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MedTech Frontiers
Parallel Computing Using Graphics Cards for Medical Imaging Applications

  Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Triple Ring Technologies,
39655 Eureka Dr. Newark CA

Speakers: Oleg Konings & Tobias Funk, Ph.D.

Cost: The seminar is free of charge, but advance registration is required

On-Site registration:  A limited number of on-site registrations may be available

About the Seminar: 

Medical imaging and medical devices are putting an increasing demand on the processing capabilities of computers. In particular, there has been a sustained increase in both the size of datasets and the complexity of the algorithms applied to these datasets. In addition, many of these applications are intended to run very fast and often in real-time; computational speed is of critical importance. Parallel computing using graphics processing units (GPUs) has emerged as a leading technique to address these diametrical demands. In this presentation, we give an overview on how GPU architectures and GPU programming are used to improve the computational speed in common medical imaging applications. Specifically, we will focus on image reconstruction and how GPUs are being used in a high throughput real-time tomosynthesis reconstruction engine.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Tobias Funk has years of experience in the development of instrumentation for science and medicine. Prior to joining Triple Ring, he worked as a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Tobias is an experimental solid state physicist by training and has focused on utilization of ionizing radiation throughout his career. He developed synchrotron instrumentation for spectroscopy on proteins and ultra-low temperature equipment for nuclear solid state physics. More recently, he worked on SPECT imaging and developed a dedicated cardiac SPECT system that was successfully brought to market. At Triple Ring, Tobias focuses on dose reduction in X-ray systems. His current research is funded by a Phase II SBIR grant to develop a large field of view inverse geometry fluoroscopy system; previous efforts have been grant and partner funded.

Tobias received his MS and Ph.D. from Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has over 10 granted and pending patents. He is a reviewer, an associate editor, and member of the editorial board for various peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization.

Oleg Konings has a range of experience designing and optimizing high-performance algorithms. His particular specialty is GPU Computing and he has worked on multiple novel medical and financial applications. One such notable example was the high-profile joint UCSF/UCSD project entitled the "Glass Brain" which was an anatomically-realistic 3D brain visualization depicting real-time source-localized activity from EEG signals. He spoke on the topic of GPU accelerated convex optimization at the 2014 NVIDIA GTC Conference, and continues to be very involved in the GPU computing community.

Oleg was one of the first to convert many serial graph and combinatorial algorithms into hybrid CPU/GPU parallel implementations (with speed increases of up to 500x).

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