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Andrea Fuster is an Assistant Professor within the Mathematical Image Analysis group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include mathematical image analysis and theoretical physics. In particular, she focuses on differential geometry in the context of diffusion MRI and (extensions of) general relativity. Her research has a highly interdisciplinary character, combining elements from physics, mathematics and medical imaging.

Academic background

Andrea Fuster obtained her PhD in theoretical physics from the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2007. The area of her thesis was general relativity. Prior to this, she received her MSc in theoretical physics from University of the Basque Country in Spain, having spent two years as an exchange student in University of Groningen, The Netherlands, on grants from the Erasmus program and the European Physical Society. In 2014 Fuster was appointed Assistant Professor at TU/e, after several years of postdoctoral work.


She has been chair of WISE-Network, the network of TU/e female scientists, and has coordinated the Multiscale Science & Engineering honors program for excellent bachelor students. She has also organized several international workshops and seminars, including the CDMRI workshops at MICCAI in 2015 and 2016, and the Dagstuhl Seminar “Visualization and Processing of Anisotropy in Geometry, Imaging, and Astronomy” in 2018. She has authored more than 35 publications in physics, mathematics and medical imaging, and has edited two Springer books on Computational Diffusion MRI. Fuster is also a guest editor of Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision.

Affiliated with

Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e)

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Research Output 2005 2019

9 Citations (Scopus)

Sheet Probability Index (SPI): Characterizing the geometrical organization of the white matter with diffusion MRI

Tax, C. M. W., Dela Haije, T. C. J., Fuster, A., Westin, C-F., Viergever, M. A., Florack, L. & Leemans, A., 15 Nov 2016, In : Neuroimage. 142, p. 260-279 20 p.

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Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
10 Citations (Scopus)
205 Downloads (Pure)

Adjugate diffusion tensors for geodesic tractography in white matter

Fuster, A., Dela Haije, T. C. J., Tristán-Vega, A., Plantinga, B. R., Westin, C-F. & Florack, L. M. J., 1 Jan 2016, In : Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision. 54, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Diffusion tensor imaging
10 Citations (Scopus)
57 Downloads (Pure)

Finsler pp-waves

Fuster, A. & Pabst, C., 2016, In : Physical Review D: Particles and Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology. 94, 10, p. 1-5 104072-1-104072-5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
gravitational waves
10 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

A Riemannian scalar measure for diffusion tensor images

Astola, L. J., Fuster, A. & Florack, L. M. J., 2011, In : Pattern Recognition. 44, 9, p. 1885-1891 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Diffusion tensor imaging
Medical imaging
Image analysis
52 Citations (Scopus)
68 Downloads (Pure)

Higher dimensional VSI spacetimes

Coley, A., Fuster, A., Hervik, S. & Pelavas, N., 2006, In : Classical and Quantum Gravity. 23, p. 7431-7444 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
string theory


General theory of relativity

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Student theses

2D tracking of coronary arteries in X-ray angiograms over time

Author: Plantinga, B., 30 Apr 2012

Supervisor: Fuster, A. (Supervisor 1), Bouwman, C. (External coach), Vilanova Bartroli, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Assen, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Analyzing the relation between brain lesions and short association fibers using diffusion MRI

Author: Kamps, J., Jun 2017

Supervisor: Sepasian, N. (Supervisor 1), Fuster, A. (Supervisor 2) & Pluim, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Characterization of blood-flow patterns from phase-contrast MRI

Author: Claassen, G., 30 Nov 2013

Supervisor: van Pelt, R. (Supervisor 1), Fuster, A. (Supervisor 2), Vilanova Bartroli, A. (Supervisor 2) & ter Haar Romenij, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Complexity classification of local diffusion by means of fourth order tensor invariants

Author: van de Sande, J., 31 Aug 2010

Supervisor: Fuster, A. (Supervisor 1), Astola, L. (Supervisor 2), Vilanova Bartroli, A. (Supervisor 2), ter Haar Romenij, B. (Supervisor 2), Florack, L. (Supervisor 2) & ten Eikelder, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

New approaches to visual representation of cardiac strain

Author: Westerhof, I. I. J., 2016

Supervisor: Fuster, A. (Supervisor 1) & Kause, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor