Faculty Profile

Francesco Piazza
Full Professor


Expertise: Optical and wireless communications

Prof. Piazza’s research activities are in the areas of circuit theory and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) including adaptive algorithms and circuits, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), multimedia, speech and audio processing. In the DSP and ANN areas, since 1988 he worked on linear and nonlinear modeling, identification, prediction, filtering of discrete-time signals, with specific topics on adaptive activation functions, complex-valued ANN, temporal dynamic ANN, unsupervised ANN. In the speech and digital audio areas, he worked on nonlinear speech processing, hand-free communication, sound quality evaluation/enhancement, noise reduction, audio metadata processing, blind audio source separation/deconvolution (linear and nonlinear).
His recent activities are on in-car/in-home audio quality evaluation/enhancement, speech enhancement and time-variant ANN. Growing activities are also on Semantic Web techniques applied to multimedia metadata processing.
His research has been supported by several public organizations, national and international, the European Commission (FP6, FP7, eContentPlus, Capacities and COST) and private companies.

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Francesco Piazza received his Italian Laurea with honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ancona (now Polytechnical Univ. of Marche UNIVPM), Italy, in 1981. He worked at the Olivetti OSAI software development center (Ivrea, Italy) and then started his academic career at the the same University where is now full professor of Electrical Science.
At UNIVPM he founded and leads the DSP Research Group (3mediaLabs, www.3medialabs.org ). He has guided a number of PhD students, two of them awarded for the best Italian dissertation on Artificial Neural Networks topics. Together with his collaborators and students, Professor Piazza has published more than 250 contributions in the area of digital signal processing, artificial neural networks and speech and audio processing, in technical books, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is member of IEEE, AES (Audio Engineering Society), ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). He has been session chair and member of program committees of several international conferences, member of IEEE Technical Committees, member of management committees of several EU actions.

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