Who got that job?

September 7, 2007

Manuel Trucco
Northern Research Partnership Professorship of Computational Vision, School of Computing, Dundee University. Job advertised in The Times Higher, September 22, 2006

Manuel Trucco intended to visit Scotland for a year when he arrived in 1988 after completing his PhD in Italy. Now, 19 years later, as he takes up the professorship of computational vision at Dundee University, he is slightly mystified as to why he never returned home. He puts it down to the excitement in the region for his kind of research.

"Imaging is becoming increasingly critical in medicine for diagnosis and neurological research," he said. "The School of Computing here is going through a massive expansion. There is a huge amount of potential within the Northern Research Partnership to expand on medical image analysis."

Professor Trucco's first year at Dundee is largely free from teaching, which will allow him to travel and explore new collaborations, particularly for processing images of the retina - an area he is keen to develop.

"Analysing the retina for lesions and abnormalities is one of the principal methods to detect early signs of diabetes," said Professor Trucco.

"Automated analysis will free doctors to do more useful things and will allow them to understand how variability of diagnosis can occur when examining the same images."

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