GONZALEZ BALLESTER, MIGUEL A.
ICREA Research Professor
Prof. Miguel A. González Ballester holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford, UK (2000). His doctorate, under supervision of Sir Michael Brady and Prof. Andrew Zisserman, focused on the analysis of brain MRI data for multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. He was awarded the prestigious Toshiba Research Fellowship and moved to Japan to work for two years as a senior researcher at Toshiba Medical Systems, where he developed novel, patented systems for MRI parallel imaging. In late 2001 he obtained a faculty position at INRIA (Sophia Antipolis, France), where he led research projects on medical image analysis and mathematical modelling. In 2004 he joined the University of Bern (Switzerland), as head of the medical image analysis group, and later became head of the surgical technology division at the Faculty of Medicine. There, he supervised a division composed of 4 research groups (40+ staff) working on medical image analysis, computer-assisted surgery (mainly for orthopaedics and CMF surgery), and surgical robotics and mechatronics. From 2008 until September 2013 he was in charge of the Research Department at Alma IT Systems in Barcelona (Spain), where he lead the development of a new generation of computer tools for diagnosis and surgical planning.
In October 2013 he was awarded an ICREA Senior Research Professorship, and joined the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was the coordinator of the EU research project HEAR-EU, has more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences, and supervised 20 PhD theses. He is a regular contributor to scientific committees and journal review boards (IEEE TMI, IEEE TBME...), and conference programme committees (MICCAI, CARS...).
Currently coordinator of 4 courses:
- Planning and Guidance for Minimally Invasive Surgery (Biomedical Engineering Degree, 4th year)
- Project Management and Innovation in Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Degree, 4th year)
- Interdisciplinary Seminars (Biomedical Engineering Degree, 4th year)
- Computational Therapies (MSc in Computational Biomedical Engineering)