Arkadiusz Sitek

DIRECTOR OF SANO, PRESIDENT OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD, RESEARCH TEAM LEADER OF HEALTH INFORMATICS

Also serves as the head of the healthcare informatics research team. Previously employed at IBM and Philips Research in Cambridge. In 2006-2015, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and a medical physicist at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. In years 2001-2006 scientist in Lawrence Berkeley Labs in Berkeley and Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. His professional interests are focused on the use of computing in medicine. He specializes in the application of statistical methods in healthcare, medical data visualization, medical physics, and machine learning.

Marian Bubak

Scientific Affairs Director

He obtained M.Sc. in Technical Physics and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. He also leads the Laboratory of Information Methods in Medicine at ACC Cyfronet AGH, is a staff member of the Department of Computer Science AGH, and the Professor of Distributed System Engineering (emeritus) at the Informatics Institute University of Amsterdam. His research interests include parallel and distributed computing and quantum computing. He served key roles in about 15 EU-funded projects and authored about 230 papers. He is a member of editorial boards of FGCS, Bio-Algorithms and Med-Systems, and Computer Science Journal.

Maciej Malawski

RESEARCH TEAM LEADER OF EXTREME-SCALE DATA AND COMPUTING, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT AGH AND SENIOR RESEARCHER

Holds a PhD in computer science and an MSc in computer science and physics. In 2011-2012 he was a postdoc at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science AGH and a senior researcher at ACC Cyfronet AGH. His scientific interests at Sano include parallel and distributed computing, including distributed computing, data science, including large-scale data analysis, cloud technologies, resource management and scientific applications. He spends his free time on outdoor activities in the mountains near Kraków and around the world. His professional interests are focused on the use of computing in medicine.

Alessandro Crimi

Research Team Leader of Computer Vision Data Science

He holds a Ph.D. in medical imaging from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA in international health management from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (University of Basel). He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in different countries including Italy, France and Switzerland, mostly on clinical neuroimaging projects about multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and glioma. In the past, he also was a visiting lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana and South Africa, where he did several projects related to global health and prenatal care.

Jose Sousa

Research Team Leader - Personal Health Data Science

Dr. Jose Sousa, PhD, was the Manager of the Advanced Informatics Core Technology Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FHMLS) at QUB. He obtained his PhD under Prof. Ricardo Machado (University of Minho, Portugal) and Prof. Jose Mendes (University of Aveiro, Portugal) supervision at University of Minho, Portugal on developing complex network models to study software usage alignment with the project requirements. Previously and during his PhD he worked as Information Systems Director at I3S, a research institution of University of Porto (i3.sup.pt) where he deployed and managed all the IT infrastructure as well as deploying and developing software to support management and research operations. He was a collaborator of HDRUK – Swansea/QUB substantial site as AI researcher and actively working with QUB Centre for Public Health as part of the QUB support to Northern Ireland Public Health response to pandemic where he has developed self-learning AI on publicly available and self-reporting data. He also has worked on genetic alignment modelling and on mining socio-technical systems.

Zbigniew Struzik

RESEARCH TEAM LEADER OF Modelling and Simulation

Zbigniew R. Struzik is a physicist within the area of applied, interdisciplinary and statistical physics and computer science, with interests including Biophysics and Medical Physics, Complex Systems Physics and the Physics of Living Systems. He holds a Doctor degree from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam (1996). His engineering background stems from his Master of Science degree in Fundamental Problems of Technology from the Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics of Warsaw University of Technology (1986). He has worked at a number of notable universities and scientific institutes in the Netherlands, Japan and recently Poland (incl. University of Amsterdam, Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, the University of Tokyo, Riken Brain Science Institute, University of Warsaw).

Ahmed Abdeen Hamed

RESEARCH TEAM LEADER OF Clinical Data Science

Dr. Ahmed Abdeen Hamed, Ph.D., completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont in 2014. His dissertation persente novel network models and algorithms that explored social media data, news articles, and biomedical literature. Particularly, his work investigated digital recruitment, adverse drug events, and rankings. While he was in the pharma industry, he designed a network algorithm that provided ranking to small molecules based on their specificity. In 2019, Dr. Hamed also served as an assistant Professor of data science and artificial antelligence at Norwich University. He has led the development of several academic programs (in data science, business analytics, and information systems) for both undergraduate and graduate levels. He also served as a program director for those academic programs. During the pandemic, Dr. Hamed was one of the very early scientists who investigated the possibility of providing a COVID-19 treatment. He published a paper that recommended 30-drugs which to date is considered the foundation for many of the publications that followed after.

Przemysław Korzeniowski

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Head of VR & Robotics

He obtained M.Sc. in Advanced Computing in 2010 and Ph.D. in Modelling and Simulation in 2016 from Imperial College London. His work and research at Modelling in Medicine and Surgery Research Group focused on the development and validation of virtual reality simulators. He gained practical experience in the industry at the R&D Department of Volkswagen Group, where he was a key team-member of a newly established Virtual Engineering Lab, the forefront of digital transformation of the whole company. His main research interest are virtual and augmented reality, real-time physically-based simulation, massively-parallel computing, haptic interfaces as well as aspects of software engineering and architecture of simulation software.

Aneta Lisowska

Senior Postdoc

Aneta obtained BSc in Computing and Cognitive Science from Dundee University and Eng.D from Herriot-Watt University. Formerly she worked at international corporations (Toshiba and Canon) and at an AI start-up where she developed machine-learning (ML) based solutions to healthcare problems utilizing information from text, imaging and vital signs. Currently she is the most passionate about leveraging ML for early disease diagnosis and digital behavior intervention. She is interested in using wearable sensors to detect health conditions and monitor patients’ wellbeing. In her free time, she travels, dances, hikes and pursues MBA at Edinburgh Business School.

Bartosz Balis

Senior Postdoc

Bartosz Balis is an associate professor at the Institute of Computer Science of the AGH University of Science and Technology, and a Senior Postgraduate Researcher at the Sano Centre for Computational Medicine. He is also a member of the CERN ALICE experiment. A graduate of AGH and Jagiellonian University, he obtained his PhD and DSc (habilitation) in Computer Science from the AGH University. A co-author of over 60 international peer-reviewed scientific publications, including papers in high-ranked journals. His research interests include scientific workflows, data science, e-Science, cloud computing, and distributed computing. Dr Balis has been a member of conference program and organizing committees, including Euro-Par 2020 workshops (General Co-chair), HPCS 2018-19 (Tutorials Co-Chair), IEEE/ACM SC18 Birds of a Feather Planning Committee, IEEE/ACM SC16 Workshops Planning Committee. He has participated in national and EU-FP5/FP6/FP7/H2020 research projects CrossGrid, CoreGRID, K-Wf Grid, ViroLab, Gredia, UrbanFlood, PaaSage and WATERLINE.

Anna Dróżdż

PostDoc in Personal Health Data Science

Anna obtained her M.Sc. in Laboratory Medicine form Jagiellonian University and Engineer’s Degree in Materials Science from AGH University of Science and Technology. In 2021 Anna defended her thesis in Physics (with the specialization in Biophysics) and was awarded a Ph.D. degree by the Jagiellonian University. She worked briefly as an Research Assistant in the Department of Medical Physics on JU. Before joining Sano, her research focused on drug delivery systems, long-distance cell-to-cell communication and diabetes. She was a visiting graduate researcher at Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam and Joseph Stefan Institute in Ljubljana . At Sano Anna will work on connecting the worlds of data science and biology. In her free time she enjoys travelling, mountaineering and reading.

Alfredo Ibias

PostDoc in Personal Health Data Science

Alfredo obtained his M.Sc. in Formal Methods for Computer Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain, where he also obtained both bachelors on Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2022 he defended his thesis in Computer Science and was awarded a Ph.D. degree by the UCM. Before joining Sano, Alfredo was working in applications of Information Theory and Artificial Intelligence to Software Testing, and he did a stay at University College of London under Facebook funding. At Sano, Alfredo will work developing machine self-learning algorithms to generate knowledge graphs from self-reported data. In his spare time he enjoys playing videogames, doing sport and listening to music.

Natalia Lipp

PostDoc in Health Informatics Team

Natalia is Ph.D. Student in social sciences. Her doctoral research concerns the psychological factors of human-computer interaction, particularly the role of immersion and imagination in task performance in virtual reality. At Sano, Natalia is devoted to enhancing patients' well-being and increasing trust to AI. In addition to scientific work, Natalia is also an academic lecturer at Jagiellonian University, and she teaches Health Psychology, Statistics, and Social Psychology.

Sylwia Malec

PhD Student

Sylwia holds a BSc from AGH University of Science and Technology. Her bachelor thesis focused on obtaining 3D-printed pelvis directly from a patient's CT scan. She gained practical experience as a software engineer and data scientist in the industry at Motorola Solutions, where she was focusing on Computer Vision solutions for public safety. She joined Sano Computer Vision Data Science Team and is currently working on multimodal medical imaging registration. Privately, she is a photomodel, traveler and yoga practitioner.

Luca Gherardini

PhD Student

Luca got a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in Italy. He feeds a deep curiosity for many scientific fields, for which he decided to join Sano in a project on proteins diffusion in Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. Luca is always focusing on self-development, meditation, and training sessions.

Michał Grzeszczyk

PhD Student

Michał is PhD student who joins Health Informatics team and will work on Machine learning estimation of pulmonary circulation abnormalities using phase contrast MR and echocardiography. He is a graduate of Computer Science studies at the Warsaw University of Technology and Technical University of Berlin (dual-degree). At Sano he'll be working on non-invasive pulmonary hypertension detection. He is passionate about utilizing of AI in various areas. After hours, he works with his friend on the mobile application Chefs' (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chefs_app.chefs) which is devoted to storing and sharing cooking recipes coming from multiple sources like images or websites. In his free time he loves playing football and discovering new sport disciplines.

Joan Falcó Roget

PhD Student

Joan studied a BSc in physics at the University of Barcelona. Then he moved to Madrid to study a MSc in systems biology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). His thesis was about computational neuroscience, specifically in " the learning role of dopamine ". After that Joan spent one year collaborating (as a research assistant) with the Theoretical Physics Department in Madrid studying the same things. In Sano he will be working on neuroplasticity after tumor and stroke, and surgical planning. From his personal side, he plays the piano, he loves any kind of sports (specially tennis and football) and he falls in love with mountains.

Paweł Renc

PhD Student

Paweł obtained the title of MSc. in CS at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, specializing in data science, and currently is a PhD student at the same university. At Sano, he joined the Healthcare Informatics team where he processes medical data utilizing machine learning methods. His research interests include AI, optimization algorithms and parallel computing in the GPGPU architecture.

Monika Pytlarz

PhD Student

Monika obtained a BSc in Electroradiology from Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University and an MSc in Bioinformatics from JU. During her master's studies, she was involved in the development of an algorithm for the automatic segmentation of a high-resolution ultrasound image. She has experience working with clinical patients in the hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department as a radiographer. In Sano, she investigates the use of generative adversarial networks to generate data in the context of microscopy. In her free time, she dances pole art, enjoys alternative music concerts, and plays analog RPGs.

Jan Przybyszewski

PhD Student

Jan has always been interested in healthcare, having a short tenure in Jagiellonian University Medical College. In the end, he decided to pursue a career in engineering - he obtained his M.Sc degree in Computer Science at AGH UST in Cracow. His thesis was focused on using graph neural networks in miRNA-mRNA target prediction. Apart from academic experience, he also developed his software engineering skills by working on commercial projects at companies such as Nomagic and Mercedes-Benz AG. At Sano, he joins the Extreme-scale Data and Computing team to conduct exciting research on the use of Federated Learning in healthcare. In his free time, Jan enjoys reading, playing videogames, and doing sports.

Magdalena Otta

PhD Student

Her scientific journey started in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh where she graduated from in 2021 with a Master of Physics degree. The subject of her thesis was modelling a response of a single cell to the use of fractionated radiotherapy in order to induce the abscopal effect in cancer treatment. She joined Sano Modelling and Simulation Team as a PhD student and is currently working on modelling venous flow in patients presenting with deep vein thrombosis of the lower limb.

Szymon Płotka

PhD Student

He obtained M.Sc. in Medical Informatics in 2019 from Warsaw University of Technology. Currently pursuing his PhD in the medical image analysis at Sano Centre and Warsaw University of Technology. His main research interests are computer vision, machine learning and deep learning-based fetal ultrasound imaging and image-guided therapy.

Kamil Woźniak

PhD Student

He holds a Master's Degree in Physics and is currently pursuing one in Computer Science. At Sano, he is part of the Personal Health Data Science team working on self-learning AI. His interests include the application of AI in various scientific fields, the limitations of current approaches to AI, and its philosophical aspects.

Amanuel Ergogo

PHD STUDENT

Amanuel is a Ph.D. student working on a project entitled Machine Learning for Collaborative Robots in Healthcare. In the Sano health informatics team. His main research interest is in computer vision and deep learning for motion planning, controls, and robot autonomy, specifically to provide robotic assistance and manipulation aids in hospital settings. He obtained M.Eng in Control Engineering and Robotics from Wroclaw Science and Technology University in Poland. His Master's thesis deals with Autonomous mobile robot localization problems, that is to enable the robots to localize themselves in harsh environmental conditions. He earned his BSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wolaita Sodo University in Ethiopia. He has experience working as an assistant lecturer at the same university where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

Tomasz Szczepański

PhD Student

Tomasz holds a BEng from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Photonics Engineering. His bachelor thesis focused on computer vision and augmented reality techniques. He gained practical experience as a software engineer at Curious Element startup and The Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management of WUT. He obtained MSc in Computer Science in 2022 from WUT. His thesis focused on the problem of data bias in chest X-rays of patients with COVID-19. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at Sano Centre and WUT. He joined the Health Informatics team at Sano, and he will be working on medical treatment planning using deep learning methods. In his free time, he bakes Neapolitan pizza and brews craft beer or speciality coffee.

Vidhi Sehrawat

PhD Student

Vidhi graduated in September 2021 with an Erasmus Mundus joint M.Sc. in Chemistry from Paris-Saclay University (Paris, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland). During her Master's research, she studied the effect of oxidation of methionine residues using time-resolved and LC-MS studies. Post-graduation, she joined Selvita as a synthetic organic chemist and worked on international projects focusing on heterocyclic and macrocyclic chemistry. In addition to the Erasmus Mundus scholarship by the European Union, she also received the INSPIRE-Scholarship for Higher Education (INSPIRE-SHE) and an IAS-Summer Research Fellowship Program (IAS-SRFP) scholarship by the Government of India while pursuing her B.Sc. Chemistry at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. She is also an associate member of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, London. Vidhi is interested in utilizing her experiences in experimental biochemistry to work on drug discovery of female-specific cancers, COVID-19, etc. In her free time, she loves to sketch, paint, read non-fiction books, and mentor college students.

Sabina Kamińska

PhD Student

She is a technology-loving software developer. She has nearly 2-years of experience in VR and mobile games. She has been passionate about biomedical engineering. She graduated from the Silesian University of Technology with a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering specialising in Informatics in Medicine.The purpose of the engineering and master's thesis was to improve the hand rehabilitation system. For the purpose of the project she designed game rehabilitation and glove construction. At Sano, she joined the Healthcare Informatics team and she’ll be working on deep Learning-based Surgical Robots.

Rosmary Blanco

PhD Student

My name is Rosmary Blanco. I am a neurophysiologist with several years of experience in neurophysiology data recordings and analysis carried out in the neurological, neurosurgical and neurorehabilitation fields, studying pathologies involving the central and peripheral nervous system through different methods, particularly EEG, for diagnostic and research purposes. I specialized in clinical network neuroscience during my master’s degree in “Molecular and Medical Biotechnology” acquiring skills in complex electrophysiological signal processing in particular EEG source functional connectivity, and network analysis. I’m happy to join A. Crimi's group because I believe that it meets my strong interest in computational neuroscience, and because I think that it is a perfect match for my academic aptitude and my career history. My main interest is studying the large-scale network principles governing neuronal communication, cognition, and human behaviour through both empirical and computational approach (in the development of artificial intelligence models) because I think that their convergence can open new frontiers for scientific investigation, in particular to understand brain network dynamics and their manipulation and control. As clinician I am mainly interested in doing applied research for the personalized medicine and clinical decision support, formulating individual inferences starting from large-scale observations.

Aleksandra Pestka

MSc Student

Aleksandra is pursuing MSc degree in Data Science at AGH. Her bachelor thesis was related to predicting epileptic seizures using neural networks. In Sano she is a member of Computer Vision Data Science team. Currently doing research on the application of statistical and machine learning models in neuroscience as her master's thesis project. Privately, she is all about getting away from the city, trekking in the mountains, learning rock climbing and nature travelling (especially delighted with Scandinavia).

Filip Ślazyk

MSC Student, Junior Scientific Programmer

Holds BSc in Computer Science obtained at AGH UST in 2021, currently doing MSc degree in Data Science at the same university. His bachelor thesis was related to applying machine learning techniques in the medical context. Interested in machine learning, deep learning, cloud computing. Currently doing research on the applications of federated learning in the healthcare as his master's thesis project. Has experience gained at the key players in the industry. Loves to spend his free time running, hiking, or playing squash.

Arkadiusz Pajor

MSc Student

Arkadiusz holds BE in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from AGH University of Science and Technology and currently is pursuing MSc degree in Data Science there. He was leading scientific club "Telephoners" for two years. On the on hand he is passionate of Software Engineering, good practices, design patterns and modern software architecture. On the other hand he is a big fan of automating things using Artificial Intelligence. Currently he is doing reasarch on Interpretable Machine Learning (IML) models in order to build medical decision support system. His free time he spend on traveling, reading fantasy and sci-fi books, playing games and taking part in hackathons.

Przemysław Jabłecki

MSc Student

Przemysław holds BSc in Computer Science. He graduated with honours from AGH UST in 2021. His bachelor thesis was focused on the integration and comparison of feature selection algorithms in the context of data of patients suffering from Hairy Cell Leukemia. Currently, he is pursuing MSc degree in Data Science and doing research on the application of federated learning to medical image segmentation. Przemysław is mostly interested in deep learning, algorithms and large-scale cloud computing. In his free time, he loves travelling, playing chess and reading crime fiction.

Piotr Nowakowski

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMERS MANAGER

Involved in the preparation of the Sano project since its inception, and currently assisting in the preparation of Sano’s internal documents and regulations (including English translations of the relevant documentation). Has participated in numerous collaborative research projects, both national and European, performing development work on collaborative research environments and distributed data storage systems. Also works as a translator, with several dozen published book translations under his belt.

Marcin Wierzbiński

Scientific Programmer

Graduated bachelor's degree in 2020 from Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, University of Warsaw (MIMUW) with related bachelor's thesis: "Solving SAT problems using quantum algorithms". He gathered experience as a software engineer and research associate intern at the Polish Academy of Science. Currently, in his final year of mathematics with a specialization in Machine Learning at MIMUW. His master's thesis is on "Probabilistic inference of cell type topography in tumour microenvironment". During his graduate studies, he spent a semester at the University of Oslo. In love with the mountains (most recently Lofoten) and physical activity.

Tomasz Gubała

SENIOR SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER AND A CO-FOUNDER OF SANO

Having an extensive track record in providing computational and IT solutions for researchers, Tomasz serves as an all-stack senior analyst and software developer at Sano. He also possesses experience with establishing and working at his own company, and brings his entrepreneurial approach to the Centre. His official title is Capataz de Cargadores.

Szymon Seliga

Senior Scientific Programmer

Coming from a family with generations of experience in Medicine and Science, he has embarked on a journey which combines the two of worlds – Computational Medicine. Starting in IT at an early age, some 20+ years ago, has brought him on the different edges of the industry, allowing him to gain experience and insight both in opposing organisational cultures (agile start-up, high-functioning enterprises and self-organising ventures) around the world as well as in various software and hardware stacks. The only thing he likes more than a good challenge, are helpful solutions.

Maciej Szymkowski

Scientific Programmer

Maciej Szymkowski received his B.Sc. in 2017 and M.Sc. in 2018 from Białystok University of Technology, Faculty of Computer Science. Right now, he is PhD candidate at the same Faculty. His main research interests are related to biometrics, signal processing and analysis, processes simulations, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He gained experience not only at universities but also in diversified companies (where he was also responsible for software engineering tasks alongside those related to research). In his free time he likes reading books (especially biographies of famous scientists) and taking a long walk.

Krzysztof Gądek

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

Currently studying computer science at the AGH UST (WIEiT). Programming since he was 12 years old, it's one his biggest passion. In Sano started as intern on the HPHOB project, now working with MEE development and occasionally other programming tasks. His other passions are science (physics, mathematics (especially differential equations), astronomy), history and sports, like gym, swimming or skiing. Great fan of the Balkans culture, visited most of countries in this region, except for Albania. Foreign languages lover, currently studying English and Russian, in future plans to learn German, Italian and Serbo-Croatian

Karol Zając

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

During his engineering studies in the field of Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. Currently participating in collaborative, European project - In Silico World (ISW). Especially interested in Modeling, Simulation and also Artificial Intelligence. Usually spends his leisure time on swimming, traveling with his mates and being into DIY for mental and manual skills development.

Taras Zhyhulin

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

A student from Ukraine. Currently studying computer science at Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza AGH in Kraków. Interested in programming, web administration and studying. Also likes sports and learning new languages. Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, and learning Polish. Works at Sano as an intern to gain some working experience and enhance his practical skills in IT field.

Piotr Kica

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

Currently doing BSc in Computer Science at AGH UST in Cracow. Particularly interested in big data problems and cloud computing solutions. His Sano career started with an internship on data analysis related projects, now working as a part of the In Silico World project. A follower of an active lifestyle – both physical (working out, playing team sports) and mental (playing chess). In his free time he likes to study Norwegian, listen to audiobooks and go to orchestral concerts.

Varun Ravi Varma

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

Hi, I am Varun. Post a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from India, I spent a little over two years working as a Data Science and AI consultant for a Microsoft Partner. I then pursued my Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, focusing on Reinforcement Learning and Explainable AI using Automata. I have experience with Data Science, Unsupervised Learning Methodologies and Automaton Theory. My current interests include exploring the use of Multi-Agent Systems and Continuous Learning methods in the space of Personal Health.

Adam Nowak

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER

Currently studying computer science at the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. Now employed to be part of the In Silico World project developing the MEE platform. In his free time enjoys attending music festivals, travelling to interesting places and watching new movies.