Mario Stefanelli, PhD, FACMI

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University of Pavia, Italy

Mario Stefanelli is Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chief of the Laboratory of Medical Informatics of the Department of Computer and System Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy. He is the coordinator of the PhD course on Bioengineering and Bioinformatics of the University of Pavia. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pavia in 1969. Since 1995, he has been the head of the Research and Development Unit of the Consortium of Bioengineering and Med-ical Informatics in Pavia, which involves several research organizations, hospitals, and IT companies. Since 2001, he is also Scientific Consultant of ITC-Irst in Trento, Italy, a large public research institution promoting technologic innovation in many different fields.

Prior to his current position, Prof. Stefanelli served from 1971 to 2000 as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor of Control Engineering at the University of Pavia, where he was also Head of the Department of Computer and System Sciences from 1985 to 1990.

Professor Stefanelli has influenced developments in three main areas of medical informatics—models of biological systems to advance pathophysiologic knowledge and estimate clinically relevant parameters that could not be measured directly; medical decision support systems, by integrating methodologies derived from artificial intelligence, decision theory, and computer science; and health care information systems supporting collaborative work among health care professionals and patients. He was the manager or principal investigator of several international, large national, and European projects, such as GAMES (General Architecture for Medical Expert Systems) I and II, HC-ReMa (Health Care Resource Management), T-IDDM (Telemanagement of Insulin Dependent Diabetic Mellitus patients), ProGuide (building and disseminating of medical guidelines), patman (patient management), M2DM (Multi-access System for the Management of Diabetic Mellitus Patients), and HOMEY (Home Monitoring through Intelligent Dialog System).

Professor Stefanelli has presented invited lectures at several international conferences. The most recent ones have been given at Medinfo ‘98, nnesmed ‘98, the 1999 Joint European Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Medical Decision Making, the First European Workshop on Computer-based Support for Clinical Guidelines and Protocols (2000), the 2001 Workshop on Challenges in Medical Informatics, and MedNet (2001).

Professor Stefanelli is currently a member of the editorial boards of American Modeling Physiology: Modelling Forum, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, International Journal of Biomedical Informatics, International Journal of Medical Informatics, and Methods of Information in Medicine. He is also member of several scientific associations, such as the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, AMIA, Association for Computing Machinery, European Association of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and Italian Group of Biomedical Engineering.