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.



Morais P; Fan Y; Queirós S; D'hooge J; Lee AP; Vilaça JL, 2021. Feasibility and Accuracy of Automated Three-Dimensional Echocardiographic Analysis of Left Atrial Appendage for Transcatheter Closure.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr.

Torres HR; Queiros S; Morais P; Oliveira B; Gomes-Fonseca J; Mota P; Lima E; D'Hooge J; Fonseca JC; Vilaca JL, 2021. Kidney Segmentation in 3-D Ultrasound Images Using a Fast Phase-Based Approach.  IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control 68(5):1521-1531

Torres HR; Morais P; Fritze A; Oliveira B; Veloso F; Rudiger M; Fonseca JC; Vilaca JL, 2021. Anthropometric Landmark Detection in 3D Head Surfaces Using a Deep Learning Approach.  IEEE J Biomed Health Inform 25(7):2643-2654

Gomes-Fonseca J; Veloso F; Queirós S; Morais P; Pinho ACM; Fonseca JC; Correia-Pinto J; Lima E; Vilaça JL, 2020. Technical Note: Assessment of electromagnetic tracking systems in a surgical environment using ultrasonography and ureteroscopy instruments for percutaneous renal access.  Med Phys 47(1):19-26

Morais P; Vilaca JL; Queiros S; De Meester P; Budts W; Tavares JMRS; D'Hooge J, 2019. Semiautomatic Estimation of Device Size for Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion in 3-D TEE Images.  IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control 66(5):922-929

Queirós S; Morais P; Fehske W; Papachristidis A; Voigt JU; Fonseca JC; D'hooge J; Vilaça JL, 2019. Assessment of aortic valve tract dynamics using automatic tracking of 3D transesophageal echocardiographic images.  Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 35(5):881-895

Gomes-Fonseca J; Queirós S; Morais P; Pinho ACM; Fonseca JC; Correia-Pinto J; Lima E; Vilaça JL, 2019. Surface-based registration between CT and US for image-guided percutaneous renal access - A feasibility study.  Med Phys 46(3):1115-1126

Morais P; Queiros S; Meester P; Budts W; Vilaca JL; Tavares JMRS; D'Hooge J, 2018. Fast Segmentation of the Left Atrial Appendage in 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiographic Images.  IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control 65(12):2332-2342

Queiros S; Morais P; Barbosa D; Fonseca JC; Vilaca JL; D'Hooge J, 2018. MITT: Medical Image Tracking Toolbox.  IEEE Trans Med Imaging 37(11):2547-2557

Morais P; Vilaça JL; Queirós S; Marchi A; Bourier F; Deisenhofer I; D'hooge J; Tavares JMRS, 2018. Automated segmentation of the atrial region and fossa ovalis towards computer-aided planning of inter-atrial wall interventions.  Comput Methods Programs Biomed 161:73-84

Queirós S; Morais P; Dubois C; Voigt JU; Fehske W; Kuhn A; Achenbach T; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL; D'hooge J, 2018. Validation of a Novel Software Tool for Automatic Aortic Annular Sizing in Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiographic Images.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr 31(4):515-525.e5

Torres HR; Queirós S; Morais P; Oliveira B; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL, 2018. Kidney segmentation in ultrasound, magnetic resonance and computed tomography images: A systematic review.  Comput Methods Programs Biomed 157:49-67

Oliveira B; Queirós S; Morais P; Torres HR; Gomes-Fonseca J; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL, 2018. A novel multi-atlas strategy with dense deformation field reconstruction for abdominal and thoracic multi-organ segmentation from computed tomography.  Med Image Anal 45:108-120

Castro APG; Pacheco JD; Lourenço C; Queirós S; Moreira AHJ; Rodrigues NF; Vilaça JL, 2017. Evaluation of spinal posture using Microsoft Kinect™: A preliminary case-study with 98 volunteers.  Porto Biomed J 2(1):18-22

Queirós S; Dubois C; Morais P; Adriaenssens T; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL; D'hooge J, 2017. Automatic 3D aortic annulus sizing by computed tomography in the planning of transcatheter aortic valve implantation.  J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr 11(1):25-32

Gomes-Fonseca J; Vilaça JL; Henriques-Coelho T; Direito-Santos B; Pinho ACM; Fonseca JC; Correia-Pinto J, 2017. A new methodology for assessment of pectus excavatum correction after bar removal in Nuss procedure: Preliminary study.  J Pediatr Surg 52(7):1089-1097

Queiros S; Papachristidis A; Morais P; Theodoropoulos KC; Fonseca JC; Monaghan MJ; Vilaca JL; Dhooge J, 2017. Fully Automatic 3-D-TEE Segmentation for the Planning of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.  IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 64(8):1711-1720

Queirós S; Vilaça JL; Morais P; Fonseca JC; D'hooge J; Barbosa D, 2017. Fast left ventricle tracking using localized anatomical affine optical flow.  Int J Numer Method Biomed Eng 33.

Lima E; Rodrigues PL; Mota P; Carvalho N; Dias E; Correia-Pinto J; Autorino R; Vilaça JL, 2017. Ureteroscopy-assisted Percutaneous Kidney Access Made Easy: First Clinical Experience with a Novel Navigation System Using Electromagnetic Guidance (IDEAL Stage 1).  Eur Urol 72(4):610-616

Morais P; Vilaça JL; Queirós S; Bourier F; Deisenhofer I; Tavares JMRS; D'hooge J, 2017. A competitive strategy for atrial and aortic tract segmentation based on deformable models.  Med Image Anal 42:102-116

Morais P; Queirós S; Heyde B; Engvall J; 'hooge JD; Vilaça JL, 2017. Fully automatic left ventricular myocardial strain estimation in 2D short-axis tagged magnetic resonance imaging.  Phys Med Biol 62(17):6899-6919

Morais P; Tavares JMRS; Queirós S; Veloso F; D'hooge J; Vilaça JL, 2017. Development of a patient-specific atrial phantom model for planning and training of inter-atrial interventions.  Med Phys 44(11):5638-5649

Queiros S; Papachristidis A; Barbosa D; Theodoropoulos KC; Fonseca JC; Monaghan MJ; Vilaca JL; D'hooge J, 2016. Aortic Valve Tract Segmentation From 3D-TEE Using Shape-Based B-Spline Explicit Active Surfaces.  IEEE Trans Med Imaging 35(9):2015-2025

Morais P; Queirós S; Ferreira A; Rodrigues NF; Baptista MJ; D'hooge J; Vilaça JL; Barbosa D, 2016. Dense motion field estimation from myocardial boundary displacements.  Int J Numer Method Biomed Eng 32.

Queirós S; Barbosa D; Engvall J; Ebbers T; Nagel E; Sarvari SI; Claus P; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL; D'hooge J, 2016. Multi-centre validation of an automatic algorithm for fast 4D myocardial segmentation in cine CMR datasets.  Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 17(10):1118-27

Leite M; Carvalho AF; Costa P; Pereira R; Moreira A; Rodrigues N; Laureano S; Correia-Pinto J; Vilaça JL; Leão P, 2016. Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills Performance: 2D Versus 3D Vision and Classic Instrument Versus New Hand-Held Robotic Device for Laparoscopy.  Surg Innov 23(1):52-61

Neves SC; Pinho AC; Fonseca JC; Rodrigues NF; Henriques-Coelho T; Correia-Pinto J; Vilaça JL, 2015. Finite element analysis of pectus carinatum surgical correction via a minimally invasive approach.  Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin 18(7):711-20

Moreira AH; Rodrigues NF; Pinho AC; Fonseca JC; Vilaça JL, 2015. Accuracy Comparison of Implant Impression Techniques: A Systematic Review.  Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 17 Suppl 2:e751-64

Morais-Santos F; Granja S; Miranda-Gonçalves V; Moreira AH; Queirós S; Vilaça JL; Schmitt FC; Longatto-Filho A; Paredes J; Baltazar F; Pinheiro C, 2015. Targeting lactate transport suppresses in vivo breast tumour growth.  Oncotarget 6(22):19177-89

Rodrigues PL; Rodrigues NF; Duque D; Granja S; Correia-Pinto J; Vilaça JL, 2014. Automated image analysis of lung branching morphogenesis from microscopic images of fetal rat explants.  Comput Math Methods Med 2014:820214

Rodrigues PL; Rodrigues NF; Pinho AC; Fonseca JC; Correia-Pinto J; Vilaça JL, 2014. Automatic modeling of pectus excavatum corrective prosthesis using artificial neural networks.  Med Eng Phys 36(10):1338-45

Queirós S; Barbosa D; Heyde B; Morais P; Vilaça JL; Friboulet D; Bernard O; D'hooge J, 2014. Fast automatic myocardial segmentation in 4D cine CMR datasets.  Med Image Anal 18(7):1115-31

Vilaça JL; Rodrigues PL; Soares TR; Fonseca JC; Pinho AC; Henriques-Coelho T; Correia-Pinto J, 2014. Automatic prebent customized prosthesis for pectus excavatum minimally invasive surgery correction.  Surg Innov 21(3):290-6

Rodrigues PL; Direito-Santos B; Moreira AH; Fonseca JC; Pinho AC; Rodrigues NF; Henriques-Coelho T; Correia-Pinto J; Vilaça JL, 2013. Variations of the soft tissue thicknesses external to the ribs in pectus excavatum patients.  J Pediatr Surg 48(9):1878-86

Rodrigues PL; Vilaça JL; Oliveira C; Cicione A; Rassweiler J; Fonseca J; Rodrigues NF; Correia-Pinto J; Lima E, 2013. Collecting system percutaneous access using real-time tracking sensors: first pig model in vivo experience.  J Urol 190(5):1932-7

Rodrigues PL; Rodrigues NF; Fonseca J; Lima E; Vilaça JL, 2013. Kidney targeting and puncturing during percutaneous nephrolithotomy: recent advances and future perspectives.  J Endourol 27(7):826-34

Teixeira-Castro A; Ailion M; Jalles A; Brignull HR; Vilaça JL; Dias N; Rodrigues P; Oliveira JF; Neves-Carvalho A; Morimoto RI; Maciel P, 2011. Neuron-specific proteotoxicity of mutant ataxin-3 in C. elegans: rescue by the DAF-16 and HSF-1 pathways.  Hum Mol Genet 20(15):2996-3009

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  • 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