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Francesca Vipiana is a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Politecnico di Torino (POLITO).

Her main research activities concern the modeling, design, realization and testing of microwave imaging systems for medical and industrial applications. Moreover, her research interests include numerical techniques based on the integral equation and method of moment approaches, with a focus on multiresolution and hierarchical schemes, domain decomposition, preconditioning and fast solution methods, and advanced quadrature integration schemes. She is involved in the analysis, synthesis, and optimization of multiband reconfigurable compact antennas.

Currently, Prof. Vipiana coordinates the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, Innovative Training Network "EMERALD - ElectroMagnetic imaging for a novel genERation of medicAL Devices", funded by the H2020 Research and Innovation Program and the Proof of Concept Program “FastFood - Focusing microwAve Sensing Technology for Food in-line quality control”, funded by Venture Factory. She is also the Principal Investigator for the POLITO research unit in the National PRIN project "BEST-Food, Broadband Electromagnetic Sensing Technologies for Food quality and security assessment".

She has 20 years full time equivalent research experience. Since 2007 she has been an instructor at European School of Antennas (ESoA) courses and since 2008 the teaching professor of the course “Advanced Computational EM for antenna analysis” at the POLITO Doctoral School where she is part of the Ph.D. advisors board.

Prof. Vipiana received the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2017 and she is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation and of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, where, in 2020, she was also Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Electromagnetic Imaging and Sensing for Food Quality and Safety Assessment”.

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-0791-9269
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE7_6 - Communication technology, high-frequency technology PE7_11 - Components and systems for applications (in e.g. medicine, biology, environment) PE7_3 - Simulation engineering and modelling


Antennas Computational electromagnetics Food safety Food security Medical imaging Microwave imaging
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Awards and Honors

  • URSI Young Scientist Award conferred by International Union of Radio Science, Belgium (2005)
  • IEEE WiEM best poster award conferred by IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (WiEM) Workshop, Italy (2009)
  • ISMB Best Paper Award conferred by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Italy (2011)
  • Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award conferred by IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (2017)