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Andrea Trucco

Affiliated Researcher

Research Line

Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision


IIT Central Research Lab Genova


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Andrea Trucco received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. Since 1999, he has been with the University of Genoa where he is, since 2005, an Associate Professor with the Dept. of Naval, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (DITEN). His interests are in the areas of signal processing and acoustics with applications to acoustical imaging, acoustic image processing, sonar systems, underwater communications, medical ultrasound, microphone arrays, hearing aids.

He has been Vice-Director of the Dept. of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering (DIBE), at the University of Genoa, from 2008 to 2011, and he is currently Vice-Director of the Italian Interuniversity Centre of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME). In 2011, he started a collaboration with the Dept. of Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS) at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) where he is currently Senior Researcher.

He has been principal investigator in many research projects, funded by the European Union, several national agencies and many industrial companies. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control. He is author of more than 170 scientific papers (65 of which published in international journals) and is appointed inventor in 7 international patents.

He won, in 1995, the Student Paper Competition organized by the 9th International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology, and in 1997, the Student Paper Competition organized by the MTS/IEEE Oceans’97 International Conference. He is a senior member of IEEE (S’93–A’99–SM’03) and a member of IAPR.

Selected Publications


From the beginning of the collaboration with IIT


International Journals

  1. M. Crocco, A. Trucco, “Design of Robust Superdirective Arrays with a Tunable Tradeoff Between Directivity and Frequency-Invariance,” IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 2169-2181, May 2011.
  2. C. Sciallero, M. Crocco, A. Trucco, “A method for estimating the microbubble concentration in contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging,” Measurement Science and Technology, vol. 22, no. 11, doi: 10.1088/0957-0233/22/11/114009, 9 pp., November 2011.
  3. C. Sciallero, G. Paradossi, A. Trucco, “A Preliminary In Vitro Assessment of Polymer-Shelled Microbubbles in Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging”, Ultrasonics, vol. 52, no. 3, doi: 10.1016/j.ultras.2011.10.008, pp. 456-464, March 2012.
  4. M. Crocco, A. Trucco, “Stochastic and Analytic Optimization of  Sparse Aperiodic Arrays and Broadband Beamformers With Robust Superdirective Patterns,” IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, vol. 20, no. 9, doi: 10.1109/TASL.2012.2203808, pp. 2433-2447, November 2012.
  5. C. Sciallero, A. Trucco, “Ultrasound assessment of polymer-shelled magnetic microbubbles used as dual contrast agents,” Journal of Acoustical Society of America, vol. 133, no. 6, doi: 10.1121/1.4804942, pp. EL478-EL484, June 2013.
  6. C. Sciallero, D. Grishenkov, S.V.V.N. Kothapalli, L. Oddo, A. Trucco, “Acoustic characterization and contrast imaging of microbubbles encapsulated by polymeric shells coated or filled with magnetic nanoparticles,”  Journal of Acoustical Society of America, vol. 134, no. 5, doi: 10.1121/1.4824337, pp. 3918-3930, November 2013.
  7. M. Palmese, A. Trucco, “Pruned Chirp Zeta Transform Beamforming for 3-D Imaging With Sparse Planar Arrays,” IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol. 39, doi: 10.1109/JOE.2013.2252771, pp. 206-211, April 2014.
  8. M. Crocco, A. Trucco, “Design of superdirective planar arrays with sparse aperiodic layouts for processing broadband signals via 3-D beamforming,” IEEE/ACM Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, vol. 22, no. 4, doi: 10.1109/TASLP.2014.2304635, pp. 800-815, April 2014.
  9. L. Pellaco, P. Costamagna, A. De Giorgi, A. Greco, L. Magistri, G. Moser, A. Trucco, “Fault diagnosis in fuel cell systems using quantitative models and support vector machines,” Electronics Letters, vol. 50, no. 11, doi: 10.1049/el.2014.0565, pp. 824-826, 22nd May 2014.
  10. F. Traverso, M. Crocco, A. Trucco, “Design of Frequency-Invariant Robust Beam Patterns by the Oversteering of End-Fire Arrays,” Signal Processing, vol. 99, doi: 10.1016/j.sigpro.2013.12.014, pp. 129-135, June 2014.
  11. A. Trucco, F. Traverso, M. Crocco, “Broadband performance of superdirective delay-and-sum beamformers steered to end-fire,” Journal of Acoustical Society of America, vol. 135, no. 6, doi: 10.1121/1.4879674, pp. EL331-EL337, June 2014.
  12. A. Trucco, M. Crocco, “Design of an Optimum Superdirective Beamformer Through Generalized Directivity Maximization,” IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, vol. 62, 12 pages, 2014 (in press).

International Conferences

  1. C. Sciallero, M. Crocco, A. Trucco, G. Vernazza, “A regression approach to estimate the ultrasound contrast agent concentration” IEEE 6th Int. Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications, Bari (IT), pp. 202-206, May 2011.
  2. F. Traverso, M. Crocco, A. Trucco, G. Vernazza, “Tuning the performance of the superdirective frequency-invariant beamforming applied to end-fire arrays,” OCEANS’11 IEEE Santander Conference, Santander (Spain), 7 pages, June 2011.
  3. F. Traverso, M. Crocco, A. Trucco, G. Vernazza, “Oversteering of End-Fire Arrays with Frequency-Invariant Beam Patterns,” 19th Europ. Signal Processing Conf. (EUSIPCO 2011), Barcelona (Spain), pp. 1332-1336, August-September 2011.
  4. C. Sciallero, A. Trucco, “A preliminary ultrasound assessment of multimodality contrast agents,” IEEE 7th Int. Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA 2012), Budapest (Hungary), pp. 154-157, May 2012.
  5. F. Traverso, A. Trucco, G. Vernazza, “Simulation of non-White and non-Gaussian Underwater Ambient Noise,” OCEANS’12 MTS/IEEE Yeosu Conference, Yeosu (Republic of Korea), 10 pages, May 2012.
  6. C. Sciallero, M. Crocco, A. Trucco “Energy and Feature-Based Strategies for Estimating the Contrast Agent Concentration in Ultrasound Medical Imaging” 25th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical System, Roma (IT), 6 pages, June 2012.
  7. A. Trucco, F. Traverso, M. Crocco, “Robust Superdirective End-Fire Arrays,” OCEANS’13 IEEE Bergen Conference, Bergen (Norway), doi: 10.1109/OCEANS-Bergen.2013.6607994, pp. 1-6, June 2013.
  8. F. Traverso, A. Trucco, “Simulation of non-Gaussian noise radiated by underwater vehicle,” 1st International Conference & Exhibition on Underwater Acoustics, Island of Corfu (Greece), pp. 1325-1330, June 2013.
  9. F. Traverso, A. Trucco, “Analysis of underwater acoustic noise measured at the ship bow during sea trials,” 2nd Int. Conference & Exhibition on Underwater Acoustics, Rhodes (Greece), pp. 631-636, June 2014.
  10. A. Bordone, R. Bozzano, S. Pensieri, P. Picco, E.M. Schiano, F. Traverso, A. Trucco, “Under sea-ice acoustic noise and propagation measurements in Tethys Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica),” 2nd Int. Conference & Exhibition on Underwater Acoustics, Rhodes (Greece), pp. 151-156, June 2014.
  11. M. Crocco, V. Murino, A. Trucco, A. Del Bue, "Towards fully uncalibrated room reconstruction with sound," 22th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2014), Lisbon (Portugal), 5 pages, September 2014.
  12. A. Trucco, S. Martelli, M. Crocco, “Passive Underwater Imaging Through Optimized Planar Arrays of Hydrophones,” OCEANS’14 MTS / IEEE St. John’s, St. John’s (Canada), 5 pages, September 2014 (in press).
  13. S. Sciallero, L. B        albi, A. Trucco, “Optimizing Enhanced Hybrid Medical Imaging Through Dual-Mode Contrast Agents,” 2014 IEEE Int. Conf. Imaging Systems, & Techniques, 4 pages, October 2014 (in press).


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.