François Chung, Ph.D.
3D Anatomical Human

3D Anatomical Human

INRIA project @Geneva, Switzerland (2010). The 3D Anatomical Human (3DAH) project is a EU Marie Curie Research and Training Network (RTN). The objective is to increase the development of technologies and knowledge around virtual representations of the human body for interactive medical applications. More specifically, the network aims at developing realistic functional 3D models of the musculoskeletal system, the methodology being demonstrated on the lower limb.

The main areas of research are:

  • motor control analysis: simulation of the lower limb;
  • computer graphics: efficient simulation of humans;
  • biomechanics: accurate tissue characterization and mechanical simulation;
  • image processing: modelling of organs from images;
  • orthopaedics: resolution of particular pathological problems.

Partners of this project include:

  • AAU – Aalborg Universitet (DK);
  • CRS4 – Centro di Ricerca, Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna (IT);
  • EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH);
  • INRIA Sophia-Antipolis – Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (FR);
  • UNIGE – Université de Genève (CH);
  • UCL – University College London (UK);
  • VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE).

In this project, my work consists in segmenting anatomical structures of the lower limb (e.g. muscles, bones and ligaments) from static and dynamic Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. Because of the variability of these structures, the segmentation is performed by combining non-rigid image registration with segmentation based on deformable models.


  • Related publications:
    • TVC 2011 (F. Chung et al., academic journal article);
    • CBM 2009 (T. Heimann et al., conference proceeding).
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