Short bio. is a post-doc researcher in Computer Vision and Adjunct Professor of Statistical Laboratory at the University of Catania. He has been working in the field of Computer Vision research since 2012, when he joined to the IPLab (Image Processing Laboratory). He obtained the Master Degree in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Catania in March 2015. Alessandro was awarded with the Archimede Prize for the excellence of academic career conferred by the University of Catania in 2015. Along the way he has done two research internships at STMicroelectronics in 2011/2012 and at TIM in 2015. In January 2019 he has achieved the PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science granted by TIM. The PhD thesis investigates several aspects related to Visual Sentiment Analysis applied on crowdsourced images/videos. His research interests lie in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Multimedia. Alessandro is reviewer for several International Conferences and Journals, co-editor of PATTERNS 2017, lecturer at SIGMAP 2019 and member of the Scientific Committee of the MULTIFORESEE 2019 Conference (MULTI-modal Imaging of FOREnsic SciEnce Evidence tools for Forensic Science). He is co-author of 15 papers published in international conferences, 4 journals and co-inventor of 1 International Patent. Alessandro is also member of several international associations/societies such as IEEE Signal Processing Society, CVPL (Italian association fo the research in Computer Vision, Pattern recognition and machine Learning), CoEHAR (Cennter of Excellence for the Acceleration of HArm Reduction) and REPRISE ( expert reviewers for research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research).
Please find HERE my updated list of publications.




October 2019 - now
Adjunct Professor
University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business
Adjunct professor on Statistical Laboratory, of the Master Degree on Data Science for Management.
February 2019 - now
Contract Researcher (post-doc)
University of Catania - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Algorithms on Learning and Understanding of Multimedial Contents.
November 2015 - November 2019
Computer Science Ph.D. student
Visual Sentiment Analysis, Video/Image Understanding, Computer Vision, Image Processing. My adviser is Sebastiano Battiato.
Scholarship granted by Telecom Italia.
January 2015 - July 2015
Telecom Italia Research Internship
JOL Wave (Joint Open Lab - Wireless Applications in multi-deVice Ecosystems) JOL Wave site.
March 2015
University of Catania: Master's Degree
I worked with Giovanni Maria Farinella and Sebastiano Battiato on the design and development of an automatic video curation algorithm driven by scene popularity.
Part of this thesis has been done during my internship at Telecom Italia's lab.
July 2012
University of Catania: Bachelor's Degree
I worked with Sebastiano Battiato on the design and development of a compression algorithm for stereoscopic images (patented).
This thesis has been done in collaboration with ST Microeletronics, Catania site.
October 2011 - May 2012
ST Microelectronics Internship
ST Microelectronics, Catania site. ST site.




Publications

Please find HERE my updated list of publications.

Patents


Methods and Systems for treatment of Stereoscopic Images, corresponding Computer Programs Products, and Storage Carrier
S. Battiato, G. Di Giore, A. Ortis, F. Rundo
European Patent Pending TO2012A000647
United States Patent Application 20140029860

In Proceedings




RECfusion: Automatic Video Curation Driven by Visual Content Popularity
A. Ortis, G. M. Farinella, D. D'Amico, L. Addesso, G. Torrisi, S. Battiato
ACM MM 2015 proceedings


A New Fast Matching Method For Adaptive Compression of Stereoscopic Images
Ortis A., Battiato S.
In Three-Dimensional Image Processing Measurement (3DIPM), and Applications - IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging


Adaptive Compression of Stereoscopic Images
Ortis A., Rundo F., Di Giore G., Battiato S.
In Image Analysis and Processing - ICIAP 2013 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Vol. 8156, pp. 391-399). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.