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Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Project and Scientific Coordinator), Spain

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), a top quality academic establishment with more than 4.000 faculty members, around 38.000 undergraduate students and 6.000 postgraduates in 21 Schools of study, has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation. Within the 6th Framework Programme, the University has taken part in 149 European R&D projects with more than 25M€ of funding received from the European Commission. After the first year of duration of 7th Framework Programme the UPM was recognized as the Spanish University with the highest numbers of projects approved.

The Biomedical Informatics Group (BIG) at the School of Computer Science was established in 1993. Its R&D activities focus on distributed databases, data mining, clinical bioinformatics, guidelines and protocols, artificial intelligence in medicine, and medical image processing. The staff at the 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. Formal collaborations include foreign institutions such as Harvard University, Georgia Tech, University of Utah and Rutgers University, USA, and research agreements with hospitals and health institutions in Spain. Contracts in biomedical informatics have included the Ministry of Defence, Spain, and industry, including funding from computer companies (e.g., HP), and from Spanish software companies. The BIG group has obtained various awards for excellence in research.

Prof. Víctor Maojo is a Full Professor and Director, Biomedical Informatics Group, Artificial Intelligence Dept, UPM, Madrid. He holds a M.D. degree (medicine) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Medicine. He has been a visiting professor at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, USA, 1990-91), and a Research Fellow at the Health Science and Technology division, Harvard University-MIT (Boston, USA, 1991-93). He has been an Expert for the European Commission in the IV, V, VI and VII Framework Programmes. He has participated in the European Commission-funded projects BIOINFOMED, INFOGENMED, ACGT, DICODE, ACTION Grid, INTEGRATE, P-medicine, INBIOMEDVision, and EURECA projects and the INFOBIOMED network of Excellence. He has been in numerous scientific committes and.he is in the board of various medical informatics and AI journals. He is a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association. He currently coordinates the AFRICA BUILD project.
Dr. José Crespo is a telecommunication engineer (1989). At the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, he got a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering in 1993. He has been a post-doc researcher at the Centre de Morphologie Mathematique (E.N.S. des Mines de Paris). Since 1985, he is at the Facultad de Informatica, UPM, where he is currently an associate professor. His research interests are medical imaging, medical informatics, videoconference and multimedia. He has been author of research papers in journals such as Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Optical Engineering and the Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, Methods of Information in Medicine and others. He has been a member of IEEE and ACM.
Dr. Miguel Garcí­a Remesal is a computer engineer (2001). At the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) he received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (2006) with a dissertation on a novel method for the integration of heterogeneous medical and genomic databases. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Biomedical Informatics Group, UPM teaching courses on Biomedical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence. He has been visiting scholar at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2005) and at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah (2009). His research interests include heterogeneous biomedical database integration, Text Mining and Information Retrieval focused in the biomedical field. He has been author and co-author of different research papers in refereed journals, including Computers in Biology and Medicine, Methods of Information in medicine, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, BMC Bioinformatics and Nature.
Diana de la Iglesia She holds an MSc in Computer Science. She has taken intensive courses on project management at various Spanish institutions and has participated in numerous meetings and concertation activities organized by the EC. She was the Project Manager for the ACTION-Grid Support Action (to end on May 31st, 2009).
Ana Jiménez Castellanos is a PhD student in Computer Science at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. MSc in Artificial Intelligence Research. During the last 4 years, she has been a member of the Biomedical Informatics Group at Universidad Politénica de Madrid. Her research interests are mainly focused on database integration and search engines in biomedicine. She has contributed to several projects. Since 2007 she also participates actively in a Cooperation Group and in an Educational Innovation Group. She has been part of a field mission in the University of Ngozi (Burundi) in 2007 and 2010.
Máximo Ramírez holds a MSc in Research in Artificial Intelligence at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is now a PhD student in Artificial Intelligence at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. During the last year, he has been a member of the Biomedical Informatics Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His research interests are Text-Mining, Data-Mining and Cooperation for Development. He has been carrying out a cooperation project and teaching some computer science courses in Burundi during 7 months. He also participates in a Cooperation Group since 2008.