Interview with Keynote Speaker Adrien Bartoli Endoscopy and Computer Vision (ENCOV) research group lead

We caught up with Adrien Bartoli, one of the keynote speakers in April’s IEEE ISBI grand challenge in Endoscopy and asked him to share his thoughts on early cancer treatment, how challenges improve clinical processes and what he plans to discuss at the workshop.

Adrien Bartoli has held the position of Professor of Computer Science at Université Clermont Auvergne since fall 2009 and is a member of Institut Universitaire de France since fall 2016. He leads the Endoscopy and Computer Vision (ENCOV) research group at Institut Pascal, CNRS, UCA and CHU de Clermont-Ferrand. His main research interests are in computer vision, including image registration and Shape-from-X for rigid and deformable environments, and its application to computer-aided endoscopy.

He has this to say :
Sharib Ali: What is the importance of endoscopy in early cancer detection and treatment?
Adrien: I’m not the best person to address this question. I’ll discuss surgery at the workshop. In particular, surgery of the liver, which is part of liver cancer treatment.
Sharib: I’ll look forward to hearing it. What are you going to present at the EAD2019 challenge?
Adrien: I’ll talk about systems for computer aided laparoscopy. In our systems, data primarily used for preoperative diagnosis such as MRI and CT are fused with the laparoscopy video intraoperatively. This allows us to reveal the location of intraparenchymal tumours before dissection, for instance. I’ll show results on the uterus and the liver.
Sharib: Sounds good. Broadly, which avenues, does this challenge open up in terms of research and clinical routine diagnosis systems? For example, how would an ideal algorithm benefit your work?
Adrian: Organ recognition and segmentation is an important requirement to automatize computer aided surgery, because the computer must understand the anatomy visually in order to overlay information. An ideal algorithm in augmented reality computer aided surgery would give a precise segmentation of the target organ at video-rate.
Keynote speaker biography:
Adrien Bartoli has been a full Professor of Computer Science at Université Clermont Auvergne since fall 2009, with an upgrade to first-class in fall 2016, and a member of Institut Universitaire de France (2016-2021). He is currently leading the ENCOV (Endoscopy and Computer Vision) research group jointly with Michel Canis. He is holding an ERC Consolidator grant (2013-2018) and an ERC Proof-of-Concept grant (2018-2019). Previously, he was a permanent CNRS research scientist at Institut Pascal since fall 2004 where he led ComSee, the Computer Vision research group, jointly with Thierry Chateau. He was a Visiting Professor in DIKU at the University of Copenhagen between 2006-2009 and a postdoctoral researcher in the Visual Geometry Group at the University of Oxford under Andrew Zisserman in 2004. Adrien Bartoli obtained his Habilitation Degree (HDR) from Université Blaise Pascal in June 2008. He completed his PhD in the Perception group at INRIA Grenoble under Peter Sturm and Radu Horaud. Adrien Bartoli has received several awards including the 2004 Grenoble-INP PhD thesis prize, the 2007 best student paper award at CORESA, the 2008 CNRS médaille de bronze, the 2012 audience award at IPCAI, the 2015 second best paper award at CARE-MICCAI and the 2016 research prize from Université d’Auvergne. He received an outstanding reviewer award at ECCV’08, CVPR’10 and CVPR’15.
Adrien Bartoli’s main research interests include image registration and Shape-from-X for rigid and non-rigid scenarios, and machine learning within the field of theoretical and medical Computer Vision. He has published approximately 100 scientific papers and has been on the program committees for top-ranking conferences in the field. He has had roles in the organization of international events, including, General co-Chair for the workshops DEFORM (BMVC’06), NORDIA (CVPR’08 and CVPR’11), QU3ST (ECCV’12) and the 3DPVT’10 conference. He participated in the organization of tutorials at ISMAR’07, IROS’08, SCIA’11, ICCV’11 and was Publication Chair for 3DPVT’08. He was an Area Chair for SCIA’11, SCIA’15, ISMAR’15, ICCV’15, 3DV’16, SCIA’17 and 3DV’18. He is on the editorial board of IJCV, IET CV and ELCVIA.
We are delighted to have him as a keynote speaker at this challenge.