White Board to White Coats: some adventures in taking image analysis research from the Laboratory to clinical practice
Computer Science Roundhouse Lecture
Professor Sir Michael Brady presents some of his experiences in developing image analysis systems designed for clinical applications from the Laboratory right through to clinical practice. These include breast cancer (mammographic density and CAD), image fusion (e.g. CT/MRI/PET), and fatty liver disease. The talk is aimed at a broad audience (Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Clinical Medicine) but will also provide a number of details that may interest researchers in image analysis. He will also describe his recent work aimed at Cloud deployment of the software he has developed. The research draws upon the Oxford Cancer Imaging Centre (http://www.ocic.ox.ac.uk/ ) and his companies featured in this talk are Volpara (http://volparasolutions.com/ ), Mirada Medical (http://www.mirada-medical.com/ ), Perspectum Diagnostics (http://perspectum-diagnostics.com/ ), and ScreenPoint (http://www.screenpointmed.com/ )
Biography: Professor Sir Michael Brady was recently appointed half-time as Professor of Oncological Imaging in the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, having retired from his Professorship in Information Engineering after 25 years (1985-2010). Prior to joining Oxford, he was Senior Research Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was one of the founders of the Robotics Laboratory. Professor Brady has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He was awarded the IEE Faraday Medal for 2000, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal for the UK, the Henry Dale Prize (for “outstanding work on a biological topic by means of an original multidisciplinary approach”) by the Royal Institution in 2005, and the Whittle Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering 2010. Professor Brady has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Essex, Manchester, Liverpool, Southampton, Oxford Brookes, and Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), and has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Chongsha's South China University. He was knighted in the New Year’s honours list for 2003.
Professor Brady has a continuing strong commitment to commercialisation of science, in particular to entrepreneurial activity and is currently Deputy Chairman of Oxford Instruments Plc and a founding Director of the start-up companies: Guidance - Chairman; Matakina mammographic image analysis; and Mirada Medical Ltd which develops medical image analysis software (installed in almost 2,000 hospitals worldwide). Professor Brady is also Chairman of Acuitas Medical Ltd which has developed novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pulse sequences for fine structure analysis (e.g. fibrosis); and he is a non-executive director of Colwiz. His most recent ventures are with Rehabox (Oxford, learning supervised motions, for example in physiotherapy or sports) and IRISS (a vision based technology for detecting childhood squint and related eye disorders). Until December 2011, he served for many years as a director of Isis Innovation, Oxford University’s intellectual property company.