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Alessandro Bevilacqua

Assistant professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-INF/05 Information Processing Systems

Curriculum vitae


Alessandro Bevilacqua graduated in Computer Science in 1995 with an experimental Thesis work in the field of Numerical Analysis, aiming at studying and developing innovative parallel algorithms for astronomical image restoration. In 2002 he received the PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Bologna, defending a dissertation on motion analysis algorithms for automatic event detection in video sequences. Since 2005 he serves as Assistant Professor at DISI (School of Engineering and Architecture), University of Bologna.


From 1995 to 1997 Alessandro Bevilacqua had been involved in the research activities of the Numerical Analysis Group the Department of Mathematics of the University of Bologna for medical and astronomical image restoration, by using parallel and distributed MIMD architectures (e.g., Transputer networks, Network of Workstations, the CRAY T3E). In 1996 Alessandro Bevilacqua cooperated with the CNR (National Research Center), where he developed methods and algorithms for radiographic image analysis. In 1997 he joined the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) where, together with other researchers, started the Medical Image Group (MIG), still existing. The research topics regarded the application of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) to 2-D and 3-D real time reconstruction of medical images coming from radiographic (mammography), tomographic and emission devices (CT, PET, SPECT), even by exploiting parallel and distributed high performance architectures. This activity led to the first European prototypic system for Computed Aided Diagnosis to classify microcalcifications in digital mammography and to two patents. In 1997 he also joined the HPCN (High Performance Computing Network) group of the ENEA (National Agency for Energy and Environment) of Bologna where in the next two years he developed the first PET image reconstruction algorithms based on parallel ANN implemented on the ENEA's APE100 parallel computer (a SIMD architecture endowed with 128 PE's). In 1999 he spent a six-month period at the Brown University (Providence, RI, USA), invited by Prof. Leon Cooper (Nobel Prize for Physics – 1972) to join the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems to carry out researches concerning the BCM ANN and its applications to medical, aerial and satellite image analysis and reduction of feature dimension. In 2000 he started the Computer Vision Group (CVG), that he is currently leading, by the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS) of Bologna. So far, about 25 researchers have worked in the CVG, including professors, academic researchers and fellows, besides last year students. A system to characterize the skin surface through capacitive image analysis and a system for scene understanding and tracking and analysis of people behavior are among the most significant outcome of the CVG's research activities. In 2000 Alessandro Bevilacqua started cooperating with the Clinic Biochemical Research Center of the "S. Orsola" Academic Hospital of the University of Bologna, to develop algorithms for reconstruction and analysis of Magnetic Resonance images and spectrographic data. In 2001 he coordinated a two-year project funded by the National Institute for Biostructures and Biosystems (INBB) to develop a method exploiting non-supervised neural networks to accurate motion detection for visual surveillance systems. In 2002 he joined ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems) where he has started, and he is currently leading, the Research Unit for Computer Vision whose research topics are computational methods for pattern recognition, image analysis and scene understanding.

In 2004 he coordinated at ARCES the software-team 5-year Project DERMOCAL (DEvice for skin suRface MOrphologiCal anALysis), aiming at developing a portable capacitive device capable to infer skin aging on the basis of the automatic analysis of the topographical features extracted from capacitive skin images.

Since 2005 he has been the scientific coordinator in several research Projects supported with public Italian or European grants, or private funds, in the security, aerospace, biomedical and agriculture fields, in collaboration with public bodies (e.g. Italian Space Agency, ETH in Zürich) as well as with private companies (e.g. Nexion spa [IT], Syngenta spa [CH]). In addition, he has led several Projects in the biomedical field, in collaboration with foreign (e.g. Beaujon Academic Hospital [FR]) and Italian (e.g, IRCCS –IRST, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli) Hospitals to carry out translational researches in the oncologic field.

Alessandro Bevilacqua has also well-established collaborations with leading industries in manufacturing and ICT sectors to develop industrial prototypes in the biomedical fields, automotive, agriculture, augmented and mixed reality and, in general, defect analysis and quality control of processes and products, based on real-time image analysis, also with mobile devices, for automatic objects measurement, recognition and classification.


Alessandro Bevilacqua has authored more than 197 works, including extended works published in referred international (52) and national (1) Journals, international conference proceedings (64), book’s chapters (9), abstracts in national (29) and international (38) conference proceedings, besides 4 Patents (1 international, 1 European, 2 Italian). He also been serving as a Reviewer to the most important Journals in the Computer Vision area, including Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Transactions on Image processing and Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, IEEE Access, European Radiology.


Since 2000 Alessandro Bevilacqua has taught courses by many Faculties of the University of Bologna in the fields of 2D and 3D Image Processing and Analysis, Medical and Biomedical Image Processing, Fundamentals of Computer Science and Logic Design.

He has supervised 8 PhD students, 6 post-doc and 12 research fellows, besides 60 BS and MS students in the field of Computer Vision, medical and biomedical imaging in the Degrees of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical engineering.


Alessandro Bevilacqua has served several times as a member or the President of the board of examiners in open competitions for PhD final examination or candidate admittance, fellowships or research grant assignments.

Since 2007, he has been serving as a member of the Board of the European PhD Programme in Information Technology of the University of Bologna, until its termination in 2014.

Alessandro Bevilacqua has worked also as the scientific coordinator in several research projects supported with public Italian or European grants or funded by leading Italian or foreign companies.