In the next colloquium on 26 March 2014, Sara Hiller (M. Sc. Psychology) from the Bielefeld University will lecture on “Learning, knowledge acquisition and study design”. The speaker is working in the field of educational psychology. She will pass on her knowledge about information processing in learning processes. The lecture will take place at 2pm in the seminar room.
From 15 to 20 February this year, Jens Meier and Mario Cypko took part in the SPIE Medical Imaging – Conference, which was host in San Diego, California (USA). The focus of the sessions and lectures, which were attended by the two young scientists, was in the areas of electronic management of patient data, patient information systems and clinical assistance systems in view of an increasingly evidence-based and personalized medicine.
In the lecture “A concept of a generalized electronic patient record for personalized medicine” Jens Meier presented the results and new approaches to the research of support systems for individualized diagnosis and therapy, which have been developed in cooperation with scientists from the Informatics and Image Processing Lab (IPILab) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. These include the provision and use of central database and complete electronic patient records, but also workflow assistance systems for the clinical practice and decision support systems to improve the treatment planning of head and neck tumors. The IT system “oncoflow”, which has been successfully used for a year at the Leipzig University Hospital, was also a topic of this presentation and received great attention.
The conference confirmed the future potential of the ICCAS-concept. The trend towards model- and evidence-based medicine was clearly noticeable. Contacts could be strengthened and expanded, such as with research institutes at RWTH Aachen and TU München.
In early March 2014, Mario Cypko’s research trip to the USA ended sucessfully. Major stations of the journey were the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, the NextMed / MMVR21 Conference and the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.
The young scientist from the DPM group scored again with a poster contribution and won the poster prize of the NextMed / MMVR Conference 2014 for his poster entitled „3D++ visualization of MEBN graphs and screen representations of patient models (PIXIE II)”. Furthermore, Cypko’s presentation on „User interfaces for patient-specific treatment – decision models using MEBN“ was met with great interest among the scientific colleagues at the NextMed / MMVR. The modeling and visualization of patient data with the aim of a transparent and comprehensible therapy management is a very current topic.
Cypko’s research contributions prompted the Institute of Creative Technology at the USC to invite him spontaneously. Here he had the opportunity to present his project work at the Mixed Reality Lab and in return to learn about the local research projects. The Lab focuses on the development of low cost user interfaces for general use.
The trip concluded with a visit of the Institute Image Processing and Informatics Laboratory at the USC. The focus of this meeting was on the use of Multi-Entity Bayesian Networks for modeling of treatment decisions.
Both institutions welcomed a future collaboration with the ICCAS. Further talks will follow.
A further colloquium will take place in the seminar room on Wednesday 05 March 2014 at 2 pm, this time with the usability expert Lucas Koch. The referee is working in the Department of Computer Science and Communication Systems at the Hochschule Merseburg – University of Applied Sciences. He will present the latest knowledge about utilizable and user friendly interface development towards international standardization.
The prelude to this year’s ICCAS-Colloquium will give the renowned scientist Professor Andreas Melzer, director of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) of the University of Dundee (Scotland).
The presentation entitled “Clinical Decision Support by Medical Imaging – personalised image guided therapy by modeling and simulation: FUSIMO” will take place in the ICCAS seminar room, at 3pm on Monday, 03 March 2014.
The lecture series “Introduction to Computer Assisted Surgery”, arranged in January 2014, received a very positive evaluation by the participating medical students. This speaks for the high teaching quality of the lecturers, but also for the increasing interest in this subject, because computer-based assistance systems find more and more their way into the routine surgical practice.
In technical modules, the medical students learned basic knowledge about image processing, navigation, robotics and simulation, but also about risk- and workflowmanagement. In medical modules, physicians introduced the application of surgical assistance systems for particular disciplines. The participants could also test innovative technologies in a practical session in the ICCAS demo-OR.
The latest annual report presents the research of the ICCAS that have been made by our scientists in 2013. It shows the structure of the ICCAS and contains information about the manifold activities and achievements within the scientific community of computer-assisted surgery.
The annual report can be viewed under the following link: Annual Report 2013
After five years of research at ICCAS Christian Meißner moves into the industrial sector to the KUKA Laboratories GmbH Augsburg. There, the engineer will be concerned with the control programming of medical robots. Meißner studied Electrical Engineering in the Diploma and Master Degree program at the HTWK Leipzig before he came to ICCAS in 2008. Since 2011, he has been pursuing his doctorate on “Sensor based automatic recognition of surgical workflows.”
For ICCAS the KUKA Laboratories are not an unknown quantity. In 2008 there was a cooperation with the robot manufacturer. Surely more points of contact for joint research projects will arise now.
On 19 December last year Mario Cypko was awarded for outstanding research achievements in medicine and life sciences on the occasion of the 12th Leipzig Research Festival of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology at the Leipzig University.
The computer scientist presented under the research topic “Patient-specific treatment model using MEBNS: example of laryngeal carcinoma” the state of research results in developing a Multi-Entity Bayesian Network (MEBN) which supports the complex decision-making processes of the physician in the case of laryngeal cancer.
15 young scientists of ICCAS in total presented their research work on posters in the subject area Computer Assisted Surgery. The related abstracts can be viewed under the following link:
This year, the National University of Singapore was venue for the 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (ICBME). There, Dr. Stefan Bohn gave the lecture “An interoperability architecture for networked medical devices and its application to neurosurgery” to present the open integration platform for networking of medical devices in the operating room, developed at ICCAS. The presentation has met with great interest among scientists from USA, France and Germany. In addition, Dr. Bohn served as session chair the meeting “Assisted Technologies”.
Besides lectures from the fields of diagnostic medical devices, imaging, medical assistance systems and plenary talks about the integration of systems of computer-assisted surgery and robotics, particularly a lecture about the stage in development of the cooperation between humans and robots in rehabilitation and non-medical research was very impressive.