Luis Ibáñez joined Kitware in February 2002, where he is one of the principal developers of the Insight Toolkit (ITK), coordinating its maintenance with other developers and the user community. He is also one of the main developers of the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK), and participated in crafting the operational principles of the Insight Journal. Luis has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2003. Kitware recently joined the team supporting the Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA); as part of this initiative, Luis is serving as Director of Open Source Community Development, and contributing to the efforts for building a large-scale community around the Open Source EHR.
As a strong supporter of Open Culture, Luis regularly speaks at training courses and events disseminating the principles of Open Source. Additionally, he has been teaching a course on Open Source Software Practices at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 2007, and presented two talks on the adoption of Open Source in Higher Education at OSCON 2010. Luis is also a promoter of Open Access publication and the verification of reproducibility as advocated by the Reproducible Research movement, and implemented in the Insight Journal.
Luis received his B.S. in Physics from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Bucaramanga, Colombia) in 1989 and his M.S. in Optics from the same university in 1994. He received a D.E.A and Ph.D. degrees from the Universite de Rennes I (Rennes, France) in 1995 and 2000, respectively.
During his Ph.D., Luis was member of the LATIM laboratory at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne (Brest, France) and was interested in the segmentation of bone joint structures of the limbs for the purpose of studying the relationship between morphology and functionality. He also participated in a project for developing collaborative virtual environments for medical applications.
In 1999, Luis Ibáñez joined the Division of Neurosurgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and participated as a member of the MIDAG and CADDLab groups. His work at UNC was related to the development of algorithms for 2D and 3D registration applied to image-guided surgery. He also participated as developer of the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.