Francesca Gasparini

Francesca Gasparini


DISCo (Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication)
University of Milan-Bicocca
Viale Sarca 336, Building U14

Room 1012, tel: +390264487856



Francesca Gasparini is an associate professor at the University of Milano Bicocca (Italy). She is head of the Multimedia Signal Processing Laboratory

She took her degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1997 and her Ph.D in Science and Technology in Nuclear Power Plants at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2000. She has been a fellow at the ITC Imaging and Vision Laboratory, of the Italian National Research Council, located in Milan, from 2001 to 2003 where her research has focused on image enhancement, cast detection and cast removal.  Since 2003 she has been  a senior research associate and then a teaching assistant in computer science at DISCo (Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione) of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Her research activity is concentrated mainly in image, audio and video processing (more generally multimedia signals), and in the analysis of the perception of these signals when used as stimuli in psychophysical experiments. She is particularly interested in processing and analysis of neurophysiological data (EEG, heart rate, blood pressure, ...), as well as psychophysical ones, using machine learning techniques, genetic programming and optimization algorithms.

Some of her research topics are listed below:

o Image enhancements.
o Image Quality Assessment, in case of single or multiple distortions.
o Perception of image complexity.
o Analysis of the emotions generated by audio-visual stimuli.
o Interference of the audio signals with visual attention mechanisms.
o Analysis of salience in video, images and audio and in case of multimodal signals.
o Classification of salient events in audio, video and images.


  • Milan Center for Neuroscience, NeuroMI.
  • Optics and Optometry Research Center University of Milano - Bicocca, COMIB.

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