Inverse problems and their application to image processing

The research line on inverse problems and applications to image processing is mainly devoted to studying and developing methods and software for image reconstruction and denoising, with application to astronomy and medicine.

As for astronomy applications, the group participates to the LINC-NIRVANA consortium, a consortium of italian and german institutions that is developing the interfereometer for the Large Binocular Telescope. This telescope is currently under construction at Mount Graham, Arizona.
The lab is mainly involved in the design and implementation of the software package AIRY (Astronomical Image Reconstruction in interferometrY), for simulating, reconstructing, and analysing images from the interferometer.

For what concerns medical applications, the two main current research lines are: the study of a linear model for the study of the chirp-pulse computerized tomography (CP-MCT), in collaboration with a research group of the Niigata University, Japan; the study and the development of pyramidal filters for despeckling and enhancing ecographic images. The reconstruction methods are also applied to the reconstruction of tumoral cells images acquired with a confocal microscopy. This activity is coordinated with other activities within the Centro Interdipartimentale MicroscoBio (Microscopia e Spettrorscopia correlativa in Biomedicina e Oncologia) of the University of Genova.
Most of the work on medical imaging has been funded with two PRIN Projects: PRIN 2000, and PRIN 2002


  • M. Bertero, Professor in Information Science, group coordinator
  • P. Boccacci, Associate Professor
  • G. Vicidomini, PhD student in computer science
  • G. Desidera', research associate
  • F. Benvenuto, research associate
  • A. La Camera, Arcetri collaborator


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