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Centro di Ricerca, Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna

Overview:
CRS4 (Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia) is an interdisciplinary applied research center developing advanced simulation techniques and applying them, by means of High Performance Computing, to the solution of large scale computational problems, and conducting research, development and innovative applications in the field of the Information and Communications Technology.

Specialized in:

  • developing advanced simulation techniques and applying them, by means of High Performance Computing, to the solution of large scale computational problems
  • conducting research, development and innovative applications in the field of the Information and Communications Technology

Description:
CRS4 is a not-for-profit consortium of public and private companies, established at the end of 1990 by the following founding members: Consorzio Ventuno as the representative of the Sardinia Autonomous Region, IBM-SEMEA, TECHSO, and since 1993: STMICROELECTRONICS, University of Cagliari and University of Sassari. In 1998 SARAS joined the Center as a new shareholder. Currently, CRS4 is financed in part by the government of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and by contracts with major Italian industries and through participation in projects co-financed by the European Union.

President of CRS4 is Carlo Rubbia, 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics, former Director-General of CERN, the Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva. CRS4 is part of the Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, a focal point of attraction for high-tech industrial research, and aims at co-operating with Industry, the Academic world and European Scientific Laboratories.

CRS4 contributes to the creation of new positions for young scientific and technical graduates, helping them to actively participate in a stimulating international applied research environment. People working at CRS4 will have the opportunity to acquire essential skills and to master some of the most advanced research and technology techniques.

A mission of CRS4 is "to reduce the segregation between traditional scientific research and technological areas, trying to solve the problems that can't be solved by one discipline alone". In fact there are ten research areas within CRS4, and nearby 90 researchers currently working on them.

Products, projects and services

    ViVa. The aim of the VIVA project is to develop tools for the modern emodynamicist and cardiovascular surgeon to study and interpret the constantly increasing amount of information being produced by non-invasive imaging equipment.

    The particular mission of BioMedical Applications area is to harness the multidisciplinary character of CRS4 research activities towards medical applications. The work ranges from the development of hybrid medical imaging/simulation systems to the application of technologies and concept developed for the WWW/Intranets (e.g. network computing) to medical informatics applications.

    1. Hybrid medical imaging/simulation of cardio-vascular flows. The aim of this project is to develop tools for the modern emodynamicist and cardiovascular surgeon to study and interpret the constantly increasing amount of information being produced by non-invasive imaging equipment. In particular, CRS4 is developing a system that will be able to reconstruct the geometry of arteries of specific patients and to simulate blood flow in them. The initial applications of the system will be for clinical research and training purposes, in a later stage the application of the system to surgical planning will be explored.
    2. Network based computing for medical applications Health care organizations are moving away from the current "general hospital" model towards a "patient based" model where the health services are provided by a federation of (possibly independent) specialized resources that collaborate by sharing all the relevant patient informations. How this sharing should be practically done is still a matter of technological research. CRS4 BMA is currently involved in a series of projects that have as their goal the exploration of various aspects of an open and distributed medical informatic system.

Contact information:
CRS4
Gianluigi Zanetti
Sesta Strada Ovest, Zona Industriale Macchiareddu
09010 Uta (CA), Italy
Tel: +39-70-2796223
Fax: +39-70-2796216
E-mail: zag@crs4.it
Web site: www.crs4.it/Areas/bma.html

Last update:
Uta, Tuesday 5th October 1999