Professor Gino Dini
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa
Gino Dini is a full professor of manufacturing processes at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa. He is the author of more than 100 papers published in international conference proceedings and journals. His current interests and research areas include: machining process monitoring, assembly and disassembly processes, laser beam machining and Augmented Reality applications in industrial environments. He was awarded with the F.W. Taylor Medal for an innovative contribution given by his research activity in the field of assembly process planning. Currently, he is a member of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and founding member of AITEM (Italian Association of Production Engineering).
Application of Augmented Reality Techniques in Through-life Engineering Services
Augmented Reality (AR) is an innovative human-machine interaction that overlays virtual components on a real world environment with many potential applications in different fields, ranging from training activities to everyday life (entertainment, head-up display in car windscreens, etc.). The capability to provide the user of the needed information about a process or a procedure directly on the work environment, is the key factor for considering AR an effective tool to be also used in Through-life Engineering Services. In particular, a great opportunity in this field is given by the interaction between AR devices and sensors appropriately distributed in the environment and used to monitor the process or to perform fault detection. Many experimental implementations have been made by industries and academic institutions in this research area: applications in remote maintenance, diagnostics, non-destructive testing, repairing and setup activities represent the most meaningful examples carried out in the last few years. These applications have concerned different working environments such as aircrafts, trains, engines, power plants, machine tools, military equipment, underground pipes, civil constructions, etc. The keynote paper will provide a comprehensive survey by reviewing some recent applications in these areas, emphasizing potential advantages, limits and drawbacks, as well as open issues which could represent new challenges for the future (G. Dini, M. Dalle Mura)