Prof Alejandro Frangi

Prof Alejandro Frangi


Short key CV:

Alejandro (Alex) Frangi was born in La Plata, Argentina. In 1991 he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona) in 1996. He subsequently carried out research on electrical impedance tomography for image reconstruction and noise characterization at the same institution under a CIRIT grant. In 1997 he obtained a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to pursue his PhD at the Image Sciences Institute ( of the University Medical Center Utrecht on model-based cardiovascular image analysis. During this period he was visiting researcher at the Imperial College in London, UK, and in Philips Medical Systems BV, The Netherlands.

Dr Frangi is Professor of Biomedical Image Computing at the University of Sheffield (USFD), Sheffield, UK. Before, he was Associate Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and ICREA-Academia Researcher ( He currently leads the Center for Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine ( CISTIB is part of INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine, a joint initiative between USFD and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust to realise the scientific ambition behind the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH), producing a transformational impact on healthcare. His main research interests are in medical image computing, medical imaging and image-based computational physiology.

Prof Frangi has been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of over 20 national and European projects, both funded by public and private bodies. During 1/2006-3/2010 he was coordinator of the @neurIST (, a European Integrated Project, during 1/2006-12/2009 he was scientific co-PI for the Spanish CENIT Technology Platform CDTEAM ( funded with by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through CDTI, in 2009-2012 he took part of the euHeart ( Integrated Project, in 2009-2012 in the Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence (, and in 2009-2012 he was Scientific Coordinator of the CENIT Technology Platform cvREMOD ( funded with by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through CDTI. He recently was awarded a funding from the European Commission as coordinator entitled VPH-DARE@IT DementiA Research Enabled by IT (, led by the University of Sheffield together with other 19 European organizations.

Prof Frangi has edited a book, published 6 editorial articles and over 125 journal papers in key international journals of his research field and more than over 170 book chapters and international conference papers with an h-index 25 and an average number of citations per paper over 15.9 according to ISI WoK. He has been three times Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Trans Med Imaging, one on IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, and one of Medical Image Analysis journal. He was chair of the 3rd International Conference on Functional Imaging and Modelling of the Heart (FIMH05) held in Barcelona in June 2005, Publications Chair of the IEEE International Symposium in Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2006), Programme Committee Member of various editions of the Intl. Conf. on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) (Brisbane, AU, 2007; Beijing CN, 2010; Toronto CA 2011; Nice FR 2012; Nagoya JP 2013), International Liaison of ISBI 2009, Tutorials Co-Chair of MICCAI 2010, and Program Co-chair of MICCAI 2015. He was also General Chair for ISBI 2012 held in Barcelona.

Prof Frangi is Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Medical Imaging, Medical Image Analysis, SIAM Journal Imaging Sciences, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization and Recent Patents in Biomedical Engineering journals. Prof Frangi was foreign member of the Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, 2006-10) in the UK, is a recipient of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Early Career Award in 2006, the Prizes for Knowledge Transfer (2008) in the Information and Communication Technologies domain and of Teaching Excellence (2008, 2010) by the Social Council of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He also was awarded the UPF Medal (2011) for his service as Dean of the Escuela Politecnica Superior. He was awarded the ICREA-Academia Prizes awarded by the Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA) in 2008. Finally, Prof Frangi is IEEE Fellow (2014), SPIE Member, SIAM Member, MICCAI Member, and elected member to the Board of Directors of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society (2014-2018). Prof Frangi has been selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Engineering by Thomson Reuters having 3 highly cited papers according to the Essential Science Indicators by the same organisation.

Under his leadership, CISTIB develops GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation,, an open-source platform for the rapid development of pre-commercial software prototypes in the areas of image computing and image-based computational physiology modelling. The research and development conducted in his research group led to two spin-off companies (Clintelis S.A. 2009 and GalgoMedical S.A. 2013).

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    School of Computing and School of Medicine
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    Rm 8.05, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds
  • State or Province
    West Yorkshire
  • Zip Code
    LS2 9JT
  • Country
    United Kingdom
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    +44 (0 ) 114 222 0153
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

CISTIB Takes Part in the Café Scientific

CISTIB Takes Part in the Café Scientific - Alejandro Frangi - February 2016

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On January 25th, Prof Frangi presented a short talk and question and answer session, as part of the Café Scientifique presentation series. The presentation took place in Chesterfield at Coffee Street. Café Scientifique is an organisation that aims to bring science to the wider community in a setting that is open environment. Alex provided a talk that explored how changing healthcare technologies will impact on future of how medical care will be delivered. Kaye Twomlow one of the organisers of the event said,
"Prof Frangi gave a wonderful talk to the Café Scientifique in Chesterfield telling us about the advances in healthcare technologies. He opened our minds to the possibilities of changes to healthcare that might happen in our lifetimes and an insight into the decisions that need to be made to bring these changes to fruition. His warmth and openness made people feel comfortable to ask questions in this informal forum."

The audience that attended was very broad and consisted of people who worked in professions that were not linked to healthcare and ranged in age from juniors to seniors. The audience was fully involved in the discussion and asked some in depth question into the science and medical topics included in the presentation. Prof Frangi had this to say on the event,
“I found the interaction with people from Chesterfield and around very stimulating. Our University arms highlights that our mission is to learn and teach; the foundational rationale for our University was that the University of Sheffield was for the people. The Cafe Scientifique and the STEM Network realise these aspirations in profound ways as they bring academics and the University to the heart of towns and schools thus making our daily efforts to contribute to society approachable and understandable to laypeople. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to more!”

The event was a success and we are hoping that this will lead to us being regularly involved with the café scientific as we think it’s an excellent initiative that helps to bring the cutting edge research that is being undertaken in university across the country.

If you would like to contact us for more information please find the details on our website.

Alejandro Frangi presentation



Dr Frangi's Visit China To Support CISTIB Alumni - Alejandro Frangi - January 2016

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Surrounded of colleagues, an alumni and the forbidden city – a trip to Beijing

On Dec 13-17th 2015, Prof Frangi visited the Beijing Normal University in China. The invitation came from a former PhD student of CISTIB when it was based in Barcelona, Dr Chong Zhang. Who introduced Dr Frangi to Prof Z Wu and Prof X Wang both at BNU. Chong was a former colleague of Zhongke when they were both in Singapore.

chongThis visit was to progress a joint review paper as well as to learn about the work at BNU in medical image analysis. They are both outstanding researchers with an impressive track record of journal publications also in medical image analysis. Prof Frangi had the chance to hear presentations delivered by several students from Prof Wu and Prof Wang. The trip also included time to consider possible new avenues of research and collaboration. During the visit Prof Wu and Prof Wang made display of their warm hospitality by organising a visit the Forbidden City and arrange a dinner enjoying Peking Duck and cooked home-made dumplings. Prof Frangi described the trip as “A whole new experience!”

These trips are important for CISTIB for two reasons. Firstly, it is a great way to touch base and support former centre alumni, as they represent the extended CISTIB family. Secondarily establishing international collaborations are crucial for us to continue growing as a research group and attracting talented researchers.

We hope to bring you more news on how CISTIB is establishing international connections. If you wish to get in touch please contact with the information in the contact section of this website.

Beijing Normal University