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Gemma Piella

ICREA Acadèmia 2021

Universitat Pompeu Fabra · Engineering Sciences

Gemma Piella

Gemma Piella is Full Professor at University of Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She obtained her degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and a PhD in Applied Sciences from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. From 2003 to 2004, she was at UPC as a visiting professor. She then stayed at Télécom Paris, as a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellowship until 2005. Since then, she has been at UPF, first as a visiting professor, then as a Ramón y Cajal researcher, and currently as a Full Professor.

She is the coordinator of BCN-MedTech at UPF. Her research work has led to >200 publications. She has participated in several national and international research projects, some of them as IP. She received the DonaTIC (academic category) award in 2022. Since 2023, she is the co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Task Force in Avicenna Alliance and full member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Research Society.


Research interests

My expertise lies in signal/image processing, information integration, and machine learning, with main application to computational anatomy. My research interests are Medical image analysis and machine learning for personalised medicine, which are the main lines on which her research focuses. Her strong theoretical background contributes to solving biomedical engineering problems from rigorous mathematical foundations, making theoretical insights and practical relevance complementary.


medical image analysis, integration of information, machine learning

ICREA Memoir 2023