Sebastiano BATTIATO

Professor of Informatics [INF/01]
Office: 364
Phone: 095 7383206
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Sebastiano Battiato is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Catania. He received his degree in Computer Science (summa cum laude) in 1995 from the University of Catania and his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the 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 in 2004 (respectively as assistant professor, associate professor in 2011 and full professor in 2016). He has been Chairman of the Undergraduate Program in Computer Science (2012-2017), and Rector's delegate for Education: postgraduates and Phd (2013-2016). He is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the PhD Program in Computer Science at the University of Catania. He is involved in research and directorship of the IPLab research lab ( He coordinates IPLab’s participation on large scale projects funded by national and international funding bodies, as well as by private companies. Prof. Battiato has participated as principal investigator in many international and national research projects. His research interests include Computer Vision, Imaging technology and Multimedia Forensics. He has edited 6 books  and co-authored about 200 papers in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters and has also been a guest editor of several special issues published in International Journals. He is also co-inventor of 22 international patents, reviewer for several international journals, and has been a regular member of numerous international conference committees.  He has been the Chair of several international events (ICIAP 2017, VINEPA 2016, ACIVS 2015, VAAM2014-2015-2016, 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 and of the IET Image Processing Journal. He is  Director (and Co-Founder) of the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS), Sicily, Italy. He is the recipient of the 2017 PAMI Mark Everingham Prize for the series of annual ICVSS schools and of the 2011 Best Associate Editor Award of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. He is a IEEE senior member. Founder and Scientific Advisor of iCTLAB.

Guest editor of the following special issues: 

"Emerging Methods for Color Image and Video Quality Enhancement"  - EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing (2010),  with L.Zhang, R.Schettini, Z.Wang and K.R. Rao;

"Multimedia in Forensics, Security and Intelligence"  - IEEE Multimedia Magazine (2012), with  M. Worring, S. Emmanuel and A.Ulges;

“Ultrawide Contextand Content-Aware Imaging” - SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging - September/October Issue (2015), with F. Bremond and L. Platiša;

"Video Analytics for Audience Measurement in Retail and Digital Signage” - Pattern Recognition Letters (2015), with C. Distante and A. Cavallaro;  

"Variational Inequalities, Nash Equilibrium Problems and Applications" - Journal of Global Optimization (2018) , with P. Daniele, G.M. Farinella, S. Giuffrè, L. Scrimali;

"Image Analysis and Processing - ICIAP 2017" - Multimedia Tools and Applications (2018), with C. Grana; 

"Variational Inequalities, Nash Equilibrium Problems and Applications" - Networks and Spatial Economics (t.b.a.) , with P. Daniele, G.M. Farinella, S. Giuffrè, G. Lax-Mediterranea L. Scrimali.

Member of the Editorial board of the IET Image Processing published by IET (2016-2019)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Transactions on Circuits and System for Video Technology published by IEEE (2010-2014)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI) co-published by SPIE and IS&T

Member of the Editorial Board of Sicurezza e Giustizia - Lex et Ars 

Director of ICVSS - International Computer Vision Summer School (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018)

Director  of Italian Ph.D. school “La Visione delle Macchine” - GIRPR – Catania November 2010


Main Research Topics: ISP Algorithm for Embedded Devices, Adaptive Techniques for Image Enhancement and Coding, Raster to Vector Conversion, Multimedia Forensics, Image/Video Forensics.

My publication list: IPLAB GoogleScholarDBLPScopusORCID,  IEEEXplore

Recent (Journal) Publications

  • A.R. Bruna, G. M. Farinella, G. C. Guarnera, S. Battiato - Forgery Detection and Value Identification of Euro Banknotes - Sensors Journal – MDPI Open Access, Vol. 13 , No.2, pp. 2515-2529, 2013; (pdf)
  • S. Battiato, G. M. Farinella, G. Puglisi, D. Ravì – Aligning Codeboooks for Near Duplicate Image Detection – SpringerMultimedia Tools and Applications - Vol.72, Issue 2, pp.1483-1506 , 2014; (pdf)
  • S. Battiato, G. M. Farinella, G. Puglisi, D. Ravì - Saliency Based Selection of Gradient Vector Flow Paths for Content Aware Image Resizing - IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 2081-2095 - (2014); (pdf)
  • F. Galvan, G. Puglisi, A.R. Bruna, S. Battiato - First Quantization Matrix Estimation from Double Compressed JPEG Images – IEEE Transactions on IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 9, Issue 8, pp. 1299-1310, 2014. (pdf)
  • G.M. Farinella, D. Ravì, V. Tomaselli, M. Guarnera, S. Battiato - Representing Scenes for Real-time Context Classification on Mobile Devices – Elsevier, Pattern Recognition - vol.48,2015  (pdf)
  • S. Battiato, G. M. Farinella, A. Furnari, G.Puglisi, A.Snijders, J. Spiekstra - An Integrated System for Vehicle Tracking and Classification. Elsevier, Expert Systems with Applications, Vol. 42, Issue 21 ,2015 (pdf
  • D. Ravì, M. Bober, G.M. Farinella, M.Guarnera, S.Battiato - Semantic Segmentation of Images Exploiting DCT Based Features and Random Forest - Elsevier, Pattern Recognition- vol. 52, 2016  (pdf
  • S. Battiato, G. M. Farinella, O. Giudice, G. Puglisi - Aligning Shapes for Symbol Classification and Retrieval - Springer, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Volume 75, Issue 10,  May 2016, Pages 5513-5531, 2016 (pdf)
  • G. M Farinella, D. Allegra, M.Moltisanti, F.Stanco, S. Battiato - Retrieval and Classification of Food Images - Elsevier,  Computers in Biology and Medicine, Volume 77, pp.23-39, 2016 (pdf)
  • A. Furnari, G. M. Farinella, S. Battiato, Recognizing Personal Locations from Egocentric Video - IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, Vol. 47, No.1 2017  (pdf)
  • A. Furnari, G. M. Farinella, A.R. Bruna, S. Battiato  - Affine Covariant Features for Fisheye Distortion Local Modelling - IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 26, No.2 , 2017  (pdf)
  • A. Furnari, G. M. Farinella, A.R. Bruna, S. Battiato - Distortion Adaptive Sobel Filters for the Gradient Estimation of Wide Angle Images -  Elsevier - Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation - Vol. 6, July 2017 (pdf
  • A. Ortis, G. M. Farinella, V. D'Amico, L. Addesso, G. Torrisi, S. Battiato - Organizing Egocentric Videos of Daily Living Activities - Elsevier  - Pattern Recognition,  Vol. 72, pp. 207-218 -  December 2017 (pdf)
  • A. Furnari., S. Battiato, K. Grauman, G.M.Farinella, Next-active-object Prediction from Egocentric Videos -  Elsevier  - Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation - Vol. 49, pp.401-411 November  2017 (pdf)     
  • R.E. Musumeci, D. Moltisanti, E. Foti, S. Battiato, G.M.Farinella - 3-D Monitoring of Rubble Mound Breakwater Damages - Elsevier - Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation,  Vol 117, pp. 347-364., March 2018 (pdf)  
  • F. Rundo, S. Conoci, A. Ortis, S. Battiato - An Advanced Bio-Inspired PhotoPlethysmoGraphy (PPG) and ECG Pattern Recognition System for Medical Assessment. MDPI Sensors. Vol 18(2):405, 2018 (pdflnk)  
  • S.Battiato, G.M. Farinella, G. Gallo, O. Giudice - On-board monitoring system for road traffic safety analysis - Elsevier - Computers in Industry - Vol. 98, pp. 208-217 June 2018 (pdf)
  • G. Spampinato, A. R. Bruna , S. Battiato , G. Puglisi - Low-cost roto-translational video stabilization algorithm - IS&T SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging  -  2018  (pdf
  • V. Santarcangelo, G.M. Farinella, A. Furnari, S. Battiato - Market Basket Analysis from Egocentric Video - Elsevier  - Pattern Recognition Letters, Vol. 112, pp. 83-90, 2018 (pdf)


My publication list: IPLAB GoogleScholarDBLPScopusORCID,  IEEEXplore

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