Michele Piana is a Full Professor of the University of Genoa in Numerical Analysis. He is or was Associate researcher of CNR – SPIN (2013-present), Principal Investigator of the MIDA Group (2003-present), Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer of Knowledge (2015-present),.Vice-Rector for International Relations (2014-2015), Work Package Leader of the EU H2020 FLARECAST (2015-present), Director of the PhD program in Mathematics and Applications of the University of Genoa (2010-2014), Coordinator of the EU FP7 project HESPE (2010-2013); Member of the NASA RHESSI Team (2002-present), Co-Investigator and Work Package Leader for the ESA STIX mission (2012-present); Work Package Leader for the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action project FLARECAST (2015-present); vice-President of the Polo Regionale per la Ricerca e Innovazione 'Tecnobionet' (2011-2014); Head of the Centro Interuniversitario per la Neurofisiologia del Dolore (2011-2014); Head of the Scuola di Dottorato 'Scienze e Tecnologie per l'Informazione e la Conoscenza' (2012-2013); Organizer of several workshops on inverse problems and mathematical methods for data analysis within international conferences; member of the Organizing and Scientific Committees of the RHESSI IX Workshop (2011); member of the board of “Applied Inverse Problems 2009 (AIP 2009).
Prof. Piana’s research is concerned with inverse problems, computational data analysis in solar physics, medical imaging, and computational neuroscience. Applications involve Positron Emission Tomography, electro- and magneto-encephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, hard X-ray and EUV solar imaging, machine learning and computer vision. He is and has been principal investigator and work package leader in several national, EU, and international research projects and is involved in several collaborations under industrial contracts.
He has published more than 70 refereed articles, 3 book chapters and more than 20 conference publications.