[visionlist] Open PhD position at the ArtOrg Center at the University of Bern, Switzerland...

Jens Kowal jens.kowal at artorg.unibe.ch
Mon Jul 20 05:28:06 PDT 2009

Open PhD position:

Advanced 3D Stereoscopic Navigation for Intraocular Treatment Procedures

In medicine, there has been an advent of ever more sophisticated  
imaging methods, surgical technology, and computer capacity for data  
processing in recent years. In particular, this is true for  
ophthalmology, e.g. the use of the various laser-modalities or the  
development of high-resolution optical coherence tomography. The  
proposed PhD project includes several aspects of clinical treatment  
procedures demanding individual imaging approaches.

In our group we have build individual software components for mono-  
and multimodal co-registration of retina images.  The first objective  
of this PhD project is to combine the developed components with  
hardware in order to build a System for Computer Assisted Retinal  
Laser Photocoagulation.
This system should be evaluated in a clinical setup to reveal  
potential clinical benefits. Subsequently it should be extended  
towards a 3D diagnosis and treatment system for ophthalmic  
interventions. This 3D diagnosis and treatment system will be used in  
a joint project between the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent  
Systems (http://www.iris.ethz.ch) at the ETH Zurich and our group here  
at the ARTORG-Center at the University of Bern to steer,  
electromagnetically driven, micro robots through the human eye to  
collect clinical data and to perform surgical interventions.

We are seeking for a highly motivated candidate willing to work in a  
multidisciplinary environment together with clinicians and scientists.  
The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Institute of  
Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the ETH Zurich. This project will  
be supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation through the  
project “Computer Aided and Image Guided Medical Interventions (CO-  
ME)” as part of the National Center of Competence in Research.

The nature of the project demands computer vision background as well  
as strong programming skills in C++ and preferably in OpenGL /  
OpenInventor graphics. Additionally, background in Electronics would  
be an advantage.  Applicants need to be qualified to join the Graduate  
Program of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern (http://www.gcb.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html 
). If you feel attracted by this project please submit a comprehensive  
application to the contact address listed below.

Supervisor contact:
Prof Jens Kowal: jens.kowal at artorg.unibe.ch

University of Bern
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Prof Jens Kowal, Ph.D.
Ophthalmic Technologies
Inselspital Bern
Ophthalmology Department

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