Léo Pini Magalhães, was born in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, in January 2nd 1952, is married with Silvia Maria de Camargo Magalhães and is the father of Lia and Lucas. Lives in Campinas - SP, Brazil.
Graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Campinas - UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) in 1974. Has got his Master of Science degree in the Automation Department of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Campinas - UNICAMP, with a thesis on Self-Tuning Regulators. Started his doctorate in 1978 in the Informatics Department of the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt - FRG, which was concluded in May 15th 1981 with a thesis on Man-Machine Communication in a Process Control Environment.
He granted two scholarships, one from CNPq - Brazil, from 1975 to 1977, as support for the Master Program; another from DAAD - Germany supporting his Dr.-Ing. work.
He teaches at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Campinas FEEC - DCA- UNICAMP where his employment started in 1977. In 1999 he has held the rank of Full Professor (MS-6). His main area of interest is Computer Graphics.
In 1979 he acted as monitor in the Computer Graphics II Course at the Informatics Dept. of the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt - FRG and in 1988 was the invited lecturer of a course on Computer Supported Simulation and Animation at the same Department.
In 1988 he spent one year as invited researcher (pos-doctorate) at the Fraunhofer Institut Group of Computer Graphics in Darmstadt - FRG, working in the area of Computer Graphics Imagery.
From August 1996 until December 1997 he spent a sabbatical period visiting the Computer Science Dept. at the University of Waterloo.
He supervised 8 PhD and more than 30 Master thesis in the area of Computer Graphics, Coordination and Data Base Systems at UNICAMP.
He was involved in activities of Image Synthesis and Animation ProSIm and in the Sapiens project aiming to use Internet technology for educational support. In this context he presently cooperates with the Fapesp project TIDIA e-Labora.
He is senior member of the IEEE and member of SBC, ACM and EUROGRAPHICS.
His administractive activities include, the following: assistant to the Research Rector of UNICAMP (1986-1987); vice-coordinator of the graduate program of the School of Electrical Engineering - UNICAMP; vice-coordinator of the Dept. of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation of the School of Electrical Engineering - UNICAMP; coordinator of the Brazilian-Argentinian Informatic Program-PABI (1992-1996); coordinator of the Undergraduate Program of the School of Electrical Engineering - UNICAMP (4/93-3/95); in charge of Latin American Cooperation - ProTeM (1995-1996). He was the Dean of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty of UNICAMP from April 1999 to April 2003. Presently he is member of UNICAMP Council.