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Alessandro Valli

Software Engineer at Oblong Industries

Los Angeles, California
Computer Software
  1. Oblong Industries Inc
  1. Oblong Europe SL,
  2. DeepVue Inc,
  3. iO Srl
  1. Università degli Studi di Firenze / University of Florence
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Oblong Industries Inc

Oblong Industries Inc

Software Engineer - Core Platform & Special Projects + Design Team

– Present

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Building the future of computing.

I like computers when they don't look like computers.

I spent the last 12 years inventing and refining interactive spaces and artifacts in research centers and startups. I am very effective in rapid prototyping, simplification, making things work smoothly and reliably. I possess a strong aesthetic sense for clean interaction concepts.


- human-computer interaction design
- OpenGL, advanced data visualization
- real-time computer vision (color, near infrared, depth sensors)
- software engineering, C++, iOS programming


Software Engineer - Core Platform & Special Projects + Design Team

Oblong Industries Inc
– Present (3 years 10 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

C++ and OpenGL on Linux and Mac OS X, interaction design, Objective-C on iOS, Kinect, Leap Motion...

Oblong is a startup.

Software Engineer

Oblong Europe SL
(11 months)Barcelona Area, Spain

Objective-C on iOS, C++ and OpenGL on Linux and Mac OS X, interaction design.

Oblong is a startup.

Founder and CEO

DeepVue Inc
(8 months)San Francisco, CA

Objective-C on iOS, image analysis, geolocation, sensor fusion, interaction design, PHP, JavaScript and HTML5.

DeepVue was a startup.

Co-Owner and R&D Director

iO Srl
(4 years 3 months)Venice Area, Italy

C++ on Windows, real-time computer vision, OpenCV, DirectX, RFID, near infrared imaging, interactive walls, tables, floors, rooms, interaction design.

iO was a startup.

Postdoc Research Fellow at Media Integration and Communication Center

University of Florence
(2 years)Florence Area, Italy

HCI, C++ on Windows, computer vision, pattern recognition, OpenCV, DirectX, data visualization, interaction design.


Natural Interaction
(2 years 1 month)

C++ on Windows, DirectX, OpenCV, real-time computer vision, natural interaction, interactive spaces.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Alessandro is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Alessandro cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Politics

Organizations Alessandro supports:


Hand pointing apparatus(Link)

Europe 0279672
Filed December 23, 2002

Spatial Operating Environment (soe) with Markerless Gestural Control(Link)

United States US 13/909,980
Filed June 4, 2013

A Spatial Operating Environment (SOE) with markerless gestural control includes a sensor coupled to a processor that runs numerous applications. A gestural interface application executes on the processor. The gestural interface application receives data from the sensor that corresponds to a hand of a user detected by the sensor, and tracks the hand by generating images from the data and associating blobs in the images with tracks of the hand. The gestural interface application detects a pose of the hand by classifying each blob as corresponding to an object shape. The gestural interface application generates a gesture signal in response to a gesture comprising the pose and the tracks, and controls the applications with the gesture signal.



Visual capture and understanding of hand pointing actions in a 3-D environment(Link)

IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
August 2003

My MSc Thesis.


The design of natural interaction(Link)

Multimedia Tools and Applications
January 2008

This paper addresses the problem of the relationship between humans and technology-enhanced spaces and physical objects.

One man and his life in pictures(Link)

Wired UK
January 2011

Got a million snaps? Try an automatic life-logger.

State of the art(Link)

The Guardian
November 2004

A slick use of interactive technology at a Florence gallery leaves Ben Hammersley educated and very impressed.


  1. Italian

  2. English

  3. Spanish


  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Vision
  • C++
  • Human Computer...
  • Computer Science
  • Programming
  • User Experience
  • Interaction Design
  • Data Visualization
  • OpenGL
  • OpenCV
  • iOS development
  • Gesture Recognition
  • NUI
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Stereo Vision
  • OpenNI
  • Game Development
  • Multi-touch
  • Touch Interfaces
  • Problem Solving
  • Invention
  • Natural Interaction
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Interactive Spaces
  • Game Programming
  • Interactive Media
  • Interactive Storytelling
  • Simplifying the Complex
  • Hacking
  • Image Processing
  • Motion Sensing
  • Research
  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Interactive Advertising
  • Java
  • Physical Computing
  • TUI
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Big Data Visualization
  • Interactive Displays
  • Demos
  • Depth Imaging
  • Interactive...
  • Perceptual Computing
  • Calm Technology
  • RFID
  • Kinect
  • Objective-C
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Università degli Studi di Firenze / University of Florence

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer and Telecommunications Engineering

C++ on Windows, computer vision, pattern recognition, OpenCV, DirectX, interaction design, HCI. Thesis: 'Natural Interaction'.

Università degli Studi di Firenze / University of Florence

Master of Science (MSc), Computer Engineering

C++ on IRIX, real-time computer vision, Java, AI, motion capture, video segmentation, pattern recognition.

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