It is difficult to predict the course of a disease without knowing its past. For this reason, data analysis is taking on an increasingly crucial role and if talking of Big Data, the resources to manage them become absolutely necessary. At the Aviano Oncological Reference Centre (CRO), one of the main Italian oncological reference centres, a multidisciplinary team with different skills, is working on this data analysis through deep learning and is getting significant results in the study of cancer.
The GARR cloud provides researchers with a secure computational environment for working with big data. In this interview, Maurizio Polano, a bioinformatician who deals with genomic analysis and development of artificial intelligence models in relation to precision medicine, and Roberto Ricci, a computer scientist at the Information Systems Department, talk about the challenges they face and their hopes for the future.