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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.




Personal information:

Luca Schenato was born in Soave (VR) on Nov. 6th, 1979, Italian Nationality, married with one son.


Current and past positions:

Since 12/2010, he has been a researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (Padova, Italy). His primary interest has been researching and developing optical fiber sensors and devices for civil engineering geotechnical and geo-hydrological applications.

From 01/2010 to 11/2010, he held a position as a post-doc research fellow at the University of Padova, Dept. of Information Engineering. His primary interests were non-linear effects in optical fibers and polarimetric and reflectometric techniques for optical fibers and fiber-based sensors.


Education and habilitation:

He was awarded a "Laurea cum Laude" in Telecommunication Engineering in 2003, achieving the highest GPA (1st rank) among all university Engineering graduate students at the University of Padova who graduated in 2002/2003 (awarded with the prestigious A.Sarpi Gold Medal).

He was awarded a Ph.D. title in Electronics and Telecommunication Eng. in 2007. 

He holds the scientific habilitation for university appointments in Italy as Associate Professor in Electromagnetic Fields (09/F1) (31/03/2017–31/03/2026).


List of relevant competitive projects and corresponding role:

2020-2021: Main investigator of the CNR unit in the framework of the POR-FESR 2014-2020 Veneto Region “INgegnerizzazione di sensori in Fibra Ottica per il Monitoraggio dei rinforzi STrutturali su versAnti instabili – INMOSTRA” (“Optical fiber sensors for monitoring composite anchors for slope stabilization”).


2016-2019: Research with primary responsibility on developing optical fiber sensors within the CNR unit, in the framework of the HORIZON2020 project (EU Joint Programme ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2014) "Dikes and Debris Flows Monitoring by Novel Optical Fiber Sensors – DOMINO."


2012–2015: Research with primary responsibility developing of optical fiber sensors within the CNR unit, in the framework of the project excellence 2011-2012 founded by the bank foundation "Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo" about "Riverbank Surveillance Based on Fiber Optic Sensors – RIVERSAFE."


List of other relevant projects and corresponding role:

2021: Main investigator of the "Research contract for the monitoring left dike of the Gorzone River in Cavarzere (VE)," founded by the University of Padova, on behalf of the Veneto region, to develop a distributed optical fiber temperature sensing system to monitor a natural embankment.


2020-2021: Main investigator in the research contract with Autonomous Province Bolzano – South Tyrol, Civil Protection Agency for the "Implementation of a distributed optical fiber temperature sensing system for embankment monitoring."


2017: Main investigator in the research contract "Development of an optical fiber sensing system for composite soil anchors," founded by

the University of Padova on behalf of the company "dalla Gassa S.r.l."- Italy.


2016: Main investigator in the research contract "Industrial Development support of an optical interrogator for monitoring," founded by "AVAGO Technologies Fiber GMBH" - Germany.


2014: Researcher in the framework of the research contract "Innovative fiber optic sensors for Oil&Gas applications," founded by the University of Padova on behalf of the oil and gas company "ENI S.p.A."- Italy.


Participation in relevant evaluation boards:

Member of the doctoral thesis examining panel of Mrs. Regina Manuela Teixeira Magalhães, at the Univesity of Alcalá, 2021; thesis title: "Highly-sensitive measurements with Chirped-pulse Phase-sensitive OTDR."


Deputy member of the doctoral thesis examining Mr. Andrés García Ruiz's panel at the Univesity of Alcalá, 2019; thesis title: "Highly Accurate Distributed Tracking of Thermal Changes in Optical Fibers."


Research proposal reviewer, 2019: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (8) NSERSC); panel: Civil, Industrial, and Systems Engineering (EG1509).


Research proposal reviewer (2019): U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF); panel Physics: Optics; Photonics (0D0800).


Scientific coordination responsability:

Since 19/11/2021 – Scientific appointee for the Memorandum of Understanding between IRPI CNR and the Institute of Earth Exploration and Sensing, Nanjing University (China) about a collaborative project that involves the two Parties for five years. The objective of the MoU is to establish a collaborative framework for joint R&D activities in the areas of interest of the two Parties, and specifically for the development of (i) fiber optic sensing technologies for engineering geological and geotechnical problems; (ii) real-time monitoring, early warning, and risk assessment

systems for geohazards mitigation; (iii) artificial intelligence technologies in geotechnical and geological engineering.


Since 02/2020 – Elected representatives Component of Researchers and Technologists of the Institute Advisory Board CNR IRPI.


Since 09/2019 – Scientific responsible (elected) of the CNR IRPI research unit within the Italian National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications – CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni).


Invited talk at relevant international conferences:

5/12/2021: Invited talk at "7th International Symposium on Optoelectronic Sensor-based Monitoring in Geo-engineering" about "Development of quasi-distributed and distributed pressure sensing for dikes monitoring," Suzhou, China.


4/11/2021: Invited talk at "Italy-Japan joint workshop on landslide monitoring systems and related topics" about "Fiber optic sensors for landslides and rockfall monitoring," Italy.


28/5/2021: Invited talk at "Belt and Road webinar series on Geotechnics, Energy and Environment" about "Development of innovative optical fiber sensors and systems for dikes and debris flows," China.


10/12/2020: Invited talk at "Fiber Optic Sensing in Geoscience" hosted by National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) about "Optical fiber Sensing in Geotechnical and Hydrological Applications," Rome.


02/12/2020 Invited talk at the AGU2020 workshop on "Applications and Advances in Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) for Earth and Space Sciences" hosted by the "Royal Meteorological Society" (RMetS) about "DTS for Geophysical Applications: a brief assessment of suitability."


24/10/2019 Invited talk at the 1°workshop "Photonic Sensors and Instrumentation SINFOTON 2", Alcalá de Henares (Spain) ( about

"Distributed Optical Fiber Sensing for Geo-Hazards monitoring."


24–28/09/2018: Invited talk at the International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, OFS 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland, about "Distributed sensing in geotechnical and hydrological applications."


28–30/05/2018: Invited talk at the 5th Italian Workshop on Landslides - IWL2018, Naples, May 28-30, 2018, about "Monitoring of shallow landslides by high-resolution distributed optical fiber strain sensing: a physical model experiment."


03–05/11/2017: Invited talk at the 6° International Forum on Opto-electronic Sensor-based Monitoring in Geo-engineering (FOSMG), Nanjing, China, November 3-5, 2017, about "Application of high resolution OFDR-based distributed sensing to geotechnical problems:

from a large-scale physical model of landslide to a foundation pile monitoring."



2017 "Best Section Oral Presentation at the 2nd International Conference Challenges in Geotechnical Engineering" issued by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical engineering, for the paper "A monitoring network to measure the cracks in a tunnel subject to shear deformation induced by a landslide."


"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 scientists worldwide are awarded yearly.


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 the National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) and with the support of the

European Microwave Association (EuMA). Title of the proposed project: "Optical fiber sensing system for real-time riverbank monitoring".


2007 and 2008– Nominated as "Outstanding Young Researcher" in the contest for C. Offelli Award 2008 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. 


Bibliometric score: 

L.S. (Orcid: 0000-0003-4573-7383) has authored more than 100 papers indexed in Scopus among international peer-review papers and international conference proceedings. Co-inventor of one PCT and one Italian patent. His papers have been cited more than 700

times with h-index 15 according to Scopus (18 according to Google Scholar). 


He is enlisted in the top 2% cited scientists in the subfield discipline of optics for the years 2019 and 2020, according to "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" published by Plos ( and