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This project has 3 goals:

  1. Deliver guaranteed quality Image-to-Mesh (I2M) conversion tools for non-rigid registration of brain MRI. Specifically, we are interested to extend, for medical images, the traditional Delaunay-based mesh generation methods and develop a prototype software module for real-time I2M conversion that will simultaneous address four fundamental I2M conversion problems: image fidelity, sliver elimination, and guaranteed gradation and size optimality of the mesh as well termination of the FE-mesh process.
  2. Develop real-time non-rigid registration of MRI images to meet the time constrains imposed by neurosurgery. Specifically use cooperative hardware architectures (based on multi-core and GPUs) that can be easily deployed in (or next to) the Operating Room without hindering routine surgery procedures to implement real-time non-rigid registration software which is accurate and robust.
  3. Improve accuracy of non-rigid registration of brain MRI by utilizing the resources of the TeraGrid infrastructure. Our first objective is to perform a feasibility study to exploit the use distributed grid computing resources in order to provide computational platform for image processing during image-guided neurosurgery. In addition we want to demonstrate that we can utilize the vast resources of nation-wide platforms like the TeraGrid to facilitate large experimental studies of image processing algorithms to improve our understanding of their behavior under different inputs.


This project is a funded in part from NSF and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

Key Personnel

  • College of William & Mary: Nikos Chrisochoides, PI, Andrey Chernikov, Yixun Liu, Panagiotis Foteinos
  • NA-MIC: Andriy Fedorov




  • A Novel Algorithmic Approach for Real-Time Image-to-Mesh Conversion of Brain MRI, 09/01/2009-08/31/2012, grant No. NSF CCF-0916526
  • A Multi-Layered Finite Element Application and Runtime System for Scalable High-End Computer Architectures, 09/01/2008-08/31/2011, grant No. NSF CCF-0833081
  • Software Environment for Real-Time Non-Rigid Registration using Commodity and Grid Computing, 09/01/2007-08/31/2010, grant No. NSF CNS-719929.
  • Three-Dimensional Generalized Parallel Delaunay Mesh Generation for the Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, 09/15/2007-02/28/2009, grant No. NSF CCF-0750901.

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