Massimo Ferri was born in Bologna (Italy) on June 30, 1950.
SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION. The scientific activity of M. Ferri is
framed in the following research groups:
He has had the scientific responsibility of the following research
- Project ADAM of the European Union for early automatic
diagnosis of melanoma.
- Project "Geometry and topology of robot vision" of the Italian
- Agreement with Elsag (Genova, I) for research in robot
- Agreement with ENEL-CRA for research in robot navigation.
- Project of the Univ. of Bologna "Advanced aids for handicapped
The activity has expressed itself mainly in the redaction of the
separately listed publications.
A first part of those papers deals with the topology of
piecewise-linear manifolds, by means of the concepts of "contracted
triangulation" and "crystallization"; three papers treat the
relations between groups and graphs.
A second part is devoted to geometric and topological methods for
computer vision: projective geometry for pose estimation of
objects, differential geometry for robot navigation, size theory
for shape recognition.
RESEARCH SUPERVISION. Since 1981 M. Ferri temporarily supervised
the research of G. De Paris, A. Donati and A. Cere` and (also for
their Ph. D. research activity) of Drs. P. Frosini, M. Mulazzani,
M. d'Amico, D. Giorgi, B. Di Fabio, N. Cavazza.
OTHER ACTIVITIES OF SCIENTIFIC CHARACTER.
Scientific and teaching collaboration at the Mathematics
Institute of the Erlangen-Nürnberg University (Sept. 1, 1979 -
March 3, 1980).
Course of Differential Topology of The National Institute of High
Mathematics "F. Severi" (Bologna, academic year 1981-'82).
Summer course of Combinatorial Topology and research activity at
the Pernambuco Federal University (Recife, BR, Jan. 3 - Feb 3,
Lectures of Algebraic Topology at the Ph. D. courses of Florence
(acad. year 1985-'86) and of Bologna (since the academic year
Ph. D. course in Vision Mathematics at the University of Nantes
(F), july 2000.
Lectures at the European Ph. D. course in Information Technology of
ARCES, Bologna (academic years 2004-'05 and 2005-'06).
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Mathematical
Union for the periods 2000-2003 and 2006-2009. Referee for several
periodicals of mathematics and computer vision. Member of the
Scientific Committee of several conferences and of the Bollettino
dell'Unione Matematica Italiana.
- Oct. 15, 1974 - May 15, 1980 (After the national service
accomplished as a cadet and as Second Leutenant of Heavy Artillery)
Various grants from CNR and Ministry of Education, at the
Universities of Modena and Bologna.
- May 16, 1980 - Febr. 1, 1981 Assistant of Algebra at the
Science Faculty of Modena University.
- Febr. 2, 1981 - Oct. 31, 1983 Full professor of Geometry at the
Engineering Faculty of Napoli University.
- Nov. 1, 1983 Transferred to Bologna University, Engineering
Faculty. Member of the Department of Mathematics.
"Laurea" (at that time the only university degree) in
Mathematics obtained at the University of Modena on June 27, 1973
cum laude (Thesis: "Planarity of graphs associated with groups";
advisor: G. Gemignani). While preparing the thesis, he received a
grant from the CNR (National Research Council).
M. Sc. Course in Mathematics at the University of Warwick (GB):
October 1976 - September 1977 (Dissertation: "Equivalences of
Heegaard splittings"; advisor: C. Rourke). He received a grant from
the CNR for studies abroad.