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Consortium Participants

The RAINBOW Consortium includes 9 Beneficiaries and 5 Partner Organizations listed to the right. See below all the consortium participants and this list for the consortium's Early Stage Researchers:


Aalborg University, DK

Hamed Shayestehpour
Early Stage Researcher, AAU, project 5

Hamed Shayestehpour received the BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2015 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include Biomechanics, Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering, Design, Simulation and Modelling. His hobbies are sport, painting and travelling.

John Rasmussen

John Rasmussen is a professor of biomechanics at Aalborg University. His research is aimed both at solid mechanics, biomechanics, biomedical engineering and sports engineering. The research influenced the theoretical field of structural optimization in the late 1980’ies by applying the finite element method as the analysis engine, thus enabling optimization of practical structures rather than academic examples. In the late 1990’ies, he formed the AnyBody Research Project at Aalborg University, which he is still heading. One of the aims of the project is to develop methods for analysing the biomechanics of the human body involving bones, joints, muscles and tendons. This research contributes to the treatment of osteoarthritis, general disability and to optimization of sports performances. John Rasmussen was educated at Aalborg University, where he graduated as a Master of Science in 1986, and three years later he received the PhD degree in computer-aided engineering. In addition to his academic work, John Rasmussen is involved in the private sector as chief executive officer at AnyBody Technology A/S from 2001 to 2008 and subsequently the CTO of the same company. Further profile information here.

Karina Kjeldgaard Ludvigsen
Senior Secretary

Providing assistance to John Rasmussen regarding the RAINBOW project. Specialised in project administration since 2011 at AAU and have experience in different kinds of research foundations.Further profile information here.

Cardiff University, UK

Ehsan Mikaeili
Early Stage Researcher, project 14

Ehsan Mikaeili graduated in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2016 . His researches focus on computational solid mechanics and poro-mechanics, image registration and developing advanced numerical techniques in biomechanics.

Pierre Kerfriden
Senior Lecturer

Profile information available here.

Christopher Matthews
Administrative Officer

Profile information available here.

Sian Jones
European Officer Support

Profile information available here.

Keith Sexton
European Officer

Profile information available here.

GMV Soluciones Globales Internet SAU, ES

Patricia Alcañiz
Early Stage Researcher, GMV, project 10

Patricia is a PhD fellow in Computer Science at the University of Rey Juan Carlos (URJC,ES) and a researcher at GMV in Spain working on the RAINBOW project titled “Optimization-Based Fusion of Surgical Planning Data for Intraoperative Navigation”. She obtained her master’s degree in Medical Physics from Université Paris Sud in 2019. She also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2016. Focusing on the field of intraoperative navigation, her work within the RAINBOW project involves optimization for fusion of preoperative planning data by biomechanical simulation and development of virtual deformable models.

Carlos Illana
Advanced Healthcare Technology Product Manager

Carlos Illana is radiance product manager within the products and new developments unit of GMV Soluciones Globales internet S.A.U. Carlos Illana started working for GMV in the satellite navigation systems field. He started in 2004 the healthcare market strategy of the group of companies and since then he has coordinated a group of teams leading R&D, product development and specifically within radiance products line, business development, marketing and sales.

Samuel Rodríguez
Technical Leader of Medical Image Computing

Samuel Rodríguez is Technical Leader of Medical Image Computing in GMV. His professional activity has been oriented to the development of high technology systems in the healthcare field. He has participated in research and development activities in a virtual reality simulator for arthroscopy surgery training, where he focused on the real-time dynamic simulation of suture and soft tissue threads. Since 2012, he has also been involved in the development of Radiance: an intraoperative radiotherapy planning system, where he has been involved in medical image processing and visualization. Samuel was educated at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he graduated as Master of Telecommunications in 2003. He then began his PhD in non-rigid registration of medical images and 3 years later he started working at GMV.

Hvidore Hospital, DK

Christian Wong
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Profile infomation available here.

Louise Elberg Pedersen
Research administrator

Research administrator providing assistance to Christian Wong in regard to the RAINBOW project.

Synopsys – Simpleware Product Group, UK

Philippe Young,
R&D Dir. of the Simpleware Product Group at Synopsys, Prof. at Univ. of Exeter, IPR Manager of RAINBOW

Professor Philippe Young is Chair of Computational Mechanics at the University of Exeter, and R&D Director of the Simpleware Product Group at Synopsys. He has 20 years’ experience in the fields of biomechanics, solid mechanics, and image analysis. In 2000, he spun out a successful software company, Simpleware Ltd., to apply expertise in the development of products for 3D image data visualisation, analysis, and model generation. In 2016, Simpleware Ltd. was acquired by Synopsys, Inc., one of the world’s largest software companies. The success of the software has been recognised by multiple patents, Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade and an Institute of Physics Innovation Award. Simpleware software has a worldwide customer base in areas such as life sciences, materials and manufacturing.
Information on the IPR manager role here.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, ES

Kate Kardash
Early Stage Researcher, project 7

Profile information tba.

Miguel Otaduy

Miguel Otaduy is professor of Computer Science at URJC since 2008. He obtained his PhD at the University of North Carolina in 2004, and worked for three years as senior researcher at ETH Zurich. He is known for his work in computer graphics and computational haptics, with a focus on simulation models and computational design methods. He has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant and an ERC Consolidator Grant, and is the author of more than 100 publications. Link:

Maria Antonia Rodriguez Tato
European Project Officer


University of Copenhagen, DK

Network Coordinator

Faezeh Moshfeghifar
Early Stage Researcher, project 1

Faezeh Moshfeghifar is a biomedical engineer focused on image-based numerical modeling and analysis. She completed her master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the KU Leuven working on the biomechanical characterization of human mitral valve. Within the scope of the RAINBOW project, she will study the potential of computational medicine and ICT to arrive at patient-specific hip growth models for clinical use. Profile information available here.

José Tascon
Early Stage Researcher, project 4

José Tascon received his B.S. of Electronics Engineering in 2010, and M.Eng major in Automation in 2014 from Universidad del Valle, Colombia. His master thesis "Floor plans from 3D reconstruction of indoor environments" dealt with registration problems with RGB-D cameras. In 2015, José joined the Colombian Sugar Cane Research Center (Cenicaña), where he worked as a research leader in process control of sugar mills. He also worked as a lecturer in 2015 of digital signal processing at Universidad ICESI, Colombia. His work experience and research interests are computer vision, industrial automation and process control. Within the scope of the RAINBOW project, he will be working on his project “Real-time Physically-based Registration of Pre- and Intra-operative Medical Images", within the area of registration problems in computer vision. Profile information available here.

Kenny Erleben
Associate Professor, coordinator of RAINBOW

Kenny Erleben is associate professor at UCPH since 2011. His main research area is computational contact mechanics. He has worked on photon differentials, computational fluid dynamics with deformable simplicial complexes and has experience in creating, maintaining and running open source software (OpenTissue). He is main author of a well-known and used textbook in computer animation research field and has more than 80 published papers. He is actively serving on SCA & Vriphys conference steering committees. From 2011-13 he was the head of the Science Research School at UCPH. Contributing to the training of over 30 PhD students. He has personally supervised 4 PhDs and mentored 3 post docs. From 2012-15 he served as Deputy head of department, increasing quality of educations, managing teaching resources, daily management of researchers' teaching obligations, and responsible for increasing yearly brutto income for the department to €7M. Further profile information.

Sune Darkner
Associate Professor, Personal Data Manager of RAINBOW

Sune Darkner is associate professor at KU since 2012. His main research topic is medical image. He work mainly on neuro-imaging data such as MRI and PET. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers, has co-organized workshops under MICCAI. He will contribute with his expertise on image registration and the statistics on shapes and deformations in relation to simulation of soft tissue. He is currently co-supervising 1 PhD, 2 others finished primo 2015. Finally, he has entrepreneurship experience from co-founding several consulting companies and working as consultant for a range of OMXC20 companies in Denmark. Further profile information.
Information on the Personal Data manager role here.

Sarah Niebe, Visual Computing Engineer and part of RAINBOW coordinator team 
RAINBOW Female Career Mentor Network Chair

Information on the role as Female Career Mentor Network Chair here.
In 2013, Sarah obtained her PhD from UCPH under the supervision of RAINBOW coordinator Kenny Erleben. She worked as a Postdoc researcher for 1½ year before initiating a career first in the private sector and currently in the Alexandra Institute, a non-profit Approved Technology Service Institute making technological knowledge and developments available to the Danish business community and industry. While holding her university position, Sarah was involved in the start-up of the DIKU business Club, which aims at relation building between UCPH’s computer science researchers/students and Danish businesses. She has been part of the organisor teams of VRIPHYS and the Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2014 i Copenhagen and she has communicated her research to the press, e.g.: here, here and here. 
Sarah’s broad work experience and network in the research and business sector makes her an ideal female career mentor and chairperson. By her own example, she will be able to illustrate possible career paths for female computer scientists and draw on insights into challenges and opportunities associated with pursuing a career in academia as well as in the business sector. As a mentor, she will draw on her experiences as supervisor of numerous students writing projects / theses and also on her insights from the formal pedagogical and didactic training she has received at UCPH.

Susanne Claus

Susanne Claus has a PhD degree from Cardiff School of Mathematics in the field of computational rheology in 2013 and postdoctoral experience from the University of Sussex (2012), University College London (2013-2015) and Cardiff University (2015-2018).  Her main research topic is the development of new finite element schemes for moving interfaces including multi-phase flows and phase change problems. Her work at UCPH focus on the development of new finite element methods for bone growth and contact in bone joints as well as the integration of medical image data in finite element simulations. She will be co-supervising ESR 1 and ESR 4. Profile information available here.

Anne Oftebro-Svendsen
Senior EU Liaison Officer

Legal EU advisor of RAINBOW. Specialised in contract negotiations, administration and reporting within EU's research and innovation programmes. Further profile informaiton.

Christine Andersen
Research Academic Officer

Administrative Project Manager of RAINBOW. Employed at UCPH since 2009; specialised in research facilitation since 2014. Further profile information.

Université du Luxembourg, LU

Arnaud Mazier
Early Stage Researcher, UL, ESR Project 6

Arnaud is a PhD fellow in Computer Science at the University of Luxembourg and a researcher at Anatoscope Montpellier in France. Within the scope of the RAINBOW project, he will study the “Breast modelling and simulation for better cancer treatment". He obtained his master’s degree in Mechanical and Interactions Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique universitaire de Montpellier in 2018. Focusing on the field of real time simulation, his work within the RAINBOW project involves breast modelling to patient specific data followed by biomechanical simulation to switch from prone to supine position. Profile information available here. Project information available here and here.

Stéphane Bordas
Professor, Training Manager of RAINBOW

Profile information available here. Information on the Training manager role here.

Jack Hale
Research Scientist

Profile information available here.

Lars Beex
Research Associate

Profile information available here.

Paula Souza
Research Facilitator

Profile information available here.

3Shape, DK

Torkan Gholamalizadeh
Early Stage Researcher, project 5

Torkan is a PhD fellow in Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen and a researcher at 3Shape A/S in Denmark working on the RAINBOW project titled Dynamic Jaw Simulator. She obtained her master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2018 where she developed machine learning and computer vision algorithms for sensory substitution systems. She also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from University of Tabriz in 2014 working on object detection in visual sensor networks. Focusing on the field of medical image analysis, her work within the RAINBOW project involves modeling tooth movement based on fusing spatiotemporal, interface-tracking meshing methods with 3D geometry and motion data obtained from the 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanners.

Peter Søndergaard
Lead for the Orthodontics Technology Team

Peter Søndergaard is team lead for the Orthodontics Technology Team at 3Shape A/S. The team specializes in research and development of algorithmic and machine learning solutions to orthodontic problems, maturing new ideas into medically validated, production quality code.
Peter has a M.Sc. and ph.d. from DTU in mathematics, specifically time-frequency analysis and wavelet theory. He has worked 5 years as a post.doc, assoc. prof. and group leader at the Centre for Applied Hearing Research (DTU, Lyngby) and Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria) investigating fundamental problems in the mathematical modelling of human hearing and publishing the results as papers and open source software following the principles of Reproducible Research. After that, he worked 4 years at Oticon A/S as audiological specialist and project manager of R&D projects from 5 to 35 people. Peter has been with 3Shape since 2017, where he has established the Orthodontics Technology Team.


AnatoScope, FR

Benjamin Gilles
Chief Scientific Officer

Benjamin Gilles is a co-founder and the Chief Scientific Officer of Anatoscope. Prior to founding Anatoscope, he was a researcher in computer science at CNRS, the largest fundamental research organization in Europe. His research deals with virtual deformable models for medical image analysis and mechanical simulation. See further profile information here.

Francois Faure
Chief Executive Officer

François Faure is the head of Anatoscope, a French start-up company created in 2015 by researchers and one surgeon from CNRS, INRIA, and Grenoble and Montpellier Universities. Anatoscope develops software solutions to design personalized medical devices such as prosthesis/ orthosis through the simulation of 3D digital avatars of patients. Prior to founding Anatoscope, he was a Professor in computer science at the University of Grenoble. He is an expert in physically-based simulation and one the main architect of SOFA, the opensource reference in medical simulation. See further profile information here.

InSimo, FR

Jérémie Allard
Chief Executive Officer

Profile information available here.

inuTech, DE

Frank Vogel
Managing Director

Profile information available here.

Kitware, FR

Julien Jomier
Chief Executive Officer

Julien Jomier is currently directing Kitware's European subsidiary in Lyon, France (Kitware SAS), where he focuses on European business development. As a developer of the Insight Toolkit (ITK), Mr. Jomier was involved in applications for stereo reconstruction, model-to-image registration, and vessel analysis. He is also the main contributor of the Spatial Objects and the Spatial Object Viewer toolkit. His main areas of research include image-guided surgery and multimodality data fusion as well as computer-aided diagnosis. He is also a main developer for the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK) and continues to support the Insight toolkit. Prior to joining Kitware, Mr. Jomier was a Faculty Research Lecturer of Radiology at the University of North Carolina and a member of the Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Display Laboratory. Further profile information.



Aurélien Courvoisier
Doctor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montpellier (FR web)

Profile information available here.

Alejandro Curcio
Doctor, ES


Sune Darkner
Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, DK

Sune Darkner is associate professor at KU since 2012. His main research topic is medical image. He work mainly on neuro-imaging data such as MRI and PET. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers, has co-organized workshops under MICCAI. He will contribute with his expertise on image registration and the statistics on shapes and deformations in relation to simulation of soft tissue. He is currently co-supervising 1 PhD, 2 others finished primo 2015. Finally, he has entrepreneurship experience from co-founding several consulting companies and working as consultant for a range of OMXC20 companies in Denmark. Further profile information. Information on the Personal Data manager role here.

David Gaucher
Professor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Strasbourg, FR

Profile information available here.

Frank Hertel, Professor
Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, LU

Profile information available here.

Karl Hollenbeck 
Head of Department of 3D Scanner Technology, 3Shape, DK

Karl Hollenbeck is Head of Scanner Technology at 3Shape a/s. This department works on evaluation and initial prototyping of new technologies with relevance to the company. Karl has a B.Sc. from the University of Freiburg, Germany, an M.S. from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from DTU, all in Environmental Studies with specialization on numerical and statistical methods. Karl has also been visiting researcher at Stanford and Harvard Universities. Karl spent the first eight years of his professional career at DHI,  most recently as Head of Innovation for a software department. He joined 3Shape in 2007 and has had various functions in the company since then, particularly as project manager of the initial development of Trios, the company’s by now highly successful intraoral scanner. Karl has co-authored several 3Shape patents and has collaborated with various university departments on several projects.

Gaulthier Rathat
Doctor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montpellier (FR web)

Profile information available here.

David Macías Verde 
Medical Physicist, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín, ES


Christian Wong
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Hvidovre Hospital, DK

Profile information available here.

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Beneficiary Organisations

University of Copenhagen (DK)
Scientist in Charge: Kenny Erleben

Aalborg University (DK)
Scientist in Charge: John Rasmussen 

Cardiff University (UK)
Scientist in Charge: Pierre Kerfriden 

GMV Soluciones Globales Internet
(ES) Scientist in Charge: Carlos Illana 

Hvidovre Hospital (DK. DK web)
Scientist in Charge: Christian Wong

Synopsys – Simpleware Product Group (UK)
Scientist in Charge: Philippe Young

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (ES)
Scientist in Charge: Miguel Otaduy

University of Luxembourg (LU)
Scientist in Charge: Stéphane Bordas

3Shape (DK)
Scientist in Charge: Karl Hollenbeck

Partner Organisations

AnataScope (FR)
Scientist in Charge: Francois Faure

Insimo (FR)
Scientist in Charge: Jérémie Allard

inuTech Gmbh (DE)
Scientist in Charge: Frank Vogel

Kitware (FR) 
Scientist in Charge: Julien Jomier