Principal Investigator

Daniele Zonta

Daniele Zonta achieved his Doctorate in Structural Mechanics at the University of Bologna in 2000, and worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of California, San Diego, in the period 2000-2001. Currently, he is Professor at the University of Strathclyde, UK, Associate Professor at University of Trento, Italy, and holds a courtesy appointment at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council. Dr. Zonta is cofounder of Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation, a startup company of the University of Trento. In 2014, Dr. Zonta was awarded SHM Person of the Year by the SAGE SHM editorial board. He is the author of over one hundred technical  publications.

Research interests: Infrastructure Management; Structural Health Monitoring (SHM); and Sensor and Information Technology; all as applied to civil infrastructure.


Emiliano Debiasi

I gained my doctorate in Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems at the University of Trento with the thesis entitled "Decision making for bridge stock management". In 2014 with other three partners I have founded the offspring of the UniTN Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation Ltd (

Research interests: Infrastructure Management; Seismic Risk; Decision Support Systems.

Email: e.debiasi [at]; Tel: +39 0461 282573; 

Doctoral students

Carlo Cappello

I received my master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. I have been a doctoral student at the same university since January 2014 and I was a visiting student research collaborator at the Structural Health Monitoring Laboratory of Princeton University from September 2014 to August 2015.

Research interests: Bayesian data analysis; statistical decision making; design of structural health monitoring systems; structural reliability.

Email: carlo.cappello [at]; Tel: +39 0461 28 2575; Skype: carlocappello86; 

Denise Bolognani

I received my master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. I am currently a PhD student at the same University collaborating with the  research group of the Professor Zonta (Departement of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of Trento).

Research interests: Mechanical Equivalent of Logical Inference, Bayesian data analysis, Statistical applications on monitoring data.

Email: denise.bolognani [at]; Tel: +39 0461 282575

Valentina Piccolo

I am a Ph.D. student driven by the deep passion to pursuing significant new results that go well beyond the specific tasks of conceiving new, and reliable, devices for structural health monitoring. The intrinsic necessity of having scientific challenges as continuous stimulations for my research, the goal of giving real contributions to society for improving the scientific knowledge in engineering and related fields and my deep belief that the intermingling between humanities, science and engineering allows for reaching real breakthroughs are the driving forces of my activity.

Research interests: Applied solid mechanics at finite strains; mechanical metamaterials; optomechanics at finite strains; modeling the mechanical behavior of novel polymeric materials.

Tel: +39 345 5931708; 

Angela Beltempo

I received my master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy. After graduation, I collaborated with the research group of Professor Auricchio (University of Pavia) and with Professor Alfano (Brunel University of London, UK) for developing a new tapered beam model based on a mixed variational method. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Trento and my supervisors are Professor Bursi and Professor Zonta.

Research interests: Bridge Modelling, and Development of Energetic Formulations for Linear Viscoelastic Problems.

Email: angela.beltempo [at]; Tel: +39 0461 282 547;   

Tran Thi Ngoc Lam

I received my master degree in research of Silica-Tindioxide thin films from Department of Applied Physics at University of Science - Viet Nam National University of Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 in Viet Nam. After that, I started my Doctoral Programme in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering in 01/2016 when was working at Ho Chi Minh City University if Technology and Education in Viet Nam. My main project is fabrication and investigation of Tin dioxide based photonic glasses for optics and environmental sensing.

Research interests: Tin dioxide based photonic glasses for integrated optics and sensing
Email: thingoclam.tran [at]; Tel: +39 3277691732;   


Giulio Ferlisi

Diplomato con lode presso l'Istituto Tecnico ITIS E. Fermi di Mantova nel 2010 con specializzazione in Elettrotecnica. Gli anni successivi ho avuto l'occasione di insegnare presso il medesimo istituto materie tecniche tenendo corsi estivi per gli studenti con debito formativo. Ho conseguito la laurea triennale in Ingegneria Civile presso l'Università degli studi di Trento nel 2013 con valutazione finale di 110 e lode. Attualmente tesista nel gruppo di ricerca del Prof. Zonta presso l'Università degli studi di Trento.

Research interests: Seismic Monitoring; Bayesian Network

Email: giulio.ferlisi [at]