The European Centre for
Mathematics and Statistics in Metrology


The Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM) is the Italian institute for research in metrology under the Ministry of Education, University and Research. With the tasks of primary metrology institute, INRIM is the focus of scientific metrology in Italy. INRIM carries out studies and researches on the realization of primary standards for the basic and derived units of the International System of units (SI), assures the maintenance of such standards and their international comparison. Its main research and development areas are in fundamental physics, nanoscience and metrology for quality of life. INRIM has a staff of about 250 employees, within a campus of 125,000 m2 with 36,000 m2 laboratories.

Most of the activities related to Mathematical Modelling and Statistics are within the Division of Metrology for Quality of Life, which carries on research activities in the fields of biomedical metrology, food metrology, energy and environment, cooperating with public and private bodies to support the metrological needs of the Country related to the citizen wellbeing and the environment protection.

The following activities related to numerical modeling and statistics are currently in progress:
• computational electromagnetic dosimetry, developing and validating numerical tools for the solution of partial differential equations in advanced anatomical human models;
• methods for quantitative imaging, with the solution of inverse electromagnetic problems for MR-EPT diagnostics;
• modeling at the micro and nanoscale levels of electromagnetic phenomena, with the development of advanced numerical tools to support the design and characterization of innovative sensors, devices and magnetic nanostructured materials;
• statistical data analysis and evaluation of uncertainty in measurements with particular reference to chemistry and biomedicine;

The group is also active on the topics developed within the ISO/TC 69/SC 6/WG 7 (“Statistical methods to support measurement uncertainty evaluation”) and provides support to the activity of the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM) WG 1, of which the INRIM holds the chairmanship. It also participated into the EMRP NEW04 Project “Novel mathematical and statistical approaches to uncertainty evaluation”.

Key personnel

Alessandra Manzin
Alessandra Manzin received the M.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), respectively in 2000 and 2004. Since 2002, she is researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, INRIM (formerly IEN Galileo Ferraris). Her main current interests concern the development of mathematical models and advanced numerical tools for the modeling of electromagnetic phenomena at the micro and nanoscale levels. This activity is oriented towards the design and metrological characterization of innovative sensors, electrical and electronic devices and magnetic nanostructured materials for energy and biomedical applications. She is author of more than 85 papers in peer reviewed international journals; she served as editor of international conferences like SMM21 and EMSA2016 and she has been involved with WP leading roles in several national and international research projects, including projects supported by EMRP.
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Francesca Pennecchi
Francesca Romana Pennecchi holds a European PhD in “Metrology: measurement science and technique”, from the Politecnico of Torino (Italy). She is a permanent researcher at the INRIM, within the Division “Quality of Life”. Her research is mainly focused on the development of mathematical and statistical methods for evaluating measurement uncertainty within several metrological contexts. She was recently dealing with regression problems (contributing to the development of the “Calibration Curve Computing (CCC)” software for fitting calibration curves,, Monte Carlo simulations and Bayesian inference for applications to environmental, biomedical and food analysis. She participated into EMRP JRP IND09 and NEW04, and into four IUPAC Projects on out-of-specification test results, human errors and conformity assessment in the field of chemical measurements. She is committee member of the ISO/TC 69/SC 6/WG 7 “Statistical methods to support measurement uncertainty evaluation” and provides support to the activity of the JCGM/WG1.
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Luca Zilberti
Luca Zilberti received the BSc, MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering, from Politecnico di Torino. Currently he is a researcher at INRIM, within the Division of Metrology for Quality of Life. His research activity is mainly devoted to electromagnetic dosimetry and biomedical applications (with particular focus on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). More specifically, he works on the development of mathematical tools for the description of human exposure to electromagnetic fields, from DC up to the terahertz range, and thermal models based on the bioheat equation. In the past, Luca participated into projects EMRP HLT06 (Metrology for next-generation safety standards and equipment in MRI, 2012-2015), EMRP NEW07 (Microwave and terahertz metrology for homeland security, 2012-2015) and iMERA-Plus TP4 JRP07 (Traceable measurement of field strength and SAR for the Physical Agents Directive, 2008-2010). Since 2013, he has been in charge of the III level course “Mathematical-Physical aspects of Electromagnetism” in Politecnico di Torino.
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Key publications

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