MIC Plenary Sessions

Medical Robotics – The Role of Imaging and Intelligent Navigation

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang is director and co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, UK.   Professor Yang is also the Chairman of the UK-RAS (Robotics and Autonomous Systems) Network (http://ukras.org). The mission of the UK-RAS Network is to provide academic leadership in RAS, stimulate innovation and expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities of the EPSRC funded RAS capital facilities, Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and partner universities across the UK.  Professor Yang’s main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IEEE, IET, AIMBE, IAMBE, MICCAI, CGI and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award, the ISMRM I.I. Rabi Award and listed in The Times Eureka ‘Top 100’ in British Science. Professor Yang is the founding editor of Science Robotics (http://robotics.sciencemag.org/) – a journal of the Science family dedicated to the latest advances in robotics and how it enables or underpins new scientific discoveries. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honour for his contribution to biomedical engineering.


Bringing Photon-counting-detector CT from the Research Lab into Clinical Practice – Current Experience and Future Directions

Professor Cynthia H. McCollough

Professor Cynthia H. McCollough is a recognised leader in the development and evaluation of new CT technology and dose reduction methods. She is the President of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, MN. As the founder and director of Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center, she has contributed extensively to the field of dual-energy CT, including the non-invasive analysis of urinary stone composition, detection of gout, virtual mono-energetic imaging for enhancement of iodine signal and virtual non-contrast imaging. She is also a leader in the advancement of cardiac CT through the assessment and optimization of image quality and dose performance for both prototype and commercial systems and she has been collaborating with Siemens Healthcare to demonstrate clinical benefit from the research photon-counting-detector CT system at her center. She was the Chair of the physics subcommittee of the American College of Radiology’s CT Accreditation Program, leading the development of the universally-recognized CT Quality Assurance Phantom and Physics Accreditation Program and she is the Vice President and Board member of the CT International Society. She is a member of the U.S. FDA’s Advisory Committee on Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards, a member of the U.S. National Advisory Council to the International Electrotechnical Commission, and has served as a board member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.