Professor Roberto Cipolla

Fellow, College Lecturer
University Positions
Professor of Information Engineering

Roberto Cipolla is a Professor of Information Engineering. His research interests are in computer vision and robotics.

Academic interests

Roberto Cipolla's academic interests include:

  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Robotics.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Queens' College, University of Cambridge.
  • MSE, University of Pennsylvania.
  • MEng, University of Electrocommunications, Tokyo.
  • DPhil, Balliol College, University of Oxford.


Roberto Cipolla obtained a BA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and an MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. From 1985 to 1988 he studied and worked in Japan at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies (Japanese Language) and Electrotechnical Laboratory.

In 1991 he was awarded a DPhil in Computer Vision from the University of Oxford and from 1991-92 was a Toshiba Fellow and engineer at the Toshiba Corporation Research and Development Centre in Kawasaki, Japan. He joined the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge in 1992 as a Lecturer and a Fellow of Jesus College. He became a Reader in Information Engineering in 1997 and a Professor in 2000.

His research interests are in computer vision and robotics, and include:

  • Recovery of the 3D shape of visible surfaces from image sequences
  • Object detection, recognition and segmentation
  • Novel human-machine interfaces using hand, face, and body gestures
  • Visual guidance of autonomous systems, localisation and self-driving cars
  • Applications of computer vision on mobile phones for AR, e-commerce and healthcare.

He has authored two books, edited 12 volumes and co authored more than 400 papers.

Other interests

Professor, Royal Academy of Art Schools, photography, art and sculpture.

Director, Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory, Japanese language and culture.

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Publications, links and resources

Selected publications, as well as presentations and press articles.

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