PhD developed at AICOS highlights the bond between research and academy



AICOS’ Researcher Luís Rosado defended today, at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, his PhD developed while working at AICOS and based on one of the center’s flagship projects MalariaScope. By successfully completing this final step, Luís Rosado has now completed his Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering.


Fostering PhD thesis is one example of how AICOS embeds the research element of a doctorate in research projects, looking to support young career-oriented talents while being the interface between academy and industry.

The thesis named “Computer-aided Detection of Malaria Parasites” was derived from the MalariaScope project, which is focused on the development of a mobile-based solution that can provide an effective pre-diagnosis of malaria to be used in medically underserved areas.

Throughout the Doctoral Program Luís Rosado, within his work at AICOS, developed fully automated 3D-printed smartphone microscope with a motorized stage (the μSmartScope), and image processing methodology.

The researcher’s expertise is an added value to AICOS’ research activities, and his work within his PhD thesis research contributed significantly to scientific advances in the area of ​​automated detection of malaria parasites via mobile devices.

Luís Rosado is a researcher at AICOS since 2010, focusing his research activity in the areas of computer vision and machine learning. The researcher now aims at continuing the MalariaScope project, and highlights the team's next steps, as developing field trials to assess the solution's performance and further validate its practical usefulness, assess and improve the performance of the image processing and machine-learning modules, and work on the development of similar mobile-based frameworks that supports the diagnosis of other neglected tropical diseases.