Dipartimento di Ingegneria
Elettronica e delle
Dottorato di Ricerca in Tecnologie
dell\u2019Informazione e della
Ecole doctorale Sciences et
Technologies de l\u2019Information et
de la Communication
A doctoral thesis is a three-years long work which requires the efforts of many people (beside the candidate himself/herself) in order to be com- pleted. My case was not an exception, as many people helped me in many ways during these years. I owe acknowledgements to all of them.
I \ufb01rstly would like to thanks professor Luigi Paura, whose hard work made it possible to start an international doctoral program at the \u201cFede- rico II\u201d University of Napoli (Italy). This effort is mirrored by that done by professor Michel Barlaud at the \u201cUniversit\u00b4
I owe a deep thank to my supervisors, who directed my research work with extreme competence, and gave me manyuseful hints, indications and suggestions, without which I would not have been able to accomplish this thesis work. So thank you, professors Giovanni Poggi, (Universit`
In these three years I met many people, whose collaboration gave a in- credible speed-up to my research work. So I thank Dr. Annalisa Verdoliva and Giuseppe Scarpa (at the \u201cFederico II\u201d University), Andrea Zinicola (at CNIT Laboratory of Napoli), Dr. Christophe Parisot, Valery Val\u00b4
I would like to spend some more word for some of my colleagues. Thank you Annalisa for your collaboration, for so many hints and sug- gestions, for all the interesting discussions we have had, and above all for your friendship. Thank you Donatella for all the times we have talked about books, research, movies, university, life. And thank you Peppe, you are my reference in football, segmentation, cooking, \u201cprince behavior \u201d(to- gether with Franco, who deserves many thanks as well): thank you for many priceless hints and \u201creal life\u201d-theorems (as the Peppe\u2019s \ufb01rst theo-
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