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Lamberto Ballan is an Associate Professor of computer science at University of Padova, Italy, where he leads the Visual Intelligence and Machine Perception (VIMP) group. Previously, he was a senior postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and University of Florence, Italy, supported by a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission. He received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering in 2006 and 2011, both from the University of Florence, and was also a visiting scholar at the Signal and Image Processing department at Telecom Paristech, France, in 2010. His primary research area is computer vision, closely integrated with applied machine learning and multimedia, specifically focused on exploiting big data for visual recognition problems. The main aim of his current research is on designing learning algorithms that make the most effective use of prior and contextual knowledge in the presence of sparse and noisy data. Dr. Ballan has published more than 70 papers in the most prestigious journals and conferences in computer vision, pattern recognition, multimedia and image processing. His papers have been cited more than 4000 times (H-index 29) and he received the IVC best paper award 2021. He is an ELLIS member since 2021.


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Office hours

  • Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
    at Torre Archimede (Ufficio / Room 6CD3)
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Research Area

Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia

Thesis proposals

I am always looking for motivated students interested in computer vision and artificial intelligence for collaboration in research projects, thesis or internships. Please drop me an email if interested.