IHSI 2020 - Call for Papers

Modena, Italy

IHSI 2020 will be held at the Universita Degli Studi Di Modena E Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy, February 19-21, 2020.

Conference Address: Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, Via P. Vivarelli, 10, 41125 Modena MO, Italy (Google Maps)

In July 2012, the Department of Engineering "Enzo Ferrari" of Modena integrated the functions of research and teaching of the former Faculty of Engineering and the Departments of Materials Engineering and the Environment, Information Engineering and Mechanical and Civil Engineering. The resultant single organisational structure now combines the educational objectives of the existing faculty with its research activities, in both the theoretical and applied fields, and facilities the technology transfer developed by the previous Departments and Interdepartmental Centres associated with them.The reputation of the teachers and of the study programme provided by the Department has been firmly established over the past two decades, and continues to grow, contributing to the creation of a lively and fertile range of initiatives. Teaching, research and technology transfer are the cornerstones of the new Department of Engineering "Enzo Ferrari", which is based at the new Campus of Engineering, Via Pietro Vivarelli 10, Modena for more information please visit: http://www.international.unimore.it/DIN.html




Modena, Italy

Modena is a city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. It’s known for its balsamic vinegar and opera heritage, plus Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars. The Enzo Ferrari Museum has exhibits on the life and work of the car designer, in his childhood home, plus iconic models in a futuristic building. In the 18th-century Museum Palace is the Estense Gallery, with works by Tintoretto and Correggio, plus a bust by Bernini.

The Emilia-Romagna region is set between the Po River, the Adriatic Sea, and the Appennino chain of mountains that forms Italy's backbone. The string of major cities in a northwest to southeast trending line you see on the map featured here is in the flat Po Valley, linked by the A1 Autostrada and a railway line that starts in Milan and continues to the coast. There are airports at Bologna (Aeroporto G. Marconi), Rimini (Federico Fellini International Airport), and Parma, with flights to Italian cities and other parts of Europe.

Emilia-Romagna is bordered by the Veneto and Lombardy regions to the north, Piedmont and Liguria on the west, Tuscany directly south, and the Marche and independent state San Marino on the southeast.

  • Modena is lightly touristed but has a wonderful medieval center built around its 12th-century Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modena was the hometown of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari, whose childhood home just outside the historic center is now the Enzo Ferrari House Museum. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is produced outside the city and a good place to find out about it is at the Spilamberto Balsamic Vinegar Museum.
  • Bologna is the largest city in Emilia-Romagna. Called the "red city" because of the use of red bricks in its architecture and for its leftist politics, the city is one of the richest and oldest in Italy and it's also home to one of the oldest universities. There's a young, lively vibe here, plus lots to see, from the giant medieval towers tilting precariously in the center of the city to the lively marketplace and the central square, Piazza Maggiore.
  • Parma is a culinary mecca with a fine compact historic center that includes an interesting 12th-century Baptistry, its Romanesque Cathedral with frescoes, and an unusual bell tower on the Governor's Palace. The city holds a Verdi Festival in the fall and the neo-classical Regio di Parma theater holds opera, dance, and drama performances as well as concerts and special events.
  • Ferrara is a walled Renaissance city with a castle, a beautiful 12th-century cathedral, and good examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. During the Renaissance, Ferrara was an intellectual and artistic center, designed according to the late 15th-century principles of the "ideal city". It's part of the UNESCO Quadrilateral of historic towns.
  • Ravenna is famous for its mosaics. Once the western capital of the Roman Empire, Ravenna has stunning Byzantine-style, 5th-6th-century mosaics inside its ancient churches and monuments.
  • Faenza is one of Italy's top producers of ceramics and it has a fantastic ceramics museum. The city itself is interesting to visit and has a huge central square lined with porticoes. Like many Emilia Romagna cities, it's full of bicycles.
  • Rimini, on the Adriatic Coast, is one of Italy's top beach resorts and is known for its nightlife, beaches, and as the hometown of Federico Fellini. It also has an interesting historic center and Roman ruins.

The Castles of Parma and Piacenza

Between the Po River and the Appennino mountain range south of Parma and Piacenza lie a series of wonderfully preserved castles. If you are traveling by car, seeing a few castles makes a pleasant day and a good way to see some of the beautiful countryside.

Favorite Small Towns

Interesting small towns and villages dot the interior of the region. San Leo and Castell'Arquato are pretty hill towns leading up to a castle. Santarcangelo is a larger hill town with interesting museums and a castle. Brisighella is a thermal spa center whose picturesque medieval village is set below an unusual clock tower and fortress perched on cliffs, while nearby Dozza is known for its murals and art.

Bobbio is a small town in the Trebbia River Valley, surrounded by beautiful countryside, known for its ancient Devil's Bridge and annual snail festival. Busseto is a peaceful town dedicated to opera composer Guiseppe Verdi, who once lived there.

Eastern Emilia-Romagna has several historic sites and castles, plus beaches, outstanding cuisine and centers for the production of ceramics and mosaics. Here's our suggested itinerary for enjoying a few days in the eastern Emilia-Romagna, from Bologna to Rimini.



Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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