Research groups

Visione ed elaborazione delle immagini e suoni (VIPS - Vision, Image Processing & Sound)


The Vision, Image Processing & Sound (VIPS) laboratory is active in research issues related to Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, and Sound Analysis & Processing, devoted to applications involving Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Multimedia aspects in general.

One of the VIPS current research interests comprises image analysis and understandingin the large. In this context, three-dimensional computer vision and Pattern Recognition are the main topics in which, specifically, recovering of 3D information from images, scene/object reconstruction from 3D data, and graphical models constitute the most significant activities. In particular, 3D image registration and fusion, mosaicing, view synthesis are all work in progress. Object recognition and scene reconstruction, also from multisensory data, are also issues VIPS is currently interested in.
In this area, we are particularly dealing with methodologies integrating Vision & Graphicsand related issues like image-based modeling, and layered representations. Further, more specific pattern recognition issues are addressed by investigating Hidden Markov Modelstargeted to vision and HCI applications, like image segmentation, shape analysis, and classification of human behavior.

Another main research topic is related to Vision & Sound. In this context, we are addressing augmented and virtual reality applications using visual and acoustic cues, and a project aimed at supporting the navigation of visually impaired people using vision-driven sound, i.e., sound guided by information extracted by the visual scene analysis.

The Sound group of VIPS works on sound analysis, sound synthesis and processing, with applications to human-computer interfaces. Sound synthesis by physical modeling, sound spatialization, digital audio effects and, more in general, sound and music computing are the specialties of the research group.

The VIPS research is mainly oriented towards real-world problems, but "visionary" applications are sometimes addressed too.
More technically, VIPS expertise spans on the general aspects of image and signal processing, computer vision and pattern recognition, and more specifically on stereo vision, tracking, and probabilistic techniques for image processing like Markov Random Fields, Bayesian networks, hidden Markov models, and neural networks. Underwater vision (acoustical and optical), data fusion and sensory integration with applications on object detection/recognition, sea floor classification, and bathymetry are also part of the laboratory experience.
Due to the many activities involved, also the number of addressed applications is large. Analysis of human behavior, augmented/virtual reality, integration of vision & sound and vision & graphics can be cast in the area of human-computer interaction. Industrial applications like robotics, videosurveillance, automation, visual inspection and quality control, entertainment, and autonomous driving are also tackled using the techniques studied in the VIPS lab.

Our lab is also deeply involved in industrial funded projects. Main sponsors are the European Commission (EC) and local companies. VIPS is involved in EC projects and industrial projects, together with some other funding coming from national governative institutions (Italian Space Agency, Ministry of Education, and so on). 

Teaching activities are also included in the lab activities. Together with periodic seminars held by students and researchers, the courses Digital Image Processing, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Sound Processing, and Human-Computer Interaction are currently held by the VIPS researchers and included in the Master degree in Computer Science at the University of Verona. Occasionally, the VIPS laboratory organizes conferences and workshops. For instance, on december 2000 the COST-G6 international conference on Digital Audio Effects was organised by the VIPS lab in Verona and sponsored by the European Commission.




Ilaria Boscolo Galazzo
Research Scholarship Holders
Ahmed Mahdee Abdo Salih
Research Scholarship Holders
Andrea Giachetti
Associate Professor
Umberto Castellani
Associate Professor
Manuele Bicego
Associate Professor
Roberto Toldo
Spin-off staff
Vittorio Murino
Full Professor
Silvia Francesca Storti
Temporary Assistant Professor
Gloria Menegaz
Full Professor
Marco Cristani
Associate Professor
Michela Farenzena
Research Assistants
Topic Research area
Behavior analysis Sistemi intelligenti
Machine learning
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Bioinformatica e informatica medica
Life and medical sciences
Biomedical data processing Sistemi intelligenti
Machine learning
Computational Geometry Sistemi intelligenti
Computer graphics
Computer forensics Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Image processing and computer vision IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER VISION
Interaction in Virtual Reality Sistemi informativi Visualization
Modeling and measurement of materials' appearance Sistemi intelligenti
Computer graphics
Modellazione statistica di dati multimediali Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Multi-modal biomedical image processing Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Neuroimaging Bioinformatica e informatica medica
Life and medical sciences
Neuroimaging Data Analysis Sistemi intelligenti
Machine learning
Sistemi avanzati per il riconoscimento Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Sparse signal processing Sistemi intelligenti
Discrete mathematics
Pattern Recognition Sistemi intelligenti
Machine learning
Video Surveillance and Monitoring Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Computer Vision Sistemi intelligenti
Artificial intelligence
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Analisi e classificazione di comportamenti sociali mediante modelli grafici probabilistici generativi (PRIN 2008) Vittorio Murino PRIN VALUTATO POSITIVAMENTE Jan 27, 2010 24
Brain connectivity underlying physiological and pathological patterns in action tremor Gloria Menegaz Aug 1, 2019 12
DSURF Andrea Giachetti Feb 5, 2017 36
Integrazione di funzioni vocali avanzate per l'interfaccia utente di applicazioni di centrale telefonica digitale Carlo Combi, Carlo Drioli Apr 1, 2010 12
Internationally Co-tutored PhD Program in Computer Science with specialization in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Image Processing Vittorio Murino Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca Jan 1, 2003 72
Mapping functional connectivity patterns in neurological and neurosurgical dis-eases with Arterial Spin Labeling and Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent MRI (VBRF) Gloria Menegaz Aug 1, 2016 12
Raccolta e integrazione di fonti eterogenee di dati e progettazione di una piat-taforma per la profilazione di eventi fieristici Gloria Menegaz Aug 20, 2018 12
Ricostruzione tridimensionale dalle immagini, visualizzazione e localizzazione nell'ambito del progetto VISIT (PRIN 2009) Andrea Fusiello PRIN VALUTATO POSITIVAMENTE Nov 15, 2011 24
SAMURAI - Suspicious and abnormal Behaviour monitoring using a network of cameras and sensor for situation awareness enhancement Vittorio Murino Unione Europea Jun 1, 2008 42
SIMBAD - Similarity-Based Pattern Analysis and Recognition Vittorio Murino Unione Europea Apr 1, 2008 36
User profiling from heterogeneous big data by machine learning for Fair digital innovation Gloria Menegaz Sep 1, 2019 24


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