Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine
RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Prof Alejandro (Alex) Frangi obtained his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) in 1996. He pursued his PhD in Medicine at the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Centre Utrecht University on model-based cardiovascular image analysis. Prof Frangi is Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, with joint appointments at the School of Computing and the School of Medicine. He holds an honorary joint position at the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Cardiovascular Science at KU Leuven, Belgium. He leads the Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine. He is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies and was awarded a Presidential International Fellowship Award by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018).
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 a 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 neurosciences.
He has 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 several editorial articles and ca. 250 journal papers in key international journals of his research field and more than ca. 250 book chapters and international conference papers with an h-index 63 and over 25,000 citations according to Google-Scholar.
Prof Frangi is Chair of the Editorial Board of the MICCAI-Elsevier Book Series (2017-2020) and serves/ed as Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, IEEE Trans Computational Imaging, SIAM Journal Imaging Sciences, Computer Vision and Image Understanding journals. Prof Frangi was a foreign member of the Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, 2006-10) in UK, received 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 Fellow (2020), SIAM Member, MICCAI Member, and an elected member to the Board of Directors of the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society (2014-2018). Prof Frangi served 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 (2017-2018).
Under his leadership, CISTIB develops GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation) (www.gimias.org), an open-source platform for rapidly developing pre-commercial software prototypes in the areas of image computing and image-based computational physiology modelling, and MULTI-X (Health Data Analytics and Modelling As a Service Platform) (www.multi-x.org), a cloud-based platform for computational phenomics, in silico medicine, and in silico clinical trials. The research and development conducted in his research group led to two spin-off companies (Clintelis SA 2009 and GalgoMedical SA 2013).