Ongoing Interdisciplinary Projects


Interdisciplinary research is where two or more disciplines combine to create a big picture which is more than the sum of their parts. It is about gaining skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines and new applications for the research. Here is a list of the Interdisciplinary Projects already going on at EPFL Center for Imaging

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Research Projects

Most learning-based algorithms developed for clinical imaging are too demanding in terms of technical expertise to be deployed routinely in clinics. Hence, thedevelopment of standard approaches totheseadvanced algorithms is a foundational work of obvious importance. It is also an essential first step towards the integration of patients’ images with other “-omics” data. In this project, we shall design pipelines that simplify the access to automateddigital imaging tools, hence helping to further spread their use in clinical settings. In parallel, we shall carry out two concrete research projects in collaboration with several clinical partners in Western Switzerland. We shall consider applications at both the microscopic scale (digital pathology) and the macroscopic scale (MRI), hence addressing two different yet complementary clinical needs.

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The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will be the biggest radio telescope ever built. Thanks to this ambitious tool, some of the universe’s greatest mysteries will be resolved. EPFL became a member of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) beginning of April 2020 and will coordinate the contributions to this project on behalf of the Swiss academic community.

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Student Projects

Many contagious diseases such as Covid19 can induce high temperatures and fever in a significant number of affected individuals. Contact tracing of such individuals and analysis of their behaviour and interactions with others and their environment can be a useful tool to contain spread of contagious diseases. We propose a solution that allows for efficient tracking of individuals potentially infected by a transmissible disease while their identity is protected at the same time.A key component of the system is an innovative camera that combines infrared/thermal and visible light sensors while securing the visible light images. The camera sends captured images using real-time streaming to a server while it protects the anonymity of individuals in the scene by hiding the visible light images inside thermal images using a cryptographic tool called transmorphing.

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