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Institute for Life Sciences

Harry Rossides PhD in Engineering and the Environment, 2019

PhD Research Student

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A novel way to enhance the diagnosis of early stage of colorectal cancer through micro-computed tomography imaging.

The ultimate purpose of engineering ought to be the improvement of the quality of life! Undoubtedly, applying techniques from computer science and mathematics in medicine is a great way to achieve this.

Studying electrical and computer engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, I was fascinated with the fields of automation, robotics and control. That's why I chose to specialize on these subjects and subsequently, I chose a thesis project where I designed a Simultaneous Localization And Mapping system for a mobile robot. But I like to confront problems from an unconventional point of view. My system takes directions in a human like language of the form “Take the third turn on your right” rather than creating the best map possible.

Then, I pursued my masters degree in Systems and Control at the university of Twente in the Netherlands. This is when it became clear to me, that I wanted to dedicate all my energy for good purpose. My passion for medical applications was now emerging day by day. I chose a thesis project, where I developed a fully MRI and CT compatible actuation and sensing system. This could be used to operate robotic mechanisms inside MRI or CT imagers in order to improve the tissue sampling process and reduce the patient's discomfort.

One of the best experiences of my academic life so far, was when I worked as an intern at Demcon Advanced Mechatronics, where I took part in the development cycle of a real time non-invasive blood pressure measurement device. The purpose of my project was to develop a physiological model of the human finger which was subsequently used to test the measurement device.

Pursuing my passion, I want to keep working in the direction of applying engineering to support medicine. My PhD project, if successful, will aid in the colorectal cancer diagnosis process. The goal is to allow for the use of microCT imagers in order to spot signs of colorectal cancer in its early stage. The system could also possibly provide an automated indication of the high risk areas, helping the radiologist or the doctor to do their task more quickly and effectively.

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