2024 ELEDIA@ICAM PhD Summer School on “Inverse Problems and Imaging”

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2024 ELEDIA@ICAM PhD Summer School on “Inverse Problems and Imaging”

Onsite (Trento) and Online
22nd July 2024
Organizer(s):  Prof. MASSA Andrea

Inverse problems (IPs) have been traditionally considered as mathematically challenging because they are intrinsically ill-posed. Imaging problems are a class of IPs with many practical applications in a variety of engineering disciplines, ranging from biomedical diagnostics to industrial non-destructive testing, up to geophysics and security screening, just to mention a few. Such IPs require suitable mathematical tools for their robust/stable solution in order to recover the well-posedness typical of forward/direct problems through suitable regularization and information-acquisition/exploitation techniques.

The course will review fundamentals and main issues of IPs, then focusing on classical/ state-of-the-art and recently introduced inverse solution procedures and algorithms, with main emphasis on the techniques for imaging and localization. Applicative examples including exercises will corroborate the theoretical concepts.

Course Topics

  • Introduction and basics: motivations (methodological, applicative), imaging problems in engineering as IPs
  • Formulation of IPs and numerical techniques for dealing with their resolution
  • Non-linearity and ill-posedness: on the role of information in IPs
  • Non-linearity: physical meaning, degree of non linearity, the role of a-priori/available information
  • Ill-posedness and the need for regularization
  • Solution of IPs as minimization/maximization of a cost-function/functional
  • Multi-resolution and information-acquisition strategies as an effective recipe to counteract ill-posedness and non-linearity
  • Numerical techniques for imaging problem solving in biomedical and industrial contexts
  • Applicative examples including exercises regarding specific engineering applications

Teaching Activities

  • Theoretical Lessons
  • e-Xam Self Assessment (on each teaching class or periodically)
  • MATLAB Hands-On
  • e-Xam Final Assessment


From: 22 July 2024
To: 26 July 2024


Onsite (Trento) and Online

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