Roberto Marani was born in Trani (BA) on March 27, 1985.
He earned his Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering on July 20, 2006, and a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering (curriculum Integrated Optical Systems) on October 8, 2008.  In December 2008 he received a research grant within the Arianna Project of the Politecnico di Bari. He earned the engineering license during the second session of the professional practice examination started on November 2008.
In January 2009 he placed first in the selection for a Philosophy Doctor position in Information Engineering (D.R. n. 500 November 12, 2008) at Politecnico di Bari. From January 2009 to December 2011 he attended the PhD course in the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica of Politecnico di Bari.
From January 2009 to February 2010 he carried out his research activity in the Optoelectronics Laboratory (Bari), and from March 2010 to March 2012 he cooperated with the nanoPhotonics and Electromagnetics Group (nPEG) of the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica of Politecnico di Bari. From February 2011 to October 2011 he went to Madrid, Spain, joining the Nanophotonics Group of the Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (Departamento di Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
In April 2012 he received the his Philosophy Doctor (PhD.) in Information Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari, defending his thesis titled “Localization and Amplification of Light in Periodic Systems”, under the supervision of Prof. Vincenzo Petruzzelli and Prof. Francisco J. García-Vidal.
Since May 2012 to May 2014 he was a research fellow at the Institute of Intelligent Systems for Automation (Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per l’Automazione – ISSIA) of the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR) in Bari, where he is working on the three-dimensional object reconstruction via laser scanning and range image processing for machine vision. Currently he is researchr at the same institute.
Roberto Marani has been a member of the COST Action MP0702 – Towards Functional Sub-Wavelength Photonic Structures and of the Consortium of University CNIT – Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni.
His scientific activity has enclosed the fields of Electromagnetisms, Optoelectronics and Applied Electronics. Since 2012 he is working in the challenging field of Computer Vision devoted to industrial applications, robotics, geology, archaeology and reverse engineering.
In particular his research activity regards:

  • Analysis of indoor environments returned by range sensors for the realization of 3D maps in order to look for possible changes affecting the scenes
  • Study of gain dynamics in active media made of dye molecule in epoxy for lasing applications and optical amplification of surface plasmons
  • Analysis and design of metal systems exhibiting a plasmonic bandgap (Plasmonic Crystals, PlCs) for sensing, photovoltaics and optical interconnections
  • Definition of a tridimensional vectorial model for the analysis of guided-wave photonic crystals (PhCs) based on the use of the Green function
  • Design of PhC accelerating cavities for cancer hadrontherapy
  • Design and characterization of electronic systems for the remote health monitoring through the screening of physiological and biological parameters with non-invasive technique
  • Study of the scaling principles in nanoscale MOS devices
  • Analysis of electronic devices at the hyper-frequencies (MESFET, HEMT and HBT) for the prediction of internal and external thermal effects
  • Modeling of field effect transistors on carbon nanotubes (CNTFETs) through the definition of SPICE models for the comprehensive design of analog and digital electronic circuits


  1. T. D’Orazio, R. Marani, V. Renò, G. Cicirelli

    Recent trends in gesture recognition: how depth data has improved classical approaches, Image and Vision Computing, Vol. 52, August 2016, Pages 56-72

  2. Marani R.; Renò V.; Nitti M.; D’Orazio T.; Stella E.

    A Modified Iterative Closest Point Algorithm for 3D Point Cloud Registration, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Volume 31, Issue 7, 1 July 2016, Pages 515-534

  3. Marani, R., Renò, V., Nitti, M., D’Orazio, T., Stella E.

    A modified Iterative Closest Point algorithm for 3D Point Cloud Registration, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CACAIE), 2016

  4. Marani, R., Renò, V., Nitti, M., D’Orazio, T., Stella, E.

    A Compact 3D Omnidirectional Range Sensor of High Resolution for Robust Reconstruction of Environments, Sensors, 15(2), 2015

  5. Patruno, C.; Marani, R.; Nitti, M.; D’Orazio, T.; Stella, E.

    "An Embedded Vision System for Real-Time Autonomous Localization Using Laser Profilometry", IEEE transactions on intelligent transportation systems, 2015

  6. T. D’Orazio, P. Da Pelo, R. Marani, C. Guaragnella

    “Automated Extraction of Archaeological Traces by a Modified Variance Analysis”, Remote Sensing, 2015, 7(4), 3565-3587

  7. Marani R.; Renò V.; Nitti M.; D’Orazio T.; Stella E.

    A compact 3D omnidirectional range sensor of high resolution for robust reconstruction of environments, Sensors, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2015

  8. R. Marani, M. Nitti, G. Cicirelli, T. D’Orazio, and E. Stella

    High-Resolution Laser Scanning for Three-Dimensional Inspection of Drilling Tools, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Article ID 620786, 2013


  1. R. Marani, N. Mosca, V. Renò, G. Cicirelli, E. Stella and T. D’Orazio

    Improving performance of an omnidirectional range sensor for 3D modeling of environments, 10th International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST), November 11-13, 2016, Nanjing, China

  2. Marani, R.; Palumbo, D.; Galietti, U.; Stella, E.; D’Orazio, T.

    Automatic Detection of Subsurface Defects in Composite Materials using Thermography and Unsupervised Machine Learning, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept 2016

  3. Marani, R.; Nitti, M.; Stella, E.; D’Orazio, T.

    Monitoring of indoor environments by change detection in point clouds, IEEE Workshop on Environmental, Energy, and Structural Monitoring Systems, June 2016, Bari, Italy

  4. Renò, V., Mosca, N., Nitti, M., D’Orazio, T., Campagnoli, D., Prati, A., Stella, E.

    Tennis player segmentation for semantic behavior analysis. 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports (CVsports), 2015

  5. Renó, V., Marani, R., Mosca, N., Nitti, M., D’Orazio, T., Stella, E.

    A Likelihood-Based Background Model for Real Time Processing of Color Filter Array Videos, In New Trends in Image Analysis and Processing--ICIAP 2015 Workshops (pp. 218-225). Springer International Publishing, 2015

  6. Marani, R., Renò, V., Stella, E., D’Orazio, T.

    An Improved ANOVA Algorithm for Crop Mark Extraction from Large Aerial Images Using Semantics, In Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (pp. 591-603). Springer International Publishing, 2015

  7. Renò, V.; Marani, R.; D’Orazio, T.; Stella, E.; Nitti, M.

    An adaptive parallel background model for high-throughput video applications and smart cameras embedding in ICDSC 2014, Nov. 2014

  8. C. Patruno, R. Marani, M. Nitti, T. D’Orazio and E. Stella

    “Design of a Low-Cost Vision System for Laser Profilometry Aiding Smart Vehicles Movement” in International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS 13), Padua, July, 15-19, 2014

  9. R. Marani, G. Roselli, M. Nitti, G. Cicirelli, T. D’Orazio, E. Stella

    (2013) A 3D vision system for high resolution surface reconstruction, in Seventh International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST), Wellington, New Zealand, 3-5 Dec. 2013

  10. R. Marani, G. Roselli, M. Nitti, G. Cicirelli, T. D’Orazio and E. Stella

    (2013) Analysis of Indoor Environments by Range Images, in Seventh International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST), Wellington, New Zealand, 3-5 Dec. 2013