Felipe Orihuela-Espina


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fNIRS neuroimaging analysis and interpretation.


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My current research interests are data analysis and neuroimaging interpretation; mainly optical neuroimaging (fNIRS) but also, to a lesser extent, EEG and fMRI. This implies multidisciplinary research from computing (mainly), mathematics and statistics, and a bit of physics (optics) and neuroscience.

I am the principal investigator (PI) of the Computational NeuroImaging Lab.


Dr. Felipe Orihuela-Espina is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science.

He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2005. Afterwards, he moved to Mexico where he was appointed lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEMex). He joined Imperial College as a research associate in 2007 and later in 2011 became postdoctoral associated at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE). He remained linked to Imperial College as honorary lecturer until 2015. In 2012 he joined INAOE as faculty where he became Reader and lead the group on functional optical neuroimaging within the Biosignals Processing Lab. In September 2021, he came back to the University of Birmingham to join the School of Computer Science as Senior Lecturer.

He is currently a member of the National Researchers Systems (SNI 2). He has attracted funding as PI for over 8m MXN, and authored over 100 full-length original research articles including over 45 JCR indexed journal papers. He has carried out research secondments at ETH Zurich  (Switzerland), University College London (UK) and Bosphorus University (Turkey), and a sabbatical at MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (USA).


  • PhD in Computer Science. University of Birmingham. United Kingdom. Oct 2001 - Aug 2005
  • MSc in Computer Engineering. University of Seville. Spain. Oct 1997 - Jun 2001
  • BSc in Computer Engineering with a major in Hardware. University of Huelva. Spain. Oct 1993 - Jun 1997

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 31 Aug 2005

Master in Science, Universidad de Sevilla

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

Bachelor of Science, University of Huelva

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997

External positions

Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)

10 Jan 2011 → …

Imperial College London

15 Jan 200730 Sept 2010


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