UCL has received over £13million from Wellcome and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new surgical interventions centre led by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering.
The newly established Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences at UCL will bring together a wide team of engineering and clinical experts working to develop new surgical technologies.
Dr. Bergeles from TIG visited a patient support group from Macular Society in the area of London to inform them on state of the art in robots for sight restoring therapies, receive feedback from the participants, and understand how this technology should be developed so that it is acceptable and accessible by the end users - patients. This story is featured in Sideview the newsletter of Macular Society, and you can find it here.
Dr. Christos Bergeles and Dr. Tom Vercauteren from TIG co-organised the Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision 2016. The School, attracting industrial members, early and late career researchers, and clinicians, aims to present fundamental theoretical concepts and state of the art advances in the field of surgical robot vision. This year, 21 international participants are attending. The schools kicks off with talks from international speakers from UCL, U Bern, IRCAD, Zeiss and continues with student-led projects to be presented in Pecha Kucha style.
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The Translational Imaging Group, in collaboration with the Queen's Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre, recently published work in Scientific Reports on spinal cord grey and white matter segmentation.
The Queen's Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre, in collaboration with the Translational Imaging Group, recently published work in PLOS-ONE on multiple sclerosis.
Researchers and Ph.D. students from TIG supported the Institute of Healthcare Engineering's public engagement even "Fragmented Communication: Living with Sensory Impairments". The event showcased the effects of dementia to speech, of different eye pathologies to sight loss, and of cochlear implants to improvement of sound perception.
TIG lecturer Christos Bergeles and PhD students Anestis Mamplekos-Alexiou and Filip Paszkiewicz demonstrated in virtual reality what each eye pathology does to our vision. Participants wore VR headsets from GiveVision, and completed puzzles and mazes under the experience of different visual impairements. The approximately 100 participants that went through our booths that day were able to hear about the research that UCL is doing to prevent blindness, including our collaborations with Moorfields Eye Hospital and our newly awarded research projects.
Congratulations to Luis Garcia-Peraza Herrera (Translational Imaging Group) and Ester Bonmati (Centre for Medical Imaging Computing) who won First and Second Best Paper Presentation Award at the MICCAI '16 Workshop on Computer Assisted and Robotic Endoscopy.
First Place, Luis Herrera: Real-Time Segmentation of Non-Rigid Surgical Tools based on Deep Learning and Tracking.
Second Place, Ester Bonmati: Assessment of Electromagnetic Tracking Accuracy for Endoscopic Ultrasound