Professor Fabio Cuzzolin was born in Jesolo, Italy.
He graduated magna cum laude with the University of Padua, was awarded a Ph.D. there in 2001 for a thesis entitled “Visions of a generalized probability theory", and worked in world-class institutions such as the Washington University in St. Louis, Politecnico di Milano, the University of California at Los Angeles. In 2006 he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship with INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France. In 2007 he classified second there in the Senior Researcher national recruitment.
He has been at Oxford Brookes University since 2008, took up a Senior Lectureship there in July'11, and a Readership in October 2011. He has taken on the role of Head of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision research group in September 2012, and has been awarded in October 2012 a Next 10 award by the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment as one of its top emerging researchers.
He was promoted to Professor of Artificial Intelligence in 2016. He is currently supervising two Ph.D. students, an EPSRC-funded postdoc, and a KTP associate. Other Ph.D. students will join his group in 2016.
Professor Cuzzolin is a world expert in uncertainty theory and belief functions theory. He worked extensively on the mathematical foundations of belief calculus. His main contribution is his geometric approach to uncertainty measures, in which uncertainty measures are represented as points of a Cartesian space and there analyzed. His work on the field is in the process of being published in two separate monographs published by Springer-Verlag (“The geometry of uncertainty”) and Lambert Academic Publishing ( "Visions of a generalized probability theory").
He is also well known for his work in computer vision, mainly machine learning for human motion analysis, including tensorial models for identity recognition, metric learning for action recognition, and spectral techniques for articulated object segmentation and matching.
Fabio is the author of some 90 peer-reviewed publications, published or under review, including two monographs, an edited Springer LNCS volume, 3 book chapters, 18 journals (+ 7 u/r), 9 chapters in collections.
He won awards for Best Paper at PRICAI'08, Poster Prize at the ISIPTA'11 Symposium on Imprecise Probabilities, Best Poster at the 2012 INRIA Summer School on Machine Learning and Visual Recognition, and was short-listed for prizes at the ECSQARU'11 and BMVC12 conferences, where he was given the Outstanding Reviewer Award. His student student Suman Saha won the reading group prize at the 2015 International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS). His team, led by student Gurkirt Singh, won 2nd place in the 2016 CVPR ActivityNet action detection challenge. Professor Cuzzolin has recently had half day tutorials accepted by the top conferences in Artificial Intelligence, including UAI 2015 and IJCAI 2016.
Professor Cuzzolin is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Fuzzy Systems, the top journal in Computer Science by 2015 impact factor, Guest Editor for the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, has been AE for “IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics C", Guest Editor for “Information Fusion", and collaborates as a reviewer with many other journals in both computer vision and imprecise probabilities, such as: IEEE Transactions on PAMI, Artificial Intelligence, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - part B, the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Information Sciences, the Journal of Risk and Reliability; the International Journal on Uncertainty, Fuzziness, and Knowledge-Based Systems, Image and Vision Computing, the Annals of Operations Research.
Professor Cuzzolin has served in the TCP of around 60 international conferences, including IJCAI, the premiere conference in Artificial Intelligence, IEEE SMC, BMVC, ACCV and IPMU, and is Senior Program Committee member of Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI), the top venue on uncertainty theory.
He was the Program Chair and local organizer of the 3rd International Conference on the Theory of Belief Functions (BELIEF 2014), which was held in St. Hugh's College, Oxford, UK.
He will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming CSA 2016 international conference.
Professor Cuzzolin has been awarded in 2011 a 122K£ EPSRC First Grant, for the project “Tensorial modeling of dynamical systems for gait and activity recognition", receiving maximum marks. He is currently the Academic Supervisor for a £160,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Meta Vision LTD, an Oxford company active in laser weld inspection. The AI and Vision group annually receives £20,000 in QR money from the Department - In addition, Cuzzolin was internally awarded studentships for an equivalent amount of £155,000. Preliminary agreement has been reached with MAGNA International, the multinational car component company, for a 3-year £165,000 project on “Automated surveillance for smart cars".
Sizeable grant applications are currently pending. A £396,371 outline Leverhulme research grant application (AVATAR) was submitted in October 2015, with Co-I. Prof Nigel Crook and Prof Kenneth Camilleri (University of Malta). A US$48,950 Google Research Award proposal “ODIN - towards the Online Deep INterpretation of videos", with as Google sponsors Dr Rahul Sukthankar and Dr Vittorio Ferrari was also submitted in October 2015.
Fabio is a member of IEEE, the British Machine Vision Association, the Society for Imprecise Probabilities and Their Applications, and a three-term member of the Board of Directors of the Belief Functions and Applications Society (BFAS).