Improved eyecare using GPUs

Author: Alan Gray
Posted: 12 Nov 2015 | 13:49

A recent MSc project at EPCC has paved the way for improved diagnosis of eye-related conditions.

Stefan Krämer undertook a collaborative project with Optos, a local Dunfermline-based company that is a world leader in the provision of retinal imaging devices for diagnosis and treatment of the wide range of medical conditions that affect the eye.

The quality of the image analysis was originally restricted by the short timeframe available in a clinical setting. Stefan showed in his class-medal winning dissertation "Accelerated Retinal Image Registration” that the computational performance can be improved many times over through tailoring of the software for exploitation of modern highly-parallel NVIDIA Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), combined with algorithmic optimisations.

Dr Jano van Hemert from Optos, who co-supervised the project along with myself, stated: “This opens up a range of exciting options for Optos which will potentially lead to significant healthcare advantages for patients."

Stefan has now started a PhD at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: another industrial collaboration, this time with Audi. He will continue to work on software development for parallel hardware such as GPUs, with the new aim of analysing images from on-board cameras to enable the next generation of automated cars.

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After completing the taught courses, students work on a three-month individual project leading to a dissertation. Dissertation projects may be either research-based or industry-based with an external organisation, with opportunities for placements in local companies.  

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