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: Associate professor at the University of Florence (Dept. of Information Engineering)
1996-2002: Assistant professor at the Universities of Brescia (up to 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


Research interests – image and video analysis and 3D computer vision, and their applications to autonomous robotics, biomedicine and aids to disabled people, cultural heritage preservation, advanced human-machine interaction, multimedia, and information forensics.
Publications – Over 100 on international journals, books, and conference proceedings (Google scholar, Scopus).
Invited talks – Cambridge (UK), Genoa, Grenoble, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Rome, Stockholm.
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.
General co-Chair
12th European Conference on Computer Vision ECCV 2012, Florence.
Associate/Area Editor – 
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2001-2011), Journal of Multimedia (2006-2009), Computer Vision and Image Understanding (2009-2015), IET Computer Vision.
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.
Reviewer – Several international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), Computer Vision and Image Understanding (CVIU), International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV).
Program Committee member – Several international conferences, including International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV), British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC).


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.

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), 2016-2019.


Founder and Coordinator – Computational Vision Group (CVG), since 2010
Supervisor – Laurea degrees (30 since 2001), PhDs (5 since 2001), Research grants (11 since 2010)
Professor - Courses: Computer Architectures (since 2001); Computational Vision (since 2002)
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)