Tutorial speakers

Prof. Bart M. ter Haar Romeny, PhD
- Northeastern University, Sino-Dutch School of Biomedical & Information Engineering, Shenyang, China

- Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Dr. George Azzopardi, PhD
- University of Malta, Intelligent Computer Systems, Department of the ICT Faculty, Malta

- University of Groningen, Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, Groningen, the Netherlands


Prof. Bart M. ter Haar Romeny is distinguished professor at Northeastern University, Shenyang, and professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
He received the MSc degree in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology in 1978. After his PhD from Utrecht University in 1983, he was Head of Physics at the Utrecht University Hospital Radiology Department and (1986-1989) clinical project leader of the Dutch PACS project. He was associate professor at the Image Sciences Institute (ISI) of Utrecht University (1989-2001). His research interests focus on biologically inspired image analysis algorithms, multi-valued 3D visualization, especially diffusion tensor imaging, computer-aided diagnosis, and image guided surgery, directed towards neurosurgery.

Prof. Romeny published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and 2 books

He acquired grants from major sources, as EU, STW, ALW, EW, BSIK, EFSD, EUF, and industrial collaborations (Philips Healthcare, Philips Research, Medtronic, Oldelft, Pie Medical, Rogan-Delft, i-Optics).

He is President of the Dutch Society for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, and has been President of the Dutch Society for Biophysics & Biomedical Engineering (1998 – 2002) and the Dutch Society of Clinical Physics (NVKF, 1990-1992).

He founded the successful bi-annual conference series on Scale-Space and Variational Methods (SSVM). He is reviewer for many journals and conferences, and organized several Summer Schools. He is an active teacher (best BME teacher award 2008, 2009, 2011), and a frequent keynote lecturer.

Prof. Romeny is Senior Member of IEEE, Board member of IAPR, Registered Physicist of NVKF, and Board member of the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), visiting professor at Brainnetome, CAS Beijing, honorary president at He University, Shenyang, and member of several professional societies, as ECR, NVRD, NIWI and KIVI.

Prof. Romeny is a gifted and awarded teacher, and has been giving keynote leactures and courses worldwide.

Dr. George Azzopardi is Academic Resident (Lecturer) at the Intelligent Computer Systems department of the ICT Faculty in the University of Malta. He is involved in lecturing courses about intelligent interfaces, pattern recognition and computer vision. He is also affiliated with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where he co-supervises PhD and Masters students. Before his current position at Malta University he was a research innovator at TNO (4 days/week) and a post-doc researcher/lecturer at University of Groningen (one day/week), in the Netherlands. At TNO he was involved in optimization, signal processing, predictive modeling and computer vision projects.

Dr. Azzopardi received a PhD cum laude in Computer Science from University of Groningen (Netherlands) in April 2013. During his studies he developed novel trainable pattern recognition algorithms (COSFIRE) and published his work on high ranking peer-reviewed journals including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and Medical Image Analysis.

Before his PhD studies, he received a BSc degree (first class honours) in Computer Science and an MSc degree with distinction in Computer Vision, both from University of London. For the BSc degree he received an academic award for his outstanding achievement and for the MSc degree he ranked first.

In Malta, he gained more than six years experience as a software developer (Java) at Bank of Valletta and more than three years experience as a scientific developer (SAP-ABAP) at Iteanova Ltd. He has experience with Java C++/OpenCV, Python and Matlab.

Dr. Azzopardi is co-chairman of the 16th Intern. Conf. on Computer Analysis of Images and Patters (CAIP 2015), 2-4 Sept. 2015, Valetta, Malta. He is also  chairman of the First Internat. Workshop on Computational Models of the Visual Cortex (CMVC) as part of the BICT (Bio-inspired Information and Communication Technologies) conference, New York City, New York, 3-5 Dec. 2015.

The two-speaker approach of this Summer School gives a balanced content, and the well-guided computer labs make the material alive and well-understood and remembered.