The Defense Geophysics Group (DGG)






Welcome to the sub-page of the Defense Geophysics Group (DGG).

DGG was founded in 2007 by Prof. Osvaldo Faggioni and Prof. Rodolfo Zunino as a result of several joint activities between SEALab and INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology).

Click here to view the original Founding Document (in Italian) stating the objectives, protocols and policies of DGG.

DGG envisions a national and international scope; the mission of the involved research group is to gather a selected community of experts, and advance the existing scientific/technology knowledge, in the analysis of geophysics phenomena for the underwater protection of critical infrastructures against intrusions and terrorism.

INGV contributes with the Institute's competence in the analysis of geophysics field, in particular magnetic and gravitational field, and capabilities in the metrological measurement process.
SEALab contributes with the Lab's experience in the design and development of intelligent electronic systems for geomagnetic measurement and classification in noisy environments.

The activities at DGG follow some basic threads:
Research in these threads typically adopts a multi-disciplinary approach from different viewpoints, mainly taking into account performance effectiveness, general application value, and implementation efficiency in agreement with INGV and SEALab politic.

People at DGG

Directive Committee

      Chairman: Prof. Osvaldo Faggioni
      Co-Chairman: Prof. Rodolfo Zunino

Steering Committee

      Adm. Dino Venè, La Spezia
      Ing. Roberto Bozzano – Researcher, CNR-ISSIA Genoa
      Ing. Maurizio Soldani – INGV, La Spezia
      Ing. Paolo Gastaldo, SEALab - Unige

PhD Students

      Ing. Davide Leoncini, SEALab - Unige
      Ing. Alessio Leoncini, SEALab - Unige

Recent Publications by DGG

The following is a list of selected publications by the members of DGG:

Faggioni O, Arena G, Bencivenga M, Bianco G, Bozzano R, Canepa G, Lusiani P, Nardone G, Piangiamore G, Soldani M, Surace L, Venzano G
The newtonian approach in the metrological tide waves forecasting: preliminary observations in the East Ligurian harbours
Ann. Geophys., 49 (6), 2006

Leoncini D, Decherchi S, Faggioni O, Gastaldo P, Soldani M, Zunino R
Linear SVM for Underwater Magnetic Signals Based Port Protection
Journal of Information Assurance and Security, 2010, No. 5, pp. 401-408

Faggioni O, Soldani M, Leoncini D, Gabellone A, Maggiani PV
Time Domain Performances Analysis of Underwater Magnetic SIMAN Systems for Port Protection
Journal of Information Assurance and Security, 2009, vol.4, No.6, pp.538-545

Faggioni O, Soldani M, Bottazzi Schenone R, Di Gennaro E, Leoncini D, Zunino R
Low amplitude and low time transient magnetic underwater cinematic sources: a time domain power detecting procedure
WaterSide Security Conf. WSS 2010, Marina di Carrara, Nov. 2010, in press

Faggioni O, Soldani M, Di Gennaro E, Lamberti LO, Leoncini D, Maggiani PV, Zunino R
Harbour seafloor clearance: the “HD” high definition magnetic survey performance
Marine Systems and Technology Conf. – MAST 2009 – Stockholm, Oct. 2009, in press

Faggioni O, Soldani M, Zunino R, Leoncini D, Di Gennaro E, Gabellone A, Maggiani PV, Falcucci V, Michelizza E
“Building the Synthetic “MAC System”: an Analytical Integration of Magnetic and Acoustic Subsystems for Port Protection Scenarios
Proc. Int. Conf. Underwater Defense Technology UDT - Europe 2009, Cannes 2009

Decherchi S, Faggioni O, Gastaldo P, Leoncini D, Soldani M, Zunino R
A Preliminary Study on SVM based Analysis of Underwater Magnetic Signals for Port Protection
Int.Workshop Comput.Intell.Security Info.Systems – CISIS’09, Burgos, Springer Adv.Soft Comp., 2009, pp.37-44

Faggioni O, Soldani M, Gabellone A, Maggiani P, Leoncini D
Development of Anti Intruders Underwater Systems: Time Domain Evaluation of the Self-Informed Magnetic Networks Performance
Proc. International Workshop on Computational Intelligence in Security for Information Systems CISIS’08, Springer Adv CS Vol.53, pp. 100-107, Genova 2008

Gabellone A, Faggioni O, Soldani M, Guerrini P
CAIMAN (Coastal Anti Intruder MAgnetometers Network)
Proceedings of RTO-MP-SET-130 Symposium on NATO Military Sensing, March 12-14, Orlando, Florida, USA, 2008, NATO classified.

Di Gennaro E, Bovio E, Baralli F, Faggioni O, Soldani M
Clearance operation of Teulada Site (Italy):a novel approach for short term MCM missions in seafloor hard conditions
Proc. Int. Conf. Underwater Defense Technology UDT - Europe 2008, Glasgow, UK, 2008

Faggioni O, Gabellone A, Hollett R, Kessel RT, Soldani M
Anti-intruder port protection “MAC (Magnetic ACoustic) System”: advances in the magnetic component performance
Proceedings of 1st WSS Conference, August 25-28, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008

Gabellone A, Faggioni O, Soldani M, Guerrini P
CAIMAN Experiment
Proc. Int. Conf. Underwater Defense Technology UDT - Europe 2007, Naples, Italy, 2007