Beatriz Paniagua is a technical leader on the medical computing team. She began as a staff research and development engineer at the Kitware Carrboro office in September 2016. There, she focuses on craniomaxillofacial research as well as morphometric analysis. Bea is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in the departments of orthodontics, psychiatry and computer science. She is one of the lead engineers of the Dental and Craniofacial Bionetwork for Image Analysis (DCBIA).
Bea is a reviewer for several journals and conferences in the field of image analysis such as Medical Image Analysis, International Journal in Advanced Manufacturing, International Journal in Intelligent Systems, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroimaging, Computerized Medical Image and Graphics and IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). She is also a member of the UNC Women in Science Deserve Opportunities and Mentoring (WISDOM) group, which promotes female leadership development and addresses issues of female scientists such as career-life balance and gender disparities.
Bea received a B.S. (2003) and an M.S. (2005) in Computer Science at the University of Extremadura (Spain) and a European doctoral degree in the same field from Heriot-Watt University (UK) and University of Extremadura in 2010. The topic of her dissertation was the study of computer vision techniques for quality detection in natural textures. In 2006, she was awarded a Monbukagakusho scholarship that allowed her to research and develop three-dimensional textural features for quality classification in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Imaging Science and Engineering Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After finishing her dissertation research, she completed a yearlong internship at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, New Jersey, while she worked on denoising algorithms for four-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance images.
Bea has been living in North Carolina since 2009, where she did her postdoctoral training at the Neuro Image Research and Analysis Lab at UNC. After her postdoc, Bea was appointed as an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and an adjunct assistant professor in the departments of computer science and orthodontics at the university. Her research there involved projects funded by different National Institutes of Health institutes (e.g., National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) for small animal brain morphometry and cranio-facial morphology, deformable registration applied to shape, machine learning and image processing. Her main application fields were computer-aided diagnosis of craniofacial dismorphology, craniofacial surgery planning, temporomandibular joint disease, animal models of substance abuse and animal models disease of genetic origins.
In 2013, Bea was awarded a travel and registration scholarship to attend Women in Shape (WiSh): Modeling Boundaries of Objects in 2- and 3-Dimensions (in cooperation with the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM)) at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2015, she was awarded the UNC Junior Faculty Development Award to investigate brain structure/cognition relationships in craniosynostosis.
For more information on Bea’s work and research, please refer to her publication sections or to her personal website.