The Pop in your Job: What drives you / what is your passion:
My passion is to research, develop, and innovate into advanced computational imaging and modelling for healthcare. I believe the current way we exploit advanced medical imaging technology in medicine matches neither the complexity of disease nor the possibilities of the technology. We therefore deliver suboptimal care for patients and make cost-inefficient healthcare decisions. Sensing, imaging and modelling are core technologies that will drive innovation in the coming 10 years.
Prof Alejandro (Alex) Frangi was born in Argentina. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) in 1996 and pursue his PhD in Medicine at the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Centre Utrecht University on model-based cardiovascular image analysis. During this period, he was visiting researcher at the Imperial College in London, UK, and in Philips Medical Systems BV, The Netherlands. Prof Frangi is Professor of Biomedical Image Computing at the University of Sheffield (USFD), Sheffield, UK. He leads the Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine.
Prof Frangi has main research interests lay at the crossroad of medical image analysis and modelling with emphasis on machine learning (phenomenological models) and computational physiology (mechanistic models). He has particular interest in statistical methods applied to population imaging phenomics and in silico clinical trials. His highly interdisciplinary work has been translated to the areas of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neuro sciences. He been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of over 25 national and European projects, both funded by public and private bodies. Prof Frangi has edited several books, published 7 editorial articles and over 200 journal papers in key international journals of his research field and more than over 230 book chapters and international conference papers with an h-index 51 and ca. 18,800 citations according to Google-Scholar.
He has been three times Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Trans Med Imaging, one on IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, and one of Medical Image Analysis journal. He was chair of the 3rd International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modelling of the Heart (FIMH05) held in Barcelona in June 2005, Publications Chair of the IEEE International Symposium in Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2006), Programme Committee Member of various editions of the Intl Conf on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) (Brisbane, AU, 2007; Beijing CN, 2010; Toronto CA 2011; Nice FR 2012; Nagoya JP 2013), International Liaison of ISBI 2009, Tutorials Co-Chair of MICCAI 2010, and Program Co-chair of MICCAI 2015. He was also General Chair for ISBI 2012 held in Barcelona. He is the General Chair of MICCAI 2018 to be held in Granada, Spain.
Prof Frangi is Chair of the Editorial Board of the MICCAI-Elsevier Book Series (2017-2020), and serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, SIAM Journal Imaging Sciences, Computer Vision and Image Understanding journals. Prof Frangi was foreign member of the Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, 2006-10) in UK, is a recipient of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Award in 2006, the ICT Knowledge Transfer Prize (2008) and two Teaching Excellence Prizes (2008, 2010) by the Social Council of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He also was awarded the UPF Medal (2011) for his service as Dean of the Escuela Politècnica Superior. He was awarded the ICREA-Academia Prize by the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) in 2008. Prof Frangi is an IEEE Fellow (2014), EAMBES Fellow (2015), SPIE Member, SIAM Member, MICCAI Member, and elected member to the Board of Directors of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society (2014-2018). Prof Frangi serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) and as Chair of the Fellows Committee of the IEEE EMBS (2017)
Under his leadership, CISTIB develops GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation), an open-source platform for rapidly developing pre-commercial software prototypes in the areas of image computing and image-based computational physiology modelling. The research and development conducted in his research group led to two spin-off companies (Clintelis SA 2009 and GalgoMedical SA 2013).