João L. Vilaça


Office: 1.03


Keywords: smart interventions; personalized health and care;  biomedical imaging;  natural user interfaces; robótics



João L. Vilaça graduated inIndustrial Electronics and Computers at University of Minho, Portugal in 2004.In 2008, he obtained the PhD degree in Industrial Electronics from the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. During his PhD thesis, he worked on developof medical devices for automatic modelling/bending of personalised surgical prosthesis, and he founded the company iSurgical3D – Spin-off. Besides the development of new medical devices for personalised surgical prosthesis, he is currently focused on the development of new human-machine interfaces based on natural user interfaces, and, robotic guided surgery for minimal invasive surgeries. João L. Vilaça is presently coordinator of 2Ai Laboratory and, Director of Technology Department at School of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave,Portugal.




  • Title: SmartOrthosis           More info: link
  • Position: PI
  • Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-024300   Date: 2017 to 2019
  • Buget: 148.785,46€


Previous projects: 

PhD Students

  • Pedro Morais – Guidanc e of transseptal punctures for left heart interventions using personalized biomechamical models and volumetric ultrasound imaging SFRH/BD/95438/2013
  • Fernando Veloso – Desenvolvimento de ortótese craniana personalizada para a correção da plagiocefalia posicional SFRH/BD/131545/2017
  • João Fonseca – Image-based framework for radiation-free percutaneous renal access in minimally invasive interventions PDE/BDE/113597/2015
  • Bruno Oliveira – Artificial intelligence collaborative robot for patient-specific laser treatment of vascular lesions SFRH/BD/136721/2018
  • Helena Torres – Cranial orthosis modeling and treatment outcome prediction framework for infants with deformational plagiocephaly SFRH/BD/136670/2018
  • Pedro Rodrigues (2017) – Sistema de navegação electromagnético para radiologia intervencionista, focada em intervenções percutâneas minimamente invasivas SFRH/BD/74276/2010
  • António Moreira (2017) – Sistema de modelação personalizada de próteses dentárias baseada em sistemas de posicionamento e orientação de elevada precisão SFRH/BD/68270/2010
  • Sandro Queirós (2018) – Fast fully automatic myocardium segmentation in 4D cine cardiac Magnetic Resonance datasets SFRH/BD/93443/2013