ANNEX 2: Short Biography
Stergios Stergiopoulos received a B.Sc. (Hon.) degree from the University of Athens in 1976 and the M.Sc. & Ph.D. degrees in Physics in 1977 and 1982, respectively, from York University, Toronto, Canada. Presently he is a Defence Scientist at the Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) Toronto, an Adjunct Professor at the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Toronto, and the main innovator of the Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) medical diagnostic technologies and patents that have been licensed to a Canadian company for commercialization. These innovation include a number of non-invasive 3D imaging (i.e. cardiac 3D CT, portable 3D/4D ultrasound) and vital signs monitoring (i.e., motion & noise tolerant automated blood pressure and intracranial dispersive-ultrasound) technologies. To complete their development and their commercialization process, Dr. Stergiopoulos raised approximately $11 million from private investors and Government grants. He has an extensive background in science and research. Since 1991 he is with DRDC, a Research Agency for the Canadian Department of National Defence. From 1988 to 1991, he was with the NATO SACLANT Centre in La Spezia, Italy, where he performed both theoretical and experimental research in sonar signal processing. At SACLANTCEN, he developed jointly with Dr. Sullivan from NUWC an acoustic synthetic aperture technique that has been patented by the U.S. Navy. From 1984 to 1988 he developed an underwater fixed array surveillance system for the Hellenic Navy in Greece and there he was appointed also senior advisor to the Greek Minister of Defence. From 1982 to 1984 he worked as a research associate at York University and in collaboration with the U.S.Army Ballistic Research Lab (BRL), Aberdeen,MD, on projects related to the stability of liquid filled spin stabilized projectiles. In 1984 he was awarded a U.S. NRC Research Fellowship for BRL. He was Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and for this Journal he has prepared two special issues on Acoustic Synthetic Aperture and Sonar System Technology. He has published numerous scientific articles and a Handbook (i.e. CRC-Press) in the areas of advanced signal processing for sonar and medical non-invasive system applications. His present interests are associated with the implementation of advanced processing schemes in multi-dimensional arrays of sensors for sonar and medical tomography (CT, MRI and ultrasound) systems. His research activities are supported by Canadian-DND Grants, by Research & Strategic Grants (NSERC-CANADA), the Ontario Challenge Fund and NATO collaborative Research Grant. He has been awarded with European Commission-IST grants as technical manager of several projects that included as project partners major European corporations and Institutes (i.e., Siemens, Nucletron, Philips, Sema Group, Esaote, Atmel, Fraunhofer). These project were entitled “New Roentgen”, “MITTUG”, “ADUMS”, “MRI-MARCB”, “DUST” and Euroworkshop “Fourier”, with an average budget level of the order of Euro 1.5 million per project. Dr. Stergiopoulos is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a senior member of the IEEE. He has been a consultant to a number of companies, including Atlas Elektronik in Germany, Hellenic Arms Industry and Hellenic Aerospace Industry.