Alma Mater Studiorum The University of Bologna

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The University of Bologna was probably the first University in the western world. Its history is one of great thinkers in science and the humanities, making it an indispensable point of reference in the panorama of European culture.

Three main departments of the University are involved in the project: Physics, Internal Medicine and Applied Biotechnology - Engineering. They are in charge of the algorithms development and the study on ergonomics issues.

The Department of Physics, with 110 academic staff and 40 technicians, deals with High-Energy Physics, Physics of Materials, Astrophysics, Medical and Health Physics. The Medical Imaging Group (MIG) at the Department of Physics is active in developing hardware and software tools for the early diagnosis of breast and lung cancer. During the last years, MIG was involved in several projects concerning the study of multi-modal systems for imaging. In particular, CT-SPECT and CT-PET techniques were investigated. In addition, a Computer Aided Detection software for the automatic detection of lesions in mammograms was achieved by MIG, using the most advanced methods of pattern recognition and artificial intelligence.


The Bioengineering area of research of DEIS (Electronics, Computer sciences and System - born on April 1st, 1983 as the outcome of the merge between the two former Institutes of Automatic Systems and Electronics of the School of Engineering) regards the applications solving medical and biological problems.

It is an area highly interdisciplinary that it is involved the Electronics, the Mechanics, Computer science, Chemistry, the Physiology and Pathology. At the DEIS, the research in this field is active since years sixty and includes theoretical and applied aspects, generally develops in collaborations with the industry, institutions and research centres. The search activities regards: Treatment of images, computers in medicine, mathematical model of biological systems.