Luca Mari Workshops on Measurement Science

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:00pm
Professor Luca Mari will conduct four workshops between Wednesday, November 20 and Friday, November 22.
Luca Mari (M.Sc. in physics; Ph.D. in measurement science) is a professor at the Cattaneo University – LIUC, Castellanza (VA), Italy. He teaches measurement science, statistical data analysis, and system theory. At the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), he is currently the chairman of the Terminology Technical Committee (TC1), the secretary of the Technical Committee on Quantities and Units (TC25), and an expert in the Working Group 2 (VIM) of the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM). He has been the chairman of the Technical Committee 7 (Measurement Science) of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO). He is the author or coauthor of several scientific papers published in international journals and international conference proceedings. His research interests include measurement science and system theory.
Models of measurement: the general structure
         Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
         Tolman Hall - Room 2515
Measurement is laden with stereotypes, rooted in its long history and diverse fields of adoption. The consequence is that even the basic terminology (e.g., quantity, scale, accuracy, calibration, ...) is often ambiguous, or least context-dependent. The workshop introduces a background ontology of measurement, from which a basic epistemological characterization is proposed: measurement as a both conceptual and experimental process implementing a property value assignment able to produce information on a predefined property with a specified and provable level of objectivity and intersubjectivity.
Models of measurement: measuring systems and metrological infrastructure
         Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
         Tolman Hall - Room 5634
Building upon the proposed epistemological characterization, the workshop focuses on the structural features of measuring systems, front-ends of a metrological infrastructure and tools designed and operated so to guarantee a required minimum level of objectivity and intersubjectivity for the conveyed information. This highlights the twofold nature of measurement, an information acquisition and representation process in which the role of models is unavoidable, even though possibly left implicit in the simplest cases.
An overview on measurement uncertainty: from the standpoint of the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) 
         Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
         Tolman Hall - Room 5634
The concept of measurement uncertainty offers some new connotations with respect to the traditional way the quality of measurement results has been represented, in a more and more encompassing path from ontology (true value and error), to epistemology (degree of belief), to pragmatics (target measurement uncertainty). The workshop presents a conceptual framework in which measurement uncertainty is interpreted as an overall property, synthesizing both instrumental and definitional contributions.
Is the body of knowledge on measurement worth to be a ‘science’, and what may be the scope of a measurement science?
         Friday, November 22, 2013 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
         Tolman Hall - Room 5634
Measurement is commonly considered a critical but only instrumental process: the body of knowledge related to measurement appears the juxtaposition of multiple contributions, from physics (or chemistry, biology, psychology, economy, ...), to systems theory and control theory, signal theory and statistics, but also information theory and computer science, philosophy of science and ontology. In perspective, also political science and ethics might be progressively interested in measurement and its social implications. Is there a distinctive, common ground for a science of measurement in the diversity of these topics? The workshop aims at introducing the discussion and proposing some reflections on the actual status of science of such a body of knowledge.
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