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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

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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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    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.

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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
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    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.

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    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.

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    Higher dimensional VSI spacetimes

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

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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