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Luc Florack is full professor in the Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Applications in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is the chair of the Mathematical Image Analysis group. His key research interests are mathematical representations of signals, images, and movies, particularly multiscale and differential geometric representations and their applications to imaging and vision. The application focus is on complex (non-scalar valued) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, notably diffusion and tagging MRI, and on biologically motivated models of ‘early vision’. The approach in all these cases is to depart from a geometrical representation and reformulation of clinical image analysis challenges, such as geodesic tractography for mapping structural brain connectivity (connectomics) and deformation and strain analysis for quantification of myocardial function. The motivation is to bring these hitherto unexploited techniques into the clinical workflow.

Tuition revolves around mathematical techniques for image analysis, tensor calculus, differential geometry, and linear partial differential equations.

Academic background

Luc Florack holds an MSc in theoretical physics and a PhD in medical image analysis from Utrecht University (with honors, top 2%). He has (co-)authored close to 200 peer reviewed papers, some of which invited. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision and has acted as a reviewer for over 30 other journals, conferences and workshops. In 1997 he co-founded the first conference in the biannual series of International Scale Space Conferences (currently also known as SSVM) and has delivered keynote lectures at a wide variety of national and international conferences and seminars.

Luc is a Member of Management Team 3TU.AMI on behalf of TU/e and of the Advisory Board for Mathematics (‘Wiskunde Tafel’) of the Dutch Science Foundation NWO. In the past, he has acted as Treasurer of the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society (KWG), paving the way for its Royal status on the occasion of its 225-th anniversary, together with the Board. 

Education/Academic qualification

Utrecht University

1 Sep 19831 Aug 1989

External positions

Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

1 Jan 19971 Jun 2001

DIKU Copenhagen, Denmark

1 Jan 19961 Jan 1997

INESC Aveiro, Portugal

1 Oct 19941 Jan 1996

INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France

1 Jan 19941 Oct 1994

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Research Output

Stability metrics for optic radiation tractography: towards damage prediction after resective surgery

Meesters, S. P. L., Ossenblok, P. P. W., Wagner, L., Schijns, O., Boon, P., Florack, L. M. J., Vilanova, A. & Duits, R., 15 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 288, p. 34-44 11 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Quantifying the brain's sheet structure with normalized convolution

    Tax, C. M. W., Westin, C-F., Dela Haije, T. C. J., Fuster, A., Viergever, M. A., Calabrese, E., Florack, L. & Leemans, A., 1 Jul 2017, In : Medical Image Analysis. 39, p. 162-177 16 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
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    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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    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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Functional imaging of murine hearts using accelerated self-gated UTE cine MRI

    Mohamed, A. G. A., Noorman, N., Graaf, de, W. L., Hörr, V., Florack, L. M. J., Nicolay, K. & Strijkers, G. J., 2015, In : The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 31, 1, p. 83-94

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 1 Keynote talk

    Riemannian and Finslerian Geometry for Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Luc Florack (Speaker)
    20 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Press / Media

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    Luc M.J. Florack


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    Student theses


    Acceleration of phase-contrast (PC) cine-MRI by compressed sensing (CS)

    Author: Dong, H., 31 Aug 2014

    Supervisor: Mohamed, A. (Supervisor 1), Strijkers, G. (Supervisor 2), Coolen, B. (External coach), Nicolaij, K. (Supervisor 2) & Florack, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A neuronal network model and primate retinal pathways

    Author: Mulder, M., 28 Feb 2005

    Supervisor: Hilbers, P. (Supervisor 1), Kuijpers, N. (Supervisor 2), ten Eikelder, H. (Supervisor 2) & Florack, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Automatic parameter selection for linear scale space image enhancement

    Author: Sengers, H., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Florack, L. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Cerebral blood flow during hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes and impaired hypoglycemic awareness measured with arterial spin labeling

    Author: Becker, K., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: Nicolaij, K. (Supervisor 1), Heerschap, A. (External person) (External coach), van der Graaf, M. (External person) (External coach), Wiegers, E. (External person) (External coach), Rooijackers, H. (External person) (External coach), Florack, L. (Supervisor 2) & van Osch, M. (. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master