Tomi Ilijaš, Arctur‘s CEO, delivered a compelling presentation titled “Supercomputing and Artificial Intelligence: Potential for a Better Tomorrow” in Nova Gorica, a town in western Slovenia, on May 30th. The event was open to the public to showcase how state-of-the-art technology can drive research and development across various sectors, with an emphasis on the medical sector, fostering innovation and contributing to social and economic growth.

“We want to engage in medicine to help society beat incurable diseases like cancer. Our beloved colleague died because of cancer, and we are now continuing the mission in his memory to develop new software and knowledge that could save lives and prevent cancer,” said Ilijaš.

As a partner in the QUSTom project, the Arctur team is leading the optimisation of the 3D HPC inversion software. This software will support the analysis of data collected through the innovative 3D ultrasound computed tomography prototype developed by partner KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). The algorithm will transform data into high-resolution medical images using the power of the MareNostrum5 supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, with FrontWave Imaging’s UBIware software, a spin-off company of BSC and Imperial College London, which also sponsors the clinical validation.

The clinical validation of the QUSTom project began a few weeks ago at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona. The procedure was presented to the visitors, who could not hide their excitement about the revolutionary radiation-free breast cancer diagnostic technique, which brings hope in the fight against breast cancer.

About the QUSTom project

QUSTom was selected in 2022 to be part of the first call of the Pathfinder Open program of the European Innovation Council, financed by the Horizon Europe Framework Program of the European Union and the English UKRI, aimed at supporting disruptive ideas and projects with great international potential. The project has received 2,744,300 euros for its European part. In this first call, the European Commission evaluated a total of 868 projects; of which only 56 were selected, 11 of them from Spain.