Prof. Ing. Luciano Tarricone
University of Salento
Department of Engineering for Innovation
Ecotekne – Edificio La Stecca -
Prov.le Lecce- Monteroni
Tel. + 39 0832 297226
Fax + 39 0832 1830127
Luciano Tarricone is a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Lecce, Italy. He received a Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering at the university of Rome 1, Italy, in 1989, and his PhD from the same university in 1994, with a thesis on biological effects of EM fields.
In 1990 he was a research fellow at the National Insitute of Health in Rome, Italy, involved in EM compatibility of implanted pacemakers, and contributing to the first European draft of safety standards. Since late 1990 up to 1994 he has been with IBM Research. He was first with the Scientific Center in Rome (speech recognition group), later on with European Center for Scientific and Engineering Computing (ECSEC), dealing with high performance computing and mathematical methods and simulation models.
Between 1994 and 1997 he was a researcher of EM Fields at the university of Perugia. Between 1997 and 2001 he was a senior researcher and a Professore Incaricato of EM Compatibility at the same university. At the university of Perugia he started a research group in the area of EM compatibility which achieved interesting scientific results. In 2001 he moved to the University of Lecce, where he has been an associate professor since 2002. Holder of the Chair of EM Fields, he is also Professore Incaricato of: 1) Antennas and Propagation 2) EM Compatibility 3) CAD of microwave and quasi-optical circuits and antennas, in the courses of Laurea triennale di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, and Laurea Specialistica in Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni. At the University of Lecce he coordinates now the EM research group and laboratory, composed of 2 researchers, 1 research fellow, 6 PhDS students, 3 external coworkers.
His research activity is multifolded. The first area in a chronological order is related to the interaction between EM fields and living systems. More specifically, Prof. Tarricone developed innovative models for the analysis of the interaction between EM fields and cell membranes, with a focus on ionic channels in cell membranes. These models, based on Markov automata, had a significant spread throughout the scientific community. The theme of bioEM interaction leaded him to other research areas, such as the one of high performance computing numerical methods for the solution of complex EM problems, or furthermore the dielectric characterization of materials, with non-invasive methods (for example microwave non invasive open ended sensors). Moving from these themes, his activities extended towards other areas, such as CAD of microwave circuits and antennas. In this area, Prof. Tarricone proposed brand new techniques for the improvement of numerical methods such as mode-matching, MoM and other formulations. These techniques, based on methods of optimum renumbering and graph representation, leaded to important publications. Furthermore, in the same context a good interest from the scientific community was addressed towards his contribution to the analysis of planar multilayer circuits with MPIE/MoM methods.
In the area of antennas, he focussed on problems related to the analysis of metal-flanged aperture antenna arrays, studying problems related to the adoption of different expanding functions and to CAE techniques for rectangular aperture arrays.
Other research areas have been addressed starting from previous research for human exposure to EM fields. One of them is represented by the human exposure to the near field of large radiobase station antennas with parallel FDTD methods. The problem, complex and computationally heavy, is relevant both from the scientific and from the industrial point of view. Another issue is represented by optimum planning of wireless networks, intended as a way to reduce and monitor the exposure of people to EM fields. In this activity, the research group in DII Lecce has gained significant expertise on radiopropagation innovative models (for example percolative techniques based on no-wave models of EM propagation) and on combinatorial genetic and tabu methods, serial and parallel, in distributed geographical environments. These studies, firstly addressing problems of geographical extension, find today more and more often applications to local networks, with a special focus on wifi nets in hospital environments.
Another research line developed these last years involves metamaterials, and more specifically double negative materials. These cutting-edge research opens new perspectives for components and antenna miniaturization. Prof. Tarricone is particularly focussed on the study of EM propagation of finite-bandwidth modulated signals inside double negative slabs, as well as on the new perpsectives opened by carbon nanotubes for cavity-backed antennas.
Furthermore, Prof. Tarricone is involved in time-domain reflectometry, with special attention to the development of real-time systems for the quantitative and qualitative characterization of liquids. An application now under examination is the setting up of microwave sensors for the in-one-shot estimation of liquid levels and dielectric permittivity inside large industrial tanks, including cases of more phases and materials. The adopted techniques combine together time and frequency domain analyses.
At the moment, relevant scientific achievements are attained for his activity in the area of advanced information techniques and technologies in EM applications. Of special importance his studies on the use of grid computing for electromagnetis, as demonstrated by two recent books authored by Prof. Tarricone, published by two well-known and reputed publishers, as reported in the reference list. In this scientific area, Prof. Tarricone is internationally appreciated, as proved by the several invitations in the major scientific world meetings, by his management in large international prjects, or by the recent invitation to manage a large educational initiative for university professors of arabian countries, on behalf of a famous Panarabic excellence center.
Since 2005, Prof. Tarricone has been active in the area of electromagnetic enabling technologies for the Internet of Things and Internet of the Future. Special focus is put on MEMS technologies for sensors and actuators, reconfigurable devices for cognitive networks, rectennas for energy harvesting, wireless power transmission, RFID solutions, and intelligent wireless systems. In 2007 Prof. Tarricone co-founded C.R.I.T. (Research Center for the Internet of Things) which was the first Italian research center on such themes.
Prof. Tarricone is a reviewer for the most important international journals in EM fields (IEEE Transactions on MTT, IEEE Trans. On AP, IEEE Microwave Components Letters, Int. Journal Num. Modelling, etc.). He is a member of many scientific committees of international conferences. He is a reviewer for the European Union in the Sixth Framework Program, as well as for MIUR in CIVR, PON, and other initiatives. He is Chapter Chair for the MTT-APS Joint Italian Chapter of IEEE.
He has matured a wide experience of management of large research and educational projects, both at national and at international level, both in cooperation with other research centers and universities, and with companies.His cooperation network is wide and multifolded, with a strong relevance of enterprises of different size, and, obviously, a good number of university research groups.
He has authored 5 books with international diffusion, more than 80 papers appeared in international journals, and more than 200 papers in international conferences.