An academic Spinoff of UNICT

based in Sicily with an International Vision



Company

Next Vision is a spin-off company of the University of Catania based Sicily. The company stems out from the long tradition of scientific research in the area of Computer Vision and Machine Learning performed by a group of researchers lead by prof. Giovanni Maria Farinella within the Image Processing Laboratory of University of Catania. The main aim of the company is to build innovative Artificial Intelligence technologies to make machines able to perceive and understand the world exploiting fixed, mobile and wearable cameras. Technologies offered by Next Vision will have impact in industrial workplaces where automatic monitoring through cameras can be exploited to improve the management of sites, support human activities through augmented and mixed reality for a continuous training, prevent and reduce human risks by anticipating dangerous events, as well as validate procedures reducing production errors and costs. AI assistants designed and developed by Next Vision find also applications in the context of Home Assisted Living, Cultural Heritage and Cooperative Robotics.



Team

Next Vision team is formed by experts in machine learning and computer vision and three co-founders.

Giovanni Maria is Professor of machine learning at the University of Catania, where he co-founded the Image Processing Laboratory. He was awarded a PHD in Computer Science in 2008. He has been Associate Member of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group at University of Cambridge (2006-2009), and he is currently Associate Member of the Italian National Research Council (since 2018). He leads the research in the fields of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, specializing on First Person (Egocentric) Vision. Giovanni Maria Farinella founded (in 2006) and currently directs the International Computer Vision Summer School. He was awarded the IEEE PAMI Mark Everingham Prize 2017.

Antonino is a researcher at the University of Catania. He is a member of the IPLAB research group since 2012 and has received his PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2017. He has authored two patents and more than 50 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Since 2016 he has held talks at universities, including the University of Bristol (UK), the University of Bern (CH), the University of Essex (UK), ETH (CH), at workshops (EgoApp 2019 in conjunction with BMVC 2019), and tutorials at conferences (VISAPP 2019/20/21). His research interests concern Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Machine Learning, with focus on First Person (Egocentric) Vision and Wearable Devices.

Francesco is a postdoc at the University of Catania. He is a member of the IPLAB research group since 2015. He has got the Master Degree in Computer Science (cum laude) from the University of Catania in 2017. Francesco has completed an Industrial Doctorate in Computer Science in 2021. During his PhD studies, he has spent a period as Research Student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has been involved in different research projects and has honed in on the issue of human-object interaction anticipation from egocentric videos as the key to analyze and understand human behavior in industrial workplaces. His research interests concern Computer Vision and Machine Learning, with a particular focus on First Person Vision.