Marco Patella got his Laurea Degree (with honors) in Electronic
Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) on December 9,
1993, and received the Ph. D. in Electronic and Computer
Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) on February 17,
Since 2006 he is an associate professor at DISI (Department of
Computer Science and Engineering), University of Bologna, school of
In 2003, invited by prof. Edgar Chávez, he spent a three months
period at the l'Universidad Michoacana San Nicolás de Hidalgo in
Morelia (Mexico), to perform research in the field of searching
algorithms in metric spaces; he also held a course for Ph.D.
students of the Engineering faculty in the same university.
His scientific research activity primarily focuses on query
processing issues in multimedia databases. In this context, he
achieved relevant results in the design and theoretical analysis of
access methods and in the creation of query processing algorithms.
More recently, he also performed research in the fields of
information retrieval in image databases, Data Mining, and semantic
querying in peer-to-peer networks. Marco Patella is one of the
developers of M-tree which is widely recognized as the
state-of.the-art reference for metric spaces indexing methods.
He has been the reviewer for several top journals in the field
of computer science and participated in many program committees for
national and international conferences. Since 2008 he is permanent
member of the program committee of the international conference on
"Similarity Search and Applications", for which in 2010 he served
as program chair and proceedings editor. In 2010 he was also
proceedings chair for the ACM Multimedia international
The relevance of his research activity is also testified by the
over 30 articles published in top international journals, like IEEE
Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence or ACM
Transactions on Database Systems, or presented in several
Marco Patella participated to several national and european
projects, like “HERMES”, EC-funded project dealing with systems for
the efficient management of multimedia data; “PANDA”, EC-funded
project about the management of information obtained through Data
Mining processes; “Algoritmos de Busqueda en Espacios Metricos”,
funded by CONACyT (national Mexican research agency); “WISDOM”,
Italian project dealing with semantic queries in peer-to-peer
networks. He was the main responsible of the Bologna research unit
in the Italian PRIN project CoOPERARE.
Finally, Marco Patella has been a lecturer for Laurea Courses in
Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering of
the University of Bologna, helding courses on Fundamentals of
Computer Science, Advanced Database Systems, Information Systems
for Decision Making, and DataBase Technologies.