I received the BS degree in computer science from the Universidade Positivo (1995), Curitiba, PR, Brazil, MSc degree in electrical engineering and industrial informatics from the Federal University of Technology – Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil (1998), and Ph.D. degree from the Université du Quebec – Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS), Montreal, QC, Canada (2003). From 1994 to 1998 I was system analyst at HSBC Bank, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, where I worked on reengineering and financial systems. In 2000, I started to work in my PhD project in the Laboratory for Imagery, Vision, and Artificial Intelligence (LIVIA) in Montreal, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Sabourin from ETS and Prof. Ching Suen from CENPARMI. My thesis titled “Automatic Recognition of Handwritten Numerical Strings”, received the prize for the best 2003 Ph.D. thesis.  The jury was composed of Prof. Tony Wong (ETS), Prof. Jacques de Guise (ETS) Prof. Ching Suen (Concordia University), Prof. Yoshua Bengio (University of Montreal). From 2000 to 2003 I was also visiting researcher at CENPARMI.

From 2004 to 2005 I was visiting professor (posdoc supported by The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, PR, Brazil. From 2005 to 2009 I was professor of computer science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR) and head of the Vision, Image, and Robotics research group. Currently I´m with the Department of Informatics of Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, where I’m  head of the Graduate Program in Computer Science for the second term (2011-2014, 2017-2019). In 2015, I was invited professor at Université de Roeun, in France. I’m also an associated member of the LIVIA at ETS. Since 2006 I´m a CNPq researcher fellow (level 1D). In 2017 I received the IBM Faculty Awards for the work on texture classification. My research interests include pattern recognition, machine learning, and computer vision. For more details, visit my publications.

Since 2000 I have collaborated as program committee member and reviewer for several conferences (ICPR, ICDAR, IWFHR, ICAPR, IJCNN, IEEE SMC, MCDM, ACM-SAC, IWSSIP, IEEE WCCI) and journals such as IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Trans. on Neural Networks, Pattern Analysis and Applications, Information Fusion, Pattern Recognition, and Int. J. on Pattern Rec. and IA. In 2007 I was the Competition Chair and Local Organizing Chair for the 7th ICDAR. I also was responsible for the local organization of the 2nd CBDAR and the 7th IAPR GREC. The conference report is available here. In 2013, I was the Local Organizing Chair for the ISMIR 2013. In 2017 I’m serving as Program Chair for the WML-ICDAR 2017 and in 2018 as Program Chair for the 16th ICFHR, to be held in Buffalo-USA.