Gianpaolo D’Amico completed his PhD with a thesis about multimedia distributed database in 2004. He is currently research fellow at the Visual Information and Media Lab at MICC and member of the board of operations at Master in Multimedia Content Design. His research work is in the field of user experience, education, sound design and digital media. He is also the cofounder of the blog sounDesign.
Maxime Devanne received his Engineering degree from Telecom Lille 1 on october 2012 with a thesis on “3D Human Body Acquisition and Modeling from Microsoft Kinect cameras”. He is currently PhD student in collaboration between the MIIRE research group of University of Lille 1, France, and the Media Integration and Communication Center. His research interests are mainly focused on 3D videos, elastic shapes, human body motions, and their applications in computer vision, like activity recognition.
Svebor Karaman received a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Bordeaux and a engineer diploma from the ENSEIRB in 2008. He has obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bordeaux in 2011, with his thesis entitled “Indexing of Activities in Wearable Videos : Application to Epidemiological Studies of Aged Dementia”. He has joined the MICC – Media Integration and Communication Center, at the beginning of 2012 as a postdoctoral researcher.
His research interests focus on computer vision, semantic concepts recognition in images and videos, multimedia information retrieval and problematics related to the use wearable videos. During his PhD thesis, he has worked on human activities recognition by Hidden Markov Models (HMM) in videos recorded from a wearable device. He also proposed an object recognition approach in the Bag-of-Visual-Words framework which integrates spatial information within semi-local features: the Graph-Words.
At the MICC, he is highly involved in the Mnemosyne project
Thomas Matteo Alisi worked for a long time as project manager and researcher at the Media Integration and Communication Center, where he received also a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Multimedia and TLC. His research activities spanned from semantic web to interactive environments, while during the same period he tried hard not to loose the contact with the real world and helped with server administration and project management.
Among other projects, he contributed on defining the research lines and writing the grant proposals for 3 national FIRB and 2 EU framework programmes, while managing also part of the knowledge transfer activities. He was also principal lecturer for several modules, all related to web programming languages, web design, information architecture and user experience design. Then he discovered that the time had come to speak of many other things and he is now freelancing in the UK digital media industry, but still collaborates with the University, where he occasionally manages to write a paper and a project proposal.
Lamberto Ballan received the Laurea degree in computer engineering in 2006 and the PhD degree in computer science in 2011, both from the University of Florence. Currently he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Media Integration and Communication Center. He was a visiting scholar at the Signal and Image Processing department at Telecom Paristech/ENST, Paris, in 2010. His research interests lie at the intersection of Multimedia, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. He has published over thirty scientific articles in peer-reviewed, international journals and conference proceedings.
Andrew Bagdanov received a dual Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1995 and a Masters of Science in Computer Science in 1996 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2004 and has authored more than fifty books and scientific articles in peer-reviewed, international journals and conferences.
His publications span a broad spectrum of computer science, including digital image processing, machine learning, image understanding, active camera control, and semantics-driven analysis of video.
Dario Comanducci received the MS degree in computer engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 2004 and he is currently waiting for discussing his thesis for the PhD degree on Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Florence. The thesis deals with the empoyment of 2D warping transformations to recover 3D information, with applications to 3D reconstruction and eye-gaze estimation tasks. His research interests are computer vision and pattern recognition, with applications in 3D reconstruction, human-computer interaction and image based rendering.
Fabrizio Dini was born in Florence, Italy, the 22th of September 1973. He received the laurea degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florence in 2006, with a thesis on “Particle filter – based real – time visual tracking with adaptive parameter estimation”. He’s a PhD student currently working as researcher in the Visual Information and Media Lab at the Media Integration and Communication Center, University of Florence. His research interests are mainly focused on visual tracking and pattern recognition.
Carles Fernández received his BD in Telecommunications Engineering in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, specializing later with a MSc in Language and Speech (2006) and another one in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence (2008). He received his PhD in computer science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010).
During his predoctoral period, he did several stays in important research centres in Europe, such as IAKS (Karlsruhe), AVL (Oxford), and MICC (Florence). Carles currently holds a postdoctoral position at the Computer Vision Center (Barcelona), where he assists in National and European projects in the areas of video understanding and semantic video analysis, multilingual NL text generation and understanding, ontology development for video retrieval, and advanced user interfacing. He is also an associate lecturer at the Computer Science department of UAB. During his period at MICC, Carles collaborated with the group of Alberto del Bimbo and Marco Bertini on the topics of event interpretation and uncertainty management of human-based video sequences in surveillance scenarios.
Fernando Franco was born in Ronciglione, Viterbo, in 1981 and has been living in Florence since 2001. He received the laurea degree in computer engineering from the University of Florence in 2008, with a thesis on “Local shape extraction using interest point”. He’s currently working as researcher at the Visual Information and Media Lab at the Media Integration and Communication Center, University of Florence. His research interests focus on computer vision, pattern recognition and computer graphics.