18 - The ESREL 2017 Conference

Hi crew,

I hope you are fine maybe enjoying the sun at the seaside or travelling around the world for holidays.

Today my post is about the ESREL Conference 2017. In fact, a few weeks ago, me and all the other TRUSS ITN ESRs attended and presented our work at the 27th edition of ESREL. ESREL is the European Safety and Reliability Conference (I know, the acronym does not match but this is what they claim ESREL means on the website of the conference…) organised by ESRA (the European Safety and Reliability Association) in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana. The event, hosted at the Hotel Gran Bernardin in Portoroz (Slovenia), was huge with attendees from all over the world and with different backgrounds but that all care about reducing uncertainties in assessing safety and reliability of systems with applications to a number of different fields. It was the opportunity for engineers, international experts, managers, and academics to share with each other experience and discuss the present and future of scientific works in the field covering theories and innovative methods with applications to the industrial, civil and social areas.

I presented my paper “Using Truck Sensors for Road Pavement Performance Investigation” on Tuesday the 20th June (officially the 3rd day of the conference), in the afternoon, during the first of the three of the special session dedicated to the TRUSS ITN framework. The paper is about an initial case study that we used in order to set up a methodology for the analysis of the data. As usual, I just remind you that the aim of the project is ‘assessing the impact of road surface conditions on truck fleet fuel economy’. Using multiple statistics and criteria the most impactful variable for the described phenomenon (trying to avoid overfitting) have been selected. Therefore, the weight of the vehicle, the slope of the road, the speed of the vehicle, and the road surface conditions measured as roughness and macro-texture have been included in the generated model. We used then a multiple linear regression to estimate the impact that each measurement has on the fuel economy of the considered fleet of trucks. If interested, you can find more information about the paper on Research Gate, on my profile, and on the website of the publisher (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis 2017): http://www.crcnetbase.com/isbn/9781351809733

Here there are a couple of pictures of the event:

Figure 1 – The opening ceremony of ESREL 2017.

Figure 2 – Me introducing my project at the ESREL 2017 conference.

Figure 3 – People (and most of the ESRs) listening to the presentations in the TRUSS ITN dedicated session at ESREL 2017.

More information about the conference, the attendance of TRUSS ITN to the event, and copies of the presentations of all the fellows (me included ;)) can be found at: http://trussitn.eu/truss-symposium-in-slovenia/

At the moment, I’m working on a conference paper, and three more publications. Yes, and I submitted also my 2nd-year review at the end of June. So, as you can probably imagine, it is a quite busy season of the year but I am sure that, as always, the hard work is going to be paid back soon.

In the next post, I will talk about the experience of me and Matteo (ESR9 in TRUSS ITN) at the Open Day 2017 at the University of Nottingham. Sounds cool? Would you like to know more about that? Just stay tuned then! ;)

Have a great day crew!



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