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Invited Speakers

Francescini Mariangela

Maria Angela Franceschini is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School with specific training and expertise in the development of non-invasive optical techniques and applications in neuroscience, neurology, and brain health. As a pioneer in the field of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), she has made substantial contributions to the development of NIRS instruments and to the modeling and testing of diffusion theory to describe light propagation in turbid media. She has successfully applied the technology to a large range of functional neuroimaging and clinical neuro-monitoring applications. 


Gowen Aoife

Aoife Gowen is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering. Her research area is multidisciplinary, involving applications of hyperspectral imaging and chemometrics to biological systems, including foods, microbes and biomaterials. After completing her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics (2000), she moved to a new discipline - the highly applied research area of Food Science. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2006, concerned mathematical modeling of food quality parameters and optimization of food process operations. During her time as a post-doctoral researcher (2007-2013) she investigated the intersection of near infrared spectroscopy, chemical imaging and chemometrics for characterization of biological systems. She has been successful in gaining funding awards to support her research activities, including a European Union Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship and a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant. Further information on her research group can be found here: http://www.ucd.ie/sirg


Sciutto Giorgia

Giorgia Sciutto è Ricercatrice a Tempo Determinato (RTD A) in Chimica dell’Ambiente e dei Beni Culturali (CHIM/12) presso il Dipartimento di Chimica "G. Ciamician" dell’Università di Bologna. I principali temi di ricerca riguardano lo sviluppo di metodi analitici avanzati per la caratterizzazione di campioni di interesse artistico, con particolare riferimento a tecniche di imaging iperspettrale nel medio e vicino infrarosso. La Dr.ssa Sciutto è autore e coautore di circa 40 articoli su rivista, 8 capitoli di libro e oltre 75 comunicazioni a congressi nazionali e internazionali. Per l’attività svolta ha ricevuto il premio Ambrogio Mazzocutelli come miglior giovane ricercatore nell’ambito della spettroscopia analitica. La Dr.ssa Sciutto ha partecipato a diversi progetti nazionali ed internazionali e ha fatto parte di comitati scientifici e organizzatori di numerosi congressi e scuole.