Workplan

Overview Over The Project
Despite the fact that research into Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions is a well-established topic, there has been little focus on the integration of mixed reality technologies, novel interaction paradigms, and 3D simulation algorithms in the OR.

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The goal of this CU, and the vision for subsequent longer-term research proposals, is to perform research on how to help the surgeon with decision-making during surgery (e.g., by improving access to preoperatively acquired information) and how to help with the actual manual tasks (e.g., by adapting the information to the current situation). OR environments are challenging to all participants in a procedure, as the surgeon and other personnel in the room must integrate multiple information streams that aid in performing the surgery. Information overload is a real issue with potentially detrimental consequences for the outcome of the procedure. In this scenario, it is critical to present the right information at the right time. We propose to approach this problem in a practical way, focusing on laboratory work in the initial phase. We envision that subsequent work in a to-be-developed large project application will find its way into the OR.

The proposed research can be subdivided into three work packages (WP):

  1. How to identify what information the surgeon needs
  2. How to adapt pre- and intra-procedure information to the surgical situation
  3. How to present relevant information to the surgeon.

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While we are planning to perform the research for the CU in our laboratories at Uni Bremen, it is critical to ensure the relevance of the problems investigated and the potential for generalizing the results of our research. Therefore, we have selected two surgeons with extensive experience in image guidance as advisors, Karl Oldhafer, Hamburg, a specialist in liver surgery, and Arya Nabavi, Kiel, a specialist in brain surgery.

The proposed research will be performed exclusively at the University of Bremen. Knowledge and capabilities present in the departments of computer science and physics at the Uni Bremen will be fully leveraged. Research topics will include novel applications from the fields of cognitive systems, digital media, computer graphics, and human-computer interfaces.