Innovation Talk with Alberto Broggi

Dec 10 2015 - 6.00 PM - Bologna Business School - Villa Guastavillani - Via degli Scalini, 18 - Bologna

Alberto Broggi, General Manager VisLab and Professor of Computer Engineering at Parma University will be the third protagonist of the Innovation Talks and Maurizio Sobrero, Professor of Innovation Management, University of Bologna, will attend as discussant.



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Alberto Broggi is General Manager at VisLab srl (spinoff of the University of Parma recently acquired by Silicon-Valley company Ambarella Inc.) and a professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Parma in Italy, and has been pioneering the field of machine vision applied to driverless cars and unmanned vehicles in general.

VisLab is an italian company working on computer vision and environmental perception for vehicular applications. VisLab (i.e. the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory) was funded in the early 90s as a research laboratory of University of Parma, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione. It started its activities in 1990, with its involvement within the Eureka PROMETHEUS Project. Since then the research group focused on vehicular applications. VisLab is regarded as one of the leading centers for computer vision applied to vehicles.

VisLab, directed by Alberto Broggi, undertakes basic and applied research; the most important field of research is the perception of the surrounding environment in vehicular applications using cameras and fusion with other sensors. Its researchers contribute to fields such as artificial vision, image processing, machine learning, neural networks, robotics, and sensor fusion. The number of researchers at VisLab increased dramatically in the last few years reaching 30 individuals, thanks to many projects with automotive industries, vehicle makers, and suppliers.

In 2009, eleven VisLab researchers started a spinoff company, named VisLab srl, to commercialize the results of their main researches. The University of Parma owned a share of 5%. In 2015, VisLab was acquired by Silicon Valley company Ambarella Inc, and about 30 researchers were hired by VisLab to staff their Parma location.


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