The Summer School is organized in two different Tracks:

  • a Standard Track on "Novel Signal Processing Algorithms and Techniques", comprising a set of five lectures on basic general issues of wide in signal processing, held by well-known experts in this field. The school will host a distinguished IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Akihiko K. Sugiyama, who will give a talk on 30 Years of Audio Coding: How we arrived at audio playback in iPhone and its underlying technology” on July 7th, 2014. Moreover, the school will also host two EURASIP seminars (under approval) given by Prof. Josef Kittler, who  will give a talk on Signal processing for anomaly detection (EURASIP Seminar) on July 8th, 2014, and by . Sergios Theodoridis, who will talk about Pattern Recognition: Principles and Beyond” (EURASIP Seminar) on July 11th, 2014;
  • a Special Track on “3D Content Information Processing. From Capture to Delivery, with a set of three lectures given by renowned experts in the field of 3D media processing.

Dr. Akihiko K. Sugiyama will also give a talk on "How to write a good paper efficiently" on July 8th, 2014, providing useful guidelines about to write an internship report or a paper for a conference in order to avoid common errors.

Following this talk, an excercise session where some reports prepared by school students will be analyzed and improved will be given on July 10th, 2014.

Moreover, each day after the lectures the speakers will be available for face-to-face discussions regarding the issues covered in their talks. The venue has been chosen to stimulate in this sense the interaction between the students and the speakers.

The students will have an active role in the activities of the School, through a demo/poster session in which they will have the opportunity to present their research activities. A certificate award will be given to the best presented demo during the social dinner on July 10th, 2014.

A final exam, in the form of a multiple choice test with a list of questions suggested by the lecturers, will be submitted in the last day of the school for allowing the students to earn academic credits associated to the attended summer school.

Standard Track - Lecturers

The Standard Track on "Novel Signal Processing Algorigthms and Techniques" comprises five lectures on basic general issues of wide in signal processing, taking place in the morning sessions of the school:

  • Monday 7th July 

30 Years of Audio Coding: How we arrived at audio playback in iPhone and its underlying technology

Dr. Akihiko K. Sugiyama (IEEE Distinguished Lecturer)
NEC Information and Media Processing Labs, Japan

Abstract: This lecture presents the 30-year history of audio coding technology. Starting with waveform coding, the basics of today’s transform coding is covered with some class work to give the students some flavor of research process. Recent standardization activities are briefly touched to show the unlimited potential of audio coding. An encounter of the Silicon Audio, developed in 1994 and the real ancestor of iPod, is the highlight of this lecture, which cannot be experienced elsewhere

  • Tuesday 8th July

Signal processing for anomaly detection

Prof. Josef Kittler (EURASIP Fellow)
Centre for vision, Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Abstract: An important capability of sensor based systems for monitoring, controlling, supporting human decision making, or even fully automatic operation is to detect anomalous situations, flagging an attention warranting event posing a threat or placing the operational system beyond the limits of its competence. With the ever increasing level of intelligence and functional sophistication of sensor based systems, anomaly detection has also grown in complexity, taking into account contextual information and multimodal input to detect anomalous events. However, by and large, the conceptual basis of existing anomaly detection systems to date draws on the conventional formulation of anomaly detection as an outlier detection problem. The course will discuss recent advances in the field, which engage more complex mechanisms for anomaly detection. Anomaly detection will be introduced as a problem in statistical hypothesis testing. An architecture of an anomaly detection system overcoming the deficiencies of outlier detection will then be presented. It involves a number of other essential mechanisms, including classifier incongruence detection, data quality assessment, classifier confidence, and model drift gauging. The discussion of classifier incongruence detection will cover histogram comparison and Bayesian surprise measures, as well as their estimation error sensitivity.

  • Wednesday 9th July

Video compression: from the beginning to the HEVC standard

Prof. Enrico Magli
Turin Polytechnic, Italy

Abstract: Video compression is used by billions of people to reduce the size of visual data and is one of the most important technologies in multimedia applications. This lecture will initially cover the fundamentals of video compression, including the transform and hybrid paradigms, and the main ideas behind motion estimation. Later, video compression standards will be addressed. A brief history of those standards will be presented, and H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC will be introduced. Finally, research perspectives will be discussed.

  • Thursday 10th July

Semantic Media Retrieval

Prof. Francesco G.B. De Natale
University of Trento, Italy

Abstract: Content-based media retrieval (CBMR) has been investigated for years as a new way to index and search multimedia contents in a more efficient and effortless way, removing (or reducing) the need of extensive annotation of every media item. CBMR however, showed great limitations, due to the limited capability of visual features to fully express the of relevant content a media object. This limitation is usually referred to as "semantic gap". In recent years, the semantic gap has been "attacked" in different ways, and in particular trying to introduce contextual information in CBRM. We can talk then of Content-and-context-based Media Retrieval. In this talk we will briefly review the history of content-based media retrieval, and we will then focus on some recent advancements in the field. In particular, we will show how the concept of "event" can be used to provide a context to multimedia data. We will also show how non-traditional approaches such as crowdsourcing and gamification can be used to open new ways in bridging the semantic gap.

  • Friday 11th July

Pattern Recognition: Principles and Beyond

Prof. Sergios Theodoridis (EURASIP Fellow)
University of Athens, Greece

Abstract: Pattern Recognition is an old discipline which is enjoying an aggressive revival of interest due to the new era of Information and Knowledge society and the ever increasing interest in Automation and Information Retrieval  applications, in Industry as well as in Internet and Social Networks. In this short course an overview of Pattern recognition Methods will be presented. The goal is to start from the basic principles and classical techniques and then slowly move on and present some of the more recent and cutting end research in this area. Topics to be touched upon are Bayesian Classifiers, Linear Classifiers, Nonlinear classifiers and Kernel Machines, Neural Networks and Deep Learning principles. Besides classifiers, the task of Feature Selection  as well as some principles concerning Unsupervised Learning (Clustering) will be reviewed.  

Special Track - Lecturers

The Special Track on "3D Content Information Processing. From Capture to Delivery" comprises three lectures on 3D media processing, taking place in the afternoon sessions of the school:

  • Monday 7th July

An Introduction to 3D Multimedia Processing

Prof. Alessandro Neri
University Roma Tre, Italy

Abstract: This lecture aims at providing fundamental insights on the principal methodologies and models exploited in 3D multimedia processing. This field is currently rapidly evolving, mainly thanks to the recent innovations made available in commercial devices. It is therefore characterized by a high development and recruitment potential, with a significant demand for people with specialized skills, able to handle to the integration of 3D content in our daily multimedia interactions, with a growing impact on the Information Technologies (IT) society.

  • Tuesday 8th July

3D Immersive Environments: Technological and Aesthetical Aspects

Prof. Enrico Menduni
University Roma Tre, Italy

Abstract: Digital 3D technologies applied to theatrical cinema, and then to domestic screens, are intended as a counterattack of big media agencies against the spread of Used Generated Contents, lifting the threshold to access the affluent marked of audiovisual content delivery. Immersive environments present furthermore a new participatory aesthetics, which is rooted in the synergy of architecture, painting and decoration in the baroque era, more then in monocular Renaissance perspective. New aesthetic codes tend to overflow from 3D inspiring all new hi-tech audiovisual contents.

  • Thursday 10th July

Advanced 3D Video Processing and Coding

Dr. Aljoša Smolić
Disney Research Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract: Stereoscopic 3D is established in cinema, on Blu-ray, TV, PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. Since nowadays technology for stereo 3D is mature and content creation is understood well enough, these developments are expected to be sustainable this time. Most current systems rely on classical approaches to 3D video, i.e. representation as stereo or multiview video, coding and transmission using simulcast, frame-compatible composition or MVC. More advanced “next generation” approaches exploit some kind of understanding of the 3D scene geometry such as depth or disparity, in order to extend functionality and increase efficiency. This includes for instance flexible adjustment of depth impression to viewing conditions and user preferences or support of autostereoscopic multiview displays. Also content creation for classical stereo 3D can greatly benefit from such 3D geometry aware processing. Naturally such advanced 3D video representation formats require advanced processing algorithms, e.g. to extract 3D geometry and to render virtual views. Such advanced 3D video representation and processing will be the focus of this tutorial, as well as related coding algorithms.


Some short biographies regarding the school's lecturers are reported in the following:


Dr. Akihiko Sugiyama

Akihiko Sugiyama (a.k.a. Ken Sugiyama), affiliated with NEC Information and Media Processing Labs., has been engaged in a wide variety of research projects in signal processing such as audio coding and interference/noise control. His team developed the world's first Silicon Audio in 1994, the ancestor of iPod. He served as Chair of Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Tech. Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) [2011-2012], as associate editors for several journals such as IEEE Trans. SP [1994-1996], as the Secretary and a Member at Large to the Conference Board of SPS, and as the Chair of Japan Chapter of SPS [2010-2011]. He is a Technical Program Chair for ICASSP2012. He has contributed to 15 chapters of books and is the inventor of over 150 registered patents with more pending applications in the field of signal processing in Japan and overseas. He received 13 awards such as the 2002 IEICE Best Paper Award, the 2006 IEICE Achievement Award, and the 2013 Ichimura Industry Award. He is Fellow of IEEE and IEICE, and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE SPS. He is also known as a big host for a total of over 70 internship students

Prof. Sergios Theodoridis

Sergios Theodoridis is currently Professor of Signal Processing and Machine Learning in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. His research interests lie in the areas of Adaptive Algorithms, Distributed and Sparsity-Aware Learning, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition, Signal Processing for Audio Processing and Retrieval. He is the co-editor of the book “Efficient Algorithms for Signal Processing and System Identification”, Prentice Hall 1993, the co-author of the best selling book “Pattern Recognition”, Academic Press, 4th  ed. 2008, the co-author of the book “Introduction to Pattern Recognition: A MATLAB Approach”, Academic Press, 2009,  and the co-author of three books in Greek, two of them for the Greek Open University.  He is Editor-in-Chief for the Signal Processing Book Series, Academic Press and co-Editor in Chief (with Rama Chellapa) for the E-Reference Signal Processing, Elsevier.  He is the co-author of six papers that have received best paper awards including the 2009 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding paper Award. He is the recipient of the EURASIP 2014 Meritorious Service Award.   He has served as an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer. He was Otto Monstead Guest Professor, Technical University of Denmark, 2012, and holder of the Excellence Chair, Dept. of Signal Processing and Communications, University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, 2011.  He currently serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.  He was the general chairman of EUSIPCO-98, the Technical Program co-chair for ISCAS-2006 and ISCAS-2013, co-chairman and co-founder of CIP-2008, co-chairman of CIP-2010 and Technical Program co-chair of ISCCSP-2014. He has served as President of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP),   as a member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE CAS Society and as a member of the Board of Governors (Member-at-Large) of the IEEE SP Society.  He has served as a member of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology and he was  Chairman of the SP advisory committee for the Edinburgh Research Partnership (ERP). He has served as vice chairman of the Greek Pedagogical Institute and he was for four years member of the Board of Directors of COSMOTE (the Greek mobile phone operating company). He is Fellow of IET, a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), a Fellow of EURASIP and a Fellow of IEEE.

Prof. Josef Kittler

Professor Josef Kittler heads the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey. He received his BA, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Cambridge. He teaches and conducts research in the subject area of Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence, with a focus on Biometrics, Video and Image Database retrieval, Automatic Inspection, Medical Data Analysis, and Cognitive Vision. He published a Prentice Hall textbook on Pattern Recognition: A Statistical Approach and several edited volumes, as well as more than 700 scientific papers, including in excess of 150 journal papers. He serves on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals in Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision. He became Series Editor of Springer Lecture Notes on Computer Science in 2004. He served as President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition 1994-1996. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000. In 2006 he was awarded the KS Fu Prize from the International Association in 2006, for outstanding contributions to pattern recognition. He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Lappenranta in 1999 and the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the IET Faraday Medal and in 2009 he became EURASIP Fellow.

Prof. Enrico Magli

Enrico Magli received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He is currently an Associate Professor at the same university, where he leads the Image Processing Lab. His research interests are in the field of image and video compression, multimedia signal processing and networking, compressive sensing. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, and of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He has been co-editor of JPEG 2000 Part 11 - Wireless JPEG 2000. He is general co-chair of IEEE MMSP 2013 and IEEE ICME 2015, and has been TPC co-chair of ICME 2012, VCIP 2012, MMSP 2011 and IMAP 2007. He has published over 40 papers in refereed international journals, 3 book chapters, and over 100 conference papers. He is a co-recipient of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 2011 Transactions Prize Paper Award, and has received the 2010 Best Reviewer Award of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing. He has received a 2010 Best Associate Editor Award of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.

Prof. Enrico Menduni

Enrico Menduni (Florence, Italy, 1948) full professor of “Broadcast Cultures”, “Digital Media” and “Photography” at Università Roma Tre. Main research interests: broadcasting, digital media, social networking, connected society. He is the Principal Investigator of the SCREEN project for New Generation Networks issued by Italian Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Rai, Italian Public Service Radio and Television Corporation, and then of the National Council of Communications.

Among his recent books: "Entertainment. Spettacoli, centri commerciali, talk shows, social network" (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013), “Il mondo della radio. Dal transistor ai social network” (Bologna, Il Mulino, 20122), “La grande accusata. La televisione nei romanzi e nel cinema” (Bologna, Archetipo, 2012), “Televisioni" (Il Mulino, 2009); "La fotografia” (Il Mulino, 2008); "I linguaggi della radio e della televisione. Teorie e tecniche" (Roma – Bari, Laterza, 20083); "Fine delle trasmissioni? Da Pippo Baudo a YouTube” (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008); "I media digitali. Tecnologie, linguaggi, usi sociali”  (Roma – Bari, Laterza, 2007); Four Steps in Innovative Radio Broadcasting: From QuickTime to Podcasting, in “The Radio Journal”, vol. 5, number 1, 2007, pp. 9-18; Petty officers of the political fleet: the impact of personal mobile communication technologies on communicative practices of Italian politicians and the transformations of the public sphere, in “Convergence”, vol. 11, N. 2, 2005, pp. 88-100; An unheard story? The challenge for radio studies in Italy, in “The Radio Journal”, vol. 2, N. 1, 2004, pp. 45 – 56.

Prof. Alessandro Neri

Alessandro Neri is full professor in Telecommunications at the University "Roma Tre" of Rome, Italy.
In 1978 he joined the Research and Development Department of Contraves Italiana S.p.A. where he gained a specific expertise in the field of radar signal processing and in applied detection and estimation theory, becoming the chief of the advanced systems group.
In 1987 he joined the INFOCOM Department of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" as Associate Professor in Signal and Information Theory at the Engineering Faculty. In November 1992 he joined the Electronic Engineering Department of the University of "Roma Tre" as Associate Professor in Electrical Communications, and became full professor in Telecommunications in semptember 2001. He is currently teaching Digital Communications, Information Theory, and Mobile Telecommunication Systems (Laurea Magistralis on Communication and Information Technologies), at the Engineering Faculty of "Roma Tre".
Prof. Neri is also member o the board of the Engineering Doctoral School of the University of "Roma Tre". Since 2004 he is also teaching at the Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in Telecomunicazioni of the Ministry of Telecommunications. His research activity has mainly been focused on information theory, signal theory, and signal and image processing and their applications to both telecommunications systems and remote sensing.

Professor Neri is member of the working group of the IEEE Educational Activities Board for global accreditation activities on Biometrics.
Prof. Neri is member of the scientifc Committee on ANSSAIF (Associazione Nazionale Specialisti Sicurezza in Aziende di Intermediazione Finanziaria), an Italian Society of experts on security of financial and banking systems. Prof. Neri has been a member of the Managing Committee of CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications), a non-profit Consortium currently linking 33 Italian Universities, whose main purpose is to foster research activity and provide networking support to specific projects in the area of telecommunications. Since december 2008, prof. Neri is the Presidente of the RadioLabs Consortium (Consorzio Università Industria – Laboratori di Radiocomunicazioni), a non-profit Consortium created in 2001 to promote tight cooperation on applied research programs between universities and industries, and currently linking the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, the University of Roma Tre, The University of Aquila, Selex Communications S.p.A., and Telespazio S.p.A.

Prof. Francesco G.B. De Natale

Prof. Francesco De Natale graduated in Electronic Engineering (M.Sc. level) in 1990 at the University of Genova (Italy) and got a Ph.D. in Telecommunications in 1994 at the same University. In 1996 he got a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari and successively moved to the University of Trento, Italy, where he is Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering (from 2003). He has been the Head of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) from 2006 to 2009 and currently leads the Research Lab on Multimedia Communications ( and the MMSPI (Multidimensional Multimodal Signal Processing and Interpretation Lab) of the Italian branch of the European Institute of Technology (EIT-ICTLabs@Italy). His research interests are focused on multimedia communications, with particular attention to multidimensional signal processing, analysis, and archiving. His results are witnessed by the publication record, with more than 150 works published on major international peer reviewed scientific journals and conferences (see the link for a partial list). He was General Co-Chair of the Packet Video Workshop (PV-2000), Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Image Processing (ICIP-2005), and General Chair of the ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2011). He has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans on Multimedia and of the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technologies, as well as a member of the IEEE Signal Proc. Society Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), chairing the Technical Directions Subcommittee. Currently, he is member of the Board of Governors of the Italian Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), and the UniTN delegate in the Assembly of the EU EIT ICTLabs. He has been scientific coordinator of many large-scale research and development projects, both at the national and international level (see, e.g., EU-IP GLOCAL project, 2010-13, one of the key EU initiatives in media retrieval. Prof. De Natale was appointed evaluator for several international bodies, including the European Commission, and the NSFs of US and Ireland. Prof. De Natale is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM and GIRPR.

Dr. Aljosa Smolic

Dr. Aljoša Smolić joined Disney Research Zurich, Switzerland in 2009, as Senior Research Scientist and leader of the “Advanced Video Technology” group. Before he was Scientific Project Manager at the Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin, also heading a research group. He has been involved in several national and international research projects, where he conducted research in various fields of visual computing and video coding, and published more than 100 referred papers in these fields. In current projects he is responsible for research in 2D video, 3D video and free viewpoint video processing and coding. He received the Dipl.-Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1996, and the Dr.-Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany, in 2001. Dr. Smolic received the “Rudolf-Urtlel-Award” of the German Society for Technology in TV and Cinema (FKTG) for his dissertation in 2002. He is Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication and served as Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on CSVT, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and other scientific journals. He is Committee Member of several conferences, including ICIP, ICME, and EUSIPCO and served in several Chair positions of conferences. He chaired the MPEG ad hoc group on 3DAV pioneering standards for 3D video. In this context he also served as one of the Editors of the Multi-view Video Coding (MVC) standard. Since many years he is teaching full lecture courses on Multimedia Communications and other topics, now at ETH Zurich.