Combined Digital Optical & Imaging Methods

applied to Mechanical Engineering

Date 08 - 13 MAY 2016
Monte Verita
Important Dates
Abstract Submission deadline 15/01/2016
Notification of acceptance 12/02/2016
Registration deadline 31/03/2016
Conference dates 08-13/05/2016

The Conference Chairs, Prof. Pramod Rastogi and Dr Erwin Hack invite you to Switzerland to be a part of the Conference on Processes in Combined Digital Optical and Imaging Methods applied to Mechanical Engineering which will be held at Monte Verita, Ascona, between 8th and 13th May 2016.

The main conference objectives are to:

  • stimulate discussion among different branches of metrology
  • further the understanding of the general concept of the involved methods
  • present the state-of-the-art through keynote and invited lectures
  • discuss emerging research topics and trends

The stimulating and unique ambiance of Monté Verità is chosen to organize a conference with a familiar and scientifically inspiring fragrance. It is intended to have invited papers to start each session. A single session concept guarantees open and broad discussion.

Two types of contributions are solicited:

  • Original research contributions (20 min)
  • Short presentations (12 min) on timely topics

This conference is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Congressi Stefano Franscini (ETH Zurich).

Digital optical and imaging techniques have seen a significant growth of interest in recent years. Application of advanced processes and innovative ideas cutting across disciplines has been central to the train of efforts that have helped translate these techniques to unprecedented levels of performance in applications to mechanicalengineeering.

This Conference provides a platform to bring together researchers interested in the development of processes of digital optical and imaging methods applied to mechanical engineering, with a view to interact and share among themselves their latest findings and pursuits.

Sessions will be composed of both invited and contributed papers, solicited on the following topics:

  • Development and application of optical methods
  • Data fusion from optical and complementary full-field methods
  • Tomography with coherent optical, ultrasound, x-ray, thermal or any other method
  • Sub-surface flaw detection by combined methods
  • Wave-propagation in complex engineering structures
  • Wavefront manipulation for interrogating the inside of a structure
First Name Last Name Country
Armando Albertazzi Brasil
Dario Ambrosini Italy
Janice Barton UK
Luigi Bruno Italy
Jan Burke Germany
Joris Dickx Belgium
Pietro Ferraro Italy
Thomas Feurer Switzerland
Motoharu Fujigaki Japan
Ferenc Gyimesi Hugary
Francois Hild France
Petr Hlubina Czech Republic
Jonathan Huntley UK
Guillermo Kaufmann Argentina
Qian Kemao Singapore
Jonathan Kofman Canada
Amalia Martinez Mexico
Andrew Moore UK
Jean-Jose Orteu France
Bing Pan China
Carmine Pappalettere Italy
Mikael Sjodahl Sweden
Mitsuo Takeda Japan
K Ramesh India
Manuel Servin Mexico
Xianyu Su China
Lionel Watkins New Zealand
Huimin Xie China
9 May 2016 10 May 2016 11 May 2016 12 May 2016 13 May 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016

Time Remark Speaker University Title
09:00 - 09:30 Opening Ceremony Prof. Pramod Rastogi EPFL
09:30 - 10:15 Keynote Prof. Hans Tiziani Institute for Technical Optics, University of Stuttgart (DE) Speckles and Digital Holographic Interferometry for Engineering Applications
10:15 - 10:40 Refreshments and Discussions
10:40 - 12:10 High-speed phase methods Chair: Prof. Hans Tiziani Institute for Technical Optics, University of Stuttgart (DE)
10:40 - 11:10 Pavel Psota Czech Academy of Sciences Advanced time average digital holography by means of frequency shift and phase modulation
11:10 - 11:40 Joris Dirckx University of Antwerp Stroboscopic Digital holography combined with laser vibrometry and X-ray tomography to study mechanics of the middle ear
11:40 - 12:10 Jonathan Kofman Dept. of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo New Approaches in Digital Moiré
12:15 - 14:15 Lunch (served in the Monte Verità Restaurant)
14:15 - 17:40 High-speed techniques Chair: Joris Dirckx University of Antwerp
14:15 - 14:45 Song Zhang Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA Superfast 3D Imaging technique and its applications
14:45 - 15:15 Pierre Slangen Ecole des Mines d’Alès High speed imaging techniques in engineering
15:15 - 15:45 Gunther Notni Fraunhofer IOF High-speed 3D-measurement of large mechanical structures in crash experiments
15:45 - 16:10 Refreshments and Discussions
16:10 - 16:40 Steve Vanlanduit University of Antwerp 3D Camera assisted automated optical vibration measurements
16:40 - 17:10 Luigi Bruno University of Calabria (IT) Dynamic Characterization of IOP-Induced Deformation Field of the Human Sclera
17:10 - 17:40 Katia Genovese University of Basilicata (IT) Multimodal optical methods for application to the study of biomedical materials and structures
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Time Remark Speaker University Title
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote Prof. Mikael Sjødahl Lulea Technical University Information Extraction from Random Optical Fields
09:45 - 11:50 Wave propagation Chair: Prof. Mikael Sjødahl Lulea Technical University
09:45 - 10:15 Irina Semenova Ioffe Institute From Classical to Digital Holography in Research of Wave Processes in Condensed Media
10:15 - 10:40 Refreshments and Discussions
10:40 - 11:10 Fernando Mendoza Santoyo Centro de Investigaciones en Optica A.C. Digital Holography with electron waves: measuring into the nano world
11:10 - 11:30 Marie-Christine Zdora Diamond Phase Sensing Using X-Ray Near-Field Speckle Methods
11:30 - 11:50 Pabitro Ray IIT Madras Fiber bragg grating based Defect detection in 30̊ transverse bent plates using symMetric and asymmetric feature-guided ultrasonic waves
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch served in the Monte Verità Restaurant
13:30 - 14:15 Keynote Prof. Krishnamurthi Ramesh IIT Madras Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications
14:15 - 15:15 Digital Photoelasticity Chair: Prof. Krishnamurthi Ramesh IIT Madras
14:15 - 14:35 Vivek Ramakrishnan IIT Madras Scanning Schemes for Isochromatic Demodulation in White Light Photoelasticity
14:35 - 14:55 Jagoda Cupac EPFL Application of photoelasticity in structural glass research
14:55 - 15:15 Vivek Ramakrishnan IIT Madras Effect of Residual Birefringence in Contact Stress Parameter Evaluation Using Digital Photoelasticity
15:15 - 15:40 Refreshments and Discussions
15:40 - 17:10 Multiview techniques Chair: Motoharu Fujigaki University of Fukui
15:40 - 16:10 Francois Hild ENS Cachan Isogeometric Stereocorrelation: An Optical Tool for Structural Engineering Applications
16:10 - 16:40 Samo Simončič University of Ljubljana High efficiency and robustness with respect to the lighting variation of the inverse compositional matching strategy
16:40 - 17:10 David Burton Liverpool John Moores University The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Large Object Metrology.
17:10 - 18:10 Computer assisted methods Chair: François Hild ENS Cachan
17:10 - 17:30 Ruben Balcaen Leuven Research & Development An FE-based Image Deformation tool to quantify the metrological performance of stereo-DIC
17:30 - 17:50 Sankara J. Subramanian IIT Madras Computation of strains from 3D-DIC data using Principal Component Analysis
17:50 - 18:10 Sameer Sharma IIT Madras Computation of full-field curvature from 3D shape data
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Time Remark Speaker University Title
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote Prof. Cesar Sciammarella Illinois Institute of Technology Evanescent visible light illumination applied to Mechanical Engineering problems
09:45 - 12:30 In Honour of Cesar Sciammarella Chair: Dario Ambrosini University of L’Aquila
09:45 - 10:15 Carmine Pappalettere Politecnico di Bari A review of recent progresses in Speckle Interferometry for Residual Stress Measurements
10:15 - 10:45 Ferenc Gyimesi Holometrox Structural Integrity Measurement Possibilities by L-FE Digital-Holographic Gauge Camera
10:45 - 11:10 Refreshments and Discussions
11:10 - 11:40 Pietro Ferraro CNR - INOA (National Institute of Applied Optics), Pozzuoli (IT) Phase-contrast tomography as diagnostic optical tool by Digital Holography
11:40 - 12:10 Luciano Lambert Politécnico di Bari, Bari, Italy Multiscale characterization of biotissues
12:10 - 12:30 Rishikesh Dilip Kulkarni EPFL Simultaneous measurement of in-plane and out-of-plane displacements in digital holographic interferometry
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch served in the Monte Verità Restaurant
14:00 Excursion to Brissago Island
19:00 Conference Dinner downtown Ascona

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Time Remark Speaker University Title
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote Prof. Jim Burge University of Arizona Precision Metrology for Astronomical Optics
09:45 - 10:35 Structured Light I Chair: Prof. Jim Burge University of Arizona
09:45 - 10:15 Jan Burke Fraunhofer IOSB Inspection of reflective surfaces with Deflectometry
10:15 - 10:35 Vit Ledl Technical University of Liberec Evaluation of newly developed method for Optical surface shape measurement
10:35 - 11:00 Refreshments and Discussions
11:00 - 12:40 Structured Light II Chair: Amalia Martinez-Garcia Centro de Investigaciones en Optica
11:00 - 11:30 Jingang Zhong Jinan University Single-pixel imaging using structured light illumination
11:30 - 12:00 Rishikesh Dilip Kulkarni EPFL Closed fringe demodulation via phase representation using linearly independent basis functions
12:00 - 12:20 Zibang Zhang Jinan University Carrier fringe phase estimation based on frequency-modulation representation
12:20 - 12:40 Fatemeh Mohammadi University of Waterloo Grid-Noise Removal for Single-Frame Digital Moiré Metrology
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch served in the Monte Verità Restaurant
14:15 - 16:15 Structured Light III Chair: Jonathan Kofman (TBC) University of Waterloo
14:15 - 14:45 Lujie Chen Singapore University of Technology and Design Fibre optic fringe projection system
14:45 - 15:15 Amalia Martinez Centro de Investigaciones en Optica A.C. Optical systems by using projected fringes technique to acquire information 3D at 3600
15:15 - 15:45 Dario Ambrosini University of L’Aquila, Dept. of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics (DIIIE) Quantitative Schardin's Schlieren #2 in Heat and Mass Transfer Studies
15:45 - 16:15 Motoharu Fujigak University of Fukui Application of Sampling Moiré Method to Deflection and Deflection Angle Measurement of Infrastructures
16:15 - 16:40 Refreshments and Discussions
16:40 - 18:20 Tomography Chair: Pietro Ferraro (TBC) CNR - INOA
16:40 - 17:10 Pablo Ruiz Loughborough University Advances in strain tomography towards materials characterization
17:10 - 17:40 Andrew J. Moore Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Sub-surface stress measurements using GHz and THz radiation
17:40 - 18:00 Lorenzo Valzania Empa Topography of a fingertip through combined THz holography and optical fringe projection
18:00 - 18:20 Liu Yu Empa Reducing Volumetric artifacts in computed tomography by cooperative data fusion
19:00 Dinner

Friday, 13 May 2016

Time Remark Speaker University Title
09:00 - 11:25 Material science Chair: Jan Burke Fraunhofer IOSB
09:00 - 09:30 Marc Georges Centre Spatial de Liège Thermography vs holographic techniques for nondestructive testing of composites: similarities, differences and potential cross-fertilization
09:30 - 10:00 Matias R. Viotti Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Measurement of stress fields with DSPI: an interesting tool for integrity structural evaluation
10:00 - 10:20 Davide Palumboe Politechnico di Bari Optical and thermal methods for the fatigue and fracture characterization of stainless steels
10:20 - 10:45 Refreshments and Discussions
10:45 - 11:05 Iniyan Thiruselvam Navaladi Karthikeyan IIT Madras Measurement of Grain-level Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviour of aluminium Oligocrystals using Three-Dimensional digital image correlation
11:05 - 11:25 Sivachidambaram Jegadha Dharbaneshwer IIT Madras Bias-variance Analysis of Eigenfunction Virtual Fields Method Estimates
11:25 - 11:55 Closing ceremony , CSF Award for the best presentation
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch served in the Monte Verità Restaurant
First Name Last Name University Country Topic
Hans Tiziani University of Stuttgart Germany Speckles and Digital Holographic Interferometry for Engineering Applications
Mikael Sjødahl Lulea Technical University Sweden Information Extraction from Random Optical Fields
K. Ramesh IIT Madras India Digital Photoelasticity: Advancements and Applications
Cesar Sciammarella Illinois Institute of Technology USA Evanescent visible light illumination applied to Mechanical Engineering problems
Jim Burge University of Arizona USA Precision Metrology for Astronomical Optics

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Congressi Stefano Franscini, ETH Zurich’s conference platform on Monte Verità (Ascona, Ticino) the Director and the Scientific Board decided to establish

a CSF Award for young scientists

to be attributed to the best presentation.

The Award corresponds to the

sum of CHF 500.-

together with a certificate and a small CSF memento.

The Award was presented to Marie-Christine Zdora from the University College London and the Diamond Light Source for her outstanding presentation “Phase Sensing Using X-Ray Near-Field Speckle Methods”. Congratulations!

Please download here a WORD template for the extended abstract: template

After notification of acceptance, an extended abstract of 1-4 pages, including (colour) figures and references, should be submitted by March 31st, 2016, to

Welcome to the Congressi Stefano Franscini, the international conference centre of ETH Zurich located in the South of Switzerland, on the fascinating hill above Ascona called Monte Verita.

Monte Verita is set amidst the hills overlooking Ascona and Lake Maggiore. From the very beginning it has been a magnet for the convergence of ideas, movements, experiments and historical personages, all of which are being commemorated with a new project to promote the Monte Verita centre.

A Shuttle Bus will connect hotels in Ascona with the Conference Centre.

By Car

More details are found here:

See also the local map below.

By Airplane

The nearest Airports are:

  • Zurich Airport
  • Milan
  • Lugano

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By train

Locarno can be reached by train. Traveling by train in Switzerland is comfortable and very reliable; thanks to the world's best rail system. Numerous international trains arrive in Ticino every hour from the gateways Basel and Zurich, stopping in Bellinzona (with direct connections to Locarno, on Lake Maggiore). Also the picturesque and romantic journey with the Centovalli Railway, links Ticino (from Locarno to Domodossola) directly with French Switzerland (Brig, Lausanne & Geneva).

On the arrival day (Sunday May 8) there is a shuttle bus service connecting the train station and Monte Verità. The shuttle departs at:

15.20, 16.00, 16.40, 17.20, 18.00, 18.40

More details are found here:


Accommodation on-site Monte Verita is available for a limited number of attendees and their companions on a first come, first served basis.

Sharing a bedroom with another participant will increase the possibilities of being booked at the conference site hotel. If you have a suggestion for the room sharing, you can indicate a name in the registration form. Participants booked in one of the nearby hotels will have a free transport provided to and from the conference site in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after dinner.

Booking rates per person and per week including full board and lodging on Monte Verità:

  • double room: CHF 1’110.- (about 1’040 EUR / 1’170 USD)
  • single room: CHF 1’310.- (about 1’225 EUR / 1’380 USD)

A limited number of rooms with special rate, such as at the Students House, are available. Please contact the conference secretary before registering, if you are interested in these options.

Note that the on-site accommodation and the registration fees are billed together.

Pre- and Post-conference

We take care of booking your accommodation for the period of the conference only. We can provide assistance for booking pre- and post-conference nights.


The congress organizers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of, the congress. Registration or accommodation fees do not include insurance.


Cancellations after payment will be accepted only upon written notice. Your fees (accommodation and registration) will be refunded according to the following scheme:

  • cancellation before April 15th, 2016 - 70% refund;
  • cancellation from April 16th to April 29th, 2016 - 30% refund;
  • cancellation after April 29th, 2016, or in case of no show - no refund.

Registration is no longer possible. Please contact the secretary directly at

Prof. Pramod Rastogi
Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory
GC G1 527 (Batiment GC), Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 693 24 45
Dr. Erwin Hack
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology
Uberlandstrasse 129
CH-8600 Dubendorf
+41 58 765 42 73
Conference secretary

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