Biography

Rudy Lapeer obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction at University College Ghent (Belgium) in July 1988. His first job was as a production engineer at VOLVO Cars Europe in Ghent where he worked for three years. In 1992 he moved back to academia and took up the post of Software Engineer at the Department of Medical Informatics, University of Ghent (RUG). Meanwhile he embarked on a part-time MSc degree in Computer Science which he completed in 1993 with Distinction. He was then offered a Research Associate position at the University of Cambridge, working on the EU funded project Euro-Punch which involved the prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes from clinical data. He started a PhD at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge in 1996, funded by the EPSRC, which he successfully completed in 1999. He was subsequently offered a Senior Research Fellowship at the Department of Medical Physics and Bio-engineering at University College London (UCL) working on an EPSRC funded project on augmented reality surgical navigation (CASSPAR). In 2001 he also worked as a Software Consultant for the UCL based company MTT (Medical Technology Transfer). In 2002, he was appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia. In the academic year 2007-8, he received the UEA’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2010.
 

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All Publications

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Lapeer, R., Gerikhanov, Z., Audinis, V.

(2014)

A computer-based simulation of vacuum extraction during childbirth,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Lapeer, R. J., Jeffrey, S. J., Dao, J. T., García, G. G., Chen, M., Shickell, S. M., Rowland, R. S., Philpott, C. M.

(2014)

Using a passive coordinate measurement arm for motion tracking of a rigid endoscope for augmented reality image guided surgery,

in International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery

10

(1)

pp. 65-77

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lapeer, R., Audinis, V., Gerikhanov, Z., Dupuis, O.

(2014)

A Computer-Based Simulation of Obstetric Forceps Placement,

in Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2014 : 17th International Conference, Boston, MA, USA, September 14-18, 2014, Proceedings, Part II.

Springer International Publishing

pp. 57-64

ISBN 978-3-319-10469-0

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Lapeer, R. J., Gasson, P. D., Karri, V.

(2011)

A Hyperelastic Finite Element Model of Human Skin for Interactive Real-Time Surgical Simulation,

in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

58

(4)

pp. 1013-1022

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lapeer, R. J., Shah, S. K., Rowland, R. S.

(2010)

An optimised radial basis function algorithm for fast non-rigid registration of medical images,

in Computers in Biology and Medicine

40

(1)

pp. 1-7

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lapeer, R. J., Gasson, P. D., Karri, V.

(2010)

Simulating plastic surgery: from human skin tensile tests, through hyperelastic finite element models to real-time haptics,

in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology

103

(2-3)

pp. 208-216

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Shah, S. K., Rowland, R. S., Lapeer, R. J.

(2009)

Fast non-rigid registration of medical image data for image guided surgery,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gasson, P., Lapeer, R.

(2009)

Fitting hyperelastic material models to stress-strain data from an in-vitro experiment on human skin,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gonzalez Garcia, G., Lapeer, R.

(2009)

An Evaluation of Photo-consistency for Intra-operative Registration in an Image Enhanced Surgical Navigation (IESN) System,

in Proceedings of Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA09)

pp. 229-233

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gonzalez Garcia, G., Lapeer, R.

(2009)

Using Photo-consistency for Intra-operative Registration in Augmented Reality based Surgical Navigation,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Lapeer, R., Gonzalez-Garcia, G.

(2009)

Augmented Reality based Surgical Navigation system software for minimally invasive surgery,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Shah, S. K., Rowland, R., Lapeer, R.

(2009)

Fast non-rigid registration of medical image data,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Lapeer, R., Chen, M. S., Gonzalez, G., Linney, A., Alusi, G.

(2008)

Image-enhanced surgical navigation for endoscopic sinus surgery: evaluating calibration, registration and tracking,

in International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery

4

(1)

pp. 32-45

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lapeer, R., Chen, M.

(2008)

A brief account on 3D Image enhanced surgical navigation (IESN).,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Rowland, R., Lapeer, R. J.

(2008)

Fast non-rigid registration of medical images: comparing the thin-plate and biharmonic splines,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Chen, M. S., Gonzalez-Garcia, G., Lapeer, R. J.

(2007)

Intra-operative registration for image enhanced endoscopic sinus surgery using photo consistency,

in MMVR15 proceedings, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

125

pp. 67-72

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gasson, P., Lapeer, R. J.

(2007)

In Vitro Skin-Tissue Experiment for Increased Realism in Open Surgery Simulations,

in MMVR15 proceedings, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

125

pp. 143-145

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heatley, D. J. T., Rowland, R., Bell, G. D., Rowland, M. K., Hegarty, D. .., Smith, S. L., Dodd, N., Calvert, R., Scott, I. H. K., Rae, D., Lapeer, R. J.

(2006)

A new laptop-based DICOM viewer for in-theatre procedures, multi-site MDT meetings and networked training,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Marsland, S., Lapeer, R. J.

(2005)

Physics-based animation of a trotting horse in a Virtual Environment,

Full Text

(Other)

(Published)


Lapeer, R. J.

(2005)

A mechanical contact model for the simulation of obstetric forceps in a virtual/augmented environment,

in Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 13: The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now.

IOP Press

pp. 284-289

ISBN 978-1-58603-498-6

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

My research interests are in medical visualisation, surgical navigation and simulation, physics simulation and biomechanics. In the broader context this encompasses computer graphics, computer animation, computer vision, mechanics, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), finite element analysis (FEA) and numerical methods.

Below are a number of links to projects I have been working on:
 

  • Surgical Navigation -  We developed a hardware/software platform, called ARView,  for image enhanced (augmented reality) surgical navigation. This is in particular aimed at ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgery where the stereoscopic surgical microscope and the rigid sinus endoscope are used as intra-operative imaging devices.
     
  • Medical Visualisation -  In collaboration with Dr. Roger Rowland from RMR Systems we developed 3DView which is a software solution aimed at the rendering and post-processing of medical image data from different modalities (X-ray CT, MRI, PET). This is an ongoing project and additional features are frequently added.
     
  • Surgical Simulation - We use advanced computer graphics solutions with hardware acceleration, explicit finite element (FE) algorithms and haptic feedback to simulate open surgery procedures. In this context, we have also performed a series of in-vitro experiments on human skin to assess its hyper- and visco-elastic properties.
     
  • Human Childbirth Biomechanics - We have studied fetal head moulding using finite element analysis and more recently investigated the effect of forceps delivery on the fetal head and the biomechanics of shoulder dystocia.
     
  • Vehicle Dynamics - VPEX
     
  • Trotting Horse



Rudy Lapeer is part of the Computer Graphics Group

Medical computing

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Selected Publications:

Lapeer R., Chen M.S., Gonzalez G., Linney A. and Alusi G. Image-enhanced surgical navigation for endoscopic sinus surgery: evaluating calibration, registration and tracking. International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. 2008(4):32-45, DOI: 10.1002/rcs.175.

Lapeer R.J., Shah S.K. and Rowland R.S. An optimised radial basis function algorithm for fast non-rigid registration of medical images. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 40(2010):1-7.

Lapeer, R. J. and Prager, R. W. "Fetal head moulding: finite element analysis of a fetal skull subjected to uterine pressures during the first stage of labour." Journal of Biomechanics 34(9): 1125-1133, 2001.

Lapeer R.J. and Prager R.W. 3D shape recovery of a newborn skull using thin-plate splines. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 24(3)193-204, 2000.

 

Teaching Interests

Rudy teaches Mathematics in the 1st year UG courses; Computer Graphics in the 2nd year UG courses; Computer Games and Advanced Programming at M-level.
 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Member of EPSRC College
  • Business Fellow with the London Technology Network (LTN) 2007-2009
  • Reviewer for several international renowned journals and conferences

Key Responsibilities

  • Employability Director
  • Course Director of the BSc in Computing Science, Imaging and Multimedia
  • Course Director of the MSc in Games Development
  • Medical Research Coordinator