Francesca De Simone

Biography

Francesca De Simone was born in Rome, Italy, on May 21st, 1983. She received her M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the Università degli Studi Roma TRE, Rome, Italy, in December 2006. From August 2006 until November 2006 she was research assistant in the Institute of Signal Processing of Tampere University of Technology (TUT), in Tampere, Finland, working on error concealment technique for video transmission over Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) channel. She performed her M.Sc thesis project on Video Quality Assessment and Error concealment for DVB-H System. From January to March 2007 she worked as IT consultant in Rome, in H3G Italy, focusing on test activity for DVB-H phones. Since May 2007 she is research assistant in Professor Ebrahimi’s MultiMedia Signal Processing group at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. Since March 2008, she is pursing her PhD thesis under the guidance of Prof. Ebrahimi.

Her research interests include subjective visual quality assessment, Full-Reference, Reduced-Reference and No-Reference objective image and video quality metrics, Quality of Experience in multimedia communication. She has been involved in the CTI A-VISION project on Advanced Videoconferencing Service over IP-cOnverging Networks, in the K-SPACE Network of Excellence (http://www.k-space.eu/)and in VISNET II Network of Excellence (http://www.visnet-noe.org/). She is currently involved in the NCCR IM2 network (Swiss National Center of Competence in Research on Interactive Multimodal Information Management, http://www.im2.ch/), in the Network of Excellence PetaMedia (http://www.petamedia.eu/) and in the Euro NF Network of Excellence on Haptic enablers for improved QoE, bandwidth and energy consumption (http://www.univie.ac.at/hapqnet/). She has been involved in several industrial projects, like the Microsoft JPEG-XR performance evaluation project (1 year project carried out during 2008) and the ongoing iCelero project on Internet acceleration for video streaming over 3G networks.

Francesca won the “Accenture Master of Science Award 2006/2007” for the results achieved during her Master of Science at Università degli Studi Roma TRE and the “QoMEX 2009 Qualcomm Best Student Paper Award” for the paper “Subjective assessment of H.264/AVC video sequences transmitted over a noisy channel”.

Main Publications

R. G. De Albuquerque Azevedo; N. Birkbeck; F. De Simone; I. Janatra; B. Adsumilli et al. : Visual Distortions in 360-degree Videos; IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. 2019-07-08. DOI : 10.1109/TCSVT.2019.2927344.
R. G. De Albuquerque Azevedo; N. Birkbeck; F. De Simone; I. Janatra; B. Adsumilli et al. : Visual Distortions in 360-degree videos (Dataset). 2019-07-04.
F. De Simone; R. G. De Albuquerque Azevedo; S. Kim; P. Frossard : Graph-Based Detection of Seams in 360-Degree Images. 2019. 26th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2019), Taipei, Taiwan, September 22-25, 2019.
S. Rossi; F. De Simone; P. Frossard; L. Toni : Spherical Clustering of Users Navigating 360 Content. 2019. ICASSP 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Brighton, UK, 12-17 May, 2019. DOI : 10.1109/ICASSP.2019.8683854.
F. De Simone; R. G. De Albuquerque Azevedo; S. Kim; P. Frossard : Graph-Based Detection of Seams in 360-Degree Images. 2019. ICIP 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Taipei, Taiwan, September 22-25, 2019.
R. G. De Albuquerque Azevedo; N. Birkbeck; F. De Simone; I. Janatra; B. Adsumilli et al. : Visual Distortions in 360-degree Videos. 2018-12-30. https://robertogerson.github.io/360-distortions-dataset/.
M. Rizkallah; F. De Simone; T. Maugey; C. Guillemot; P. Frossard : Rate Distortion Optimized Graph Partitioning for Omnidirectional Image Coding. 2018. European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Rome, ITALY, Aug 03-07, 2018. p. 897-901.
X. Corbillon; F. De Simone; G. Simon; P. Frossard : Dynamic Adaptive Streaming for Multi-Viewpoint Omnidirectional Videos. 2018. ACM MMSys, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, Jun 12-15, 2018. p. 237-249. DOI : 10.1145/3204949.3204968.
F. De Simone; N. Birkbeck; B. Adsumilli; P. Frossard : Deformable block based motion estimation in omnidirectional image sequences. 2017. IEEE 19th International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, London, Luton, October 16-18, 2017.
H. Vicente Miranda; É. M. Szego; L. M. A. Oliveira; C. Breda; E. Darendelioglu et al. : Glycation potentiates α-synuclein-associated neurodegeneration in synucleinopathies; Brain : a journal of neurology. 2017. DOI : 10.1093/brain/awx056.
X. Corbillon; F. De Simone; G. Simon : 360-Degree Video Head Movement Dataset. 2017. ACM MMSys 2017, Taipei.
F. De Simone; P. Wilkins; N. Birkbeck; A. Kokaram; P. Frossard : Geometry-driven quantization for omnidirectional image coding. 2016. 32nd Picture Coding Symposium (PCS 2016), Nuremberg, Germany, December 4-7, 2016.
D. J. Klionsky; K. Abdelmohsen; A. Abe; M. J. Abedin; H. Abeliovich et al. : Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition); Autophagy. 2016. DOI : 10.1080/15548627.2015.1100356.
A. G. J. Besson; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Objective quality metrics for video scalability. 2013. International Conference on Image processing. DOI : 10.1109/ICIP.2013.6738013.
P. Hanhart; F. De Simone; M. Rerabek; T. Ebrahimi : 3D Video Quality Assessment; Emerging Technologies for 3D Video: Creation, Coding, Transmission and Rendering; John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2013. p. 378-393.
F. De Simone : Selected Contributions on Multimedia Quality Evaluation. Lausanne, EPFL, 2012. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-5400.
P. Hanhart; M. Rerabek; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Subjective quality evaluation of the upcoming HEVC video compression standard. 2012. SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, San Diego, California, USA, August 13-16, 2012. DOI : 10.1117/12.946036.
P. Hanhart; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : [ISO/IEC MPEG contribution] 3DV: Alternative metrics to PSNR. 2012.
P. Hanhart; F. De Simone; M. Rerabek; T. Ebrahimi : [ISO/IEC MPEG contribution] 3DV: Objective quality measurement for the 2-view case scenario. 2012.
P. Hanhart; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Quality Assessment of Asymmetric Stereo Pair Formed From Decoded and Synthesized Views. 2012. 4th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), Yarra Valley, Australia, July 5-7, 2012. DOI : 10.1109/QoMEX.2012.6263854.
P. Korshunov; C. Araimo; F. De Simone; C. Velardo; J.-L. Dugelay et al. : Subjective Study of Privacy Filters in Video Surveillance. 2012. IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), Banff, Canada, September 17-19, 2012. p. 378-382.
P. Korshunov; C. Araimo; F. De Simone; C. Velardo; J.-L. Dugelay et al. : Evaluation of Visual privacy Filters Impact on Video Surveillance Intelligibility. 2012. International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), Yarra Valley, Australia, July, 5-7, 2012.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; N. Ramzan; E. Izquierdo; T. Ebrahimi : Quality assessment of multidimensional video scalability; IEEE Communications Magazine. 2012. DOI : 10.1109/MCOM.2012.6178832.
A. Perkis; J. You; L. Xing; T. Ebrahimi; F. De Simone et al. : Towards certification of 3D video quality assessment. 2012. 6th International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics - VPQM 2012, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, January 19-20, 2012.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Subjective quality evaluation of foveated video coding using audio-visual focus of attention; IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. 2011. DOI : 10.1109/JSTSP.2011.2165199.
F. De Simone; L. Goldmann; J. S. Lee; T. Ebrahimi : Performance analysis of VP8 image and video compression based on subjective evaluations. 2011. SPIE Optics and Photonics, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXIV, San Diego, CA, USA, August ,2011. DOI : 10.1117/12.896313.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Subjective quality assessment of scalable video coding: a survey. 2011. International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, Mechelen, Belgium. p. 25-30.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Subjective quality evaluation via paired comparison: application to scalable video coding; IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. 2011. DOI : 10.1109/TMM.2011.2157333.
F. De Simone; L. Goldmann; J. S. Lee; T. Ebrahimi : Towards High Efficiency Video Coding: Subjective Evaluation of Potential Coding Technologies; Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. 2011. DOI : 10.1016/j.jvcir.2011.01.008.
F. De Simone; M. Naccari; M. Tagliasacchi; F. Dufaux; S. Tubaro et al. : Subjective quality assessment of H.264/AVC video streaming with packet losses; Eurasip Journal on Image and Video Processing. 2011. DOI : 10.1155/2011/190431.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Efficient Video Coding based on Audio-Visual Focus of Attention; Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. 2011. DOI : 10.1016/j.jvcir.2010.11.002.
F. De Simone; L. Goldmann; J.-S. Lee; T. Ebrahimi; V. Baronicni : Subjective Evaluation of Next-Generation Video Compression Algorithms: A Case Study. 2010. SPIE Optics and Photonic, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXIII (Conference 7798) , San Diego, CA, USA, August 1-5, 2010. DOI : 10.1117/12.863485.
L. Goldmann; F. De Simone; F. Dufaux; T. Ebrahimi; R. Tanner et al. : IMPACT OF VIDEO TRANSCODING ARTIFACTS ON THE SUBJECTIVE QUALITY. 2010. Second International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, Trondheim, Norway, June 21–23, 2010. p. 52-57.
S. Buchinger; F. De Simone; E. Hotop; H. Hlavacs; T. Ebrahimi : Gesture and Touch Controlled Video Player Interface for Mobile Devices. 2010. ACM Multimedia 2010, Florence, Italy, October 25-29, 2010. DOI : 10.1145/1873951.1874055.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; N. Ramzan; Z. Zhao; E. Kurutepe et al. : Subjective evaluation of scalable video coding for content distribution. 2010. ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Firenze, Italy, October 25-29, 2010. p. 65-72.
F. De Simone; M. Tagliasacchi; M. Naccari; S. Tubaro; T. Ebrahimi : H.264/AVC video database for the evaluation of quality metrics. 2010. 35th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2010), Dallas, Texas, U.S.A, March 14–19, 2010.
F. De Simone; L. Goldmann; D. Filimonov; T. Ebrahimi : On the Limits of Perceptually Optimized JPEG. 2010. Fifth International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics (VPQM-10), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, January 13-15, 2010.
L. Goldmann; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Impact of Acquisition Distortion on the Quality of Stereoscopic Images. 2010. International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, January 13-15, 2010.
L. Goldmann; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : A Comprehensive Database and Subjective Evaluation Methodology for Quality of Experience in Stereoscopic Video. 2010. IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, San Jose, January 17-21, 2009. DOI : 10.1117/12.839438.
F. De Simone; L. Goldmann; V. Baroncini; T. Ebrahimi : Subjective evaluation of JPEG XR image compression. 2009. SPIE Optics and Photonics, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXII, San Diego, CA, August.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Influence of audio-visual attention on perceived quality of standard definition multimedia content. 2009. First International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2009), San Diego, CA, U.S.A., July 29–31, 2009. p. 13-18.
F. De Simone; M. Naccari; M. Tagliasacchi; F. Dufaux; S. Tubaro et al. : Subjective assessment of H.264/AVC video sequences transmitted over a noisy channel. 2009. First International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2009), San Diego, CA, U.S.A., July 29–31, 2009.
J.-S. Lee; F. De Simone; T. Ebrahimi : Video coding based on audio-visual attention. 2009. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME'09), New York, USA.
F. De Simone; F. Dufaux; T. Ebrahimi; C. Delogu; V. Baroncini : A subjective study of the influence of color information on visual quality assessment of high resolution pictures. 2009. Fourth International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics (VPQM-09), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, January 15-16, 2009.
F. De Simone; M. Ansorge; T. Ebrahimi : A multi-channel objective model for the Full-Reference assessment of color pictures. 2008. 2nd K-space Jamboree Workshop, Paris, July 24-25, 2008.
F. De Simone; D. Ticca; F. Dufaux; M. Ansorge; T. Ebrahimi : A comparative study of color image compression standards using perceptually driven quality metrics. 2008. SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, CA USA, August 11-14, 2008.
F. De Simone; M. Ouaret; F. Dufaux; A. G. Tescher; T. Ebrahimi : A comparative study of JPEG 2000, AVC/H.264, and HD Photo. 2007. SPIE Optics and Photonics, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXX, San Diego, CA USA, 28 - 30 August 2007.