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Karol Miller is a Winthrop Professor of Applied Mechanics and the Director of Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
Karol is best known for his research on biomechanics of soft tissues (especially the brain) and computational biomechanics, as well as their applications to surgical simulation and image-guided surgery. The very strict computational efficiency requirements of these applications have led to his current work on algorithms for real-time finite element and meshless computations. Interactive computational speeds are indeed possible with the use of Graphics Processing Units. Types of problems that we are able to efficiently tackle using our methods are large-deformation, non-linear solid mechanical problems. If successful, this work will provide enabling technology for many other areas of computer aided medicine, such as virtual reality operation planning systems with realistic force and tactile feedback, control systems of neurosurgical robots with tissue deformation prediction module, etc.
Prof. Miller sits on Editorial Boards of Journal of Biomechanics, Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering (CNME) and a few other less important journals. He has been a Guest Editor for special issues on computational biomechanics in Medical Image Analysis Journal and CNME. He established a MICCAI-associated annual workshop series “Computational Biomechanics for Medicine” (www.cbm.mech.uwa.edu.au).
For more information on Karol’s research: http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/ISML