Samuel Rota Bulò, PhD - Researcher at Bruno Kessler Foundation of Trento, Italy

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Fondazione Bruno Kessler - irst
Via Sommarive, 18
I-38123 Povo - Trento

Phone: +39 0461 314515

E-mail: rotabulo (at) fbk (dot) eu

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Research interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Evolutionary Game Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Discrete and Continuous Optimization


Biographical Sketch

I was born in Basel, Switzerland. I received the bachelor and master degrees (both summa cum laude) in Computer Science from the "Ca' Foscari" University of Venice respectively in 2003 and 2005, and the PhD degree in computer science in 2009. My research interests are mainly in the areas of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition, but include also Optimization, Game Theory, Graph Theory, and Stochastic modelling. Among others, I have attacked computer vision and pattern recognition problems like data clustering, graph matching, image segmentation, perceptual grouping using theories and mathematical tools inherited from evolutionary game theory and graph theory. I have also worked on extending the capabilities of Random Forests - a popular machine learning framework - in order to tackle problems with a structured output space (e.g. semantic image labelling), and on bridging random forests and deep neural networks to attack challenging, large-scale image classification problems (e.g. ImageNet). My recent research efforts are geared towards developing deep learning approaches to attack challenging computer vision problems.

[Detailed CV: english; last update: 3rd March 2017]

Research visiting positions

  • University of Florence
    MICC laboratory
    Florence, Italy
    (December 2012)
  • Microsoft Research
    Cambridge, UK
    (February 2012)
  • University of York
    Department of Computer Science
    York, UK
    (May 2011)
  • Graz University of Technology
    Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision
    Graz, Austria
    (May 2011)
  • IST - Technical University of Lisbon
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Lisbon, Portugal
    (February 2010)
  • University of Vienna
    Department of Statistics and Decision Support Systems
    Vienna, Austria
    (Apr.-Jun. 2008; Dec. 2008)


Reviewer for the following journals:
  • 4OR - A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research
  • Advances in Bioinformatics
  • BioSystems
  • Computer Vision and Image Understanding
  • Discrete Applied Mathematics
  • European Journal of Operational Research
  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
  • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • IET Computer Vision
  • INFORMS Journal on Computing
  • Graphs and Combinatorics
  • Journal of Combinatorial Optimization
  • Journal of Global Optimization
  • Journal of Mathematical Methods of Operations Research
  • Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications
  • Journal of Visual Image, Communication and Representation
  • Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Neural Computation
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Pattern Recognition Letters
  • SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications
  • System, Man and Cybernetics Part B
  • Connection Science


Journal Papers

Conference Papers

Chapters in Book

Technical Reports

PhD Thesis (last update: 03.02.09)

Erdös number

My Erdös number is 3 (via 1. Jagota - 2. Pelillo)


only italian Course on Computer Networks [cod. CT0373]
Course on Information Systems and Networks [cod. EM6043]
only italian Course on Object-oriented Programming (part I) [cod. CT0372]
AI Lecture on Neural Networks for Face Detection, 15.10.2012 [slides]
only italian Course on Programming (part II) [cod. CT0113]
only italian Informatica
only italian Course on Programming (part I) [cod. CT0113]
only italian Course on Computer Vision
only italian Course on Programming (part I) [cod. CT0113]
only italian Course on Computer Vision
only italian Probability and Statistics
only italian Probability and Statistics