François Chung, Ph.D.
GIMIAS framework

GIMIAS framework

UPF project @Barcelona, Spain (2012). GIMIAS (Graphical Interface for Medical Image Analysis and Simulation) is a workflow-oriented environment for solving biomedical image computing and simulation problems, which is extensible through the development of problem-specific plugins. In addition, GIMIAS provides an open source framework for the development of research and clinical software prototypes while allowing business-friendly technology transfer.

GIMIAS is particularly tailored to integrate tools from medical imaging, computational modeling, numerical methods and computer graphics to provide scientific developers and researchers with a software framework allowing them to build a wide variety of tools. The aim of GIMIAS is to combine tools from different areas of knowledge, thus providing a framework for multi-disciplinary research, clinical study and commercial product development.

Some of the main features of GIMIAS include:

  • multi-modal image processing;
  • personalized model creation;
  • numerical simulation;
  • visualization of simulation results.

As a Scientific Software Engineer within the GIMIAS team, my work consists in developing, optimizing, testing and installing software solutions for orthopedic applications. More precisely, I am in charge of the software development for the EU FP7-funded MySpine project and for both Catalonia ACC1Ó-funded 3D-FemOs and VERTEX projects. MySpine aims to create a clinical predictive tool to provide the clinicians with patient-specific biomechanical analysis. 3D-FemOs and VERTEX aim to improve both the diagnosis of osteoporosis and the prevention of hip (3D-FemOs) and vertebral (VERTEX) fractures.


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