Current Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence 

  • Pattern Recognition and Image Processing

  • Computational Intelligence, Neural Computing

  • Biomedical Image Segmentation

  • fMRI, MRI data analysis

Main research interests focus on Pattern Recognition and Computational Intelligence techniques with application to Biomedical Image Analysis, Medical Expert Systems and Web Data Mining. The research activity is principally developed within the Center of Research in Image Analysis and Medical Informatics, with the main objective of promoting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Computer Science and the Biomedical Field. Ongoing projects focus on Tumour Segmentation of MRI Brain Scans using Energy Minimization and Machine Learning techniques, Clustering fMRI time series based on Fuzzy and Self-Organizing Neural methods for Brain Parcellation, Type1 and Type2 Fuzzy Logic Systems for Decision Support in Clinical Setting. Current research interests are also focusing on Conversational Analytics tools to improve human-to-bot interaction in Healthcare and Public Administration domains.

Coordination of CRAIIM Research Activity

In the role of Scientific Director of the Center of Research in Image Analysis and Medical Informatics she pursues the main objective of  promoting interdisciplinary researches at the intersection of computer science and biomedical field. 

She is continuously engaged in promoting exchange of ideas and collaborations between fellow researchers from the center.
The continuous increase of Computer Science applications in the medical field creates the need for advanced Data Analysis, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition techniques. In many cases these techniques go beyond conventional approaches and are rooted in advanced computational models that still require experimental consolidations. In order to convincingly prove the benefits of new techniques to medicals, it is necessary to integrate them in traditional clinical practices and to develop a reliable, intensive method of validation.

Current and Recent Projects

Detecting lesions in mammograms with Deep Learning

In collaboration with

Multimedica S.p.A.

Politecnico di Milano - Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB)

Role:Scientific Responsible (2019-

Machine learning techniques for Big Data Analysis in Customer Service e Self-Service domain.

Funded by EUDATA srl

Role: Scientific responsible (May 2018-December 2018)

Machine learning techniques for Big Data Analysis in Customer Service e Self-Service domain.

Funded by EUDATA srl

Role: Scientific responsible (May 2018-December 2018)

Task-related and Resting-State fMRI data analysis

In collaboration with

U.O. Fisica Sanitaria Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese

Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Scienze della Vita - Università degli Studi dell’Insubria

Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom (dal 2018),

U.O Neuroradiologia and U.O Ospedale di Circolo Fondazione Macchi, Varese.

Role: Scientific Responsible (2011-present)

MRI Tumor Segmentation 

Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Scienze della Vita - Università degli Studi dell’Insubria

U.O Neuroradiologia Ospedale di Circolo Fondazione Macchi, Varese.

Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco (dal 2014),

UO Fisica Sanitaria, Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese

Dipartimento di Neuroscienze e Neuroriabilitazione, UOC NCH Ospedale Pediatrico Bambin Gesù, IRCCS, Roma

Scuola di Specializzazione in Neurochirurgia-Pavia Capofila-Varese Scuola Aggregata

U.O. Fisica Sanitaria Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese

U.O Radioterapia Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese

Role: Scientific Responsible (2011-present)

An integrated fuzzy logic and Web based framework for active support in dental health

in collaboration with

Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicate  

Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia

Role: Scientific Responsible (2017-2018)

Quantitative evaluation of susceptibility effects caused by dental materials in head magnetic resonance imaging.

In collaboration with

U.O. Fisica Sanitaria Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese

Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia

Role: Scientific Responsible (2014-2018)

Main Closed Projects

Soft Computing, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing for web mining and multimedia retrieval with applicatio to Web

Funded by 7Pixel s.r.l.

Role: Scientific Responsible (2008-2012)

Permafrost and small alpine Glaciers 
PRIN 2008 Project N.2008723SYJ_002

Role: Participant. Activity: Multisource geospatial data analysis. (2008-2010)
 

Neural Adaptive Models for Landslide Prediction in Pipeline Management

Supported by SNAM-ENI, CNR Milan, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale Politecnico di Milano

Role: Scientific Responsible. (2000-2003)

Remote Sensing data Analysis for electrical power COREINA surveillance

Supported by Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano  (CESI-S.p.A.).

Role: Scientific Responsible. (2000-2001)

GBA2000 (Global Burnt Area Project 2000)

Supported by European Commission-Joint Research Center

Role: Partecipant. Activity: definition of standards for the analysis of remote sensing imagery used in monitoring burnt Areas. (2000-2001)

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