Leonardo Impett, M.A.

Digital Humanities Scientist
Abteilung Weddigen

impett(at)biblhertz.it+39 0669 993-585

Read Engineering (B.A., M.Eng) - Biological and Artificial Intelligence - at the University of Cambridge, 2011-2015, with scholarships from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineering Technology. Research Intern, then Visiting Researcher, at the RAINBOW Graphics and Interaction laboratory, Computer Lab, University of Cambridge 2013-2017. Research Intern with Microsoft Research, in deep neural networks for image aesthetics, 2014. Nanoscience (bio- & nano-technology) IARU program at the University of Tokyo, 2013, with scholarships from Santander and the Japan Student Services Organization. Worked in several projects on musical interaction, funded by e.g. Arts Council England and Boeing, towards performances at IRCAM (Paris), the Royal Opera House (London), Re-New (Copenhagen), Villa Strozzi (Florence). Scientific Assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Summer 2018. Digital Humanities Fellow at Villa I Tatti, Florence, Fall 2018.
Teaching in digital humanities, computer vision for art history, mathematics, computer graphics, critical computing and visual computing. Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (EU-recognised Professional Engineer under directive 2005/36/EC), and Associate Researcher of the Orpheus Institute for Artistic Research in Music.

Display Device including a Backlight Assembly (2012).
Impett, L. & Leak, P. WO Patent 2012010906. Filed worldwide.

Research Interests

- Artificial Intelligence & Computer Vision in Art History
- Aby Warburg's Bilderatlas and the Pathosformel
- Critical Technical Practice / Artistic Research
- Gesture in Art & Psycholinguistics
- Ways of Machine Seeing


-    “Computer Visions”, New Left Review 111 (2018), pp. 151-159.
-    “Artificial intelligence and deep learning: technical and political challenges”, Theory & Struggle 119 (2018), pp. 82-92.
-    with F. Moretti, “Totentanz: Operationalizing Aby Warburg’s Pathosformeln”, New Left Review 107 (2017), pp. 68-97.
-    with S. Süsstrunk, , “Pose and Pathosformel in Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas”, in Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Vision, ed. Bastian Leibe et al., Basel 2016, pp. 888-902.
-    “Vygotsky and Marxist artificial intelligence”, Theory and Struggle 106 (2015), pp.18-21.
-    with I. Herman, P.K.A. Wollner and A.F. Blackwell, “Augmenting Bioacoustic Cognition with Tangible User Interfaces”, in International Conference on Augmented Cognition, ed. Dylan D. Schmorrow, Cali M. Fidopiastis, Basel 2015, pp. 437-448.
-    with I. Herman, P.K.A. Wollner and A.F. Blackwell, “Musician Fantasies of Dialectical Interaction: Mixed-Initiative Interaction and the Open Work”, in International Conference on Augmented Cognition, ed. Dylan D. Schmorrow, Cali M. Fidopiastis,  Basel 2015, pp. 184-195.
-    with P.K.A. Wollner, I. Herman, H. Pribadi and A.F. Blackwell, The Mephistophone, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Technical Report UCAM-CL-TR-855.6, Cambridge (UK) 2014.
-    with P. Robinson and T. Baltrusaitis, “A Facial Affect Mapping Engine”, Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 19th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, ed. Tsvi Kuflik et al., New York 2014, pp. 33-36.
-    with J. Impett, “The perception of potential: interference, dimensionality and knowledge”, Proceedings of the twelfth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, ed. Pietro Liò et al., Cambridge (MA/USA) 2013, pp. 1126-1131.