Maria Concetta MACCARONE
      (nickname "Cettina")

            Senior Scientist (Primo Ricercatore)
            Research staff member


            Via Ugo La Malfa 153
            90146 Palermo

            phone:  +39 091 6809 460 (direct)
            fax:        +39 091 6882 258
            Email:   Cettina.Maccarone at

Brief information:

  • Born in Palermo, Italy, August 20, 1953
  • Degree in Physics, University of Palermo, Italy, 1979
  • Post Doc. Diploma in Health Physics, University of Bologna, Italy, 1980

Professional Experience:

  • Post doctoral fellow - IFCAI/CNR, Palermo, Italy (1981-1984)
  • Visiting Scientist - European Southern Observatory ESO, Garching, Germany (January-June 1984)
  • Researcher, Permanent Staff - IASF-Pa (formerly IFCAI/CNR), Palermo, Italy (1984-2001)
  • Visiting Scientist - European Southern Observatory ESO, Garching, Germany (June-July 1985)
  • Visiting Scientist - Dept. of Statistics, University of Stanford, CA, USA (January-April 1986)
  • Visiting Scientist - Philips Research Laboratory, Bruxelles, Belgium (October-December 1987)
  • Chairperson - "Astronomical Images", IAPR-Italian Chapter, Italy (1991-1996)
  • Chairperson - "CCMA European Scientific Network", ESF, France (1995-1997)
  • Chairperson - TC13 "Pattern Recognition in Astronomy and Astrophysics", IAPR Int'l (1995-1998)
  • Chairperson - Data Analysis Working Group, BeppoSAX Mission (1992-2000)
  • Chairperson - Scientific Data Analysis Working Group, EUSO Mission (2000-2004)
  • Senior Scientist, Permanent Staff - IASF-Pa/INAF, Palermo, Italy (2001-present)
  • Chairperson - Data Analysis Working Group, GAW Experiment (2005-2011)
  • Co.Responsible - UVscope Experiment (2007-present)
  • St.C.Member - TC13/IAPR "Pattern Recognition in Astronomy and Astrophysics" (2009-present)
  • Board.Member - "ASTRI Project Office, ASTRI Program" (2011-present)
  • Chairperson - "End-to-End Calibration of the ASTRI SST-2M Prototype" (2011-2015)
  • Chairperson - "ASPO, ASTRI Speaker's and Publication Office" (2012-present)
  • St.C.Member - "CTA-SAPO, CTA Speaker's And Publication Office" (2013-present)
  • Board.Member - "CTA-CCF, CTA Central Calibration Facilities" (2013-present)

Main affiliations:

... and, in the recent past:

Research interests:

  • Pattern Recognition - Image Analysis - Data Analysis Systems - Applications to X, Gamma, and Cosmic Ray Astronomy Data - Outreach and Communication
  • My research interests mainly concerns retrieval and management of information in the experimental field, particularly on data with low signal-to-noise ratio and/or low statistics. Cluster analysis, k-nearest neighbours, deconvolution algorithms, computational geometry, fuzzy set theory, mathematical morphology, Hough transform, are some of the tools adopted to define new not-standard methods of Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis, in the application field of high-energy astrophysical data.
  • See also Auger, ASTRI, CTA, UVscope, MeDIA, BeppoSAX, EUSO, JEM-EUSO, ULTRA, POETA pages at IASF-Palermo

Selected publications: