People

Faculty

Andrea Albarelli :

Andrea Albarelli

Andrea Albarelli worked in the industry for 10 years before receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science in from the University Ca' Foscari Venice in 2010. He has taught Computer Architecture, Information Theory and Computer Vision. He co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewer technical papers, mainly in the field of Computer Vision, with particular attention to issues of representation and processing of 3D data and the adoption of Game Theory in the context of Pattern Recognition problems, ranging from point-pattern matching to surface registration.
He has participated in several research and technology transfer projects funded by both public and private partners.
Since 2010, he is a founding member of an academic spin-off acting as a brigde between industry and Computer Vision research. In 2010 he was winner of the tender "IMPRESA", sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, the prize "Working Capital" for innovative young researchers and the "NVIDIA Best Paper Award". In 2011 he won the "Award for Research" established by Venice University to reward young researchers exhibiting the highest scientific impact.
Andrea Albarelli, University web site

Augusto Celentano :

Augusto Celentano

Augusto Celentano is full professor of Information processing systems at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy. He received a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1973. He has been Deputy Rector for information technology and Head of the Department of Computer Science of Ca' Foscari University.
Augusto Celentano has been member of scientific committees in research and educational centers of Politecnico di Milano and Ca' Foscari University, and has been consultant in research projects of the European Union. He has been invited professor at INSA de Lyon, France, and Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
His current research interests are in interactive multimedia systems, Human Computer Interaction, Digital Humanities and ICT systems for Cultural Heritage preservation and dissemination. In this area he has contributed to the development of mobile multimedia guides for a series of art exhibitions held at Ca' Foscari, in the context of a research project on novel systems for art fruition.
He is co-author of more than 100 scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.
Augusto Celentano, University web site

Nicoletta Cocco :

Nicoletta Cocco

Nicoletta Cocco graduates in Mathematics at Universita' di Padova, then
she was postgraduate researcher with a NATO fellowship, in the Dept. of Computer and Information Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. From 1984 to 1992 she was appointed researcher in Computer Science at Universita' di Padova and since 1993 she is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University Ca' Foscari Venezia.
Her previous research interests have been in the fields of languages and formalisms for distributed systems, program correctness and semantics, program transformation and logic programming. Her present research interests are in bioinformatics in the field of biological systems modeling and analysis.
Nicoletta Cocco, University web site

Rodolfo Delmonte :

Rodolfo Delmonte

Rodolfo Delmonte is Associate Professor of Computational Linguistic at Ca' Foscari University of Venice from 1985, and he teaches courses at all levels for students from both humanities and computer science. He graduated in Venice and got his Ph.D. at Monash University, Melbourne - Australia in 1976. He started his career collaborating with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Padua and worked at the backbone of a system for Text to Speech which in the '80s was funded by Digital Equipment for the Italian version of DecTalk. Another important achievement was a multimedia and multilingual system for language learning called SLIM in the beginning of the '90s, which incorporated ASR and Speech Synthesis.
He has more than 150 publications, including 8 books. He is referee for a number of international journals, including Speech Communication, where he published an important paper in 2000, on the relevance of prosody for speech recognition systems in the field of language learning. His latest work includes two books with the title Computation Linguistic Text Processing (from NovaScience Publishers - New York), dedicated the first to sentence level processing and the second to discourse level which includes chapters on the use of semantic and pragmatic approaches to text processing. Lately he has produced chapters for a number of books in different fields: in particular a chapter with the title "Getting Past the Language Gap: Innovations in Machine Translation", where he describes state of the art and best practices for future improvements in the field of MT that just appeared in a book by Springer.
He has been invited professor in 2004 Boulder, Colorado, and in 2006 UTD Texas. In 2007 he was invited by the University of Besançon. In 2010 he was keynote speaker at ALTA conference in Sydney where he delivered the talk "OPINION MINING, SUBJECTIVITY and FACTUALITY". In 2011 he was invited by German Rigau to give a course on semantics in NLP at IXA - San Sebastian.
Rodolfo Delmonte, University web site

Salvatore Orlando :

Salvatore Orlando

Salvatore Orlando - Laurea/MSc. (summa cum laude,1985) and PhD (1991) in Computer Science, University of Pisa - was a post-doc fellow of the HP laboratories, and a post-doc fellow of the Univesity of Pisa. In 1994 he joined as an assistant professor the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where since 2000 he has been an associate professor. He is also a research associate of ISTI-CNR of Pisa.
His research interests include the design of scalable algorithms for various data/web mining and knowledge discovery problems, distributed and P2P systems for information retrieval, parallel/distributed systems and programming environments.
In the last year he has supervised the PhD research work of many doctoral students of the PhD in Computer Science of the University of Venice, seven of them already completed their studies. He has coordinated the research activities of several post-docs. He was visiting scientist at the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and the University of Paderborn and Heinz Nixdorf Institut (Germany). Currently he is serving as the Head of Studies in Computer Science at Ca' Foscari University.
Salvatore Orlando published more than 100 papers in international journals, book chapter, and conference/workshop proceedings. He co-chaired conferences (EuroPVM/MPI, SASO), conference tracks, and workshops. He has served on the program committees of international conferences, among which the premier conferences on data mining run by ACM, IEEE, SIAM (KDD, ICDM, SDM), and many others, such as ECML/PKDD, Europar, INFOSCALE, CCGRid, SASO.
He was the local coordinator of the Venetian research unit of the PRIN project "GeoPKDD: Geographic Privacy-aware Knowledge Discovery and Delivery" (2004), and is the local coordinator of the Venetian unit for the project “TETRis: Innovative Open-source Services ion TETRA” - PON01 00451” (2011-13). He participated in several Italian and European projects, among which we can mention the EU FP6 - STREP: “SAPIR: Search In Audio Visual Content Using Peer-to-peer IR” (2007-2009), and the EU FP6 NOE "CoreGRID: European Research Network on Foundations, Software Infrastructures and Applications for large scale distributed, GRID and Peer-to-Peer Technologies" (2005-2008).
Salvatore Orlando, University web site

Marcello Pelillo : Coordinator

Marcello Pelillo

Coordinator

Marcello Pelillo joined the faculty of the University of Bari, Italy, as an Assistant professor of Computer Science in 1991. Since 1995, he has been with the University of Venice, Italy, where he is currently a Full Professor of Computer Science. He leads the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Group and has served from 2004 to 2010 as the Chair of the board of studies of the Computer Science School. He held visiting research positions at Yale University, the University College London, McGill University, the University of Vienna, York University (UK), and the National ICT Australia (NICTA). He has published more than 130 technical papers in refereed journals, handbooks, and conference proceedings in the areas of computer vision, pattern recognition and neural computation. He serves (or has served) on the editorial board for the journals IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and IET Computer Vision, and is regularly on the program committees of the major international conferences and workshops of his fields. In 1997, he co-established a new series of international conferences devoted to energy minimization methods in computer vision and pattern recognition (EMMCVPR) which has now reached the ninth edition. He is (or has been) scientific coordinator of several research projects, including SIMBAD, an EU-FP7 project devoted to similarity-based pattern analysis and recognition. Prof. Pelillo is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the IAPR.
Marcello Pelillo, University web site

Fabio Pittarello :

Fabio Pittarello

Fabio Pittarello is assistant professor at the Dept. of Environmental Sciences Informatics and Statistics of the University Ca' Foscari, where he teaches human computer interaction and web design for the Computer Science curriculum. Besides, he teaches digital modeling for the Industrial Design curriculum at the University IUAV and interactive systems for the degree in New Technologies for the Arts at the Fine Arts Academy of Venice. His current research interests include both theoretical and application oriented aspects of HCI in web-based and ubiquitous contexts, with a particular reference to interaction in 3D and geolocalized environments, tangible interfaces, adaptivity, multimodality and universal access to information. He serves as reviewer and program committee member in several international conferences and journals. He has published more than 60 papers in international refereed conferences and journals. His activity includes collaborations with industrial partners, public and cultural institutions, such as: Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, BMW Italia, La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Grassi, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli al Lingotto, Regione Veneto, Università IUAV.
Fabio Pittarello, University web site

Flavio Sartoretto :

Flavio Sartoretto

Flavio Sartoretto - Laurea/MSc. in Mathematics, Universita' di Padova (1980) - since 1992 is Asociate Professor of Scientific Computing at "Universita' Ca' Foscari Venezia".
His main research interest is in the numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDE), and integro--differential ones. He worked on the development of large scale 2D and 3D Finite Element models, on the solution of porous media flow problems, and the eigensolution of matrices arising in the numerical integration of PDE. He developed algorithms for data processing in Neurology, and for Information Retrieval on large text sets.
He is the co-author of about 70 scientific papers in international refereed journals, books and conference proceedings.
He has been a member of a number of research projects funded by the Italian Reseach Council (CNR) and the Italian Government Department for Universities and Research (MIUR). He is also a referee for a number of international journals.
Flavio Sartoretto, University web site

Marta Simeoni :

Marta Simeoni

Laurea/MSc. (summa cum laude) in Computer Science, University of Udine, 1995. PhD in Computer Science, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2000. Since 2000, Assistant Professor at the University Ca' Foscari Venezia.
Her present research interests are in Bioinformatics in the field of Biological Systems Modeling and Analysis. Previous research interests were in the fields of Graph rewriting systems and Software Performance Modeling and Evaluation.
Marta Simeoni, University web site

Andrea Torsello :

Andrea Torsello

Andrea Torsello received his PhD in computer Science at the University of York, UK and is currently working as Assistant Professor at University Ca Foscari Venice, Italy.
His research interests are in the areas of computer vision and pattern recognition, in particular, the interplay between stochastic and structural approaches as well as Game-Theoretic models, with applications in 3D reconstruction and recognition. Dr. Torsello has published more than 80 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and has been in the program committees of numerous international conferences and workshops.
In 2011 he has been recognized as ”Distinguished alumnus” by the University of York, UK.
He held the position of chairman and is currently the vice-chair of the Technical Committee 15 of the International Association for Pattern Recognition, a technical committee devoted to the promotion of research on Graph-based Representations in Pattern Recognition.
Andrea Torsello, University web site

Associate  Members

Andrea Prati :

Andrea Prati

Andrea Prati is currently an Associate Professor at the University IUAV of Venice. He collaborated in several research projects, at regional, national, and international level, and with several companies for specific research projects. His research interests belong to different themes, from embedded devices for sensor networks in computer vision applications, to robotic vision, to multimedia, to performance analysis for multimedia computers. However, his main research activity is on video-surveillance topics. He recently started to research on mobile vision, ie. the application of sophisticated computer vision techniques on mobile phones. Andrea Prati is author of more than 130 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, he has been invited speaker, and reviewer for many international journals. He is also a member of the EB of Optical Engineering (SPIE). He has also been the PC of ICIAP 2007. He has been the PC of ACM/IEEE Intl Conf on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC) in 2011 and 2012, and will be for 2013 edition. He is also organizing as General Chair the 2014 ICDSC edition in Venice. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM and GIRPR.

Post-docs

Samuel Rota Bulò :

Samuel Rota Bulò

Samuel Rota Bulò received his PhD in computer science at the University of Venice, Italy, in 2009 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the same institution. His main research interests are in the areas of computer vision and pattern recognition with particular emphasis on
discrete and continuous optimisation methods, graph theory and game theory. Additional research interests are in the field of stochastic modelling. He has over 30 publications in well-recognized conferences and top-level journals mainly in the areas of computer vision and pattern recognition. He held research visiting positions at the following institutions: IST - Technical University of Lisbon, University of Vienna, Graz University of Technology, University of York (UK) and Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK), University of Florence.
Samuel Rota Bulò, University web site

Gabriele Tolomei :

Gabriele Tolomei

Gabriele Tolomei is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Data-Intensive and SCalable Information Systems Lab at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. 
He also collaborates with the High Performance Computing Lab of the ISTI-CNR in Pisa, Italy, as a Research Associate. 
He received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2005. 
After almost three years of experience in the industry as a software engineer, in 2008 he was enrolled in the Ph.D. program of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where he received his doctoral degree later on in 2011.
His research interests include Information Retrieval and Extraction, Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Natural Language Processing topics, especially focused on the fields of the Web and Social Networks.
He is author of more than 15 papers published on relevant international conferences and journals.
Gabriele Tolomei, University web site

PhD Students

Filippo Bergamasco :

Filippo Bergamasco

Filippo Bergamasco received a MSc degree (with honors) in Computer Science from Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy, in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University Of Venice.
His research interests are in the area of computer vision, spreading from 3D reconstruction, Game-Theoretical approaches for matching and clustering, structure from motion, augmented reality and photogrammetry.
He has been involved in many commercial computer vision projects for industry and entertainment, including structured light scanner solutions, pipes measurement system for automotive, interactive vision-based museum exhibitions and AR applications for embedded devices.

Filippo Bergamasco, University web site

Luca Cosmo :

Luca Cosmo

Luca Cosmo received a MSc degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Venice, Italy, in 2012. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Venice where his field of research is the Non-Rigid matching. He has been involved in computer vision projects for industry and museum exhibitions.
For hobby he deals with the development of the graphical engine and networking of PC strategy games.
Luca Cosmo, University web site

Francesco Lettich :

Francesco Lettich

Francesco Lettich is a PhD Student in Computer Science at the Department of Environmental Sciences Informatics and Statistics of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, under the supervision of Prof. Salvatore Orlando, since September 2011.
From March 2013 to June 2013 he's been visiting the Computer Science Department of the University of Aarhus (Denmark) under the supervision of Prof. Christian S. Jensen.
His main research interests focus on topics related to the processing of massive spatial data with a particular emphasis on the usage of GPGPU computing techniques.
Francesco Lettich, University web site

Farshad Nourbakhsh :

Farshad Nourbakhsh

He received the M.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in System Science and Automation and the MSc degree in Computer Science from Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona in Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence. He is continuing PhD at the University of Venice, under the supervision of Prof. Marcello Pelillo.
Farshad Nourbakhsh, University web site

Luca Rossi :

Luca Rossi

Luca Rossi is currently a PhD Student in Computer Science at the Department of Environmental Sciences Informatics and Statistics of Ca' Foscari University of Venice under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Torsello. From June 2013 he will join the School of Computer Science of the University of Birmingham as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with EPSRC-funded project "The Uncertainty of Identity". From March 2012 to September 2012 he's been visiting the Computer Science Department of York University (UK), under the supervision of Prof. Edwin R. Hancock. During this period, he's been investigating novel ways to apply quantum models, and particularly quantum walks, to a wide range of problems, such as Graph Matching, Structural Symmetries Detection and Network Analysis. His current research interests are in the areas of Graph-Based Pattern Recognition, Complex Network Analysis and Shape Analysis and Modeling.
Luca Rossi, University web site

Teresa Scantamburlo :

Teresa Scantamburlo

I got my bachelor degree in computer science and my master degree in computer science for humanities from the Ca'Foscari university of Venice. Now, I'm a PhD student at the department of Environmental, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS), at the same university, under the supervision of prof. Marcello Pelillo. In 2012 I spent three months as visiting student at the university of Cardiff (UK) where I collaborated with the cognitive lab group.
My research area lies at the intersection of computer science, philosophy and cognitive psychology. Specifically, I’m interested in the epistemological roots of pattern recognition and in the cognitive approach to Artificial Intelligence.
Teresa Scantamburlo, University web site

Rocco Tripodi :

Rocco Tripodi

Rocco Tripodi graduated from Ca' Foscari University in 2009 with a thesis titled "NLP: an ontological approach". After his master degree, he won a research grant, which allowed him to apply his previous ontological semantics studies to the web. In 2010 he was adjunct professor at Ca' Foscari University, here he has taught for one year Corpus Linguistics and NLP for online applications. Now he is PhDs at Ca' Foscari University, his main research interests are related to Artificial Intelligence and Digital Humanities. In particular he is studying the design, learning and evolution of linguistic communication systems.
Rocco Tripodi, University web site