Sites Inria

Version française

Lecture to the Royal Society

Rose-Marie Cornus - 18/10/2010

Computational Medical Imaging: towards a Virtual Physiological Patient

Portrait de Nicholas Ayache © INRIA / Photo C. Lebedinsky

Nicholas Ayache, research director at Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée, will give a lecture to the Royal Society on 4 November on the topic: "Computational Medical Imaging: towards a Virtual Physiological Patient".

Nicholas Ayache was awarded the 2008 Microsoft Prize by the Royal Society and the Academy of Sciences.

Invited by the Royal Society as part of the "Computational Frontiers in scientific discovery" lecture cycle, Nicholas Ayache, a distinguished Inria scientist, will set out the problems and issues to be tackled in the field of computer science if we are to meet the challenges of the medical industry in the future. The "personalised digital patient", the main focus of the lecture, is one of these challenges.


During the past decades, medical images have become increasingly more complex, and their automated analysis has required the development of innovative sophisticated computational models. I will describe this evolution, from the early geometrical models to the most recent statistical, biophysical and even functional multi-level and multi-scale models of patient's anatomy and physiology. I will show how Computational Medical Imaging could contribute in the future to a paradigm shift, from reactive standardized medicine to more preventive, predictive and personalized medicine. The talk will be illustrated, on several clinical topics including neuro-radiology, neuro-oncology, interventional cardiology, orthopedics or digestive micro-endoscopy, by recent advances obtained by our research team with academic, clinical and industrial partners.

Keywords: Medical imaging Computational medicine Nicholas Ayache ASCLEPIOS Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée