Invited Speakers

Meet the Labs in Latin America

In this session, invited speakers will present the research activities of their laboratories. The main goals of this event are to promote research collaboration on ultrasonics within Latin America and increase the visibility of the labs to the ultrasound community worldwide.

Session 1: October 4, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:40 PM UTC-5


Moderator: Jean-Gabriel Minonzio

Jean-Gabriel Minonzio was born in Dijon, France, in 1978. He received the B.S. degree in engineering physics from Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, in 2003, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical acoustics from University Denis Diderot, Paris, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He is has been involved in elastic guided waves in cortical bone with the Laboratoire d’Imagerie Biomédicale, Sorbonne Université, Paris. has been involved in the measurement of guided waves in cortical bones for about ten years. He is currently detached from French CNRS and working as full professor in the School of Informatics Engineering at Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile. His main research areas include array signal processing, wave propagation modelling and inverse problem in applied ultrasound. He is part of the board of the The International Bone Ultrasound Society (BoneUS).


David Espindola

Nonlinear Elastic Wave Propagation in Soft Solids and Super-Resolution Images

Dr. David Espíndola was born in Chillán, Chile, in 1986. He received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile, in 2012. As part of his Ph.D. dissertation, he studied the interaction wave-particle in granular materials. He pursued post-doctoral research at the Institut d’Alembert, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France, where he started conducting research on medical ultrasound. He also held a post-doctoral position with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, where he also was a Research Assistant Professor. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias de la Ingeniería at the Universidad de O’Higgins in Chile. His research interests are the linear and nonlinear elastic wave propagation in soft materials, ultrasound super-resolution imaging and the elasto-acoustics in complex medium.
Henrique Araújo

Jose Henrique Araujo Lopes de Andrade

Acoustics and Ultrasonics Trends at the Federal University of Alagoas

Professor J. Henrique Lopes leads the Acoustic and applications research group in the Federal University of Alagoas. This research group was founded in 2020 and has 4 academic members of staff, 7 undergraduate, 2 master degrees and 1 Phd students. He has experience in acoustic radiation force and torque generated by ultrasound fields and its applications in acoustic tweezers and acoustic levitation. Recently he has worked in the subwavelength focusing beam generation using spherical objects like lenses to high resolution ultrasound imaging. Furthermore, a new research interest has emerged in the group about high power transducers for applications in bio-antifouling. Currently, is an effective member of the Postgraduate programme of the Physical Institute at Federal University of Alagoas.

Raul Esquivel Sirvent

Raul Esquivel

Quantitative Medical Ultrasound Research in Mexico

Raul Esquivel-Sirvent is a full-time researcher at the Institute of Physics of the National University of Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City. After completion of his B.Sc in Physics degree from UNAM, he obtained his M. Sc and Ph. D at Ohio University working in ultrasound propagation in disordered media, followed by a postdoctoral position in Geophysics studying ultrasound propagation in rocks.

Dr. Esquivel-Sirvent research focuses on wave propagation in random media and heat transport in mesoscale systems. Most recently his research projects include several topics in quantitative medical ultrasound both experimentally and numerical simulations including quantitative ultrasound of breast lesions, characterization of contrastants for ultrasonic imaging and applications of homogenization models to describe wave propagation in tissue.

Adilton Carneiro

Antonio Adilton Carneiro

Research and opportunities together with the Group of Medical Instrumentation and Ultrasound Innovationat the University of São Paulo-campus of Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.

Antonio Adilton O Carneiro received the B.Sc. degree in Physycs from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Ba, Brazil, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D degree in Physics Applied to Medicine and Biology from the Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He did postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade de São Paulo between 2002 and 2003; He was a visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison-WI, in 2004 and at Mayo Clinic Foundation, in Rochester, MN, in 2006. He is currently a Full Professor at the Universidade de São Paulo; vice president of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering; Coordinator of the Group of Innovation in Biomedical Instrumentation and Ultrasound; Member of the board of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering; the Brazilian Society of Physics, and the Brazilian Association of Medical Physics. He teaches Basic Physics, Ultrasound in Biomedicine; Medical Instrumentation and Entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduation and graduation level. His main areas of research are in biomedical instrumentation, development of theranostic systems involving ultrasound, magnetism and optics, and development of tissue-mimicking phantoms for surgical training.

Session 2: October 5, 2021, 3:45 PM - 5:25 PM


Moderator: Wagner Coelho de Albuquerque Pereira

Wagner Coelho de Albuquerque Pereira. Physicist from Federal University of Ceará, with M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Post-doctoral studies at the Laboratoire d’Imagerie Paramétrique, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France). He is associate Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Program – COPPE/UFRJ. Main research interests are Biomedical Ultrasound, signal and image processing.


Roberto Lavarello

Ultrasonic imaging and tissue characterization at the Laboratorio de Imágenes Médicas in Peru

Roberto Lavarello received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2000, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He is currently a full professor at the Department of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the director of the Medical Imaging Laboratory, the M.SC. in Biomedical Engineering, and the Ph.D. in Engineering programs from the same institution. His research is primarily focused on the reconstruction and processing of images for the non-invasive assessment of pathological conditions. He is a senior member of IEEE and a former Fulbright scholarship recipient. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2010-2012) and is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control and the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and an editorial board member for the IEEE Open Access Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He has served as IEEE EMBS Peru Section Chapter chair (2014-2016) and is currently the R9 representative at the IEEE EMBS AdCom (2017-2022), the chair-of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging Steering Committee, the chair of the the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging Steering Committee, the co-chair of the backscatter coefficient group of the the AIUM/QIBA Pulse-Echo Quantitative Ultrasound Biomarker committee. and a member of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing, the IEEE SPS Technical Committee on Bio Imaging and Signal Processing, and the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.

Diego Dumani

Diego Dumani

Biomedical ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging at the University of Costa Rica: present and future perspectives

Dr. Dumani received B.Sc. and Lic. in Electrical Engineering (UCR), M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (UT Austin), and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Georgia Tech and Emory). Additionally, he was a postdoctoral researcher in imaging and nanomedicine for diagnostics and image-guided therapy at Georgia Tech and Emory.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, where he manages the Biomedical Engineering Research Lab. His research interests include the development of imaging solutions for diagnosis and therapy monitoring of disease, using ultrasound, photoacoustics, and nanoscale contrast agents.

Nicolas Benech

Nicolas Benech

General View of our Lab which includes Ultrasound Elastography, Thermal Therapy and Physical Acoustics

Nicolás Benech is a professor at the Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República in Uruguay. He completed his PhD Thesis in 2008 about time reversal of shear waves in soft solids and noise correlation based elastography. Since then, he has published several papers in this subjects. Since 2017 he led a team working in surface wave elastography applied to agrifoods and regenerative medicine. He holds a national patent in this area. His research interests are ultrasound elastography, surface wave elastography and physical acoustics which include wave propagation in complex media and time-reversal through random media. He has collaborations with research groups in France (LIA, LabTau), Brazil (UFRJ), USA (Verasonics) and Mexico (UNAM, CINVESTAV).


Joao Luis Ealo Cuello

Teaching about ultrasonic waves in a non-acoustician country: From vortex beams in air to waves in plant leaves

Joao Ealo is professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, since 2002. He received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibagué, Colombia, in 1998, and the M.Sc. in Industrial Control Systems from the University of Valladolid, Spain, in 2000. In 2009, He obtained a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, supported by the Institute for Industrial Automation of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Universidad del Valle. In 2010 founded the Laboratory in Vibrations and Acoustics (LaVA), through which he conducts research and development activities along with his students and collaborators. Current research interests at LaVA are aimed to: a) exploring different transducers technologies to be used in air-coupled ultrasonic applications, such as acoustic imaging, non-destructive testing, robot navigation, particle manipulation, etc.; b) material characterization through non-contact ultrasonic techniques, this includes laser-based ultrasound and ultrasonic spectroscopy; c) modeling, fabrication and characterization of electromechanical-acoustic sources;d) Vibration and acoustics in industrial environments; d) vibroacoustic characterization of Colombian autochthonous musical instruments and e) acoustic vortex beams.

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