Alberto Pretto is currently R&D Manager at IT + Robotics Srl, a spin-off of the University of Padua that works in the fields of industrial robotics and machine vision.
He received a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Padua in 2003 and 2009, respectively, where he also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (Department of Information Engineering). Pretto's main research topics are autonomous robotics and perception.
His career includes both academic and professional experiences in IT (Information Technology) companies. Between 2004 and 2005 he worked as an analyst programmer at Padova Ricerche Scpa, a company operating in the field of university to industry technology transfer. In 2005 he was one of the founders of IT+Robotics Srl, where he served as CEO until 2008. Between 2010 and 2013, Pretto was a Post-Doc at the University of Padua, and between 2013 and 2018 he was a fixed-term Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer, Automation and Management Engineering "Antonio Ruberti", Sapienza University of Rome. During his academic career, he spent a total of 14 months as a visiting researcher in three research laboratories: Autonomous Intelligent Systems laboratory of the University of Freiburg (Germany), UCLA Vision Lab of the University of California, Los Angeles (USA), and Photogrammetry and Robotics laboratory of the University of Bonn (Germany). From the beginning of 2019, he is founder and CEO of FlexSight Srl, a start-up company operating in the field of computer vision and artificial intelligence on embedded devices.

A detailed Curriculum Vitae [PDF, DRAFT] is available (last update: September 2018). An italian version [PDF, DRAFT] is also available (last update: March 2019).

Latest News

  • June 2020: Our paper Building an Aerial-Ground Robotics System for Precision Farming: An Adaptable Solution has been accepted for publication in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine!

  • June 2019: Our paper "Joint Vision-Based Navigation, Control and Obstacle Avoidance for UAVs in Dynamic Environments" has been accepted at ECMR 2019.

  • Jannuary 2019: Our paper "AgriColMap: Aerial-Ground Collaborative 3D Mapping for Precision Farming" has been accepted for publication as a Regular Paper in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters!

  • Oct 2018: I moved again from academia to industry, I'm back to IT+Robotics.

  • Oct 1 2018: At IROS 2018, to present new workshop papers.

  • June 19 2018: Our paper "An Effective Multi-Cue Positioning System for Agricultural Robotics" has been accepted for publication as a Regular Paper in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters!