Complete list of publications

Journal articles and book chapters

  1. L. Ballerini, G. Coppini, G. Giacomelli and G. Valli "A Simple Algorithm for Automatic Alignment of Ocular Fundus Images", In: Time-Varing Image Processing and Moving Object Recognition, No. 4, pp. 205-212, Cappellini ed., Elsevier, 1997

  2. L. Ballerini "Detection and Quantification of Foveal Avascular Zone alterations in Diabetic Retinopathy", Journal of Vascular Research, Vol. 35, Suppl. 3, 1998

  3. G. Giacomelli, L. Ballerini, R. Volpe, R. Mencucci, S. Cappelli, M. C. Arena, G. Salvi "Analisi Automatica del Circolo Perifoveale per il Monitoraggio della Maculopatia Diabetica", Ottica Fisiopatologica, No. 3, Anno III, pp. 171-179, January 1999 (italian and english text)

  4. L. Ballerini "Image Analysis for the Food Industry: Digital Camera Photographs and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Images", Electronic Imaging, Vol. 11, No. 2, p. 7, June 2001

  5. L. Ballerini, A. Högberg, G. Borgefors, A-C. Bylund, A. Lindgård, K. Lundström, O. Rakotonirainy, B. Soussi "A Segmentation Technique to Determine Fat Content in NMR Images of Beef Meat", IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 195-199, February 2002

  6. L. Ballerini and L. Franzén "Fractal Analysis of Microscopic Images of Breast Tissue", WSEAS Transactions on Circuits, Vol. 2, No. 1 pp. 270-275, January 2003

  7. A. Hullberg and L. Ballerini "Pore Formation in Cured-smoked Pork Determined with Image Analysis - Effect of Tumbling and RN- Gene", Meat Science, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 1231-1236, December 2003

  8. L. Ballerini, L. Bocchi and A. Hullberg "Analysis of Pores in Pig Meat Images", Machine Graphics and Vision, Vol. 13, No. 1/2, pp. 137-148, 2004 (invited paper)

  9. L. Ballerini, V. Franke-Stenport, G. Borgefors and C. B. Johansson "Comparison of Histomorphometrical Data Obtained with Two Different Image Analysis Methods", Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 8, pp. 1471-1479, August 2007

  10. L. Ballerini "Genetic Snakes: Active Contour Models by Genetic Algorithms", In: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation in Image Processing and Computer Vision", EURASIP Book Series on SP & C, pp. 177-194, S. Cagnoni, E. Lutton, G. Olague eds., 2007

  11. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas and J. Santamaría "Automatic 3D Modeling of Skulls by Scatter Search and Heuristic Features", In: Application of Soft Computing, Updating the State of the Art, E. Avineri, M. Köppen, K. Dahal, Y. Sunitiyoso, R. Roy eds., pp. 149-158, Springer 2008

  12. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría, I. Alemán and M. Botella "Craniofacial Superimposition in Forensic Identification using Genetic Algorithms", In: Computational Forensics, K. Franke, S. Petrovic, A. Abraham eds., 2009 (in press)

  13. O. Ibañez, L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría, "An Experimental Study on the Applicability of Evolutionary Algorithms to Craniofacial Superimposition in Forensic Identification", Information Sciences, Vol. 179, pp. 3998-4028, 2009

  14. R. B. Aldridge, X. Li, L. Ballerini, R. B. Fisher, J. L. Rees, "Teaching Dermatology Using 3-Dimensional Virtual Reality", Correspondence, Archives of Dermatology, Vol. 146, No. 10, October 2010

  15. R. B. Aldridge, M. Zanotto, L. Ballerini, R. B. Fisher, J. L. Rees, "Novice identification of melanoma: not quite as straightforward as the ABCDs", Acta Dermato-Venereologica Vol. 91, No. 2, pp. 125-130, 2011
  16. R. B. Aldridge, D. Glodzik, L. Ballerini, R. B. Fisher, J. L. Rees, "Utility of Non-rule-based Visual Matching as a Strategy to Allow Novices to Achieve Skin Lesion Diagnosis", Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Vol. 91, No. 3, pp. 279-283, 2011

Refereed conference papers

  1. L. Ballerini "Temporal Matched Filters for Integration of Ocular Fundus Images", 13th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing, pp. 1161-1164, Santorini, Greece, 1997

  2. L. Ballerini "Computer Processing of Medical Images", International Conference of Ph.D. Students, pp. 32-39, Miskolc, Hungary, 1997

  3. L. Ballerini "Integration of Retinal Image Sequences", Applications of Digital Image Processing XXI, Tescher ed., Proc. SPIE Vol. 3460, pp. 237-248, 1998

  4. L. Ballerini "Genetic Snakes for Medical Images Segmentation", Mathematical Modeling and Estimation Techniques in Computer Vision, Preteux, Davison and Dougherty eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 3457, pp. 284-295, 1998

  5. L. Ballerini "Detection and Quantification of Foveal Avascular Zone Alterations in Diabetic Retinopathy", On-line Proc. 5th Internet World Congress for Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Canada, 1998

  6. L. Ballerini "Genetic Snakes for Medical Images Segmentation", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, n. 1596 pp. 59-73, Evolutionary Image Analysis, Signal Processing and Telecommunications, Poli et al. eds., Göteborg, Sweden, 28 May 1999 (best student paper award)

  7. L. Ballerini "Detection and Quantification of Diabetic Retinopathy", Applications of Digital Image Processing XXII, Tescher ed., Proc. SPIE Vol. 3808, pp. 213-223, Denver, Colorado, 1999

  8. L. Ballerini "Medical Image Segmentation using Genetic Snakes", Application and Science of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Evolutionary Computation II, Bosacchi, Fogel, Bezdek eds., Proc SPIE Vol. 3812, pp. 13-23, Denver, Colorado, 1999

  9. L. Ballerini "Genetic Evolution of Neural Networks Topology", AI*IA'99 6th Congress of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Bologna, Italy, 14-17 September 1999

  10. L. Ballerini "An Automatic System for the Analysis of Vascular Lesions in Retinal Images", IEEE Medical Imaging Conference, pp. 1598-1602, Seattle, Washington, 27-30 October 1999

  11. L. Ballerini "Moment Theory for FAZ Shape Description in Diabetic Retinopathy", EMBEC'99 European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, pp. 1002-1003, Vienna, Austria, 4-7 November 1999

  12. L. Ballerini "Segmentation of Ocular Fundus Images using Genetic Snakes", EMBEC'99 European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, pp. 1040-1041, Vienna, Austria, 4-7 November 1999

  13. L. Ballerini and E. Piazza "Genetic Snakes for Radar Images Segmentation", ISPACS'99, IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems, pp. 612-624, Phucket, Thailand, 8-10 December 1999

  14. L. Ballerini "Detection and Quantification of Foveal Avascular Zone Alteration in Diabetic Retinopathy", CAFIA, 1st International Workshop in Computer Assisted Fundus Image Analysis, Copenhagen, Denmark, 29-30 May 2000

  15. L. Ballerini "Determination of Fat Content in NMR Images of Meat", Applications of Digital Image Processing XXIII, Tescher ed., Proc. SPIE Vol. 4115, pp. 680-687, San Diego, California, 2000

  16. A. Högberg, L. Ballerini, B. Soussi, A. Lindgård, O. Rakotonirainy, G. Borgefors, K. Lundström, A-C. Bylund "A Novel Method for Quantitative Fat Analysis in Meat by In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging", 46th International Conference on Meat Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 August - 1 September 2000

  17. A. Lindgård, O. Rakotonirainy, A. Högberg, L. Ballerini, K. Lundström, G. Borgefors, A-C. Bylund, B. Soussi "A Novel Method for Quantitative Fat Analysis in Meat by In Vivo MRI", 7th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology, Paris, France, 14-17 September 2000

  18. L. Ballerini, A. Högberg, G. Borgefors, A-C. Bylund, A. Lindgård, K. Lundström, O. Rakotonirainy, B. Soussi "Testing MRI and Image Analysis Techniques for Fat Quantification in Meat Science", IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, Vol. 3, pp. 18/136-18/140, Lyon, France, 15-20 October 2000

  19. L. Ballerini, A. Högberg, K. Lundström, G. Borgefors "Colour Image Analysis Technique for Measuring of Fat in Meat: An Application for the Meat Industry", Machine Vision Applications in Industrial Inspection IX, Hunt ed., Proc. SPIE Vol. 4301, pp. 113-124, San José, California, 2001

  20. L. Ballerini "Genetic Snakes for Color Images Segmentation", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, n. 2037, pp. 268-277, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Boers et al. eds., Como, Italy, 18 April 2001

  21. L. Ballerini and G. Borgefors "Theory and Applications of Image Analysis at the Centre for Image Analysis", 5th Korea-Germany Joint Workshop on Advanced Medical Image Processing, Seoul, Korea, 15-16 May 2001

  22. L. Ballerini "A Simple Method to Measure Homogeneity of Fat Distribution in Meat", SCIA2001, 12th Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis, pp. 343-349, Bergen, Norway, 11-14 June 2001

  23. L. Ballerini and L. Bocchi "A Fractal Approach to Predict Fat Content in Meat Images", ISPA2001, 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Image and Signal processing and Analysis, pp. 351-354, Pula, Croatia, 19-21 June 2001

  24. L. Ballerini and A. Högberg "How Do People Choose Meat?", VIIP2001, IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging and Image Processing, pp. 501-505, Marbella, Spain, 3-5 September 2001

  25. A. Hullberg and L. Ballerini "Determination of Holes and Cracks in Meat with Image Analysis", 48th International Conference on Meat Science and Technology, Rome, Italy, 25-30 August 2002

  26. L. Ballerini, L. Bocchi and A. Hullberg "Determination of Pores in Pig Meat Images", ICCVG2002, International Conference on Computer Vision and Graphics, pp. 70-77, Zakopane, Poland, 24-29 September 2002

  27. L. Ballerini and L. Bocchi "Segmentation of Liver Images by Texture and Genetic Snakes", EMBEC'02, European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, pp. 1096-1097, Vienna, Austria, 4-8 December 2002

  28. L. Ballerini and L. Bocchi "Bone Segmentation using Multiple Communicating Snakes", Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing Sonka and Fitzpatrick eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 5032, pp. 1621-1628, San Diego, California, 15-20 February 2003

  29. L. Ballerini and L. Bocchi "Multiple Genetic Snakes for Bone Segmentation", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 2611, pp. 346-356, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Raidl et al. eds., Essex, UK, 14-16 April 2003

  30. L. Ballerini "Multiple Genetic Snakes for People Segmentation in Video Sequences", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 2749, pp. 275-282, Image Analysis, Bigun and Gustavsson eds., Proc. SCIA2003, Göteborg, Sweden, 29 June - 2 July 2003

  31. L. Ballerini and L. Franzén "Fractal Analysis of Microscopic Images of Breast Tissue", ISPRA2003, 2nd WSEAS International Conference on Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation, Crete, Greece, 11-13 August 2003

  32. L. Ballerini and L. Franzén "Granulometric Feature Extraction for Cancerous Tissue Classification in Breast Images", VIIP2003, 3rd IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging, and Image Processing, pp. 540-545, Benalmádena, Spain, 8-10 September 2003

  33. L. Ballerini and L. Franzén "Classification of Microscopic Images of Breast Tissue", Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing Fitzpatrick and Sonka eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 5370, pp. 960-971, San Diego, California, 15-20 February 2004

  34. L. Ballerini and L. Franzén "Genetic Optimization of Morphological Filters with Applications in Breast Cancer Detection", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 3005, pp. 250-259, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Raidl et al. eds., Coimbra, Portugal, 5-7 April 2004 (best paper award)

  35. L. Ballerini, L. Bocchi and C. B. Johansson "Image Segmentation by a Genetic Fuzzy c-Means Algorithm using Color and Spatial Information", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 3005, pp. 260-269, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Raidl et al. eds., Coimbra, Portugal, 5-7 April 2004

  36. L. Bocchi, L. Ballerini and S. Hässler "A New Evolutionary Algorithm for Image Segmentation", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 3449, pp. 264-273, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Rothlauf et al. eds., Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 March - 1 April 2005

  37. E. Piazza and L. Ballerini "A New Idea for a Vision System Keeping Safe Distance Between Vehicles", AI*IA Workshop on Evolutionary Computation (GSICE), Milan, Italy, 20 September 2005

  38. L. Bocchi and L. Ballerini "Image Space Colonization Algorithm", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 3907, pp. 356-367, Applications of Evolutionary Computing, Rothlauf et al. eds., Budapest, Hungary, 9-12 April 2006

  39. L. Ballerini and L. Bocchi "Genetic Programming for Prediction of Fat Content in Meat Images", Workshop on Evolutionary Computation (GSICE2), Siena, Italy, 15 September 2006

  40. L. Ballerini, V. Franke-Stenport, C. B. Johansson, P. Johansson, M. Hoffman and G. Borgefors "Quantification of Bone Tissue Integration - a Comparative Study of Histomorphometrical Data", 20th European Conference on Biomaterials, Nantes, France, 27 September - 1 October 2006

  41. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría, I. Alemán and M. Botella "Craniofacial Superimposition in Forensic Identification using Genetic Algorithms", IEEE International Workshop on Computational Forensics (IWCF 2007) pp. 429-434, Manchester, UK, 29-31 August 2007

  42. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas and J. Santamaría "Automatic 3D Modeling of Skulls by Scatter Search and Heuristic Features", 12th On-line World Conference on Soft Computing in Industrial Applications (WSC12), 16-26 October 2007

  43. L. Ballerini, M. Calisti, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría "Automatic Feature Extraction from 3D Range Images of Skulls", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 5158, pp. 58-69, S. N. Srihari and K. Franke eds., Computational Forensic Washington DC, 7-8 August 2008

  44. L. Ballerini, M. Calisti, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría "Automatic 3D skull reconstruction using invariant features", 5th International Conference on Soft Computing as Transdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSTST 2008), Cergy-Pontoise, France, pp. 444-449, 28-31 October 2008

  45. X. Li, B. Aldridge, L. Ballerini, R. Fisher, J. Rees "Depth Data Improves Skin Lesion Segmentation", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 5762, pp. 1100-1107, Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2009), Part II, London, UK, 20-24 September 2009

  46. L. Ballerini, X. Li, R. Fisher, J. Rees "A Query-by-Example Content-Based Image Retrieval System of Non-melanoma Skin Lesions", Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 5853, pp. 31-38, (MCBR_CBS 2009), London, UK, 20 September 2009

  47. N. Laskaris, L. Ballerini, R. B. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees, "Fuzzy Description of Skin Lesions", Proc. SPIE Medical Imaging, Vol. 7627, San Diego, pp. 762717-1 to 762717-10, 2010.

  48. L. Ballerini, X. Li, R. B. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees, "Content-Based Image Retrieval of Skin Lesions by Evolutionary Feature Synthesis", in Lecture Notes in Computer Science n. 6024, pp. 312-319, Cecilia di Chio et al. eds., Istanbul, Turkey, April 2010

  49. M. Zanotto, L. Ballerini, R. B. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees, "Visual Cues Do Not Improve Lesion ABC(D) Grading", Proc. SPIE Medical Imaging, Vol. 7966, Orlando, Florida, pp. 79660U-1 to 79660U-10, 2011.

Popular science book and articles

  1. L. Ballerini, L.T. Barone, M. Bianchetti, F. Monforti Ferrario, F. Saccá, C. Usai editors. Cervelli in Fuga (Brains on the Run - Stories of Italian Researchers Fled Abroad), Avverbi, 2001

  2. L. Ballerini and E. Piazza "A Picture of Doctoral Studies in Italy", Eurodoc 2001, European Conference of Doctoral Students, Uppsala, Sweden, 1-4 March 2001

  3. L. Ballerini and E. Piazza "The Future of Italian Doctors", Eurodoc 2002, European Conference of Doctoral Students, Girona, Spain, 31 January - 3 February 2002

Other publications (Ph.D. and M.Sc. thesis, reports, national conferences)

  1. L. Ballerini "Genetic Algorithms for Automatic Design of Artificial Neural Network Architecture", Tesi di Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica, University of Florence, Italy, December 1993

  2. L. Ballerini and G. Valli "Neural Networks Architecture Optimization - A Survey" Technical Report No.9609/02, Dept. of Electronic Engineering, University of Florence, 1996

  3. G. Giacomelli, L. Ballerini, M. Scrivanti, R. Mencucci, G. Salvi "Ricostruzione Computerizzata della Rete Capillare Perifoveale per il Monitoraggio della Retinopatia Diabetica", 76oCongresso Nazionale della Società Oftalmologica Italiana, Roma, 1996

  4. L. Ballerini "Integration of Retinal Image Sequences" Technical Report No.9708/01, Dept. of Electronic Engineering, University of Florence, 1997

  5. G. Giacomelli, R. Volpe, S. Mariuz, L. Ballerini, G. Masotti, L. Masotti "La Digitalizzazione delle Immagini Ottenute con SLO: Nostra Esperienza" Nuove metodiche diagnostiche in oftalmologia, Congresso Annuale della Societá Tosco-Umbro-Emiliano-Marchigiana di Oftalmologia, pp. 33-36, Firenze, 1997

  6. L. Ballerini "Ausili Computazionali alla Diagnostica per Immagini in Oftalmologia - Computer Aided Diagnosis in Ocular Fundus Images", Ph.D. Thesis in Bioengineering, University of Florence, 1998 (monograph - 180 pages - english)

  7. L. Ballerini "Determination of Fat Contents in NMR Images of Meat: Preliminary Results" SSAB2000, Symposium on Image Analysis, pp.79-82, Halmstad, Sweden, 7-8 March 2000

  8. A. Högberg, L. Ballerini, B. Soussi, A. Lindgård, O. Rakotonirainy, G. Borgefors, K. Lundström, A-C. Bylund "A Novel Method for Quantitative Fat Analysis in Meat by In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging", Livsmedel 2000, Nationella livsmedelsforskardagar, Uppsala, Sweden, 19-20 October 2000

  9. L. Ballerini "How Do People Choose Meat?", SSAB2001, Symposium on Image Analysis, pp. 119-122, Norrköping, Sweden, 14-15 March 2001

  10. L. Ballerini and A. Hullberg "Determination of Holes in Pig Meat Images", SSAB2002, Symposium on Image Analysis, pp. 53-56, Lund, Sweden, 7-8 March 2002

  11. L. Ballerini, L. Bocchi and C. B. Johansson "Image Segmentation by a Genetic Fuzzy c-Means Algorithm using Color and Spatial Information" SSBA2004, Symposium on Image Analysis, pp. 166-169, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-12 March 2004

  12. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas and J. Santamaría "Selección Heurística en Imágenes 3D para la Reconstrucción Forense de Cráneos con Búsqueda Dispersa", II Congreso Español de Informática (CEDI 2007), I Jornadas sobre Algoritmos Evolutivos y Metaheurísticas (JAEM'07), pp. 97-104, Zaragoza, Spain, 11-14 September 2007

  13. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría, I. Alemán and M. Botella, "Identification by Computer-Aided Photographic Supra-projection: A Survey", Technical Report No. AFE 2007-04, European Centre for Soft Computing, 2007

  14. L. Ballerini, O. Cordón, S. Damas, J. Santamaría, I. Alemán and M. Botella "Craniofacial Superimposition in Forensic Identification using Genetic Algorithms", Technical Report No. AFE 2008-03, European Centre for Soft Computing, 2008

  15. X. Li, B. Aldridge, L. Ballerini, R. Fisher, J. Rees "Depth Data Improves Skin Lesion Segmentation", Technical Report No. EDI-INF-RR-1336, 2009

  16. L. Ballerini, X. Li, R. Fisher, J. Rees "A Query-by-Example Content-Based Image Retrieval System of Non-melanoma Skin Lesions", Technical Report No. EDI-INF-RR-1338, 2009

  17. L. Ballerini, X. Li, R. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees "Content-Based Image Retrieval of Skin Lesions by Evolutionary Feature Synthesis", Technical Report No. EDI-INF-RR-1357, 2010

  18. N. Laskaris, L. Ballerini, R. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees "Fuzzy Description of Skin Lesions", Technical Report No. EDI-INF-RR-1358, 2010

  19. M. Zanotto, L. Ballerini, R. Fisher, B. Aldridge, J. Rees "Visual Cues Do Not Improve Lesion ABC(D) Grading", Technical Report No. EDI-INF-RR-1397, 2011