Academic Profiles

Roberto Cipolla
Professor of Information Engineering

Roberto CipollaProfessor Cipolla works in the field of computer vision and robotics. He teaches the following courses:

  • 1st year computing lab
  • 2nd year Image processing and retrieval
  • 4th year module Computer Vision and Robotics

Professor Cipolla came up to Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1981 intending to read Natural Sciences, but on his first day decided to switch to Engineering as he "wanted to do something professional".

Attracted to Electrical Engineering, he pursued this subject doing a Masters degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by two and a half years as a Japanese Government Scholar in Tokyo where he learnt Japanese and studied for another Masters in Robotics as well as researching at the Electrotechnical Laboratory. He returned to England by sea and land, retracing Marco Polo's route along the 'Silk Road' and the Buddhist origins of the Japanese people. An exhibition of his photographs called 'Seeking Gandhara' was shown in Tokyo in 1992.

He then studied computer vision at Balliol College, Oxford, gaining a DPhil in 1991. He returned to Japan as a Toshiba Fellow from 1991-92 before taking up a lectureship at Cambridge. Professor Cipolla's research now encompasses all his early interests in art, photography, architecture and maths. He became a Professor in Information Engineering in 2000 and is a Fellow at Jesus College.

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