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     Date Submitted:24-10-2010
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     Current job:Associate Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordsremote sensing, satellites, data processing, environmental monitoring, real-time, C, C++
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    PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH Florence (Italy), 16 July 1975

    NATIONALITY Italian

    CURRENT EMPLOYER National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Florence, Italy

     

    COMPUTER AND PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE

    Operating Systems: Extensive use of Windows (NT, 2000, XP) and Linux/UNIX (Debian, Ubuntu) platforms

    Programming Languages: Advanced knowledge of C and C++ programming languages (including experience with Windows MFC libraries and multithreading synchronisation); Good knowledge of FORTRAN90 programming language; Experiences with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and MATLAB

    Design: Unified Modelling Language (UML), Microsoft Visio

    Integrated Development Environments: Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 6, Kdevelop, Dev-C++, Eclipse

    Scripting and Markup Languages: UNIX Shell scripting; Experiences with XML applications (use of Xerces C++ library); Good knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP and JavaScript

    Database Management: Experiences of RDBMS with MySQL

    Other: Extensive knowledge of many commercial office suites (e.g. Microsoft Office, Open Office) and image processing programs (e.g. Paint Shop Pro, Gimp)

     

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Jun 2010 – present National Inter-University Consortium forTelecommunications (CNIT) - Florence, Italy

    Research Associate

    Currently, my research activity is carried out within the SeaBILLA European Project (7th Framework Programme), a project aimed at the definition of the architecture of a new European Sea Border surveillance system. In particular, my role is to provide techniques and algorithms for high resolution airborne and spaceborn sensors, radar data processing and data fusion.

     

    2003 – May 2010 University of Florence Florence, Italy

    Research Fellow in Remote Sensing

    I started my research in the field of Remote Sensing while still studying for my Degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2001 and I have been continuing working on my research after obtaining my PhD. My research is carried out within the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (University of Florence) and the Satellite Receiving Station (Prato Campus, PIN) and covers mainly:

    • Specification, development and maintenance of real-time processing software for satellite data (especially from NOAA, MSG and also SeaWiFS, MODIS satellites)

    • Study and implementation of algorithms for radiometric calibration and correction, image navigation and registration

    • Development, calibration and validation of algorithms for obtaining sea/land geophysical products

    • Establishment of procedures for continuous and real-time environmental monitoring at regional and national scales (see Research Projects and publications)

    • Study and implementation of several algorithms for digital image analysis and processing

    • Maintenance and updating of the Receiving Station digital data archive (especially with MySQL)

    • Management of instrumentation (including digital receivers and tracking systems) for direct reception of level 0 HRPT data from NOAA and level 1.5 data (via EUMETCast) from MSG satellites

    The development/maintenance of software (mainly in C and C++) is focused on the entire processing chain (a distributed and low latency pipeline processing system) of level 0 data including radiometric calibration, image navigation and registration, algorithms for level 2 geophysical products. It also addresses the aspects of:

    • Products metadata and quality description (with reference to the European INSPIRE directive and the related standards from ISO 19100 series, WMO and OGC)

    • Data interchange (with the use of formats such as HDF, BUFR, GRID and GeoTIFF)

     

     

    RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF REMOTE SENSING AND GIS (WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE)

    2007 – 2008 Earth Science Department (DST), University of Florence (Italy)

    Research Project, coordinated by the Earth Science Department (DST), entitled “Realizzazione di un sistema di monitoraggio in tempo reale della radianza telerilevata dai sensori AVHRR dei satelliti NOAA sull’Italia” (Realization of a system for real-time monitoring of emitted radiance from Italian territory, using AVHRR/NOAA sensor); the project aimed at the continuous monitoring of emitted radiance with the goal of developing and testing fire detection algorithms over the Italian territory.

    My duties were:

    • Check and improvement of procedures for AVHRR sensor calibration and radiometric correction (addressing also traceability issues)

    • Study and development of algorithms for thermal anomalies and fire detection in real time

    • Maintenance and check of the complete real-time data processing chain

     

    2005 – 2006 Department of Historical Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy)

    Research Project, coordinated by the Department of Historical Sciences, “Metodologie per l’accesso in rete di archivi digitali di immagini, di database per complessi urbani e monumenti e per sistemi GIS, finalizzate alla ricerca storica” (Metholodgy and computer-aided design for the online access of digital archives of images, of databases for urban and monumental complexes, and for Geographical Information Systems, directed at historical research); the project aimed at the construction of digital archives containing the documentation of historical archival sources pertaining to several Italian cities and some monumental and archaeological complexes.

    My duties were:

    • Geo-registration of information (on fixed Mercator WGS84 geographical reference) for GIS integration

    • Implementation of algorithms for shortest path finding applied to the road network of Bologna (Italy)

     

    2004 – 2006 Regional Hydrographic Office, Sicily Region (Italy) and Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Applications (DIIAA), University of Palermo (Italy)

    Research Project, coordinated by the Regional Hydrographic Office and in cooperation with the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Applications (DIIAA), entitled “Sécheresse et Désertification dans le bassin Méditerranée” (Drought and Desertification in the Mediterranean Basin) (SEDEMED II); the project aimed at continuous evaluation of vegetation status, detection of dry areas and individuation of desertification trends phenomena in the Mediterranean Basin.

    My duties were:

    • Implementation and calibration of algorithms for land surface temperature retrievals

    • Implementation of procedures for NDVI maximum value composite maps at regional scale

    • Use of 6S radiative transfer simulation code for atmospheric correction of AVHRR solar bands

    • Quality aspects management (ISO 9000), products metadata, quality and lineage description (ISO 19113, 19114, 19115)

    • Definition of data interchange strategies (with use of standard formats such as HDF and GeoTIFF)

    • Participation to meetings for reporting the status and progress of my Research Group’s contribution to the project

     

    2003 – 2004 Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Tuscany – ARPAT (Italy)

    Research Project, in cooperation with ARPAT, entitled “Monitoraggio in Continuo dell’Ambiente Marino Tramite Telerilevamento Dati da Satellite, con Trasmissione dei Risultati ed Elaborazione Distribuita” (Continuous Monitoring of the Marine Environment through Remote Sensing, with Remote Transmission of Results and Distributed Computing); the project aimed at the continuous monitoring of physical parameters over the Tuscan Sea.

    My duties were:

    • Development of an original interpolation technique (segmented interpolation) for coastal sea analysis improvement (see publications [Pellegrini, 2002] [Tommaisni, 2005])

    • Maintenance and check of the complete satellite data processing chain

    • Contribution and supervision of the publication that followed the project (see publication [Pellegrini, 2004])

    • Use of the SeaDAS (SeaWiFS Data Analysis System) processing package to obtain chlorophyll concentration maps, at regional scale, from SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor) data

    • Use of Interactive Data Language (IDL) for graphics and 2D plots extraction

     

     

    COOPERATIONS WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES (WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE)

    2008 – 2009 OTLAS S.r.l. (Florence, Italy)

    OTLAS S.r.l. is a company that produces laser marking machines. I was responsible for:

    • Implementation of digital image processing algorithms

    • Development of drawing aid software for laser marking systems

    • Development of software that assists in previewing the output of a laser marking machine

    • Development of custom software on Windows platforms with C++/MFC

    Within this activity, I had a really relevant experience in visual programming on Windows XP platforms, using the MFC libraries and the Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 6 IDEs.

     

    2006 – 2008 Elettromeccanica-CM S.p.a. (Pistoia, Italy)

    Elettromeccanica-CM S.p.a. is a company operating in the field of electronics in the railway environment. I was responsible for:

    • Definition and testing of architectural/software requisites for safety related electronic devices in railway environment

    • Design of tests for software to be run on embedded systems

    The work was carried out in compliance with European standards (CENELEC/EN 50126, 50128, 50129) regarding software integration testing procedures and software documentation within high safety integrity level applications. Other issues consisted in software coding style and metrics regulations. The whole testing activity was carried out directly on the real-time embedded systems under examination.

     

     

    EDUCATION

    2003 – 2006 University of Basilicata Potenza, Italy

    Ph.D. in “Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring

    Thesis title: “Monitoring of physical parameters from passive satellite sensors. Aspects of product quality and data interchange. Applications for the Sicily Region.

    Final Result: Excellent

     

    1995 – 2002 University of Florence Florence, Italy

    Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (specialisation in Remote Sensing)

    Thesis title: “Algorithms for SeaWiFS sensor data processing. Segmented interpolation and data fusion. Applications for the Tuscany Region.

    Final Result: 106/110

     

    1990 – 1994 Scientific Lycée “A. M. E. Agnoletti” Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

    Maturità Scientifica (Scientific Diploma)

    Final result: 60/60

     

    Languages

    Italian: mother tongue

    English: fluent (oral and written)

    German, French: basic conversation

     

    Personal interests

     I have played tennis at an advanced level for about 15 years. I taught tennis to children in summer camps (2000-2002) and to students of middle and high schools (2002-2004). I also give private lessons to adults. In 2009, I obtained the degree of UISP tennis instructor.

     

    Scientific publications and presentations

    Pellegrini P. F., Tommasini M., Innocenti M., Poli G., 2002, Automatic Navigation of AVHRR and SeaWiFS imagery on the sea with segmented Interpolation, ASI-CNIT, Dalle Mese Ed., pp. 70-92, November 2002

    Pellegrini P. F., Tommasini M., Innocenti M., Marconi M., Poli G., 2004, Contributo all'osservazione del mare dell'Arcipelago Toscano da Satellite (Contribution to the Observation of the Tuscan Sea Archipelago from Satellite), Telecommunications Laboratory – DET Florence, ARPAT Sezione Mare – Piombino and Satellite Receiving Station – PIN Prato; Florence, May 2004 [http://www.arpat.toscana.it/pubblicazioni/contributo-all2019osservazione-del-mare-dellarcipelago-toscano-da-satellite]

    Tommasini M., Poli G., Pellegrini P. F., 2005, Segmented Interpolation Along the Coastline for AVHRR NOAA Images, EARSeL eProceedings, 4(1), pp. 26-43, ISSN 1729-3782, March 2005

    Poli G., Tommasini M., Serena A., Pellegrini P. F., 2005, Metodi di inseguimento di fronti termici sulla superficie marina e di nubi su scala regionale utilizzando dati AVHRR/NOAA e METEOSAT (Motion Estimation of Temperature Fields and Clouds on the Sea Surface with AVHRR/NOAA and METEOSAT on a Regional Scale), Proceedings of the 9th ASITA National Conference, vol.2, pp.1677-1683, November 2005

    Tommasini M., Mori S., Poli G., Pellegrini P. F., 2005, Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) on a Regional Scale (Tuscan Archipelago) from AVHRR and MERIS Data, Proceedings of the MERIS (A)ATSR Workshop 2005 (ESA SP-597). ESRIN – Frascati (Italy), September 26-30, 2005

    Poli G., Tommasini M., Adembri G., Iliopulos A., 2006, Correzione Geometrica della Ripresa per Immagini Satellitari AVHRR/NOAA Decentrate in presenza di Nubi a Bassa e Media Quota (Geometric Correction of Satellite Images in Presence of Clouds at Medium and High Altitude), Proceedings of the 10th ASITA National Conference, vol.2, pp.1613-1619, November 2006

    Pellegrini P. F., Gherardelli M., Tommasini M., Poli G., Adembri G., 2007, Data and metadata coding and network services for the interoperability of satellite geophysical products, Proceedings of the 27th EARSeL Symposium, Bolzano (Italy), June 2007

    Poli G., Adembri G., Tommasini M., Polverini M., 2007, Compatibilità ed integrazione di dati NDVI da sensori AVHRR/NOAA e SEVIRI/MSG (Compatibility and integration of NDVI data obtained from AVHRR/NOAA and SEVIRI/MSG sensors), Proceedings of the 11th ASITA National Conference, vol.2, pp.1815-1822, November 2007

    Tommasini M., Innocenti M., Adembri G., Gherardelli M., Pellegrini P. F., Poli G., 2009, Monthly Average of Sea Surface Temperatures over the Tuscan Sea, Proceedings of the 29th EARSeL Symposium, Chania (Greece), June 15-18, 2009

    Poli G., Adembri G., Tommasini M., Gherardelli M., 2009, Compatibility and integration of NDVI data obtained from AVHRR/NOAA and SEVIRI/MSG sensors, Proceedings of the 2009 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, Bath (UK), September 21-25, 2009

    Poli G., Adembri G., Gherardelli M., Tommasini M., 2010, Dynamic Threshold Cloud Detection Algorithm Improvement for AVHRR and SEVIRI Images, Proceedings of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2010, Honolulu (USA), July 25-30, 2010


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