Team

Principal Investigators

Roberto Souza - Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Principal Investigator

Roberto Souza is a dual citizen from Brazil and the United States, working as an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Software Engineering Department at the University of Calgary, Canada, since July 2020. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (2012), an M.Sc. (2014) and PhD (2017), both in Computer Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Before becoming an Assistant Professor, Roberto worked for three years as a postdoctoral scholar in the Radiology Department at the University of Calgary. He has international experience, having worked as an intern at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, and the University of Pennsylvania, United States. Dr Souza has extensive expertise in image processing and machine learning. His research is currently focused on innovative strategies for data integration and data mining in imaging applications. Look at his Google Scholar page for a list of relevant publications.

Mariana Bento - Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Principal Investigator

Mariana is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical and of Electrical and Software Engineering, a full member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, funded by NSERC, who has expertise in medical image processing and machine learning applied to aging and dementia. Mariana has a B.Sc. in Teleinformatics Engineering from the Federal University of Ceará (2011), an M.Sc. (2013) and PhD (2016), both in Computer Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Before the current position, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary. She develops more robust and reliable open tools in neuroimaging and is engaged in open science activities and EDI activities, including conducting workshops. Look at her Google Scholar page for a list of relevant publications.

Trainees

PhD

Alexandre Lopes – PhD Student, Computer Science (University of Campinas)


Alexandre Lopes is a PhD Student at the University of Campinas under the supervision of Prof. Helio Pedrini (from the University of Campinas) and Prof. Roberto Souza (from the University of Calgary), and he is a part-time data scientist at Venturus, a Brazillian Inovation Institute.

Alexandre is currently a member of the Visual Informatics Laboratory (LIV) of the University of Campinas and Advanced Imaging And Artificial Intelligence Lab [(AI)**2] of the University of Calgary.

His main interest is on computer vision projects, and he is currently working with monocular depth estimation. He has previous experience with NLP, especially working with BERT-based models!


MSc

Youssef Beauferris – MSc Student, Biomedical Engineering (University of Calgary)

Youssef is a master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary, working under the supervision of Dr Roberto Souza. Youssef has a Mechanical Engineering degree with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on improving Magnetic Resonance imaging by leveraging multi-visit information. Youssef is passionate about developing improved data integration strategies to reduce medical imaging wait times. Youssef holds a CONP Scholar and an Alberta Graduate Excellence scholarships.

Parisa SaatMSc Student, Electrical and Software Engineering (University of Calgary)

Parisa is a master’s student in Software Engineering at the University of Calgary, working under the supervision of Dr. Hadi Hemmati and Dr. Roberto Souza. She received her B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran. She is interested in applications of machine learning in healthcare and developing robust and generalized machine learning methods for medical applications. Her research is on domain adaption techniques for medical images. She’s specifically working with brain magnetic resonance imaging segmentation.

Rodrigo BertoMSc Student, Biomedical Engineering (University of Calgary)

Rodrigo is a master's student in biomedical engineering at the university of Calgary. His undergraduate is in Electronic Engineering and he graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors at the Aeronautics Institute of Technology in Brazil. Rodrigo's research is on improving preprocessing of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy data with machine learning. Rodrigo has worked for two years as a data engineer in a renewable energy company and he's passionate about developing data pipeline and data structure solutions.

Neha Gianchandani – MSc Student, Biomedical Engineering (University of Calgary)

Neha is a master's student in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program of the University of Calgary. She has an undergraduate background in Computer Science and is working on research in the areas of machine learning and deep learning applied to brain magnetic resonance imaging. The goal of her project is to detect regional biomarkers of brain ageing using magnetic resonance imaging. She currently holds the Brain CREATE scholarship for pursuing research in the area of neurotechnologies. She is an early career researcher with an interest in utilizing technologies to improve healthcare. Look at her Google Scholar page for a list of relevant publications.


José Carlos Cazarin Filho – MSc Electrical and Software Engineering (University of Calgary)

José is a master’s student in Electrical and Software Engineering program at the University of Calgary, working under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Souza. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas. He has worked in the industry of embedded systems since 2013, with experience in medical devices, localization systems and, more recently, machine learning and image processing in embedded devices.


Hanna Bugler – MSc Biomedical Engineering (University of Calgary)

Hanna is a master’s student in Biomedical Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Ashley Harris and Dr. Roberto Medeiros de Souza. She completed her BEng in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Carleton University. Her research project seeks to analyzes, in real-time, the quality of magnetic resonance spectroscopy data to determine required minimum scan times. Her previous research experience includes developing pre-processing protocol and automating regions of interest selection for second harmonic generation collagen fiber microscopy images.



Anik Das – MSc Biomedical Engineering (University of Calgary)

Anik Das is a graduate student who is pursuing his MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Mariana Pinheiro Bento. He completed his BSc and 1st MSc in Computer Science & Engineering. He has been studying and working with machine learning and deep learning since his bachelor program. Now, the area of his research is introducing ML and DL techniques to study medical images (e.g. brain MRI), considering data augmentation, domain adaptation and transfer learning.

Mahsa Dibaji – MSc Electrical and Software Engineering (University of Calgary)

Mahsa is a master's student in Electrical and Software Engineering program at the University of Calgary, working under the supervision of Dr. Mariana Bento. She received her B.Sc. in Computer Science from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She is interested in medical applications of machine learning and developing interpretable and fair models to address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in healthcare. Her research project aims to mitigate bias and ensure fairness in machine learning applications applied to Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She currently holds an Alberta Graduate Excellence scholarship for international students.

Abbas Omidi – MSc Electrical and Software Engineering (University of Calgary)

Abbas is a Software Engineering M.Sc. student at the University of Calgary, supervised by Dr. Roberto Souza. His interests are machine learning in general and deep learning in particular. He is working in the applied AI area and is curious about implementing practical AI-based solutions to real-world problems. He loves teaching, sharing his experiences, and volunteering. He currently holds the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) and is the Vice President External of the ESEG. You can keep in touch with him through his LinkedIn.