Previous Speakers in ICMV




















Prof. Pietro Ferraro
Institute of Applied Sciences & Intelligent Systems Campi Flegrei, Italy
(SPIE Fellow, H-index: 64)

Dr. Pietro Ferraro received the doctor of Physics degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy, in 1987. Soon after he joined Aeritalia-Alenia Aeronautics (the major Aerospace company in Italy) as researcher to develop applied research in Optical Non-Destructive Testing of carbon fiber materials. He has been Principal Investigator (PI) (1991-1993) on behalf of Composite Materials Research Center of Alenia for two R&D Projects in the frame of a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) between Finmeccanica (Roma) and United Technologies Research Center, Electronics & Photonics Group (Directed by Dr. A.J. De Maria), East Hartford, CT (USA). The two research projects were on “Non destructive testing of large composite aircraft structures by Holography methods” (PI for UTRC Dr. Karl A. Stetson) and “Fiber Optic Bragg Grating Sensors” (PI for UTRC Dr. J. R. Dunphy). During this cooperation he contributed to pioneering work on Fiber Bragg Grating for strain sensing, development of related instrumentations and optical fiber emebedding process in composite materials for which 3 patents were awarded jointly to Finmeccanica and UTRC. In 1993 he joined Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) Optics Group at Institute of Cybernetics, Pozzuoli (Napoli), Italy as Associate Researcher to develop interferometric and holographic methods for testing and characterization of optical components and materials. In 2001 he joined as Researcher the CNR–Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems, Napoli. In 2003 he joined National Institute for Applied Optics (INOA) as Senior Research Scientist. Since 2005 he is Head of the Research Line and Group on behalf of CNR in Optical diagnostics, Interferometric and Microscopy.


Prof. Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang
State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
(IEEE Fellow, H-index: 52)

Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang is a professor at Computer Science Department, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), USA. He received a B.S. in Electronics Engineering (with Honors), an M.S. in Information Sciences, both from Zhejiang University, China, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. He was on the faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at SUNY Buffalo, before he joined the faculty of Computer Science at SUNY Binghamton. He is the author or co-author of the very first monograph on multimedia data mining and the very first monograph on relational data clustering. He has published over 200 papers in the premier venues in his areas. He holds more than thirty inventions, has served as members of organization committees of several premier international conferences in his areas, and as editorial board members for several international journals. He served as a French CNRS Chair Professor of Computer Science at the University of Lille 1 in France, a JSPS Fellow at Chuo University in Japan, a QiuShi Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in China, as well as several visiting professorships at many universities and research labs in the world when he was on leave from Binghamton University years ago. He received many honors including SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities, SUNY Chancellor’s Promising Inventor Award, and best paper awards from several premier conferences in his areas. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IAPR, and AAIA.

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers
ProxiVision GmbH, Germany
(Managing Director and Shareholder (CEO))

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers studied Electrical Engineering and Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. His industrial career started in 1990 in the automotive supply industry. He then got involved in the aeronautics and defence industry where he is today the CEO and shareholder of the companies ProxiVision GmbH and ASG Luftfahrttechnik & Sensorik GmbH. Here the main emphasis relates to the development and manufacture of new sensor and image processing systems. Prof. Ahlers is engaged in different organisations and associations. He holds the position of a Senator of the AiF in Berlin. He is the industrial vice president of Steinbeis Research and Technology Organization, Stuttgart, Germany, the President of the Aerospace Forum Baden Württemberg (Forum LR BW e.V.), and a Member of the Board of UBW (Unternehmer Baden-Württemberg, Association of Entrepreneurs) and furthermore he is the Chairman of the Research, Technology and Innovation working group at UBW. In Brussels, he is a member of the Supply Chain Commission at ASD (AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe). Since 2011, he holds the professorship at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.


Prof. Zhi-Hua Zhou
Nanjing University, China
(Fellow of the ACM, AAAI, AAAS, IEEE, IAPR, H-index 101)

About Prof. Zhi-Hua Zhou: He is a Professor, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence, and Founding Director of the LAMDA Group, Nanjing University. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining. He authored the books "Ensemble Methods: Foundations and Algorithms (2012)", "Machine Learning (in Chinese, 2016)", etc., and published more than 200 papers in top-tier international journals/conferences. According to Google Scholar, his publications have received 50,000+ citations, with an H-index of 101. He also holds 24 patents and has rich experiences in industrial applications. He has received awards including the National Natural Science Award of China, the IEEE CS Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award, ACML Distinguished Contribution Award, etc. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers of Computer Science, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Science China Information Sciences, and Action/Associate Editor of Machine Learning, IEEE PAMI, ACM TKDD, etc. He founded ACML (Asian Conference on Machine Learning) and served as Chair for many premier conferences, such as Program Chair of IJCAI 2021 and AAAI 2019, General Chair of ICDM 2016, Senior Area Chair of NeurIPS, etc. He is a Fellow of the ACM, AAAI, AAAS, IEEE, IAPR.

Prof. Aaron Hertzmann
Adobe Research, USA
(Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, H-index-59)

Aaron Hertzmann received a BA in computer science and art & art history from Rice University in 1996, and a PhD in computer science from New York University in 2001. He was a Professor at University of Toronto for 10 years, and has also worked at Pixar Animation Studios, University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, and Interval Research Corporation.

He is an Affiliate Professor at University of Washington, an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and the Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision.

For more information, see his:

Personal page
Complete list of publications (the list below is very incomplete)
List of past research projects by area




Plenary Speakers


Prof. Wolfgang Osten,
University of Stuttgart, Germany

About Prof. Wolfgang Osten: he received the MSc/Diploma in Physics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 1979. From 1979 to 1984 he was a member of the Institute of Mechanics in Berlin working in the field of experimental stress analysis and optical metrology. In 1983 he received the PhD degree from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg for his thesis in the field of holographic interferometry. From 1984 to 1991 he was employed at the Central Institute of Cybernetics and Information Processes ZKI in Berlin making investigations in digital image processing and computer vision. Between 1988 and 1991 he was heading the Institute for Digital Image Processing at the ZKI. In 1991 he joined the Bremen Institute of Applied Beam Technology (BIAS) to establish and to direct the Department Optical 3D-Metrology till 2002. Since September 2002 he has been a full professor at the University of Stuttgart and director of the Institute for Applied Optics. From 2006 till 2010 he was the vice rector for research and technology transfer of the Stuttgart University where he is currently the vice chair of the university council. His research work is focused on new concepts for industrial inspection and metrology by combining modern principles of optical metrology, sensor technology and image processing. Special attention is directed to the development of resolution enhanced technologies for the investigation of micro and nano structures.

Prof. Petia Radeva
University of Barcelona, Spain

About Prof. Petia Radeva: she completed her undergraduate study on Applied Mathematics at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1989. In 1996, she received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Vision at UAB. In 2007, she moved as Tenured Associate professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Department of Mathematics and Informatics, where from 2009 to 2013 she was Director of Computer Science Undergraduate Studies. Petia Radeva is Head of the Consolidated Group Computer Vision at the University of Barcelona (CVUB) at UB (www.ub.edu/cvub) and Head of the Medical Imaging Laboratory of Computer Vision Center (www.cvc.uab.es). Petia Radeva’s research interests are on Development of learning-based approaches (specially, deep learning) for computer vision, and their application to health. Currently, she is involved on projects that study the application of wearable cameras and life-logging, to extract visual diary of individuals to be used for memory reinforcement of patients with mental diseases (e.g. Mild cognitive impairment). Moreover, she is exploring how to extract semantically meaningful events that characterize lifestyle and healthy habits of people from egocentric data. She is associate editor of Pattern Recognition journal and International Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. She obtained the ICREA award from the Catalonian Government for her scientific merits in 2014, the international award “Aurora Pons Porrata” from CIARP in 2016 and the Prize “Antonio Caparrós” for the best technology transfer project of 2013.





Prof. Alexander Bernstein,
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia Federation

Professor Alexander Bernstein is a Principal Research Scientist in Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering. Prof. Bernstein started his career at the Research Institute of Automatic Equipment in 1969, where he was developing mathematical models and algorithms for computer networks. At the same time, he was engaged in mathematical statistics. For research in this field, he received the Candidate of Sciences Degree in Math from Steklov Mathematical Institute of USSR Academy of Sciences in 1973 and the Doctor of Sciences degree in Math in 1987 from the Department of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Moscow State University In the year of 1991, the Higher Attestation Commission awarded Alexander with the academic rank of Professor in the field of Intelligent Technologies and Systems. In 2002, Alexander joined the Software Engineering Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences to lead the projects in developing data analysis and applied mathematics software. Prior to joining Skoltech, Alexander held the positions of Chief Researcher at the Institute for System Analysis RAS and Lead Scientist in the Data Analysis Research Lab at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems RAS. At the same time, he had part-time full professor positions at National Research University Higher School of Economics and Moscow Institute of Physics and technology.



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