Keynote Speakers

Title of the talk: Computer Vision for Surgery and Disease Analysis

Professor Eric Grimson
Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering
Head, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sceince, MIT

Abstract: Over the past few decades, computer vision techniques have played an increasing role in the practice of medicine. Segmentation methods that incorporate shape, appearance and atlas information provide detailed 3D reconstructions of patient-specific anatomy. Flexible registration methods align segmented models with patients for surgical planning and intra-operative guidance. Related registration methods align populations of images to support isolation of disease specific changes, as well as temporal evolution of those changes. We will review recent advances in these and related areas, highlighting the impact of computer vision methods in emerging medical practice.

Biography: Eric Grimson is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds the Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering at MIT. He also holds a joint appointment as a Lecturer on Radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is currently serving as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He received a B.Sc. (High Honors) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Regina in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1980. Prof. Grimson currently heads the Computer Vision Group of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which has pioneered state of the art systems for activity and behavior recognition, object and person recognition, image database indexing, image guided surgery, site modeling and many other areas of computer vision. Prof. Grimson is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the IEEE, and was awarded the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Engineering at MIT.

Title of the talk: The Three Laws of Robotics and the Coexistence of Human and Robot in Harmony

Professor CHONG Tow Chong
Provost, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Abstract: The proliferation of robotics used in our daily life will only happen when both human and robot can co-exist in harmony. In science fiction, the Three Laws of Robotics are a set of three rules designed to control a robot's behaviour to create the fundamental of trust so that human can accept the deployment of robots in human society. In reality, we have to go beyond science fiction to create more opportunities for direct interaction of human and robot so as to set definite parameters for robot behaviour and safety through technology and design. In this talk, we give an overview of growing applications of robotics in healthcare, education, entertainment, home and security. Specifically we will feature advanced technologies in robotic sensing, intelligence and mechatronics for two robotic platforms in shared network intelligence and human-robotic interface.

Biography: Professor Chong Tow Chong is the founding Provost of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As SUTD's founding Provost, Prof Chong plays an instrumental role in steering the strategic development and operationalisation of SUTD, including the varsity's educational curriculum, pedagogy, faculty recruitment, research progammes, industry collaboration, international visibility and campus development.

Prior to his current appointment, Prof Chong was the Executive Director of Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC) of A*STAR and Executive Director of the Data Storage Institute (DSI). His portfolio included maintaining the strategic oversight of the seven research institutes under SERC and spearheading the Science & Engineering research agenda to develop capabilities to support the current and future needs of Singapore's industry. These capabilities included basic sciences, devices, to systems and applications in areas such as electronics, info-communications, chemicals, healthcare, wellness and aging, sustainable development, high value manufacturing and innovative services.

Prof Chong has spent much of his professional career teaching and doing research in semiconductor materials and devices, processing technologies and optoelectronics. He is also active in the international research community and serves as member of Technical Program Committees of key conferences in his field of research.

Concurrent to his appointment in A*STAR, Prof Chong held a dual appointment as a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in NUS. He authored and co-authored more than 350 publications in international refereed journals, presented more than 25 invited talks and registered 23 patents.

Prof Chong received numerous educational and research awards such as the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in the National Day Awards in 2004 and the Teaching Excellence Award from the NUS Engineering Faculty in 1994.

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