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Paolo Ferrari got the Master degree with honors in Electronics in 1999, and the PhD in Electronic Instrumentation at the University of Brescia in 2003. Since 2004, he works at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Brescia as an Assistant Professor in the field of Electric and Electronic Instrumentation and Measurements.
The research areas are: signal processing of sensor output; performance measurement and optimization of industrial communication networks, time synchronization of distributed networks. The research activity includes field bus systems, Real Time Ethernet networks, wireless networks for sensors and controls, software defined radio, sensor networking, smart sensor, and the development of measurement methods and tools. Special attention has been paid to the time synchronization through Ethernet (or wireless) for industrial and civil applications. The contribution to the development of instruments for evaluating the performance of the transmission systems of measurement information in the industrial sector is noticeable. Currently, he is involved in the national research project PRIN 2009: Next-generation of hybrid networks for measurement and industrial automation - Wired / wireless performance characterization and measurement.
During the period from 2004 to 2012 he held various positions within the technical committees of national and international regulations, including CEI (Italian Electrotechnical Committee) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in the field of industrial communications, fieldbuses and wireless sensors.
He served in the Program Committee of several international conferences, including ETFA, ISPCS, SAS and I2MTC, all of them organized by the IEEE. He is regular reviewer of several international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Communications Letters, Elsevier Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, Elsevier Mechatronics Journal.
He is responsible for several “applied research” contracts between the Department and companies or consortia in the field of Real-time networks and sensor networks for industry. Since 2004, he manages the activities of the "PROFIBUS and PROFINET Competence Center" accredited with the PROFIBUS International Association.
Since 2002 he was supervisor of more than 50 thesis works. Currently, he is the author of more than 80 international papers (scientific journals and conference proceedings).