OWAC has introduced its activities, projects and international cooperation on 11th September 2018 during the 4th International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry – Innovation to shape the future. This event has been taken at the Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo.
The RTSI is the flagship conference of the IEEE Italy Section and represents the annual gathering of researchers and industry professionals in the field of electrical, electronic, and information science and engineering. The theme chosen for the 2018 edition of RTSI is “Innovation to shape the future”, a challenge based on three areas of great interest and relevance: Sustainable development for cities and environment, Smart emerging technologies for Industry 4.0, ICT for future networks. Undoubtedly, innovation in electrical, electronic, and information science and engineering has fundamentally transformed our society in recent decades and the pace of change can only be described as disruptive. Not only technologies, but also economies and societies are continually shaped by innovation. Based on these evidences, the core purpose of RTSI is to foster technological innovation and excellence in the fields of electrical, electronic, information science and engineering. Specifically, the main purposes of the event are:
− to promote and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation between academia and industry;
− to increase the public’s understanding and awareness of how engineering and technology can positively affect quality of life;
− to promote discussion between the research community and government bodies about effective and successful research policies;
− to disseminate recent advancements, discoveries and applications;
− to discuss ideas and to promote cooperation between researchers working in different research areas.
OWAC’s speech regarded the innovative application of traditional technologies aimed at designing a new facility (particularly for the urban waste integrated treatment) which can be considered as stand-alone concerning the reduction of energy (heat and electricity) and water consumptions (with a zero balance) and the increase of recyclable materials re-use and re-circulation.