Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture : Nov. 28 (Sat) 09:30-10:20 JST

Computational biomechanics for you and me;
success stories from neuro and vascular surgery

Karol Miller, Winthrop Professor

Director of Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory
The University of Western Australia

Mathematical modelling and computer simulation have proved tremendously successful in engineering. One of the greatest challenges for mechanists is to extend the success of computational mechanics to fields outside traditional engineering, in particular to biology, biomedical sciences and medicine. By extending the surgeon’s ability to plan and carry out surgical interventions more accurately and with less trauma, Computer-Integrated Surgery (CIS) systems could help to improve clinical outcomes and the efficiency of health care delivery. CIS systems could have a similar impact on surgery to that long since realized in Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). 

In this lecture I will demonstrate how computational mechanics can be used to improve patient outcomes in brain and vascular surgery. I will showcase three successful applications, one about using computational models as an aid for neuronavigation in brain tumour removal procedures; second about neuronavigation in epilepsy surgery, and the third about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease progression and rupture risk prediction.

I will conclude with suggestions for the future developments in the field and a vision for a new era of personalised medicine based on patient-specific scientific computations.

Karol Miller is the Winthrop Professor of Applied Mechanics at UWA and a Visiting Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. 

Karol was born and educated in Warsaw, Poland. He has MSc in aerospace engineering, PhD in robotics and DSc in biomechanics.

In 2002 Karol established the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory. ISML’s mission is to work towards improving clinical outcomes through appropriate use of technology. It runs exciting research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the National Institute of Health (USA) and other national and international agencies. The overall objective of his research is to help creating methods and tools which will enable a new exciting era of personalised medicine. He is best known for his work on biomechanics of the brain. He is the world’s most cited researcher in this area.

Karol’s research and teaching have been recognised by multiple awards, including the Humboldt Research Award, NVIDIA GPU Computing Champion Award, the Simulation Industry Association Australia Award, the Sir Charles Julius Medal, the Polish Prime Minister Award, the UWA Faculty of Engineering Computing and Mathematics Teaching Award and the UWA Student Guild Choice Award. 

Karol is a member of National Health and Medical Research Council panel for medical technology (Investigator and Ideas grants), Australian Research Council College of Experts and Australian Research Council Medical Research Advisory Panel. 

He is also the Editor of Modelling in Biology and Medicine and Associate Editor of Annals of Biomedical Engineering and International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering.


Nov. 27-28, 2020, Online