Piercarlo Dondi

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Curriculum vitae


Piercarlo Dondi has obtained the master's degree in Computer Engineering in April 2008 at University of Pavia; in January 2012 he completed the PhD in Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering with a thesis entitled "Multichannel Integration for Real-Time Multimedia Applications". In 2012 he worked at University of Pavia, with Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory and DCA (Digital Content Analysis) Laboratory, in projects regarding DB analysis (in collaboration with INAZ) and the creation of usable interfaces for simplifying the analysis of DVB data streams (in collaboration with SKY Italia). From 2013 to 2014 he collaborated with Telecommunications & Remote Sensing Laboratory of Pavia on the implementation of image analysis algorithms for the extraction of urban areas on Landsat images, using the Google Earth Engine platform (project founded by Google Foundation). Since July 2014 he carries out scientific research at the Arvedi Laboratory of non-invasive diagnostics in Cremona, focusing on the acquisition and the elaboration of images and 3D models of string musical instruments.

His current research activities involve:
- computer vision algorithms applied to cultural heritage;
- analysis of UV fluorescence images of historical instruments;
- image analysis of ancient manuscripts;
- 3D scan and modeling;
- study of usable interfaces for improving data visualization;
- eye tracking.

He also worked on:
- real-time segmentation and tracking;
- integration of multiple video stream (in particular depth and color) for multimedia applications, including human-computer interaction and augmented reality;
- parallel algorithms on GPU (with Nvidia CUDA architecture) for video and image editing (e.g. compression, filtering);
- analysis of remote sensing data on Google Earth Engine.


  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Claudia Invernizzi, Tommaso Rovetta, Marco Malagodi and Maurizio Licchelli (2017), "Automatic analysis of UV induced fluorescence imagery of historical violins", Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH), Volume 10, Issue 2, March 2017, ACM New York, NY, USA, article 12, DOI:10.1145/3051472.
  • Giusj Valentina Fichera, Piercarlo Dondi, Maurizio Licchelli, Luca Lombardi, Stefano Ridolfi, and Marco Malagodi (2016), "A combined approach for the attribution of handwriting:the case of Antonio Stradivari’s manuscripts", Applied Physics A, Vol. 122, Issue 11, November 2016, article 970, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-016-0497-6.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Marco Malagodi and Maurizio Licchelli (2016), "Measuring Stradivari violin 'Cremonese' (1715) by 3D Modeling", in Proocedings of 2nd IMEKO International Conference of Metrology of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (MetroArcheo 2016), pp. 29-33, IMEKO, Torino 19-21 October 2016, ISBN: 978-92-990075-4-9.
  • Tommaso Rovetta, Alessandra Chiapparini, Piercarlo Dondi, Giusj Valentina Fichera, Claudia Invernizzi, Marco Malagodi and Maurizio Licchelli (2016), "Metodi analitici non invasivi per lo studio dei materiali degli strumenti musicali antichi", in Archeomatica, anno VII, number 2, , July 2016, pp. 20-25.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Marco Malagodi and Maurizio Licchelli (2016), "Automatic identification of varnish wear on historical instruments: The case of Antonio Stradivari violins", Journal of Cultural Heritage, Elsevier, Vol 22 (Nov-Dec 2016), pp. 968-973, DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2016.05.010.
  • Luca Lombardi, Piercarlo Dondi (2016), "Interazione gestuale / Gesture-Based Interaction" , book chapter in "Pavia, la Battaglia, il Futuro. 1525-2015 Niente fu come prima. CVML e SMART Lab alla Mostra / Pavia, the Battle, the Future. 1525-2015 Nothing was the same again. CVML and SmartLab at the exhibition, Pavia University Press", Cantoni et al. eds. pp. 23-29, ISBN: 978-88-6952-035-8.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Marco Malagodi, Maurizio Licchelli, and Fausto Cacciatori (2015), "Color-based automatic detection of worn out varnishes on Stradivari's 'Scotland University' violin back plate", Color Research & Application, Wiley Periodica, Volume 41, Issue 3, December 2015, pp. 313–316, DOI: 10.1002/col.22012.
  • Luigi Cinque, Alessandro Danani, Piercarlo Dondi, and Luca Lombardi (2015), "Real-Time Foreground Segmentation with Kinect Sensor", Image Analysis and Processing - ICIAP 2015, Proceedings Part II of 18th International Conference, Genoa, Italy, September 7-11, 2015, Volume 9280 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer International Publishing, pp 56-65. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23234-8_6.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Marco Malagodi, Maurizio Licchelli, Tommaso Rovetta and Claudia Invernizzi (2015), "An Interactive Tool for Speed up the Analysis of UV Images of Stradivari Violins" New Trends in Image Analysis and Processing, Proceedings of ICIAP 2015 International Workshops, Genoa, Italy, September 7-8, 2015, Volume 9281 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer International Publishing, pp 103-110. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-23222-5_13.
  • Marco Malagodi, Tommaso Rovetta, Piercarlo Dondi, Claudia Invernizzi, Giusj Valentina Fichera and Maurizio Licchelli (2015), "La materia del Cremonese", book chapter in Il Cremonese 1715-2015, 300° anniversario, Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Claudia Invernizzi, Maurizio Licchelli, Luca Lombardi, Marco Malagodi and Tommaso Rovetta (2015), "Semi-automatic system for UV images analysis of historical musical instruments", Proc. SPIE 9527, Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology V, 95270H, Munich, 24-25 June 2015. DOI: 10.1117/12.2184744
  • Giovanna Trianni, Gianni Lisini, Emanuele Angiuli, E. Andreas Moreno, Piercarlo Dondi, Alessandro Gaggia and Paolo Gamba (2015), "Scaling up to National/Regional Urban Extent Mapping Using Landsat Data", Selected Topics in IEEE Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol.8, issue 7, July 2015, pp. 3710 - 3719. DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2398032.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi and Marco Porta (2014), "Development of gesture-based HCI applications by fusion of depth and colour video streams", IET Computer Vision, Volume 8, Issue 6, December 2014, pp. 568-578. DOI: 10.1049/iet-cvi.2013.0323,
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi and Luigi Cinque (2013), "Multisubjects Tracking by Time-of-Flight Camera", in Proceedings of 17th International Conference of Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP 2013), Napoli, Italy, 9-13 September 2013, Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 8156, pp. 692-701. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41181-6_70
  • Luigi Cinque, Piercarlo Dondi, and Luca Lombardi (2013), "Automatic Regions of Interest Selection by Image Matting Fusing Depth and Color Data Streams", in Proceedings of 2nd International Workshop on Video and Image Ground Truth in Computer Vision Applications (VIGTA 2013), ACM International Conference Proceedings Series, St. Petersburg, Russia, 15 July 2013. DOI: 10.1145/2501105.2501108
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi, Andrea LaRosa and Luigi Cinque (2013), "Automatic image matting fusing Time-of-Flight and color cameras data streams", in Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP 2013), Barcelona, Spain, 21-24 Feb. 2013, Vol. 1, pp. 231-237, ISBN: 978-989856547-1.
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi and Marco Porta (2011), "Gesture Recognition by Data Fusion of Time-of-Flight and Color Cameras". In Proceedings of ICMVIPPA 2011 - International Conference on Machine Vision, Image Processing and Pattern Analysis, Venice (IT), Nov 28-30 2011 (pp. 1954-1959).
  • Invited contributions to Encyclopedia of Systems Biology, Springer, ISBN: 978-1-4419-9864-4 , April 2013:
    - Essays: Piercarlo Dondi and Luca Lombardi. "High Performance Computing for Structural Biology".
    - Definitions: "GPU" .
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi and Marco Porta (2011), "Human-Computer Interaction through Time-of-Flight and RGB Cameras". In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Image Analysis and Processing, ICIAP 2011, Ravenna (IT), Sep. 14-16 (vol. II, pp. 89-98). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24088-1_10
  • Piercarlo Dondi, Luca Lombardi and Luigi Cinque (2011), "RDVideo: A New Lossless Video Codec on GPU. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Image Analysis and Processing, ICIAP 2011, Ravenna (IT), Sep. 14-16 (vol. II, pp. 158-167). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24088-1_17
  • Piercarlo Dondi and Luca Lombardi (2011), "Fast Real-Time Segmentation and Tracking of Multiple Subjects by Time-of-Flight Camera". In Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, VISAPP 2011, Vilamoura, Algarve (PT). Mar 5-7, 2011, (pp. 582-587).
  • Luca Bianchi, Piercarlo Dondi, Riccardo Gatti, Luca Lombardi and Paolo Lombardi (2009), "Evaluation of a foreground segmentation algorithm for 3D camera sensor". In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Image Analysis and Processing. ICIAP 2009. Vietri sul Mare (IT), Sep 8-11, 2009 (pp. 797-805). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04146-4_85

  • Graduation Thesis

    Graduation thesis followed as assistant supervisor:

    Feb 2012 - Molinari Matteo "Image Visualizer - Progetto di un visualizzatore di immagini tridimensionali"
    Ott 2011 - Andrea La Rosa (Univerisity "La Sapienza" of Rome): "Matting automatico basato sulla combinazione di telecamere Time-of-Flight e a colori"
    Jul 2015 - Rocca Irene "Navigazione gestuale in una collezione di foto di violini Stradivari"
    Apr 2015 - Thomas Lacovara "Creazione di modelli 3D di strumenti musicali storici"
    Feb 2012 - Bini Paolo "Realtà aumentata tramite integrazione di una telecamera Time of Flight ed una telecamera a colori"