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Instituto Superior Técnico, Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

Dr. Daniel Simões Lopes is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Técnico Lisboa, and Head of Biomedical Research at the Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces Group at INESC-ID Lisboa, where he carries research in Computer Graphics and Human-Computer Interaction. His main research interests are virtual reality, augmented reality, collision detection, medical user interfaces, computer-aided design, and graphical user interfaces.

He holds a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Lisbon and graduated in computational engineering under the framework of the UT Austin|Portugal Program. During his doctoral studies he formulated an efficient contact detection methodology for smooth convex surfaces based on an analytical formulation of surface tangent vectors. In addition, his doctoral studies aimed at modeling anatomical structures with smooth convex contact geometries, namely, synovial joints such as the shoulder, hip, and knee joints.

As a visiting scholar at the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory of the University of Texas at Austin, he focused his research on integrating detailed contact models and musculoskeletal modeling techniques to estimate joint loading during human gait. After graduating, he was a postdoc at INESC-ID Lisboa during four years of productive research. He was also a visiting scholar at INRIA - Lille where he contributed to the development of an application to interactively visualize and explore volume data in real-time.