Our scientific and technological advisory board
Pancrazio is CTO at ContentWise, focusing on personalization and analytics. Before joining ContentWise, Pancrazio was at TiVo as director of product management for VOD, metadata, TV Everywhere and third-party content apps. With a background of intranet design, digital television and analytics, he spent the last decade at the intersection of Internet and TV, leading the Italian team that in 2007 introduced the first digital terrestrial Internet-DVR featuring HTML apps. In 2011 Pancrazio moved to California to drive the multi-screen and big data evolution of a leading IPTV platform. In his spare time you can find him hacking local ingredients to cook Sicilian food.
Sebastiano Battiato received his degree in computer science (summa cum laude) in 1995 from University of Catania and his Ph.D. in computer science and applied mathematics from University of Naples in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 he was the leader of the “Imaging” team at STMicroelectronics in Catania. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Catania as assistant professor in 2004 and became associate professor in the same department in 2011. His research interests include image enhancement and processing, image coding, camera imaging technology and multimedia forensics. He has edited 6 books and co-authored about 200 papers in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Guest editor of several special issues published on International Journals. He is a co-inventor of 22 international patents, reviewer for several international journals, and he has been regularly a member of numerous international conference committees. Prof. Battiato has participated as principal investigator in many international and national research projects. Chair of several international events (ACIVS 2015, VAAM2014-2015, VISAPP2012-2015, IWCV2012, ECCV2012, ICIAP 2011, ACM MiFor 2010-2011, SPIE EI Digital Photography 2011-2012-2013, etc.). He is an associate editor of the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging. He is the recipient of the 2011 Best Associate Editor Award of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. He is director (and co-founder) of the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS), Sicily, Italy. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Home Page
Giovanni Maria Farinella is Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Catania, Italy. He received the (egregia cum laude) Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania in April 2004. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Catania in October 2008. He has got the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in the areas 09/H1 and 01/B1 (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale - Seconda Fascia 09/H1 e 01/B1) respectively on 03/12/2013 and 29/01/2014. From 2008 he serves as a Contract Professor of Computer Science for undergraduate courses at the University of Catania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art of Catania in the field of Computer Vision for Artists and Designers (Since 2004). From 2007 he is a research member of the Joint Laboratory STMicroelectronics - University of Catania, Italy. His research interests lie in the field of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. Since 2005 he has been scientifically involved in different public and private research projects. He is author of one book (monograph), editor of 4 international volumes, editor of 2 international journals, co-author of 90 papers in international book chapters, international journals and international conference proceedings, and co-author of 18 papers in national book chapters, national journals and national conference proceedings. He is co-inventor of 6 patents involving industrial partners. Dr. Farinella serves as a reviewer and on the board programme committee for major international journals (IEEE: TIFS, TIP, TMI, TMM, TCSVT ELSEVIER: PR, PRL, CVIU, SPIC, CBM EURASIP: JIVP SPIE: JEI IET: CV, EL SPRINGER: JMIV, MTA, PAA OXFORD: BIOINFORMATICS, CJ MDPI: SENSORS) and international conferences (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, BMVC, IJCAI, ACM MM, ICIP, ICPR, IWCV, CBMS). He has been Video Proceedings Chair for the International Conferences ECCV 2012 and ACM MM 2013, General Chair of the International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics (ACVR) held in conjunction ECCV 2014 and ICCV 2015, and chair of the International Workshop on Multimedia Assisted Dietary Management (MADiMa) 2015. He has been Speaker at international events (The Analysis of Pattern 2009, Workshop on Applications of Pattern Analysis 2010, Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision Colloquium 2014, School of Functional Genomics 2008, VISAPP 2015, SPIE 2015), as well as invited lecturer at industrial institutions (e.g., STMicroelectronics, Telecom). Giovanni Maria Farinella founded (in 2006) and currently directs the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS). He also founded (in 2014) and currently directs the Medical Imaging Summer School (MISS). Dr. Farinella is an IEEE/CVF/IAPR/GIRPR/AIxIA/BMVA member. Home Page