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Prof. Michael Bronstein was born in 1980. He received the B.Sc. summa cum laude from the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2002 and Ph.D. with distinction from the Department of Computer Science, Technion in 2007. In 2010, he has joined the Institute of Computational Science in the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland. Prior to joining USI, Michael held a visiting appointment at Stanford university. His main research interests are theoretical and computational methods in metric geometry and their application to problems in computer vision, pattern recognition, shape analysis, computer graphics, image processing, and machine learning.

Michael Bronstein has authored over 70 publications in leading journals and conferences, over 20 patents, the research monograph Numerical geometry of non-rigid shapes (Springer, 2008) and edited two books. His Erdős number is 3 and the h-index is 30. Highlights of his research were featured in CNN, SIAM News, Wired, and in the Abel lecture given in Oslo in honor of the 2009 Abel Prize laureate Prof. Mikhail Gromov. Michael Bronstein is the alumnus of the Technion Excellence Program and the Academy of Achievement. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of SIAM and EUROGRAPHICS. His research was recognized by numerous awards, including the Kasher prize (2002), Thomas Schwartz award (2002), Hershel Rich Technion Innovation award and the Gensler prize for research on face recognition (2003), the Copper Mountain Conference on Multigrid Methods Best Paper award (2005), the Adams Fellowship (2005), and the EUROGRAPHICS Service Award (2012). In 2012, he won the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant for research on computational similarity geometry. Besides scientific awards, he received the Technion Humanities and Arts Department prize (2001) for the translation of Shakespearean sonnets into Italian. Michael Bronstein was the co-chair of the Workshop on Non-rigid shapes and deformable image alignment (NORDIA) in 2008-2012, the International Conference on n Scale Space and Variational Methods in Computer Vision (SSVM) in 2011, and the Eurographics Workshop on 3D Object Retrieval (3DOR) in 2012. He has served on review and program committees of major conferences in his field.

Besides academic work, Dr. Bronstein is actively involved in industrial applications, technology transfer and commercialization, and consulting to technological companies in the computer vision, image processing, and pattern recognition domain, both in technical and management positions. His track record includes developing and licensing algorithms for large-scale video analysis applications at the Silicon Valley start-up company Novafora (2004-2009 as co-founder and VP of video technology) and developing coded-light 3D camera based on his patents at the Israeli start-up Invision (2009-2012 as one of the principal technologists). Following the acquisition of Invision by Intel in 2012, Michael Bronstein currently serves as Research Scientist in the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel.