On 12 December, AIFM and INFN organised the "Big data and Health in the perspective of the Bologna Technical Hub" conference, with the aim of discussing the issue of the impact that big data will have on the medicine of the future and the challenges related to the analysis and management of this valuable digital mine of information with a multidisciplinary and territorial approach. The conference was a first opportunity for discussion among experts from research communities and institutions working in the field of big data and AI, having the skills and technologies crucial to building a new digital alliance for public health. The choice of organising the conference in Emilia Romagna stems from a uniqueness that characterises this region: the future Bologna Technical Hub, which will be one of the eight centres selected by the European Union, the only one in Italy, to host a pre-exascale class computer, a supercomputer with extremely high computing power. A project with a total investment of approximately 240 million euros for Italy and approximately 900 million at the European level and in which INFN can make a fundamental contribution thanks to decades of experience in the management and analysis of big data accessible through efficient cloud platforms, also using machine learning techniques.
We met Michele Stasi in Reggio Emilia, at the Oncology and Haematology Centre of Reggio Emilia (CORE), venue of the conference.
AIFM and INFN have recently signed a collaboration agreement. What does it concern and what are the objectives?
This is a long-term collaboration agreement that stems precisely from the need to give an initial response to a health system that in the future will be increasingly multidisciplinary and multi-professional, and this Reggio Emilia event
On 23 November, LST-1, the first large telescope of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) - inaugurated in October 2018 in La Palma, in the Canary Islands - detected its first gamma source by targeting the famous Crab Nebula, considered to be the "standard candle" of high energy astrophysics. ...
Around the pulsar Geminga, 815 light years far from us, there’s a faint but sprawling glow of gamma rays that could provide the solution to a 10 years long mystery. This is what emerges in a recent study based on the data recorded by the Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope and published on the journal Physical Review D on December 17. ...
During the Council meeting of 12 December, CERN's management presented the new calendar for the next scientific runs of the LHC accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. According to the updated programme, the LHC will start up again in May 2021, two months after the initially planned date: the ...
It will host researchers of the SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) international laboratory, scientists who come from all over the world to work on the synchrotron light source in Allan, Jordan, the first in the Middle East. The SESAME guest house was inaugurated on ...
On 14 January 2019, perfect teamwork, involving space and Earth telescopes as well as hundreds of researchers worldwide, made it possible to record, for the first time, high-energy photons emitted by a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB): short but powerful cosmic explosions that suddenly appear in the sky about once a day, the result of a very powerful cosmic explosion. These photons, which reached energies of the order of the tera electron volt, thousands of times greater than those of visible light, were captured by the twin MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov Telescope) telescopes on the island of Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands (Spain). The Italian scientific contribution, with the INAF National Institute of Astrophysics, the INFN, the ASI Italian Space Agency and various universities was fundamental to the discovery. The results were published in Nature at the end of November. The gamma-ray burst as a whole was discovered independently by two satellite ...
MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov Telescope) telescope on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands (Spain)
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