Alberto Broggi

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Alberto Broggi
Prof Alberto Broggi.jpg
Broggi in 2010
BornDecember 1, 1966 (1966-12) (age 55)
Parma, Italy
AwardsIEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies (2017)
Scientific career
FieldsRobotics and computer vision
InstitutionsUniversity of Parma, VisLab

Alberto Broggi is General Manager at VisLab srl (spinoff of the University of Parma acquired by Silicon-Valley company Ambarella Inc. in June 2015)[1] and a professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Parma in Italy.

Research in computer vision, hardware, and AV[edit]

Broggi's research activities started in 1991–1994. His group together with the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, built their own hardware architecture (named PAPRICA, for PArallel PRocessor for Image Checking and Analysis, based on 256 single-bit processing elements working in SIMD fashion) and installed it on board of a mobile laboratory (Mob-Lab) to develop and test some initial concepts in the field of intelligent vehicles.[2]

In 1996, Broggi's group worked to develop a real vehicle prototype (named ARGO, a Lancia Thema passenger car which was equipped with vision sensors, processing systems, and vehicle actuators) and developed the necessary software and hardware that made it able to drive autonomously on standard roads.[3]

Broggi's research group (called VisLab from then on) gathered all their findings in a book,[4] which was then also translated in Chinese.[5]

When Broggi was with the University of Pavia, his research was extended and applied to extreme conditions (automatic driving on snow and ice): in 2001, VisLab led the research effort of providing a vehicle (RAS, Robot Antartico di Superficie) with sensing capabilities so that it was able to automatically follow the vehicle in front.[6]

In 2010 Broggi's group embarked on driving 4 vehicles autonomously from Italy to China with no human intervention. This challenge is called VIAC, for VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge[7][8][9] [10][11] .[12] Soon after this, Broggi was awarded a second ERC grant (Proof of concept) to industrialize some of the results obtained and successfully tested on the VIAC vehicles.[citation needed]

On July 12, 2013, VisLab tested the BRAiVE vehicle in downtown Parma, negotiating two-way narrow rural roads, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, artificial bumps, pedestrian areas, and tight roundabouts. The vehicle traveled from Parma University Campus up to Piazza della Pilotta (downtown Parma): a 20 minutes run in a real environment, together with real traffic at 11am on a working day, that required absolutely no human intervention. Part of this test was driven with nobody in the driver seat, for the first time ever on public roads.[13]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2018-10-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Alberto Broggi, Vincenzo D'Andrea, and Francesco Gregoretti, A low-cost parallel VLSI architecture for low-level vision, In Mikio Takagi, editor, MVA'92 – IAPR Workshop on Machine Vision and Applications, pages 11–15, Tokyo, Japan, 1992. International Association for Pattern Recognition, IAPR.
  3. ^ Massimo Bertozzi and Alberto Broggi, GOLD: a Parallel Real-Time Stereo Vision System for Generic Obstacle and Lane Detection, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 7(1):62–81, January 1998
  4. ^ Alberto Broggi, Massimo Bertozzi, Alessandra Fascioli, and Gianni Conte, Automatic Vehicle Guidance: the Experience of the ARGO Vehicle. World Scientific, Singapore, April 1999, ISBN 981-02-3720-0
  5. ^ Alberto Broggi, Massimo Bertozzi, Alessandra Fascioli, and Gianni Conte, 智能车辆:智能交通系统的关键技术. 人民交通出版社 (China Communications Press), China, 2002, ISBN 7-114-04482-8
  6. ^ Alberto Broggi and Alessandra Fascioli, Artificial Vision in Extreme Environments for Snowcat Tracks Detection, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 3(3):162–172, September 2002
  7. ^ Alberto Broggi, Pietro Cerri, Mirko Felisa, Maria Chiara Laghi, Luca Mazzei, and Pier Paolo Porta, The VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge: an Extensive Test for a Platoon of Intelligent Vehicles, Intl. Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, special issue for 10textsuperscriptth Anniversary, 10(3), 2012, ISSN 1471-0226.
  8. ^ Massimo Bertozzi, Alberto Broggi, Alessandro Coati, and Rean Isabella Fedriga, A 13,000 km Intercontinental Trip with Driverless Vehicles: The VIAC Experiment, IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Magazine, 5(1):28–41, 2013
  9. ^ "Challenge FAQ". 2010-10-26. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  10. ^ "VisLab's Adventure on the Silk Road". 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  11. ^ "Without driver or map, vans go from Italy to China", Elaine Kurtenbac, AP.COM
  12. ^ "Driverless van crosses from Europe to Asia" Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine, Jo Ling Kent, CNN.COM
  13. ^ "PROUD2013 – Public ROad Urban Driverless Car Test 2013". Archived from the original on 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2013-08-30.

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