Dr Franck Vidal

Lecturer in Visualisation

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Dr Franck P. Vidal
Lecturer / Senior tutor / Disability tutor / Examination officer

School of Computer Science
Bangor University
Dean Street
Bangor LL57 1UT
Gwynedd
United Kingdom

e-mail: f.vidal@bangor.ac.uk
telephone: +44 1248 382834
fax: +44 1248 361429
url: http://www.fpvidal.net/

Contact Info

Dr Franck P. Vidal
Lecturer / Senior tutor / Disability tutor / Examination officer

School of Computer Science
Bangor University
Dean Street
Bangor LL57 1UT
Gwynedd
United Kingdom

e-mail: f.vidal@bangor.ac.uk
telephone: +44 1248 382834
fax: +44 1248 361429
url: http://www.fpvidal.net/

Overview

Dr Franck P. Vidal achieved his PhD research in the School of Computer Science at Bangor University in January 2008. His research area addressed medical virtual environments, particularly for interventional radiology training. He has worked on a simulator for ultrasound guided needle puncture: BIGNePSi (Bangor Image Guided Needle Puncture Simulator).

Following up his PhD research, he worked as a research officer in the School of Computer Science at Bangor University where he collaborated on the implementation and validation of ImaGINe-S (Imaging Guided Interventional Needle Simulation), a VR Simulator for Visceral Needle Puncture funded under the Health Technology Devices (HTD) Programme. ImaGINe-S was awarded 2nd place in the Eurographics 2009 Medical Prize “for its innovative use of computer graphics in a complex system that is already far advanced towards clinical use” (see here for a YouTube video to learn more about the simulator).

In late 2008, he joined the APIS team (Analyis of irregular Processes, Images and Signal, applications to biology and medicine) at INRIA Saclay—Île-de-France (the French national research institute in computer science and automation) where he was investigating the use of evolutionary algorithms in tomography for nuclear medicine.

In January 2010, Dr Vidal joined the SuperComputing Online Re-planning Environment (SCORE) project at the Department of Radiation Oncology of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he developped Compton scattering computations on GPU.

In mid-February 2011, he joined the AVIZ (analysis and visualization) team at INRIA Saclay—Île-de-France. He was investigating multimodal visualisation of MRI data.

Dr Vidal was awarded a lectureship position at the School of Computer Science at Bangor University in October 2011. His research area is mainly focussing on computer graphics, visualisation and physically-based simulation, with a strong focus on medical imaging and medical physics (including tomogrphy reconstruction, X-ray imaging, soft tissue modelling).

Teaching and Supervision

2011->2015: ICP1030 - Computing fundamentals

2011->today: ICP1043 and ICP4143 - Information systems

2012->today: ICP4129 - Distributed systems (labs)

2015->today: ICP3038 - Computer Vision

Research

My research interests include:

  • Radiotherapy planning,
  • medical virtual environment,
  • computer graphics,
  • haptics,
  • GPU programming,
  • image and signal processing,
  • X-ray imaging,
  • tomography,
  • medical physics,
  • evolutionary algorithms,
  • interventional radiology training,
  • Numerical simulation (e.g. X-ray imaging, soft-tissue deformation, respiration)

 

Some of my current and most recent past projects:

Research Activity at Previous HEIs

  • 2011, AVIZ Team at INRIA Saclay - Ile-de-France, France: multi-modal visualization of neuroimaging data (inc. T2 MRI, DTI, fMRI, etc.)
  • 2010/2011, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), CA, USA: use of high performance computing in radiotherapy re-planning, particularly physically-based simulation of radiation/matter interactions using GPU programming
  • 2008/2009, Fondation Digiteo, INRIA Saclay-Ile-de-France and CEA Saclay, France: Tomo3D-EA - Evolutionary algorithms and particle physics modelling in fully-3D tomographic reconstruction for nuclear medicine
  • 2006-2008, School of Computer Science, Bangor University, UK: Development and validation of a virtual reality simulator for training in interventional radiological visceral needle puncture procedures
  • 2003/2008, School of Computer Science, Bangor University, UK: Development of novel techniques for a virtual reality simulator for training in image-guided needle puncture procedures
  • 2002/2003, Laboratory of Nondestructive Testing using Ionizing Radiations (CNDRI), INSA, Lyon, France: Modelling the response of an X-ray camera and developing a new method based on X-ray imaging simulations to investigate or predict artefacts in micro-tomography.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Other , Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education , Bangor University (2011 - 2016)
  • 2008 - PhD , PhD in Computer Science , Computer Science (2003 - 2008)
  • 2003 - Other , Diplôme d'études approfondies Images et Systèmes (2002 - 2003)
  • 2002 - MSc , Master of Science in Computer-Aided Graphical Technology Applications (2001 - 2002)
  • 2001 - Other , Diplôme d'Univérsite Ingienérie de l'Image (2000 - 2011)
  • 2000 - Other , Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie, spécialité génie logiciel (1998 - 2000)

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Prof. activities and awards (11)

  • Inria - Nancy

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