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Dr Olivier Salvado

Lead AI for Mission


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Dr Salvado Graduated with a Master in Electrical Engineering from ESIEE Paris and University Paris XII, where he studied signal processing, control system, and artificial intelligence. He worked for several years designing industrial control systems applying advanced techniques to improve automated machine performance.

Attracted by medical challenges, he then graduated in 2006 with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, specialty Medical Imaging, from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA. His research was on developing machine learning technologies to analyses MRI data. He joined the radiology department of the Cleveland University Hospitals, working on catheter based MRI imaging, before moving to Australia as a research scientist for the CSIRO, focussing on image analysis.

Dr Salvado is now a Senior Principal Research Scientist (eq. Professor) leading the AI for Missions initiative, a $25M program to develop next generation AI technology to support large Missions across the CSIRO in collaboration with external partners. Dr Salvado has been the head of CSIRO Imaging and Computer Vision (35+ staff) since 2018. He joined CSIRO in 2007 and grew a medical imaging team from 8 to 20 staff over a decade. Prior to that, he has held various engineering and project management positions in industry. Dr Salvado is a Honorary Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. Dr Salvado holds an executive MBA from the University of New South Wales. Dr Salvado has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, which have attracted more than 11,000 citations. He regularly contributes to organising international conferences (e.g. ISBI 2018, 2021,2023), chair sessions (ISBI, ICASSP), and was the general Chair of ISBI 2017. Dr Salvado is a regular reviewer for scientific journals and grants including NHMRC and ARC (main Scientific Australian funding bodies).

Current Roles

  • Acting Team leader Explainable Vision

  • Honorary Professor
    Queensland University of Technology

  • Honorary Professor
    Griffith University

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    Executive MBA
    Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW, Australia

  • 2006

    PhD Biomedical Engineering - Medical Imaging
    Case Western Reserve University, USA

  • 1994

    MSEE - Robotics and Automation
    ESIEE, France

  • 1994

    MSc - Modelling and Machine Learning
    University Paris XII

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2018

    Group Leader Biomedical Informatics
    CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia

  • 2007-2012

    Team Leader Medical Imaging
    CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia

  • 2006-2007

    Instructor of Radiology
    University Hospitals Cleveland, USA

  • 2002-2006

    Research assistant
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA

  • 1998-2002

    Principal Engineer
    Siemens VAI, now Primetals, Cleveland, USA

  • 1996-1998

    Commissioning engineer
    Kvaerner Metals, now Primetals, Paris, France

  • 1994-1996

    Research Engineer
    Clecim (now Siemens), Paris, France

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