Brief description and aims of work
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is located in the capital of Spain, and was funded in 1971, although the majority of its centres are over hundreds of years old and were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries. UPM has more than 4.000 faculty members, approx. 38.000 undergraduate students and 6.000 postgraduates in 21 schools of study and has a strong commitment to R&D and innovation.
The Biomedical Informatics Group was established in 1993 within the School of Computer Science at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Nowadays this research group includes one full professor, three associate professors, one assistant professor, ten external professors and researchers collaborating with the lab, and around 15 graduate and undergraduate students. Collaborations include exchanges with foreign institutions, such as Harvard University, Georgia Tech, Rutgers University and the University of Utah in the USA, and research agreements with hospitals and health institutions in Spain. Contracts in biomedical informatics have included the Ministry of Defence, Spain, and industry. The Biomedical Informatics Group has obtained various awards for excellence in research from the Spanish Society for Health Informatics and other institutions.
The main research lines of the group have been: Integration of distributed databases, Image Processing, Knowledge Discovery in Databases, Ontologies, Guidelines and protocols, Information Retrieval, Text Mining and Artificial Intelligence in Biomedicine in general. The Biomedical Informatics Group has being involved in several research projects during the las years such as INFOGENMED, the INFOBIOMED Network of Excellence, ACGT or currently DICODE, Africa Build and P-Medicine projects. Members of the group have published articles at high impact scientific journals in the area such as, The Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Computers in Biology & Medicine, Methods of Information in Medicine or Bioinformatics among others.
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid