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. Part of the PhD research has been spent at the Imperial College in London, under the supervision of Prof. Catarina Sismeiro, working on the analysis of social media advertising contents. His research interests lie in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Multimedia. Alessandro is Adjunct Professor on Statistical Laboratory for the Master Degree course on Data Science for Management (A.Y. 2019/2020). 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) and REPRISE ( expert reviewers for research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research).

Curriculum vitae (Italian | English)







October 2019 - now
Adjunct Professor
University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business
Adjunct professor on Statistical Laboratory, 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 Multimedia 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.




Projects

ADAS+


ADAS+ - Sviluppo di Tecnologie e Sistemi Avanzati per la Sicurezza dell’Auto mediante piattaforme Advanced Driver Assistance System - PON Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020.
Partners: STMicroelectronic (leading), UNICT, INST, DMNS, DMN-CNR IPCF, DMN-UNIPA, UNICP, Innovaal, INN-CNNR IMM, INN-MR&D, MTA Advanced Automotive Solution, IU.NET, IU-UNIBO, IU-UNIMORE.

SATURN


SATURN - Smart mAnufacTURiNg – Progetto MISE Horizon 2020.
Partners: STMicroelectronics (leading), Mediterranea Impianti, UNICT.

DL4HEALTH


DL4HEALTH – Deep Learning for Health- PO FESR SICILIA 2014-2020 - Azione 1.1.5.
Partners: Quipo (leading), Net Service, Delisa, Aucta Cognitio, Nextra Consulting, UNICT Poli, UNICT DMI, Cerid.

SALIRE


SALIRE – Sound Algorithms for Low-latency Intelligent Recognition of Event - PO FESR SICILIA 2014-2020 - Azione 1.1.5.
Partners: Trilogic srl (leading), Noviacom soc.coop., Medilink srl, UNICT.

Farm.PRO


Farm.PRO - Design and development of a web based learning platform (Farm.PRO project – PO/FESR Misura 4.1.1.1)
Partners: UNICT, Federfarma.

Food Recognition Technology


Eclat SRL - Food Recognition Technology – CoEHAR project founded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW COE1-05).
Partners: UNICT, Eclat SRL.

SenseQuit

SenseQuit: A novel smart smoking monitoring system – CoEHAR project founded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (EG-008 EU-PATH_RFP).
Partners: UNICT, Eclat SRL.

SmokeSense

Eclat SRL – Evaluation of methods for automatic smoke activity detection.
Partners: UNICT, Eclat SRL.

Publications

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Summary (by Google Scholar)

Citations : 202
H-Index : 9

Documents

Type: Phd Thesis
Title: Methods for Sentiment Analysis and Social Media Popularity of Crowdsourced Visual Contents
Authors: Ortis A.
Source: PhD Thesis
Year: 2019


Type: Patent
Title: Methods and systems for the treatment of stereoscopic images, corresponding computer program products, and storage carrier
Authors: Rundo, Francesco; Digiore, Giuseppe; Ortis, Alessandro; Battiato, Sebastiano;
Source: US Patent
Year: 2015


Type: Article
Title: An advanced bio-inspired photoplethysmography (PPG) and ECG pattern recognition system for medical assessment
Authors: Rundo F., Conoci S., Ortis A., Battiato S.
Source: Sensors (Switzerland)
Cited by (Scholar): 50
Cited by (Scopus):
42
Year: 2018


Type: Article
Title: Advanced bio-inspired system for noninvasive cuff-less blood pressure estimation from physiological signal analysis
Authors: Rundo F., Ortis A., Battiato S., Conoci S.
Source: Computation
Cited by (Scholar): 26
Cited by (Scopus):
20
Year: 2018


Type: Conference Paper
Title: RECfusion: Automatic video curation driven by visual content popularity
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., D'Amico V., Addesso L., Torrisi G., Battiato S.
Source: MM 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Multimedia Conference
Cited by (Scholar): 22
Cited by (Scopus):
17
Year: 2015


Type: Article
Title: Organizing egocentric videos of daily living activities
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., D'Amico V., Addesso L., Torrisi G., Battiato S.
Source: Pattern Recognition
Cited by (Scholar): 21
Cited by (Scopus):
15
Year: 2017


Type: Article
Title: Evaluation of Levenberg-Marquardt neural networks and stacked autoencoders clustering for skin lesion analysis, screening and follow-up
Authors: Rundo F., Conoci S., Banna G.L., Ortis A., Stanco F., Battiato S.
Source: IET Computer Vision
Cited by (Scholar): 16
Cited by (Scopus):
12
Year: 2018


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Adaptive compression of stereoscopic images
Authors: Ortis A., Rundo F., Di Giore G., Battiato S.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 13
Cited by (Scopus):
13
Year: 2013


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Organizing egocentric videos for daily living monitoring
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., D'Amico V., Addesso L., Torrisi G., Battiato S.
Source: LTA 2016 - Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Lifelogging Tools and Applications, co-located with ACM Multimedia 2016
Cited by (Scholar): 10
Cited by (Scopus):
8
Year: 2016


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Visual sentiment analysis based on on objective text description of images
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Torrisi G., Battiato S.
Source: Proceedings - International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing
Cited by (Scholar): 9
Cited by (Scopus):
6
Year: 2018


Type: Conference Paper
Title: The social picture
Authors: Battiato S., Farinella G.M., Milotta F.L.M., Ortis A., Addesso L., Casella A., D'Amico V., Torrisi G.
Source: ICMR 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval
Cited by (Scholar): 9
Cited by (Scopus):
6
Year: 2016


Type: Conference Paper
Title: A system for autonomous landing of a UAV on a moving vehicle
Authors: Battiato S., Cantelli L., D’Urso F., Farinella G.M., Guarnera L., Guastella D., Melita C.D., Muscato G., Ortis A., Ragusa F., Santoro C.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 5
Cited by (Scopus):
2
Year: 2017


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Organizing videos streams for clustering and estimation of popular scenes
Authors: Battiato S., Farinella G.M., Milotta F.L.M., Ortis A., Stanco F., D’Amico V., Addesso L., Torrisi G.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 4
Cited by (Scopus):
2
Year: 2017


Type: Conference Paper
Title: A new fast matching method for adaptive compression of stereoscopic images
Authors: Ortis A., Battiato S.
Source: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Cited by (Scholar): 4
Cited by (Scopus):
4
Year: 2015


Type: Conference Paper
Title: An overview on image sentiment analysis: Methods, datasets and current challenges
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Battiato S.
Source: ICETE 2019 - Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications
Cited by (Scholar): 3
Cited by (Scopus):
2
Year: 2019


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Autonomous landing of a uav on a moving vehicle for the mbzirc
Authors: Cantelli L., Guastella D.C., Melita C.D., Muscato G., Battiato S., D’urso F., Farinella G.M., Ortis A., Santoro C.
Source: Human-Centric Robotics- Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, CLAWAR 2017
Cited by (Scholar): 3
Cited by (Scopus):
2
Year: 2018


Type: Article
Title: Predicting social image popularity dynamics at time zero
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Battiato S.
Source: IEEE Access
Cited by (Scholar): 2
Cited by (Scopus):
1
Year: 2019


Type: Conference Paper
Title: The impact of padding on image classification by using pre-trained convolutional neural networks
Authors: Tang H., Ortis A., Battiato S.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 1
Cited by (Scopus):
1
Year: 2019


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Prediction of social image popularity dynamics
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Battiato S.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 1
Cited by (Scopus):
1
Year: 2019


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Advanced multi-neural system for cuff-less blood pressure estimation through nonlinear HC-features
Authors: Rundo F., Ortis A., Battiato S., Conoci S.
Source: ICETE 2019 - Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications
Cited by (Scholar): 1
Cited by (Scopus):
1
Year: 2019


Type: Article
Title: Survey on Visual Sentiment Analysis
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Battiato S.
Source: IET Image Processing
Cited by (Scholar): 1
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2020


Type: Article
Title: A report on smoking detection and quitting technologies
Authors: Ortis A., Caponnetto P., Polosa R., Urso S., Battiato S.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2020


Type: Article
Title: Exploiting objective text description of images for visual sentiment analysis
Authors: Ortis A., Farinella G.M., Torrisi G., Battiato S.
Source: Multimedia Tools and Applications
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2020


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Generalised gradient vector flow for content-aware image resizing
Authors: Rotondo T., Ortis A., Battiato S.
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2019


Type: Conference Paper
Title: NewsVallum: Semantics-Aware Text and Image Processing for Fake News Detection system
Authors: Armano G., Battiato S., Bennato D., Boratto L., Carta S.M., Noia T.D., Sciascio E.D., Ortis A., Recupero D.R.
Source: CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2018


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Mass Events Monitoring Through Crowdsourced Media Analysis
Authors: Cavallo, Marco; Guardo, Ermanno; Ortis, Alessandro; Sapienza, Marco; La Torre, Giuseppe;
Source: Proceedings of The Ninth International Conferences on Pervasive Patterns and Applications
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2017


Type: Conference Paper
Title: Detection and Classification of Pollen Grain Microscope Images
Authors: Sebastiano Battiato, Alessandro Ortis, Francesca Trenta, Lorenzo Ascari, Mara Politi, Consolata Siniscalco
Source: Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops
Cited by (Scholar): 0
Cited by (Scopus):
0
Year: 2020