Maria has been a Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich since 2001. Her research has focused primarily on image processing and pattern recognition techniques to extract meaningful information from data in different application areas from computational lithography to drug discovery. Currently she is focusing on developing methods and tools to analyze histopathological and gene expression images for clinical purposes.
Maria received a B.S. (Diplom) degree in Electrical Engineering from Aristoteleion Univeristy in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1993, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, in 1997 and 1998, respectively. During her M.Sc. and Ph.D work, she conducted research in the area of medical imaging with applications to neuroimaging.
Prior to joining IBM, Maria was a senior researcher at Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from 1999 to 2001, where she worked on quality of service for video applications and programmable video-processing architectures. She also served an internship at Sensar (subsidiary of Sarnoff) in the summer of 1999, where she worked on retina images from wide-field-of-view cameras.
Maria holds more than 25 US patents, and has received several awards including two Outstanding Technical Achievement awards from the IBM Corporation, a Technical Achievement Award from the IBM Research Division and best paper awards, among them from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Image Registration Workshop.