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AGH Department of Computer Science facilitates personalised health and care

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We are active in the following Technologies: Service innovation, Field trials / living lab, Hardware, sensors, actuators, Information technologies, data storage and processing (back end), Communication technologies / Tele-systems, Learning & Training, Communication / Dissemination / Marketing, Public Health policies, Knowledge transfer

Founded a century ago, AGH University of Science and Technology has grown into one of Poland’s foremost educational and research establishments. Situated in Kraków, the university has 38,000 students and more than 4000 staff. Its teaching and research programs support the broader evolution of science and technology, covering a wide array of skills across 16 faculties.

The Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications is an academic and scientific entity conducting research related to modern computer technologies and imparting a hands-on understanding of advanced ICT . The main fields of scientific research and education of the department are related to issues of SOA systems such as services and integrating network environments working in the cloud systems, mobile and wireless communication systems, Big Data, cognitive computing, visualization and image processing. The Department’s researchers address many of the major challenges that face our society, from societal to environmental, medical to e-infrastructural etc. They explore not only innovative research techniques but also modern technology, both to examine and to face challenges in the field of computer science these days. The most important aspects of the department’s research in the area of system application include telemedicine, AAL-systems, environmental monitoring and Smart City.

The Department of Computer Science addresses challenges arising in the field of computer science not only by keeping an eagle eye on the newest trends but also actively contributing to their development, as in the case of introduction of the adaptive service oriented architecture (adaptive SOA)[1]. Researchers continue at the cutting edge of the areas underlying the creation of modern distributed systems and networks, including smart mobile solutions. They contribute their experience with introduction of intelligent techniques in system design, such as self-configuration capabilities, adaptability, self monitoring etc. These techniques are developed in the context of such technologies as SDN, ONEPk and SDDC laying down the framework of a modern cloud architecture.

As part of an on-going commitment to conduct research and share expertise that will accelerate progress in the field of personalized, remotely monitored healthcare, the AGH Department of Computer Science developed TeleDICOM [2] and TeleCARE [3]. These innovative applications  have been designed in co-operation with leading medical centers in Poland, specifically the John Paul II Hospital in Krakow and the University Hospital - Collegium Medicum. Both these systems use patients’ profiles to personalise the treatment process. They emerged as  a result of interdisciplinary research constituting  a unique conjunction of medical expertise, cutting-edge technologies and best security/legal practices and they’ve been successfully deployed and used. As this example of national cooperation illustrates, the Department of Computer Science at AGH  is  one of the leading Polish academic institutions conducting research in ICT,  ready to contribute to multidisciplinary issues emerging in the context of the  delivery of high-quality personalised health and care services for the modern society. Close co-operation between the department and professional care providers aims at maintaining and improving the standard of care especially for cardiovascular patients, patients with atherosclerosis, chronic diseases, mental disorders, dementia or early-onset dementia.

There is extensive collaboration with leading university consortia, among researchers and with public agencies and business not only in Poland but also internationally. The largest cluster of external research activity is located in Europe and the United States, involving many institutions focused on improving and promoting interdisciplinary research, such as CERN. Since 1980 the employees of the Department of Computer Science have participated in over 120 international projects, including agreements as part of the 5th, 6th and 7th  Framework Programmes and the most recent projects such as: ParaPhrase, Paasage, INDECT, INSIGMA. In response to the need to foster personalised healthcare solutions, the Department of Computer Science joined UniversAAL project [4] which aimed to reduce barriers to adoption and to promote the development and widespread uptake of innovative AAL solutions. The results of the project benefit not only end-users (i.e. elderly people and people with disabilities, their carers and family members) by making new solutions affordable, simple to configure, personalise and deploy but also solution providers by making it easier and cheaper to create innovative new AAL services or adapt existing ones using a compositional approach based on existing components, services and external systems.

In conclusion, by adopting cutting-edge ICT services such as Big Data (in terms of supporting decision-making processes and complex diagnostic processes), the Internet of Things (in terms of monitoring services that improve the effectiveness of therapies and the quality of life), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud computing (in terms of data processing and storage), the Department of Computer Science seeks to create vast opportunities in personalized, remotely monitored healthcare. By connecting the efforts of the various stakeholders including target group of patients and several medical units cooperating in pilot studies, the department  can offer a variety of innovative approaches for improving health care and monitoring, treatment of patients with chronic diseases,  rehabilitation processes and the delivery of high-quality personalised health and care services in general.


Contact details


Prof. Krzysztof Zieliński
Phone: +48 601 953 750


AGH University of Science and Technology
Kawiory 21, 30-055 Kraków