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ISOCS Short Course Winter 2023

January 16, 2023 January 19, 2023

Develop your knowledge of environmental gas & odour sensing at the ISOCS Short Course in Bormio, Italy

The Short Course will cover fundamental concepts and practical aspects of chemical sensors systems applied to environmental gas & odour detection and monitoring. Exercises and demonstrations on data processing and on environmental gas sampling and sensing will deliver unique hands-on experience.

This Short Course is organized together with the Sensoft project (http://deeea.urv.cat/sensoft/) and sponsored by the Smart Analytics network (https://www.bioregio-stern.de/en/projects/smart-analytics-network).

This Short Course will cover topics including:

  • Environmental odour monitoring
  • Environmental data analysis and processing
  • Advanced applications with drones
  • Trace detection of air pollutants
  • Wireless gas sensing networks
  • Sensor calibration techniques

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Saverio De Vito, ENEA; President ISOCS
  • Prof. Laura Capelli, Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof. Santiago Marco, University of Barcelona
  • Prof. Agustin Gutierrez Galvez, University of Barcelona
  • Prof. Eduard Llobet Valero, Universitat Rovira I Virgili
  • Prof. Achim J. Lilienthal, Örebro University
  • Prof. Pilar Pina, University of Zaragoza
  • Prof. Andoni Beriain, University of Navarra
  • Dr. Jan Mitrovics, JLM Innovation GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Marzio Invernizzi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Dr. Carmen Bax, Politecnico di Milano
  • Dr. Roberto Pasqua, Ellona
  • Dr. Christian Bur, Saarland University
  • Eng. Theodosios Kassandros, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Dr. Patrick Neumann, BAM
  • Dr. Javier Alonso, University of Barcelona

Who should attend?

The Short Course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the use of chemical sensors for air quality and odour monitoring, gas sampling methods, environmental data analysis; for example, PhD students, researchers, technologists and industrialists.
Short Courses organized by ISOCS are a unique combination of fundamental theory lectures and practical application exercises. They provide a head start into selected topics of current research and new developments in the area of chemical sensing and olfaction. Most lecturers will be present throughout the duration of the course. Ample opportunity is given for discussion and networking.

The Short Course explores the areas of chemical sensing, data processing, mobile and wireless applications for environmental gas & odour monitoring. We have put together an exciting program that will provide attendees with both theoretical background and practical experience in the above areas.
Topics will be delivered by lectures, discussion, and practical demonstration sessions. Participants will need to bring their own laptops, but will be supplied with sample data and evaluation software. The computing laboratories do not need a high performance computer and can be carried out on a basic laptop running the windows operating system. Participants will also experience a hands-on trial on environmental odour sampling and monitoring.

The Short Course is residential and the programme allows plenty of scope for networking with lecturers and attendees. Theoretical lectures will start on Monday 16th and take place in the morning, with the afternoon free for participants to network, consolidate their knowledge or enjoy the outdoors. Practical sessions, exercises and hands-on demonstrations will be in the early evening, before dinner.
The venue is the superb Hotel Vallechiara, located directly at the ski slopes, and the participation fees include all accommodation (5 nights) and meals. Participants may choose either a single room (950 €Now fully booked), double room (850 €) or share a triple/quadruple room (750 €). After 16th December an extra late registration fee of 50 € will be applied.

Students will receive free ISOCS membership for 2023!

Accompanying persons are also welcome, at a fee of 500 €.
Accommodation is provided from 15th January to 20th January.

A welcome dinner will take place on Sunday 15th to facilitate networking among participants.

The hotel has also a ski school (Anzi Ski School) and a ski rental, and they will organize ski courses at different levels (from beginners to experts) for the Short Course attendants. We encourage people to ski in the afternoon and we have amongst us, the organisers, some keen skiers.

How to reach the Venue

Transport information is in the file below.

VenueAddress: Hotel Vallechiara

Loc. Ciuk
Bormio, Italy
+39 0342 904381
View Venue Website

Updated Program & Flyer

ISOCS Winter School 2023 “Environmental gas & odour sensing”
Bormio, 16-19 January 2023
DAY 1 (Monday, January 16): Environmental Odour Monitoring

8:40-8:55 Saverio De Vito (ENEA, President of ISOCS): Welcome to participants and presentation of ISOCS
8:55-9:10 Laura Capelli (Politecnico di Milano, Educational chair of ISOCS): Outline and scope of the winter school. The problem of odour pollution
9:10-10:10 Marzio Invernizzi (Politecnico di Milano): Methods for the measurement of environmental odours: state of the art and open challenges
10:10-10:40 Break & discussion
10:40-11:40 Laura Capelli (Politecnico di Milano): The use of gas sensors systems for environmental odour monitoring: potential, limitations, and future perspectives
11:40-12:00 Roberto Pasqua (Ellona): Blind prediction test for odor concentration with an electronic nose: a real case of study
12:00-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-17:30 Free time
17:30-19:30 PRACTICAL SESSION. Carmen Bax (Politecnico di Milano): Design and execution of an environmental odour monitoring campaign: practical examples of strategies for odour source identification, sample collection, dilution, and analysis for e-nose training
19:30-21:30 DINNER
DAY 2 (Tuesday, January 17): Calibration techniques

8:30-9:30 Santiago Marco (IBEC): Assessment of the calibration accuracy of IOMS for odour concentration estimation, using model comparison methods
9:30-10:00 Break & discussion
10:00-11:00 Saverio De Vito (ENEA): Calibration Methodologies for Low Air Quality Sensors: State of the art and future outlook
11:00-12:00 Christian Bur (Saarland University):Advanced calibration strategies for IAQ sensors – transfer learning for addressing scalability limitations
12:00-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-17:30 Free time
17:30-18:00 Saverio De Vito (ENEA): Calibrating Citizen Science Multisensors for mobile Air Quality assessment: A practical proposal from Air Heritage Project
18:00-19:30 PRACTICAL SESSION. Theodosios Kassandros (University of Thessaloniki): Implementing a calibration function for low cost air quality sensor data
19:30-21:30 DINNER
DAY 3 (Wednesday, January 18): Mobile applications with drones/ robots

8:30-9:30 Achim J. Lillienthal (Örebro University): Modelling and sensor planning for environmental monitoring with gas sensors
9:30-10:30 Agustín Gutiérrez-Gálvez (University of Barcelona): Aerial monitoring of pollution and odour
10:30-11:00 Break & discussion
11:00-12:00 Patrick P. Neumann (BAM): Aerial-based Gas Tomography
12:00-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-17:30 Free time
17:30-19:30 PRACTICAL SESSION. Javier Alonso (University of Barcelona): Data Analysis and Multivariate Regression Modelling with Python for Gas Concentration Prediction: an Array of Commercial MOX Sensors as an Example of Chemical Sensing Unit. *
19:30-21:30 DINNER
DAY 4 (Thursday, January 19): Trace detection of air pollutants and wireless gas sensing networks (SENSOFT Project)

8:15-9:15 Eduard Llobet Valero (Universitat Rovira I Virgili): Nanomaterials for trace detection
9:15-10:15 Pilar Pina (UNIZAR and INMA): SERS for gas phase detection
10:15-10:45 Break & discussion
10:45-11:25 Jan Mitrovics (JLM Innovation): IoT Technologies for distributed sensing
11:25-12:05 Andoni Beriain (UNAV): Energy limited communications in harvester assisted wireless sensor nodes
12:05-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-18:00 Free time
18:00-19:30 PRACTICAL SESSION. Andoni Beriain, Moritz Kleinstrass, Alejando Santos (UNAV, URV, JLM Innovation): Demonstration of wireless gas sensing networks*
19:30-21:30 DINNER



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Accommodation includes 5 nights from 15th January to 20th January. Breakfast, small lunch and dinner are included.