Research of the Junior Group MIC

The research of the Junior Group MIC is composed of three groups focusing on Medical Image Analysis, Medical Imaging Components (MICO), and Software development for Integrated Diagnostics and Therapy (SIDT).

Medical Image Analysis (MIA)

PD Dr. Klaus Maier-Hein

The Medical Image Analysis Group focuses on algorithmic advances in automated image processing including semantic segmentation, abnormality detection and image-based quantitative phenotyping (i.e. “radiomics”), thus addressing todays vast unexploited potential of medical imaging data. The group has a profound track record in deep learning and weak learning methodology with numerous successful applications in context of imaging-based diagnostic and predictive markers in neuroimaging and oncology. There is an increasing interest in pursuing cross-domain data integration for higher-level clinical stratification and decision making.

Medical Imaging Components (MICO)

Dr. Marco Nolden

The MICO group aims at bringing innovative medical imaging technologies to a broad audience. We provide scalable components enabling research projects in a variety of usage scenarios, ranging from intra-operative surgical assistance to multi-institutional data management and analysis solutions. Our current work focuses on large-scale data analysis, interactive data exploration and annotation as well as creating robust applications for clinical settings. To this end we explore new technologies, apply advanced software development processes and connect with like-minded researchers and engineers in the international community to advance standardization and interoperability of methods and tools.

Software development for Integrated Diagnostics and Therapy (SIDT)

Dr. Ralf Floca

The research group “SIDT” was established to facilitate  translation within the research program “Imaging and Radiooncology”. Ultimately our goal is to build bridges to overcome the gaps between state-of-the-art research and clinical application.

Thus “translation” is in two ways a defining term for SIDT. First, the domain translation: we provide software applications and IT-infrastructure for translational research and exchange between the departments. Second: the research translation: we develop dedicated software to help medical doctors in diagnostics and on therapy planning (including inter alia the development of new algorithms as well as requirements and workflow engineering).

The focus of our group is the implementation of the “service based research” concept within the research program “Imaging and Radiooncology”. This includes, amongst other, following main goals:

  • establishing a central service to exchange scientific data and access study related information.
  • introducing a service oriented architecture for software development in the research program
  • making state-of-the-art software available to medical doctors (e.g. at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg)
  • mentoring the exchange of know-how and of software resources as well as collaborations

Next to our main project, we also have a number of dedicated research projects aimed to answer specific open questions in medical software developmement, radiooncology or radiology. These projects are mainly located in the following working fields: evaluation & optimization, medical image processing, translational software infrastructure and quality assurance. For more information on the individual projects please refer to our “projects” section.

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