Yesterday, Christian Rieder of Fraunhofer MEVIS successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled Interactive Visualization for Assistance of Needle-Based Interventions at the Jacobs University Bremen.Supervised by Horst Hahn, Christian made a number of significant contributions in the last years, leading to strong publications at VisWeek and EuroVis, and a MedVis-Award distinction in 2010. Thus, it was not too surprising that the thesis was assessed with the highest possible grade.
Visualization from Christian’s 2011 VisWeek paper showing RF applicator, tumor, the approximated ablation zone in red and thermal cooling of blood vessels in blue.
Christian’s work aims at supporting clinical workflows, primarily in radio frequency ablation, supporting both the pre-interventional as well as the interventional stage with highly advanced and carefully adapted visualizations indicating tumors, risk structures, security margins as well as results from approximative simulations that predict the thermal lesion produced by RFA. Illustrative techniques, smart map projections, very efficient GPU realizations as well as careful evaluations with relevant physicians are landmarks of Christian’s work, which may be explored on his website in detail.
(editor: Thanks to Prof. Bernhard Preim for submitting this news. We have always been a fan of Christian and his work, and we are very happy to hear of this success!)
Eindhoven University of Technology and more specifically the Department of Biomedical Engineering have a PhD position available on the interesting topic of uncertainty visualization for digital radiotherapy planning in the Multivalued Image Analysis & Visualization group led by dr. Anna Vilanova. This project is part of the FP7 EU-STREP project ‘DR THERAPAT’- Digital Radiation Therapy Patient’. The goal of this project is to achieve an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand visualization and exploration of the multimodal, multi-value data involved in cancer radiotherapy planning – including the uncertainty in these data – in each step of the radiotherapy planning pipeline and in the final planning outcome.
More information on this position can be found here. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity if you’re interested and apply before the application deadline (the 29th of December 2012).
The second position mentioned in this post is still available! To reiterate, they are looking for an Early Stage Researcher in the EU Initial Training Network (ITN) Software for the use of Multi-Modality Images in External Radiotherapy (SUMMER).
They are looking for a motivated young scientist that would love to use medical visualization to aid in the development of cutting edge solutions for radiotherapy planning. The starting date is as soon as possible, but before January 1, 2013. If you are interested in this position, please check this page for more details or contact Katja Bühler (email@example.com) via e-mail. If you’re currently attending MICCAI 2012, you could also arrange to meet her there via e-mail.
There’s a Ph.D. position available in the exciting research field of medical visualization at Graz University of Technology in Austria. The project you’d be working on involves the visualization of minimally invasive intervention simulation, such as RFA or cryoablation for cancer treatment .
The start date for the position in this EU-funded project is the first of January in 2013, so start sending in those applications! More information can be found here.
I just returned from Eurovis 2012 and while a more detailed write-up of that will be posted soon, I wanted to let you know about several open positions over at KAUST in Saudi Arabia in the meantime.
An example of the research done at GMSV 'Fused Multi-Volume DVR using Binary Space Partitioning'
The newly formed Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Center (GMSV) is looking for 5-10 post-docs, MS and PhD students as well as short term visitors (2-3 months). A overview of their scivis work so far can be seen here. Contact them by sending an email to gmsvfaculty(a)kaust.edu.sa.
Katja Bühler’s group at VRVis in Vienna currently has two medical visualisation Ph.D. vacancies. They are looking for two highly motivated young scientists preferably from European Countries interested in medical visualization and in the development of cutting edge solutions for radiotherapy planning.
More details and the description for these jobs can be found here
The lucky person that gets the first position can start right away and the second position will be available from August onwards.
The Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen is hiring a PhD candidate in informatics (but can be visualisation, according to Helwig Hauser). Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to become a legendary Visualisation Ninja at one of the best visualization places in the world.
An example of work done by the Bergen VisGroup
More details and the job description can be found here. The deadline for applying is the 15th of December.