Work turnover programme. This course of R...
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Negli ultimi anni, grazie anche all’incremento dei fondi nazionali ed europei disponibili per l’innovazione del settore didattico, è nata l’esigenza di formazione dei docenti in tema di competenze digitali e di innovazione pedagogico-didattica: tema particolarmente sentito nel contesto italiano. L’articolo presenta le principali innovazioni per l’a...
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In the last decade, the underwater activities performed by archaeologists and biologists have benefited from scientific research on the guidance, control, and sensory systems of unmanned vehicles. In fact, because underwater sites of interest are often difficult for divers to access, the use of unmanned vehicle technology to conduct surveys could b...
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In order to obtain robust and measurable data from the marine environment, citizen science projects need user-friendly tools that, during dives, autonomously gather information in an easy, low-cost and integrated way. Data collected from different devices and by different untrained divers must have good estimation of the position where the informat...
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The development of autonomous, energy efficient, underwater robots for large areas exploration has been attracting many researchers, since their use can be effective in several applications. In order to improve the propulsion efficiency, movement capability and situation awareness, last studies have been directed on biomimetic robots. Over millions...
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and second most common cancer among both men and women, but most of them are detected when patients become symptomatic and in late-stage. Chest radiography (CR) is a basic technique for the investigation of lung cancer and has the benefit of convenience and low radiation dose, but detection of malign...
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The development of versatile and cost effective robotic tools for exploration and intervention in the underwater environment is presently a topic of interest in marine engineering. A viable, efficient solution is given by robotic platform that couple autonomous surface vehicles and unmanned underwater vehicles in integrated structures with various...
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OptoCOMM aims at demonstrating the potential, at physical level, of a communication facility for the SUNRISE platform constituted by an Optical Underwater Wireless Communication (OUWC) module with target performance of 10 Mb/s transmission rate at 10 meters range in shallow medium/high turbidity harbour waters. The module, which is based on blue Li...
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This paper presents our recent advancements in the development of the underwater optical wireless modems, designed within the OptoCOMM project. The target performance of the optical modem is to achieve the data rate of 10 Mbit/s at a distance of at least 10 m in presence of sunlight. The transmitter is based on blue Light Emitting Diode (LED) techn...
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The three-years European FP7 ARROWS project (ARchaeological RObot systems for the World's Seas) concluded at the end of August 2015. A heterogeneous team of cooperating AUVs has been created in the framework of ARROWS: these are both new prototypes and well known commercial vehicles. In the paper MARTA modular AUV is described: MARTA is a new proto...
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Bio-inspiration can lead to a significant improvement in propulsive efficiency and maneuverability of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles employed in large areas exploration. As a matter of fact, fish swimming capabilities are still far superior to what has been achieved by the modern nautical technology. In order to exploit the propulsive principles of...
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Our study demonstrates a cheap and feasible approach to management needs: low costs, quick realization and high mosaic resolution outputs. It supports underwater scientific research in providing a baseline for further in situ investigation and long-term monitoring of underwater habitat
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Home energy systems that can produce, store and manage electricity are efficient solutions to satisfying the growing demand of power in home installations by the exploitation of renewable sources. The design of systems that assure autonomy without oversizing the production with respect to expected requirements can be greatly facilitated by the use...
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The paper describes the development of the Navigation, Guidance and Control system of a small, prototypal Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV), which is part of an ASV/UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle) robotic system. The main task of the ASV is to serve as supply vessel for the UUV it can carry, deploy and recover and to allow communication with a rem...
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This paper presents a real-time 2D image mosaicking tool developed to provide instantaneous feedback on image quality and area coverage during underwater site inspection or documentation surveys. The algorithm implements a feature extraction and matching approach to stitching video frames into a single image. While its main advantage is providing g...
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The use of versatile and multipurpose robotic systems in underwater sites constitutes a high-value technology, useful in the exploration, monitoring, and documentation of important archaeological findings or biological parameters. Intervention must always be nondestructive, noninvasive, and delicate; for this reason, it is important to develop tool...