Curriculum Vitae

Bits of information about my scientific experience.

Short Biography

I graduated in Computer Science at the University of Catania, Italy, in 2001. During my MSc thesis I worked at the STMicorelectronics, a world leading semiconductor company, on image compression and JPEG2000, and pre-processing to compression. My thesis was awarded as one of the three best master theses of 2001 in the Catania site of STMicroelectronics.
In 2002, I moved to Pisa, Italy (University of Pisa and National Research Council) for my Ph.D. on automatic 3D-scanning technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. In this period, I was involved in the restoration of the Michelangelo’s David (supporting the restorers’ work with tools for visualization, indexing, and integration of digital data from different sources with the Stanford 3D model of the statue) and in a project of automatic acquisition and reproduction (rapid prototyping) of artworks by means of 3D-scanning technologies and an automatic positioning system (a robot arm). I got my Ph.D. in 2005 with a thesis on automatic 3D model acquisition using a laser scanner.
From 2004 to 2006, I worked at the University of Trieste, Italy, as a (sort of) post-doc researcher.
From the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2008 I served as a post-doc at the University of Catania, Italy.
I currently hold a permanent position in the research staff of CoRFiLaC (Ragusa, Italy).
My main research interests include segmentation and analysis of medical and food images, such as SEM micrographs, X-ray images of dairy products, and various applications to biology.
I am a reviewer for a number scientific international journals and I am in the program committee of several international conferences.


Master Degree

Master (Italian Laurea) in Computer Science, Università di Catania, 2001.
Thesis title: Lo Standard Jpeg2000: Applicazioni ed Estensioni (The Standard Jpeg2000: Applications and Extensions).
Developed at the STMicorelectronics, Catania Site (supervisors: G. Gallo and S. Battiato), awarded as one of the best three theses in the Catania Site of STM in 2001.

Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Pisa. Thesis title: Automatic Planning and Acquisition of 3D Models and Applications (supervisors: R. Scopigno and P. Cignoni, VCG, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, ITALY).

Main Post-Graduate Courses

  • Metodi di Analisi ed Elaborazione delle Immagini Digitali (Methods of Analysis and Processing of Digital Images), S.Marco D'Alunzio, Italy, 4-9 June 2001
  • 14th International School for Computer Science Researchers on Software Engineering, Lipari, Italy, 30 June - 13 July 2002
  • BISS 2003: Bertinoro International Spring School for Graduate Studies in Computer Science, Bertinoro, Italy, 3-14 March 2003
  • 9th Annual EPSRC Summer School on Computer Vision, Guildford, UK, 23-27 June 2003
  • A Short Course on Robot Motion Planning: Overview, State of the Art and Recent Advances, Verona, Italy, 17-19 July, 2003
  • Winter School 2004/05 of the Eurographics, Italian Chapter, Pisa, Italy, 17-18 February, 2005
  • ICVSS 2007: International Computer Vision Summer School, Sampieri, Italy, 9-14 July 2007.
  • ICVSS 2008: International Computer Vision Summer School, Sampieri, Italy, 14-19 July 2008.
  • CIME course: Level Set and PDE based Reconstruction Methods: Applications to Inverse Problems and Image Processing, Cetraro, Italy, 8-13 September 2008.


Research Interests

Past projects

Invited Seminars

  1. Unconstrained Machine-Aided 3D Shape Acquisition, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 5 April, 2004.
  2. JPEG2000 - Why a new standard?, University of Milan, Crema, Italy, 13 December, 2004.
  3. 3D Model Acquisition, University , Naples, Italy, 4 July, 2005.
  4. Biologically-Inspired Machine Colour Rendering, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy, 1 March, 2007.
  5. 3D Scanning for planning in mastectomy surgery (in 3D laser scanning day), University of Catania, Catania, Italy, 4 July, 2007.
  6. The influence of Archimedes of Syracuse in the foundations of computer science (Seminar Series on Archimedes of Syracuse), Istituto Tecnico Commerciale, Syracuse, Italy, 2008.
  7. From lab to real-life problems: possible applications of Level Sets, CIME course, Cetraro, Italy, 11 September, 2008.


  1. M. Caccamo, G. Impoco, L. Tuminello, G. Licitra, Quantitative analysis of cheese microstructure by scanning electron microscope images. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2006 Joint Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA, 9-13, July, 2006.
  2. M. Caccamo, G. Impoco, F. Zanini, G. Tromba, P. Campo, S. Carpino, G. Licitra, New alternative approaches to study cheese microstructure. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2007 Joint Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA, 8-12, July, 2007.
  3. G. Impoco, L. Tuminello, N. Fucà, M. Caccamo, G. Licitra, Automatic detection of microstructural features using a statistical Image Processing method. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2009 Joint Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 12-16, July, 2009.
  4. G. Impoco, N. Fucà, G. Licitra, Quantitative Analysis of the Distribution of Fat Globules in Milk. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 11-15 July, 2010.
  5. G. Impoco, L. Tuminello, M. Caccamo, G. Licitra, Segmentation of Scanning Electron Microscopy Images Using Incremental Learning. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 11-15 July, 2010.
  6. G. Impoco, C. Pasta, G. Portelli, G. Marino, M. Caccamo, S. Carpino, G. Licitra, An X-Ray System to Assess Ragusano P.D.O. Quality. In proceedings of ADSA - ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 11-15 July, 2010.
  7. N. Fucà, G. Impoco, M. Caccamo, G. Licitra, Measuring milk treatments and storage temperature effects on fat globules aggregation. In proceedings of ADSA-ASAS 2011 Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 10-14, July, 2011.
  8. N. Fucà, C. Pasta, G. Impoco, M. Caccamo, G. Licitra, Microstructural properties of milk fat globules. In proceedings of IDF Summilk, Parma, Italy, 15-19 October, 2011.

Current Position

I currently hold a permanent position in the research staff of CoRFiLaC (Ragusa, Italy).