Devis Tuia Personal Homepage 

Environmental Computational Science and Earth Observation Laboratory
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 
EPFL Valais - Sion campus

Official web on EPFL


- September 2020: a new adventure starts! I have moved to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where I started the new Laboratory for Environmental Computational Science and Earth Observation (ECEO).

- April 2020: we are ready to release our fully functional RSVQA data and toolbox! VQA is a way to train models answering questions about the content of the images asked in natural language. Have a look to the paper and project page and then download, explore and do BEAT our baselines!!!!

- Sept 2019: I became a member of the ELLIS society, the European lab for learning and intelligent systems!

- Sept 2019: our ELLIS program "Machine learning for Earth and Climate science" has been launched!

- Nov 2019: our paper "Kernel manifold alignment for domain adaptation" in the top cited papers of PLoS One!

- Nov 2019: former master student Cyril Wendl (collaboration with EPFL Lausanne) won the IGSO award 2019! Congrats!

AcadEmic stUff

From 2017, I am associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

From 2018, I am associate Editor in the Journal of the ISPRS

Into Computer Vision? 

  • We are helding a workshop "Earthvision: large scale computer vision for remote sensing imagery" in CVPR 2020. Have a look to the website
  • I also served in the program committee of the DeepGlobe workshop at CVPR 2018: have a look at the website !

PubliCations & coDes

      Here is the list of my publications

      My Google Scholar citation page here

      Some codes that may be useful here



 COMING SOON With Gustau Camps-Valls (Uni. Valencia), XiaoXiang Zhu (TUM/DLR) and markus Reichsten (MPI), we are about to publish a comprehensive book about the perspectives of deep learning for Earth sciences. It covers all kind of image processing techniques from satellites (segmentation, detection, estimation) and their application in a number of relevant fields (weather prediction, cryosphere, climate change). Stay tuned!

ETA: early 2021.

  With Gustavo Camps-Valls, Luis Gomez-Chova and Jesus Malo, we published a book entitled "Remote Sensing Image Processing", that covers many aspects of remote sensing, going from physical indices, feature extraction, classification and retrieval of biophysical parameters. 

To know more about the book click here

An amazon link


PeoPle I worK wIth

  • Sylvain Lobry, Université de Paris [Web].
  • Michele Volpi [Web] (Swiss Data Center).
  • Gustavo Camps-Valls [Web], Jesus Malo [Web] and Jordi Muñoz-Marí [Web] (University of Valencia, Spain).
  • Nicolas Courty [Web], IRISA (France).
  • Rémi Flamary [Web] (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis).
  • Alain Rakotomamonjy [Web] (INSA Rouen, France).
  • Jocelyn Chanussot [Web] and Mauro Dalla Mura (GIPSA lab, Grenoble Institute of Technology).
  • Fabio Pacifici  [Web] (Digital Globe, Longmont CO, USA).
  • Clément Mallet [Web], IGN Paris, France.
  • Gabriele Moser [Web], University of Genoa, Italy.

  Former PhD students
  • Benjamin Kellenberger (WUR) [Web]
  • Diego Marcos Gonzalez (WUR) [Web]
  • Shivangi Srivastava (WUR)
  • Matthew Parkan (EPFL) [Web]. Co-supervised with F. Golay (EPFL Lausanne).
  • Michele Volpi [Web] (Swiss data Center)
  • Frank de Morsier [Web] (CEO Picterra)
  • Giona Matasci [Web] (MDA / DigitalGlobe)
  • Timothée Produit [Web] (Ecole d'ingénieurs, Yverdon)
  Current PhD student
  • Thien-Anh Nguyen (EPFL) [Web]
  • Jeroen Hoekendijk (NIOZ, WUR) [Web]
  • Ilan Havinga (WUR) [Web]
  • Alex Levering (WUR) [Web]

About mE

I was born in Mendrisio, in the Italian part of Switzerland and completed my studies there. I then moved from my home town for university and landed in Lausanne, Switzerland... Licence in Geography at the University of Lausanne, master of advanced studies in Environmental engineering at the EPFL and back for the PhD at the University of Lausanne, that's what I did.

My licence thesis was about building a GIS prototype to optimize the heat distribution from a waste-to-energy facility in Lausanne. For the master thesis, I moved to Chile, South America, for a joint project between the EMPA and the Universidad de Chile, aiming at the estimation of road traffic emissions with an emission model linked with GIS. For my PhD, I worked on a Swiss National Foundation project about clustering and classification of remotely sensed urban areas. The work focused principally on active and semi-supervised learning using kernel methods. After the PhD I moved on with a Postdoc about structured outputs classification and active learning jointly hosted by the Image Processing Laboratory of the University of València (Spain)  and the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). I then worked as a research associate at the LaSIG laboratory of the EPFL on a project on multi sensor image classifiers adaptation [WEB]. The project principally dealt with manifold description of high dimensional remote sensing data and adaptation of data processing models. After that, I moved to University of Zurich, where I was the head of the MultiModal Remote Sensing group, under the Swiss SNF project "Multimodal machine learning for remote sensing information fusion" [WEB]. Between 2017 and 2020 I worked in Wageningen University as a professor and I lead a group working on problems of multisensorial data fusion for remote sensing data processing. Since 2020, I am professor at EPFL, on the beautiful Sion campus, and run the Environmental Computational Science and Earth Observation Laboratory (ECEO), where we develop and deploy artificial intelligence for tackling important environmental problems involving images. 

Out of the reseArch woRld...

  • Here is my Flickr page, for those who love photography
  • I love to travel everywhere around the world! Any tips on wonderful locations are always welcome! 
  • I also am mad about diving. The underwater world rocks.