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Our research in the world of vending has been published by Wired Italia.
The Internet of Things has been applied to vending machines in order to study the consumer behaviour.
This study on purchasing behaviour, in collaboration with Confida and Grottini Lab, shows how the time is strategic, since 32% of purchases are decided in 5 seconds. 
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IJCAI-ECAI 2018 @ Stockholm

Dr. Marina Paolanti and PhD Student Michele Bernardini attended at IJCAI-ECAI 2018, the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Stockholm, Sweden from July 13rd to 19th.

In the1st International Workshop on Real Time compliant Multi-Agent Systems (RTcMAS) Michele Bernardini presented the following paper:

  • M. Paolanti, V. Placidi, M. Bernardini, A. Felicetti, R. Pietrini and E. Frontoni, “An Agent Based WCET Analysis for Top-View Person Re-Identification”.

During this conference, they also had the chance to meet Yann LeCun, Facebook AI Research lab and New York University, who delivered a keynote as opening speech of IJCAI-ECAI 2018 entitled “Learning World Models: the Next Step Towards AI”.

ICVSS International Computer Vision Summer School

PhD Student Rocco Pietrini attented the ICVSS International Computer Vision Summer School, held in Punta Sampieri - Scicli (Italy) on July 8-14, 2018. More than 150 participants attended this school.

The courses have been delivered by world renowned experts in the field, from both academia and industry, and covered both theoretical and practical aspects of real Computer Vision problems as well as examples of their successful commercialisation.

Organized by the Image Processing Laboratory of the Università di Catania. The school represented a great opportunity to meet world experts in the field such as Josh Tenenbaum, Hugo Larochelle, Antonio Torralba and many others.

Rocco Pietrini also presented recent developments of the VRAI research activities about human behavior analysis using computer vision in a dedicated poster session and took part to the reading group competition lead by prof. Stefano Soatto (Amazon and University of California Los Angeles, USA).

MESA 2018 @ Oulu

Prof. Primo Zingaretti, Prof. Emanuele Frontoni, Dr. Adriano Mancini and Dr. Marina Paolanti attended at the 14th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications in Oulu - Finland from July 2nd to 4th, 2018.

The goal of the 14th ASME/IEEE MESA2018 is to bring together experts from the fields of mechatronic and embedded systems, disseminate the recent advances in the area, discuss future research directions, and exchange application experience. MESA2018 will especially bring out and highlight the latest research results and developments in the IoT (Internet of Things) era in the field of mechatronics and embedded systems.​

ISPRS2018 @ Riva del Garda

Dr. Roberto Pierdicca and Dr. Marina Paolanti attended at ISPRS 2018. They have presented the following papers:

  • Pierdicca, R., Malinverni, E. S., Piccinini, F., Paolanti, M., Felicetti, A., & Zingaretti, P. (2018). DEEP CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORK FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF DAMAGED PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Sciences, 42(2).​
  • Fangi, G., Pierdicca, R., Sturari, M., & Malinverni, E. S. (2018). IMPROVING SPHERICAL PHOTOGRAMMETRY USING 360° OMNI-CAMERAS: USE CASES AND NEW APPLICATIONS. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Sciences, 42(2).​

ISPRS Technical Commission II "Photogrammetry" focuses, at various scales, on geometric, radiometric and multi-temporal aspects of image- and range-based 3D surveying and modeling. Specifically Commission II deals with image orientation, point cloud generation and processing, 3D feature extraction, scene understanding, sensor and data fusion, sensor characterization, machine learning for geospatial data analysis and big data techniques for massive data processing. Applications in the fields of mapping, industry, heritage, space, underwater and environment are considered.​


AI-DLDA International Summer School on Artificial Intelligence

PhD Student Rocco Pietrini attented the first edition of AI-DLDA International Summer School on Artificial Intelligence, held in Udine (Italy) on July2-6, 2018. The summer school was about the most recent advances in the area of Artificial Intelligence, ranging from deep learning to data analytics. Organized by Università degli studi di Udine, Area Science Park, DITEDI and IP4FVG. Rocco Pietrini also presented recent developments of the VRAI research activities about human behavior analysis using computer vision in a dedicated poster session.

Embedded Vision Summit

Prof. Emanuele Frontoni and PhD student Rocco Pietrini attended the Embedded Vision Summit 2018, held on May 21-24, 2018 in Santa Clara, California .

They presented recent developments in Human Behavior Analysis in retail context in a talk entitiled "Deep Understanding of Shopper Behaviors and Interactions Using Computer Vision". In this summit they also had the chance to meet Takeo Kanade, one of the world's foremost researchers in computer vision, best known for the Lucas-Kanade method.

TEDx Macerata @ Tolentino

TEDx Macerata( sarà il primo TEDx delle Marche, un evento entusiasmante con l’intenzione di sostenere un messaggio positivo rivolto al territorio colpito dal sisma del 2016 nel centro Italia. Per questo la prima edizione del TEDx Macerata ha per titolo Re-start e sarà ospitato in un luogo vicino al centro dell’area colpita.

Spetta al Prof. Emanuele Frontoni tenere alta la bandiera delle Marche al TEDx Macerata. Unico speaker della nostra regione, è da anni impegnato in attività di ricerca nel settore dell’intelligenza artificiale e della visione, dell’analisi del comportamento umano, della realtà aumentata e degli spazi sensibili. 

Questo e molto altro nel suo intervento per Re-start, giovedì 24 maggio al Teatro Politeama di Tolentino.


Il Prof. Frontoni è stato impegnato in una interessante settimana di viaggio e incontri nel mondo retail e logistica di LUXOTTICA.

Tanti giovani manager italiani gestiscono la enorme complessità del colosso degli occhiali. Oltre 12.000 persone lavorano in una fabbrica e in un centro logistico che affrontano anche qui i passaggi dell’Industry 4.0.