Maria Concetta MACCARONE
      (nickname "Cettina")

            Senior Scientist (Primo Ricercatore)


            Via Ugo La Malfa 153
            90146 Palermo
            Email:   Cettina.Maccarone at

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this page are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the INAF or the IASF-Pa Institute.

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/IAPR Int'l "Pattern Recognition in Astronomy and Astrophysics" (1995-1998)
  • St.C.Member - TC13/IAPR Int'l "Pattern Recognition in Astronomy and Astrophysics" (1999-2012)
  • 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 (2001-2020)
  • Chairperson - Data Analysis Working Group, GAW Experiment (2005-2011)
  • Co.Responsible - UVscope Experiment (2007-2018)
  • Responsible - UVscope Experiment (2019-2022)
  • Board.Member - "ASTRI Project Office, ASTRI Program" (2011-2019)
  • Chairperson - "End-to-End Calibration of the ASTRI SST-2M Prototype" (2011-2015)
  • Chairperson - "ASPO, ASTRI Speaker's and Publication Office" (2012-2018)
  • Board.Member - "ASPO, ASTRI Speaker's and Publication Office" (2019-present)
  • St.C.Member - "CTA-SAPO, CTA Speaker's And Publication Office" (2013-2016)
  • Chairperson - "CTA-CCF, CTA Central Calibration Facilities - Array Calibration" (2013-2018)
  • Board.Member - "CTA-CCF, CTA Central Calibration Facilities" (2019-2020)
  • Associate Senior Scientist - IASF-Pa/INAF, Palermo, Italy (2020-present)

Main affiliations:

... and, in the recent past:

  • BeppoSAX Satellite for X-Ray Astronomy
  • EPO-INAF Working Group
  • EUSO Extreme Universe Space Observatory
  • JEM-EUSO Extreme Universe Space Observatory on Japanese Experiment Module
  • GAW Gamma Air Watch
  • ULTRA UV Light Transmission and Reflection in the Atmosphere
  • The Pierre Auger Observatory
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  • CVPL, Associazione Italiana per la ricerca in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition e Machine Learning (ex GIRPR)
  • IAPR-TC13, Techn.Comm. on Pattern Recognition in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
  • IAU Commission 5, International Astronomical Union, Commission 5 on Documentation and Astronomical Data

Research interests:

  • Pattern Recognition - Image Analysis - Data Analysis Systems - Applications to X, Gamma, and Cosmic Ray Astronomy Data - Atmosphere Monitoring - Calibration
  • My research interests mainly concerned 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 calibration and analysis.
  • See also ASTRI, UVscope, Muography, CTA, FluChe, ULTRA, BeppoSAX, EUSO and JEM-EUSO, MeDIA pages at IASF-Palermo

Selected publications: