Project consortium

Led by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy, the CONcISE project brings together eight beneficiaries and four associated partners from 8 European countries, with complementary computational and experimental expertise in the field of biomedical imaging.



The Institute of Photonics & Nanotechnologies (IFN) is a leading research institution within the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy, known for its multidisciplinary research in nano- and microelectronics, photonics, materials, and laser technology. With a headquarters in Milan and four units in Bari, Padua, Rome, and Trento, the institute employs 54 researchers, 9 technicians, and 12 administrative staff, as well as a varying number of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. IFN specializes in developing innovative techniques for imaging biological tissues in the VIS-NIR spectral range, including time-resolved techniques and single-photon detection on the picosecond scale, with applications in fields such as functional brain imaging, optical mammography and diffuse optical tomography. The institute also boasts extensive expertise in the development of optical instrumentation, including Adaptive Optics for medical devices and Optical Coherence Tomography.

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is one of the largest universities in Finland, and home to approximately 15000 students and 2800 members of staff. A high scientific quality, interdisciplinarity, focus, constant renewal and strong engagement in international networks are characteristic of the research areas of the UEF. The UEF partner represents the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems Research Group that operate at the Department of Technical Physics. The research group has more than 20 years of experience on inverse problems including optical tomographic imaging and modelling of light transport as well as PhD student supervision. The group hosts an ERC-CoG grant (2021-2026) and part of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging (2018-2025) appointed by the Academy of Finland and it was previously part of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research (2006-2017). The group belongs to the Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) appointed by the Academy of Finland. The group develops advanced computational techniques and devices for solving real world inverse problems in areas of medicine, industry and environment.

Datrix is an innovative SME founded in 2013 with headquarters in Milano. The company is specialised in Augmented Analytics and Machine Learning and researches and develops proprietary AI technology. Datrix offers customised analyses designed to transform data into business insights; some examples of the offered solutions are: anomaly detection and predictive maintenance, sales forecasts, image processing for automation, computer vision on medical images, machine learning in the context of cybersecurity prevention, and predictive analytic for marketing.

Less than two hours from Paris, the University Hospital of Strasbourg is home to a unique structure for research and training in the surgery of the future: IRCAD, a unique structure that brings together surgeons and computer and robotics engineers in joint research and training teams. In 1992, surgery was faced with inevitable changes, moving from the industrial era to the computer era. In this context, Professor Jacques Marescaux had the idea to create a new kind of research and training center. Founded in 1994, this research institute was imagined and developed by visionary practitioners who had perceived that the future of surgery lay in the alliance of their gestures and the growing prowess of medical imaging, computing and digital technologies. 28 years later, IRCAD is positioned as the French ambassador of surgery on an international level. maintenance, sales forecasts, image processing for automation, computer vision on medical images, machine learning in the context of cybersecurity prevention, and predictive analytic for marketing.

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is a state scientific-technological university established in 1863 which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The university offers different levels of education including Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD degrees, enjoying a coordinated environment for PhD training through its PhD School, and 18 active PhD Programmes. POLIMI is also one of the leading Italian research centres characterised by the combination of theoretical bases of excellence and first-rate research infrastructures providing the possibility of wide variety of experimental research. In 2015, the university was awarded as the European “HR Excellence in Research”. POLIMI’s Department of Physics carries out experimental and theoretical scientific research in the field of Physics of Matter and contributes to the development of applications of this sector in Physics, Engineering and Medicine. The Department enjoys advanced laboratories in the field of photonics with emphasis on Time Resolved spectroscopy, Ultrafast laser sources, optical components and detectors. Finally, the Department of Physics is part of the CUSBO Facility belonging to the EU LaserLabEurope cluster of Large Scale Laser Infrastructure.

The Universitat Jaume I in Castelló (UJI), founded in 1991, integrates teaching, research, extension, and service to meet its unique role as a North Valencian land-grant university. UJI is committed to providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, excellent general education, and specialised academic and professional degree programs. The University is committed to preparing students to serve society. UJI strives to provide nationally and internationally acclaimed programmes of basic and applied research. The University engages in research to further the quest for knowledge and to help society meet its scientific, technological, environmental, economic, and social challenges. UJI is ranked between the 200-hundred top Young Universities in the world according to THE World University Ranking. Also, it is ranked between the 700-hundred top Universities in the world according to ARWU. Our contribution to the life of the city does not stop at the provision of education. We know that we have a huge impact on the success of our city. That could be economic, social, environmental, or cultural. It also supports jobs, leads enterprise and innovation, delivers ground-breaking research, encourages diversity, and opens up opportunities for all. The research done at UJI will be mainly developed at the Photonics Research Group (GROC UJI) that is engaged in the research to deliver on the promise of photonics and nanotechnology breakthroughs.

The Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the national research institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands  and is part of the Institutes Organisation of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. Located at the Science Park of Amsterdam, CWI has strong connections to other research institutes as well as universities. The Computational Imaging (CI) Group is specialised in the development of advanced computational techniques for the full 3D imaging pipeline, by integrating adaptive image acquisition, image reconstruction, and analysis andvisualisation of the resulting 3D datasets. The group follows an interdisciplinary approach and has expertise in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

At FYLA we create and commercialise leading fiber laser technology by joining singularity, quality, and profitability for our clients and stakeholders. From science to industry, over the last few years, FYLA has become a trusted partner to its customers worldwide. FYLA’s lasers have a direct impact on the growth of the new industry, meeting the requirements of a wide range of applications, ranging from diagnostics and imaging to semiconductor and optical communications. At FYLA, we proudly aim at leading the industry transformation using advanced photonics to support the development of new sectors and applications.

Associated partners

University College London (UCL) has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world. UCL was identified by the UK Research Excellence Framework as the top university in the UK for research strength and UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 across a wide range of university rankings (currently joint 7th in the QS World University Rankings). UCL’s total competitively awarded research income annually stands at an impressive € 574 million, of which 11% is European funded research & innovation. UCL is one of the leading recipients of European Framework Programme grants, with over 400 Horizon 2020 projects and 700 projects funded during the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). UCL has been involved in over 157 Marie Curie actions, including 47 ITNs in H2020 and 27 in FP7.

ViALUX GmbH is a fully privately held company. It was established in 2000 in Chemnitz/Germany. The ViALUX team has long-term experience in optics, image processing, and optoelectronics. Knowledge and skill of the highly qualified team of engineers is the source of product innovations at the leading edge of technology. A network of distributors covers the industrial areas in Asia, America, and Europe providing local service. Exporting more than 80% of its annual production ViALUX is proud to serve customers worldwide. ViALUX develops, produces, and distributes electro-optical components and optical measurement systems for 3D-shape and deformation analysis. ViALUX products are successfully sold into different markets: automotive industry, steel industry, machine-vision industry, life science, medicine, and research & development.

Intuitive Surgical designs and manufactures highly complex robotic systems for use in minimally invasive surgical applications. Such system, and therefore the surgeon, relies on HD colour and fluorescence vision through a stereo-endoscope to provide a 3D visualisation of the surgical field and allow intuitive, precise and tremor-free control of the surgical instruments for better healthcare outcomes. The research department investigates new means to improve further these aspects and provide the next generation of surgical systems.

accelopment Schweiz AG (accelCH) is a Swiss SME that assists research institutions and companies in EU project management and the dissemination and exploitation of project results. It is specialised in European research and innovation support initiatives, such as Horizon Europe and the SME focused Eurostars programme. accelCH’s multi-disciplinary and highly qualified staff has over 25 years of experience in EU and national funded projects in Health, Biochemistry, Energy, ICT, Materials and other areas. Since its foundation in 2008, accelCH has collaborated with more than 1,000 organisations in Europe and beyond, starting with the 7th Framework Programme and continuing into Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. accelCH is ISO 9001 certified and internationally accredited by IQnet and members of the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems.