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Ignacio Alvarez Illan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Data Science and Computational Intelligence (DaSCI) research Institute
Department of Signal Theory, Networking and Communications

Ignacio Alvarez Illan works on the processing and classification of medical imaging for the help in the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases and breast cancer. The candidate’s research career began in the field of theoretical physics. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2004, with an Erasmus scholarship at the Humboldt Universität (Berlin), he began his research career in high-energy physics working at the Deutches Elektron-Synchotron ( DESY) in Berlin. Later he obtained an FPI scholarship in the department of theoretical physics of the University of Granada to carry out his doctoral thesis. In this stage, the candidate produced 2 articles and a technical report, including a work as the only author in string theory.

The interests of the researcher soon turned to more applied areas. He completed his doctoral thesis in the field of medical image analysis, through the development of computer diagnosis assistance techniques for Alzheimer’s disease, which received award of PhD with merits. He began his teaching activities in the degree of telecommunications engineering, teaching subjects such as digital signals or random signals. During this stage and his postdoctoral stage, and within the Sipba research group (Signal Processing and Biomedical Applications), the candidate has participated in 16 research projects, has published 50 articles and 65 contributions to congresses, has developed the PETRA software with GNU license, has collaborated with researchers from the University of Malaga, Cadiz, and Granada and the university hospitals Virgen de las Nieves(Granada) and Virgen de la Victoria (Malaga) at national level, and with researchers of the university of Cambridge (UK), Florida State University (US), Memorial Sloan Kettering Center of New York (US),  and Regensburg Universität (Germany) internationally. He was awarded in 2015 with a Marie Curie IOF project SmartMammaCAD funded by the European Research Council and the Horizon 2020 program, with a funded stay at the Florida State University of 2 years. Altogether, he has have 9 years of postoctoral experience, with 4 posdoctoral contracts.


  1. 2004


    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  2. 2009

    PhD Degree

    University of Granada

Professional Experience

  1. 2009-2015
    Postdoc Researcher
    Univeristy of Granada
  2. 2015-2018
    Marie-Curie IOF Fellow
    Univerisity of Granada/ Florida State Univeristy

Awards Prizes

  • 2008
    Junta de Andaluci
  • 2009
    PhD with honors
    Universidad de Granada
  • 2012
    Excellence in research paper
    Universidad de Granada