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Marco Accame

Chief Technician

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Marco Accame joined the IIT as Technician Responsible in July 2009, to work on aspects related to embedded software in distributed systems with application to the iCub platform.

On January 2012 he moved to the newly established iCub Facility.

In his professional life, Marco has always been interested in digital signal processing and communications with a particular focus on their software implementation in embedded systems. He could follow his interest working in R&D with well known international companies.

Marco received his professional education at the University of Genova, Italy, where he obtained a degree in Electronic Engineering in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in 1996. Later on he worked in R&D projects with the University of Genova, DIBE, and as a Contract Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Trento.

In 1998 he moved to Southampton, UK, to work as Development Engineer at the Digital Terrestrial TV Group of Tandberg Television. His activity was related to the use of digital pre-correction for the optimisation of the OFDM signal used in professional modulators.

In 2000 he moved to Cambridge Consultants Ltd, UK, to work as Engineer at the Embedded Digital Systems Group. Some of the public-domain projects he worked on are the following: the world's first GSM mobile videophone, an innovative audio watermarking technique, the spin-off of a company which developed an innovative low power chip for image processing applications.

In 2001 Marco moved to Surrey, UK, to work as Principal Engineer at the Radio Systems Division of Telecom Modus, an NEC subsidiary. He worked on aspects related to the standardisation of HSDPA and on its implementation in future UMTS base-stations. In this period Marco attended the 3GPP-RAN1 standardisation meetings to support NEC technology related to the optimisation of HSDPA in presence of soft handover, transmission diversity and voice traffic.

In the year 2003, he moved to Torino, Italy, to work as R&D Group manager for Urmet Domus SpA. He helped to introduce advanced technical solutions for the evolution of the company's products which are embedded systems for communication and security in the home environment. Marco was responsible to manage the complete development of some products from concept to market, dealing with mechanical parts, hardware, software, documentation.

Selected Publications

Main papers published in journals (j), books (b), in conferences (c), international standards (s).

j1.     M.Kaiser, V.Klingspor, J.d.R.Millan, M.Accame, F.Wallner, R.Dillmann, "Using Machine Learning Techniques in Real-World Mobile Robots", IEEE Expert, Vol. 10, No. 2, April 1995

j2.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, "Locally Tuned Edge Extraction with Artificial Neural Networks", Studies in Informatics and Control, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 279-288, September 1996

j3.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale,"A local ANN-driven criterion for the selection of edge points", Signal Processing, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp.11-22, July 1997

j4.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, D.D.Giusto, "Hierarchical Motion Estimator (HME) for Block-Based Video Coders", IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics, Vol.43, No.4, pp.1320-1330, November 1997 (Awarded by the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society with the Chester Sall Award as the 2nd best paper of IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics published in 1997)

j5.     M.Accame, F.Granelli,"Autocompensation-with-parameter for Motion Field Prediction", Electronics Letters, Vol.34, No.1, pp.51-52, 8th January 1998

j6.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, D.D.Giusto, "High-Performance Hierarchical Block Motion Estimation", Journal of Real-Time Imaging, Vol.4, No.1, pp. 67-79, February 1998

j7.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, F.Granelli, "An Integrated Approach to Block Based Motion Estimation for Video Coding", IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics, Vol.44, No.1, Feb. 1998

j8.     M.Accame, F.Granelli,"Hierarchical Progressive Image Coding Controlled by a Region Based Approach", IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics, Vol.45, No.1, Feb. 1999

j9.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, F.Granelli, "Efficient Labeling Procedures for Image Partition Encoding", Signal Processing, Vol.80, No.6, pp. 1127-1131, June 2000.

b1.    M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale,"Intelligent Visual Sensing System for Autonomous Applications", in:Tascini, Esposito, Vito, Zingaretti Eds., Machine Learning and Perception, World Scientific Publisher, Singapore, 1996

b2.    M.Accame,"Learning to Control a Visual Sensing System", Chapter 7 of Making Robots Smarter: Combining Sensing and Action Through Robot Learning, K.Morik, M.Kaiser, and V.Klingspor, Eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 1999, ISBN: 0792385624

c1.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, G.Desoli, D.D.Giusto, "Adaptive 3D Interpolation and Two-Source Video Coding", Proc. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP'94, Vol. II, pp. 918-922, Austin (Tx), USA, November 1994

c2.     M.Accame, D.D.Giusto,"Adaptive-Size Hierarchical Block Matching for Efficient Motion Compensation for Video Sequences", Advanced Image and Video Communications and Storage Technologies, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 2451, pp.112-120, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 1995

c3.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, D.D.Giusto, "Hierarchical Block-Matching for Disparity Estimation in Stereo Sequences", Proc. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP'95, Vol. II, pp. 374-377, Washington D.C., USA, October 1995

c4.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, D.D.Giusto, "ANN-driven Edge Point Selection Criterion\\\", Proc. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP'96, Lausanne, CH, September 1996

c5.     M.Accame, F.G.B.DeNatale, "Lossless Shape Coding Using the Four-Colour Theorem", Proc. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP'98, Chicago, USA, October 1998

s1.     R1-02-1116, NEC and Telecom Modus, "Fast Switching Closed Loop TX Diversity for HSDPA in Soft Handover", TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #28, Seattle, USA, August 2002

s2.     R1-02-1374, NEC and Telecom Modus, "Further Simulation Results on Fast Switching Proposal", TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #29, Shanghai, China, November 2002

s3.     R1-03-0117, NEC and Telecom Modus, "System Level Performance of Fast Switching based TxAA for HSDPA Channels",TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #30, San Diego, USA, January 2003.

s4.     R1-03-0159, NEC and Telecom Modus, "Text proposal for TR on HSDPA Enhancement - Fast Adaptive Emphasis", TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #31, Tokyo, Japan, February 2003.

s5.     R1-03-0707, NEC and Telecom Modus, "Results of system level simulation of Fast Adaptive Emphasis", TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #33, New York City, USA, August 2003.

s6.     R1-03-0709, NEC and Telecom Modus, "Robust feedback scheme for closed loop rate control in E-DCH", TSG-RAN Working Group 1 meeting #33, New York City, USA, August 2003.


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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.

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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.