Module 1: Statistical Signal Processing

Prof. Giuseppe Ricci (University of Salento)

Giuseppe Ricci was born in Naples, Italy, on February 15, 1964. He received the Dr. degree and the Ph.D. degree, both in Electronic Engineering, from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Since 1995 he has been with the University of Salento (formerly University of Lecce) first as an Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and, since 2002, as a Professor. His research interests are in the field of statistical signal processing with emphasis on radar processing and CDMA systems. More precisely, he has focused on high-resolution radar clutter modeling, detection of radar signals in Gaussian and non-Gaussian disturbance, oil spill detection from SAR data, track-before-detect algorithms fed by space-time radar data, multiuser detection in overlay CDMA systems, and blind multiuser detection. He has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CO, USA) in 1997-1998 and in April/May 2001, at the Colorado State University (CO, USA) in July/September 2003, March 2005, September 2009, and March 2011, at Ensica (Toulouse, France) in March 2006, and at the University of Connecticut (Storrs CT, USA) in September 2008.


Dr. Francesco Bandiera (University of Salento)

Francesco Bandiera was born in Maglie, Lecce, Italy, on March 9, 1974. He received the Dr. Eng. degree in computer engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Salento (formerly University of Lecce), Lecce, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. From July 2001 to February 2002, he was with the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, where he was engaged in a research project on mobile cellular telephony. Since December 2004, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione, University of Salento, where he is engaged in teaching and research. He has held visiting positions with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA (September 2003–March 2004), and with the Department of Avionics and Systems, Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE, formerly ENSICA), Toulouse, France (October 2006). His main research interests are in the field of statistical signal processing with focus on radar signal processing, multiuser communications, and pollution detection on the sea surface based upon SAR imagery.


Module 2: Image Processing

Dr. Cosimo Distante (National Resarch Council, Lecce)

Cosimo Distante received the degree in Computer Science in 1997 at the University of Bari. He received the PhD in Engineering in 2001 by working in the field of development and application of new techniques and algorithms for computer vision and Pattern Recognition in robotics. In 1998 he has been visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst MA (USA) where has worked in the context of Perceptual Robotics and Artificial Neural Networks systems. He served as a teaching Assistant of the Artificial Intelligence Class of the University of Massachusetts. In 2001 he joined the Italian National Research Council where has been the head of the signal and image processing laboratory where has been a scientific leader of several EU funded projects and member of the coordination Netcarity FP6 AAL funded Integrated project. Since 2009 he is researcher of the National Institute for Optics. Since 2003 Dr. Distante is contract professor on “Image Processing” and “Pattern Recognition” in computer engineering at the University of Salento Italy. In 2011, Dr. Distante has been awarded with the national innovation Prize working capital PNI-Cube with the project Taggalo. He is CTO and founder of the CNR’s spin-off Taggalo s.r.l. Since 2011 he is member of the NATO SET-199 RTG group on “Coordinated Distributed Mobile Sensors”. His main research interests are in the field of computer vision and pattern recognition applied to: audience measurements, robot vision, surveillance, medical imaging and manufacturing.


Dr. Pier Luigi Mazzeo (National Resarch Council, Lecce)

Pier Luigi has been working on several research topics regarding Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision. He has studied techniques and methodologies for multidimensional digital signals processing; linear and no-linear signal characterization; signal features extraction;  supervisedand unsupervised classification of the signal.The most relevant topics, in which is he involved in, for the purpose of the proposed project are acquisition, processing and fusion of multisensory data coming from mobile agents, algorithms for object tracking and 3D trajectory reconstruction.He has authored and co-authored of a total of 40 publications, including 6 papers published in  international journals and book chapters. He has, also, co-authored 5 national and international patents. He has taken part in several research projects financed by the National Operative Program (Italian PON). He has also written in some national and international projects. He has participated in a number of national and international scientific conferences. He has given a number of seminars at Italian institutions and foreign university (UK and USA). He co-organizes and he is a co-chair of the international Workshop on   “Activity monitoring by multiple camera for surveillance systems”. He has collaborated internationally with the Vision and robotics group of the Electronic Engineering and Computer science  department at Queen Mary University of London directed by Prof. Andrea Cavallaro; with  the communication and digital signal processing group of the Electrical and Electronic engineering department at the Imperial College of London directed by  Prof. Danilo Mandic;  with the Wireless Sensor Network Laboratory of the Electrical Engineering department at the Stanford University in California (USA) directed by the Prof. Amid Agajan; with the Computer Vision and Robotics laboratory of the Electrical engineering and computer science at San Diego University in California (USA) directed by the Prof. Mohan Trivedi. He acts as a reviewer for several international journals and for some book publishers. Since 2004, Pier Luigi has been regularly invited to take part in the Scientific Committees of national and international conferences.


Module 3: Radar Signal Processing

Prof. Murat Efe (University of Ankara)

Murat EFE received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Ankara University, Turkey in 1993 and 1994, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Sussex, UK in 1998. He then took up a lecturer position at Ankara University. Upon receiving an invitation to work on a research project as a postdoctoral research fellow, he went on sabbatical for a year at the Automatic Control Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. After completing his research project he resumed his position at Ankara University. He has been with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Ankara University since 2000 where he both teaches and conducts research. He currently holds an Associate Professor position at the Electronics Engineering Department of Ankara University. He has been a consultant to several defense projects undertaken by different companies in Turkey and he was the General Co-Chair for the 16th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2013) that was held in Istanbul, Turkey between 9-12 July 2013. His research interests include Kalman filtering multitarget multi-sensor tracking, detection and estimation, cognitive radar, passive network sensing, free space optical communication, data fusion, data association, fault detection, estimation, radar signal post processing.


Prof. Asim Egemen Yilmaz (University of Ankara)

Asim Egemen YILMAZ was born in 1975. He received his B.Sc. degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering and Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University in 1997. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from the same university in 2000 and 2007, respectively. Between 1996-2009, he worked for several defence industry and consumer electronics companies in various positions. Since 2009, he has been with the Dept. of Electrical-Electronics Engineering in Ankara University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include computational electromagnetics, nature-inspired optimization algorithms, knowledge-based systems; more generally software development processes and methodologies. Dr. Yilmaz has co-authored more than 150 technical papers in his areas of interest, and he is an editorial board member of several journals such as Radioengineering, Journal of Software and International Journal of Lean Thinking.


Module 4: Machine Learning

Prof. Lyudmila Mihaylova (University of Sheffield)

Dr Lyudmila Mihaylova is Associate Professor (Reader in Advanced Signal Processing and Control) at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. She is pursuing research in the areas of nonlinear filtering, data mining and machine learning with applications to various systems such as navigation, surveillance, communications, and network systems. Current research includes topics such as: i) statistical inference, estimation, decision making and related problems such as group and extended object tracking, ii) localisation in wireless sensor networks, advanced parallelised methods, iii) video analytics and iv) interval models and methods. Dr Mihaylova and her group developed novel sequential Monte Carlo and sensor data fusion methods, e.g. for high dimensional systems (including for vehicular traffic flow estimation, for image and video processing), and sensor networks. On these areas she published two edited books, book chapters and numerous journal and conference papers (more than 135 publications). She was the Academic chair of Fusion’ 2010, the Liaison chair for Fusion 2012, the co-chair of IET Sensor Data Fusion and Target Tracking Workshops 2012 and 2014, and has been organising many other events. Dr. Mihaylova is the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Transportation Journal and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and of the Elsevier Signal Processing Journal. Dr. Mihaylova is a member of the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF), on the Board of directors of ISIF and a Senior IEEE member.