Reinhard R. Beichel, Ph.D

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Internal Medicine; Visualization Group Leader, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging
Area: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Internal Medicine joint appointment


Reinhard R. Beichel, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. He received his PhD degree in Telematics (Computer Science) from the Graz University of Technology, Austria. From 2000 to 2006 he was with the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision (ICG) at Graz University of Technology, Austria, leading an interdisciplinary team working on the development of a virtual liver surgery planning system called “Liverplanner”. He joined the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor in 2007. Dr. Beichel’s research is focused on medical computer vision and graphics. His current research topics include lung image analysis, computer-aided quantitative analysis of lymph nodes, and interactive 3D visualization technology to facilitate tasks like quantitative analysis of medical image data or planning of surgery. He is collaborating with Dr. Geoffrey McLennan on research projects related to robust lung and lung pathology (e.g., mass) segmentation as well as lung shape analysis.

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Fig. 1: Interactive system for 3D lung data visualization. The developed system allows the user to visualize lung data (a) stereoscopically. (b) Utilized hybrid virtual reality/desktop user interface: (1) optical tracking system, (2) 2D pen display, (3) 3D stereoscopic display, (4) 3D input device, and (5) user wearing shutter glasses.