Lorenzo Seno was
born in December 15th 1948 in Bologna (Italy). He took is "Laurea" in
Physics in 1976 (with the maximum score of 110 "Cum Laude" at the "La
Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy), discussing a thesis about
experimental astrophysics in the field of near infrared (Chairman of
examiners board was prof. Paolo Maffei. Examiner Prof. Franco Bordoni).
The Italian "Laurea" was at these times something intermediate between
graduation and PhD (the last one having been introduced in Italy only
on 2003), requiring at least four years of classes, and the discussion
of a final Thesis on an original Research subject.
child he showed a spontaneous propensity toward music, and he learned
piano playing starting from when he was 11 years old, then continuing
in the 60s for the whole period of the middle schools and the
scientific high school, following private teachers. Among his teachers,
Giorgio Sacchetti for the piano, until he moved to Bolzano, the Italian
composer (now living in the USA) Giampaolo Bracali for solfeggio and
harmony, Ornella Mercatali for solfeggio and piano and finally, during
his high school last year, Gloria Lanni for the piano. After his high
school diploma, he selected scientific studies as his primary interest,
ending thus any regular music study.
was involved into applications of the computer science and signal
processing starting from his University early years, in the 70s, at the
former "Laboratory for the Study of the Plasma in the Space of the CNR"
- Italian Research National Council (now "Institute of Space Physics" -
Research Area of Tor Vergata - Rome), where for a couple of years he
collaborated to the computerized processing of data about the Hearth
magnetic field as sensed by NASA "Pioneer" satellites, in the framework
of an agreement between CNR and NASA.
the "Laurea" he was always involved in computer applications and signal
processing. Between 1980 and 1981, at the CTIP Solar (Bastogi Italian
group), in the framework of Research and development activities for
alternative energies and energy saving. Subsequently, up to 1984, at
the APRE S.p.A (Fintermica italian group), where he was in charge of
the laboratory of measurement and data processing in a project about
the development of industrial demonstrators for alternative energies
and energy saving.
1985 he was involved in design, development and production of
microprocessor-based systems for industrial controls and
telecommunications, at an Italian PMI. From 1986 to 1989 he was General
Manager of the Automap S.r.L., a company holding a proprietary
hardware-software system for Computerized Cartography and GIS
(Geografic Information Systems). During these times, this PMI became an
IBM partner and provided many Italian Municipalities with his
the 1989 he became Research and Development Director at the APRE SpA,
which was in the meanwhile converted to the development, prodyuction
and delivery of microprocessor-based remote control systems. He was in
charge of industrial research, product design and development and
industrialization of the software and hardware components of a PSTN and
VHF Radio based remote control system network with dozens of Control
Centers and thousands of peripherals spread around the whole
these times he personally developed several research projects about
different topics in which the company was involved, such as: numerical
dynamical simulation of plants and devices, to forecast in-field
behavior at the design time; immunity of the digital equipments to the
electromagnetic disturbances in harsh environments; radio coverage and
1996, the year in which APRE was shut-off, he was involved in several
topics as an entrepreneur or as free lance. In 1997, together with two
former APRE engineers, he was cofounder of the Audionica S.r.L., a PMI
in the field of acoustics and Digital Signal Processing. At the
same time, he started his collaboration with the "Centro Ricerche
Musicali" of Rome, of which he became Scientific Director. In this role
he begun to be specifically involved in Musical research and in
Musical signal processing.
1991 to 1997 he was an active member of the board of the musical
Association "Heinrich Neuhaus" (President M° Valerij Voskobojnikov),
participating to the organizations of the various activities. These
were various concert festivals, held at the Museum of musical
instruments in Rome and at the Academy of Rumania, from 92 to 95, open
piano master classes held by M° Vladimir Askenazy in 1994, piano
masters classes held by Gérard Frémy, Anatolij Katz, Valerij
Voskobojnikov, Luis Moura Castro in 1995, piano master class of M°
Voskobojnikov in 1996, concert and master class held by the Borodin
Quartet at the American Academy in Rome in April 1996.
Audionica he has managed projects of advanced technologic content. For
biomedical applications he has coordinated the development of the
multichannel acquisition and processing system for
Magneto-Encephalography (MEG) based on a dual multiprocessing system
using CPUs DSP ADI SHARC 2106x, and a wide band communication channel
based on fiber optics Gigabit Ethernet and link ports @ 20 Mbyte/secs.
The development was made for the laboratory of Biomedicine of the
University of Ulm. He also designed an analog signal conditioner for
piezo accelerometers for audio applications for the Laboratory of
Ultrasonics "M. Corbino" (Italian Research Council).
space field he coordinated and participated in the development of the
Avionic Model of the On Board Software of the HIFI payload, one of
the three experiments of the satellite ESA FIRST (Herschel-Planck), an
infrared observatory that hopefully will be launched in orbit in
the CRM he coordinated the development of virtual instrumentation for
the Automotive Psychoacoustics for the FIAT Research Center - the
Italian automotive industry (Virtual laboratories GSS and PPS within
the European projects Soqrates and Obelix, based on multiprocessor DSP
systems for intensive calculation, making use of the CPUs Texas C40 and
ADI SHARC 2106x).
collaboration with the M° Lupone he has conceived, together with Marco
Palumbi, the physical modeling algorithm of bowed strings (called
"Metal string"), that was used by Lupone itself for two compositions.
As to the the first one, "Metal string" for string quartet and magnetic
tape (Rome, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Kronos Quartet, 1997), he
contributed to the generation of scores, creating also the software
interface for the composer. The second one was "Canto di madre"
("Mother's Song"), for "Metal string" algorithm and female voice (Radio
Vaticana, 1999). During these years he made several publications and
Congress papers, as a result of his research activities. He also held
several conferences, also for scientific popularization purposes, and
gave lectures about technologies and scientific and technological
research, in Universities, workshops ad seminars. From 1997, during
three academic years, he taught Computer applications at the faculty
of Economics "Federico Caffè" of the University Roma 3. From
2001 he regularly holds every academic year seminars about musical
acoustics and psychoacustics in the framework of the degree in
Acustoelectronics at the faculty of Electronic Engineering of the third
University in Rome.
has been several times co-examiner, as scholar of the subject, of
thesis about acoustics and signal processing at the first ("La
Sapienza") and the third University in Rome. Particularly in the 1997
he was co-examiner of the Thesis by Marco Giordano (Examiner Prof.
Piero Marietti) having the title "Modeling and simulation of the
acoustic field in a cavity having a geometry of varying
characteristics". In 1998, at the Faculty of Engineering of he Second
University in Rome ("Tor Vergata") he was co-examiner of the Thesis by
Diego Polidori about "Synthesis of sounds by physical modeling: two
methods of realization in comparison", having as subject the comparison
among the method of synthesis used in "Metal string" and the waveguide
method (Examiner Prof. Giuseppe Martinelli). In 2001 at the Faculty of
Engineering of the Third University in Rome, he was the co-examiner of
the Thesis by Luca Mariorienzi about "Study of an acoustic radiator
having high directivity" (Examiner Prof. Paolo De Santis).
the Academic year 2002-2003 he held a series of classes for SIAE
("Advanced Computer Tools for Economics") at the faculty of Economics
of the third University in Rome, in the framework of the initiative for
the didactic innovation "CampusOne."
as scientific director of the Centro Ricerche Musicali, he is member of
the Scientific Board of of ECoNA, an intercollegiate Center of Research
on the "Cognitive processing in natural and artificial systems", which
has researchers of twelve universities and Italian Research Centers as
members. He is webmaster and co-author of the web site entitled to