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Principal Investigators (PIs)

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Hugo Furtado

Dreamwaves GmbH (Austria)


Hugo Furtado holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in the field of Augmented Reality for minimally invasive surgery in the EU-FP6 project ARIS*ER. His early research work at CERN (Switzerland) focused on design and testing of radiation tolerant ASICs. In the course of his PhD, he developed a prototype for visualization of catheters inside the human body during minimally invasive cardiac surgery, using augmented reality. He collaborated intensively with the user centred design group at TUDelft (The Netherlands) for the design of the prototype. Hugo Furtado did a course on management of innovation with Professor Hugo Tschirky and was responsible for management of IP and connecting with potential interested companies. As a Post-Doc at the Medical University of Vienna (Austria), his research work focused on image processing for real-time tumour motion management during radiotherapy. He worked mainly with 2D/3D registration and with deformable registration algorithms.  He was also responsible managing collaborations with other research institutions (bilateral and in the context of the EU-FP7 SUMMER project). Dr Furtado founded Dreamwaves in 2019 where he combines his research and management skills with his passion, audio.

In SONICOM, he will focus on coordinating the implementation of software prototypes for the various proof-of-concept scenarios which will be used in WP3 and WP4 activities. The main focus will be on implementing and evaluating audio only augmented reality prototypes for blind and visually impaired individuals.


  • Mattheiss E., Regal G., Vogelauer C., Furtado H. (2020) 3D Audio Navigation – Feasibility and Requirements for Older Adults. In: Miesenberger K., Manduchi R., Covarrubias Rodriguez M., Peňáz P. (eds) Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12377. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58805-2_38