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VISE Fall Seminar – Stephen Aylward, PhD

Posted by on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in News.

VISE Fall Seminar

to be led by

Stephen Aylward, PhD
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives,
Kitware Inc.






Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Location: Stevenson Center 5326
Time: 12:10 p.m. start, Noon lunch

Open Science and Computer-Augmented Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Open science is a bridge between academia and industry, and it is a way to succeed in academia and industry.  The first part of this talk will discuss the challenges and opportunities of open science and how open science can be incorporated into your work, to increase its impact and lead to success.  The second part of this talk discusses point-of-care ultrasound.  My work in this area is driven by the premise that for the full potential of point-of-care ultrasound to be realized, these systems must be approached as if they were new diagnostic modalities, not simply as inexpensive portable ultrasound imaging systems. These systems must incorporate automated data analysis algorithms, rugged hardware, and specialized interfaces to guide novice users to properly place and manipulate an ultrasound probe and interpret its outputs. Furthermore, the outputs of a point-of-care ultrasound system should be quantitative measures and easy-to-understand reformulations of the acquired data, not b-mode images. It should be assumed that the expertise needed to interpret b-mode images will not be readily available at a point of care, e.g., when used by emergency medical service personnel or military medics to triage trauma patients or when used in schools to screen for scoliosis.

Speaker Bio:
Stephen R. Aylward, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Kitware and founder of Kitware’s North Carolina office. Kitware provides consultation in medical imaging, computer vision, data analytics, and scientific computing, based on open-source projects such as the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Toolkit (ITK), ParaView, CMake, and 3D Slicer. Stephen is an executive board member and treasurer of the MICCAI Society, an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging; an adjunct associate professor of computer science at UNC; and principle investigator on multiple NIH R01 and small business grants. His research currently involves point-of-care ultrasound applications, image registration involving pathologies, and vascular network characterization for cancer assessment.

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