Pasquale Daponte: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as a mobile measurement platform


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming popular as carrier for several sensors and measurement systems, due to their low weight, small size, low cost and easy handling, which make them flexible and suitable in many measurement applications, mainly when the quantity to be measured is spread over a wide area or it lies in human-hostile environments.

However, the drone itself can interact with both the measurand and the sensors, thus influencing the measurement results. For this reason, the drone equipped with the sensors must be thought as a measurement platform and must be characterized as a whole.

The tutorial will introduce the architecture of the drone, by highlighting its subsystems and the parameters that can influence the on-board sensors and measurement systems.
Then, an overview of the sensors and measurement systems that can be embedded on the drone will be given, by presenting their operating principle and applications.

Finally, some measurement applications will be described. For such applications, the measurement chain is analyzed and the influence of the flight parameters is taken into account to assess the measurement uncertainty.


Biography: Prof. PASQUALE DAPONTE was born in Minori (SA), Italy, on March 7, 1957. He obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree “cum laude” in Electrical Engineering in 1981 from University of Naples, Italy. He is a Full Professor of Electronic Measurements at University of Sannio – Benevento. He is Immediate Past Chair of the Italian Association on Electrical and Electronic Measurements, and Past President of IMEKO.

He is member of: Working Group of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technical Committee N°10 Subcommittee of the Waveform Measurements and Analysis Committee, IMEKO Technical Committee TC-4 “Measurements of Electrical Quantities”, Editorial Board of Measurement Journal, Acta IMEKO and of Sensors. He is Associate Editor of IET Science  Measurement & Technology Journal. He is member of the Board of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Naples Charter.

He has organised some national or international meetings in the field of Electronic Measurements and European co-operation and he was General Chairman of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technical Conference for 2006, Technical Programme Co-Chair for I2MTC 2015.

He was a co-founder of the IEEE Symposium on Measurement for Medical Applications MeMeA, now, he is the Chair of the MeMeA Steering Committee,

He is the co-founder of the;

  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace,
  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT,
  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry,
  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage,
  • IMEKO Workshop on Metrology for Geotechnics,
  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for the Sea,
  • IEEE Workshop on Metrology for Automotive,

He is involved in some European projects. He has published more than 330 scientific papers in journals and at national and international conferences on the following subjects: Measurements and Drones, ADC and DAC Modelling and Testing, Digital Signal Processing, Distributed Measurement Systems.

He received;

  • in 1987 from the Italian Society of Ophthalmology the award for the researches on the digital signal processing of the ultrasounds in echo-ophthalmology,
  • in 2009 the IEEE Fellowship,
  • in 2009 the Laurea Honoris Causa in Electrical Engineering from Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” of Iasi (Romania),
  • the “The Ludwik Finkelstein Medal 2014” from the Institute of Measurement and Control of United Kingdom,
  • in 2015, in the framework of Florence Academic Leader Programme, the “Florence Ambassador Award”,
  • in May 2018 the “Career Excellence Award” from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society “For a lifelong career and outstanding leadership in research and education on instrumentation and measurement, and a passionate and continuous service, international in scope, to the profession.”,
  • in September 2018 the IMEKO Distinguished Service Award,
  • in 2020 AESS Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award “For contributions to metrology for aerospace applications”.

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