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On November 1st Marco Paggi joined IMT as Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics
November 1st, 2013
IMT is very happy to welcome Marco Paggi as Associate Professor in Structural Mechanics. He has joined IMT from the Politecnico di Torino where he was an Assistant Professor, after receiving his Master's Degree in Civil Engineering in 2001 and PhD in Structural Engineering in 2005 from the same university. He spent the year 2010 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Continuum Mechanics of the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. He was an Elected Member of the Executive Board of the Italian Group of Fracture, 2009-2011 & 2011-2013 and he is Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design since 2011. He was recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the European Structural Integrity Society in 2010. He is the Principal investigator of a FIRB Futuro in Ricerca 2010 project granted by the MIUR and of a 2012 Starting Grant from the European Research Council.
Sotirios Tsaftaris, Director of PRIAn and IMT faculty wins competitive grant from NIH (USA)
October 15th, 2013
Sotirios Tsaftaris, (Assistant Professor and Director of the PRIAn Unit at IMT Lucca), has been awarded an R01 grant (the largest investigator driven grant) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the USA. The grant was developed by Prof. Tsaftaris (co-Investigator, IMT / PRIAn) and Prof. Dharmakumar (the Principal Investigator from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA).
The work is entitled “Reliable Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease using Myocardial BOLD MRI with CO2,” and proposes imaging techniques, acquisition protocols, and image analysis and pattern recognition algorithms that enable the assessment of cardiovascular disease without a single discomfort to the patient (no needles, no stress). PRIAn will be involved with developing all the registration, segmentation, and pattern recognition methods that enable the visualization and characterization of any underlying disease.
The project is expected to run for 4 years and is a collaboration between Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA in Los Angeles, Siemens Medical Solutions, Thornhill Research, and University of Toronto. It is the first US grant from NIH to IMT faculty and is competitive and peer-reviewed with only the top 7% ranked proposals being funded.
IMT Director Prof. Alberto Bemporad wins IFAC "High-Impact Paper Award" for the 2011-14 Triennial period
September 13th, 2013
The prestigious IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) "High Impact Paper Award" acknowledges the impact of a paper published in official IFAC journals.
The winning paper, "Control of systems integrating logic, dynamics and constraints" by A. Bemporad and M. Morari, published in the IFAC Journal Automatica, Vol. 35, pp. 407-427, 1999, has received nearly 1700 citations.