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.
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.
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 TriesteTrieste, Italy
August 20 - 30, 201909:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Up to 25 StudentsDeadline for application: April, 30
Accommodation included(With breakfast and lunch)
Program may be subjected to changes. Latest update: March 8th 2019. Click to expand.
Opening of the summer school. General information and practicalities will be given to students. An introduction to the Italian culture and language is included.
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).
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.
Luigi Rigon is researcher at the University of Trieste and associated to 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
https://www.itsvolta.it (Italian language only).
Ivan Donati is Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Trieste since 2012. 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.
Niko Moritz is Adjunct Professor at the department of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku (Finland).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gloria Menegaz graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in July 1993 and obtained a post-grade MSc in Information Technology from the CEFRIEL-Politecnico di Milano in 1995 and the PhD in Applied Sciences at Signal Processing Lab. (LTS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in July 2000. From 2000 to 2002 she was first assistant at the Audiovisual Communications Lab. (LCAV) at EPFL, and from 2002 to 2004 she was Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Dept. of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). From 2004 to 2007 she was an Adjunct Professor the Dept. of Information Engineering at the University of Siena. Since October 2007 she is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of Verona where she leads the Neuroimaging and medical image processing group.
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.
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The participation fee covers registration, accommodation in the student hostel, meals (breakfast and lunch) and the social program. The participants have to cover their travel expenses and health insurance (if needed).
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