Thirimachos Bourlai holds a B.S. (M.Eng. Equiv.) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), a M.S. in Medical Imaging with Distinction and a Ph.D. (on Facial Recognition) degree from the University of Surrey (U.K.).
He completed his first Post-Doc appointment in 2007 at the University of Surrey and his second Post-Doc in 2009 in a joined project between "The Methodist Hospital" and the University of Houston, TX (USA), in the fields of thermal imaging and human-based computational physiology. From Feb 2008 to Aug 2012 he worked at West Virginia University, first, as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor and, then, as a Research Assistant Professor. Since Aug 2012 he has been an Assistant Professor at WVU, where he is the founder and director of MILab (Multi-Spectral Imagery Lab).
He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology at WVU. He is actively involved in several applied projects, in the areas of biometrics, biomedical imaging, deception detection and human computer interaction. The projects have been funded by DoD-ONR, DoD-DTRA, FBI, CITeR, i.e. a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), and TechConnect WV. He has published numerous book chapters, journals, magazine articles and conference papers. He is an IEEE Senior Member, an IEEE Communications Society Member, an IEEE Signal Processing Society Member, an IEEE Biometrics Compendium Member, a member of the National Safe Skies Alliance, a Biometrics Institute Organization Member, a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Member, a European Association of Biometrics (EAB) Member, and a member of the American Physical Society. His latest interviews are (i) by IDGA (online), Night Vision Systems Summit, “Night Vision Face Recognition”, May 2014, (ii) by IDGA (online), Biometrics for Government and National Security, “The Future of Face Recognition”, Feb. 2014, (iii) by CITeR (audio/visual), at the University of Buffalo, “CITeR Spring Meeting 2014”, Program hosted by the University of Buffalo, May 14-16, 2014, Buffalo, NY.