Fabio Dell’Acqua obtained a first-class honour degree in Electronics Engineering at the University of Pavia, Italy, in July 1996, and in 1999 he successfully defended his Ph.D. in Remote Sensing at the University of Pavia.
In 2000 he was an assistant researcher at the Division of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK, working on reconstruction of 3-D environments from range scanner data. He then returned on a post doc to the Department of Electronics, University of Pavia, where in December 2001 he got a position as an assistant professor of Remote Sensing.
From Academic Year 2003/2004 he has been teaching three Remote Sensing courses annually:
-the first one for undergraduate students in electronics engineering, focussing on remote sensing systems and data generation
-the second one for graduate students in electronics engineering, reviewing data processing techniques for information extraction
-the third one for undergraduate students in environmental engineering, stressing applications
From Academic Year 2008/2009 he is also in charge of a remote sensing course at the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare (IAO), Florence, Italy, a branch of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs devoted to agricultural issues in tropical and subtropical areas. He tutors on average 5 to 10 students a year, both graduate and undergraduate, and he has established strong links with companies in the remote sensing market, which periodically host some of his students for training.
In 2006 he also joined the European Centre for Research and Training in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) in Pavia, as a researcher in the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Section. As such, he has promoted an initiative for a Global Seismic Vulnerability Map based on remotely sensed data, which has been supported by UN-SPIDER and included into the 2009-2011 GEO WorkPlan, Task DI-09-01a. He was appointed member of the Technical Board for the Exploitation of Satellite Data set up by the Italian Civil Protection Department in the aftermath of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.
His current research interests are on:
-processing and interpretation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, especially for purposes of feature detection and tracking;
-earthquake damage assessment using radar remotely sensed data;
-seismic vulnerability evaluation by fusion of Earth Observation data.
He has taken part to several research projects on related topics, including the EU FP7 project “Services and Applications for Emergency Response” (SAFER), which aims at implementing preoperational versions of the Emergency Response Core Service In the frame of the GMES initiative (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). He is author or co-author of over 30 paper on international, peer-reviewed scientific journals, a few papers on the national journal “Progettazione Sismica” (Seismic Design), over 100 papers at international conferences, 4 book chapters. He is Associate Editor of the Elsevier Journal of Information Fusion.