Emanuela Marasco

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-C)
Department of Computer Science
Charlotte NC (USA)

email addresses: marasco.emanuela@gmail.com; emarasco@uncc.edu

Emanuela Marasco is currently a post-doctoral associate researcher in Pattern Recognition and Biometrics at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Computer Science, supervised by Prof. and Chair Bojan Cukic. She is a member of the Video and Image Analysis lab (VIAlab) at UNC-C. From February 2011 to January 2015 she was a post-doctoral Associate Researcher at Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University and at the Center for Identification Technology (CiTeR-NSF). From February 2011 to December 2012 she was a member of the i-probe lab supervised by Dr. Arun Ross. She received a five-year degree (Bachelor and M.Sc.) in computer engineering, in March 2006, and a PhD in Computer and Automation Engineering, in December 2010, both at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) supervised by Prof. Carlo Sansone.

Her research interests focus on Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, Machine Learning and Biometrics. Specifically, her research involves fingerprint liveness detection algorithms, fusion schemes to combine multiple biometric modalities, algorithms for estimating age and gender from fingerprints, schemes to enhance interoperability between fingerprint optical sensors, adaptive signal processing strategies for enhancing DNA profiles obtained from degraded DNA samples and fingerprint de-identification for privacy enhancement. She was PI and co-PI of research projects funded by CiTeR.

She was visiting scholar at West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, WV(USA) supervised by Prof. Arun Ross, periods March-September 2009, January-April 2010 and July-August 2010. In September 2010, she was visiting scholar at Clarkson University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NY (USA), supervised by Prof. Stephanie Schuckers.
She has served as a reviewer for different journals and international conferences.

Professional activities
  • She is Principal Investigator of the CiTeR project "Automating Interoperability Enhancement for Fingerprint Sensors" (July 2013-July 2014).
  • She was involved in the projects: 'Evaluation of Spoofing for Fingerprint Systems' supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (February 2011- February 2012) and 'Enhancement and Quality Assessment Schemes for Challenging DNA Sample Analysis', (July 2011- July 2012)
  • She is co-PI of the projects: "TRAC DNA" and "TRAC IRIS II" both supported by CiTeR, (May 2013-December 2013)

  • Achievements
    Best accuracy results on single dataset of the Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition 2011(Part I).
    Top performance of the Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition 2013(Part I).

    Industrial experiences
    From 2006-2007 she was working as consultant in Pride S.p.a. (Part of the Ericsson Group), projects for Poste Italiane and Tiscali.

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