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 Marco Burroni

Personal page : the origins, the computer graphics, the scientific research and the music...

The origins

Hello, my name is Marco Burroni. I was born in Toscany in the last century during the beat generation and I spent my happy childhood in a wonderful place, a very big mansion close to S. Gimignano, 15 miles from Siena : I don't know if the astonishing beauty of this paradise contributed to my passion for art and photography or it was simply the start of a breathle

Get Slim fast!

Computer graphics and digital imaging

After the high school I moved to Florence, city of one of the most advanced enginnering universities. I choosed Biomedical Engineering because I was interested in digital signal processing and also greatly attracted by the medical sciences. In that period I had a lot of fun to work with the first supercomputers in Italy and there me and other students worked at the Center for Electronic Data Processing. In 1983 I started to program in Assembler language on one of the first IBM PCs equipped with 128Kbytes (please note : kilobytes and not megabytes). I bought from USA a digital camera based on a single ram able to work on 2 levels of gray and 256x128 pixels in resolution) so that me and other students started to work on digital image processing.

I had my first experiences with PC and assembler language, building a videogame related to the Palio, the well known traditional horse race in Siena, cooperating with Giordana Dell'Eva. It was a very nice experience because we felt pioneers of computer graphics in 1983. Subsequently we bought a Silicon Graphics Iris 4D Power Station for the Virtual Reality and from 1987 to 1992 we opened a service in Florence for digital images and digital videos advertising. An example of our artworks is the realization of the video "Virtual City" from the "Citta' Ideale" of Piero della Francesca. It was a 15 minutes animation looking inside the renaissance. We designed the model starting from the x-rays images of the original drawings. From 1985 to 1988 we cooperated at a Project for the realization of a System for the evaluation of Cardiographic signals and telemedicine. From 1986 to 1993 our group worked in Image Processing analysis of biomedical images and paintings using true color imaging. In that period we met Gigi Lusini who was the art director of a huge  biomedical society (Sclavo SPA). I started to write computer programs oriented to the image processing in advertising and art. 

Dal passato al futuro

The above images have been obtained through algorithms i wrote on a Silicon Graphics Supercomputer. The first image is the result of a Laplacian of Gaussian (LOG filter) applied on the bw image and added to the original picture. Addition of artificial noise and subsequent smoothing filters rendered the special effect. Customized algorithms written by myself in c++ language were used to render the second image. The future as seen by me and Gigi Lusini, ie from black and white (the past) to colors (the future).  Gigi snapped this image with an Hasselblad camera. I used c/c++ language and a Vista thrue colors board to render the final image through shades using the cube of tristimulus colors. Then I wrote the algorithm to add the two images.  Please click on the pictures to enlarge them. 

The scientific research and the University faculty

     Prof. Burroni
...technologies and congresses ....            

In 1987 we started to develop a digital system for the computerized aided diagnosis of melanoma. It was the beginning of a great cooperation between our group of engineers and dermatologists working in one of the biggest hospital in Europe : the  "Policlinico di Siena". Our idea was to permits clinicians to store and retrieve digital high quality images of pigmented skin lesions. Then we planned to evaluate from each single image a series of objective values in order to measure each pigmented lesions. The programs I wrote permitted the automatic evaluation of 36 variables oriented to describe colors, geometries and textures of each lesion. Subsequently we added also an artificial  intelligence engine based on Neural Networks. In 1989 the DB-Mips System for the aided diagnosis of melanoma was born. In the same year I obtained the PhD engineering degree and 6 years later the faculty in medicine. In 1993 we have been invited to show our instrument to the 3'rd World Conference of Melanoma in Venice. In 1997 I was invited in Sydney to talk at the 4'th World Conference on Melanoma and in 2001 I had an important Lecture at the 5'th World Congress on Melanoma in Venice having the wonderful title 'understanding digital melanoma' where I reported our innovative methods and I explained my new theory on the 'islands of colors' called 'burroni's islands' for the early diagnosis of mlanoma. The Burroni's Islands are nowaday reported on many of the most important scientific papers. The Islands of colors for the early diagnosis of melanoma permit our cmputerized instrument to reach the 92% of accuracy in the differentiantion between moles and melanoma so reporting the highest levels of accuracy among other similar technologies. When interested please check the US National Library of Medicine to have a look at our papers on scientific medical journals : US National Libray of Medicine

Well, since then I am working in my office on the field of melanoma diagnosis studying new algorithms and methods in order to simplify the diagnostic process to clinicians while improving the early diagnosis. I am working with artificial intelligence applied to the image processing.

"Prof. Marco Burroni , University of Siena"

Actually I am a Professor at the University of Siena (Dept. of Dermatology) with my chair related to "Diagnostic Image processing in dermatology" and I am working on the telemedicine and instrumental aided diagnosis of melanoma cooperating with Telecom Italia (Assilt), Legatumori Italiana, IDI Institute in Rome, private institution in Switzerland (Lugano, Locarno, Fribourg, Losanna), University of Dresden in Germany, University of Prague in the Czech Republic, the Sloan Kattering Hospital in New York and the Government of Gozo (Malta) where we started a project for the computerized screening of melanoma to the whole population of the small island (please have a look at the  Government press release and the EU Melanoma page for other interesting links)

From 1991 to 2007 we published papers on high impact scientific journals and I attended at 170 Congresses cooperating with many Universities worldwide. My intent here is to thank the dermatologists who worked and still work with us during this wonderful period.

Please find here below my bibliography and curriculum vitae.

Curriculum vitae 

Scientific papers 

The Music

Now I have to leave You and go to play my piano. Obviously it's a traditional acoustic grand-piano and not a digital instrument.

The good music looks like digital imaging. Only a note it is not sufficient to describe a situation. Wrong notes destroy the concert. I mean...a great song needs many factors to be unique. A perfect armony, a proper rithm, a nice "groove", a good melody, and a great voice (hello Paul..how are You?) are necessary. I like the modern music because I belong to the "beat generation". The right music comes from the mixture between armony, melody, rithm and love. Without love we are nothing and only with love we are able to have the right feelings to play. If You like Elton John, Paul Mc Cartney, Phil Collins, Fred Mercury, John Lennon we can share some more emotion. There is always a difference between an artist and a trivial player. A player just plays other's songs. An artist interpretates his feelings through the right armony in the right context. When I feel myself tired then I seat, I relax, I touch my grand piano feeling and start to play at the candle light. Nothing digital. Then I feel myself free, happy and strong again. 


Our band...

Playing on the beach...

My famous piano teacher...

Walter's Page
Walter's page

I was forgetting my famous piano teacher: my friend Walter Savelli. He is the rock pianist of Claudio Baglioni , one of the most important italian singers, and he wrote many books about rock and blues piano. If you like the piano music please visit his page.


Copyright Burroni 1999-2006
A copy of this documentation and pictures are deposited.
Any permission of copies must be explicitly asked.

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