Biography & CV

Giuseppe Serra is an assistant professor at the University of Udine (Italy). He graduated in Computer Engineering with honors from the University of Florence in 2006. He was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering, Multimedia and Telecommunications in 2010 from The MICC Center. He was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and at Telecom ParisTech/ENST, Paris, in 2006 and 2010 respectively. His research interests include egocentric vision, image and video analysis, multimedia ontologies and multiple view geometry. He has published more than 40 publications in scientific journals and international conferences. He has been awarded the best paper award by the ACM&SIGMM Workshop on Social Media in 2010. He is a co-organizer of the “International Workshop on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage” in 2013. He also serves as a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on “Multimedia for Cultural Heritage” in the Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal. He was a Technical Program Committee member of several workshops and conferences. He regularly serves as reviewer for international journals and conference, including ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and Pattern Recognition.


Current Position: Assistant professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - Italy 


  • Doctorate, January 2007 - December 2009. Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy - Thesis title: “Semantic annotation and retrieval of video content using ontologies”, supervisors Prof. A. Del Bimbo.
  • Computer Engineering Degree (5 years degree), September 2006, 110/110 cum laude. Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy - Thesis title: “Accurate self-calibration of two cameras by observations of a moving person on a ground plane”, supervisors Prof. A. Del Bimbo and Prof. P. Pala
  • College Degree, July 1999, 99/100. I.T.C. Vittorio Fossombroni, Grosseto (GR), Italy.

Visiting Researcher

Research Interests Multimedia Information Retrieval, Image and Video Understanding, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Multimedia ontologies, Geometry reconstruction.

Services to the scientific community (Co-)Organizer:

Technical Program Committee member:

Local committee member of ACM Multimedia 2010 and ECCV 2012.

Journals Reviewing

Conferences and Workshop Reviewing ACM Multimedia, ECCV, IEEE ICIP, IEEE ICME, ACM ICMR, ACM MIR, ICIAP, ICPR, IEEE WIAMIS, IEEE CBMI, IEEE WIFS Professional Memberships GIRPR: Italian Association for Pattern Recognition Participation to European/Italian Research Projects

  • Region part-funded reseach project: “Modellazione Matematica di sistemi Geotermici per la definizione di strumenti di decisione da utilizzarsi nelle procedure di controllo di concessioni Geotermiche" (MAC-GEO, 2009-2010).
  • MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) FIRB: “Archivio Informatizzato delle Testimonianze di Cultura Artistica e Letteraria in fondi manoscritti tra ottocento e novecento: da Cavalcaselle a Brandi" (MIUR Firb, 2009-2010).
  • EU IST SME: "Immersive Multimedia Interfaces" - IM3I (EU  IST FP7-222267, 2008-2010).
  • MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) PRIN: “FREE Surveillance in a pRivacy-respectFul way" (MIUR PRIN FreeSurf, 2007-2010).
  • EU IST: “Interactive Semantic Video Search With A Large Thesaurus Of Machine-Learned Audio-Visual  Concepts” (EU IST FP6-045547 VidiVideo, 2007-2010).

Participation to Academic/Industry Projects - “Advanced video surveillance tools”, University of Florence/Thales  (2008-2009)

Professional Experience - Teaching Assistant, January 2004 – July 2005. Master in Multimedia and Content Design, University of Florence

Teaching Experience

  • 2010/11:Lecturer for the course “Lab. Disegno Industriale III” (MultiMedia and Web Design lab.) at School of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence.
  • 2007/11: Teaching assistant for the course on “Multimedia Databases” (N950INS-“Database Multimediali”, C.d.L. in Ing. Informatica, Specialistica), Prof. Del Bimbo, at Computer Engineering Faculty, University of Florence.