The IHPC Student Seminar showed how computational modelling and simulation plays an important role in helping doctors to provide better healthcare for our society.
IHPC’s scientists from the Computing Science Department put together a seminar “Computing in Medicine” to highlight research areas in computational modeling in the healthcare domain. Held at Matrix, Biopolis, on 28 August 2015, the seminar was attended by close to 200 secondary school, junior college and polytechnic students and teachers.
Dr Like Gobeawan from the Computing Science department introduced physics simulation to the students, and gave many real life examples of how physics simulations are used, such as in special effects for movies, game mechanics, surgery simulators, and flight simulators. Interestingly, physics simulation is closely tied with mathematical equations based on Newton’s laws of motion!
Dr Calvin Lim next introduced the use of computer modelling and simulation in the biomedical domain, specifically research around heart failure. He shared about IHPC’s research in studying shape and geometry reconstructed from MRI images, to identify the areas of a human heart that are defective. Termed “Cardiowerkz”, the software is able to model a human heart in four dimensions, which helps to improve the quality of diagnosis and assist doctors in identifying recommended treatment options.
Mr Wong Sum Thai then spoke about using novel biomarkers to diagnose and treat cancer. He explained how researchers are now using tissue-based screening to identify the most effective antibody in differentiating normal versus diseased tissues in a patient afflicted with cancer. The screening process uses digital images and subsequently computer algorithms to identify the different tissues.
The students’ seminar ended with a panel discussion moderated by the emcee, where students and teachers had the chance to interact with the scientists, and ask questions related to computing science and high performance computing.