News


“B-Q Minded” is an EU-funded (H2020 MSCA ETN) research project

This project is coordinated by Vision Lab of the University of Antwerp and is aiming to develop breakthroughs for accelerated processing of quantitative MRI scans.

Prof. Jan Sijbers, Head of Vision Lab, explains:“Signal intensities (“contrast”) in conventional, qualitative MRI images are expressed in relative units that are dependent on hardware and software.

While visual inspection of such images by a radiologist is feasible, qualitative MRI complicates quantitative comparisons between successive scans of a patient and certainly also between scans of several patients.


INTERESTED IN ONE OF THE 15 ESR POSITIONS?
VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.bqminded.eu AND APPLY NOW!


Research for the improvement of MRI brain scans

Fortunately, advanced quantitative MRI(Q-MRI) methods, where the contrast is directly related to the underlying biophysical characteristics of the brain tissues, exist.

Those quantitative scans have a lot of potential to improve the clinical diagnosis. However, due to the long scan time for Q-MRI, causing discomfort for patients and limiting the throughput, Q-MRI methods have not entered clinical practice yet.

At the recent ITF 2017 event Vision Lab demonstrated a unique Hololens application in which X-ray imaging was simulated in an industrial environment to inspect products for defects.

Piet Bladt received the (unique) Oral Presentation Award at ISMRM Benelux 2017 for his presentation entitled: "Optimal Sampling Strategy for Pseudo-Continuous Arterial Spin Labeling MRI"
Congratulations Piet!!

Ben Jeurissen received the prestigious Oppenheimer Award from the Rector of the University of Antwerp.
Congratulations Ben!!

Vision Lab organised The International Workshop on Industrial Tomography (InTo2015): a scientific conference organized at University of Antwerp, Belgium, on 4-6 November 2015.
The event wass part of the activities of the EU COST Action MP1207: Enhanced X-ray Tomographic Reconstruction: Experiment, Modeling, and Algorithms.

iMinds-Vision Lab's research on statistical shape modeling was featured on national television (VRT Journaal, 29th of May). In a collaboration with the Product Development department, Vision Lab has developed techniques to predict the shape of the human scalp based on a few simple measurements of the head. To do this, they statistically analyzed and modeled the 3D scalp shape of 100 individuals acquired with MRI-scanning. The results are valuable for the design of a variety of head-mounted products, including helmets, head-sets, and glasses. The technique can be used, in a shop or online environment, to easily match a customer to the right product size or even for mass-customization, all without the need for expensive 3D scanning equipment.

link to video and press release

Gabriel Ramos-Llordén and Ben Jeurissen received a Magna and Summa Cum Laude Merit Award, respectively, for their research to be presented at the upcoming ISMRM meeting. The 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine will take place from 30 May to 5 June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will attract over 5000 attendees.

Tags: 

CADANS Seminar 2015

On June 2, 2015,the research groups Product Development and iMinds-Vision Lab of the University of Antwerp organise the first CADANS seminar. The main topic of the seminar is the use of advanced digital technologies for the improvement and customization of wearable products.

The design of products that closely interact with the human body, such as furniture, clothing, orthotics, and protective gear, requires a thorough understanding of the variation in human anatomy. Anthropometry – measurement of man – is an important tool in the design process to ensure safe, comfortable, and functional products. Emerging technologies to digitally capture human body data, e.g. via 3D scanning, offer far richer data compared to the traditional tape measure and open up opportunities in adding unique value through comfort improvement or personalisation. The application of these new technologies is, however, still perceived as challenging. This seminar provides an in-depth look in state-of-the-art 3D anthropometry in industry and academics with real-world cases. All SMEs, large companies, and academic researchers are cordially invited to join us in making this an inspiring one-day seminar.

The morning session focuses on industrial applications and the afternoon session focuses on recent advancements in related scientific research.

Info & Registration

About iMinds The Conference 2014

iMinds The Conference is Brussels' #1 annual conference on digital innovation, targeted at researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, industry and policy decision-makers. The 2014 edition, on October 23, celebrates iMinds’ 10th anniversary with renowned speakers, 60+ demos of research projects and startups and a big after-party.

Looking back at 10 years of digital research excellence, we continue to create new growth opportunities for Flanders and Europe through our expertise in key technologies such as Internet of Things, cloud security, and high-tech visualization. These technologies, each of them holding the promise of revolutionizing the way in which we live and work, frame the program for this year’s conference.

Confirmed speakers include Ilkka Lakaniemi (Chairman European Commission's FIPPP), Jürgen Ingels (Founder Clear2Pay), Mariana Mazzucato (Author of the Entrepreneurial State), Jan Rabaey (Scientific co-director of the BWRC - Berkeley), George Yianni (Philips Lighting), Aljosa Smolic (Disney research), Abby Margolis (Claro Partners), John Baekelmans (S+CC), Dries Buytaert (Drupal, Acquia) & many more.

More about our speakers, program & registration practicalities:

www.iminds.be/conference2014

Follow the latest conference updates via Twitter: #iMindsConf

ESA picture of the week

Coronal slab visualization of a whole brain tractogram.

An image generated by Ben Jeurissen was chosen as "picture of the week" on the website from the European Space Agency!

Researchers from the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Liège are studying microgravity induced neuroplasticity in astronauts. Pre- and post-flight data is currently being acquired that will elucidate changes in the structural and functional brain wiring as a consequence of microgravity.

Pages