Optical Sensors in Industry 4.0: Roles, Capacities, and Applications


Daniela Daniela Lo Presti

Daniela Lo Presti

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy

Elena Elena De Vita

Elena De Vita

Università degli studi di Napoli PARTHENOPE, Italy

Catia Cátia Leitão

Cátia Leitão

University of Aveiro, Portugal


The fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, is fostering the employment of innovative sensing technologies in many scenarios ranging from occupational to medical and agricultural settings. These systems can be implemented using various principles. The focus of this Special Session will be on optical sensing elements with characteristics that fit well with the requirements that arise from this new industrial paradigm. Optical sensors provide well-known advantages compared to other sensing technologies such as high sensitivity, electrical and chemical passivity, immunity from electromagnetic interference, and wide dynamic range that make them very attractive. In some implementations, optical sensors are also extremely lightweight and small size devices, being easily embedded in different materials and structures.
This Special Session aims to address the key aspects, roles, and applications of optical sensors in Industry 4.0 by gathering researchers and practitioners, working in this field, to introduce and discuss their latest scientific results with a main focus on the following topics.


  • Optical sensors and biosensors for Industry 4.0, IoT and Healthcare 4.0 Applications
  • Fiber Optics-based Systems for Industry 4.0, IoT and Healthcare 4.0 Applications
  • Vision Systems and Image Sensors for Applications in Industry 4.0, IoT and Healthcare 4.0
  • Metrological assessment of Optical Sensors
  • Ambient light sensors for applications in Industry 4.0
  • Contactless Optics-based Solutions for monitoring physical and chemical parameters in Industry 4.0
  • Embedding techniques for optic sensors
  • Contact-based Optical Sensing Solutions for monitoring physical and chemical parameters
  • Unobtrusive monitoring techniques based on optical sensors for Industry 4.0, IoT and Healthcare 4.0
  • Monitoring techniques based on Optical Sensors in Agriculture and Food Industry


Daniela Lo Presti (Ph.D 2021) is currently Assistant Professor at the Unit of Measurements and Biomedical Instrumentation of Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma. Her main research activities focus on the design, fabrication, and feasibility assessment of smart systems and wearables based on fiber optics for application in the smart healthcare and agriculture fields.

Elena De Vita (Ph.D 2022) is currently a Post-doctoral researcher with the Department of Engineering of University of Naples “Parthenope”. Her research interests are mainly focused on fiber optic sensors in biomedical e industrial applications respectively for thermal monitoring during tumor ablation and mechanical measurements through embedded sensors.

Cátia J. Leitão (Ph.D 2017) is currently a Researcher at the Nanophotonics and Optoeletronics group of i3N, Physics department of University of Aveiro, and a collaborator of Instituto de Telecomunicações. Her current research interests include photonic and optoelectronic solutions for biomedical sensing, namely physiological and biochemical parameters related to stress and cardiovascular diseases.