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Conference Chair

Sebastiano Battiato
University of Catania

Brief Bio
Sebastiano Battiato is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Catania. He received his degree in Computer Science (summa cum laude) in 1995 from the University of Catania and his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Naples in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 he was the leader of the “Imaging” team at STMicroelectronics in Catania. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Catania in 2004 (respectively as assistant professor, associate professor in 2011 and full professor in 2016). He has been Chairman of the Undergraduate Progra m in Computer Science (2012-2017), and Rector's delegate for Education: postgraduates and Phd (2013-2016). He is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the PhD Program in Computer Science at the University of Catania. He is involved in research and directorship of the IPLab research lab ( He coordinates IPLab’s participation on large scale projects funded by national and international funding bodies, as well as by private companies. Prof. Battiato has participated as principal investigator in many international and national research projects. His research interests include Computer Vision, Imaging technology and Multimedia Forensics. He has edited 6 books and co-authored about 200 papers in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters and has also been a guest editor of several special issues published in International Journals. He is also co-inventor of 22 international patents, reviewer for several international journals, and has been a regular member of numerous international conference committees. He has been the Chair of several international events (ICIAP 2017, VINEPA 2016, ACIVS 2015, VAAM2014-2015-2016, VISAPP2012-2015, IWCV2012, ECCV2012, ICIAP 2011, ACM MiFor 2010-2011, SPIE EI Digital Photography 2011-2012-2013, etc.). He is an associate editor of the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging and of the IET Image Processing Journal. He is Director (and Co-Founder) of the International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS), Sicily, Italy. He is the recipient of the 2017 PAMI Mark Everingham Prize for the series of annual ICVSS schools and of the 2011 Best Associate Editor Award of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. He is a IEEE senior member. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Francisco Imai
Apple Inc.
United States

Brief Bio
Dr. Francisco Imai is Color Imaging Fellow working for Apple Inc. in Cupertino, CA, USA. After finishing his Ph. D. in Imaging Science at Chiba University, Japan he joined the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, USA first as a post-doctoral fellow and later as senior color scientist. After working in spectral imaging capture and reproduction applied to museum imaging, Dr. Imai joined industry, first at Pixim, Inc. in Mountain View as a senior color scientist and afterwards the Computer Science Laboratory at Samsung R&D Center in San Jose, CA. In 2009 he joined Canon Development Americas Inc. in San Jose as a principal scientist and later manager and subsequently director of the computational imaging department at the Canon U.S.A. Inc. Innovation Center. Dr. Imai has authored in several book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers and conferences in the fields of color and spectral imaging. Dr. Imai has also been actively involved in conference organization by being the General Chair of Digital Photography Conference of SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging in 2010 and 2011, the General Chair of IS&T/SID Color and Imaging Conference in 2010, the General Chair of OSA Imaging Systems and Applications in 2013, Chair of the International Symposium Multispectral Color Science (MCS) in 2005, 2006 and 2012, Technical Program Chair for IS&T/SID Color and Imaging Conference in 2009, Area co-chair for VISAPP in 2013 and 2014, program chair for VISAPP from 2015 to 2018, review committee member for ICCV 2011, CVPR 2011, ICIAP 2011, AIC 2005 and 2013, CCIW 2013, CGIV 2012, 2010 and 2008, Italian Color Conference, Spanish Color Conference and member of the MCS steering committee since 2006. Dr. Imai is the recipient of Itek Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in recognition of the Outstanding Student Paper published by the Society. Dr. Imai became a fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in 2013 for significant contributions to the advancement of color reproduction and multispectral imaging. Dr. Imai was in the board of directors of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology as Conference Vice-President from July 2015 to June 2019. ... More >>

Cosimo Distante

Brief Bio
Cosimo Distante received the master in Computer Science at the University Bari, and PhD in Material Engineering at University of Salento (Italy). His main expertise are in the field of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Dr. Distante joined the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1998. Dr. Distante joined in 2001 the Italian National Research Council of Italy CNR. Since 2003 he is Contract Professor for Computer Vision in Computer Engineering at the University of the Salento IT. He is general chair of ACIVS, AVSS, ICIAP2021 and program committee of CVPR, ECCV, ICCV. He is unit manager of CNR-ISASI.