Subcommittee on Green Communication for Automation

Chair: Stefano Vitturi, National Research Council of Italy CNR-IEIIT), University of Padova, Italy

Scope: The activities of the subcommittee are focused on energy efficiency aspects of all the communication systems used in automation. In this context, wired, wireless, and hybrid (wired/wireless) systems will be considered in their wide range of applications such as, for example, factory automation (especially at the field level) building and home automation, remote monitoring.
The main goal of the subcommittee is to solicit the adoption of energy efficiency strategies in the framework of communication for automation. Specific research topics of the subcommittee are the following:

  • Design of energy efficiency techniques for communication systems used in automation;
  • Analysis of achievable power savings;
  • Techniques to extend energy efficiency to the systems connected by the networks;
  • Adoption of the Energy Efficient Ethernet standard (IEEE 802.3az) by real-time Ethernet networks;
  • Definition of communication services for Energy Efficient Ethernet in automation;
  • Design of field devices implementing IEEE 802.3az.


Stefano Vitturi is a senior researcher with the Institute of Electronics, Information Engineering and Telecommunications of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IEIIT) since January 2002. He received the Laurea degree (summa cum lauda) in Electronics Engineering from University of Padova, in 1984. From 1985 to 2001 he has worked at the control and data acquisition system of RFX, a nuclear fusion experiment included in the Fusion Program of the European Community, located in Padova, Italy. His research interests include industrial communication systems, real time communication networks (wired, wireless and hybrid wired/wireless), implementation and performance analysis of devices conforming to the most popular industrial communication protocols. He served as Guest Editor for two Special Sections on the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and also as Track co-chair in several editions of IEEE-IES conferences (ETFA and WFCS). He participated to the program committee of several IEEE-IES conferences.
He has co-authored more than 100 papers published in both peer reviewed international journals and proceedings of international conferences. Also, he co-authored 10 book chapters. He has been responsible of several research contracts with Italian national companies and of the CNR-IEIIT task force in some European and Italian projects.

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Federico Tramarin National Research Council of Italy, CNR-IEIIT Italy
Emiliano Sisinni University of Brescia Italy
Paolo Ferrari University of Brescia Italy