CTSI Seminar Series: Seeing eye to eye: connecting artificial intelligence with automated surgery grading via digital videos

The CTSI Seminar Series for Spring 2014 kicks off on Tuesday, January 14th with a presentation by Yousef Khalifa, MD and Jiebo Luo, PhDOphthalmology. Drs. Khalifa and Luo will be presenting their research in a seminar titled “Seeing eye to eye: connecting artificial intelligence with automated surgery grading via digital videos.” The theme of the Spring 2014 series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations” and will showcase ongoing research collaborations between the University research community and the Medical Center. The series also aims to stimulate new research teams and areas of investigation capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs. The Organizing Committee for the series includes Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Peter Lennie, PhD, Rob Clark, PhD, Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, David Williams, PhD, Richard Waugh, PhD,  and Joanna Olmsted, PhD.

Dr. Khalifa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at URMC and Dr. Luo is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science on River Campus. Dr. Khalifa’s research focuses on the surgical treatment of cataracts, cornea, and refractive surgery. Dr. Luo’s research spans image processing, computer vision, machine learning, data mining, medical imaging, and ubiquitous computing. Dr. Luo describes the seminar below:

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software, and the branch of computer science that develops machines and software with intelligence. To increase the timeliness, objectivity, and efficiency in evaluating a resident’s learning of the cataract surgery, researchers in the Flaum Eye Institute and Computer Science Department at the University of Rochester see the opportunity and synergy and have been developing automatic analysis systems for cataract surgery videos. Comparisons of expert graders with the computer vision based system have demonstrated the consistency of the computerized evaluation technique.

The theme of the Spring 2014 CTSI Seminar Series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus – Medical Center Research Collaborations.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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