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Francesco Pilla

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Smart Cities & Urb

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol

Tel: 017162715
Email: francesco.pilla@ucd.ie

Biography

My area of expertise is geospatial analysis and modelling of environmental dynamics, which involve the development of environmental pollution models (air, noise, water) and decision support tools using a GIS platform, in order to facilitate the interoperability of input data and research outcomes between the client/final user and the research team.
My work focuses on understanding complex environmental phenomena in order to preempt the impacts resulting from interactions between the human population and the environment.
My approach integrates models for environmental pollution with a GIS platform: this is used to assess and predict impacts from built-environment interventions which have the potential to provide population-wide effects.
I use a range of pervasive and community sensing applications as a means of calibration and validation of GIS models and decision support tools. I acquired considerable experience in networks of environmental sensors for urban environmental monitoring during his collaborations with two different research laboratories in MIT as part of a Fulbright/EPA TechImpact award (2015) and his PhD (2011) research work.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: IBM Faculty Award
Year: 2017.
Title: Ireland¿s Champions of EU Research 2017
Year: 2017.
Title: Best paper award ANT-2017 JPUC Elsevier
Year: 2005.
Title: EU FP6 Marie Curie scholarship
Year: 2006.
Title: HPC-Europa scholarship, CINECA high performance computing centre, Italy
Year: 2008.
Title: Winner of "Future Visions of Road Transport"
Year: 2010.
Title: Finalist of "Future Visions of Road Transport"
Year: 2011.
Title: M.I.T. SENSEable City Laboratory alumni
Year: 2012.
Title: Finalist of "Young Research Scientist Award"
Year: 2012.
Title: Finalist of "Energy, Environment and Resources"
Year: 2012.
Title: Ireland's Champions of EU Research 2012
Year: 2015.
Title: Fulbright/EPA TechImpact Award
             

Education

Year 2004 Institution: Universitá di Bologna
Qualification: Master of Arts Subject: Environmental Engineering
Year 2015 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: H Dip in Education Subject: Higher Education
Year 2011 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PG DIP Subject:
Year 2013 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: MSc Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Pilla, Francesco (2014) 'Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5)' In: Encyclopedia of Transportation,Social Science and Policy. SAGE Publications, Inc. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

John Gallagher, Biswajit Basu, Maria Browne, Alan Kenna, Sarah McCormack, Francesco Pilla, David Styles (2017) 'How do renewable energy technologies perform in the circular economy? A life cycle perspective of solar photovoltaics, hydro and wind systems beyond the 21st century'. Journal of Industrial Ecology, . [Details]
Arianna Valmassoi, Salem Gharbia, Santa Stibe, Silvana Di Sabatino, Francesco Pilla (2017) 'Future Impacts of the Reforestation Policy on the amospheric parameters: a sensitivity study over Ireland'. Journal of Computer Science, 109 :367-375. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Aakash C. Rai Prashant Kumar Francesco Pilla Andreas N Skouloudis Silvana Di Sabatino Carlo Ratti Ansar Yasar David Rickerby (2017) 'End-user perspective of low-cost sensors for outdoor air pollution monitoring'. Science of the Total Environment, . [Details]
Abhijith, K.V., Kumar, P., Gallagher, J., McNabola, A., Baldauf, R., Pilla, F., Broderick, B., Di Sabatino, S., Pulvirenti, B. (2017) 'Air Pollution Abatement Performances of Green Infrastructure in Open Road and Built-up Street Canyon Environments ¿ A Review'. Atmospheric Environment, . [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Murphy, Enda, Rice, Henry J, Pilla, Francesco (2007) 'Audio noise mapping in virtual urban simulations: enhancing'. Official Journal of the European Communities, 189 :12-25. [Details]
King, EA, Pilla, F, Mahon, J (2012) 'Assessing noise from wind farm developments in Ireland: A consideration of critical wind speeds and turbine choice'. Energy policy, 41 :548-560. [Details]
Penza, Michele, EuNetAir Consortium (2014) 'COST Action TD1105: Overview of Sensor-systems for Air-quality Monitoring'. Procedia Engineering, 87 :1370-1377. [Details]
Dubber D., Pilla F., Smyth D., Qazi N., McCarthy T., Gill L.W. (2014) 'Development of a geographic information system-based decision support toolset to assess the feasibility of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal options in low permeability subsoils'. Water Science & Technology, 70 (3). [Details]
de Wilde · P. Wilkin · T. Yahara, J. A. N. Parnell · F. Pilla · The Thai Biogeography Group comprising · D.A. Simpson · P.C. Van Welzen · K. Chayamarit · P. Chantaranothai · P.C. Boyce · P. Bygrave · C. Byrne · · S. Suddee · S. Sungkaew · K. Tangjitman · A. Teerwatananon · J. Tovaranonte · T. Ung · A. Trias Blasi · W.J.J.O. (2015) 'A re-examination of the life and work of A.F.G. Kerr and of his colleagues and friends'. Thai Forest Bulletin, 43 :111-131. [Details]
Challoner, Avril, Pilla, Francesco, Gill, Laurence (2015) 'Prediction of Indoor Air Exposure from Outdoor Air Quality Using an Artificial Neural Network Model for Inner City Commercial Buildings'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (12):15233-15253. [Details]
Gharbia, Salem S, Aish, Adnan, Pilla, Francesco (2015) 'Modelling Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Groundwater of the Gaza Coastal Aquifer from Ensemble of Global Climate Model Projections'. Civil and Environmental Research, 7 :44-60. [Details]
Gharbia, Salem S, Aish, Adnan, Pilla, Francesco (2015) 'Impacts of climate change on a spatially distributed water balance in the Gaza Strip, Palestine'. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 5 :76-91. [Details]
Gharbia, Salem S, Aish, Adnan, Pilla, Francesco, Gharbia, Abdalkarim S (2015) 'Projection of Future Climate by Multi-Model Median Approach under GIS Environment along the Gaza Strip, Palestine'. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 5 :94-104. [Details]
Pilla, Francesco, Broderick, Brian (2015) 'A GIS model for personal exposure to PM10 for Dublin commuters'. Sustainable Cities and Society, 15 :1-10. [Details]
Broderick, Brian, Byrne, Miriam, McNabola, Aonghus, Gill, LW, Pilla, Francesco, McGrath, James, McCreddin, Andrew (2015) 'PALM: A Personal Activity-Location Model of Exposure to Air Pollution'. Environmental Protection Agency: Wexford, Ireland, . [Details]
Gharbia, Salem S, Aish, Adnan, Abushbak, Thaer, Qishawi, Ghassan, Al-Shawa, Izz, Gharbia, Abdalkarim, Zelenakova, Martina, Gill, Laurence, Pilla, Francesco (2016) 'Evaluation of wastewater post-treatment options for reuse purposes in the agricultural sector under rural development conditions'. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 9 :111-122. [Details]
Gharbia, Salem S, Gill, Laurence, Johnston, Paul, Pilla, Francesco (2016) 'Multi-GCM ensembles performance for climate projection on a GIS platform'. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, 2 (2):1-21. [Details]
Jiménez, Pilar, Nogal, María, Caulfield, Brian, Pilla, Francesco (2016) 'Perceptually important points of mobility patterns to characterise bike sharing systems: The Dublin case'. Journal of Transport Geography, 54 :228-239. [Details]
King, EA, Bourdeau, EP, Zheng, XYK, Pilla, F (2016) 'A combined assessment of air and noise pollution on the High Line, New York City'. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 42 :91-103. [Details]
Salem Gharbia, Laurence Gill, Paul Johnston, Francesco Pilla (2016) 'Land use scenarios and projections simulation using an integrated GIS cellular automata algorithms'. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, . [DOI] [Details]
Gharbia, S. Abdalkarim, Gharbia, Salem S., Abushbak, Thaer, Wafi, Hisham, Aish, Adnan, Zelenakova, Martina, Pilla, Francesco (2016) 'Groundwater Quality Evaluation Using GIS Based Geostatistical Algorithms'. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 4 (2):89-103. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Salem Gharbia , Haytham Assem , Paul Johnston , Laurence Gill , Gabor Makrai , Francesco Pilla (2017) Urban Water Flow and Water Level Prediction based on Deep Learning ECML-PKDD [Details]
Salem Gharbia Laurence Gill Paul Johnston Francesco Pilla (2016) FUTURE WATER VULNERABILITY IN IRELAND: AN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES, CLIMATE AND LAND USE CHANGES MODEL NATIONAL HYDROLOGY CONFERENCE 2016 Link to full text [Details]
Doorley R, de Courcy C, Pilla F, Pakrashi V and Ghosh B (2016) Intake of air pollutants by cyclists in urban environments: characterization using low cost mobile monitoring Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2016, Washington DC, USA [Details]
Murphy, E., Rice, H.J. and Pilla, F. (2007) Audio noise mapping in virtual urban simulations: enhancing public awareness Proceedings of the 36th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise) Istanbul: Turkish Acoustical Association, , pp.4027-4033 Available Online [Details]
Pilla. F., Rice, H.J. and Murphy, E. (2007) Virtual noise mapping in a realistic sound environment Proceedings of the 36th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering: Global Approaches to Noise Control Istanbul: Turkish Acoustical Association, [Details]
Gharbia S., Pilla F., Gharbia A. (2015) Correlating biochemical and chemical oxygen demand of influents and effluents - a case study of selected wastewater treatment plants in the Gaza strip, Palestine XVth IWRA World Water Congress Edinburgh, Scotland, [Details]
Gharbia S., Pilla F., Gharbia A. (2015) Potential effects of climate change on groundwater recharge - a case study of the Gaza strip, Palestine XVth IWRA World Water Congress Edinburgh, Scotland, [Details]
Gharbia S., Gill L., Johnston P., Pilla F. (2015) Trans-boundary European River's Long-term Changes Analysis for Water Level and Streamflow Regime 42nd IAH Congress (AQUA2015) Rome, Italy, [Details]
O'Driscoll C., Sheahan J., Pilla F., Misstear B., Zhan X., Xiao L. (2015) Identification of high risk catchments for public and private water supplies in relation to NOM across Ireland NOM6 the 6th International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter in Water Malmo, Sweden, [Details]
Bourdeaua E. P., Zhengb X.Y.K., King E. A., Pilla F. (2015) An assessment of noise exposure along the High Line, New York City Internoise 2015 San Francisco, US, [Details]
Gharbia S., Gill L., Johnston P., Pilla F. (2016) Using GIS Based Algorithms for GCMs¿ Performance Evaluation Melecon 2016, IEEE Cyprus, [Details]
Gharbia S., Lyons R., Naughton O., Farrelly V., Pilla F. (2016) Attitudes to systemic risk: the impact of flood risk on the housing market in Dublin Melecon 2016, IEEE Cyprus, [Details]
A Basaglia, A Aprile, F Pilla, E Spacone (2016) Computer-aided risk assessment at urban scale. Model definition and validation on a case study ECCOMAS Congress 2016 VII European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering Crete Island, [Details]
King E., Celmer R., Rahusen S., Pilla F. (2016) Determination of the Exterior Noise Environment by Statistical Assessment of Traffic Time History Patterns NOISE-CON 2016 Providence, RI, US, [Details]
Doorley R., de Courcy C., Pilla F., Pakrashi V., Ghosh B. (2016) Intake of Air Pollutants by Cyclists in Urban Environments: Characterization Using Low-Cost Mobile Monitoring Environmental Justice in Transportation, TRB 2016 Washington DC, USA, [Details]

Published Reports

Paraic Carroll, Shreya Dey, Brian Caulfield, Francesco Pilla, Bidisha Ghosh, Aoife Ahern, Edgar Morgenroth (2016) Review of Environmental and Transportation Modelling Methods and Development of. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. [Details]
Bourke M.C., Pilla F. (2014) Inventory of landslides in County Kerry and County Mayo. Geological Survey of Ireland, Ireland. [Details]
Pilla F., Bourke M.C., Guidat T. (2014) GIS landslide susceptibility model of County Kerry and County Mayo, Ireland. Geological Survey of Ireland, Ireland. [Details]
Gill L., Misstear M., Dubber D., Pilla F. (2014) Assessment of disposal options for treated wastewater from single houses in low permeability subsoil. STRIVE report, Irish EPA, Ireland. [Details]
Broderick B., Byrne M., McNabola A., Gill L., Pilla F., McGrath J., McCreddin A. (2015) PALM: A personal activitylocation model of exposure to air pollution. STRIVE report, Irish EPA, Ireland. [Details]
               

Invited Seminars

Francesco Pilla (2014) Geospatial analysis and modelling of environmental dynamics. Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, London, UK: Invited Seminars [Details]
Francesco Pilla (2014) The use of Geographic Information System (GIS) for risk assessment. Depatrtment of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy: Invited Seminars [Details]
Francesco Pilla (2014) Advanced spatial analysis of environmental dynamics. Environment Department, University of York, York: Invited Seminars [Details]
J.A.N. Parnell, Francesco Pilla (2014) A.F.G. Kerr and friends. Plenary Session, 16th Flora of Thailand Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K: Invited Seminars [Details]
Francesco Pilla (2015) Tales from the Urban Environment: the combined use of pervasive sensing and advanced spatial analysis. MIT Changing Places, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, U.S: Invited Seminars [Details]
Francesco Pilla (2015) Environmental sensors networks and models, towards an Integrated Urban Nervous System. Environment Department University of York, York, U.K: Invited Seminars [Details]
                                                                                             

Research

Research Interests

My area of expertise is geospatial analysis and modelling of environmental dynamics, which involves the development of environmental pollution models (air, noise, water) and decision support tools using a GIS platform, in order to facilitate the interoperability of input data and research outcomes between the client/final user and the research team. My work focuses on understanding complex environmental phenomena in order to pre-empt the impacts resulting from the interactions between human population and the environment. My approach integrates models for environmental pollution with a GIS platform; this is used to assess and predict impacts from built-environment interventions which have the potential to provide population-wide effects. Lastly, I use a range of pervasive and community sensing applications as a means of calibration and validation of GIS models and decision support tools. I am currently exploring the use of these GIS based tools as a way to integrate co-design (as part of Living Labs) in urban planning and pervasive sensing (static and mobile as part of citizen science initiatives) to improve city life from an environmental pollution perspective. This will be explored as part of the work planned in iSCAPE, the H2020-SC5 project of which I¿m coordinator. I also am currently working on several Irish EPA funded projects which involve the creation of GIS tools to analyse and model environmental phenomena. I acquired considerable experience in networks of environmental sensors for urban environmental monitoring during my collaborations with two different Research Laboratories in MIT started (still on-going) as part of a Fulbright/EPA TechImpact award (2015) and my PhD (2011).

Research Projects

Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance (CONNECTING)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-17 / 31-MAY-22
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
Title : Big Data Driven Geo-Spatial Models Supporting Public Health (BigDataGeoSuPH)
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-17 / 31-JUL-20
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Playgrounds of Nature based solutions for Social Innovation in Europe (PeNSIERO)
Start Date / End Date : 19-JAN-17 / 18-OCT-17
Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : iSCAPE - Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-16 / 31-AUG-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Support Smart City Lab
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-17 / 01-MAR-18
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Waleed Saleh Alnafea, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Fiona Descoteaux, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Francesco Matacchiera, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Arianna Valmassoi, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201600   PEP40100     Planning&Environmental Policy: Geographical Information Syste
201600   PEP20140     Planning&Environmental Policy: Smart Cities