Intelligent Technologies

for Environmental Monitoring

“Workshop on Intelligent Technologies for Environmental Monitoring (ITEM) at IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal based Surveillance,
Lecce, 29 August-1 Septemeber 2017”

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“Environmental monitoring and data analysis across expansive environments for surveillance and security applications gain significant support from the integration of robotics and sensor network technologies.”

In particular, robots can augment the capabilities of stationary sensor networks offering increased availability and awareness, as compared to a static system. Pattern recognition and machine learning play a key role for analysis and interpretation of the data acquired by robot/sensor systems, enabling observation, modeling and understanding of environmental targets, towards the development of intelligent systems for effective detection and monitoring of security, health, and resource management issues.

This full-day workshop intends to bring together researchers and practitioners with various backgrounds relevant to this multidisciplinary field of research, namely researchers from field robotics, sensors and sensor networks for security and surveillance, visual and signal-based monitoring systems, environmental data processing, classification, pattern recognition, computer vision, communications in monitoring systems, sea monitoring, agricultural and forest monitoring.

Papers are solicited from researchers and practitioners with interests in the development of technologies for surveillance and security applications, sensor networks, field robotics (air/water/ground), environmental data analysis, pattern recognition and computer vision, as well as from environmental scientists interested in the employment of robotics/sensor technologies, computer vision and pattern recognition methodologies to support their studies.


Rosalia Maglietta


Annalisa Milella



University of Miami


Università del Salento


Jonian Dolphin Conservation


Prof. L. Alfredo Grieco

Politecnico di Bari

Information Centric Networking Architectures in Safety Enforcement Services: perspectives and challenges

Received the Dr. Eng. degree (with honors) in electronic engineering from “Politecnico di Bari,” Bari, Italy, in October 1999 and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from “Università di Lecce,” Lecce, Italy, on December 2003. From January 2005 to October 2014, he held an Assistant Professor position at the “Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell’Informazione, Politecnico di Bari”. From March to June 2009, he has been a Visiting Researcher with INRIA (Planete Project, Sophia Antipolis, France), working on the topic of Internet measurements. From October to November 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher with LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France) working on Information Centric Networking design of M2M systems. From November 2014, he holds an Associate Professor position in Telecommunications at Politecnico di Bari (DEI). He authored more than 100 scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings of great renown that gained nearly 4000 citations. His main research interests include congestion control in packet-switching networks, quality of service in wireless networks, Internet multimedia applications, Internet of Things, Information Centric Networking, and Internet measurements. He is the Founding Editor in Chief of the Internet Technology Letters journal (Wiley), serves as Editor in Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (Wiley) and as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (for which he has been awarded as top associate editor in 2012). He has been constantly involved as member of the Technical Program Comittees of many prestigious IEEE conferences. Within the Internet Engineering Task Force (Internet Research Task Force), he is contributing (as author of RFC 7554) new standard protocols for industrial IoT applications based on the IEEE 802.15.4e Time Slotted Channel Hopping (new standard architectures for tomorrow ICN-IoT systems). Starting from 2016 he is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE VTS.

Prof. Shahriar Negahdaripour

University of Miami

Improving Automation of Subsea Robotics Tasks by Integration of Visual Cues in 2-D Optical and FL Sonar Images

Shahriar Negahdaripour received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1979, 1980, and 1987, respectively. His areas of research interest include the application of 2-D optical and forward- look sonar video imaging in the visual guidance of submersible robotics and seafloor 2-D and 3-D mapping. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants from NSF, the Office of Naval Research, NOAA, SERDP/DoD. Dr. Negahdaripour received the 1989 National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Initiation Award, the 2009 SERDP Project of the Year for Application of ROV- based video technology to complement coral reef resource mapping and monitoring, the 2003 Siemens Corp’s Best Paper Award at the IEEE AVSS03 Conference, and the 2007 Best Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on Beyond Multi-view Geometry (BMG07); held in conjunction with IEEE CVPR07. His students has received the third and second best Student Poster Papers at the IEEE Oceans Conferences held in Genoa, Italy, in 2015, and in Monterey, CA in 2016. He has served as General Co-Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (1991) and the IEEE International Symposium on Computer Vision (1995), as well the technical committee member of several other conferences in computer vision.


Paper submission deadline April 28th, 2017May 12th, 2017 extended
Papers must be submitted via the submission website at


Workshop Day – August 29th

On August 29th, AVSS workshops will take place at the Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce.
They will be parrallelized in four different hotel rooms. The welcoming speech will be plenary, in the “Salone delle Feste” room.

Additional information on the program of the Workshop Day and the IEEE AVSS 2017 conference can be found here.
ITEM 2017 14:00 – 17:00 Atenze Room


First session

Improving Automation of Subsea Robotics Tasks by Integration of Visual Cues in 2-D Optical and FL Sonar Images
Invited talk Prof. S. Negahdaripour

Information Centric Networking Architectures in Safety Enforcement Services: perspectives and challenges
Invited talk Prof. L. Alfredo Grieco

Monitoring and Mapping with Robot Swarms for Agricultural Applications
Dario Albani, Joris IJsselmuiden, Ramon Haken, Vito Trianni

A Multisensor Platform for Comprehensive Detection of Crop Status: Results from two Case Studies
Stefan Rilling, Michael Nielsen, Annalisa Milella, Christian Jestel, Peter Fröhlich,, Giulio Reina

Coffee Break

Second session

Review on Research Studies and Monitoring System Applied to Cetaceans in the Gulf of Taranto
R. Carlucci, R. Maglietta, G. Buscaino, G. Cipriano, A. Milella, V. Pollazzon, P.
Bondanese, C. De Leonardis, S. Mona, M. Nitti, E. Papale, V. Renò, P. Ricci, E. Stella,
C. Fanizza

Information-Centric Networking in Environmental Monitoring: an overview on publish-subscribe implementations
Agnese V. Ventrella, Luigi Alfredo Grieco, and Giuseppe Piro

Survey and navigation in agricultural environments using robotic technologies
Rocco Galati, Giulio Reina, Arcangelo Messina, Angelo Gentile

What has been missed for Real Life Driving? An Inspirational Thinking from Human Innate Biases
Jiawei Xu, Yu-An Chen, Kun Guo, Jiheng Wang, Federica Menchinelli, Chao Jiang, Chuang Zhang, Ling Shao

Each submission will be double-blindly peer-reviewed by at least two experts. This requires the paper to be anonymous, please read the instructions included in the paper templates.

A paper submission implies that, if the paper is accepted, one of the authors, or a proxy, will present the paper at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be included in the IEEE AVSS conference proceedings (Scopus indexed).

Selected papers will be considered for publication on an indexed journal, such as Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, or another relevant journal related with the workshop topics

Deadline is April 28th, at 23:59:59 PST.
May 12th, 2017 EXTENDED

Get ready

Please format the paper according to one of the following templates:
DOWNLOAD Microsoft Word template

Detailed style and formatting instructions can be found in the templates. Papers must be written in English and submitted in PDF format, each submission must be between 4 and 5 A4 pages long + references.

MAY 2017

Author notifications

JUNE 2017

Camera Ready Papers due

JULY 2017

Early registration deadline
(same as AVSS 2017)


Workshop Date


The workshop will take place August 29th 2017 in conjunction with the AVSS conference
(one day before the main conference program)

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