SBU Computer Engineer Mónica F. Bugallo to Speak at Brookhaven Lab on How Signal Processing May Lead to Advances in Cancer Research, April 24

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Mónica F. Bugallo

UPTON, NY — Stony Brook University Computer Engineer Mónica F. Bugallo will give a talk, "How Signal Processing May Lead to Advances in Cancer Research," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m. in the Physics Department seminar room. Sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates and Brookhaven Women in Science, the talk is free and open to the public.  All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.  

Human epithelial cancers remain incurable, putting researchers on a constant quest to develop models and methods that will lead toward a deeper understanding of the disease. 

Mónica F. Bugallo is using signal processing for the advancement of cancer research. Bugallo believes that a major problem in finding treatment is characterized by a set of sparse observations and missing data. Her research focuses on seeking that missing data and developing models and methods that are fast, scalable, and expandable that may provide information on the evolution of cancer stem cells and tumors that are highly drug-resistant and do not respond to standard anti-cancer drugs. Human epithelial cells include skin, lining of the digestive tract, and many glands. Their function includes transcellular transport, secretion, absorption, protection, and sensation. Bugallo's ultimate objective is to employ the proposed models and methods as a "biology microscope" and as a computer-based laboratory to point to possible cures.

Signal processing is a subset of systems engineering, electrical engineering, and applied mathematics that deals with operations or analysis of analog as well as digitized signals representing time-varying or spatially varying physical quantities. Signals of interest can include sound, electromagnetic radiation, images, and sensor readings. One example of a biological measurement would be electrocardiograms commonly used for heart monitoring.

This interdisciplinary talk is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn about the tools being developed toward finding a cure for cancer, including students interested in pursuing a career in engineering or biology.

 Mónica F. Bugallo received her Ph.D in Computer Engineering from the University of A Coruña, Spain, in 2001. From 1998 to 2000, Bugallo worked at the Departamento de Electrónica y Sistemas at the Universidade da Coruña, Spain, on interference cancellation applied to multiuser communication systems. In 2001, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University, where she is currently an associate professor teaching digital communications and signal processing. Her primary research interests lie in the area of statistical signal processing and its applications to different disciplines, including sensor networks and biology.

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