A virtual assistant to fight tumours?


enginyeria biomèdica, informàtica


per Servei de Comunicació i Promoció
Maig 2010

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The UPC is designing an intelligent system to provide support for the diagnosis of brain tumours in order to help doctors improve diagnoses in clinical oncology.

Alfredo Vellido. Department of Software. Soft Computing Research Group.

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Alfredo Vellido remembers how his first few months as a researcher ‘were like going into a bakery and being told you could take whatever you liked: I suffered from the ‘all-you-can-eat buffet’ syndrome. I read voraciously.’

Vellido leads a team of 14 researchers on an international scientific project to design an intelligent diagnostic decision-support system for brain tumours based on advanced imaging techniques and soft computing, i.e. computer systems that are able to process imprecise, uncertain and/or incomplete information adequately to achieve usability, robustness and low-cost solutions.

The project, called Artificial Intelligence Decision Tools for Tumour Diagnosis (AIDTumour), aims to create a functional prototype that can help doctors improve their diagnoses in clinical oncology, specifically with regard to brain tumours, using data from magnetic resonance spectrometry.