Organizing Committee

(In alphabetic order)

Mauro Barni

University of Siena

Mauro Barni

Mauro Barni graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Florence in 1991. He received the PhD in informatics and telecommunications in October 1995. He has carried out his research activity for almost 20 years first at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication of the University of Florence, then at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Siena where he works as associate Professor.
During the last decade, his activity has focused on digital image processing and information security, with particular reference to the application of image processing techniques to copyright protection and authentication of multimedia (digital watermarking).
Lately he has been studying the possibility of processing signals that has been previously encrypted without decrypting them (signal processing in the encrypted domain –s.p.e.d.).
He is author/co-author of about 230 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, and holds three patents in the field of digital watermarking.

Igor Bisio

University of Genova

Igor Bisio

Igor Bisio was born in Novi Ligure (Alessandria), Italy in 1978. He got his “Laurea” degree, in Telecommunication Engineering, at the University of Genoa, Italy in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in “Information and Communication Sciences” at the University of Genoa in 2006. His Ph.D. course was funded by the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT). He worked for both CNIT-University of Genoa Research Unit and Selex Communications S.p.A., from 2002 to 2008 as research consultant. He is currently Assistant Professor and he is member of the Telecommunication Research Group and, in particular, of the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Satellite Communications and Networking (SCNL) Laboratories research staffs at the University of Genoa. During his research activity, he is collaborating, in the framework of research projects, with several industries in the ICT field such as Telecom Italia S.p.A., Selex Communications S.p.A., Elsag Datamat S.p.A., with several SMEs and he is also technical consultant of several public bodies.
He is also a ComSoc IEEE Member since 2004 and IEEE Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee Member since 2005, since July 2008 he has been Secretary and Webmaster and since 2010 he is the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee.
He is author of more than 60 scientific papers including international journals, international conferences and book chapters. He is recipient of several International Awards such as the “IEEE Globecom 2006 Best Student Paper Award” in the Physical Communications Systems Category (San Francisco, CA, USA), the “IEEE International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications 2006 Best Ph. D. Paper Award” (Madrid, Spain), the “First International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications 2009 Best Paper Award” (Colmar, France) and the “Second International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications 2010 Best Paper Award” (Athens, Greece).
He has organized Special Issues of International Journals and Magazines (such as IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine) and is Technical Committee Co-Chair of many international conferences including IEEE Globecom (in particular IEEE GC’10 and IEEE GC’11), IEEE ICC (in particular IEEE ICC’12), Personal SATellite Services (PSATS) Conference, International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications (SPACOMM).
His main research activities concern Resource Allocation and Management for Satellite Communication systems, Optimization Algorithms and Architectures for Satellite Sensor Networks, Traffic Modelling, Advanced Controls for Interplanetary Networks and for Heterogeneous Networks, Signal Processing over Portable Devices such as Smartphones, Context and Location Awareness, Adaptive Coding Mechanisms, Indoor Localization, Security and e-health Applications.

Francesco De Natale

University of Trento

Francesco De Natale

Francesco G.B. De Natale was born in Genoa, Italy in 1964. He received the Laurea in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1990, discussing a Thesis on advanced image compression techniques, awarded by IRI Institute (Premio di Laurea 1990). In 1990 he joined the Signal Processing and Understanding Group of the Dept. of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering (DIBE, University of Genoa) as a research assistant. In 1994 he obtained the Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering. In 1995-96 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Italy. From 1996 to 1999 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari, Italy, teaching courses on Telecommunications Systems and Networking.
At present he is Full Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Trento, where he coordinates the Bachelor (Laurea) and Master (Laurea Specialistica) Degrees in Telecommunications Engineering. Prof. De Natale is also Deputy Head of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DIT), where he leads the research activities of the Multimedia Communications Lab.
Prof. De Natale is appointed by the University of Trento as the representative within the Italian Group of Telecommunications and Information Theory (GTTI), and is member of the Management Board of the National Inter-University Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT). He acted as an evaluator for the European Commission within the framework of the ESPRIT and IST R&D Programmes, and is an evaluator of the Province of Trento for industrial and SME projects.
The research interests of Prof. De Natale are focused on image and signal processing, with particular attention to multimedia data compression, processing and transmission. He was Publication Chair of the Tyrrhenian Workshop on Multimedia Communications in 1999, General Co-Chair of the Packet Video Workshop in 2000, Technical Program Co-Chair of the International Conference on Multimedia Services Access Networks (MSAN) in 2005, and Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (IEEE-ICIP) in 2005. In 1998 he was co-recipient of the IEEE Chester-Sall Best Paper Award. He is also referee for several major international journals in the field of telecommunications and signal processing. Prof. De Natale is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Riccardo Leonardi

University of Brescia

Riccardo Leonardi

Riccardo Leonardi has obtained his Diploma (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He spent one year (1987-88) as a post-doctoral fellow with the Information Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). From 1988 to 1991, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, performing research activities on image communication systems. In 1991, he returned briefly to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to coordinate the research activities of the Signal Processing Laboratory. Since February 1992, he has been appointed at the University of Brescia to lead research and teaching in the field of Telecommunication. His main research interests cover the field of Digital Signal Processing applications, with a specific expertise on visual communications, and content-based analysis of audio-visual information. He has published more than 200 papers on these topics. Since 1997, he acts also as an evaluator and auditor for the European Union FP's in the ICT domain.
The Signals and Communications Laboratory carries out its activities in a variety of fields where modern signal processing methodology can be applied. Clearly some of these activities are more oriented towards basic research while others look into application oriented research. Some efforts are conducted to favor inter-disciplinarity with other fields (typically in conjunction with networking and communication theory expertise, but also social sciences), given the evolution of current multimedia applications over Internet and mobile telephony. All application oriented research activities are funded through intensive collaboration with multinational Companies (e.g. Philips, ST microelectronics, Telecom Italia) and through the ICT programmes of the European Commission, while more basic research is carried out with local support from the University, and from National funding agencies (MUR) à partir de ce site. International collaborations have been set both through the European partnerships and thanks to the participation to standardization activities such as ISO/MPEG or ITU. Student exchanges are typically taking place with Philips Research Laboratories, IRISA/INRIA in France, United Kingdom and North American Universities, so as to share mutual expertise with a great benefit for the growth of the laboratory activities.

Alessandro Neri

University of Roma 3

Alessandro Neri

Alessandro Neri is full professor in Telecommunications. He was born in Viterbo in 1954. In 1977 he received the Doctoral Degree cum laude in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza".
In 1978 he joined the Research and Development Department of Contraves Italiana S.p.A. where he gained a specific expertise in the field of radar signal processing and in applied detection and estimation theory, becoming the chief of the advanced systems group.
In 1987 he joined the INFOCOM Department of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" as Associate Professor in Signal and Information Theory at the Engineering Faculty. In November 1992 he joined the Electronic Engineering Department of the University of Roma TRE as Associate Professor in Electrical Communications, and became full professor in Telecommunications in semptember 2001. He is currently teaching Digital Communications, Information Theory, and Mobile Telecommunication Systems (Laurea Magistralis on Communication and Information Technologies), at the Engineering Faculty of Roma TRE.
Prof. Neri is also member o the board of the Engineering Doctoral School of the University of Rma TRE.
Since 2004 he is also teaching at the Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in Telecomunicazioni of the Ministry of Telecommunications.
From 2006 to 2008 he was Professor, by courtesy, of Economics and Management of Communication Technologies”, at the Business School of the LUISS University, Rome (Laurea Magistralis curriculum). Since 2008 he is Professor, by courtesy, of Economics and Management of Communication Technologies”, of the Master in Business Administration at the Business School of the LUISS University, Rome .

Lucio Marcenaro

University of Genova

Lucio Marcenaro

Lucio Marcenaro enjoys over 10 years’ experience in image and video sequence analysis, and authored over 30 technical papers related to signal and video processing for computer vision. An Electronic Engineering graduate from Genova University in 1999, he received his PhD in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from University of Genova in 2003. From 2003 to 2010 he was CEO and development manager at TechnoAware srl. From March 2011, he became Assistant Professor in Telecommunications for the Faculty of Engineering at the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Genova. He is the principal scientific and technical coordinator of the Ambient Awareness Lab (A2Lab), with TechnoAware srl.
His main current research interests are: video processing for event recognition, detection and localization of objects in complex scenes, distributed heterogeneous sensors ambient awareness systems, ambient intelligence and bio-inspired cognitive systems.
Dr. Marcenaro was Industrial Chair of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS2009), Genoa, Italy September 2-4 2009. He is in the technical committee of many surveillance related international conferences (IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS), IEEE International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP), IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), IEEE International Workshop on Visual Surveillance (VS) 2009) and international journals (IET Image Processing, IET Computer Vision, IET Communications, Machine Vision and Applications, Circuit and Systems for Video Technology, Pattern Recognition Letters, Transactions on Sensor Networks, Signal Image and Video Processing).

Giovanni Ramponi

University of Trieste

Giovanni Ramponi

Giovanni Ramponi was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1956. He received the degree in Electronic Engineering (summa cum laude) in 1981; since 2000 he has been Professor of Electronics at the Department of Electronics of the University of Trieste, Italy. His research interests include nonlinear digital signal processing, and in particular the enhancement and feature extraction in images and image sequences.
Prof. Ramponi has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing; presently is an AE of the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging. He has participated in various European and national research projects. He is the co-inventor of various pending international patents and has published more than 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. Prof. Ramponi contributes to several undergraduate and graduate courses on digital signal processing.

Carlo Regazzoni

University of Genova

Carlo Regazzoni

Carlo S. Regazzoni received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications and Signal Processing from the University of Genoa (UniGE), in 1987 and 1992, respectively. Since 2005 he is Full Professor of Telecommunications Systems. Dr. Regazzoni is involved in research on Signal and Video processing and Data Fusion in Cognitive Telecommunication Systems since 1988. His main current research interests are: Bio-inspired Signal and Video Processing and Recognition, Distributed Data Fusion, Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Localization, Ambient Intelligence, Cognitive Radio, Multimodal Intelligent Interfaces, Pervasive adaptation in embodied cognitive systems. Since 1998 he is responsible of the Video and Signal Processing for Telecommunications (ISIP40, http://www.isip40.it) Research Group at the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering (DIBE), within the Engineering Faculty of UniGE. Intelligent Distributed Video Surveillance and Wireless Mobile Communications/ Interaction Systems are the main focus of applications studied in this group.
Dr. Regazzoni since 2009 is coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE), one of the 13 courses international PhD Courses selected in 2009 by European agency EACEA providing joint PhD titles. ICE is composed by a consortium of five top European Universities.
He is the author of 70 papers in international journals and of more than 250 papers presented at peer-reviewed international conferences. He served as general chair of the 2009 IEEE Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance and as technical program chair of the 2005 International Conference on Image Processing. He has a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications and signal processing from the University of Genova. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Marco Tagliasacchi

Politecnico di Milano

Marco Tagliasacchi

Marco Tagliasacchi, born in 1978, received the M.Sc. degree (2002, with honors) in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. In 2006 he received the Ph.D. in Information Technology Engineering also from the Politecnico di Milano, with the thesis titled "Advanced Scalable Video Coding Techniques". From January 2004 to July 2004 he was visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, where he worked on distributed video coding. From April 2006 to December 2006 he was post-doc at the "Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione" of the Politecnico di Milano. Since February 2007 he has joined the same department as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include video coding (distributed, scalable, robust video coding) and localization/tracking of acoustic sources.

Stefano Tubaro

Politecnico di Milano

Stefano Tubaro

Stefano Tubaro was born in Novara in 1957. He completed his studies in Electronic Engineering at the "Politecnico di Milano", Italy, in 1982. He then joined the "Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione" of the "Politecnico di Milano", first as a researcher of the National Research Council, then (in November 1991) as an Associate Professor, and from December 2004 as a Full Professor. In the first years of activities Stefano Tubaro worked on problems related to speech analysis; motion estimation/compensation for video analysis/coding; and vector quantization applied to hybrid video coding.
In the past few years, his research interests have focused on image and video analysis for the geometric and radiometric modeling of 3D scenes; advanced algorithms for video coding and sound processing. Stefano Tubaro authored more than 150 scientific publications on international journals and congresses. He also co-authored two books on digital processing of video sequences. He is also a co-author of several patents relative to image processing techniques.
Stefano Tubaro has been member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP) Technical Committee and he has been part of the organizing committee of several international conferences among which IEEE-MMSP2004 (Siena, Italy) and IEEE-ICIP2005 (Genova), IEEE-AVSS2005 (Como) as General Chair and IEEE/ACM-ICDS2009 (Como) with the same role.
Stefano Tubaro coordinates the research activities of the Image and Sound Processing Group (ISPG) at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano that is involved in several research programs funded by industrial partners, the Italian Government and by the European Commission.