Welcome to ImageLab

ImageLab is a research laboratory of the Dipartimento di Ingegneria "Enzo Ferrari" at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. ImageLab is also a research unit of the Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale in ICT per le Imprese: Softech-ICT of the Modena Technopole.

Research at ImageLab covers topics of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition & Machine Learning, and Multimedia applied to optical images and videos as well as data from different sensors. In addition, ImageLab is currently involved in research activities on vision-based human-computer interaction.

The main research projects concern: Video surveillance, Machine vision and robot vision, Medical imaging, Human-centered Multimedia, Content-based retrieval, People detection and tracking, Human behaviour understanding, Egocentric vision and Embedded sensors.


ImageLab algorithm in OpenCV · 26 Sep 2016

OpenCV accepted our Connected Components Labeling algorithm into their official source code. From the next release, our contribution will be the official one, recognizing its superior performance. 

OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision Library) is an open source computer vision and machine learning software library. OpenCV was built to provide a common infrastructure for computer vision applications and to accelerate the use of machine perception in the commercial products. The library has more than 2500 optimized algorithms, which includes a comprehensive set of both classic and state-of-the-art computer vision and machine learning algorithms. These algorithms can be used to detect and recognize faces, identify objects, classify human actions in videos, track camera movements, track moving objects, extract 3D models of objects, produce 3D point clouds from stereo cameras, stitch images together to produce a high resolution image of an entire scene, find similar images from an image database, remove red eyes from images taken using flash, follow eye movements, recognize scenery and establish markers to overlay it with augmented reality, etc. OpenCV has more than 47 thousand people of user community and estimated number of downloads exceeding 7 million. The library is used extensively in companies, research groups and by governmental bodies.

Research on Connected Components Labeling

Facebook AI Research Partnership · 29 Aug 2016

Facebook has selected Imagelab as one of the 15 world-class research labs in Europe  to receive a GPU-based server as part of the Facebook AI Research Partnership. Our application has been selected from a large pool of universities and research institutes working on important and innovative research. Facebook is committed to building strong research partnerships with institutions throughout Europe, and ensuring that Facebook's partners have the necessary hardware and tools to continue tackling some of the most important challenges in the disciplines of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Thanks to Lorenzo Baraldi, Costantino Grana and Simone Calderara!

Read more on the Facebook Research blog.

Report of Dagstuhl Seminar - Eyewear Computing · 19 Jul 2016

Here the report of the Seminar "Eyewear Computing - Augmenting the Human with Head-Mounted Wearable Assistants", 24–29 Januar 2016, Dagstuhl.

Invited talk alla scuola vismac 16 giugno 2016 · 16 Jun 2016


Prof. Cucchiara presented a talk on "Human Motion Understanding" at the GIRPR - VISMAC2016 summer school.

Keynote slides

First International Workshop on Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing · 24 May 2016

workshop EPIC@ECCV16

ImageLab is organising the First International Workshop on Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing (EPIC@ECCV16) that will be held on the October 8-10, 2016, in conjunction with the European Conference on Computer Vision, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its goal is to give an overview of the recent technologies and system solutions, create a forum to exchange ideas and address challenges emerging in this field.

Talk by Prof. Tal Hassner · 17 May 2016

Prof. Tal Hassner (The Open University of Israel) is visiting Imagelab and is giving a talk on

"Faces, deep learning and the pursuit of training data"
Tuesday May 17, 2016 - 02:00 p.m. - Aula P 0.2 ex FA-0A

Abstract: The abilities of machines to detect and recognize faces improved remarkably over the last few years. This progress can at least partially be explained by the sizes of the training sets used to train deep learning models: huge numbers of face images downloaded and manually labeled. It is not clear, however, if the formidable task of collecting and labeling so many images is truly necessary. I will discuss the problems of data collection and describe a number of effective techniques for maximizing deep learning capabilities when collecting additional data is not an option. Importantly, though this talk will focus on face processing related tasks, these techniques can be applied in other image understanding problems where obtaining enough labeled examples for training deep learning systems is hard. 

Nuovi sistemi intelligenti - Il Deep Learning per l'impresa del futuro · 16 Apr 2016

Deep Learning banner

Il 16 maggio 2016 presso l'Auditorium del Tecnopolo di Modena si terrà una giornata dedicata al Deep Learning per l'impresa del futuro. Nel corso dell’iniziativa verranno presentate soluzioni, piattaforme software ed infrastrutture utilizzabili per portare il deep learning e le tecniche avanzate di apprendimento automatico nell’impresa, con testimonianze internazionali, accademiche e industriali. Seguirà una tavola rotonda sul loro utilizzo nell'industria e nell'impresa del futuro.

Per informazioni e registrazione: Pagina dedicata all'evento

Startcup regionale e PNI nazionale 2016 · 12 Apr 2016


Il 26 aprile si aprirà il bando per la Startcup Regionale, la competizione per favorire la nascita delle nuove imprese ad alto contenuto innovativo. Si rivolge a persone singole o gruppi interessati a sviluppare idee imprenditoriali innovative e/o ad alto grado di conoscenza. Le migliori idee imprenditoriali parteciperanno al Premio Nazionale Innovazione PNI Italia che si terrà a Modena ospitato da UNIMORE a dicembre 2016.

Per informazioni e contatti: http://www.unimore.it/evidenza/pni2016.html     

Talk at "R&D: da Giovani Idee, Grandi Progetti" · 08 Apr 2016


In the context of the talk serie "R&D: da Giovani Idee, Grandi Progetti", Imagelab and Samsung will give a joint talk on 14/04/2016. Ing. Alletto Stefano will present the latest research efforts in the field of wearable computing, internet of things and object recognition. For further information please refer to the talk organizers' website: www.ideelab.it

Rita Cucchiara's interview at TGR TV News · 16 Mar 2016


Prof. Rita Cucchiara explains to the journalists of TV news TGR some of the last results obtained in the project Città Educante, in the context of exploting the new technologies to favour the acceptance of diversity in the primary schools.

The video can be found here.

Rita Cucchiara's talk at Area Chiar CVPR Workshop Vancouver 29 Feb 2015 · 01 Mar 2016


Rita Cucchiara's talk at Area Chair CVPR Workshop Vancouver 29 Feb 2015 can be downloaded here.

Hardware Grants from Nvidia and Cineca · 10 Feb 2016

Nvidia Tesla K40

Imagelab has received two important hardware grants:

  • The NVIDIA Hardware Grant, with the donation of one Tesla K40 GPU.

  • The Italian Supercomputing Resource Allocation (ISCRA) Grant from CINECA, which gives Imagelab access to the Galileo HPC Platform, containg 16 Tesla K80 GPUs.

The granted hardware will be mainly employed in the research project "Deep Learning in videos: concept detection and temporal video segmentation", as well as for other Imagelab activities.

Computer Vision Foundation: Advisory board · 04 Feb 2016

Computer Vision Foundation

The Computer Vision Foundation appointed the new Advisory Board, chaired by Rene Vidal, composed by Anthony Hoogs, David Forsyth, Dimitri Metaxas,
Josef Sivic ,Kyoung Mu Lee ,Kyros Kutulakos ,Martial Hebert ,Rita Cucchiara ,Ruzena Bajcsy, Stan Sclaroff, Sven Dickinson, and  Philip Torr.

Seminario Prof. Antonino Mazzeo · 02 Dec 2015


"Metodi, ambienti IDE, architetture e tecnologie per la progettazione dei sistemi digitali embedded".

Abstract: Il seminario intende focalizzarsi, con riferimento a specifici domini applicativi quali quelli dell’automotive dell’aerospazio e del ferroviario, sulla progettazione dei sistemi digitali embedded ad elevata complessità e assoggettati a vincoli di sicurezza, affidabilità, real-time e time to market e, in particolare, sugli aspetti delle differenti soluzioni oggi consentite dalle correnti tecnologie VLSI inquadrate in vari contesti architetturali dedicati (sistemi dedicati, general purpose e misti realizzati su FPGA, SoC e MPSoC ) e sulle metodologie di sviluppo a supporto.

Sono disponibili i lucidi del seminario al seguente indirizzo

Vision for cultural heritage · 25 Nov 2015

Logo Dicet

Mercoledì 25 e Giovedì 26 Novembre ImageLab/Softech-ICT ospiterà l'evento "Vision for cultural heritage", nell'ambito del progetto Dicet.

Il programma e il materiale dell'evento sono disponibili al seguente link: Vision for cultural heritage

Lectures by Prof. Nadia Magnenat Thalmann · 25 Sep 2015

Prof. Nadia Magnenat Thalmann

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, Director of the Institute for Media Innovation in Singapore, and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva, is visiting Imagelab and is going to give four lectures on Computer Graphics and 3D Reconstruction. (more info)

Tutorial at CAIP 2015 · 01 Sep 2015


Costantino Grana and Giuseppe Serra gave a tutorial at the International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns in Malta on The Bag of Visual Words model and recent advancements in image classification. Tutorial slides

International Workshop on Wearable and Ego-vision Systems for Augmented Experience (WEsAX) · 03 Jul 2015


ImageLab is organising the first International Workshop on Wearable and Ego-vision Systems for Augmented Experience (WEsAX) that will be held on the July 3, 2015, in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), Turin, Italy. The goal of the first International Workshop on Wearable and Ego-vision Systems for Augmented Experience (WEsAX) is to give an overview of the recent technologies and system solutions, create a forum to exchange ideas and address challenges emerging in this field.

Lecture by Ing. Alessio Bazzica · 22 May 2015


Ing Alessio Bazzica is visiting Imagelab and is going to present a lecture on

Discovering the Music Information Retrieval Field
(Friday May 22, 2015 - 9:00am - Aula FA-1D )

Alessio Bazzica received the M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florence (Italy) in 2012 and is now a 3nd year PhD candidate at the Multimedia Computing (MMC) Group in Delft (The Netherlands). He is interested in multimedia information retrieval and he is currently working on multimodal and crossmodal approaches for music information retrieval.

Attivazione master di II livello - MUMET · 08 May 2015


Al via il nuovo Master MUMET. Il master vuole creare nuove figure professionali (MULTIMEDIA DATA SCIENTIST), con competenze avanzate sulle tecnologie informatiche multimediali e sul visualcomputing, competenze attualmente molto rare ed assai richieste per i sistemi, servizi ed applicazioni nelle smartcities and communities.

Presentazione del Master

Sito web del Master in "Visual Computing and Multimedia technologies"

Workshop tematico - "New Ideas for Education in Smart Communities" · 20 Apr 2015


Il progetto Città Educante ha lo scopo di ripensare radicalmente l'ambiente di apprendimento, attraverso l'applicazione delle più avanzate tecnologie informatiche. Il workshop, ad invito e a partecipazione libera, ha come obiettivo lo scambio di idee e la disseminazione delle attività svolte dai partners durante il primo anno di progetto.
L'evento che si inserisce tra la manifestazioni per i 25 anni di Ingegneria a Modena si svolgerà lunedì 20 aprile 2015, ore 10:00, presso l'aula P 0.5 (FA-0-D), del Dipartimento di Ingegneria "Enzo Ferrari".

Sito web del workshop "New Ideas for Education in Smart Communities"

Best Paper award @ AVSS2015 · 08 Jan 2015


Towards the evaluation of reproducible robustness in tracking-by-detection won the best paper award at AVSS 2015 Conference. Take your time to check the project page

Group Detection Paper accepted @TPAMI · 08 Jan 2015


Our paper "Socially Constrained Structural Learning for Groups Detection in Crowd " have been accepted in TPAMI. In the meanwhile the e-version will be available, please take a look at our dataset and code and for more details the preliminar version of the paper.

Special Issue on: Wearable and Ego-vision Systems for Augmented Experience · 08 Jan 2015


The rapid progress in the development of low-level component technologies such as wearable cameras, wearable sensors, wearable displays and wearable computers is making it possible to augment everyday living. Wearable and egocentric vision systems can be exploited to analyze multi-modal data types (e.g. video, audio, motion) and to support understanding human interactions with the world (including gesture recognition, action recognition, social interaction recognition). Based on the processing of such data, wearable systems can be used to enhance our capabilities and augment our perception. State-of-the-art techniques for wearable sensing can support assistive technologies and advanced perception. This special issue intends to highlight research in support for human performance through egocentric sensing .

Best paper at INTETAIN 2015 · 08 Jan 2015


The paper “ Wearable Vision for Retrieving Architectural Details in Augmented Tourist Experiences ” by Stefano Alletto, Davide Abati, Giuseppe Serra and Rita Cucchiara was awarded the best paper award at INTETAIN in Turin. In this paper we propose an egocentric vision system to enhance tourists’ cultural heritage experience. Exploiting a wearable board and a glass-mounted camera, the visitor can retrieve architectural details of the historical building he is observing and receive related multimedia contents. To obtain an effective retrieval procedure we propose a visual descriptor based on the covariance of local features. Differently than the common Bag of Words approaches our feature vector does not rely on a generated visual vocabulary, removing the dependence from a specific dataset and obtaining a reduction of the computational cost. 3D modeling is used to achieve a precise visitor’s localization that allows browsing visible relevant details that the user may otherwise miss. Experimental results conducted on a publicly available cultural heritage dataset show that the proposed feature descriptor outperforms Bag of Words techniques.

Seminario Nvidia · 17 Nov 2014


Lunedì 17 Novembre 2014 dalle 14.00 alle 16.15 presso l'Aula P0.4 (ex FA-0C) - dipartimento DIEF - si terrà un seminario sulle architetture parallele GPU Nvidia.
14:00-15:00: Edmondo Orlotti, Business Development NVIDIA "Tecnologie per il calcolo parallelo e la visualizzazione, dal cloud al mobile"
15:00-16:15: Carlo Nardone, Solution Architect NVIDIA, "Gli strumenti di sviluppo per la programmazione in ambiente GPU". Locandina
Slides: Parte 1, Parte 2, Parte 3.

Eighth edition of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2014) · 04 Nov 2014


The eighth edition of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC) will be held in Venezia, ITALY.

Public website: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/icdsc14

Invited talk at the ECCV workshop · 08 Jan 2014


Prof. Cucchiara is presenting a talk on "Computer Vision for interactive experiences with art and artistic documents" at the ECCV workshop "Where Computer Vision Meets Art - VISART2014.

Keynote slides

2nd International Workshop on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage · 09 Sep 2013


The 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage, will be held on the 9-10th of September 2013, in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP), Naples, Italy, aims to be a profitable informal working day to discuss together hot topics in multimedia applied to cultural heritage.

Public website: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/MM4CH2013/

S5 - Second Short Spring School in Surveillance (Modena, May 7-9 2013) · 07 May 2013


This short 3-day school is meant to provide a self-contained comprehensive introduction to modern video surveillance methods and techniques, with a good balance between theory and practical applications.
This school is open to researchers, PhD and undergraduate students, scholars in the field of surveillance and security, and is conceived also for technicians from both industries and public entities.


Public website: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/s5/

3dPes · 12 Jan 2013

3dpes logo

3DPeS (3D People Surveillance Dataset) is a new surveillance dataset, designed mainly for people re-identification in multi camera systems with non-overlapped field of views, but also applicable to many other tasks, such as people detection, tracking, action analysis and trajectory analysis.

Differently from other re-identification datasets here data for the complete processing chain are available: the camera setting and the 3D environment reconstruction, the hundreds of recorded videos, the camera calibration parameters, the identity of the hundreds of people, detected more than one time by different point of view.

Dataset web site: 3DPeS

S4 - Short Spring School in Surveillance · 17 May 2011


This short 3-day school is meant to provide a self-contained comprehensive introduction to modern video surveillance methods and techniques, with a good balance between theory and practical applications.
This school is open to PhD and undergraduate students, scholars in the field of surveillance and security, and is conceived also for technicians from both industries and public entities.

Public website: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/s4/


Multimedia in Forensics - MiFor2009 · 23 Oct 2009


With the proliferation of multimedia data on the web, surveillance cameras in cities, and mobile phones in everyday life we see an enormous growth in multimedia data that needs to be analyzed by forensic investigators. The sheer volume of such datasets makes manual inspection of all data impossible. Tools are needed to support the investigator in their quest for relevant clues and evidence and in their strive towards preventing crime.

The multimedia community has developed new solutions for management of large collections of video footage, images, audio and other multimedia content, knowledge extraction and categorization, pattern recognition, indexing and retrieval, searching, browsing and visualization, and modeling and simulation in various domains. Due to the inherent uncertainty and complexity of forensic data, applying those techniques to forensic data is not straightforward.

The time is ripe to tailor these results for forensics. Multimedia in forensics is the workshop aims at joining the topics and their communities.

This workshop aims at addressing the multimedia toolbox supporting the forensic process from the prevention of crime, capturing and annotation of the crime scene, the investigation of the data in the lab, up to the presentation of the results in court. It is a first attempt in bringing multimedia tools in to this exciting application field. Target audience are researchers working on innovative technology, representatives from companies developing tools, and forensic investigators in various disciplines

Presente e Futuro dei sistemi di Videosorveglianza per la sicurezza urbana · 20 Feb 2009


Il Comune di Modena e il Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione dell'Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia organizzano il convegno "Presente e Futuro della Videosorveglianza per la sicurezza urbana" il giorno 20 Febbraio 2009 presso la sala della Fondazione Biagi.

L'argomento è la videosorveglianza e il trattamento dei dati video sia in tempo reale, per la prevenzione e la salvaguardia del cittadini, sia a posteriori per l'analisi forense e il supporto nelle fasi processuali.

Sito web dell'evento

Iciap 2007 · 12 Sep 2007

VSSN 2006 · 27 Oct 2006


Following a successful tradition, this will be the fourth edition of the VSSN Workshop to be held in conjunction with ACM Conference of Multimedia 2006 at Santa Barbara, California, October 22-28, 2006.

Workshop web site: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/vssn06

VSSN 2005 · 11 Nov 2005


Rita Cucchiara was program chair of VSSN 2005, the 3rd ACM International Workshop on Video Surveillance & Sensor Networks in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2005.

Event web site: http://imagelab.ing.unimore.it/vssn05/

1st Workshop on In-Vehicle Cognitive Computer Vision Systems (IVCCVS2003) · 03 Apr 2003


1st Workshop on In-Vehicle Cognitive Computer Vision Systems (IVC2VS)

in conjunction with 3rd International Conference on Computer Vision Systems (ICVS) http://dib.joanneum.at/ICVS03/

CONVENTION CENTER, GRAZ, Austria - April 3, 2003