Engineering for Well-being – Seeing the Potential of Medical Imaging

18.00, 19th June 2013

UCL–French Embassy Conférence-Débat Series 2013

The second in a series of four lectures, bringing together experts from UCL and France to share and compare perspectives on engineering for human well-being.

Through two complementary short lectures, Professor David Hawkes (UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing) and Professor Nicholas Ayache (Research Director, Inria) will discuss the work of their groups on both sides of the Channel towards improving accessibility for older people. Followed by an opportunity to ask questions, and a reception to discuss the ideas presented. Attendance is free and open to all but registration is appreciated to help manage numbers: register online here.

Professor David Hawkes

Dave Hawkes is currently the Director of the Centre for Medical Image Computing, previously having been Director of the EPSRC and MRC funded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Medical Images and Signals (MIAS-IRC). He spent 10 years working as a clinical scientist within the NHS before returning to academia. He is co-Founder of IXICO Ltd. (, a university spin-out that provides imaging solutions to the pharmaceutical industry.

His current research interests encompass image matching, data fusion, visualisation, shape representation, surface geometry and modelling tissue deformation promoting medical imaging as an accurate measurement tool and image guided interventions.

Professor Nicholas Ayache
Nicholas Ayache is a Research Director at Inria, the French Institute for Research in Informatics and Mathematics, where he leads the ASCLEPIOS project-team in Sophia Antipolis. He is also currently serving as Chief Scientific Officer of the newly created Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) of  Strasbourg.

Dr. Ayache’s current research interests include the analysis and simulation of biomedical images with advanced geometrical, statistical, biophysical and functional models, and the application of these tools to medicine to improve prevention, diagnosis and therapy of diseases.

18.00 Wednesday 19th June 2013

Location Roberts 105, Engineering Front Building, UCL, Torrington Place

Followed by a reception in the Roberts Foyer

Attendees may also be interested in the other three lecture in the Engineering for Well-being lecture series:

3rd June, Professor Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) and Professor Claude Dumas (CEREMH), address the topic of mobility for an ageing population. Register here.

3rd July, Professor Ann Blandford (UCL Computer Science) and Professor Marie-Christine Jaulent (INSERM), consider informatics for healthcare. Register here.

With a further date in July on the subject of Medtech and featuring Professor Quentin Pankhust (UCL Institute for Biomedical Engineering).