University of Deusto


The University of Deusto has a long and well established teaching and research tradition. Founded in 1886 and, since 2009, recognised as an International Excellence Campus1, the University is a hub of thirty-nine research teams belonging to six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Theology) situated across three different campuses in Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Madrid. In 1987 the University embarked upon a strategy of internationalisation which has led Deusto to join ninety-four international networks, and to sign over 700 cooperation agreements with universities and research centres from around the globe. At present, it coordinates or participates in fourteen ongoing collaborative research projects funded by the European Commission.

The University offers eighteen Bachelor Degrees, thirty-four Master Programmes, seven Doctoral Programmes as well as forty-four specialised courses in Life Long Learning. Alongside these programmes, Deusto has been involved in fifty-one Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows; coordinates three Erasmus Mundus Master Programmes: International Humanitarian Action, Learning and Teaching of Spanish in Multilingual and International Contexts, and Transnational Trade Law and Finance; and is partner in another three.

University of Deusto research teams have run more than 1,300 research projects with different institutions and public bodies, such as the European Commission, Spanish Ministries, the Basque Government, Universities, Enterprises (e.g. Siemens, Iberdrola, BBVA, and Gamesa, amongst many others) and Foundations. Together Deusto’s researchers have published more than 1,400 books, 1,800 book chapters, 2,800 articles in scientific journals and completed more than 250 Doctorates.

Begonya García

Begonya Garcia-Zapirain was born in San Sebastian (Spain). She graduated in Communications Engineering, specializing in Telematics at the Basque Country University, Bilbao (Spain) in 1994. In 2003, she defended her doctoral thesis in the pathological speech digital processing field. After many years of working for ZIV Company, in 1997. PhD. García joined the University of Deusto faculty as a lecturer in signal theory and electronics. She was the head of the Telecommunication Department at the University of Deusto since 2002 until 2008. In 2001 she created the eVIDA research group at the same university, playing the role of lead researcher (PI). She has participated in more than 80 research projects on international, national and regional levels, published more than 50 papers in international scientific journals, and presented more than 160 papers in international and national scientific conferences.

Amaia Méndez

Amaia Méndez Zorrilla graduated in Industrial Technical Engineering, electronic specialty in 1999 from the University of Deusto. Subsequently, in 2001 she graduated in Telecommunications Engineering, from the University of Deusto. In the year 2005 she joined the Advanced Processed Signal Research (PAS) group of the UD. Her research have focused mainly on biomedical engineering and specifically on the processing of medical images. It is on this area on which she has defended her doctoral thesis in 2012 entitled "New Algorithm for the Tele-diagnosis of Vocal Pathologies", directed by Begoña García Zapirain and with mention cum laude, her research interests are focused on the processing of biomedical signals and the development of new technology projects at the service of society. She has worked on numerous research projects and made many publications of their results.

Cristian Castillo

Cristian Castillo Olea has a degree in Computational Systems by the Universidad Veracruzana and a Ph.D. in Global Development under the specialty of Telehealth from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California since 2015. She has implemented IT projects in cardiology at the Military Hospital of Ensenada and General Hospital of Tijuana and has implemented the SIRIP project in the department of pediatrics, surgery, and cardiology at the GEA González Hospital. She has participated in 10 international projects and currently works as a researcher in eVida. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Aritz Badiola

Aritz Badiola is a Master in Computer Engineering by the University of Deusto. He joined the eVIDA research group in 2016 and worked mainly in Twitter mining and Sentiment Analysis. In the same year, studied during a semester in the Czech Technical University in Prague, and finished his undergraduate studies in 2017 once finished his final project “Developing of a system of analysis, assistance and tracing in the execution of rehabilitation and strength exercises by Kinect camera”. He finished his master studies in 2019, after finishing his last semester in Boise State University and developing his final project "Development of a Human Computer Interaction inclusive tool and an inclusive Basque sport exergame". His activities in AMIS project are focused in researching and developing around system evaluation, Twitter mining ,Sentiment Analysis and web development.

Sofia Zahia

Sofia Zahia is a PhD. Candidate in Computer Science and Image processing in both universities: University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain and University of Louisville, KY, USA. She completed her Master's degree in Electronics specialized in signal and image processing with honors, in ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux Graduate school of Engineering, France. Her Master’s project was held in the university of Louisville where she was working on 3D reconstruction of pressure injuries using a dual Camera tablet, and Deep Learning techniques for image segmentation and classification. Her current PhD. thesis follows the same topic with further immersion in Deep Learning and 3D reconstruction for biomedical image processing. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English, and can hold a conversation in Spanish.

Team description

Begoña García-Zapirain

Begoña García-ZapirainPrincipal investigator

Amaia Méndez

Amaia MéndezCo-investigators

Cristiàn Castillo

Cristiàn CastilloCo-investigators

Aritz Badiola

Aritz BadiolaParticipants

Sofia Zahia

Sofia ZahiaParticipants

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