Dr. Tomas Gustavsson

Dr. Tomas Gustavsson

Professor in Imaging and Image Analysis, Chalmers University,

Göteborg, SWEDEN and Advisory Board Member, International Journal of BioSciences and Technology

Dr. Tomas Gustavsson was born on January 6 in 1954. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, in 1983 and 1991, respectively. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “On the Acquisition, Analysis, and Display of Echocardiographic Image Sequences”. In 1991, Gustavsson spent a Post Doc at the Medical Research Council (host: Dr Denis Rutovitz), Edinburgh, UK, carrying out research on automated cytogenetics. In 1987-98 he acted in a position as Technical Director of MEDNET, a bioimaging core facility at the Medical Faculty, Göteborg University. In 2003, he spent a sabbatical in the US (host: Dr Ioannis Kakdiaris) collaborating with the Texas Heart Institute and Rice University, Houston Texas. Gustavsson is currently a full Professor in the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology.

Gustavsson is active in the field of biomedical image analysis. In close collaboration with biologists (in the cardiovascular, neuro and cellular fields) he is responsible for developing imaging platforms and image analysis (pattern recognition) algorithms. Recent investigations are:

·                Detecting and characterizing atherosclerotic lesions by ultrasound and MRI.

·                Mathematical-statistical modeling of cell migration by time-lapse microscopy.

·                Determining 3D volume of cellular and sub-cellular structures by fluorescence and Coherent Anti-Stokes Radiation Scattering (CARS) microscopy.

Gustavsson was the founder of Image and Data Analysis, a company providing quantitative ultrasonic image analysis software with applications to basic science, clinical diagnostics, and drug trials. This software is being used in numerous collaborative projects running at leading US Universities such as Johns Hopkins/Baltimore, Harvard/Boston, Cornell/ New York and many others.

Gustavsson has served as Board Member (Chairman 1994-1999) of the Swedish Society of Automated Image Analysis (SSBA), Governing Board Member of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), Board Member of the School of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers, and Advisory Board Member of the Chalmers Bioscience Initiative.

Gustavsson has chaired or co-chaired numerous national and international conferences on image analysis. Examples are the SSBA national conferences in 1989, 1993 and 1999, and the SCIA international conference held in Göteborg, June, 2003. He serves as a referee for several scientific funding boards (e.g. SSF, VR, KK) as well as international journals (e.g. IEEE Trans. Medical Imaging, IEEE Image Processing, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng).

Gustavsson was responsible for establishing undergraduate and graduate courses in Bioimaging and Image Analysis at Chalmers. He has been teaching graduate courses in Biomedical Image Analysis at the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Also, he has been teaching undergraduate biomedical students in Bioimaging and Medical Informatics (Göteborg University). Recently he developed a web-based Internet course in Image Analysis demonstrating numerous imaging and image analysis principles. Currently, he is developing a Masters Program in Biomedical Engineering at Chalmers. Gustavsson has published more than 100 journal papers and conference contributions and has supervised 11 Ph.D. and 10 licentiate students to completion.


Employment Record

  • Professor, Dept of Signals and Systems, Chalmers, Göteborg, Sweden.
  • Visiting Professor, Dept of Computer Science, University of Houston, USA.
  • Associate Professor, Dept of Applied Electronics, Chalmers.
  • Assistant Professor, Dept of Applied Electronics, Chalmers.
  • Post Doc, Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Technical Director, MEDNET, Medical Faculty, Göteborg University. 
  • Research Grants -PI
  1. Automated Chromosome Analysis, 1989-93, NUTEK, 360,000 USD.
  2. Image Analysis Workstation for Echocardiographic Images, 1990, NUTEK, 150,000 USD.
  3. Analysis of Color Images in Odontology, 1991, NUTEK, 100,000 USD.
  4. Development of a 3D Human Body Scanner, 1992, Handicap Institute, 50,000 USD.
  5. Image Analysis for Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Diagnostics, 1993, NUTEK, 100,000 USD
  6. EASYTEX, 1996, EC/TIDE, 2,000,000 USD, (out of which 150,.000 USD to Chalmers)
  7. Motion Analysis of Multidimensional Medical Image Information, 1997, TFR, 150,000 USD
  8. Pattern Recognition of Medical Color Images, 1998, KK-foundation, 150,000 USD.
  9. Spatio-Temporal Shape Analysis From 2D Image Sequences, 1997-2001, SSF, 250,000 USD
  10. Modeling and Analysis of Biological 3D Shapes, 1997-2001, SSF, 400,000 USD.
  11. Time-Lapse Microscopy and Image Analysis for Cell Migration Modeling, 2002-4, VR, 250,000 USD
  12. Laser Sheet Imaging and Image Analysis for Combustion Research, 2003-5, VR, 250,000 USD
  13. Quantitative Image Cytomics, 2004, VR, 150,000 USD
  14. Time-Lapse Microscopy and Image Analysis for Cell Migration Modeling, 2006-8, VR, 300,000 USD
  15. Color Image Analysis for Tropical Oral Cancer Research, 2006-7, VR/SIDA, 125,000 USD
  16. Image Analysis for Marin Application, EC/Marin, 2006-8, 125,000 USD
Gustavsson was also co-applicant for the following grants:
  1.  Workstations for Medical Image Analysis at the Medical Faculty, 1987, FRN, 400,000 USD
  2. Computing Equipment for Chromosome Analysis, 1993, Lundberg Foundation, 150,000 USD
  3. ACTION, 1996, EC/TIDE, 3.000.000 USD
  4. Person Centered Care and Support by IT, KK-Foundation, 400,000 USD
  5. Person Centered Health Care. The Use of Videophones. County Health Care, 500,000 USD.
  6. Ultrasound scanning equipment, VR, 400,000 USD.
  7. RE-ACTION, 2006-8, KK, -foundation, 500,000 USD


NUTEK: Swedish National Board for Industrial and Technical Development

TFR: Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences

KK: The Knowledge Foundation

EC: European Community

TIDE: Telematics Intervention for Disabled and Elderly

SSF: The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

FRN: The Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research

VR: The Swedish Research Council

SIDA: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency