Sergio Cerutti, Ph.D.

Advances in Biomedical Signal Processing: towards new Paradigms between Information Integration and Big Data in Health

The lecture will focus on advanced concepts of biomedical signals and data processing which are intended as a route towards new paradigms of definition of such a discipline which bases upon consolidated and well established pillars, but constantly provides new insights into Physiology and Medicine. The real contributions of Biomedical Engineers to this context are continuous and more and more exciting. As widely demonstrated in the literature, the so-called 4M-paradigm (Multivariate, Multiorgan, Multimodal and Multiscale) has allowed to obtain a remarkable fusion of information which produced a significant added value in respect to single-based approach, and the development of new algorithms, new technologies and new global bioinformatic systems has been in favour of this integration process where our Discipline has had a pivotal leading role. It is also worth remembering that big data in health now constitutes a formidable tool for feature selections from signals and data, for diagnostic classification, for therapy evaluation. I am wondering how powerful could result an investigation in which the “intelligence” of a model-driven approach (including models, but also data, biosignals and bioimages) is combined with the “powerfulness” of a data-driven approach which employs sophisticated algorithms of big data analysis, instead of a simplistic query which uses only big amount of data without any connection to the approached physiological or clinical problem. This is an opportunity, rather than a threat, and I wish to leave this message to the wide and always increasing community of young biomedical engineers who are facing now for the first time to our beautiful profession.


Dr. Cerutti is Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at the Politecnico in Milano (since 1994), where he is also Chairman of the B-cube Laboratory (Biosignals, Bioimaging and Bioinformatics) in the same Department. From 1990 to 1994 he has been Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Computer and System Sciences of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.  He has been Chairman of the Bachelor Track (Diploma Universitario) in Biomedical Engineering of the Politecnico in the period 1996-2000. In the period 2000-2006 he has been Director of the Department of Bioengineering of the same Politecnico.  In the period 2010-2012 he has been Chairman of the Programs of Biomedical Engineering (1st and 2nd level Degrees) at Politecnico.
His research activity is mainly dedicated to various aspects of biomedical signal and data processing and modelling related to the cardiovascular system and in the field of neurosciences. He is the Author of more than 600 indexed international scientific contributions (about 300 on indexed scientific journals), according to ISI. His h-Index is 50 (ISI) or 63 (Google Scholar). He has coordinated various research projects at national and international levels in various topics of Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics.
He spent over a year as a Visiting Professor at the MIT and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, USA, as well as a period of 3 months at the Department of Physics of the IST (Instituto Superior Tecnico), Technical University in Lisbon, Portugal.
He is Chairman of EMB18, Italian IEEE Chapter on Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He is also Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Group of Italian AEIT (Association of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication).
He is a Fellow member of IEEE, AIMBE and EAMBES and member of other international and national scientific associations.