NEWS degli Associati

DAFNE: Digital Anastylosis of Frescoes challeNgE

Contributions to the reconstruction of frescoes with a special prize for autistic participants

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to invite scholars and researchers in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition communities to participate in the “DAFNE: Digital Anastylosis of Frescoes challeNgE”. This is an international competition in the artistic heritage sector designed to provide virtual solutions that ultimately add to the fresco restorer’s toolkit. Specifically, the DAFNE challenge relates to ways of reassembling fresco fragments collected, photographed and catalogued after a destructive event.

Initially designed to engage people with autism in composition tasks that encouraged their inclusion in productive activities and promoted their skills, the competition was widened to embrace the application of advanced computer techniques, such as machine learning and deep learning, to the development of IT tools in this sector.

The challenge notice is available at: and online registrations are open from February 27th to May 31st 2019.


1)      A Metric award (4,000.00 EUR) for the best solution assessed on the basis of correctly reconstructed areas;

2)      An Inclusion award (2,000.00 EUR) reserved for people with autism;

3)      A High Tech award (2,000.00 EUR) for the most innovative high tech solution.

We hope that this initiative will arouse your interest. Please consider contributing to it and/or forwarding this email to appropriate groups. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.

Best regards,

Virginio Cantoni

Department of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science
Via A. Ferrata, 3
27100 Pavia, Italy
Tel +39 0382 985358
Fax +39 0382 985373

IEEE-ACM Symposium Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications

Informo i colleghi interessati che quest'anno l'evento internazionale:

IEEE-ACM 23rd Symposium on Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications (DS-RT 2019)

si terrà a Cosenza dal 7 al 9 Ottobre 2019. Tutte le informazioni (CfP, deadline, track, etc.) sono

consultabili sul sito:

Spero che molti possano considerare di sottomettere un proprio articolo.

Ringrazio per l'attenzione


Libero Nigro

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica Modellistica Elettronica e Sistemistica (DIMES)

Università della Calabria

87036 Rende (CS) Italy"tilde"nigro


12th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2019) - July 15th - 19th, 2019 - Milan, Italy


mi fa piacere farvi avere la "call for participation” alla 12th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2019) che stiamo organizzando a Milano Bicocca dal 15 al 19 luglio 2019.

Vi ringrazio se potete informare studenti di dottorato, di laurea magistrale e giovani studiosi interessati agli argomenti che verranno trattati.

Cordiali saluti,

Maristella Agosti


JULY 15th - 19th, 2019Milan, Italy
essir2019 (at) unimib (dot) it


### VISION ###
The 12th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2019) marks the 30th anniversary of ESSIR. It will be held at the University of Milan Bicocca, Milan, Italy, jointly organized by the Information Retrieval Laboratory (IR Lab) at the University of Milan Bicocca and the Information Management Systems (IMS) research group at the University of Padua.
ESSIR 2019 will be a 5-day event (15-19 July, 2019) that will offer a high quality teaching on IR and related research topics, in a friendly atmosphere. A new edition of the Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will also be held at ESSIR 2019, which will provide a forum for early researchers to present their research in a friendly environment, whilst among senior researchers.
We invite students and researchers to participate in ESSIR 2019.
The mission of the school is to enable students to learn about modern research challenges and methods in information retrieval and related disciplines; to stimulate scientific research and collaboration in these fields; and to grow a community of researchers, students, and industry professionals working on information retrieval with collaborations all around the world.
The target audience are master students, PhD students, PostDoc students and junior faculty.
The 9th PhD Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA 2019) will be held in conjunction with the 12th  European Summer School on Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2019). The symposium aims to provide a forum for participants of the summer school to share their research and interaction with senior researchers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. A separate call will be issued for submitting papers to FDIA 2019.
The last day of the school there will be a small exams to award 1.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) to the attendees
Information about ESSIR2019 program, speakers, registration and more is already available on our website, and more information will be posted continuously also on the Twitter with the hashtag #essir2019. 

Hope to see you all in Milan! 



ESSIR 2019 will address the following topics:

- Foundations of Information Retrieval

- Foundations of Evaluation

- Foundations of User-oriented Information Retrieval

- Machine Learning for Information Retrieval

Efficiency and scalability in Information Retrieval

- Social Media Analytics

- Recommender Systems

- Medical Information Retrieval

- Personalized Information Retrieval

- Taks-based Information Retrieval

- Biases in Web Search and Recommender Systems

ESSIR 2019 will feature the following leading scientists:

- Ricardo Baeza-Yates, NTENT, USA

- Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University, USA

- Carlos Castillo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

- Paolo Cremonesi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

- Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

- Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy

- Julio Gonzalo, UNED, Spain

- Claudia Hauff, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

- Diane Kelly, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

- Henning Müller, HESSO, Switzerland

- Gabriella Pasi, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy

- Nicola Tonellotto, ISTI CNR, Italy

- Maarten de Rijke,  University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- Emine Yilmaz, University College London, UK

ESSIR 2019 will host a panel on Teaching and Learning IR in Academia and Industry, chaired by Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy.

Early Registration (until June 15th, 2019) at:


ESSIR 2019 Organisation

- Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy

- Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy

- Gabriella Pasi, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy

FDIA 2019 Organisation

- Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire, UK

- Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire, UK

- Yashar Moshfeghi, University of Strathclyde, UK

Local Organization

- Marco Viviani, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

14th International Summer School on Software Engineering

June 17-21, 2019, University of Salerno, Italy


The fourteenth edition of the International Summer School on Software Engineering intends to provide a contribution to PhD students and academic and industrial researchers on latest findings in the field of Software Engineering. The invited lecturers are internationally recognised research leaders and will cover very relevant topics for the scientific community, including software design, software architectures, software testing, automated bug fixing, micro services, software containers, gender inclusive software, Internet of Things, mining software repositories, empirical software engineering, and search based software engineering. The program of the school will aim at creating discussion forums between lecturers and industrial and academic attendees. Submission of student talks and tool demos will also be encouraged to further stimulate the discussion.


  • Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy - “Micro Services, Containers and Software Engineering”
  • Margaret Burnett, Oregon State University, USA - “Engineering Inclusiveness into your Software”
  • Mark Harman, Facebook and University College London, United Kingdom - “Fault Finding and Fixing at Facebook“
  • Nenad Medvidovic, University of Southern California, USA - “Mining Software Repositories for Architectural Knowledge”
  • Fabio Palomba, University of Zurich, Switzerland - “Software Design 101: Improving the Design of Existing Code, Tests, and Communities”
  • Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Germany - “IoT Testing and the Eclipse IoT Testware”


The school will be held at the campus of the University of Salerno, located in Via G. Paolo II, 132, I-84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy.
The University of Salerno is very close to some of the most beautiful and historical places of Italy, such as Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pompei, and Paestum.


Registration fees are EUR 500 for academic and industrial researchers and EUR 250 for PhD students (proof required). They include admission to all the lectures, slides and other materials prepared by the lecturers, luncheons, and social functions. Attendees can also register for specific tutorials. In this case, registration fees are EUR 100 for each attended tutorial and include admission to the registered lecture, slides and other materials prepared by the lecturer, luncheons, and the coffee break.

The deadline for registration is May 20, 2019.

Detailed information about program, registration, travel, and accommodation is available at:


Student talks and tool demos are intended for attendees (mainly PhD students) who want to present their research work. Attendees interested in giving a talk or demonstrating a tool should register and submit the slides of their presentation by May 10, 2019. Attendees will be notified about the inclusion of their talk/demo in the program by May 15, 2019.


Software Engineering Lab
Department of Informatics
University of Salerno, Italy

International Summer School on Software Engineering
Scientific Secretariat
Department of Informatics
University of Salerno
Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
phone: +39 089 963324
fax: +39 089 963303


SIROCCO 2019 - Preliminary Call for Papers

26th International Colloquium on Structural Information and Communication Complexity (SIROCCO 2019)
July 1-4, 2019, L’Aquila, Italy
OVERVIEW. SIROCCO is devoted to the study of the interplay between structural knowledge, communication, and computing in decentralized systems of multiple communicating entities. Special emphasis is given to innovative approaches leading to better understanding of the relationship between computing and communication. SIROCCO has a tradition of interesting and productive scientific meetings in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, attracting leading researchers in a variety of fields in which communication and knowledge play a significant role. This year, SIROCCO will be held in L’Aquila, a beautiful historical city in the mountain side, 100km away from Rome.
SCOPE. Original papers are solicited from all areas of study of local structural knowledge, global communication, and computational complexities. Among the typical areas are distributed computing, communication networks, game theory, parallel computing, social networks, mobile computing (including autonomous robots), peer to peer systems, communication complexity, fault tolerant graphs, and probability in networks. Keeping up with the tradition of SIROCCO, new areas are always welcome.
SUBMISSIONS. Papers are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair at the following link:
Authors are invited to submit their work in one of the two acceptable formats: regular papers and brief announcements. First, abstracts should be registered and later the full papers are due. A regular submission must report on original research and must contain results that have not previously appeared, and have not been concurrently submitted to a journal or a conference with published proceedings. It must be no longer than 12 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font, including tables and references. Up to 4 additional pages of figures may be included with the submission. Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix, which will be read at the discretion of the program committee. Full Proofs omitted for lack of space should appear in an appendix.
A submission for a brief announcement must be no longer than 3 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font. The title of a submission for a brief announcement must begin with “Brief announcement:”. Such submissions may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. A submission that is not selected for regular presentation may be invited for a brief announcement.
PUBLICATION. Regular papers and brief announcements will be included in the conference proceedings that will be published by Springer. Regular papers receive up to 15 pages, brief announcements receive up to 2 LNCS-style pages.
BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A prize will be given to the best student regular paper. A paper is eligible if at least one author is a full-time student at the time of submission, and the contribution of the student is significant. This must be noted on the cover page. The program committee may decline to give the award or may split it.
KEY DATES (all in 2019)
Abstract registration: April 1
Full paper submission: April 7
SIROCCO notification: May 17
Proceedings version: TBD
Early registration: June 1