About Me

Hey, I am Cristina Segalin!
I am a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech, Pasadena, CA.

I attended a bachelor degree in Multimedia Information Technology at the University of Verona, where I was mainly interested in Computer Vision, Augmented Reality and Human Computer Interaction, Image Processing, Computer Graphics and also Psychology of Perception. My bachelor degree thesis proposed a face recognition system, that has been installed at the door of the VIPS laboratory of the University of Verona. I attended the master degree on Engineering and Computer Science, in the same university, taking lectures in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, which helped me to discover my desire to work on my own project, through a possible PhD. My master thesis focused on the research field of Social Signal Processing (SSP), the domain aimed at modeling, analysis and synthesis of nonverbal communication in human-human and human-machine interactions. The purpose of the thesis was the person re-identfication through the way people chat with other subjects. During that period, I was lucky enough to work also on other research projects, like recognizing the age of children by the way they talk with each other. SSP together with, Social Media Analysis, Personality Computing, ML, PR and CV became the main topics of my PhD at the Dept. of Computer Science in Verona (Italy).


During the first year of PhD I investigated the interplay between aesthetic preferences and individual differences, under the supervision of Marco Cristani. I had the great opportunity to move to Glasgow for some months and collaborate with Alessandro Vinciarelli to this project. I collected a dataset of 60K images favorited from Flickr users, extracted features coming from the field of Computational Aesthetics (CA), and predicted from them the personality of a user. Continuing on the perspective of CA, we also proposed a soft biometrics application where the goal is to recognize people by considering the images they like as a new biometric trait. At the end of the second year of PhD I moved for some months in Birmingham to collaborate with Mirco Musolesi with the aim of investigating the role of textual, visual and social cues in information propagation in Twitter. My last contribute during the PhD was in the field of Deep Learning and Feature Learning, trying generalize the particular cues that characterize each personality trait.

While waiting to defend my Phd thesis, I worked as research associate at Disney Research in Pittsburgh (PA) under the supervision of Maarten Bos. After my graduation, I moved to Pasadena (CA) to work as postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in the Computational Vision Lab, under the supervision of Pietro Perona and to collaborate with David Anderson. Here I work on animal behavior, in particular, Computational Ethology, which involves biologists and computer scientists with the common goal of understanding, analyzing, measuring and describing animal behavior using Machine Learning and Machine Vision algorithms and tools. My role here is to develop a novel system able to detect, track and recognize mice actions on videos.


Current position
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Dept. of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Computational Vision Lab, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Advisor: P. Perona
  • Education
  • PhD in Computer Science, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Verona, Advisor: M. Cristani
    • Thesis title: A Social Signal Processing Perspective on Computational Aesthetics: Theories and Applications.
    • Thesis (pdf, slides)
  • Master Degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Curriculum in Visual Computing, University of Verona.
    • Thesis title: Statistical analysis of Skype conversations: recognizing individual by their chatting style. Advisor: M. Cristani
    • Academic Transcript (pdf), Thesis (pdf, slides)
  • Bachelor Degree in Multimedia Information Technology, University of Verona
    • Thesis title: Sistema di rilevamento automatico e riconoscimento volti: aspetti metodologici e pratici. Advisor: U.Castellani
    • Academic Transcript (pdf), Thesis (pdf, slides)
  • High School Diploma in Ragioneria and expert programmer.
  • Internship and Visits
  • DR Internship, Dinsey Reseach, Pittsburgh, PA, Tutor: Maarten Bos.
  • UoB Internship, School of Computer Science, Birmingham, UK, Academic Tutor: M.Cristani, Tutor: M. Musolesi.
  • GLA.DCS Internship, School of Computing Science, Glasgow, Scotland, Academic Tutor: M. Cristani, Tutor: A. Vinciarelli.
  • IIT Internship, IIT Genova, Genova, Tutor: V. Murino.
  • VIPS Lab Internship, Computer Science Dept., University of Verona, Academic Tutor: M. Cristani, Tutor: U. Castellani.
  • VIPS Lab Internship, Computer Science Dept., University of Verona, Academic Tutor: U. Castellani, Tutor: M. Cristani.
  • Awards and Grants
  • ICVSS Best Presentation Award 2015 - International Computer Vision Summer School best poster presentation.
  • Erasmus Placement 2013 - Second over four grants assigned to PhD students for placements in companies, facilities.
  • PhD Scholarship - University of Verona that support my PhD from January 2013 to December 2015.
  • Reference List
  • Pietro Perona - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Email: perona@caltech.edu
  • David Anderson - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Email: wawei@caltech.edu
  • Maarten Bos - Disney Research Pittsburgh, PA. Email: mbos@disneyresearch.com
  • Bruno Lepri - FBK, Trento,Italy and MIT Media Lab, Boston, MA. Email: lepri@fbk.eu
  • Marco Cristani - University of Verona, Verona, Italy. Email: marco.cristani@univr.it
  • Alessandro Vinciarelli - School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow (Glasgow) and Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland).
    Email: vincia@dcs.gla.ac.uk
  • Mirco Musolesi - School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham (UK). Email: m.musolesi@cs.bham.ac.uk
  • Given Talks
  • May 2017 - Social Profiling through Image Understanding - Association for Psychological Science Convention - Boston, MA
  • Feb 2016 - Computational Aesthetics for Multimedia, a Social Signal Processing Perspective - Caltech, Pasadena (California)
  • Oct 2015 - Computational Aesthetics for Multimedia - UNSW School of Psychology, Sydney (Australia)
  • Oct 2015 - Computational Aesthetics for Multimedia - UTS, Sydney (Australia)
  • Oct 2015 - Computational Aesthetics for Multimedia - NICTA, Canberra (Australia)
  • July 2015 - ICVSS oral presentation for best poster presentation award - Sicily (Italy)
  • Oct 2014 - Deep Learning Applications - Dept. of Computer Science, University of Verona, Verona (Italy)
  • July 2014 - Introduction to Deep Learning - Dept. of Computer Science, University of Verona, Verona (Italy)
  • Reviewer
  • ACCV, ICCV, CVPR, CHI, PLOS ONE, NEUROCOM, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, AIMed
  • Member
  • IEEE Signal Processing
  • Supervision
  • University of Verona , Verona, Italy: Francesca Zerbato, Luca Brunelli, Marco Fanini, Walter Riviera, Elena Boschetti
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA: Zack Polizzi, David Mace, Jennifer Sun
  • Computer Skills
  • Coding: Matlab (>8 years), Python (>1 year), R, C/C++/C#, HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Java, SystemC, VHDL, Assembly, SIS, SQL, Visual Basic
  • Tools: Tensorflow, Caffe, MatConvNet, LATEX, git, bash scripting, ARToolkit, PRTools, Flickr API, Twitter API, Processing, Django
  • Multimedia/Design: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, Blender, Unity, 3ds Max, Maya
  • Qualities
  • Personal Skills:Inclined to analyze both theoretical and practical problems, able to solve them by employing novel concepts, good communication, eager to learn and develop new skills. Good software engineering abilities
  • Experience with:High level programming languages, digital design flow, validation and testing techniques, scripting languages, web interface development.
  • Interpersonal Skills:Strong ability to blend in new contexts, good skills in teamwork, good organizational abilities, dynamism, desire for learning, extrovert.
  • Driving License: B
  • Hobby and sports: Travelling, reading, cooking, computer animation, watching TV shows, Yoga, Pilates, Running, eating sushi and lots
    of cakes!!

  • Last Update December 2017