Alberto Del Bimbo

Personal Data

Born on February 15th, 1952, Firenze, Italy.

  • Professor of Computer Engineering at the Department of Information Engineering, Università di Firenze, Italy.
    Tel: +39 055 2758644 Fax: +39 055 2751396 Email: alberto.delbimbo@unifi.it
  • Director of MICC Media Integration and Communication Center, Università di Firenze, Italy.

Summary of Research Career, Services and Achievements

Prof. Del Bimbo is a distinguished scientist in Computer Engineering, doing research in Artificial Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia and their applications to industry and society.

  • Senior Member of IEEE 
  • Fellow of  IAPR the International Association for Pattern Recognition
  • ACM Distinguished Scientist award “in recognition of significant accomplishments in and impact on the computing field” (2016).
  • ACM award for “Outstanding technical contributions to multimedia computing, communications and applications” (2016)

Academic Professional Career

  • Master Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Firenze, in 1977.
  • With IBM Italy from 1978 to 1988.
  • Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Università di Firenze (1988)
  • Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the Università di Brescia (1994)
  • Full Professor at the Università di Firenze (1995).

At the Università di Firenze served in key management roles, namely:

  • Director of NEMECH–New Media for Cultural Heritage   Competence Center (Tuscany Regional Government and Università di Firenze) (from 2013 to present)
  • Director of MICC–Media Integration and Communication Center, National Center of Excellence issued by the Italian Ministry of Research at the Università di Firenze on Artificial Vision, Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia Technologies  (from 2008 to present)
  • Director of Master in Multimedia Content Design, post-graduate Master program on Multimedia (from 1998 to 2015)
  • President of Foundation for Research and Innovation of the Università di Firenze (from 2007 to 2010)
  • Deputy-Rector of University of Firenze for Research and Innovation Transfer  (from 2000 to 2006)
  • Director of Department of Systems and Computer Science (from 1997 to 2000)
  • Member of Academic Senate at Large (from 1998 to 1999).

Services in Scientific Institutions

Prof. Del Bimbo has also served scientific and cultural institutions at the national and international level:

  • Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of B-com, Rennes, France (Orange, France Télécom, TdF, INRIA, Institut Telecom and Supélec) (from 2013 to present)
  • Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of COMMIT/, The Netherlands  (from 2011 to 2017)
  • Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the NWO Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage program (CATCH), The Netherlands (from 2005 to 2015)
  • Member of the Council of the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, Italy (from 2006 to 2015)
  • Member of the Review Committee for Computer Science for the Association of Netherlands Universities, The Netherlands (2005, 2008, 2010)
  • Member of the International Scientific Board Quality Assurance of Netherlands Universities (QUANU), The Netherlands (from 2005 to 2007)
  • President of the Scientific Committee of CESVIT, (Tuscany Regional Gov., Italy) (from 1990 to 1993)

Services in Research Associations

Prof. Del Bimbo has also served in international research associations in Computer Science and Engineering:

  • Founding Member of the ACM EuroMM, European Chapter of ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (from 2010 to present).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of ECCV European Conf. on Computer Vision (from 2012 to present).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of ACM MM, Int’l Conf. on Multimedia (from 2011 to 2015).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of ACM ICMR, Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (from 2011 to 2015).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of IEEE ICME, Int’l Conf. on Multimedia and Expo (from 2000 to 2005).
  • Member at Large of IEEE Publication Board (from 1999 to 2001).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of IEEE ICMCS, Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Computing and Systems (from 1998 to 2000).
  • Member of the IAPR Governing Board (from 1994 to 2000).
  • President of the IAPR GIRPR, IAPR Italian chapter (from 1996 to 2000).

My research indexes (Google Scholar)

Citations: 13461

h-index: 53
i10-index: 248

Research Activity

Prof. Del Bimbo leads a research team at MICC, Media Integration and Communication Center of Università di Firenze, investigating cutting-edge solutions in Artificial Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia, Multimodal Interactivity. Prof. Del Bimbo and his team have strong industrial connections at the national and international level, including among the others Leonardo SpA, RFI SpA, Thales Italia SpA, ReCo SpA, Panasonic Inc, US IARPA,  for knowledge transfer on smart environments, computer vision for surveillance and monitoring, and industry automation.

Roles in Journal Editorial Boards

Since 2016, Prof. Del Bimbo is the Editor in Chief of ACM TOMM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications.

He has been Associate Editor of top scientific journals in  Computer Vision and Multimedia:

  • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, (from 2001 to 2005)
  • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, (from 2001 to 2005).
  • Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (from 1994 to present)
  • Multimedia Tools and Applications (from 1998 to present)
  • Pattern Analysis and Applications (from 1999 to present)
  • International Journal of Image and Video Processing (from 2005 to present)
  • Pattern Recognition, (from 1995 to 2009)

He has also served as the Guest Editor of many Special Issues in highly ranked journals.

Roles in International Conferences

Prof. Del Bimbo is the General Chair of ICPR’20 the Int’l Conf. on Pattern Recognition, to be held in Milano, Italy in 2020.

He served as a General Chair of some among the world most important conferences in Computer Vision and Multimedia, namely:

  • IEEE ICMCS (ICMCS’99), the Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Computing and Systems;
  • ACM Multimedia (ACMMM’10), the Int’l Conf. on Multimedia;
  • ECCV (ECCV’12), the European Conf. on Computer Vision, Firenze, Italy.
  • ACM ICMR’11 (2011) Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval, Trento, Italy
  • ACM MIR’08 (2008) Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Information Retrieval, Vancouver, Canada
  • IAPR ICIAP’97 (1997) Int’l Conf. on Image Analysis and Processing, Firenze, Italy.

He was the  Program Chair of top International Scientific Conferences and Workshops. Among them:

  •  IAPR ICPR’16 (2016) Int’l Conf. on Pattern Recognition, Cancun, Mexico
  • IAPR ICPR’12 (2012) Int’l Conf. on Pattern Recognition, Tsukuba, Japan
  • ACM MM’08 (2008) Int’l Conf. on Multimedia, Vancouver, Canada
  •  ACM CHI’08 (2008) Int’l Conf. on Computer Human Interaction, Firenze, Italy
  • ACM MIR’07 (2007) Int’l Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval, Augsburg, Germany
  • ACM CIVR’07 (2007) Int’l Conf. on Image-Video Retrieval, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  •  IAPR ICPR’04 (2004) Int’l Conf. on Pattern Recognition, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • VISUAL’99 (1999) Int’l Conf. on Visual Information Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  •  IEEE ICMCS’98 (1998) Int’l Conf. on Multimedia Computing and Systems, Austin, TX, USA


Prof. Del Bimbo published about 400 refereed research papers in the most prestigeous scientific Journals and Conference Proceedings as reported in the later listings.

Total publications: 412 (U-gov Research Catalog, Univ. Firenze)

  • Books: 2
  • Journals: 103
  • Book Chapters: 18
  • Conferences: 273

The list of publication is available at https://scholar.google.com/ [Del Bimbo Alberto]