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Corso Stati Uniti, 4 35127, Padova

geo-risks management

Selected publications:

  1. L.Schenato, A. Galtarossa, A. Pasuto, L.Palmieri, Distributed optical fiber pressure sensors, Optical Fiber Technology, vol. 58, 102239, 2020. (Kudos link)
  2. L. Schenato, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, L. Palmieri, An Optical Fiber Distributed Pressure Sensing Cable with Pa-Sensitivity and Enhanced Spatial Resolution, IEEE Sensors Journal, 20 (11), art. no. 8985409, pp. 5900-5908, 2020. (Kudos link)
  3. L. Schenato, Q. Rong, Z. Shao, X. Quiao, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, and L. Palmieri, “Highly sensitive fbg pressure sensor based on a 3d-printed transducer,” Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 37, no. 18, pp. 4784–4790, 2019. (Kudos link)
  4. M. Mantovani, G. Bossi, G. Marcato, L. Schenato, G. Tedesco, G. Titti, and A. Pasuto, “New perspectives in landslide displacement detection using sentinel-1 datasets,” Remote Sensing, vol. 11, no. 18, 2019.
  5. S. Cola, L. Schenato, L. Brezzi, F. Pangop, L. Palmieri, and A. Bisson, “Composite anchors for slope stabilisation: Monitoring of their in-situ behaviour with optical fibre,” Geosciences (Switzerland), vol. 9, no. 5, 2019. (Kudos link
  6. L. Schenato, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, and L. Palmieri, “An optical fibre cable for distributed pressure sensing: A proof of concept,” vol. 11199, 2019.
  7. G. Bossi, S. Bersan, S. Cola, L. Schenato, F. De Polo, C. Menegazzo, J. Boaga, G. Cassiani, F. Donini, and P. Simonini, “Multidisciplinary analysis and modelling of a river embankment affected by piping,” Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol. 17, pp. 234–244, 2019.
  8. L. Schenato, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, and L. Palmieri, “On the use of ofdr for high-spatial resolution strain measurements in mechanical and geotechnical engineering,” pp. 1–6, 2018.
  9. S. Bersan, O. Bergamo, L. Palmieri, L. Schenato, and P. Simonini, “Distributed strain measurements in a cfa pile using high spatial resolution fibre optic sensors,” Engineering Structures, vol. 160, pp. 554–565, 2018.
  10. L. Schenato, “Distributed sensing in geotechnical and hydrological applications,” vol. Part F124-OFS 2018, 2018 (invited).
  11. G. Bossi, L. Schenato, A. Pasuto, S. Bersan, F. De Polo, S. Cola, and P. Simonini, “Monitoring the foundation soil of an existing levee using distributed temperature fiber optic sensors,” Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering, no. 216849, pp. 677–680, 2018.
  12. G. Bossi, L. Schenato, and G. Marcato, “Structural health monitoring of a road tunnel intersecting a large and active landslide,” Applied Sciences (Switzerland), vol. 7, no. 12, 2017.
  13. L. Schenato, L. Palmieri, M. Camporese, S. Bersan, S. Cola, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, P. Salandin, and P. Simonini, “Distributed optical fibre sensing for early detection of shallow landslides triggering,” Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, 2017 (top 100 read articles 2017).
  14. S. Bersan, L. Schenato, A. Rajendran, L. Palmieri, S. Cola, A. Pasuto, and P. Simonini, “Application of a high resolution distributed temperature sensor in a physical model reproducing subsurface water flow,” Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, vol. 98, pp. 321–324, 2017.
  15. L. Schenato, R. Aneesh, L. Palmieri, A. Galtarossa, and A. Pasuto, “Fiber optic sensor for hydrostatic pressure and temperature measurement in riverbanks monitoring,” Optics and Laser Technology, vol. 82, pp. 57–62, 2016.
  16. L. Schenato, G. Bossi, G. Marcato, and A. Pasuto, “Cumulative monitoring of strain in concrete structures with polymer optical fibers,” Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, vol. 39, pp. 19–22, 2016.
  17. L. Schenato, A. Pasuto, A. Galtarossa, and L. Palmieri, “Optical fiber load sensor based on a semi-auxetic structure: A proof of concept," -: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 9916,99160N (EWOFS 2016) (best poster award).

Research Activity

His research activity has been focused for some years on polarization mode dispersion, PMD and birefringence measurements techniques, design of low-PMD optical fibers, nonlinear propagation in random birefringent fiber, slow light in optical fiber amplifiers. The skills acquired and knowledge gained in those fundamental topics of optical fiber technology have been transferred to the investigation of fiber optic and optical device for sensing applications, that represents, at the moment, the main research topic of dr. Schenato. He also developed the entire core of a web monitoring management system, capable of real-time automatic data gathering from sensors, information fusion and alert features, that is currently suporting several monitoring platforms. Co-inventor of 1 patent, he has also co-authored more than 90 papers published in international referred journals and international conference proceedings.




Gender: Male; Date of Birth: Nov 6th, 1979; Place of birth: Soave, Italy; Citizenship: Italian; Married, One son
01/2004 - 03/2017: PhD in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at the Univ. of Padova, Italy, Department of Information Engineering. Project area: Optical fibres and optical fibre-based devices.
10/1998-10/2003 Ms.C. in Telecommunication Eng., University of Padova, Italy; Grade: 110/110 cum laude. Ranking: 1st Rank, Achieving the highest GPA among all university Engineering graduate students at the University of Padova graduated in 2002/2003
09/1993-07/1998 Scientific high school diploma, grade 60/60 cum laude.
12/2010 – now: Researcher at National Research Council (Optical fibre sensors for geo-hydrological applications).
04/2010 – 11/2010: Post-Doctoral Grant at University of Padova (Optical fibre polarimetric techniques for ultra-high resolution measurements).
04/2008 – 03/2010: Research Fellowship at University of Padova (Reflectometric measurements for the characterization of optical fibres and fibre-based devices).
01/2007 – 04/2008: Research Fellowship at University of Padova (Optical fibre for slow- and fast-light applications).
02/2006 – 08/2006: Research Scholar at Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies) in Holmdel (Crawford Hill), New Jersey, US (FWM in spun and unspun fibres).
04/2004 – 10/2004: Research Scholar at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, South Korea (Design and draw of low PMD spun fibres).

2017 – Best Section Oral Presentation on the 2nd International Conference Challenges in Geotechnical Engineering issued by International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical engineering
“2017 OSA Outstanding Reviewer Recognition”, motivation: “Selected by the Editors-in-Chief of our core publications from scores of nominations by our Topical and Associate Editors, this award is intended to publically recognize your indispensable contribution to the success and stature of OSA’s journal publishing program”. Only 25 reviewers have been awarded.
2016 – Best Poster Award at the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS 2016)under the category “Physical and Mechanical Sensors” for the paper“Optical fiber load sensor based on a semi-auxetic structure: a proof of concept” (
2014 – InSIEM Award “Young People towards innovative enterprise” Issued by the Italian Society of Electromagnetism (SIEm), with the collaboration of National InterUniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) e with the support of the European Microwave Association (EuMA). Title of the proposed project: “Optical fibre sensing system for real-time riverbank monitoring”.(Reference: conference proceedings, p. 6)
2008 – Nominated as “Outstanding Young Researcher” in the contest for C. Offelli Award 2008 at the Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padova.
2007 – Nominated as “Outstanding Young Researcher” in the contest for C. Offelli Award 2007 at the Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Padova.
2003 – “Antonio Sarpi” Gold Medal Award as Best School of Engineering Student at the University of Padova graduated in 2002/2003. (reference: “Verbale consiglio di Facoltà di Ingegneria del 15/12/2005”, University of Padova, p. 46)
31/03/2017-31/03/2023: “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale Professore Seconda Fascia, Settore Concorsuale 09/F1, Campi Elettromagnetici” - Italian National Scientific Habilitation for Associate Professor in Electromagnetics.
2003 (II°session): Professional habilitation as an Engineer, by the Association of Engineers of Padova.
2016-2018 “Dikes and Debris Flows Monitoring by Novel Optical Fiber Sensors – DOMINO” - HORIZON2020 project (EU Joint Programme ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2014). Activity: Development of distributed optical fibre sensors for pressure and vibration; experimental analysis and modelling.
2016 “Industrial Development support of an optical interrogator for monitoring” - Research contract (customer/sponsor: AVAGO Technologies Fiber GMBH).Activity: Industrial research; experimental characterization and analysis (Main investigator).
2015 “Business development support for Optical Phase Interrogator” - Industrial contract (customer/sponsor: AVAGO Technologies Fiber GMBH).Activity: Feasibility analysis and support to business planning for the penetration of a low-cost sensing system in novel fields of application (Main investigator).
2015–2017 Hazard monitoring (landslide) in Passo della Morte, Forni di Sotto (IT) - Research agreement (customer/sponsor: Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Regional Civil Protection).Activity: Development and test of a low-cost optical fibre sensor system based on plastic optical fibres and on a commercially available interrogator; development of an automatic real time web portal for data collection, fusion and visualization from different sensors; sensors’ data analysis and modelling (Main investigator).
2014-2015 Evaluation of an optical fiber sensor interrogator - Collaboration Agreement (customer/sponsor: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Ltd.).Activity: Design, development and installation of a low-cost optical fibre sensing system for a tunnel (and civil structures) based on a commercially available interrogator (Main investigator).
2014 Innovative fibre optic sensors for the measurement of multi-phase flow in pipelines and for the detection of hydrocarbons in marine environment Research contract (customer/sponsor: University of Padova on behalf of ENI SpA).Activity: Feasibility analysis on novel optical fibre sensors for the detection of hydrocarbons in the marine environment; support to the feasibility analysis of fibre optic sensors formulti-phase flow measurement; definition of novel techniques for the aforementioned applications; IP analysis
2012–2015 “Riverbank Surveillance Based on Fiber Optic Sensors – RIVERSAFE” - Project of excellence 2011-2012 founded by the bank foundation “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo”Activity: Fiber optic sensors development for the measurement of parameters affecting river-banks stability; implementation of experiments in small and medium scale physical setup
2012–2013 “Multi-sensor technologies for EWS of landslides and man-made structures” - Project in the framework of the “Network of Specialised Euro-Mediterranean Centres of the Eur-Opa Major Hazards Agreement”Activity: Feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis of the fibre optic sensing technology for landslide monitoring.
2011-2014 Marie Curie actions project "CHANGES, Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists". Activity: Support to the development of a collaborative WEB-GIS platform for volunteer-based first-level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. 
2009–2013 “Innovative integrated Systems for Monitoring and assessment of high rIsk LANDslides – SMILAND” - Project of excellence 2008-2009 founded by the bank foundation “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo”.Activity: Development of fibre optic sensors for acoustic emissions detection in rocks with the aim of rockfall warning; implementation of experiments in small and medium scale physical setup.
2007–2009 “Special optical fibres and devices for photonics applications in communications and sensing” - Bilateral project of particular relevance between Italy and the Republic of South Korea.Activity: Theoretical, numerical and experimental analysis of speciality optical fibres (hollow core and highly birefringent fibres) and functionalization of fibres with metamaterials for special applications (chemical and environmental sensing, high nonlinearity, etc).
2006 Optical fibre polarimetric sensors for high-power electric lines - Research project (of the University of Padova).Activity: Development of polarimetric methods for the measurements of current in high-power electric lines.
2018 and 2015 Agreement with Veneto Region for the monitoring of the landslide of Rotolon Mountain (Vicenza, Italy);
2014-2015 Agreement with Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and ANAS for the monitoring of the landslide affecting the road tunnel “San Lorenzo”, Forni di Sotto (Udine, Italy);
2014 Agreement with Trentino Alto Adige Region for the monitoring of the landslide in Moso di Passiria (Bolzano, Italy);
2014 Agreement Trentino Alto Adige Region for the monitoring of the landslide in Corvara di Badia (Bolzano, Italy);
2012 Agreement between the delegated Commissioner to overcome the emergency caused by floods that have impacted the Veneto Region from October 31 to November 2, 2010, and IRPI for the Study and Monitoring of the landslide of Rotolon Mountain (Vicenza, Italy);

Editorial and Conference activity- reviewer for many high-impact journals, among the others: AGU Geophysical Research Letters, IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Sensor Journa, MDPI Sensors; For more information: .- co-chair “Remote Sensing and New Technologies in Landslide Monitoring and Risk Assessment” session at AGU Fall Meeting 2013;- member of Organizing Committee of International Conference “Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for natural Hazards” held in Padova, Italy (2014);- editor of Hindawi Journal of Sensors (from 2014 to 2016).
Publications/PatentsHe has authored or co-authored more than 75 regular and invited papers on international peer-reviewed journals and in the proceedings of international conferences.He is one of the inventor of 1 international patents.