International networks

EU Cost ActionCA21133: Globalisation, Illicit Trade, Sustainability and Security (GLITSS)
  • Leader of Working Group 4 - Software Application


2022 - to dateAssociate editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Robot and Machine Vision
2022 - to dateAssociate editor of SN Computer Science
2018 - to dateAssociate editor of Pattern Recognition
2018 - to dateAssociate editor of Pattern Recognition Letters
2021Guest editor of the Special Issue, Autonomous Health Monitoring and Assistance Systems using IoT, Frontiers in Robotics and AI
2015Co-editor of the Special issue on selected papers from CAIP 2015 on the Springer journal Machine Vision and Applications
2015Co-editor of the CAIP2015 Proceedings published by Springer in two volumes: Part 1 and Part 2

Research grant programs

Nov 2022Jury Member of NWO-eScience
July 2021Jury Member of NWO-OTP

Co-chair of int'l conferences & workshops

Sep 2017Co-chair of WBICV2017, Catania, Italy
Aug 2017Co-chair of REACTS2017, Ystad, Sweden
Aug 2015General co-chair of the 1st international workshop on Computational Models of Visual Cortex (CMVC) as part of the 9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS), 3-5 Dec, New York City, New York, USA.
Sep 2015General co-chair of the 16th international CAIP 2015 conference, 2-4 Sep, Valletta, Malta
Sep 2015Co-chair of REACTS2015, Valletta, Malta
Apr 2012Co-chair of the workshop "Supercomputers and Brain-Inspired Machine Vision", St. Martin’s Institute, Malta
  • “Computational models of the visual system”, N. Petkov
  • “Brain-inspired algorithms for computer vision”, G. Azzopardi
  • “Supercomputers: the road to exascale computing”, T. Lippert
Apr 2011Co-chair of the workshop "Robot Intelligence: How do robots learn and see?, St. Martin’s Institute, Malta
  • “Contour detection by surround suppression of texture”, N. Petkov
  • “Matrix Relevance Learning: basic concepts and applications in medicine”, M. Biehl
  • “Trainable V4-like filters for the detection of vascular bifurcations in retinal images”, G. Azzopardi

PhD defense committees

May 2022Co-promoter and examiner of Astone Shi, University of Groningen
Jan 2022Examiner of Laurens van Kouwenhove, University of Groningen
Jun 2021Examiner of Xingyu Chen, University of Groningen
Dec 2020Co-promoter and examiner of Ahmad Alsahaf, University of Groningen
Sep 2020Examiner of Klaas Dijkstra, University of Groningen
Aug 2020Examiner of Godliver Owomugisha, University of Groningen
Jun 2018Examiner of Irene Schiza, University of Groningen
Dec 2017Co-promoter and examiner of Jiapan Guo, University of Groningen
May 2017Examiner of Maria Papaioannou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Feb 2017Co-promoter and examiner of Nicola Strisciuglio, University of Salerno, Italy. Nicola was a double-doctorate PhD student and he defended at two Universities.
Nov 2016Examiner of Sergio Garrido Jurado, University of Cordoba, Spain
Dec 2016Co-promoter and examiner of Andreas Neocleous, University of Groningen
Jun 2016Co-promoter and examiner of Nicola Strisciuglio, University of Groningen

Summer schools

Jul 2015Lecturer at the Fifth International Summer School on Brain-inspired Computer Vision, Shenyang, China
Jul 2011Student at the ICVSS - International Computer Vision Summer School, Siracusa, Sicily
Jun 2010Student at the AERFAI Summer School on Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning in Multimedia Systems, Benicassim, Spain

Program committees of int'l research events

2012 - to dateActively involved in the program committees of various international conferences and workshops, namely CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, NeurIPS, ICML, ICPRAM, VISAPP, CAIP, DOCENG, FAISE, and ICANN.


Feb 2023Associate chair in VISAPP2023, Lisbon, Portugal
Jan 2022Associate chair in VISAPP2022, Online Streaming
Sep 2021Session chair in CAIP2021, Nicosia, Cyprus
Aug 2021 - to dateIllicit Trade Group, University of Groningen
Feb 2020Local and chair of the plenary session in ICPRAM2020, Valletta, Malta
Sep 2019Session chair in CAIP2019, Salerno, Italy
Sep 2014External examiner of two MSc projects from Makerere University, Uganda
Jul 2013Session chair in BrainComp