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CAREER

2018
: Italian national scientific habilitation as Full professor in both Computer Engineering (Sistemi di Elaborazione delle Informazioni, 09/H1) and Computer Science (Informatica, 01/B1)
2002-now: Associate professor at the University of Florence (Dept. of Information Engineering)
1996-2002: Assistant professor at the Universities of Brescia (until 1999) and Florence
1996: Ph.D. ("dottorato di ricerca") degree in Robotics from the Sant’Anna School of University Studies and Doctoral Research, Pisa
1994: EU-HCM-SMART fellowship at the Polytechnic of Grenoble
1992: M.Eng. ("laurea") degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence

SELECTED SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Research interestsGeometric image and video analysis and 3D computer vision, with applications to autonomous robotics, biomedicine and aids to disabled people, 
cultural heritage preservation and valorization, advanced human-machine interaction, multimedia, and information forensics (CVG research)
Publications – Over 100 on international journals, books, and conference proceedings (Google scholar, ResearchGate, Scopus)
Invited talks – Cambridge (UK), Genoa, Grenoble, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pisa, Rome, Stockholm

General Chair – 12th European Conference on Computer Vision ECCV 2012, Florence
Organizer – 
Contest Which is Which? Evaluation of local descriptors for image matching in real-world scenarios” at CAIP 2019, Salerno
Area & Session Chair
16th International Conference on Machine Vision Applications MVA 2019, Tokyo
Session Chair14th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications VISAPP 2019, Prague
Publicity Chair 6th International Conference on 3D Vision 3DV 2018, Verona
Doctoral Symposium ChairACM Multimedia 2010 International Conference, Florence
Exhibit and Demonstration ChairIEEE International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems ICMCS'99, Florence
Tutorial ChairIEEE International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems ICMCS'98, Austin
Local Organizer – International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems SIRS’95 Pisa, International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing ICIAP’97 Florence,
International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems ICMCS’99 Florence
Program Committee member – Several international conferences, including International Conference on Computer Vision ICCV,

European Conference on Computer Vision ECCV, Asian Conference on Computer Vision ACCV,
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition CVPR (USA), 
British Machine Vision Conference BMVC (UK), International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing ICIAP (Italy)
Associate/Area Editor – 
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2001-2011), Journal of Multimedia (2006-2009), 
Computer Vision and Image Understanding
(2009-2015), IET Computer Vision (2018-)
Guest Editor – Special Issue of Robotics and Autonomous Systems on “Intelligent Robotic Systems,” 1997; 
Special Issue of International Journal of Computer Vision on “Large Scale Computer Vision: Geometry, Inference, and Learning,” 2014;
Special Issue of IET Computer Vision on 
Local Image descriptors in Computer Vision,” 2019
Reviewer – Several international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI),
International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV),
Computer Vision and Image Understanding (CVIU)
 

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Private companies
– “Image-based rendering for 3D television”, Toshiba Research Europe, 2009-2010;
Computer vision algorithms for the enhancement of ophtalmologic video sequences”, HESP srl, San Giovanni Valdarno (Florence), 2008-2010;
Computer-vision based acquisition of the fine-grained 3D structure and chromatic texture of leather clothes for the fashion industry”, Macip Trend srl, S. Maria al Monte (Pisa), 2010-2012;
Vision-based pose detection of 3D objects for laser manufacturing”, MAR srl Pistoia, 2012-2014;
Fire detection in railway carriages with computer vision techniques”, CPA Elettronica srl, Pistoia, 2014-2016;

Extraction and analysis of 2D visual primitives
for the quality control of bottles and cans”, SACMI Imola S.C., Imola, 2018-2019.

Public institutions – “THESAURUS: Techniques for underwater exploration and archaeology through swarms of autonomous vehicles”, Tuscany Region (PAR FAS), 2011-2013;
ARROWS: Archaeological robot systems for the world’s seas”, European Union (FP7-ENV-2012-one-stage), 2012-2015;
SUONO: Safe underwater operations in oceans”, Italian Ministry of University and Research (Smart Cities and Communities), 2014-2017;
FENCE: Forensic modules for the automated analysis of physical integrity in images”, USA Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA-15‐58-MediFor-FP-038), 2016-2020.


TEACHING, SUPERVISION, COORDINATION

Founder and Coordinator – Computational Vision Group (CVG), since 2010
Supervisor – Laurea degrees (30 since 2001), PhDs (5 since 2001), Research fellowships ("Assegni di Ricerca", 12 since 2010), Research grants ("co-co-co/Borse di ricerca", 10 since 2003)
Professor 
Courses: Computer Architectures (since 2001); Computational Vision (since 2003)
Invited lecturer – “Image processing and computer vision” (Master on Multimedia, RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, Florence, 1999-2002);
Automatic video annotation” (PhD School “La Visione delle Macchine”, Vietri sul Mare 2002); 
Visual interaction techniques” (Master on Advanced Technologies for Interactive Communications, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 2003-2004);
Information theory” (Master on Digital Writing, University of Florence, 2006);
Vision in art, science and technology” (PhD School “La Visione delle Macchine”, Palermo 2006);
Computer vision: History and applications” and “Computer vision: Matching and robust estimation” (School of Photogrammetry, Computer Vision and Laser Scanning, University of Udine, 2010)