Short bio

Personal details

Place and date of birth: Genova, December 15th 1971
Nationality: Italian
Marital status: married to Alberto, one child, Emma

Current position

Ricercatore Confermato INF/01, Università degli Studi di Genova, DIBRIS, Dipartimento di Informatica, Bioingegneria, Robotica e Ingegneria dei Sistemi


April 1997: Laurea degree (cum laude) in Information Science at the Università di Genova; advisor: Prof. A. Verri.
February 2002: PhD in Computer Science at the Università di Genova; advisor: Prof. A. Verri


  • June-December 1997: Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)
  • November 1998 - December 2001: PhD student at DISI, Università di Genova
  • February 1999 - February 2000: Visiting student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK) with a EU Marie Curie Training and Mobility Reasearch grant.
  • April-June 2002: Research Assistant (assegnista) DISI, Università di Genova
  • July 2002-July 2005: Ricercatore INFM (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia)
  • August-December 2005: Research Assistant (assegnista) Dipartimento Matematica, Università di Ferrara

Project coordination

  • 2007-2008: Regione Liguria - PSTL Studio di fattibilità di un sistema di riconoscimento biometrico facciale (A feasibility study for a biometric face recognition system)
  • 2007-2008: Regione Liguria - PSTL Ottimizzazione della procedura di acquisizione di Immagini Whole Body in Risonanza Magnetica (Optimization of the acquisition procedure for Magnetic Resonance Whole Body Images)
  • 2008-2010: VII FP EU - SP4 Capacities Research for SMEs - VIT Vision for Innovative Transport. RTD coordinator
  • 2009-2010:Fondazione Carige "Study and development of low cost video-based systems to support visually impaired users"
  • 2009-2010:Distretto Tecnologico Liguria SIIT. "SINTESIS: Sistema INTEgrato per la Sicurezza ad Intelligenza diStribuita"
  • 2012-2015: VII FP EU - IP "SAFEPOST: reuse and development of security knowledge assets for International Postal supply chains". Scientific contact person.


  • Thales Alenia spa. Technology transfer on image processing methods for EDL
  • Gigavision srl. Technology transfer on computer vision algorithms for embedded systems
  • Imavis srl and On Air srl. Consultancy on video-surveillance methods for photovoltaic plans
  • Imavis srl. Consultancy on 3D computer vision for video-surveillance


I teach Introduction to Programming and for the First Degree in Computer Science and Signal and Image Processing and Computer Vision for the Master Degree on Computer Science. Between 2005 and 2010 I thought Computer Vision for the First Degree and Master Degree courses in Computer Science.

Recently I held two PhD courses on theory and applications of Statistical Learning: Dottorato Europeo in Tecnologie dell'Informazione, ARCES, Università di Bologna (2007) and Dottorato in ''Scienze e Tecnologie per l'Informazione e la Conoscenza" Università degli Studi di Genova (since 2008), the latter with Lorenzo Rosasco.

PhD students

Present:  Sean Fanello and Alessandro Rudi (co-advisor with Giorgio Metta) PhD students in Life and Humanoid Technologies (IIT); Juan Sosa García and Miguel A. Duval Poo, PhD students in Computer Science.

  • Nicoletta Noceti "Learning to classify visual dynamic cues". PhD in Computer Science
  • Giovanni Fusco (Regione Liguria fellowship) "Computer Vision methods as an aid to visually impaired users". PhD in Computer Science
  • Luca Zini  (Regione Liguria fellowship) "Video-surveillance methods with low constraints for the analysis of complex scenarios". PhD in Computer Science


Research keywords

  • computer vision
  • machine learning
  • object detection
  • behavior analysis
  • video-surveillance