Tim Sullivan

Visualisation and Uncertainty in Patient-Specific Whole-Heart Modelling

29 and 30 May 2017

Zuse Institute Berlin, Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Heart disease is a clinical problem of the first order in Western society. Computational models and simulations that integrate physiological understanding with patient information derived from clinical data have huge potential to contribute to improving our understanding of both the progression and treatment of heart disease. Patient-specific models are currently created from prior anatomical and physiological knowledge that provide a reference framework for describing a patient's heart. This reference model is then augmented with clinical information describing, in part, an individual patient's physiology and pathology. Current models are primarily used for integrating and interpreting clinical data to identify the mechanisms underpinning pathologies, indices of cardiac function and/or treatment response. Despite providing new insights into cardiac physiology and pathology this approach fails to realise the full potential of computational models to not only analyse data but also to make predictive forecasts.

To realise the potential of patient specific modelling, simulation, and prediction and simulation requires the adoption of the mathematics of data assimilation and uncertainty quantification, which has enjoyed great success in meteorology, petroleum engineering and astronomy. This workshop aims to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations and address this question of how to quantify and visualise uncertainty in medical image analysis and model predictions.

This workshop has been made possible by support from the King's College London — Freie Universität Berlin Funding Programme for Joint Research Workshops.

  • Date: 29 and 30 May 2017
  • Place: Zuse Institute Berlin, Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin, Germany (Directions)
  • Organisers: Steven Niederer (King's College London) and Tim Sullivan (Free University of Berlin and Zuse Institute Berlin)

Travel and Accommodation

The workshop will take place at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin, Germany — the “J”-shaped building highlighted on this map. ZIB can be easily reached by public transport:

  • underground line U3 to U-Bahn station Dahlem-Dorf, then a 10-minute walk;
  • underground line U9 to S- and U-Bahn station Rathaus Steglitz, then bus X83 to bus stop Arnimallee, then a 5-minute walk;
  • of course, other routes are possible — see the website of BVG for routing information.

Berlin is served by two airports, Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF). TXL is about 45 minutes from ZIB by public transport, and is mainly served by full-service airlines; SXF is about 1 hour 10 minutes from ZIB by public transport, and is mainly served by low-cost airlines.

A block of rooms at the reduced rate of 80/110 EUR per night (single/double occupancy) has been reserved at the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin, less than 5 minutes' walk from the workshop venue. Please contact the organisers for the booking code to use when making your reservation with the hotel.


Schedule in PDF format

The workshop will commence at 12:50 on Monday 29 May and end at 15:00 on Tuesday 30 May. All talks will take place in the Lecture Hall of the Zuse Institute Berlin, Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin (the “J”-shaped building highlighted on this map). Dinner on Monday evening will be held at the Alter Krug, Königin-Luise-Straße 52, 14195 Berlin, which is just off the map, immediately west of the intersection of Königin-Luise-Straße and Fabeckstraße.