About

The school

The summer school Nonlinear Life has been launched by the Riga Technical University (RTU), Latvia in 2017 with continuation in 2018. The 3rd edition is organized by the University of Trieste, Italy and RTU. Certificate of Further Education and 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Teachers

Professors from Italy, Latvia and other countries will deliver lectures within the fields of biomedical engineering, life sciences, and medical technologies. Students will visit advanced research institutions, such as the Italian sycnhrotron radiation facility (Elettra) as well as companies operating in the biomedical field.

Students

The school is open to undergraduate, postgraduate as well as PhD students. Students are required to be familiar with general physics, mathematics and the basics of computing technologies. Good knowledge of the English language is required. Information for students coming to Trieste can be found at the Friuli Venezia Giulia welcome office.

University of Trieste

Trieste, Italy

August 20 - 30, 2019

09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Up to 25 Students

Deadline for application: May, 15

Accommodation included

(With breakfast and lunch)

Program

Program may be subjected to changes. Latest update: August 26th 2019. Click to expand.

The meeting point/time is 5.15pm at the Fountain of the Four Continents (Fontana dei Quattro Continenti). From the students guesthouse take the bus 17 (pay attention that bus 17 is not 17/) till the end of the route and then walk to the main city square. A map follows:


Opening of the summer school. General information and practicalities will be given to students.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Presentation of IFMBE

Slides of the lecture

Ratko Magjarevic is full professor at the Department of Electronic Systems and Information Processing of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is the Vice-President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and Immediate Past-President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Andrea Poli is the CEO of O3 Enterprise SRL (www.o3enterprise.com). The company was founded in 2008 as a spin-off at the University of Trieste (Bioengineering and ICT Research Group) and it is specialized in the development of medical image management software.

Location: O3 Enterprise, E3 Building in Area Science Park, Padriciano (Trieste)

Francesco Longo and Luigi Rigon are associated with the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). INFN is one of the most prestigious and important Italian research agencies where theoretical and experimental research in subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics, and technological R&D relevant to these areas is conducted (www.ts.infn.it).

Location: INFN Laboratories, L3 Building in Area Science Park, Padriciano (Trieste)

NOTE: bus 51 for the way back to University of Trieste leaves at 6.10pm from Area Science Park.

Slides of the lecture

Gianluca Turco received both his Master of Science degree in Materials Engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Trieste where is currently a researcher of the Medical Sciences Department. His scientific work is mainly focused in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Prof. Jurijs Dehtjars is the head of the Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies Institute of the Riga Technical University, Latvia. He is full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and leader of several national and international projects. His research activities are in electron spectroscopy, solid state surface physics, characterization and functionalization of biomaterials and nanoobjects. His lesson will describe how weak electron emission nonlinear current is inspired by earlier destruction, heating, radiation etc. Examples where weak emission is used to characterize materials will be presented.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Alexei Katashev graduated from Latvian University in 1993 and received the PhD in solid state physics in 1998. He is professor of biomedical engineering at the Riga Technical university since 2012. His research interests include photogrammetric application for posture assessment, motion capture for breathing analysis, nanostructure of the biomaterial surfaces.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste
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Slides of the lecture

Supporting material (MATLAB code)

Francesco Brun is currently a researcher for the Department of Engineering and Architecture - University of Trieste. Research activities concern biomedical imaging, image processing and image analysis. To be specific, coherent X-ray techniques such as phase contrast tomographic imaging and ptychography (mainly with synchrotron sources) are explored. Great interest is devoted also towards spectral imaging with innovative photon counting detectors and polychromatic sources. In his lesson the basics of X-ray CT will be presented with reference to state-of-the-art acquisition and reconstruction approaches.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Giuliana Tromba is the principal scientist of the SYRMEP (SYnchrotron Radiation for MEdical Physics) hard X-ray imaging beamline of Elettra Synchrotron Laboratory in Trieste, Italy (www.elettra.eu). Her main research interests are the application and optimization of innovative synchrotron-based imaging techniques to different areas of biology, biomedicine and medical diagnosis.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

https://www.itsvolta.it (Italian language only).

Location:Area Science Park - Basovizza campus.

www.elettra.eu

Location: Area Science Park - Basovizza campus.

The visit is organized in three slots (with reference to the groups of the final projects):

  • - Group 1 and 4: meeting at the suggested bus stop at 8:05 am
  • - Group 3 and 6: meeting at the suggested bus stop at 9:05 am
  • - Group 2 and 5: meeting at the suggested bus stop at 10:05 am
Remember: only for this day breakfast will be served at Eni Cafe (gas station).

A ferry boat trip aboard Delfino Verde to the island of Grado is offered:


The meeting time/point is 8.10am at "Molo Bersaglieri" (the boat to Grado leaves at 8.30am):


The ferry boat back to Trieste leaves from "Molo Torpediniere" either at 2.30pm or 6.35pm:

Slides of the lecture

Serena Zacchigna is Professor of Molecular Biology, Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Trieste and group leader of the Cardiovascular Biology Laboratory at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - ICGEB (Trieste, Italy). Her main research interests focus on the understanding of the cellular and molecular interactions controlling vessel formation and tissue growth in development and disease, with special attention to the cross-talk between the various cell types composing the heart. The overall goal of current research activity is to develop novel therapeutic approaches for tissue revascularization, regeneration and cancer.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Giancarlo Forte is currently Group Leader of the Center for Translational Medicine at the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno, Czech Republic. His Masters Degree is in Molecular and Cellular Biology (2000) and his PhD in Experimental Pathophysiology (2005) at the Medical School of the University of Rome. From 2006 to 2009 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Italian Institute for Cardiovascular Research (INRC). In 2008 Dr. Forte was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the INRC for his studies on cell-matrix interaction. His research interests mainly focus on interaction between tissue-specific cells and the extracellular matrix, with special attention on the mechanobiology of stem cells as determinants of cardiac diseases.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

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Location:Q Building, University of Trieste

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Location:Q Building, University of Trieste

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Location: Ospedale Maggiore - Trieste

Dmitrijs Pikulins is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Riga Technical University. He is the head of the department of Radioelectronics. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, chaotic systems, wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting systems, switching power converters. In his lesson the basics of nonlinear dynamics, including some specific features of chaotic modes of operation will be considered. The application of the innovative approach - Method of Complete Bifurcation Groups - to the dynamics of widely used systems is examined. The practical applicability and relevance of nonlinear methodologies to real life problems will be discussed.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Maria G. Signorini is Associate Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano. Her teaching activities are in the field of Electronic Bioengineering and Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. Her main research interests are nonlinear analysis and modelling of biological signals and systems, development of advanced methods for the analysis of time series, soft computing and knowledge based systems, multiparametric approaches improving the diagnostic power of medical diagnostic tools and neuroengineering.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Ivan Donati is Associate Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Trieste. His research interests are focused on various aspects of biomaterials science, from conception of novel solutions to lab-scale manufacturing and characterization of materials and devices for biomedical applications.In particular, the research activities involve the use of natural polymers and their combinations/mixtures to design biomaterials with novel applications in tissue engineering. The research activities are at cross-borders between chemistry, engineering and biotechnology and the team has a multidisciplinary approach focused on research and development of biomaterials and biopolymers. His research group is involved in the characterization of natural and chemically modified polysaccharides, in the development of nanostructures and nanocomposite biomaterials.

Location:Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste
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Slides of the lecture

Sara Marceglia is Professor of Medical Informatics and eHealth at the University of Trieste. Her research interest are in two main areas, one related to the optimization of invasive and non-invasive neuromodulation devices through the analysis of deep EEG signals recorded in patients with movement disorders, and the other one related to Personalized e-health, integrated healthcare through ICT solutions, and decision support systems, also using cognitive computing technologies such as IBM Watson.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Slides of the lecture

Gloria Menegaz is Full Professor of Computer Science at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of Verona that she joined in Oct. 2007 as an Associate Professor. From 2004 to 2007 she was Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Siena, Italy (Funding from the Italian Ministry for University and Research (MIUR) (DM 20/03/2003 n. 501, Rientro dei Cervelli - Brain Drain intiative, now Rita Levi Montalcini program). From 2002 to 2004 she was Assistant Professor (Maitre Assistante) at the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, after spending two years as first research assistant at the Audiovisual Communications Lab. (LCAV) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), where she obtained the PhD (Docteur ès Sciences Techniques) at the Signal Processing Lab. (LTS) in July 2000 under the guidance of Prof. M. Kunt. She graduated as Electronic Engineer at the Politecnico di Milano in 1993 and obtained a post-grade Master in Information Technology from the same institution (CEFRIEL-Politecnico di Milano) in 1995. Since 2014 she is Director of the Doctoral School of Natural and Engineering Sciences. She is member of the technical committee of the IEEE Biomedical and Signal Processing Society (BISP) and IEEE member. At the University of Verona she leads the the Neuroimaging Lab. consisting of one Assistant Professor, two post-docs and one PhD student. Her main research interests are in the field of signal and image processing mostly targeting life sciences with focus on neuroimaging. In particular, she is interested in structural and functional connectomics, signal modeling and reconstruction and multimodal information processing. She has published more that 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds two patents.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

The Tactile Perception and Learning Lab is part of the Cognitive Neuroscience of SISSA that aims at understanding the relationship between brain and behavior, at all different levels. The objective of Tactile Perception and Learning Lab is to study the algorithm that biology has devised to enable our neurons to make very precise tactile discrimination in a very short time, coding and processing the stimulus received. To achieve this goal, researchers analyze the different stages of the functioning of the brain, relating the neuron's activity to the animal behavior.

Location:Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

Details...

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

A few details...

Location:Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

The program is the following:

  • 9:00am - 11:00am: Presentation of the project for each group (20 minutes each)
  • 11:00am - 12:00am: Evaluation and award ceremony
After that there will be the closing ceremony with the vice-rector, the director of the Department of Engineering and Architecture and the Ambassador for Latvia in Italy. A group picture will be shot.

Location: Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Goodbye...

Location:Multimedia Room, Building B (ex DICAMP), University of Trieste

Organizing Committee

Agostino Accardo

University of Trieste

Gianluca Turco

University of Trieste

Francesco Brun

University of Trieste

Ivan Donati

University of Trieste

Yuri Dekhtyar

Riga Technical University

Eriks Badamsins

Riga Technical University

Sponsors

Endorsers

How to Apply

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It was May, 15

Hope to see you next year...

Venue


How to reach Trieste by plane


How to reach University of Trieste

  • From Trieste railway station, take bus lines 17/, 39, 51.




Buildings and Rooms

  • Lectures will be given in the Multimedia Room (Building "B" - Ground Floor). All the desks allow to plug your personal laptop. The standard for plugs and sockets in Italy is the EU standard (check if you need an adaptor).
  • Students guesthouse is the ARDISS "E4" building. Each room is a single room with private bathroom. Rooms assigned to students are organized by ARDISS. Check-in for rooms starts at 9.00 am on Monday, 19th August. Due to the configuration of the campus, we still suggest to use the highlighted bus stop to reach the guesthouse.
  • Starting from Wednesday, 21st August, breakfast and lunch will be served in the "Bar di Ingegneria" cafeteria located between C3 and C4 buildings. The most common way to reach the cafeteria is through the entrance of C2 and C3 buildings (revolving door) and then through the opposite door. The entrance for the cafeteria is on the right.