Dr. Richard Wildes
Richard P. Wildes is the Principal Investigator of the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design (CIVDDD) at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. He received his PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Subsequently, he joined Sarnoff Corporation (Now SRI) in Princeton, New Jersey, as a Member of the Technical Staff in the Vision Technologies Group. In 2001, he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at York University, Toronto, now the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, of which he is the Chair and also Associate Professor and a member of the Centre for Vision Research. Honors include receiving a Sarnoff Corporation Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE D.G. Fink Prize Paper Award for his Proceedings of the IEEE publication "Iris Recognition: An Emerging Biometric Technology," and twice giving invited presentations to the US National Academy of Sciences.
This project is concerned with advancing computer vision and visualization technology for image guided robotic surgery. The specific problem addressed is rigorous performance characterization of video camera-based computer vision algorithms for estimation of 3D geometry and motion of subjects during medical surgery, including high resolution reconstruction and tracking of the surgical area. Current lack of such characterization is a major hurdle in development of surgical robots capable of performing tasks autonomously. Whereas, incorporation of such technology will enhance the performance of human surgeons and their robot assistants by making 3D information about the state of an operation available in real-time.