Francesco Setti

Francesco SettiI'm currently a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Vision, Image Processing & Sound (VIPS) Lab of the University of Verona under the supervision of prof. Marco Cristani and Associate Researcher of the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology (ISTC-CNR).

I've been for three years (2012-2015) Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Applied Ontology of the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISTC-CNR), working on the project VisCoSo, and earlier I was with the Measurement Instrumentation and Robotics Group of the University of Trento, with the PAT-EU Cofund Marie Curie Action project ABILE. In the last years I've spent 3 months at Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon working with dr. Alessio Del Bue, and 1 year at Queen Mary University of London under the supervision of prof. Lourdes Agapito.

I'm a Mechatronics Engineer graduated at the University of Trento and I took my PhD in "Science, Technology and Measurements for Space" at the CISAS at the University of Padua. My background is in Computer Vision and Robotics; in particular I work on Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning and Knowledge Representation.

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Research Interests

My current research interest are divided into three main topics: Social Signal Processing (Group Detection), Ontologies (Ontology-driven Computer Vision) and Crowd Analysis (Spectators Crowd)

Group detection
Find groups of interacting people from still images by exploiting the sociological concept of F-formation. Have a look at the project page, where you can also download code and datasets.

Ontology-driven Computer Vision
Merge Knowledge Representation, Semantics and Ontologies with Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition techniques. The main focus is on automatically generating training sets for object recognition tasks.

Spectators Crowd
Perform crowd analysis on spectators crowds, i.e. the audience of an entertainment event like sport, talks, theater, etc.. Have a look at our CVPR paper and the project page.

Selected Publications

You can find the full list of my publications here, but the best way is to see my Google Scholar profile.

Journal Papers

  • Garment-based motion capture (GaMoCap): high-density capture of human shape in motion
    Biasi N., Setti F., Del Bue A., Tavernini M., Lunardelli M., Fornaser A., Da Lio M., De Cecco M.
    Machine Vision and Applications, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp. 955-973, 2015

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  • F-formation Detection: Individuating Free-standing Conversational Groups in Images
    Setti F., Russell C., Bassetti C., Cristani M.
    PloS one 10(5), 2015

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  • Semantically-driven automatic creation of training sets for object recognition
    Cheng D.S., Setti F., Zeni N., Ferrario R., Cristani M.
    Computer Vision and Image Understanding 131, pp. 56-71, 2015

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  • Shape measurement system for single point incremental forming (SPIF) manufacts by using trinocular vision and random pattern
    Setti F., Bini R., Lunardelli M., Bosetti P., Bruschi S., De Cecco M.
    Measurement Science and Technology, vol.23, no.11, pp.115402, 2012

  • A Unified Framework for Uncertainty, Compatibility Analysis and Data Fusion for Multi-Stereo 3D Shape Estimation
    De Cecco M., Pertile M., Baglivo L., Lunardelli M., Setti F., Tavernini M.
    IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation Measurements, vol.59, no.11, pp.2834-2842, 2010

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Conference Papers

  • The SHock Dataset: Analyzing Crowds at the Stadium
    Conigliaro D., Rota P., Setti F., Bassetti C., Conci N., Sebe N., Cristani M.
    IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Boston (USA), 2015

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  • The GRODE Metrics: Exploring the Performance of Group Detection Approaches
    Setti F., Cristani M.
    1st International Workshop on Group And Crowd Behavior Analysis And Understanding (GROW), in conj. with CVPR, Boston (USA), 2015

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  • ATTENTO: ATTENTion Observed for Automated Spectator Crowd Analysis
    Conigliaro D., Setti F., Bassetti C., Ferrario R., Cristani M.
    4th International Workshop on Human Behaviour Understanding (HBU), in conj. with ACM-Multimedia , Barcelona (Spain), 2013

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  • Multi-scale F-formation discovery for group detection
    Setti F., Lanz O., Ferrario R., Murino V., Cristani M.
    IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Melbourne (Australia), 2013

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  • Multiagent Socio-Technical Systems: An Ontological Approach
    Porello D., Setti F., Ferrario R., Cristani M.
    15th International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems IX (COIN), in conj. with AAMAS, St. Paul (USA), 2013

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  • A Multi-View Stereo System for Articulated Motion Analysis
    Setti F., De Cecco M., Del Bue A.
    5th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP), Angers (France), 2010



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  • Apr 18, 2017: A chapter about Group Detection metrics has been published on Group and Crowd Behaviour for Computer Vision book.
  • Apr 01, 2017: Started a new project on fine-grained object recognition funded by theEDGEcompany.
  • Jan 20, 2017: A new paper about Object counting in static images written with Davide Conigliaro, Michele Tobanelli and Marco Cristani has been published on IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.
  • Jan 11, 2017: New paper about the S-hock dataset has been accepted for publication on Computer Vision and Image Understanding.
  • Jun 17, 2016: presentation about the VIPS research activity @GIRPR2016. See the slides here.