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MCPR is quite honored to receive the following keynote speakers

Roberto Manduchi
Departament of Computer Engineering
University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
He is Professor of Computer Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. His research focuses on assistive technology for the visually impaired. Specifically, Professor Roberto Manduchi explores the use of mobile computer vision and wearable sensors to provide a blind person with increased spatial awareness.

Professor Roberto Manduchi holds a "Dottorato di ricerca" in Electrical Engineering from the Universita' di Padova, Italy. Prior to joining UCSC in 2001, he worked at Apple, Inc. and at NASA JPL.

He currently collaborates with SKERI (San Francisco), FBK(Trento, Italy), and CICATA-IPN (Queretaro, Mexico). He is also part of the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies Study Section at NIH.


Raul Rojas
Free University of Berlin
“IAPR invited speaker” 

He is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Freie Universität Berlin. His research include robotics, Information Appliances and Image Processing, Biology Inspired Systems and Bionics, Ambient Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction and E-Learning, and History of Computing.

Professor Raúl Rojas graduated from the Free University of Berlin.  He has been visiting scholar in a large number of universities, including Rice University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Universidad de Guadalajara (México), Mills College (Oakland, California), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, University of Vienna, UNAM (México), IPN (México), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley.  The City of Mexico created award on his name in 2008. He cofounded the companies “Beyo GmbH”, “WohnoSapiens” , and “Appirion” . He has published seven books on diverse areas of Computer Science. He has created at least five commercial products and holds two patents.


Sai Ravela
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


He studied computer vision and robotics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and wrote a doctoral dissertation on multiscale representations of images. As a graduate student, he became interested on earth’s sustainability and joined the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT as a post-doc to research state estimation for dynamical systems. He continues at MIT as a research scientist (2004 - present), conducting research in earth systems and computational vision.

His enduring research interest is to design and use methods that can answer queries about the behavior of stochastic spatio-temporal processes. To do so, he broadly studies estimation, control, decision and information theories. Currently, he focuses on earth systems estimation, specifically to design algorithms that overcome the problems of nonlinearity, dimensionality and uncertainty that is characteristic of earth problems and a real barrier to effective predictability.

Some of his research has made it out of academia, specifically to a company (WindRisk) Tech he co-founded in 2005. He served as a board member for Sustainable-step New England (2000-2002).



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