Rocco Furferi

Rocco Furferi
University of Florence | UNIFI · Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

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Additional affiliations
July 2018 - present
University of Florence
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2015 - June 2018
University of Florence
Position
  • Lecturer
September 2013 - June 2015
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Position
  • Lecturer A
Education
January 2002 - March 2005
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Publications (224)
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Purpose: This paper aims to enhance the visual quality of artificial above-ground structures, like pylons, masts, and towers of infrastructures and facilities, through a systematic design method for their morphological and structural optimization. Design/methodology/approach: The method achieves the functional and aesthetic goals based on the appli...
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The comparison of the finished product's color to the color demanded by a client or provided by a catalogue is one of the most critical steps of the production of carded fibers. This is currently determined by calculating the colorimetric distance between the finished article, which is made by mixing some colored raw fibers to achieve a homogenous...
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The ongoing cultural heritage transition process, in which elaborate digitization plans for cultural artifacts are developed to overcome concerns about the objects’ long-term preservation and storage, is now addressing issues for improving and expanding access to digital objects. As a result, new techniques and cutting-edge tools are needed for gal...
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Blind and visually impaired people are mostly excluded in enjoying visual artwork yet. Even if the effectiveness of tactile supports has been proven in previous studies, these are difficult to realize, since they are commonly handmade. In this paper, a set of computer-aided interactive tools for a semi-automatic reconstruction of tactile bas-reliev...
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Tracheomalacia (TM) is a tracheal weakening that causes the cartilage structure to collapse during breathing. The term tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is used when the bronchi are also implicated in the disease. This illness can be treated in a variety of methods, including the insertion of stents in the cartilage-restricted region. Stents are commerci...
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The optimization of a galvanic process is a crucial task for many manufacturers in the field of electro-deposition industry. This is true for companies operating in the high fashion field, in which expensive materials are used and reducing material waste is crucial. In this paper, the estimation of the wet surface of small metal parts is treated. I...
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The production of textiles has a strong impact on the environment due to both over-consumption and the practice of production processes requiring the use of substances to manufacture, treat, and dye fabrics. In this context, finding new ways and solutions to transform used textiles into by-products or inputs for production is a trump card for the f...
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Burn scar treatment is a difficult subject to address since the improper therapy can have a significant impact on people's quality of life. The evaluation of medical therapy over time should be based on objective measurement of the severity of burn scars and their progression. Unfortunately, most clinical assessments of scars are still reliant on p...
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Purpose Among thoracic malformations, pectus deformities have the highest incidence and can result in a wide range of severe and mild clinical manifestations. Recently, the treatment of pectus deformities is shifting from traditional approaches toward customized solutions. This occurs by leveraging innovative rapid prototyping tools that allow for...
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Within the literature concerning modern machine learning techniques applied to the medical field, there is a growing interest in the application of these technologies to the nephrological area, especially regarding the study of renal pathologies, because they are very common and widespread in our society, afflicting a high percentage of the populat...
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Burn injuries requires post-accident medical treatment. However, the treatment of burns does not end with first aid because scarred skin must be managed for many years, and in some circumstances, for life. The methods used to evaluate the state of a burn scar based, for instance, on Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale or similar ones, often...
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A 59-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department for heart failure (HF), New York Heart Association (NYHA) IV, showing an anterior, evolved myocardial infarction (MI) with a wide apical left ventricular aneurysm (LVA), ejection fraction (EF) 24%, and global longitudinal strain (GLS) −5. 5% by echo. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MR...
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In radiotherapy, the treatment of skin tumors requires the application of tissue-equivalent devices in order to avoid the skin-sparing effect, and thus maximize and equalize the dose on the target. In the common clinical practice these devices, called bolus, are standard pads that do not perfectly adapt to the geometry of the patient generating emp...
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Ear reconstruction surgery is a very demanding intervention for plastic surgeons. The results rely heavily on the “artistic skills” of the surgeon who has the task of creating a three-dimensional sculpture using harvested costal cartilage capable of replicating the shape of a physiological ear. By exploiting a combination of Reverse Engineering, CA...
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The realization of medical devices to assist the surgeon in autologous auricular reconstruction (personalized surgical guides) requires the use of depth maps images obtained from 3D scans of the patient's profile. In order to make the process of ear geometry acquisition and depth map realization faster, more comfortable for the patient and easily a...
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Physical, social and mental well-being is the basic assumption which allows children to experience hospitalization positively. In this age of medical-scientific progress and technological development on hospital equipment, the designers of instruments for healthcare focus their activities on developing a coherent patient-centered approach which aim...
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Home-based rehabilitation is becoming a gold standard for patient who have undergone knee arthroplasty or full knee replacement, as it helps healthcare costs to be minimized. Nevertheless, there is a chance of increasing adverse health effects in case of home care, primarily due to the patients’ lack of motivation and the doctors’ difficulty in car...
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Autologous ear reconstruction is the preferred treatment in case of partial or total absence of the patient external ear. This kind of surgery can be really challenging since precise replication of complex three-dimensional structure of the ear is crucial to provide the patients with aesthetically consistent reconstructed anatomy. Therefore, the re...
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RGB-D cameras are employed in several research fields and application scenarios. Choosing the most appropriate sensor has been made more difficult by the increasing offer of available products. Due to the novelty of RGB-D technologies, there was a lack of tools to measure and compare performances of this type of sensor from a metrological perspecti...
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Convolutional neural networks are increasingly used in the medical field for the automatic segmentation of several anatomical regions on diagnostic and non-diagnostic images. Such automatic algorithms allow to speed up time-consuming processes and to avoid the presence of expert personnel, reducing time and costs. The present work proposes the use...
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The major breakthroughs in the fields of reverse engineering and additive manufacturing have dramatically changed medical practice in recent years, pushing for a modern clinical model in which each patient is considered unique. Among the wide spectrum of medical applications, reconstructive surgery is experiencing the most benefits from this new pa...
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This paper considers the fitting of a CAD template model to tessellated data as strategy to implement a reverse engineering process that aims at the reconstruction of a parametric associative CAD model. The reconstruction methodology, called Template-Based CAD Reconstruction (TCRT), has been presented and fully discussed in a previous paper Buonami...
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In recent years, there has been an extensive use of machine learning techniques in the medical field for diagnostic or therapeutic prediction purposes. In the field of short bowel syndrome, numerous statistical studies have been proposed, but to date no machine learning techniques have been exploited to predict the outcomes of the surgery commonly...
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Cranioplasty is a procedure performed to repair defects in the human skull bone by surgically reconstructing the shape and function of the cranium. Several complications, both intraoperative and postoperative, can affect the procedure’s outcome (e.g., inaccuracies of the reconstructed shape, infections, ulcer, necrosis). Although the design of addi...
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The influence of the grain angle on the cutting force when milling wood is not yet detailed, apart from particular cases (end-grain, parallel to the grain, or in some rare cases 45°-cut). Thus, setting-up wood machining operations with complex paths still relies mainly on the experience of the operators because of the lack of scientific knowledge e...
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This work presents the Special Issue on Innovative Textiles in the Era of Circular Economy, published in the Applied Sciences Journal. Such an issue was introduced to promote papers related to the textile field aiming at the development of a range of sustainable processes, technologies, products, and actions for the improvement of human well-being...
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The increasing availability of 3D anatomical models obtained from diagnostic images exploiting Reverse Engineering techniques allows the application of statistical analysis in the quantitative investigation of anatomical shapes variability. Statistical Shape Models are a well-established method for representing such variability, especially for comp...
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Home-based recovery is gradually being used to reduce health-care costs; however, with a shorter stay in the hospital, the risk of growing adverse clinical outcomes exists, mainly due to the lack of motivation in the patient and on the difficulties in performing a strict control by the doctors. This is particularly true for patients who went under...
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Disruptive 3D technologies, such as reverse engineering (RE) and additive manufacturing (AM), when applied in the medical field enable the development of new methods for personalized and non-invasive treatments. When referring to the monitoring of pectus excavatum, one of the most common thoracic malformations, 3D acquisition of the patient chest p...
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The growing interest in the auricular anatomy is due to two different strands of research: 1) in the medical field it is associated with autologous ear reconstruction, a surgery adopted following trauma or congenital malformations; 2) in surveillance and law enforcement the ear is used for human detection and recognition. Alternative systems of ear...
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Current conservation approaches are shifting toward small, tailored, and less invasive interventions. Therefore the problems and best practices for conservators are becoming increasingly mobile. The future of art preservation heating systems will be with “intelligent” devices that are portable, flexible, reliable, and cost-effective. In this scenar...
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Planning prototyping strategies for conceptual design purposes is a crucial activity, which needs a clear understanding of the potentialities of the different typologies of prototype. Therefore, to prepare future designers, it is very important to provide the required information in design-related academic courses. However, prototypes and prototypi...
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Autologous ear reconstruction, i.e. the reconstruction of the outer ear from autologous cartilage tissue, is a very important surgery considering the psychosocial repercussions of an individual affected by microtia (i.e. the total or partial absence of the outer ear). The execution of this surgery can be very complex due to the unique characteristi...
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In the region of the cultural patrimony, operators use high-resolution orthophotos of paintings for the restoration, monitoring and electronic recording and exhibition purposes. Unfortunately, artworks that are to be restored and/or shown in digital museums are painted on canvas that are far from perfectly planar. Professional documents surrounding...
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Pectus Excavatum (PE) is a congenital anomaly of the ribcage, at the level of the sterno-costal plane, which consists of an inward angle of the sternum, in the direction of the spine. PE is the most common of all thoracic malformations, with an incidence of 1 in 300-400 people. To monitor the progress of the pathology, severity indices, or thoracic...
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Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling is still today the elective process for the production of single-piece impellers, as it can reliably produce complex geometries, removing the need for additional manufacturing processes. Nevertheless, Additive Manufacturing is winning more and more ground due to its ability to make components of any geometry...
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Designing an acquisition system for 2D or 3D information, based on the integration of data provided by different sensors is a task that requires a labor-intensive initial design phase. Indeed, the definition of the architecture of such acquisition systems needs to start from the identification of the position and orientation of the sensors observin...
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In recent years, breakthroughs in the fields of reverse engineering and additive manufacturing techniques have led to the development of innovative solutions for personalized medicine. 3D technologies are quickly becoming a new treatment concept that hinges on the ability to shape patient-specific devices. Among the wide spectrum of medical applica...
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Materials used for creating fabrics featuring insulation and thermoregulation are typically made of multi-layer materials consisting of two outer layers and inner padding, traditionally made from goose or duck feathers or even with synthetic materials. In this context, the development of a fabric in which the insulation is carried out directly than...
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In brain tumor surgery, an appropriate and careful surgical planning process is crucial for surgeons and can determine the success or failure of the surgery. A deep comprehension of spatial relationships between tumor borders and surrounding healthy tissues enables accurate surgical planning that leads to the identification of the optimal and patie...
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Although the wide diffusion and technological development of Additive Technologies, it is still unclear to what extent the related potentialities are actually exploited. The work described in this paper aims at developing an on-line survey to be administered to industrial practitioners from different types of firm to elicit the information required...
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Computer Aided reconstruction of mechanical parts nowadays heavily relies on dedicated RE software systems and highly skilled users to be carried out effectively. This paper investigates this scenario in order to identify most limiting factors in the current framework. With this respect, several considerations of general validity are drawn while pr...
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The most common clinical treatment for ear deformities or non-congenital abnormalities is the reconstruction of the missing geometry using autologous costal cartilage. The surgical procedure consists in cutting, sculpting and suturing harvested costal cartilage from the patient to recreate an ear shape which is symmetric to the contralateral ear. D...
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Peripheral venous access is an extremely common procedure, crucial in delivering drugs and collecting blood samples. It is associated to high failure rates, especially when pediatric subjects are involved, due to reduced limb size and low cooperation. Ultrasound can sensibly increase success rates and reduce the time required to perform the procedu...
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The present paper proposes a methodology to design and manufacture optimized turbomachinery components by leveraging the potential of Topology Optimization (TO) and Additive Manufacturing (AM). The method envisages the use of TO to define the best configuration of the rotoric components in terms of both static and dynamic behavior with a resultant...
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In the field of cultural heritage, operators make use of high resolution orthophotos of paintings both for purposes related to restoration and monitoring of art pieces and for realizing online documentations and exhibitions. Unfortunately, artworks to be restored and/or presented in digital museums are painted on canvas which are far to be perfectl...
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Pectus Excavatum (PE) is a congenital anomaly of the thoracic cage, at the level of the sternal-costal plane, which consists of an inward angle of the sternum, in the direction of the spine. Its incidence, equal to 1 in 300–400 people, makes it the most frequent among thoracic malformations. For a proper care of patients suffering from PE, it is es...
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Even if wood machining has been the focus of many research activities throughout the years, wood machining operations setups still rely a lot on the experience of operators because of the lack of scientific basis easily transferable to the industry. The aim of the present work is to develop a new, rapid, and repeatable experimental method to assess...
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Used in several industrial fields to create innovative designs, topology optimization is a method to design a structure characterized by maximum stiffness properties and reduced weights. By integrating topology optimization with additive layer manufacturing and, at the same time, by using innovative materials such as lattice structures, it is possi...
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In the fashion field, the use of electroplated small metal parts such as studs, clips and buckles is widespread. The plate is often made of precious metal, such as gold or platinum. Due to the high cost of these materials, it is strategically relevant and of primary importance for manufacturers to avoid any waste by depositing only the strictly nec...
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To date, standard methods for assessing the severity of chest wall deformities are mostly linked to X-ray and CT scans. However, the use of radiations limits their use when there is a need to monitor the development of the pathology over time. This is particularly important when dealing with patients suffering from Pectus Carinatum, whose treatment...
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In the fashion field, the use of electroplated small metal parts such as studs, clips and buckles is widespread. The plate is often made of precious metal, such as gold or platinum. Due to the high cost of these materials, it is strategically relevant and of primary importance for manufacturers to avoid any waste by depositing only the strictly nec...
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In cranioplasty surgery, achieving an effective aesthetic shape restoration of the cranial vault is the most important issue to ensure a proper outcome in terms of social and psychological benefits for the patient. To date, the most advanced approach uses CT/MRI data to reconstruct, in a pre-operative stage, the 3D anatomy of the defective skull in...