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Prof. Roberto Cipolla


Roberto Cipolla

Professor of Information Engineering

Academic Division: Information Engineering

Research group: Machine Intelligence (Head of Group)

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32849



Research interests

Professor Cipolla's research interests include:

3D Shape from Uncalibrated Images

  • Structure and Motion from outlines
  • Multiview stereo with volumetric graph-cuts
  • Multiview photometric stereo
  • Realtime non-rigid photometric stereo from video
  • Single View Reconstruction

Object Detection and Recognition

  • Contour-based learning for realtime object detection
  • Object category detection and segmentation
  • Face recognition from image sets

Video Segmentation

  • Video segmentation and label propagation
  • Action recognition with canonical correlations
  • Detection of people in crowds

Computer Vision for Human-Computer Interaction

  • Hand detection and tracking
  • Human pose detection and tracking
  • Realtime gesture recognition

Visually Guided Robotics

  • Visual localisation
  • Target recognition in UAVs
  • Realtime visual tracking

Applications of Computer Vision

  • Computer vision and AR on mobile phones
  • Content-based image and video retrieval
  • Visual inspection in ageing infrastructure

Teaching activity

  • IB Paper 8: Information Engineering Elective
  • 4F12 Computer Vision and Robotics
  • IA Software Design Laboratories
  • IB Computing Exercises Laboratories

Other positions

  • Director of Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory
  • Director of International Summer School on Computer Vision
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the British Machine Vision Association
  • Fellow (FIET) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Member of the Cambridge Language Sciences Initiative