MTW BLOG: Traumatic torso injuries in Norway

From left: Rubén Buendía, MedTech West/Chalmers Marianne Oropeza-Moe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences Nils Petter Oveland, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital Nina Gjerde Andersen, Stavanger University Hospital Stefan Candefjord, MedTech West/Chalmers

From left: Rubén Buendía, MedTech West/Chalmers
Marianne Oropeza-Moe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Nils Petter Oveland, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital
Nina Gjerde Andersen, Stavanger University Hospital
Stefan Candefjord, MedTech West/Chalmers

Stefan Candefjord and Ruben Buendia were in Sandnes in March to perform measurements on traumatic torso injuries (chest and abdomen) using a very realistic porcine model developed by Nils Petter Oveland and colleagues. The project is a collaboration between Chalmers/MedTech West, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Medfield Diagnostics AB. The goal of the project is to evaluate the accuracy of microwave technology and electrical bioimpedance technology to detect and monitor traumatic injuries in the torso, which are time-sensitive and common injuries for which there is a large need for new diagnostic tools for the prehospital environment. Data analysis is ongoing and the aim is to publish the results in 2017.

Read more: Prehospital diagnostics for traumatic thoracic injuries project>>

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MTW blog: Jennifer Alvén receives award in Mexico

jenniferawardcroppedJennifer Alvén, PhD student in the Computer Vision and Medical Image Analysis research Group at Chalmers and at MedTech West, just got back from Mexico, where she was rewarded IBM best student paper (track: Biomedical image analysis and applications) at ICPR (International Conference on Pattern Recognition) 2016 for the article Shape-aware multi-atlas segmentation.

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“Are we all robots?” Read doctoral student Jennifer´s blog

Danica Kragic“Sometimes our lives seem better fit for robots, better for machines that can be programmed.
We work. We clean. We drive the kids. We’re not robots. We are human beings.”

As already told here, MedTech West and Chalmers doctoral student Jennifer Alvén is blogging regularly on the Chalmers website, and it´s always worth reading. Her last blog is about the last WiSE lunchseminar. Jennifer is in the organizing committee for the WiSE network, together with me (Helene). This time we were very proud to present Danica Kragic, professor from KTH who held an very inspirational seminar. Read Jennifer´s blog post about the WiSE seminar here>>

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MedTech West researchers in Paris on fNIRS2016 conference

Simon Skau, Paris 2016October 14th – 16th, Paris welcomed the functional near-infrared spectroscopy conference fNIRS2016. The conference was locally hosted by the Institute of Neuroscience and Cognition (INC) of the Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité.

This biennial conference has seen increasing attendance since its inception in 2010 when it was held in Boston, United States and now attracts more than 300 international researchers working in fNIRS. It has become the main forum for presenting fNIRS research.

The wide range of contributions at the conference in Paris reached from methodological advances, novel applications in cognitive and developmental neuroscience to clinical applications.

headAt the conference, Simon Skau and I presented our posters describing the Tetrahand and mental fatigue study.

Lina Bunketorp-Käll

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Elin Eriksson Hagberg blogging from Seoul and the 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism

The whole group in SeoulSeven collaborators representing the Sahlgrenska Academy and the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and MedTech West was visiting Seoul, the capital of South Korea, to attend the 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism October 1-6, BIOMAG 2016.

The venue was COEX Convention Centre and Mall located in the Gangnam district. In the picture above, you can see (back row from the left) Lau Andersen (post doc at NatMEG Karolinska Institutet and collaborator in the NeuroSQUID project) and Justin Schneiderman. In the front row from the left, you´ll find Christoph Pfeiffer (doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology), Emily Ruzich (post doc at Gothenburg University), Silvia Ruffieux (doctoral student at Chalmers), Elena Orekhova (researcher at Gothenburg University), Bushra Riaz (doctoral student at Gothenburg University) and me; Elin Eriksson Hagberg (doctoral student at Gothenburg University).

Justin´s talk During these days we got to listen to some of the foremost leaders of the field of magnetoencephalographic research and technology development. Justin Schneiderman, associate professor at Gothenburg University and MedTech West ,together with Lauri Parkkonen professor at Aalto University, organized a full day symposium on ‘Next generations sensors for neuromagnetism’, where Justin also gave a talk titled ‘High-TC SQUIDs for on-scalp MEG’.

Poster show timeTogether with the other PhD students, Bushra Riaz, Silvia Ruffieux and Christoph Pfeiffer, I presented my poster at the conference with content ranging from MEG hardware development to somatosensory processing.

Sylvia playing golf in SeoulSeoul is a place that offers a wide variety of things to do out-of-office. Of course we had to try screen golf, which is extremely popular in Seoul and is offered at many locations across the entire city, especially in business areas.

Bibimbap in hot pot and kimchi-pancakeThere is also an unlimited amount of restaurants, many of which provide korean barbeque. You often get bibimbap (one of the most common dishes, you can see it in this picture) and some side dishes served in “hot pots” meaning that the meal will still be cooked while you are eating, and also kept warm. Coming from Sweden, we also have to mention that the weather in Seoul this time of the year is excellent. Like a nice Swedish summer day- around 25 degrees. Our stay in Seoul and the meeting has been intense, inspiring and educational. We have made new and important connections with other research groups that hopefully will benefit our own current and future research.

Elin Eriksson Hagberg
University of Gothenburg

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MTW blog: PhD student Jennifer Alvén blogging at Chalmers


My name is Jennifer Alvén and I am a PhD student in the computer vision and medical image analysis research group at the department of signals and systems at Chalmers university of technology.

I have been a PhD since February 2015, and before that I started out as a master thesis student in the same group in July 2014. I carry out research in the field of medical image analysis with Fredrik Kahl as my supervisor, and in collaboration with MedTech West. Thus, you can sometimes find me in the MedTech West premises at ‘Röda stråket’ as well as navigating through the culverts of Sahlgrenska.

Broadly speaking, my research equals developing automatic algorithms for tissue classification and organ segmentation of medical 3D images. I prefer developing general methods (based on for example robust statistics and machine learning) that can be used for a wide spectrum of applications – so far I’ve worked with problems such as pericardium segmentation in cardiac CT/CTA, multi-organ segmentation in whole-body CT and brain MRI segmentation.

women-2-750x340pxOne of the projects I am currently involved in, includes coronary arteries classification within the SCAPIS project. Right now, my focus is to detect plaques given a cardiac CTA and a corresponding delineated coronary tree as input. My long-term goal is to teach the computer to (for example) detect stenosis, classify detected plaques and perform lumen segmentation, maybe with the help of the popular set of machine learning methods known as ‘deep learning’.

Though, research is (of course) not my only responsibility. This year, I have been supervising two of MedTech West’s master thesis students (Elvin Alcevska and Bolin Shao), and since September I am also supervising a master student doing her thesis at the biometrics company ‘Fingerprints’. Further, I am a teaching assistant in courses at the Chalmers Department of Signals and Systems (such as image analysis and applied signal processing) as well as I am attending own courses in mathematics, computer science and ‘soft skills’ (such as leadership and communication). Also, I am engaged in WiSE, which is a Chalmers based project aiming to create networks for women in academia.

So – why on earth are you right now reading a mere PhD’s biography? Well, right now I am blogging on the Chalmers web about the picks and perks of being a PhD, as well as other subjects ranging from current research projects I’m involved in to my view on gender equality in academia. Thus, following my blog will include…

● Getting my views on Chalmers gender equality agenda
● Following me to Cancún in Mexico for my first major conference
● Updates on whether I will manage to finish my licentiate thesis in time or not

… and much more of course!

Here´s the link to my Chalmers blog:

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